I was writing this post on a Facebook page dedicated to Healing LP, LPP and OLP Naturally. That page is an amazing resource for anyone living with these conditions. It provides great information and amazing supportive community. Check it out! Anyway, my little update on where I am with my LP, OLP, and LPP turned into this huge post, and so I had to move it here and will just share the link on the above mentioned Facebook page.
I was diagnosed in February of 2010. Someone ones mentioned somewhere that LP tends to come in cycles of 7 years, or flare-up every 7 years. Back in 2010, it took me over a year to get my initial symptoms under control and to start the healing process. All these years I have been researching, learning, trying and experimenting on myself. I was leading an active healing lifestyle, constantly in a search for better ways to heal and to grow stronger and healthier as I age.
As I am writing this in March of 2018, I am right at an 8-year mark since my diagnosis. After the first year, maybe a year and a half of struggling to get my symptoms under control without using prescription drugs, I had a fairly uneventful 7 years. My skin cleared up completely, I have not had any flare-up on my body at all. My OLP showed it’s symptoms later, but as I was already proactively healing they were mild and went away pretty quick. My scalp was the only active measure of my health 🙂 My health meter! Wrong food, uneasy emotional state – would immediately show up as inflammation, pink spots, itchy achy scalp and dry skin patches. I managed to avoid too much of additional hair loss over the years, just a few very small dime-size and smaller patches. I also am blessed with a very thick healthy (now) hair, so my scars are totally covered. Anyhow, all these symptoms were very very mild during those healing years.
Finally, last Fall (2017) I noticed little dark spots appearing on my chest, my upper/mid back and starting to spread in those areas. It looked exactly how my LP looked after the initial rash went away, leaving dark small spots behind (like burns or age spots, and they all cleared up within the first two years). Then, over the winter months, my LPP started to remind me of its presence 🙂 Achy spots, pink, itchy. Some crusty areas developing. My OLP was fine. So naturally, I started to look at my diet to fine-tune it a bit. I figured that it was probably that 7-8 year cycle that I got to. I had no apparent reasons for a regular flare-up. My end of summer was a bit hectic, yes, we were moving, but a happy hectic, not really bad stress. I was healthy physically and emotionally – so I could not contribute my symptoms to anything in particular.
I never stop reading and researching – holistic wholesome living is really my true passion after my family. Healing is my lifestyle. So that is all I do in my free time – educating myself, hence I had plenty of tools to use for my tune-up. There is a lot of research on fasting and its benefits for the immune system. I have done full-on water fasting, juice fasting, and intermittent fasting. But additional research showed that fasting is not really good for women if done for extended periods of time. While attending Institute for Integrative Nutrition program I have heard of Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey, where you fast for 15-18 hours, only drinking high-fat coffee and then eat later. So now I was finally ready to give it a try. I read all of the books, listened to audio books, studied the website, the blog. Author Dave Asprey was a 300+lb Silicone Valley hacker multimillionaire. Rich, young and sick. So he invested his own money to get himself and his wife healthy by hacking his diet and lifestyle. He started off just like me, his only focus was to get better, to be proactive and to heal himself and his family. His story and his approach are very interesting, but more importantly, it works! Lowers inflammation, balances hormones and so much more. So I decided to give it a try. I did not share about it before, as I wanted to give it a fair shot and see if it works.
Now almost two months on the diet, my skin is clearing up, my scalp is happy and 100% healthy. But it took over 4 weeks to give my body a chance to detox, for my liver to adjust to the high fat intake and to see results.
I feel amazing now, energy through the roof, no sugar crashes throughout the day, sleep great, no more waking up, and I easily overcame that LPP flare-up. I wake up every morning without an alarm at around 6 am rested and full of energy. I have lost 5lb, I am slender, so that was not a goal, but a pleasant side effect. Over the years I have taken many supplements, used homeopathy, oils, tried almost every diet out there, and I guess after 8 years of cleaning up my diet, none of the bulletproof diet requirements seemed hard, very easy actually. I never liked eating breakfast, so that was a happy adjustment. As far as the rest, I will quickly go over of what it looks like for me.
For the first time, I did cut out most of the nightshades (I only eat some cooked bell peppers and some tomatoes rarely). Finally, I said a firm no to all nuts and all cheese – even goat and sheep (now it is only a treat). Also wine, as much as I love good wine, if I want to have a drink with my husband, or if we are out, it is tequila or potato vodka on the rocks with lemon juice.
I found that cutting out most fructose along with other sugars worked wonders. Was easy too. I have never really had a sweet tooth and was not big on fruit, so easy enough. I have already done sugar cleanses in the past to get rid of candida and sugar cravings. Now I only eat berries (no cherries, grapes – too high on sugar). If need sweetener I use stevia or xylitol. I do make my own dark (85%) chocolate with raw honey (very little honey). Also if need, I do buy 85% or more dark chocolate. But none of these is a daily thing for me.
I do no do grains (for a few years now, so that is not a new thing), only white rice maybe ones a week if we are doing a take-out like sushi or Thai food or something. I also do have some starch couple of times a week, like sweet potatoes, carrots, plantain.
The new thing is upping my fat intake even more – my diet now is very high in fat (avocados, ghee, coconut cream, MCT or coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil, and such). 75-80% vegetables and the rest is protein – not new, as I have eaten a vegetable-based diet for a few years now. My protein intake is about the same now as before, but different choices of protein.
I drink coffee with turmeric, collagen, ghee and coconut cream every morning. Very good quality, single estate coffee!
I usually eat salads for lunch, like a Cobb salad, with egg, bacon, turkey meat, avocado, lot’s of greens, radishes, green onions, cilantro, garlic, cucumber, with lemon juice and salt. Just an example. I also like soups, bone broth based with a ton of veggies.
For dinner, it may be a stew, chili (no beans) or a roasted lamb with Brussel sprouts over cauliflower “mashed potatoes” (substitute for real mashed potatoes), meatballs are really good with it also. I may have steamed broccoli, steamed asparagus, and zucchini, with some fish.
My treat is chocolate, plantain chips or home-made coconut cream mousse. For snack when traveling I have sugar-free grass-fed beef jerky or beef sticks. But because I upped my fat intake I don’t really crave anything anymore, not even at “that time of the month”.
To summarize here are the benefits I have noticed: (and for the record, I am 44 years old now)
- my LPP, LP, and OLP happily dormant.
- weight loss.
- more energy.
- better, deeper sleep.
- waking up refreshed and energized.
- no cravings.
- no hunger in the morning and early afternoon.
- better choices in what I eat (due to lack of cravings and hunger).
- eat less during meals (first, there is less time in which I can consume food, and I fill up faster, cannot eat as much as I used to).
- no heavy feeling after a meal.
- no gas.
- saving money on food – we do not eat that much food anymore (my husband is doing bulletproof lifestyle now as well, after noticing how great it was for me). In our case food was the biggest expense, since we buy mostly organic and grass-fed and such. Now with fewer meals and smaller portions we actually had to make a major adjustment to our buying habits, as the food was going to waste. By the way – smaller portions are not encouraged nor required – there is no limit to how much you eat, but there no more cravings and satisfaction comes much faster, we naturally eat less.
- my skin – my husband noticed that it is more supple, less papery. I have noticed too the redness and dryness going away as I had a few spots on my face and I was trying to figure out how to fix.
That is all I can think of at the moment. I will write about challenges I have faced in another post, but dealing with them was way worse it!
To your health,