This Diet Has Worked Successfully For Me
I have struggled with HS for years. My Doctor verified that I have mild HS (I consider myself lucky) I sympathized with those that are still trying to find a solution and the pain (physical and emotional) that one has to deal with. After doing long research, it seems that while one solution might work for some, it may not work for others. I have finally found something that has worked for me, so I figure that it would be appropriate to share it. I follow a strict 40% protein. 40% carb. 20% fat. diet. (BE SURE TO CHECK THE DIET WITH A DOCTOR FIRST AS SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE DIET WITH CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS). There are catches too, on this diet, the following is not allowed:NO PASTA, NO RICE, NO BREAD, NO ALCOHOL, NO POTATOES, NO CAFFEINE, NO BEEF, NO SUGAR OTHER THAN WHAT IS NATURALLY CONTAINED IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS. I get my protein mainly from chicken and fish, although cottage cheese, protein shakes work as well. Eat minimum 5 fruits and vegetables a day-mixing them up. Also, eat the amount of calories that is right for your body, your doctor should be able to tell you this. I found out about this diet as a by-product of trying to get in shape. I do work out as well 3 times a week with cardio followed by weights, although it seems that the diet controls my HS more than the workouts or the associated weight loss. I have been on the diet for over a year, it took about 3 months of strictly following the diet for the HS to really clear up. I have had 2 set backs witch appear to associated with falling off the diet (one time going back to simple sugars, the other my protein/Carb/Fat ratios were well out of line), about a week after falling off my diet the "pre-boil bumps" started to re-appear, but would go away within a couple of weeks of getting back on the diet. It is important to chart what you eat to ensure the percentage ratios are correct on a daily basis, other wise it is very easy to fall off course and not realize it. The diet is tedious, but for me, it was worth it. Oh, of note, it took me about 3 weeks for my cravings for junk food to go away (but the clock would reset if I cheated on my diet hence I waited another 3 weeks from the last point for them to go away). Please keep in mind, I had Stage I HS, nothing more, so while I had several boils, it was never categorized as severe. While I do not know if this diet will work for others like it did for me, I wanted to at least put it out there in hopes that if a least one other person gets the relief that I have found in this, it would be worth it.