The Best Diet For You

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There are a ton of diets out there. From low fat, to low carb, to raw, vegan, paleo—the list goes on. On one diet, fats are the devil. On another, oil is a magical elixir. Every diet has some accomplished physician backing it up or some story about how it’s backed by human evolution. So what are we supposed to believe? Don’t worry. I’m not here to tell you that my way is the answer. It might be. It certainly is for me. But eating is a very personal thing. Every piece of food you eat has a story—a personal reaction with your body, a relationship to the earth, to those who cultivated it, and to the life cycle of living things. The right diet for you depends on you and your body’s interpretation of that story. Here are my keys to a good diet:

 

A good diet…

Keeps the doctor away

If you’re getting sick all the time, look at your diet. I used to constantly be sick—sinus infections, coughs, stomachaches and so forth—but since giving up dairy and wheat, I haven’t felt healthier. It’s been over a year since my last cold! Clearly, a vegan, gluten-free diet works for me. But it doesn’t work for everyone. Some people go vegan and their bodies can’t handle it—no matter what the studies or I or anyone else says. So listen to your body and decide what it really wants from your food.

 

Is full of vegetables and water

From the very first health class we all took, we’re told to eat our vegetables and drink tons of water. There is no conflict on this. Absent some rare disease-specific diets, every mainstream diet out there advocates eating lots of vegetables. They are low calorie, sugar, carb, high fiber, high vitamins, antioxidants, water-content, cancer-fighting; basically they contain all the good with none of the bad. And water is the best detoxifier there is. So eat your veggies and drink up, because this stamp of approval is here to stay!

 

Keeps your conscience clear

Ever since I was a child, the thought of eating animals was very difficult for me, even without knowing about poor farming practices. However, I was always told that eating meat was the right thing to do, so I did it. It wasn’t until I went to college and learned about factory farming my first year that I finally gave it up altogether, and my conscience never felt clearer. And while for the first 4 years of my diet I was extremely unhealthy (I ate a ton of processed/fake meats and sugar), I felt much better than I did when eating meat. Even though my body hadn’t started healing, my conscience had. There’s something about me that strongly empathizes with animals—sometimes more so than with humans—and I just can’t eat them. That’s what my gut tells me—both figuratively and literally. Your gut though, may tell you something different. It may tell you not to eat GMOs, not to eat exported food, or to be very cognizant of the labor going into your meals. The point is that you need to live with it. Find out what’s important to you, and stick with it.

And keeps something else clear too…

Alright— I have to be at least a little blunt here. If you’re not having regular, solid bowel movements, something is wrong with your diet. And keep in mind that a lot more goes into a good poo than you think—check out Dr. Oz’s segment to get a better idea!

 

Above all, it’s important to remember that you are the best judge of your own health. Listen to your body and your brain!

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    How do I cope with psoriasis?I’ve had ourtaebks of psoriasis for about 2 1/2 years now (I’m 15). My dad had it, and I’ve had it on the scalp since I was baby (my mum thought it was cradle cap). Currently it affects most of my body, in particular my scalp, chest, neck, upper back, arms and small amounts around my legs. I’ve tried lots of different creams and ointments prescribed from the doctors (I always use Diprobase moisturiser, Capsaal shampoo, as well as other stuff), I’ve been to a dermatologist, and I eat fairly healthily (although I don’t do much exercise anymore because it becomes painful).At the moment I’m going to this UV light treatment at the hospital twice a week which helps but doesn’t clear it up completely. I’ve missed a few (holiday) and now my skin has become very painful to live with, to the point where I don’t want to where short sleeve or go swimming anymore (which was one of favourite hobbies). While I will keep trying with all these solutions (unfortunately I’m allergic to a lot of ointments and creams), I would like some advice on how to cope with this, especially at school where I get teased a lot (like the changing rooms). I know that my condition is directly linked to stress, so I’ve had to give up some hobbies that I find tiring for time to relax, but now with my exams coming up, I worry that my skin is going to get a lot worse. Unfortunately I am a bit of perfectionist at my work meaning that coursework usually takes me a long time to get done!Any advice or help would be appreciated!If it helps, the stuff I use is a moisturiser (Diprobase) and Alphosyl HC cream for my face and body, Dovonex ointment for particular areas with thick plaque, Betamethasone scalp application at night, and Capsaal shampoo. However, what I want to know is how I can cope with psoriasis, not necessarily how to treat it (although any solutions offered are welcome!).Thanks for the answers so far, very helpful!Wally G mentioned about the overreaction of the immune system, which reminded me. Since I’ve been having psoriasis break-outs, I’ve been catching colds and illnesses over and over again, sometimes missing weeks off school at a time.

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      Hi Kyle!

      First of all, I know what you’re going through. The summer of sophomore year in college I had a crazy outbreak of a rare form of psoriasis, which led to scaly bumps all over my body. In addition, I had very visible eczema and vitiligo all throughout high school. It was horrible and I wore long sleeve shirts no matter how hot it was! I’m not a nutritionist/expert, so keep in mind that the only advice I can give you is based on my personal experiences. I would definitely recommend seeking out a good dermatologist and holistic nutritionist, if you haven’t already. If you’re in the New York area, I can recommend a few.

      Coping with a visible skin condition is tough, especially in high school where everybody loves to judge. In high school, my strategy was to preempt judgment and joke around about it. If I saw people looking at it or begin to make fun of it, I’d automatically joke around and rub my arm against their skin, saying “Uh oh! Now you have it! Just kidding. It’s not contagious.” My personality is outgoing enough for that approach, but you have to find what way works for you. But it really boils down to confidence. OWN your psoriasis and others will follow. Reach out via social media (psoriasis blogs, national psoriasis foundation, etc.) to help. Check out Alisha’s blog(http://beingmeinmyownskin.com/) to help you stay connected an inspired.

      In terms of remedies, what is your diet/lifestyle like? During my psoriasis summer, I had the worst eating habits of my life. I was drinking like a fish and getting very little sleep and eating very cheaply by getting street food and eating cheese (this was before I was fully vegan. Obviously these are things to consider–especially alcohol. It may seem overly simplistic, but getting more sleep and eating more healthful fats goes a long way. Also check out my post on vitiligo (http://legallyvegan.com/?p=266)

      Hope that helps!

      Alana

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