Elaine Smith is a 39 year old single mom with psoriasis. After researching and much work she is able to control her psoriasis by modifying her diet. She belongs to our support group Overcoming Psoriasis. Acknowledging her disease and finding fault in her own food choices is how she cleared her psoriasis. Many have tried diet without success including me.
As you can see from the photo above I tried just about everything. I fell short. But that doesn’t mean you will. I encourage everyone to try. You have nothing to lose. I’m glad I went this route because even though I failed, I was successful reversing my fatty liver disease and some kidney issues. Plus I was able to shed some unwanted pounds.
Here is Elaine’s story,
“My diet is not as extreme as some people advocate as I believe in moderation. I don’t eat gluten or dairy as I actually had tests to show that I was intolerant to them. Besides the gluten and dairy, which is substitute with coconut/almond milk I also eliminate nightshade vegetables, most processed foods and too much sugar.
I had originally cut out alcohol but I now indulge in a glass of wine here and there or when my friends are over, I think its nice to not let P take over your life
The nightshades was something I eliminated duet to discovering on FB that most people reacted to them and after reading Pagano’s book.
I don’t eat red meat but I eat lots of fish, oily fish mainly, Salmon, sardines etc and chicken.
For grains I have quinoa, rice, sweet potato’s, gluten free pasta/bread etc.. I also eat a lot of pulses, chickpeas, lentils etc.. and I eat a bowl of porridge every morning, I’m fine with oats. For snacks lots of oat cakes with nut butter and loads of nuts/seeds. I think I lacked good fats and so have plenty now and dress my food with a good oil.
I have been actively looking at your groups now and there seems to be a lot of discussion around diet.
The thing is we are all so different and diet doesn’t work for everyone, as far as I am concerned I am in remission, I know that my P could come back at anytime and I see an odd tiny spot here and there in stressful periods.
I think its good to enhance our diet and keep as healthy as we can due to the other ailments we can end up with due to having P.
I love that some are interested in diet changes and appreciate that not everyone will find this works for them.
I am not extreme with supplements either, so I have a high strength fish oil, a good multivitamin and the probiotic, having seen yesterdays discussion I will get a higher strength next time.
And in a nut shell that’s it. I believe that stress is a huge factor for psoriasis sufferers and this can also help with the symptoms.
As far as topical ointments I only use a cream called Cetraben, its very good, not sure if you have it in your Country?
If you want to know anything else or help with anything then please give me a shout, I’m happy to help where I can.”
I asked Elaine about exercise and here is what she said.
“Yes I do but again it’s everything in moderation!
I exercise at home in the morning!
Either 20 minutes on the exercise bike or a mixed session with a little skipping & light weights in between!
I occasionally fit in a yoga class but not very often due to having an active 2 1/2 year old!
Apart from that I am naturally active & walk a lot instead of taking the car or cycle!”
I also asked Elaine about her water consumption, this is what she added.
“I drink lots of water, never liked juice & I eat lots of vegetables too!
I have a cup of coffee everyday and use rice/coconut milk.”
So there you have it in a nutshell, I hope you find my blog helpful and resourceful. I work hard on keeping it fresh and educational. I do this cause I care and I speak from experience. If you want to take a more active roll I encourage you to join the National Psoriasis Foundation This is the largest organization in the world that represents people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Article written by Todd Bello
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4 thoughts on “Friend of Diet”
Great information! It’s so important to live a healthy lifestyle when you have psoriasis, due to the other health problems that can be linked to this autoimmune disorder, such as psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
We owe it to ourselves to be as healthy as humanly possible.
I have a similar experience with psoriasis and diet. I was diagnosed with psoriasis in my early thirties and suffered for three years. My skin was getting worse and worse. I read Pagano’s book and numerous others about healing and diet. My skin completely cleared after elimination of gluten, diary, nightshades and alcohol. I have been symptoms free for over 2 years now!
That is outstanding. Please lets emphasize to the readers what nightshades are andis oatmeal considered gluten?