I’ve decided to take a new tack in my approach to natural rosacea treatment. I’m keeping up my red light therapy and amber light therapy (can’t wait for the rosacea light therapy prototype product that combines the two to be mailed to me. Won’t be long!), and I’m still using the Rocia treatment Provar product and hydration oil, but I want to make my efforts more complete.
It’s all well and good to avoid trigger foods, to use topical treatments and even to use amber and red light therapy, but what I’m eating is having a big impact on my body as a whole, not to mention my skin. So it’s time for me to really crack down and start paying attention to food.
To be honest, I’m already a relatively healthful eater, but I’ve wanted to take on an anti-inflammatory diet for a while, since a number of inflammation-related health issues run in my family and I’d really rather prevent/slow them if at all possible. Since many rosacea symptoms are also inflammation-based, it’s my hope that I’ll be able to boost the control I have over the condition and prevent flare-ups even more than the light therapy and topical treatments on their own.
So here’s the plan: I’m going to follow my own unique form of anti-inflammatory rosacea diet that is somewhat of a combination of the MIND Diet and Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet. At the same time, I’m tweaking the strategy so that it will exclude (or limit) foods that are known rosacea triggers for me.
For instance, while the MIND Diet typically suggests a small glass of red wine nearly daily, I’ll be skipping out on that option because it worsens my skin condition. However, to keep up with the benefits of that rosacea diet, I may try eating red grapes or see if I can find another option that will provide similar health benefits to those of red wine, without having to drink red wine (at least not every day).
Accountability for my anti-inflammatory rosacea diet strategy
To make sure I stick to this rosacea diet idea, I’m going to track my food consumption. I’ll be using a free site called ShareFit. You’ll be able to follow me at my ShareFit account called JulieBC. I’m not sure if you’ll need to sign up to track my progress, but if you do, it’s free, so don’t worry, nobody will be asking you for money haha.
In fact, if you sign up to track your own progress in a similar effort, or if you want to make it easier to follow what I’m doing, feel free to request to be my “friend”, there. I’ll be sure to accept 🙂 (side note, I’m not paid to advertise/endorse/build sign-ups at ShareFit. That’s just the program I decided to use because it’s free and simple).
Grocery shopping for my rosacea diet
After doing a ton of research into anti-inflammatory foods that would fit into my rosacea diet strategy, I came home with an amazing haul from the grocery store. I have to admit that I felt very proud of myself as I loaded everything onto the checkout counter. I secretly imagined that the cashier was impressed with how healthful my foods were haha.
I focused on a lot of veggies and fruits, particularly those that are nutritionally dense, high in antioxidants and that are filling. I have a huge appetite. Salads, no matter how big, just don’t cut it for me.
Fortunately, this is a fantastic time of year to decide to choose a rosacea diet based on anti-inflammatory foods, because there are so many types of brightly coloured foods that are local, fresh and cheap. I bought different types of squash (88 cents, each!!!), sweet potatoes, and other filling yummies.
I’m hoping that this will provide even more benefit to the techniques I’m already using. That’s the goal, at least. We’ll see!
If you have any advice about eating for anti-inflammatory purposes, if you have great recipes that fall into that category, or if you’ve already tried a rosacea diet of your own, please share! I need all the help I can get haha.
I’m not a nutritionist, dietitian, health expert or skin expert, so I’m really winging it and hoping it works out. Wish me luck!
I’ll keep things up to date on this blog, at ShareFit, and on my Twitter account (@treat_rosacea).
See you next time!
PS – Thank you to everyone who requested a copy of my yummy rosacea-friendly morning smoothie in the blog comments and through my contact form. I ran out of time, this weekend, but I’ll be sure to share the recipe and (hopefully) film it very soon.