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Food for Thought: Recipes, Diets and Tips

What’s for dinner?

Does this phrase haunt you the same way it does us? It is hard to come up with something to eat for every meal each day, especially if you have dietary restrictions due to your condition. If you feel like you are stuck in a meal rut, the PatientsLikeMe community is here to offer up some healthy and easy recipes!

Everyone’s got a favorite dish (pizza is one of ours), and many PatientsLikeMe members like to share their favorites across our condition-specific forums. So we decided to create a mini virtual cookbook by highlighting some of the hottest – or maybe the coolest, if you like gazpacho – conversations from PLM. Get inspired for your next meal by reading through what people are saying in different condition communities.

Fibromyalgia forum thread: What did you make for dinner tonight?

“Leftover sage and rosemary soup – I added mushrooms and scrambled egg batter. Stirred until cooked, added sea salt and pepper. Yummy!”

Food on a spoonIf you are looking to warm up and calm down with an easy soup recipe, try this protein-rich lentil soup from the USDA’s healthy recipe finder.

“I LOVE to make crockpot lamb shanks and salad. The crockpot lets you set it and forget it. Barely any effort and it is delicious!”

“A protein bar and yogurt – if am not that hungry. I find I feel better if I don’t eat just because it is meal time. Sometimes it is just a habit and I have started to try and listen to my body more. I have found it helps with my inflammation to only eat when I am hungry”

Not all inflammation is harmful, but if you are trying to cut back on foods that can increase your chances of a flair-up, check out our blog about foods that can help fight inflammation.

Type 2 diabetes forum thread: High early morning blood glucose readings

“Try having a low carb high protein snack at bedtime. This usually helps me have a lower reading in the morning. I have a really grainy piece of toast with peanut butter or cheese and it works wonders.”

Woman eating popcorn“I eat my dinner at 4:30 or 5 p.m. I also watch my carbs. That helps me get the sugar down in the morning.”

“At night for a snack an hour or so before bed I might have a piece of celery with peanut butter.”

Managing your sugar levels can be challenging and seem all-consuming. Having to make drastic changes to life-long eating patterns is difficult. If you are looking for suggestions on how you can make small but meaningful changes to improve not only your sugar levels but overall health, check out our interview with Amy Campbell, registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator.

Multiple sclerosis forum thread: Different diets and reactions

“I have to say, the flavor of grass-fed beef is far superior to that of the ‘conventionally raised’ beef and it has less fat and more omega-3s”

“I have gone with the Mediterranean diet and it seems to have helped me physically. Not so much neurologically, though”

“To help with my MS, I try and up my omega-3 and fatty acid intake. I have gotten into tuna. I even trick myself into thinking it is steak because it is called a tuna steak! I like to cook it with a bit of lemon or on top of a salad.”

Tuna fish on saladTuna is a great red meat alternative, next time you are struggling to come up with something to make for dinner, try this Grilled Tuna With Chickpea and Spinach Salad from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Do you have any recipes you have tried that you absolutely love? Have any helped you feel better? If you live with fibromyalgia, diabetes type 2, multiple sclerosis, or any other of the 2,800 chronic condition communities on PatientsLikeMe, jump into a conversation in a forum, begin a new thread of your own and start learning and healing together!

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