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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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Day 6 | Recipes for Plaque Psoriasis Diet

psoriasis friendly vegetables

First of all, in the immortal words of Arrested Development, I made a huge mistake.  That mistake was the delicious, but sadly not-great-for-my-psoriasis, peanut soba noodle dish.  I didn’t fare well after eating it, the psoriasis definitely felt hot and painful, so that’s back off the menu, boys.

I did make some things which seem much more friendly for me, and I thought people might be interested in seeing them.  First up I made baked tofu, following this marinade recipe.

marinated tofu for psoriasis diet
24 hour marinated tofu ready for baking!
psoriasis diet baked tofu
Marinated tofu after 30 mins in the oven at 400 degrees f

Then I made a veggie stir-fry with carrots, broccoli, onion and mushrooms.  I did put a small (1tsp) amount of canola oil in the pan to keep from sticking, then just added chopped up bits.  After sauteing for a few minutes I added some of the leftover marinade from the tofu.

psoriasis friendly vegetables
The veggies I put in the stir-fry

Served over brown rice, added some delicious crunchy bean sprouts, and voila, a psoriasis friendly meal, I could eat all week:

baked tofu and vegetable stir fry over brown rice
Bringing it all together

Then last night, I decided to make psoriasis friendly savory crepes, which are a favorite of mine.  I can’t believe how delicious they taste, considering they only have a couple ingredients: soaked mung beans (I used green, but yellow are just as good if not better), water, ginger, garlic, and salt.  Buzz that up in a blender (I had a little jalapeno pepper left over from something else, so I tossed half of that in as well.  I’m avoiding most nightshades, but I’m not as concerned about that as I am oils and animal proteins, I’ve got bigger problems than half a raw jalapeno):

24 hour soaked green mung beans
Have to soak the dried green mung beans for 10 hours
mung bean crepe recipe in blender
Just put all the ingredients in the blender and away we go!

In the meantime I cooked some rice noodles (which for whatever reason don’t seem to bother me as much as wheat-based noodles).  I wanted a pretty good filling and rice noodles fit the bill.  Check out how delicious this crepe looks (believe me, tastes even better):

mung bean crepe cooked in a cast iron skillet
Well seasoned cast iron is a great way to go, no oil required!

I put it all together, noodles in the crepe as well as some of the veggie stir fry from the previous day, it was VERY GOOD.

Mung bean crepe with veggie stir fry, noodles and bean sprouts
Rice noodles, stir fry, and bean sprouts made the filling. I ate this like a giant taco

Tonight I ended up meeting up with a friend for a drink and went off diet a bit.  First, I had a beer, which isn’t great, but whatever.  Next I had vegan nachos and vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos that were AMAZING, but fried and on a white flour tortilla.  Things I’m trying to avoid.  I’m not that worried about it though, for me the toughest part is making this diet normal for me.  If I can manage that, and eat this way most of the time, I’m going to be making incremental progress.  This has got to be a long term thing for me.  In the past it took about a month or so before I really started to see results, and I’m assuming it will be no different this time.

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