Please tell us a bit about yourself.
When were you Diagnosed with Psoriasis?
I was diagnosed with Psoriasis 12 years ago. Then my diagnosis changed several times from Psoriasis to atopic dermatitis, neurodermitis, back to Psoriasis. Now I am finally diagnosed with Eczema and Psoriasis.
What do you think caused it?
Back then, the doctor told me that it was all about my lifestyle. Parties, nightlife, didn’t mind my food and inability to cope with stress. My personal opinion is that my Psoriasis was triggered by after I broke up with my first love. Instead of moving forward, I was stuck, and kept re-thinking what happened, what did I do wrong and doubting myself.
But since I am continuously learning, I discovered that there could be so much more behind that than just an unhealthy lifestyle or poor stress management, as an example that could be fungi and parasite impact, hidden allergies, or underlying health conditions.
I have a continuous flare-up since March 2019. And in this case, I think that my condition could be affected by two years of constant traveling to different time zones. Plus, a few courses of antibiotics during that time, without any action taken to repair gut health.
What Foods do you Avoid?
Tomatoes, alcohol, and wheat is something that is not on the menu ever: no processed foods, no dairy, no artificial flavorings, no canned foods. Still struggling to get rid of excess salt and remove sugar from my diet, but that is an ongoing process.
And lately, I discovered that there might be sensitivity to naturally occurring chemicals in the food such as salicylates, amines, and histamines.
I am about to go on a strict elimination diet (finally) and see how my body reacts to one or another food, instead of playing around with different diets without knowing whether that is for me.
What Foods do you Eat to Heal?
The main foods are celery and celery juice, steamed cabbage, brussels sprouts, swede, buckwheat, brown rice, and chicken, and fruits, such as bananas, papaya, and pears. These foods are low in naturally occurring chemicals, most of them are alkaline, kind to stomach and intestinal lining, also nutritious.
Do you avoid gluten, and what do you think about Gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis?
I avoid gluten; moreover, I think that gluten is not good for anyone, whether you have Psoriasis or not. It can contribute to IBS and Leaky gut syndrome, which are the biggest triggers for Psoriasis and Eczema. It prevents the absorption of nutrients in small intestines and can cause headaches and brain fog in some individuals. Researchers even have found that eating gluten can potentially increase the risk of memory loss, dementia symptoms, and Alzheimer’s. Who wants to eat gluten after you know all this?
We had a few people ask, what to eat for Breakfast when avoiding gluten, what is your Breakfast like?
Usually, I start my morning with fresh celery juice, followed by steamed and fresh vegetables in one go: another great discovery – stewed fruits. Just have rice or buckwheat prep for few days and complement it with stewed or freshly chopped pears and sprinkle with maple syrup. Lastly, smoothies! I have them all year round with frozen or dried berries. It’s a great way to nurture yourself.
In my case, I found that it’s better to stick to very simple meals instead of eating every day like it’s Christmas Eve, as most of us do. That’s why we are so sick… It’s too much of everything!!!! We are finding our comfort in food instead of facing life challenges and dealing with them. But this is another topic 🙂
Name your top 3 Triggers.
One very obvious trigger is definitely stress! Other possible triggers for me are changing time zones and antibiotics! I was unlucky to be on meds several times in a couple of years; this was when my flare became unstoppable. I am on antibiotics at the moment, and on top of my Eczema, I can see new psoriatic lesions appeared.
Moisturize, soak in the oat or bicarb soda bath, using topical steroids.
What would you tell those who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers?
The presence of Psoriasis is a sign of imbalances in the body, so be patient, get ready for a healing journey, and learn to enjoy it.
The first thing that should be done is a food elimination diet to determine food sensitivities and cut them out from your diet in order to heal. The next step is to do the GI maps test to examine your gut health and create a protocol to address gut problems.
That would include diet and supplementation. Be ready to spend about two years working on your health. But don’t get discouraged! It’s a fascinating journey, and there is nothing better than care for your own health and well-being. Healthy and happy individual = healthy and happy society. We all can heal ❤️
Find out more about Victoria’s Journey on her Instagram page @_mywellnessjournal_