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Flake Update: Cabbage Man

Nice to meet you, I’m Mr Cabbage

If you are what you eat, then I am a 70kg cabbage based on the amount of it I have been chomping through recently. And not any old cabbage, but Chinese cabbage, also known as pak choi or bok choy.

The reason I’m getting through as much cabbage as an elephant is because of my special psoriasis diet. Essentially, I eat anything green and leafy I can get my hands on, and it helps that Chinese cabbage is in season right now where I live, costing only $1 per head.

As a member of the “cruciferous” vegetable family, Chinese cabbages are packed with omega-3 fats and vitamins K and A, which are great at reducing the chronic inflammation that provokes psoriasis in the first place.

Soup, soup and more soup

Chinese cabbage is normally used in soups, but can also be used in stir fries. It’s like a stumpy celery, with white stalks and deep-green leaves that has a crunch and tastes like spinach.

My Chinese cabbage soup is great for psoriasis

Presentation: 1/10. Affect on psoriasis: 8/10

And to say I have been eating a lot of it is probably an understatement. I overdosed on it. I was making soup with it everyday, so much so that my girlfriend actually started to complain.

The soup I make with it is super simple – just garlic, ginger and Chinese cabbage with a bit of chicken or fish. The leaves take 1 or 2 minutes to cook so its a cinch to use in the kitchen. Here’s a photograph of my soup in all its unappetising glory.

Gordon Ramsay would probably throw it on the floor in disgust, but I can eat Chinese cabbage soup three times a day, just because I’m happy eating for my skin so to speak.

I’d recommend that every flaker try this soup. And if you hate cabbage and soup, then get other leafy greens in your body, such as kale, lettuce, spinach or broccoli!

Right now my psoriasis is at a 4/10, which I put down to eating well. A bit red, but not flaky at all, and all without any moisturising this week. Unfortunately my fridge is out of Chinese cabbage right now, so will need to pick up more this weekend!

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I'm just an average 28 year old living with psoriasis. Over the last decade, I've tried everything, from real snake poison to rubbing banana peels over my body. I've finally found an approach that's working for me, and I'm sharing it with all the flakers out there. But Psoriasis Blob is not about one man, it's a growing community of great, red people.


9 Responses to Flake Update: Cabbage Man

  1. Ben_Gunn says:

    Hi Red

    nice recipe but be warned about too much bak choi, as too much can lead to hyperthyroidism.

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/555273-bok-choy-hypothyroidism/

    Or Google it.

    White cabbage works too and tastes good with a touch of chicken. Spinach is better for you, just make sure to wash all the grit out 😉

  2. Derek from Oregon says:

    Good mushrooms are hard to find! Only thing on the soups that I was concerned about was flushing away the digestive enzymes like drinking during a meal…wonder if this is an exception cause Pagani has a soup recipe listed too? And yes I have been getting stricter and stricter as I read the book for a few weeks and I actually have been seeing results!! I am very disciplined though as you must be its just gaining the knowledge… I would say I have a moderate case and some Psoriatic arthritis I suspect was caused in part by a cat allergy, mold and eating yogurt for the probiotics (usually don’t eat any dairy) it seems as one eats cleaner you become aware of allergens. But I am definitely seeing results and wants to get it on lockdown as I start to source reasonably priced ingredients. I’m very happy so far and I know its a lifetime commitment, luckily I was already eating pescetarian/vege so all the temptations I dealt with a year ago before this Psoriasis came upon me 6 months ago when my dog died, lost my girlfriend of 7 years, my job and had to move back home to Oregon (Age 29) without food stamps..so if I can troop through with proper diet and limited funds while not being able to bartend with some on my hand without my own place or being able to normally date as I used to then I think anyone can sacrifice pizza and spaghetti, etc. If they want to beat this it takes raw willpower but worth it. Just be honest when explaining why you cant eat certain things others and they’ll understand..

  3. redblob says:

    Hey Derek! Cheers for the great feedback – glad you like the site. I haven’t really experimented much with mushrooms since fresh ones are pretty much unavailable where I live, but I imagine it would work quite well in this dish! Are you following Pagano now? And what kind of results have you seen?

  4. Derek says:

    Good stuff. This actually looks appetizing, how do you feel about adding mushrooms to this? Found your site from a family member’s recommendation and I think its a great, witty approach! Watch out for combining apples with anything, though … Fruits gotta be eaten alone esp apples (Pagano). Please keep the articles coming!! Subscribed. Thanx again man. – Derek from Oregon

  5. Hi! Have you tried cutting out gluten or dairy? My psoriasis started 2 years ago as a result of a gluten intolerance. It’s been a long journey but my palm size patches are now tip of finger sized as my gut starts to heel. I’m also worried that dairy affects it too as it’s deffo worse after a cheese frenzy.

    • redblob says:

      Hi Nicola! Believe it or not that’s the path I’m currently on. I’m currently over 3 months into a full on gluten/dairy/processed-food-free diet. It’s a tough ride, and one I’ve tried before, but I’m sticking to it this time. I’ve had days where I’ve had to abandon it due to travelling or work overseas, but for the most part I’m doing well. It’s definitely getting better. Do you have guttate? And what’s the coverage like?

  6. littleangel911 says:

    I eat tons of ginger root but will try this. I use it for the psoriatic arthritis & have only been on meds as needed which has only been a few times a month.

    • redblob says:

      Ginger’s great for reducing inflammation too, but I think leafy greens, coupled with omega-3-rich fish and less dependence on processed foods and refined carbs is absolutely essential for psoriasis, in my experience.

  7. Gee says:

    I eat tons and tons of Brussels sprouts but my psoriasis is still the same.

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