Health Professionals


Nutrition Tips For Scleroderma

Healthy Eating Habits

  • Variety and moderation
  • Eat 3 out of 4 food groups
  • Small frequent meals or snacks
  • Pick bright coloured fruit and vegetables
  • Cut back (not out) fat intake – more Omega3, less Omega6 and saturated/trans fats
  • Keep hydrated
  • Limit simple sugars and refined starchy foods
  • Avoid excessive doses of supplements

Keep Hydrated

  •  ~ 25 - 30 ml FLUIDS/ kg body weight (more if hot weather, increased body temperature, increased perspiration, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation)
  • Use ice chips, popsicles/juice bars, gelatin, ice cream, sherbet, soup, broth, fruit/veggie juices, lemonade and flavoured water
  • Avoid caffeine-containing drinks

How To Keep Your Heart Healthy

  • Avoid animal fats
  • Include beans, legumes and fish
  • Add more vegetables and fruit to diet
  • Use extra soluble fibre - oatmeal, applesauce, barley, oranges, legumes

Watch the sodium

  • Limit sodium  to 1500-2000 mg /day
  • No added table salt , use Mrs. Dash
  • One salty food per day
  • Avoid too many packaged / canned / prepared foods that may have added salt

Mood Boosting Foods

  • Water
  • Vegetables and Fruit
  • Omega-3 Fats (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, canola oil, walnuts, flaxseed)
  • Complex Carbohydrates (whole grains/cereals, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, fruit and vegetables)

Ways to Boost Intake

  • Choose higher calorie/protein foods:
  • Cheese, peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Nuts, seeds
  • Fruit/ vegetables with dip
  • Yogurt with granola
  • Dried Fruit
  • Cereal with half and half
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies
  • Pudding
  • Granola bars
  • Custard

Add calories to food whenever you can
Plan easy to prepare meals, have convenience foods available
Drink fluids after meals
Use supplements such as Ensure, Breakfast Anytime & Boost

Quick, Tasty and Good for You

  • Stuffed vegetables
  • Fruit/veggie kebobs with yogurt dips
  • Pita pizza
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Bean/yogurt dips with baked tortilla/pita crisps
  • Chilled fruit soups
  • Couscous with lentils and dried fruit
  • Bake sweet potato fries
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Phyllo nests with fruit

Healthy Comfort Foods

  • Frozen yogurt/fruit smoothie
  • Oatmeal raisin cookie, flavoured rice cakes
  • Warmed low fat milk with cocoa powder
  • Milk  pudding, custard
  • Chocolate syrup drizzled over fruit
  • Veggie pizza (whole wheat crust)

Good Sources of:

  • Vitamin C: citrus fruits, red and green peppers, kiwifruit, broccoli, straw-berries, cantaloupe, potatoes, tomatoes
  • Vitamin B12: beef liver, clams,  fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, fortified breakfast cereals
  • Calcium:  milk, yogurt, cheese, fish with soft bones; smaller amts in kale, broccoli, beans
  • Vitamin D: best-fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel, smaller amts-beef liver, cheese, egg yolks
  • Potassium:  bananas, oranges, potatoes, spinach, tomato juice, sweet potatoes, squash and black strap molasses
  • Magnesium:  legumes, nuts, whole grains, green leafy vegetables

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For More Information:

Eat Right Ontario    1 – 877-510-5102

The Arthritis Society     1-800-321-1433

Prepared by:  Pamela Piotrowski, RD Hamilton Scleroderma Update 2011

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