I thought I would share about what I thought was a very good appointment with a Dietician (UK hospital). This was booked 3 months ago by Gastroenterologist when he thought raised ESR and sudden, significant weight loss might have been caused by liver cancer. That proved not the case and PMR suggested by Gastro consultant.
I had been trying the Victor Longo Fast Mimicking diet for 5 days, (last week) basically very restricted calories, lots of vegetables, nuts etc. The dietician didn't think this was very good for someone with autoimmune conditions.
She said she thought people with chronic inflammation needed 40% more Protein and calories, especially when having a flare. She recommended eating 5-6 times a day: Breakfast, snack mid morning, lunch, snack mid afternoon, evening meal, and a snack at about 9 pm. She gave me a hierarchy of the sort of foods that are good: Red meat, (vegetable protein, such as beans, pulses, wheat germ, Potato, pasta, rice - not so good as meat and fish I think she said ) oily fish, then chicken, white fish and turkey. Then milk, cheese, eggs and yoghurts.
Snacks included nuts, seeds, avocado, eggs, a slice of toast, cheese and crackers, high protein rice crackers, banana, mousse (but make sure not high in sugar).
She said that Vitamin C helps with anti inflammation, absorption of iron but recommended that I asked the Rheumatologist before starting a supplement.
She seemed very knowledgeable having done her PhD in some area of inflammation. She also gave me information as to why I don't ever feel hungry (since having a TIA and PMR last September, although I think PMR was developing over the previous year or so before) Ghrenlin and Leptin worth Googling if you are interested)
She has asked GP to test re folic acid, B12 and iron. I thought that with all the blood I have had taken (have a got much left!?) those would have been looked for, but apparently not.
Sorry rambled on but in case of interest to anyone.