Do Certain Foods Worsen Breathing for IPF Patients?
Throughout the years on this forum, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of eating healthy when living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Eating a balanced diet is important for everyone, but especially for those who have a chronic illness.
Many of you know I started a new job in January which I am loving and my days feel very “full” during the week. I find it easier to meal prep on the weekend, so that I know what I’m eating for each meal and buy groceries accordingly. This also helps me plan healthy meals, which I am very good at maintaining throughout the week. However, I have a harder time with this on weekends!
I am very tired by Friday night and reward myself with a takeout meal. The first thing I always notice about takeout food is the salt; I wake up in the middle of the night needing a lot of water if I have something like pizza, sushi or various other takeout options. When I have this meal on Friday, I don’t overeat and I’m still active throughout the weekend (as much as I can be) : walking my dog, tidying the house, etc. However, I really notice a difference in my breathing after consuming takeout food, and I’m wondering if it is causing excess inflammation in my body in general or it’s due to the excess sodium that I’m noticing?
Have you ever experienced a difference in your breathing after eating a less-healthy meal than you’re used to?
I don’t want to have to stop having takeout entirely, as I do enjoy this as a treat and not having to cook for a night, but I’m wondering if I should be more intentional about what takeout foods I order. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on this topic!
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