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Can I Eat That?

Can I Eat That?

I have really bad eating habits. One thing I know is that sugar is not good for my body. I loved sugary stuff and at times eat way too much. It feels like the more sugar I eat, the better I feel at times.

The one thing I have noticed when I consume candy, cookies, cake and ice-cream is that it wreaks havoc on my psoriasis. My mom used to make popcorn for me as a child and would pour lots of caramel sugar all over it. I would eat this for days and scratch every night like crazy until my whole body was bloody. I had to wear socks on my hands to protect me. It was unbearable.

I didn’t realize that all that processed sugar was tearing my body up. It was making me gain unwanted pounds and my psoriasis was getting worse.

When you have plaque psoriasis and you’re covered in scales over 80% of your body, you don’t really pay much attention to your sugar intake or anything else that goes into your body.

But little did I know that not only was the sugar bad for me but so was the flour, white rice, and all those white starches were having effects on my skin. I had to learn the difference in brown rice versus white rice and why brown rice was supposed to be better? It took me a while to figure out why white starches were not good for me. I couldn’t see the benefits until I did some research.

Making changes

I have cut out a lot of starches and sugar from my diet. One of the things in my life that I have chosen to give up is sugary drinks. My skin feels better, but there are times I feel sluggish without my sugar.

I have decided to eat fruit that has natural sugars. They are much healthier for me. I was never a fruit eater unless it was grapes or bananas. Well, when I was talking to my doctor the one thing I was told to stay away from was grapes and bananas because there was too much sugar. So I had to experiment with different fruits until I found one I could eat every day. I have narrowed it down to pears, cantaloupes, watermelon, and apples. I can feel and see the difference in my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

It’s funny that even with my psoriatic arthritis I feel the bad side effects of eating sugar. When I decide to eat ice-cream and cake, I feel so tired, sluggish and can barely move around the next day.

I have decided to make some lifestyle changes. I need to stay away from starches and sugars. I try not to fool myself and think that just because these foods look and taste good that they are good for me. I know I need to watch my calories and look at the ingredients in the foods that I put in me.

Healthy choices pay off

And not to mention that if we watch what we eat we can ward off diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. All of these diseases are from what we ingest and put into our bodies. A lot of it is from the white starch family.

I am more mindful these days as to what I put in my body. I know if I continue to dump all these items in me, that it will affect my psoriasis and my psoriatic arthritis in the worst way.

Just because I have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis doesn’t mean I can’t have a healthy body. I plan on looking at food labels more and staying away from all the sugars I can. Another thing to be careful of is when you eat out, you never know how much sugar is being put on that meal.

Home cook meals are the best, you know what’s going into your food. Let us eat healthy and our bodies will thank us later!

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