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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.
Essential reading for psoriasis
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.