Happy Psoriasis Awareness Month!
Hi Yona, Please tell us little bit about yourself.
Thank you very much for this interview! My name is Yona I’m a 29 years old French woman.
When were you Diagnosed with Psoriasis?
I haven’t really been diagnosed because my Grandma has Psoriasis, so when it appeared, we knew what it was. I was 12 at that time.
What do you think caused it?
It appeared when my parents get separated. It has been pretty rough, so I feel that it’s related to the traumas caused by my family’s breakup.
Also, I grew up in a vineyard (yes, I’m truly French), and they were spreading tons of chemicals all the time, so doctors think this environment could be part of the problem.
And genetically, my Grandma has some, so this is also part of it.
What Foods do you Avoid?
I have a pretty balanced diet, organic, I don’t eat much meat and dairy but I allow myself to cheat meals when I socialize.
What Foods do you Eat to Heal?
I feel that berries are my friends! Also I eat a little bit of avocado and nuts.
Do you avoid gluten and what do you think about Gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis?
I avoid gluten even if I’m not anymore into a gluten-free diet as I used to be.
But I really feel like we should eat as healthy as possible as humans not only as Psoriasis fighters!
We have to bake our own snacks, cook our own food, to be more conscient of what we eat and the way we eat!
Let’s talk Breakfast
I’m so bad about it because I usually don’t really eat anything for breakfast. I fast until noon or until I feel like it’s time for lunch.
I try to let my gut rest as much as possible.
Fasting is a mental exercise at first because we were told that we have to eat when we wake up but now that I’m used to eating only when I need it I have a better appetite and I feel my relationship with food is way healthier. If I have to eat for breakfast I would eat ham, eggs, and fruits even if some say I shouldn’t… I also really love my almond milk with chia seeds, pure cacao, coconut powder, fresh fruits, and berries. I recently discovered coconut yogurt, it’s only made out of coconut milk and probiotics, it’s delicious and really good for us!
Name your top 3 Triggers
- Synthetic clothes/ Sport clothes
- Chlorine water
- Chemicals in soap
I fight flare-ups by being open about it to people around me: I’m suffering, I’m in a flare-up right now, I’m mentally down, I’m emotionally suffering, my body’s sore, etc.
It helps me so much to tell my relatives what’s going on, unfortunately, I just discovered recently it could help me to express openly my pain. I eat sushis because they are comforting food for me AND they are super good for our skin. We need to take care of our mental health, and food is big support when we are into an emotional moment, so it’s better to find something which is good for our mental and our physical health at the same time.
I pour a few drops of olive oil in my bathtub, I spread Aloe Vera all over my body to hydrate my skin and then Avocado Oil to nourish the skin.
What would you tell those who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers?
I would say that Psoriasis taught me against my will that we have three different bodies: Emotional, Physical, and Mental. I feel like we are really sensitive people, and our skin shows it.
We are sensitive in ALL those ways, but it doesn’t mean that we are weak.
However, it means we have to take care of those three bodies to find a balance. You cannot change your diet and expect to heal if you didn’t change what triggers you emotionally and mentally. I would tell them to look at what Resilience means: accepting your difference instead of fighting against it. It means taking care of it, to moisture every morning and evening, to have a balanced diet, to keep your mind on check to make exercice etc.
Basically just going into a healthy lifestyle as if Psoriasis wouldn’t exist, just as a human who wants to have good health. I don’t give my skin all my energy anymore, I don’t want to be a warrior. I just accept the fact that despite all the things I tried to heal I never healed. So I include self-care in my life: moisturize, rub your own wonderful body babe!! My skin feels so much better now I just accepted it as part of my journey… I just realized that recently, after 17 years of fight! Also, you are not alone, talk about it, you’re journey will always be helpful to anybody else in so many ways.
Yona Peau d’Ame Psoriasis
Find out more about Yona’s journey via her Instagram @peaudame_psoriasis