It’s been more than a week already and I was reminded by some of my friends – POST WHAT I SHOULD STOP EATING ALREADY! I’m happy that you are interested in natural ways of improving your skin and I hope we will all continue healing ourselves with what nature can give us – it is more than enough!
First of all, I want to thank you for reading and giving me feedback – it truly helps me to think what to write and gives me so much energy! Secondly, I want to warn you that the diet I started four months ago is very challenging and you MUST give up a lot of things that you probably used to eat every day. Lastly, I want to remind you that this REALLY WORKS. Stay positive and believe that your body will recover and heal itself in time.
I’ve been asked the question ‘What did you change about your diet?’ so many times, and it is extremely difficult to explain it in order to be brief, simple and quick. I’m going to do my best today to give you an idea about what foods you should stop eating immediately and why.
What is the Leaky Gut?
Leaky gut, the illness which we, with psoriasis or even eczema, are facing means that the walls of our guts are thin and are leaking toxins into our blood stream. The gut got thinner because the food we’ve been giving to our body has been damaging, without us realising it. Furthermore, psoriasis is known as an ‘immunity system disorder’. Did you know that about 70% of our immune system is located in our gut? Even better reason to be careful about what you eat! Also, we need to make sure that our liver is in a great health and is able to process all the toxins coming in.
So, I will start from the beginning. I included loads of green leafy vegetables in my diet. I eat a green salad (different mix of lettuce, avocado, spring onions, cucumber, feta cheese, olive oil, seeds, etc.) almost every day.
At the beginning of my diet – the first two months – I ate salad two times per day. Vegetables, either raw, steamed, roasted, should be the main part of your diet. However, there is a group of vegetables that a person with psoriasis should stop eating – ‘The Nightshades’. The list of nightshades is very long but the main vegetables from this group that I used to eat almost every day and now haven’t eaten for over 4 months are: tomatoes, peppers (all kinds, paprika and cayenne pepper, chillies, etc. NOT BLACK PEPPER), aubergine, potatoes and tobacco (smoking it, breathing it, chewing it).
What a surprise, right? The group ‘nightshade’ are actually known as poisonous from the past. Many of them on the long list are not edible and were used as forms of poisons in the past! We all know that the typical tomatoes and peppers are not poison to people. But for the ones with psoriasis – compromised immune system and digestive system – they can be a ‘poison’.
Another thing that I excluded from my diet are products made from white grains / flour. I got rid of everything with white flour and bought whole grain – pasta, bread, flour, biscuits – EVERYTHING! White flour products differ from whole grain with the amount of fibre. White flour is made of heavily processed wheat grains – separating the fibre-rich brain from the rest of the grain – which makes it much less healthful to us.
Also, I completely stopped using white rice and changed it for a mix of whole grain and wild rice. Again, white rice has gone through processing –milling – that removed all the good and healthy nutrients from it. Therefore I recommend you to use wild and brown rice – you will love the taste!
I significantly cut down my coffee intake. I love coffee and I used to drink 3-4 a day. However, I found out that coffee is contributing to creating an acidity in our body and is also irritating the linings of our intestines. It is the best to stop drinking coffee, for good.
I completely stopped drinking any carbonated drinks – coke, sparkling water, lemonade, tonic, etc. There are loads of reasons anyone should stop drinking these poisons. It’s full of sugar and significantly contribute to high acidity and damage of our stomach.
Next thing I stopped (I occasionally do have a drink) is alcohol. No more beer, wine after work. Even on some parties, I would sit there with a bottle of water. Alcohol creates acidity in our bodies that we really don’t want. So instead of a beer, have a cup of chamomile or green tea. If your colleagues, like some of mine, will moan that you are boring, just remind yourself that your body is more important than anything else right now.
Another thing I completely excluded from my diet is processed meats and meat in general. Processed meats are full of artificial ingredients, salt and sugar. Meat is hard to digest and makes our stomach work too hard. Also, the meat we buy today is full of hormones that are supposed to help it look better and bigger. If you love meat, try to stop eating at least the processed meats. And start buying organic meat.
The last thing I’m going to mention today is sugar. The first two months of my diet I was extremely strict and didn’t eat any ‘un-natural’ sugar. No chocolate, ice-cream, cakes – anything! Don’t forget that sugar is not ingredient occurring only in sweet stuff. There is a lot of sugar in many savoury things that you buy – pesto sauce, hummus, spread cheese, etc. Therefore, I started to make my own sauces. Like that, I know that I’m not taking any extra sugar and I’m not adding acidity to my body.
It is a long list that I provided you with today. In my next post, I will talk more about the acidity and alkalinity in our body and why it is important to ‘go alkaline’. I will include some recipes as well. It was hard for me to imagine a dish without any nightshade in it. So I will show you that there are many options out there.
Have a great day!