Foods That Cause Flare Ups

I was wondering what kinds of foods cause flare ups in people? Also, how do you tell if it a flare up? Like do the spots you already have get worse or do you get more spots. I am wondering if I limit my diet it that would help my P go away or at least calm down some. I have often thought about going gluten free, but not sure how to go about doing it, because I am a vegetarian and the products that have gluten in them are a big part of my diet and were I live it is hard enought being vegetarian let alone cutting more out of my diet. I also recently found out that I was lactose intolerant, which means I should cut out dairy and maybe that would help my skin, but there again it is hard for me to cut out dairy when it is a big part of my diet. Just not sure how to handle everything. Any suggestions would be great.

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Ice Cream causes my plaques to grow and my joints to ache more.
But no noticeable reaction to cheese ...

When you test a change, recommend giving it three weeks, as progress is slow.

Why not cut way back on dairy and see if that makes a difference?

Being vegetarian puts you ahead of many of us.

Good Luck!

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Howzit Kris?

There has been lots of discussion re this subject recently here.
Pls go to: ress-of-inflammation-explained/?reply_sort=asc#replies

Go well,


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Howzit Hawkeye?

You could be right about dairy intolerance, also it may be gluten.
Your Ice cream experience might not be dairy of course but refined sugar which feeds your candida.
Your immune system then seeks out the candida in the gut and the candida(yeast) knows what's coming and 'cloaks' itself (clever little sod!) The immune system then searches for the candida somewhere, and finds some on the skin, hence you itch/flare!
Just an alternative look at it!

Go well,


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What sort of vegetarian are you?

If products that contain gluten are a BIG part of your diet, it sounds like you could be a stodgetarian.

A stodgetarian is a vegetarian who eats lots of sugar, gluten and dairy (i.e.) candy, fizzy sodas, bread, crackers, cookies, waffles, bagels, pasta, packaged convenience foods, milk, ice-cream and cheese.

Certainly in my experience, many vegetarians are often NO better off nutritionally than your average meat eater or those people following a Standard American Diet (SAD).

Many vegetarians I know are eating shocking diets, which is quite ironic because most people would expect vegetarians to be always glowing with vibrant good health.

Sadly most vegetarians I know are young and they just look ill, pasty pale or greyish on their diets of cheese sandwiches, bread, pasta, processed foods, deep fried foods and sodas.

If I ever suggest to them they should be eating a LOT of unprocessed foods daily like fresh raw fruit and vegetables, sprouted seeds, activated raw nuts, raw juices, green smoothies, seaweeds, chia, quinoa and other naturally gluten-free healthy grains.......... they look at me as if I have three heads.

So if you are lactose intolerant and don't want to start eating meat again, then a healthy nutritionally-rich vegan diet is pretty much the only option left.

There are many troublesome foods and it can be different for everyone. However, the five main biggies that come up time and time again are:

Wheat / Gluten
Refined Sugar

To that list you could also add variances like farmed fish and pork, red meat, processed mystery meats, soy, eggs, food preservatives / colors / numbers ....etc...I find chicken causes a flare for me. So you just need to find what is problematic for you personally.

A flare-up for me is easy to spot. First my elbows get red, hot, throbbing or itchy, and a day later I will notice little crusty plaque patches beginning to form. If I just left it and continued to eat the detrimental foods, the plaque patches would eventually spread. But I use that as an early warning sign to get back on track diet wise and I can clear my skin again within a matter of days or weeks.

When I had bad plaque patches normally my patches would just feel more sore or itchy the next day after over indulging. I would sometime scratch them until bleeding occurred. This often happened with dairy, alcohol and chocolate. I never really noticed it with other foods, which can make discovering your triggers tricky. Doing a 90 day plus elimination and then reintroducing said food and keeping a food diary are the best ways. You can also get tested, but I find self eliminations more accurate.

I ate chicken several times a week when I had bad plaque patches and never noticed anything different. It is only after I eliminated it for a year, and then tried to introduce it again after I had cleared psoriasis, that I started to notice a correlation.

I could get away with it as a one-off. But if I had it several times a week, the psoriasis plaques would start popping up again. Wheat is another discovery that I have made in recent years from avoiding it for over a year and then trying to reintroduce it.

Again in my days of bad P coverage things like meat, dairy and gluten would be consumed several times a day, so no wonder I never really noticed.

I have also been diagnosed as lactose intolerant and gave up dairy for that reason. But I have known for years that dairy makes my psoriasis worse. When I was younger and could eat it freely without intolerance issues, I gorged on dairy. Even though I knew it was bad for my psoriasis – I didn’t care back then.

Now I have been diagnosed, avoiding dairy is much more important, as it now also leads to arthritis type pains and stomach cramps if I eat it. So I have no choice but to avoid it.

