Hi Oswaldo, Please tell us a bit about your self.
My name is Oswaldo Hernandez. I am your typical hardworking family man, except I suffer from severe Psoriasis.
I am 22 years old and a father of 2, so I guess you can say I’m very prone to stress and flare-ups.
I live in the Central Valley in California. I work in my family’s tortilla delivery business, and I’m also a part-time entrepreneur.
Ever since being diagnosed, I’ve become a health advocate and a psoriasis warrior.
When were you Diagnosed with Psoriasis?
I always had dandruff and skin dryness at an early age. At the age of 8, I had developed small white dry patches all over my skin.
At the time, the doctors could not diagnose me with anything. Luckily that same year, my spots completely cleared up as I began eating a variety of foods.
I was diagnosed with Psoriasis in 2015 when I was a junior in high school.
What do you think caused it?
In high school, I was trying to fit in with the wrong crowd. I ended up drinking too much alcohol and overdosed, which landed me in the hospital.
After that incident, I noticed dry patches developing on my legs.
What Foods do you Avoid?
Currently, I avoid dairy, gluten, and non-organic meats, fruits, and veggies.
What Foods do you Eat to Heal?
I have found that eating organic meats, fruits, and vegetables helped me maintain my Psoriasis. I eat foods with high nutritional value, and I eat a variety of Whole Foods.
Do you avoid gluten, and what do you think about Gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis?
I believe it’s up to the person and how sensitive they are. Everyone is different, I do not avoid gluten entirely, but I have cut back on my gluten intake.
The Breakfast question – For warriors who are gluten sensitive, what do you think breakfast could be like, and what do you have for breakfast?
For people who are gluten sensitive and can not eat eggs or pork, I’d recommend eating smoothie bowls, tofu scrambles, plant-based egg replacements, gluten-free oats, or even just fruits in general.
For breakfast, I have three cage-free organic eggs, two uncured organic turkey bacon slices, and a bowl of gluten-free oatmeal.
I noticed cage-free organic eggs do not flare my Psoriasis.
Some days I’ll have a smoothie bowl or tofu scramble.
The quality of your food has a big impact on how your immune system will react. Everyone is different. Some people can have eggs, others cannot. It is all about what works for you.
Name your top 3 Triggers.
My top 3 triggers are stress, smoking, and mental health.
I find that spending time with your loved ones and focusing on the now makes life that much easier. Also, having moments to yourself to reflect on all the things you are grateful for. Finding a new hobby or doing new exciting things can help to distract your negative thoughts. Being happy in general and doing things you love help tremendously. Exercising, dancing, and singing uplift me.
What would you tell those who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers?
I would tell them Psoriasis is a part of you, but it does not define who you are. Psoriasis can take over your body and mind but never let it take over your soul. Don’t let Psoriasis rob you of the life you want to live.
If you are looking for answers, make friends in the psoriasis community. Talk to others who were in the same position as you and ask questions!
Join a group or a community, and do not be afraid to put yourself out there. We do not judge! We are a beautiful and empowering community.
Find out more about Oswaldo’s journey on his account on Instagram Psoriasisbikerdad