This is my personal list of food to avoid for Topical Steroid Withdrawal, curated based on my visits to various TCM doctors as well as through my personal food journaling and dietary experience. This list of food to avoid for TSW is not exhaustive and may differ from person to person, as our inherent allergies may be totally different. Feel free to add in your comments on the food that you can’t take.
These get to my skin badly.
This is a very common allergic food group for most people. I loved eating prawns, and still eat them on an occasional basis. I am accepting the tradeoff for a few moments of itch!
I am also very sensitive to Diary Products, especially cheese and cream. Luckily, I do not crave them at all. They are often present in pizzas, cheesefries, cakes and etc, and these are the food that usually get me scratching.
I find that I am able to eat most meat without any reactions. I’d avoid duck personally though. Plenty of TCM doctors tell me that they are poisonous especially when you are recovering from an injury or illness. I am not sure how true is that, yet empirically, it does seem to have an effect on my flares.
Was told to avoid oranges, kiwis, grapefruit. I could sense that I am allergic to oranges, kiwis specifically, less to lemons and limes.
TCM doctors advised not to take any soy products – light and dark soy sauce, soy beans, tofu, soy milk etc. Most have never been my main diet. My only guilty item was light soy sauce which I ate along with sushi.
I do not think I suffer from celiac’s disease, but I may be sensitive to gluten. Cutting gluten out does have a significant impact on my quality of life. In short, it made me feel better after meals. Things like white rice, barley, pastries, or in general, associated with flour or dough are part of this gluten family. Even Beer! Which explains why I flare up more when I drink beer instead of wine.
This is a no-brainer. I never had a sweet tooth, so when I had knowingly ingested sugary stuff like processed fruit juices, coke, sodas, or anything that has high carbs like sweet cakes, pastries, I will get an immediate feeling of uncomfortableness. If you love pastry or sweet stuff, eliminating this can be difficult, but necessary in my opinion.
My guilty comfort item. I tried eating some high quality dark chocolate (99% dark chocolate content) and it was yucky and bitter. I eat them once in a while and accept the discomfort trade offs for the temporary happiness.