Day 12 | Psoriasis Diet – Challenges and Successes

Good but not great hot cereal with bananas

Today is the 12th day of the diet, and so far things have been going more right than wrong.  This weekend I finally committed to ending coffee intake, and I’m on day 3 of zero coffee.  I replaced it with a cup of darjeeling tea, which I also really love, but eventually, probably later this week I’m going to replace that with something with no caffeine.  I don’t think caffeine is the problem with those drinks, and to be honest, I don’t think the drinks are as big a problem as what I eat.

Speaking of eating things, last night I experimented with tofu.  Yup, that bland hunk of white stuff.  I needed a way to cook it without using any oils, since I need to have *some* protein in my diet.  I found this youtube video which was great.  I wanted to try out a bunch of different dry seasoning mixes and was trying to think of a good way to get the stuff to stick to the tofu without using any oil.  Well, this guy had a great idea:

Mustard!  I love mustard!  And I can even eat it.  So I tried 5 different spice mixes: Sate, Arizona Dreaming, Turkish seasoning, Northwoods Fire, and to round it out I had some McCormick Grill Mates Smokehouse Maple seasoning, which I used, but didn’t want to like as much as the other spice mixes.  Why?  Because 1) I’m a Penzey’s fan boy, and 2) it has Mysterious Ingredients, and that always makes me suspicious that there will be something in there that doesn’t play well with my psoriasis.

So I slabbed up the tofu, covered it in mustard (and a bit of worcestershire) and then each slice I covered in a different spice rub.  I let them sit for a couple hours, and then into a 400°F oven for 20 minutes, then I turned off the oven and let them sit in there for another 15 minutes.  When they came out the texture was great, quite meaty.  Which was the best one?  Of course it was the Smokehouse Maple one 😡 But next up (for me) it was the Sate seasoning, with the Turkish a not too distant third.  The others just didn’t do it for me, but I know they are good on other things: the Northwoods fire on chicken is great, and the Arizona Dreaming in eggs is really good.  Now, in order for me to TRY all these different things, I was forced (FORCED I TELL YOU) to eat… most of it.  Almost the whole block.

Let me tell you a little story about how my psoriasis feels about eating a great deal of protein: it doesn’t like it.  The next day (today) the psoriasis plaques were quite red and irritated.  I want to blame the delicious and mysterious Smokehouse Maple seasoning, but I know deep down in my black heart that in the past I’ve seen the same thing: Everytime I eat a lot of protein I get a poor reaction.  So it looks like I might be able to eat a *small* amount of tofu, but I can’t chow down a whole block.  Who knew.  (it actually IS quite possible the Smokehouse seasoning, or some other thing was to blame, worcestershire?)  But I’ll be eating smaller amounts of protein in the future.  I have found that I can eat a hardboiled egg just fine.  As long as I eat *mostly* whole grains, leafy greens, carrots etc.

For lunch I’ve been eating this hot cereal I got: Bob’s Red Mill Five Grain which seems good.  I added an apple and cinnamon while cooking, and then topped it with a banana. It was good, although… I mean oatmeal works fine too.  I probably will just buy steel cut oats in the future, YMMV.

Good but not great hot cereal with bananas
Five Grain Hot Cereal

Anyway, this was new to the diet as well, so: SUSPICION.  Nothing is safe.  In hindsight I probably shouldn’t add multiple new things to the diet at the same time.  Bad, scientist, bad.  I’m fixing it by eating the cereal again today, but not the tofu.  WE WILL SEE WHO IS GUILTY.

Meanwhile, I’ve dropped about 5 lbs so far, and have slowly been upping my rowing workout so I don’t feel quite like horfing anymore, so those things are good.  The Tai Chi class also went well, I’ll probably be adding that into the workouts from now.  I should have taken a picture yesterday when the plaques were better looking, but here is a picture of my arm currently, much more red than yesterday, though the size of the plaques have not yet begun to recede:

Psoriasis plaque 12 days into psoriasis diet
My arm Day 12

Annoying.  Well, until today things were getting better, just gotta keep chugging along.  I had downgraded my PASI score yesterday, though now it is back up to my ‘normal’.  I have spreadsheets of things like what I eat every day, and what my metrics are as I measure them, anyone interested in those?  I’m thinking about putting them into a google doc and linking it somehow to the blog so you can see changes as I update them.

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