How I Stop My Psoriatic Arthritis Attacks

When I see that the psoriasis is starting an attack, I’ve been modifying my food intake.

When one of my toes swelled up, I immediately started water fasting. The toe shrunk back to normal and hasn’t bothered me again.

When my fingernail got attacked by psoriasis a couple of weeks ago, I immediately switched my diet to a new experiment, and it stopped (the nail has been growing healthily since then). My pain has also nearly disappeared when I started the experiment below.

The Latest Diet Experiment

For my latest psoriatic arthritis attack, I tried experimenting with some ideas from the book The Keystone Approach combined with with I’ve already been doing.

  • I’m only eating salads made of raw and steamed vegetables.
  • No sugar (as always)
  • Vegan, except for fish (wild salmon or sardines)
  • Minimal fruit (keeping sugars down) – this is new
  • Minimal starchy foods (e.g., no grains). – this is new

I’ll steam a lot of vegetables in advance, like in the image below:

Collards, kale, zucchini, spaghetti squash, broccoli, leeks, mushrooms, etc.:

Steamed vegetables

Cauliflower, collards, zucchini, mushrooms, green beans, chard, etc.:

Steamed vegetables

String beans, broccoli, spaghetti squash, okra, moqua, rutabaga, kale, Brussels sprouts, etc. The liquid is the steaming water that I later used for stock when cooking lentils:

Steamed vegetables

I store them in the refrigerator in containers and can then chop them and mix in different combinations to create salads like this:

A salad

Giant salad

I eat two of those large salads per day and not much in between.

Other salad ingredients include lettuce, raw spinach (I buy 1-pound boxes of baby spinach), radish, scallions, cilantro, Italian parsley, carrots, cucumber, raw sauerkraut.

I’m not eating grains, but there are some legumes in those salads: garbanzos or lentils. Also some fish every couple of days: a can of sardines or half of a large can of wild salmon. The sauce on the salads is tahini, olive oil, vinegar, and salt. Sometimes I’ll put some seaweed flakes on it.

I’ve been eating just 2-3 small servings of fruit per day, which is a big reduction. I’m trying to keep sugar and starch intake very low to see what the effects are.

I’ve been doing that for two weeks and my pain is nearly all gone, and the attack on my fingernail stopped.

I’ve also been taking:

  • 2,000-4,000mg omega 3s from fish oil
  • 2,000mg vitamin D
  • a probiotic with bifidobacteria

As always, what I’m writing here is just a description of my own experiments on managing psoriatic arthritis, not a recommendation on what you should do. If you would like to discuss these ideas, please leave a comment below.

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