I follow a gluten-free vegan diet with lots of raw vegan foods like fresh raw vegetable juices and vegetable smoothies. It was hard in the beginning. But I find it pretty easy now that I have made the effort to discover new foods and recipes. The diet keeps me 100% clear of psoriasis and pain-free. I only ever have problems if I lose the plot and get off track.

So my best suggestion to you is to discover your triggers and also seek out alternative foods. If you find delicious foods to eat that won’t harm your psoriasis or your lactose issues, it is so very easy to embrace the new diet and stay focused.

For example: if you have a sweet tooth there are some fantastic gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free desserts available. My two favourite books on the subject are:

“Raw for Dessert: Easy Delights for Everyone” by Jennifer Cornbleet

“Naked Chocolate” by David Wolfe & Shazzie

I use to love traditional cooked American pumpkin pie........but I have since discovered that the raw vegan version tastes even better.

Just because you change your diet doesn't mean you have to miss out. You just need to adapt.

Good luck

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Boy did you nail it......that is exactly what kind of vegetarian that I am. For me going vegetarian was never about eating healthy it was because I don't feel another animal should have to die so that I can live. But, over the years the way that I eat has gotten worse and worse. I have been vegetarian for about 10years now and am beginning to feel that it is starting to be bad for my body, but I just can't eat meat and it has been hard for me to try and change my diet to a healty vegan diet. I always use the excuse that it is where i live that I eat so bad, but there are produce sections of my grocery store and even a gluten free section, so the bottom line is that I just don't have the will power to change. I not only have the P, but I have had issue with my stomach for so many years already and they can't seem to find anything wrong with it. I am really beginning to believe that my body is wantin to give up.....If my stomach doesn't hurt my joints do from the PSA and if that is under control, which it really isn't, it is just overall body fatigue and pain.

It is funny to how people asume that because you are vegetarian that you are really healthy and you only eat healthy fruits and veggies. How always get that and they never think that there are other unhealthy nonmeat products that you can eat and be worse off health wise than if you eat meat.

For me bottom line that vegetarian thing is a personnel decision and not one that I do for health.

Thanks for the was really eye opening.

God Bless

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Hi Kris!

I'm a vegetarian too. And other than stress my biggest trigger for Psoriasis is food. I just CANNOT eat garlic, ginger, coffee and eggs... and a few others that are considered 'hot' foods i.e. they produce heat inside the body.... like red pepper. you should try cutting these out for a bt and see the difference. I've lived with psoriasis for over 25 years, so I've really had time to judge the efects these have on my skin.

Good luck!


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Had psoriasis 18 years on elbows and knees/scalp and small patches in other areas tried every cream the only ones that really made a difference was creams that told could also be bad for you.Unrelated i suffered a lot of colds but as nhs waiting lists a few years decided to get a food intolerance test and found i have an intolarance to cows milk.It has been 2 weeks since giving up and amazingly my psoriasis is the best it has ever been and i am hopeful it will get even better.
I know after looking at posts lots of people have mentioned milk and gluten(my test said i was fine with gluten),would not like to give a food up if did not have to as milk is present in lots of food,fingers crossed

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I've been slowly phasing out certain foods and activities for years. Mostly stopping smoking totally and drinking to a large extent. Recently, I've really been making more of an effort with no red meat. also cutting out caffeine and alcohol totally for let to see how it goes...

Best of luck!

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Thank goodness. I am so glad you understand.

I have been worried that I may have offended you with my stodgetarian comments. They certainly were not meant to insult or offend - I am just saying how I see things. I can’t stand fanny arsing around a subject. I call a spade a spade which basically means I can be a bit blunt. I perceive it as getting straight to the point and being hopefully being helpful in the process. Sadly many people take offensive. And I have been so worried that my comments to you were perhaps a bit confronting. So I am glad you understand and replied positively.

Most young people I know go vegetarian solely for animal rights issues and their decisions have absolutely nothing to do with eating healthy. And so they seem to survive on dairy overload, cheese sandwiches, sugary candy and sodas, deep fried foods like chips/fries, cookies, bagels, bread, cereals, soy based products and lots of processed vegetarian foods.

Personally I can’t touch that vegetarian soy fake meat, there are far too many artificial preservatives, colours, flavourings, numbers on the ingredients label and it makes me feel nauseas at the thought of putting the food in my mouth. However, I have noticed that these types of processed fake meat foods are very popular with many vegetarians and vegans, and it seems to be one of the main staples of their diets.

You say you have had stomach issues for years with no diagnoses. This is very common problem it seems; a lot of people report problems but the tests come back inconclusive and then you often get a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome which cover a whole range of things like: fatigue, body pains, fluid retention, allergies, abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, wind, constipation and diarrhoea.

