The Nutrition and Teas

The first week in and overall, it is going really well! I wanted to share with you a bit about the nutrition plan.  After the 3 day apple diet, I moved on to a high alkaline diet.  That means 70-80% of my foods will be alkaline forming ( fruits and veggies) and 20-30% will be acid forming (whole grains, meat, dairy).   There are lots of little rules and I know it will take some time to learn.

For instance, no red or processed meats but I can have chicken, turkey, lamb (the only red meat option but I don’t think I will be going this route) and fish.

I can have apples, bananas, and melon but only eaten as a separate snack, not with a meal.

I can have 2-4 eggs per week.

I must avoid Nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, white potatoes, tobacco, and paprika) and also since I have psoriatic arthritis, I must also avoid citrus and strawberries.

I must avoid processed foods such as white bread, white rice, etc.

This week I started taking teas 5 days a week that will help heal the walls of the intestines (slippery elm powder) and help flush out the liver and kidneys (American Yellow Saffron Tea).  I start my day with 1/2 teaspoon of slippery elm powder mixed with warm water and wait 30 minutes before I have my breakfast.  I end my day on an empty stomach with 1/2 teaspoon of American Yellow Saffron Tea steeped in hot water.

I take 3 tablespoons of Lecithin- 1 tbsp at each meal- 5 days per week.  The benefits of taking lecithin are that it is an alkaline, aids in digestion, and has a helpful effect on bowel evacuation.  It is really important to be regular in that department to avoid buildup of toxins.  supplements

The 3 Day Apple Diet

Yep- you read that right.  I am at the end of day 3 and I have only been eating apples- nice, crunchy, juicy, golden delicious apples- all day long for the past 3 days.  The reason behind this is to clear out the maximum amount of toxins that have been building up from the system.

For the past 3 days, I have had a glass of warm water with the juice f 1 lemon squeezed in it.  Then after an hour, I started hydrating with filtered water.  I could eat as many red or golden delicious apples as I wanted to throughout the day.  If they were organic, I could eat the whole thing.  If they were not, I had to peel them first.  I ate 6 apples each day.  I also drank 1 tablespoon of olive oil each evening.

In the evenings of day 1 and 2, I following Dr. Pagano’s advice and gave myself an enema.  I was beyond nervous but I used a one time use saline application made my Fleet.  On day 3, I had a colon hydrotherapy session.  This was done by a professional in an office setting and she made me feel very comfortable despite the awkward…um..topic.  After an hour, I went home and enjoyed something other than apples!- Plain yogurt with live cultures to replace the normal bacteria flora in the intestinal tract.

Tomorrow starts day 1 of the new diet I will be following.  There is a list of foods to avoid and a list to enjoy.  More on that next time…

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My First Steps

I was first diagnosed with psoriasis in the first grade.  I developed itchy patches of thick, flaky skin on my elbow, knees and forehead.  It made me very self conscious as a young child because people thought it was contagious and couldn’t help but stare or ask me “what is that?”  I also consistently have white flakes on my shoulders from itching my scalp.  The doctors and dermatologists just told me it was like rapidly growing skin cells and I could treat it topically with steroid creams.  Over the past 31 years, I have had patches on my elbows, knees, forehead, scalp, in my ears, and a patch on my leg.  I lost hope.  I thought this is just something I would have to deal with everyday- no cure.

A few years ago, I was also diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, which for me displayed itself in my feet.  During the wintertime flares up, my toes will get so swollen, red, and painful to the touch.  I am known to wear flip flops in the rain and snow just because it hurts to put shoes on.  I was seeing a rheumatologist and we were trying to get medication approved by my insurance, but I was hesitant at the thought of being on meds for the rest of my life, not knowing what other side effects it may cause.

About a month ago, I started wondering if there was something else I could try, something that could help alleviate the itchiness and flaking that plagues me everyday.  I initially started down the path of looking at essential oils and upon researching it, I came across the book posted below.  Healing psoriasis a natural way?  I started reading some of the reviews and ordered the book right away.

Books like this usually have me snoring by page 3 but I couldn’t put it down!  It was fascinating to read about how psoriasis isn’t just something external, but really stems from what is happening internally.  Dr. Pagano defines psoriasis as “the external manifestation of the body’s attempt to “throw off” internal toxins.”  In order for me to heal my psoriasis, I need to heal from the inside out.

I will be documenting my journey as I follow Dr. Pagano’s method as described in his book: “Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative” and also using recipes from his companion cookbook.  I am committed to this process and hope you follow along as an encourager or I hope I encourage you on your own journey of healing.