Picture taken July 2023.
Every month I decided to start doing updates on the foods I’m:
- Currently eating.
- Why I’m eating it.
- How I’m eating it.
And how my skin and body is reacting to it. The last update was August 2023.
I have the following conditions:
- Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
- Gilbert Syndrome.
- Heart Block.
Here are some of the changes I made, and what’s STILL on my palette (and what isn’t).
Let’s get started.
Foods Theo J Ellis Eats September 2023:
1. Organic pumpkin seeds
I’m still eating Pumpkin seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, and so far I’ll probably keep it in my diet.
The major benefit for me is the boatloads of magnesium and potassium, which has made me feel a lot better and my health has improved (heart health).
No known skin reactions either, though I’m still testing.
2. Brie Cheese
Brie cheese is a fresh type of cheese, so it’s better for those who suffer from skin issues.
Still, while I love the taste of Brie, I’ve decided to start eating this one LESS since it’s difficult to know whether its been aged to death or not.
3. Feta cheese
Feta cheese has always been good to me from experience. Eating Feta has no effect on my skin, but this is a food you’ll have to test with your own Hidradenitis Suppuraitva to find out.
As a fresh cheese typically speaking, there should be no issue.
4. French Yellow Mustard
Yellow Mustard is something I started adding recently, and I like the results.
It has good amounts of magnesium, iron, calcium, and so on, though it’s only a sauce so you won’t get tons of these nutrients.
Extremely low in carbs and suitable for keto (or skin problems). Assuming you’re not allergic.
5. Coconut oil
Coconut oil like many oils are problematic. With some exceptions to that rule.
I tried coconut oil, stopped it, tried it again, and my real conclusion is it can be an issue despite it’s health benefits.
Applying on the skin is one thing, but even digesting can be an issue you should test.
This is one of those “vegetables” I can eat without any issues at all. And I’ve gone over this many times.
As long as I don’t overdo it, the fibre won’t be a problem. If constipation is an issue for you, eat this food lightly.
Fibre has been known to cause constipation despite mainstream outlets preaching the absolute opposite.
A type of fish many avoid and dislike, but I’ve always enjoyed it. Never an issue and how could it be given that it’s fish with omega 3 and mineral content?
Still, it’s time for a change next time around.
8. Mild cheddar cheese (least aged)
The least strongest cheese you can buy is the type you can eat best with skin inflammation, acne, and so on (less histamines, etc).
I’ve been eating this long enough to see it’s suitable for those with Hidradenitis compared to more aged cheeses, but always TEST for yourself.
9. Cod fish
I used to eat this type of fish a lot more than today since I eat more fattier fish these days. But unsurprisingly, it’s compatible and a lot more compatible in general compared to oilier fish.
10. Organ meats (Lamb or chicken liver)
Ever since I started eating Liver again (I grew up eating it), my skin issues just keep getting better and better. The magic is the insane amounts of Vitamin A no food can compete with.
As well as the zinc, copper, and practically every other mineral and vitamin known to man.
Perfect food for skin inflammation or infections (once or twice a week).
11. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (organic or otherwise)
Olive Oil from Ocado, Amazon, or wherever as long as it’s high quality and the price isn’t cheap will always be a smart health choice.
I’m having more Olive oil lately, and its done me plenty of good.
B vitamins, high in vitamins across the board, plenty of omega 3, and tastes better than most oilier fish.
This will never leave my food palette.
13. Organic Eggs
Organic eggs, free range eggs – whichever one you buy, make sure it’s certified and high quality.
Eggs are safe to eat for almost any condition, which exception if you have an allergy.
400g bags of prawns Is what I eat in one sitting, and it’s what you can buy from places like Ocado and probably Amazon (or elsewhere outside the UK).
All the Iodine, Selenium, and minerals you’ll ever need are plentiful here.
B vitamins, iron, high in minerals, has Vitamin C – I eat this a lot since I don’t have much fruits or veg.
It’s a perfect choice (300-400g bags per meal).
16. Coconut water
I won’t be drinking this as often anymore. Though I found one with only 3g of sugar per 100ml, it’s a pure sugar with no fibre to buffer it.
And it shows on your skin, even if not to a dramatic effect.
The goal is to get rid of H.S., and this is a gamble if you’re trying to do that (test it).
17. Organic Beef
Beef is best when organic, you don’t know what they’re doing with the regular stuff.
B12, which is an exclusive vitamin from animal products, and plenty of iron + zinc + protein + fats (fatty cuts are better).
This is another food I’ll cut out of my diet. I tried every way to flavour it and make it taste better, but it won’t work.
It’s healthy as F but no point forcing yourself.
If you don’t eat tons of veg or fruits like Kiwi, then Avocado gives you all the potassium and magnesium you need.
Especially the former.
This is my motivation for eating it.
20. Nutritional Yeast
With over 300mg of potassium in a 15g serving, plus some magnesium and all the b vitamins, it’s a good addition to any food you eat.
One spoon is all it takes, and 2 spoons is ideal as well.
I decided to try eating tomatoes again because It’s a nightshade Vegetable claimed to NOT be a good fit if you have Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
After not eating it for so long, I ate it. And I had no issues.
I may slowly put this back into my diet.
Foods Theo J Ellis ate less often Sep 2023:
Soup from Chinese takeaway
I don’t eat out often at all, but every now and then after not doing it for months on end, I realize soup is OK to eat since it’s not a “deep friend” food that is unhealthy at best.
I’ve been eating regular Kiwi and Golden Kiwi, with the latter being the better testing for me personally.
This is one of those fruits I can eat without inflaming my skin. But keep in mind that fruits are NOT the best foods for H.S. in general.
Apple cider vinegar
I keep this around for when It’s needed. I add it to vegetables when I eat them, and I notice this is the best strategy rather than adding it to a drink (which works too but is more work).
You’ll never be sick with this by your side.
Boatloads of potassium, and you can flavour it to make it 10X better than it would be otherwise.
Very rare I eat this, but I have it every now and then.
Very rare I eat these, but when I do it means I’m:
- Or eating it from a Chinese restaurant.
These are surprisingly low in carbohydrates and It doesn’t inflame my skin which is more surprising.
More of a treat than anything (test it yourself).
B vitamins, calcium, other minerals, vitamin C – as long as you flavour it with let’s say, Yellow Mustard or sea salt, it works well with any healthy diet.
I can digest it fine as well.
In the end, I feel good eating most of these foods with the exceptions I’ll cut out of my diet (coconut water, coconut oil, etc).
This is all part of my journey to healing Hidradenitis Suppurativa with food and nutrition, so I can share it and help others do the same (heart block included).