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How to Eat the Nutrients you Need – Stop the Prednisone Weight Gain!

How to Eat the Nutrients you Need – Stop the Prednisone Weight Gain!

You know that prednisone is stealing nutrients. You know which nutrients you need. Now you might be asking, “But how can I get the right nutrition while on prednisone?” Watch this video to get my best tips!

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How can I get the right nutrients while on prednisone?

  • You’re on prednisone because you’re unwell. So start from a place of grace – you’re healing.
  • Give yourself Grace: you’re on a prescription drug that you need for an important reason

Avoid sugar & salt: Toss all the junk food out

  • Candy, other sweets
  • Chips
  • Cookies, desserts
  • Sweetened beverages
  • Cereal
  • Instant dinners

Give Nutrients Needed:

  • Reframe meals: start with planning veggies
    • Find what’s on sale and plan to cook that
    • Sale = in season, so higher nutritional value
  • Plan: hardest part of eating well is preventing hunger binges.
  • Prepare healthy snacks:
    • Dried apricots
    • Almonds
  • Use spices to replace salt

Get the tools you need

  • Instant Pot for easy veggies and whole grains
  • Blender for simple smoothies and veggie soups
  • Roast


This article emphasizes the importance of nutrition when taking prednisone. She suggests avoiding sugary and salty foods and instead focusing on nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and chromium, while also incorporating healthy snacks such as dried apricots, pumpkin seeds, natural peanut butter, and walnuts into the diet. In order to make meal preparation easier while on prednisone, Dr. Megan suggests shopping in season, starting with vegetables, and using kitchen tools like an instant pot or blender. Additionally, she recommends limiting exhaustion and giving oneself grace in order to maintain energy levels.

Key Takeaways
  • Establish simple recipes
  • Avoid sugary and salty foods
  • Focus on getting the right nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and chromium.
  • Keep as close to the source of food as possible.
  • Give yourself grace during this time.
  • Include snacks such as dried apricots, pumpkin seeds,  natural peanut butter, and walnuts.

Dr. Megan Milne, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Megan Milne, PharmD, BCACP, is an award-winning clinical pharmacist board certified in the types of conditions people take prednisone for. Dr. Megan had to take prednisone herself for an autoimmune condition so understands what it feels like to suffer prednisone side effects and made it her mission to counteract them as the Prednisone Pharmacist.

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