Many people find that foods like dairy and wheat gluten are problematic for psoriasis and digestive issues. So eating a lot of gluten and dairy on a vegetarian diet may actually be contributing to your overall woes.

I use to have the worst willpower in the world. It is just something you and only you can deal with. It has become easier for me with dairy because since I was diagnosed with being lactose intolerant the consequences of eating cheese is so NOT worth it. The last time I had a massive session on cheese, I spent hours afterwards on the bathroom floor in a foetal position clutching my stomach and crying tears of pure agony. Why cause so much pain and misery for literally one minute worth of pleasure when tasting cheese. Reactions like that have caused my willpower to strengthen over time. I use to absolutely adore chocolate mud cake (sugar/wheat/dairy) and could often demolish an entire cake by myself. They had a chocolate mud cake to celebrate a birthday at work the other day and I didn’t crave it and was not remotely interested in even trying a slither. In fact, I thought it looked and smelt particularly artificial. Everyone else was gorging. So again over time you will automatically find your taste buds naturally changing. These days I do find myself craving foods like kale and mangoes, so a complete turnaround for me there.

Most grocery stores have a specialised gluten-free section but please remember that these products are still processed refined foods, and will often still contain dairy products like powdered milk. It would be better to try naturally gluten-free foods like sunflower seeds, raw almonds, hemp seeds, brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat and chia seeds. You can make delicious porridge, breads, cookies, milks etc....out of them. Once you start researching you will be amazed at the wide variety of different recipe ideas.

You could easily use the “where I live” excuse, as some areas are certainly lacking in fresh food. When I was travelling around the USA I often went into supermarkets that had no fresh produce whatsoever but many aisles of convenience processed foods. But that was years ago, now thanks to online shopping on the internet and good postal/courier delivery services, there is usually a way around it.

If you want to eat processed foods, then choose your brands wisely. If you are in the USA then there is thousands of fantastic vegan and health based websites to buy from. Maybe try something like One Lucky Duck, as the treats are healthy. Also Sarma occasionally has some really gorgeous recipes on her blog. Or maybe have a read of Cherie The Raw Food Chef website for recipe ideas. You don’t have to completely change your diet overnight, just take small baby steps and slowly introduce one new healthy food a month.

Have you tried vegan green smoothies? They are a very easy and very nutritional drink that is easy to incorporate into your daily routine.

The basic recipe to yield 1 quart is:

1 mango
1 cup kale
1 cup water

I also like:

1 banana
1 cup spinach
1 cup water

You will need to drink them daily for at least 1 - 2 months to see good benefits.

Kale and spinach are mega easy to grow at home in a pot or garden. Worst case scenario you could use a tablespoon of organic freeze dried barleygrass or wheatgrass, if you can’t source fresh produce.

If you are interested in finding out more, I suggest reading the book: "Green for Life" by Victoria Boutenko

Obviously if you are on certain medication you will need to avoid the vitamin k in greens, so the drink won't be suitable. But for everyone else it is a fantastic way to improve energy levels and a brilliant nutritional aid. I know the combination of leafy green and sweet fruit sounds a bit odd, but Green Smoothies really are surprisingly delicious and they can help clear up psoriasis patches. So bonus-bonus all round. All you need is a decent blender. I use a Vitamix for silky smooth smoothies, but you can use any blender as long as it can pulverise the leafy greens up well.

Even if your local shops are lacking in fresh foods, you could still obtain a nutritional powerhouse in your own home simply by easily sprouting seeds and these can be used in a variety of ways. I sprout chickpeas, alfalfa, mung beans and lentils and I use these in salads. I am also experimenting with sprouting sunflower seeds to make sunflower milk as an alternative to dairy milk - my homemade raw almond milk is sensational, even if I say so myself :) :) :)

Also stress is a trigger for me, so keeping stress levels low with a daily 10 - 15 minute guided meditation is an absolute must.

As they say: where there is a will.....there is always a way. My goal is to remain free from psoriasis patches and free from associated IBD and arthritis pain naturally, without the use of drugs. And diet, minimal supplements and meditation are the three methods I am using to achieve this.

It is very easy to be kind to animals by avoiding meat and leather, but also remember to be kind to your health in the process.

Sorry this reply is so long. I am sure it will annoy my detractors no end. But since I am clear naturally and they are not, I don't really care what they think overall.

Good luck with everything.

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My test also said I was fine with gluten.

Yet I am having reactions to wheat.

That is why I often rely more on elimination experiments, visual skin reactions and keeping a food diary.

Trying to introduce said foods after one year of avoiding them gave me all the answers I needed. Most people go for a set 90 day test. But I did it for other reasons (healing gut) and so I needed a long time.

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