Saturday, November 19, 2011

Diet Schwiet

So out of my recent psoriasis research, I found that ALOT of people respond well to drastic diet changes. This was never even mentioned that I know of 15 years ago or I would have tried it then.  But for the last week I have been sugar free, caffeine free, carb free, gluten and wheat free, dairy and egg free, "nightshade" free, and berry free.   Yes, I cheated twice this week.  I am having the hardest problem with gluten/wheat and cheese products.  When I think of diet, I think of whole-wheat breads, yogurt, portion control, etc... this is on a whole new level baby.  All I eat is fruits (and only certain ones), vegetables, salads, fish, chicken, turkey, and water.  To me it seems close to the raw/vegan diet but adding a little meat.  Even if I buy gluten free, it still has something else in it like sugar or egg.  Ridiculous.

I've been pretty good until today.  Today I could have impersonated Chris Farley well when he screams "I'M STARVING!!"  What have I learned so far?  Food is not your reason for living.  It's there to sustain you.  Period.  It doesn't have to taste good.  And I do feel better.  I noticed I didn't take a snooze on the couch while kids were watching tv.  I have more energy.  I sleep better.   And then when I did cheat, I felt tired and sleepy, and just really guilty.   When I say energy, I woke up at 7:00am Thursday and stayed wide awake through the midnight show of Twilight.... got 4 hours of sleep and was back at Mati Claire's school by 8:30am still going strong.

What were my cheating foods? You'd think it would be chocolate or a real Coke.  No, went to Chick-Fil-A and ordered the grilled chicken breast on a WHEAT bun plain.  Then today, we had Shipley's donuts.  Yes that was worth it.

I haven't managed to bring myself to making a certain named smoothie recipe.  Can you imagine blending romaine lettuce, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, celery, sweet potatoes or yams, squash, parsley, flax oil, onions, unsweetened apple juice, olive oil, unsweetened soy milk, pineapple, banana, pears, grapes, honey, and lemon???  Some people with psoriasis make this first thing in the morning and that's all they eat!!  I bought all the ingredients... and then chickened out.  Individually, yes... all mashed together, no!

The spots on my face and neck are looking better.  Not gone, but better.  I still look dreadful from there down.  They say I can start to add things back to the diet when you figure out what your trigger is.  I honestly don't think food is my trigger, but I will try anything that may help this go away faster.  Another good thing is that my family is eating somewhat healthier because I don't cook anymore.  ha!

And I've reached the "flaky" stage.  So if the wind blows, its me snowing, not the weather. ;)  


Sara said...

Hey, girl--I'm sorry you are having to go through all of this. I know that having that stuff on your face it probably the hardest part. I know you recently bought the Reverse regimen and probably have been scared to use it with everything else going on. I wanted to tell you that we have the Soothe Line for eczema, rosaeca, psoriasis and it has worked wonders for many people. I'll see if I can send you some pics. Good luck with the diet---you are stronger than I am.

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Anonymous said...

I got rid of guttate psoriasis once with gluten free diet and vitamin D supplements. It really worked. Stayed away for a couple of years while I did that diet. Then I went away for a trip and basically ate gluten/wheat/beer for 2-3 weeks and it's come back. I'm back on gf again and I think it should disappear again. I reckon stay with the diet and often it's gluten that causes the biggest problems. Good luck, keep us posted.

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Youre a doll, thank you for this im having the same issues and i am a GOD lover too, I was truely helped by your words and you should remember sometimes we go thru things for v others to watch us be strong and steadfast with the father, and today you have done that for me, im not a prayer warrior yet so far my prayer powers are only workin worken on animals but im going to take some time tonight with the father for you!thank you and GOD bless

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