|Dec 20 2011|
I've suffered from Erythroderma for 18 years. It seems to cycle, getting better and then worse for no apparent reason. My meals are high protein, to help replace what is lost through exfoliation. I also take Methotrexate, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and am on Insulin for Diabetes.
I purchased The Anti-inflammatory Diet and Recipe Book by Doctor Jessica Black. I'm following her instructions to eliminate inflammatory foods from my diet. It's not surprising that fats, sweets, and simple carbohydrates are big culprits that can cause inflammation, along with some other foods. Of course these are culprits for Diabetes as well. So it seems to me that this diet can only be good for me.
Last week, I had an awful flare of Erythroderma. My skin was very red, burned, and painful all over. The day before this happened, I had eaten some chocolate candy. I rarely pig out, but that day, I did (embarrassed to say, I ate a lot of chocolate). Because I had been reading this book, I wondered if this was the cause for the flare.
At any rate, I began at once to eat more natural foods, more fresh fruits and vegetables, and less of the inflammatory foods listed in the book. The flare lasted 3 days, and now I've felt wonderful for another 3 days! Of course, if this thing follows it's usual course, I'll have some good days, and then some bad, on and on like this. But if foods do play a part in inflammation, possibly I'll improve.
My daughter teaches Nutrition and she tells me that it will make a difference. It may not cure me, but it will lessen the flares and make my skin at least some better. I'd be grateful for any improvement and am trying my best to follow this plan.
I'm eating all I want of protein and non-starchy vegetables. I'm following the diabetes diet plan with other foods, such as starchy vegetables. I have eliminated all gluten and dairy. If nothing else, it will improve my diabetes.
My husband and I were invited to a party on Christmas Eve. They are having Lasagna (I'm avoiding gluten and tomatoes), Pork roast (I'm avoiding pork), Venison-ke-bobs (that I can have), and lots of other goodies. I won't eat any of the inflammatory foods, including all the sweets that I love. I told her I'd bring a sugar-free dessert (I'll have some of that).
Surely this diet will pay off with more feel-good days.
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