Dive in fast or wade in slowly?
Iím normally a dive right in type of girl.
In fact, my mother would quote me right about now, saying, ďI was the first one in!Ē - A reference to my visit to the public bath houses in Japan at the ripe old age of 14.
However, we arenít talking about hot springs or swimming pools here - no, weíre talking about some lifestyle changes. . . and I want to be sure to give this my best shot.
A friend from college came to town a month back and, when I noticed that his psoriasis had cleared up, I asked him what he was doing that was working so well. He told me that he attributes his drastic improvements to his lifestyle changes - cutting out gluten and sugar, eating fresh foods, living an active life... I had to fight the urge to roll my eyes.
If I had a nickel for every time someone has told me that cutting out sugar and or gluten would clear up my very painful, very ugly facial psoriasis, Iíd be a very rich woman! Still, my friend wasnít preaching without experience - he was just sharing what had worked for him, and so - for the first time ever - I spent some time researching the effects of gluten and sugar on psoriasis. Thatís when I happened across MDA.
I forwarded the website to a friend/coworker. ĎCan you believe this?Ē I asked her.
Yes, actually, she could... it might work for me.
It might work for me.
So, I read the book - Iíve read several forum posts and blog entries and success stories. I want a success story!
Here is what success would look like for me, at this point in time:
- Weight loss. iíd love to pretend this isnít a big motivator for me, but it really is. I donít have some ideal goal weight in mind, I just know that I canít keep maintaining 198 lbs any more.. My size 16 clothes are slowly becoming too tight, and I just canít bear the thought of going another size up.
- Improved health. Sure, I feel pretty healthy now... but I think Iím taking some risks with my high carb, high sugar diet right now. Iíve been noticing, lately, that sometimes after I eat, I have this tickle-cough that will not stop for quite a while. I also often have heartburn, back pain, leg pain, headaches... and Iím only 30 years old! Iím too young to start falling apart.
- Skin improvement. Maybe diet change is the way to accomplish this, maybe not - but Iíd like to give it a fighting chance so i can know, once and for all, if ďtheyĒ are all correct - itís all in my gut.
I guess you could say this is my n=1 experiment to discover if PBP changes will make me:
- feel better, and
- impact my psoriasis
So, Iím starting today, but since I am frugal and on a budget, Iím going to be making these changes slowly - at least for the first week - as I finish changing over my refrigerator and pantry to PBP friendly foods.
Barriers to success:
- I work nights and have grown quite accustomed to my mid-shift coca-cola.
However, considering the fact that I have been successfully Dr. Pepper (my true addiction at one time) free since 2010, I believe that I can give up all sodaís once and for all.
- Iím lazy. and sometimes downright tired due to the night shift schedule, and especially when DH is ďcookingĒ - on Mondayís and Fridayís - it may be difficult to be primal, because...
- DH isnít sold on this. Heís intrigued. He is willing to give it a shot... Iím just hoping he will feel better enough, fast enough to notice the difference and be fully convinced.
Iím torn between sharing my journey with people IRL and keeping it to myself until I notice some changes. Iíd be interested in hearing how others have handled this.
I guess Iím wading in slowly this time. As much as Iíd like a drastic change all at once, for now one step at a time will have to do.