Hello beautiful, Please tell us little bit about yourself.
I’m @familyandflares on Instagram. Currently, 6 months pregnant, married with a 2-year-old. I’m medication-free at this point in my journey and trying to live a healthier lifestyle.
When were you Diagnosed with Psoriasis?
2009 at the age of 23
What do you think caused it?
My initial flare seemed to come out of nowhere. I woke up and was covered head to toe. I stayed in a full flare for about two years until I was diagnosed. Looking back, I can now see the signs my body was sending me that something was on the horizon. It was also a high-stress time with me trying to navigate life after graduating college.
What Foods do you Avoid?
I wouldn’t say I avoid foods. I’m currently six months pregnant and trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I haven’t eaten red meat since January, but I can say I have seen any change in my skin due to this. I talked with my care team before deciding to change my diet. It was also before getting pregnant, so I continued the change. I’m willing to add it back to my diet if needed.
What Foods do you Eat to Heal?
I find drinking water to be the best healer for me.
Do you avoid gluten and what do you think about Gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis?
I don’t avoid gluten, but I have in the past for a few months. It’s a lot easier now if I wanted to try it again, most restaurants and grocery stores carry lots of gluten-free products.
Let’s talk Breakfast
Breakfast like any meal should be balanced. I typically enjoy a source of fruit, protein, and a carb. That could look like oatmeal, mango and eggs.
Name your top 3 Triggers
- And Stress. I’ve found that stress is the only trigger I have really pinned down. It started my 1st flare and seems to be present with all my others.
My number one tip is to find a positive way to express how psoriasis has affected you. Every day can be so different, and not everyone will understand your journey. Connecting with the psoriasis community and even a therapist can be helpful. I also find oatmeal baths calm my flares. I soak about 3-4 times and week and can tell the difference if I skip a soak or two. Sunbathing is also helpful.
What would you tell those who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers?
Research psoriasis, treatments, and find a care team you’re comfortable with. The people treating you should be knowledgeable about psoriasis and how it presents in people with your background and skin color. I had challenges with doctors who hadn’t treated psoriasis in an African American before, and it made it way more difficult to get answers. Connect with others who may be able to support you as you navigate.
Find out more on Instagram @familyandflares