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Elimination diets - Do you have to do it all at once?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 28, 2013 at 3:06 AM

I've had psoriasis all my life. In the past three years it's gotten much worse. I've been reading about dietary changes that can help but when I consider eliminating all those things at once I get quite despondent (red meat, dairy, eggs, caffeine, alcohol, legumes, nightshades, wheat, corn, spices).

The thing is, I have, at different periods of my life, totally abstained from all of those food groups aside from nightshades but the amount of nightshades I consume is pretty moderate (half a tomato on a salad once or twice a week maybe... bell peppers with about the same frequency). I was vegetarian for 25 years (takes care of red meat), vegan for 10 years (takes care of dairy and eggs), and have been off gluten for extended periods of time. I didn't have caffeine for a year at some point in my mid-20s. For the past six months I've not had legumes, grains, or alcohol. There has been very little change in the psoriasis except for it worsening (appearing on my knees instead of just my elbows) after having a kid.

Is it safe at this point to assume it's not diet related or is it really worth it to cut everything out at once and live off fish, chicken and brassicas for a month? I'm honestly not sure I could do it.

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on June 28, 2013
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I guess that's the catch - it's not bad enough. It's not usually painful and only sometimes itches. You're right though, if it was I wouldn't be hesitant at all to try the extreme.

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on June 28, 2013
at 03:28 AM

Logically speaking, it's possible that eliminating foods one at a time wouldn't help. Some people are sensitive to more than one thing, so you could have been continuing to irritate yourself with food A while you were off food B, and then with B while you were off A. If you've tried single-elimination experiments with each food, and you've also explored all the other well-recognized potential triggers for psoriasis, then you may need to eliminate more things at one time.

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on June 28, 2013
at 05:33 AM

I registered just so I could answer this question...if your psoriasis is bad enough, you won't have a problem eliminating everything on that list for a month. Not to sound all self-helpy but if you have a strong enough "why" you can do almost anything.

I had a bad case of eczema (first time in my life) that started small and I kept thinking "I should probably do an elimination diet..." but it wasn't until both legs were covered in oozing rashes and I wanted to fillet the skin off my legs that I committed to an extreme elimination diet (no dairy, meat, eggs, chicken, nightshades, citrus, grains). Woke up the next morning, ate nothing but fish, avocados, and a few veggies for 5 weeks, and my eczema was 90% healed by the time I was done. I lucked out and have been able to reintroduce almost everything (still limiting grains and sugar); just needed a reset for my body/gut.

If you do decide to do a strict elimination, make sure you keep your calories up around your normal levels. I didn't and, while it worked wonders for the waistline, I'm dealing with telogen effluvium now.

B77077b10dae8aacdd01ac61cb5bcfc3

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on June 28, 2013
at 11:57 AM

I guess that's the catch - it's not bad enough. It's not usually painful and only sometimes itches. You're right though, if it was I wouldn't be hesitant at all to try the extreme.

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on July 25, 2013
at 11:55 PM

Yes, vegetarian diets are severely deficient in Omega 3. Next step, get it out of tallow.

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on July 11, 2013
at 07:05 PM

In one last ditch attempt to avoid the total elimination diet, I decided to try upping my Omega-3s. I've been taking 1g three times a day for several weeks now and am absolutely amazed at the results. There has been very little new plaque growth and the skin beneath is actually healing for the first time in years. I wish I had tried this sooner. Just posting in case this helps anyone else searching.

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on June 28, 2013
at 04:22 AM

I had really bad eczema and general dermatitis (rashes). I went on the Paleo autoimmune protocol and eliminated everything on your list except for red meat and my skin was 95% healed in 3 weeks. It was an eye opener for me since I didnt realize that I ate that much nightshades or almonds. But I love Mexican food (salsa, chili, tacos, etc) and eat it just about every day so.... Now I limit myself to tomato based dishes once or twice a week and That seems to be my upper limit.

So yes, you have to eliminate all of it at once then add them back one by one. Good luck!

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