My name is Kristina, I’m 34 and have had psoriasis since I was 20 years old.
I’m not a writer, my worst subject is English/Writing. So do not expect proper grammar or sentence structure for me. Spell check is my best friend.
I decided to write a blog to chronicle my experiment. Not only will it hopefully hold me more accountable, but my memory sucks sometimes. This will not be a daily food diary but I may reference what I ate that day.
I don’t think anyone but me will read this, but if you are I hope it helps you in some way.
Day 0 – July 18th, 2018 – 11:30 P.M.
Tomorrow I start my 60 day juice cleanse. I will attempt to not eat any actual food, but instead only consume vegetable and fruit juice. Trying to keep to the 80% veggie 20% fruit ratio.
I have done a juicing cleanse before but never this long. I am inspired by Joe Cross and his journey to use juice to heal is autoimmune disease. I’m hoping it will work for me. I’m hoping juicing will give my body a jolt of nothing but nutrients to clean out all the toxins that are built up in my system. My previous attempt lasted about 15 days, and I noticed a significant difference in my psoriasis outbreaks. … but can I keep it up for as long as I need to?
Currently, my psoriasis is bad. The helmet of scale on my scalp is itchy, hard, and seeps. I also have psoriasis arthritis and currently my left hip, knee, and shoulder are stiff and painful. Sleeping at night is very uncomfortable currently. I have psoriasis under my breasts that tear, and I am all around uncomfortable and agitated. My current state of mind is set on the task ahead for tomorrow, but I’m not looking forward to all things I will not be able to do socially because of this journey.
People say I’m nuts for trying this, but I have to try. Wish me luck, and good night.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
My husbands kids have come to visit for the long weekend. They start school next Tuesday so we will be taking them school shopping, and going out to eat a lot I presume. Should be an eventful weekend at least. I took vacation days next Tuesday and Wednesday. So my work week will only be 2 days next week. Woohoo! I ate a lot of cookies tonight. I don’t want to talk about it….
My father is coming to visit in 22 days. This will be the first time he has visited since I moved to Grand Rapids Michigan 9 years ago. I have a lot of cleaning and organizing to do. I need a bedroom set for the spare room. Well at least some side tables, and a chair. I have so much to get done in 3 weeks. I need to make a list and get started. If I do one thing each day, hopefully I will not stress myself out too much.
My scalp is producing a snow storm again. Sigh….
Everything else is the same.
I decided I needed a couple days off from juicing. I still drank some juice this morning but I had a Girls Pint Out event tonight, and decided I would have some beer. Monday is still bothering me and I wanted to just eat a bit more normal. I am still eating mostly all plant based (I did have some meat sauce on my zoodles yesterday), and I have been eating some healthy snacks, and salads.
My weight stayed the same which I am actually pretty happy about considering the fact that I am eating solid food every day and some of it will be water weight and food waste.
My scalp is not good today. I did an oil treatment and the skin is coming off in big chunks. Gross I know.
My body and joints feel really good though.
The stuff under my boobs is a little irritated, but not bad.
Today was my appointment with a Registered Nutritionist. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am with that appointment. This girl was straight out of college, and had no idea how to treat psoriasis with diet. It’s very frustrating. All she wanted to do was feed me all the information she learned in college. I should have expected this from an HMO doctor/RN.
I kind of gave up after that train wreck of a doctor visit. I had soup for lunch, and hummus with cucumbers for dinner. Which would have been great, but then I had some glutton free granola, a Oh Goodness bar (granola w/ chocolate & fruit), and some bean chips. I know ate way too much salt today. I will not be having any salt tomorrow. My motivation is waning. Only 15 more days till my work conference. The boys are coming to visit this Thursday, and I know its going to be horrendous for me and my diet.
My scalp has broken out again a bit, but not as bad as it was before. No snow storm but the spots that are there are angry.
My joints still feel good.
The stuff under my boobs has cleared up and has not bothered me in about 4 days.
I have only used my topicals on my head once this week.
It was a pretty good weekend. I hopped on the scale on Saturday and I was down two pounds. I decided to go to gym since I knew Tony and I were going to Linear for dinner. I also walked the dog for about 30 minutes. My legs were dead. I ran on the treadmill about 10 of my 20 minutes, and did some dead lifts. The food at Linear was really good. I did have dessert this time. Everyone on Yelp was raving about the cherry bread pudding so I had to try it. For dinner I had the beet gnocchi. Appetizer was seafood stew and tuna tartar. All really good. No alcohol of course still. I miss liquor.
Sunday was a lazy day. I took the dog on another long walk. I had some quinoa, and nuts, along with juice today. My husband also bought me some bone conduction headphones. These things are amazing! I had earbud because they always fall out of my ears when I start sweating, and headphones are too hot. The sound is spectacular for not actually being in your ears!
Well, I gained almost two pounds. I was hoping it was mostly because I was eating vegetables instead of only juicing them. Meaning I would have more waste in my system. I also feel this might be a little plateau again. I finished off my leftover soup tonight. I am not making another soup until next week. I’ll weigh myself again on Saturday and hope for a better result. I may have been consuming too much salt as well. There was some in the soup and my nuts have some salt as well. I’m going to go strict for a couple days and limit my salt.
I went for a really long walk tonight as well with Christine. It was only supposed to be 2.8 miles but ended up doing 4.69 miles because we accidentally went the wrong way on a loop.
My scalp is breaking out in a couple places on top of my head. I took a shower after I scratched them all off, and still no snow storm. I’m sad it broke out in a couple spots, but no snow storm after a shower is a major accomplishment.
It is Monday again. I said yesterday I was going to try to juice all day, but I failed at that. I made some Green Detox soup. I really enjoyed it. I added some Worcestershire to it, but it was amazing. I did not fully blend it, but left it partially chunky. The recipe is located here. https://www.rebootwithjoe.com/green-detox-soup-recipe-of-the-week/
Today my scalp is so much better. I’m unsure if its the new topical, the oil treatment, or the diet at this point. All I know is I washed and dried my hair this morning, yet I am not producing a snow storm. I am very hopeful this will stick around, but I don’t want to get too confident and jinx it.
I did notice I had constant drainage yesterday. I’m sure it had to do with the butter/piece of cheese I had on Saturday, but I have no idea. Maybe the bite of bread/glutton, or was it night shade vegetables in the gazpacho. I may make gazpacho next week and then see if I have drainage again.
I think I’m retaining water. I did not pee a lot today. I’m going to focus on drinking a lot of water tomorrow.
Today I ate a batch of sweet potato fries. They were very good, but I have low expectations now. I used one organic sweet potato and one non-organic. I noticed that some of the fries were softer then others. I’m unsure which one did what, but they were still great!
My arms are sore from the push-ups on the bike yesterday. Tuesday I will do some weights at the gym. Tony said he wants to go with me, but we shall see if he has motivation after a long day at work.
Tomorrow, I will stick to only juice and maybe a nut snack. Probably will do the same for Tuesday. I want to flush out everything. I still want to lose weight each week. I will probably stick to only juice on days I do not work out at all.
Joints: Still feel good. No more pain/stiffness in the morning.
Scalp: Lots of flaking today. I did another oil treatment yesterday. Also, I started using the lower dose steroid my doctor gave me. My scalp does not seem as angry and inflamed though.
Under Boobs: I have been using the new tube of Desonide. The area is also calming down, only a couple red spots under there.