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Flake Update: Recap on Juicing

After a month-long hiatus, I’m back… and somewhat flake-less! Though its still fire red, my skin hasn’t been this “smooth” in a while, which I attribute to following my diet more closely.

First, to recap on the juicing front. Last month, my girlfriend left for a week-long trip abroad, and like any other young, precarious man, I dusted off our hand-blender, bought a mountain of vegetables, and jumped into the kitchen, concocting green juices like a maniac. And for that week, it really worked. The scales melted into my skin. I didn’t look like a patchy version of Elmo. All in all, I was a happy man.

On the 2nd week, I ran out of steam. Looking back, I put the blame squarely on the fact that fresh produce is not always available where I live. Currently, I reside in what may be the remotest country on earth. Most of the common veg (like cabbage, carrots, lettuce) is grown locally, but its availability wanes in cycles – and I got caught in the low end of the cycle. The first week, I was buying more Chinese cabbage, spinach, watercress and other produce than I could carry, and then it all dried up, and I fell off the bandwagon. I still make a few, but not everyday as would be most beneficial.

I still think there is a lot of merit in juicing, and it should constitute a part of your diet if you have psoriasis. Just make 100% SURE is overloaded with green leafy vegetables, like kale. I see so many people complaining online that juicing doesn’t work for psoriasis, and then read that they consider 1 lettuce leaf mixed with 4 bananas, 2 apples and a litre of honey the perfect recipe. It’s not: it’s way too much sugar.

So, if I haven’t been juicing much this past month? What’s been helping me? Diet, baby! I’ve finally fully cut out rice, pasta and other forms of gluten. The affect has been noticeable – on most days! I still slip up from time to time, especially at work lunches, but there’s one particular flake I’m watching on my right palm, and it is reducing in size without a doubt. Even my girlfriend’s commented on how smooth it is! Going gluten free cold turkey is tough, but I think most will be able to do it with a bit of preparation.

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At this point, I think it’s good to mention what set me off down the diet path. Around 4 years ago I came across Healing Psoriasis by John Pagano, which many flakers I spoke to absolutely swore by. Some of the information is a bit out there, and it’s peppered with too many religious references for my own personal liking, but the dietary recommendations are golden! I’ve had to experiment to find out precisely what I can and cannot have, but as a starting point, this book is a great foundation. I highly recommend it.

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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.


8 Responses to Flake Update: Recap on Juicing

  1. Kieran says:

    1. too much alcohol makes it way worse, 2. if your skin gets to greasy it makes it worse. 2. I found the best soaps for me contained coal tar (Easily obtained on amazon ) 4. Dont get stressed if it gets worse just focus on the positive. 5. Cut back big time on dairy!

  2. AN says:

    As someone who’s just found out they have psoriasis (19 in the UK). What are the major tips that you’ve learnt about coping with it all?

  3. KC says:

    I was diagnosed with gluten and rice allergy 5 years ago at age 37. The doctor also found that I had a massive issue with candida to deal with. I have had psoriasis since age 12 on my scalp mainly, but in times of stress it will develop on my legs and elbows. Once I got used to the celiac way of life I added the more strict candida diet as well. For the 6 months that I basically ate raw and condiment-free, I found that an amazing benefit was that my psoriasis was GONE!

    Initially, very large chunks of my scalp just peeled off without resistance and I thought it was going to be BAD. A few days later I noticed that I hadn’t had the intense desire to dig into my scalp that morning. Within 2 weeks I could confidently wear a black shirt without checking my shoulders for scalp remnants.

    Another benefit was a 40lb weight loss in the first 4 months… and I did not starve at all. Sadly, I began to miss the convenience of fast food. My first grilled chicken sandwich turned my hands into a flaming inferno within 5 minutes…A week later my psoriasis reared it’s ugly head on my scalp and hands, for the first time. And I’ve gained back 20lbs.

    I am ready to eat the way my body requires and the ACV is as amazing for me as it is for others I’ve read about. It actually curds my desire for sweets. I also think that sugar, along with gluten/rice allergy, is a huge factor in my psoriasis cycle. I am convinced that the foods I eat and a lack of vitamin D have been the driving force behind my psoriasis!

  4. mary willis says:

    Not ready to go gluten free or dairy free while breastfeeding, but I have been eating raw organic coconut oil and it does help my face. It also really helps my energy level. I like Barleans.

  5. redblob says:

    Haha. I’ll get round to it! 🙂 Can’t do more harm than drinking snake poison, as my homoeopath suggested (yeah, that client – Dr relationship didn’t last long!) I’m currently seeing improvement on my gluten & dairy – free diet, and want to observe how far that goes by itself before throwing in Barney’s concoction, but maybe it’ll be helpful if I work on a post with all my research on it in the interim! Cheers

  6. redblob says:

    Cheers for stopping by Sherin. I like the design of your new website by the way! Looks neat. That’s a great idea for a post.

    I came across Barney’s Formula a while back now, still when he operated a blog and took emailed questions. It’s definitely a great combination – Vitamin D3 and Peppermint Oil are great supplements for psoriasis. I’ve never taken the whole combination (for example, I brew Milk Thistle tea myself, so don’t require caps), but might give it a go.

    The main reason why I’ve never really pursued it is because I’m unconvinced that it will lead to a long-term remission unless a deeper lifestyle change is made. Aside from that it’s definitely a combination that promotes healing by reducing inflammation (especially through peppermint oil, omega-3 oils etc). As a complementary therapy, if you can call it that, it has much potential

    Have your clients benefited from it by the way?

    Cheers!

    • sherinbual says:

      Glad you liked the site! It was fun to piece together.

      Yes, perhaps great potential as a supplemental regimen. I actually haven’t recommended it to a client yet. Was hoping you would be the guinea pig! 😉

      Agree 100% about deeper lifestyle changes being primary. Diet, and maybe even more importantly, mental state (including subconscious mind).

      Good luck if you do try it. I’m sure you’ll keep us updated.

  7. sherinbual says:

    Hi!

    I have that book. Before / after pics are insane!

    Anyway, thought I’d drop in again to ask if you’ve heard of “Barney’s Formula”. Came across it online while researching psoriasis treatments for a client. A lot of people swear by it, so maybe worth a try…and a post. Seems there are variation of it floating around, but here’s one version (about middle of page):

    http://www.psoriasispatients.com/forum_topic.php?forum_id=37&topic_id=195

    Would be interested to hear how you get on if you do decide to try it (assuming you haven’t already).

    Cheers!

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