For sufferers of vitiligo, it can often seem like a huge burden to live with a skin disease. While the most common and accessible treatment is through careful management of dieting, this can often seem to be an expensive endeavor. Certain foods need to cut out entirely, and new foods (especially if they’re organic) can raise the monthly cost of food considerably.
For patients who decide to use the vitiligo diet, there are a few methods or strategies we suggest for staying on it without breaking the bank.
Decreasing Food Intake
Because this is, fundamentally, a diet, cutting back on the daily intake of food can do quite a bit – both in terms of bringing down the costs on food and in helping to ascertain the nature and condition of your vitiligo.
Smaller portions, spaced out over the day, can help in reducing expenses. Because much of the recommend foodstuffs tend to be fresh and/or raw, and packed with nutrients and vitamins, these smaller portions can often feel like enough for many users. The beauty of the diet is that there are no wasted calories (or “empty calories” in the vernacular) – rather, you will be surprised at how full you feel with such drastically reduced portion sizes.
Cook For Yourself While On The Vitiligo Diet:
In our busy modern world of technology, the act of cooking has often fallen out of favor – especially in big urban areas, or with people who have high-stress buys jobs, there simply isn’t enough time in the day to cook and prepare balanced meals.
The vitiligo diet aims to fix this – and while it may demand a sacrifice of time, the potential to cure your vitiligo and the social embarrassment associated with it is often more than a fair trade for long-time sufferers. Cooking your own meals at home saves money in two ways: first, it is easier to portion your food, so that you can have a better idea of how much you are eating. Second, by using raw materials you are cutting down hugely on costs.
Stop Dining Out During The Diet
In the same vein, because we are often so busy, many people resort to eating out, either at restaurants or fast food establishments. This can be damaging to the vitiligo diet in a variety of ways as well, including but not limited to the fact that even when a menu is explicit in its listing of ingredients, it’s impossible to know exactly what is in your meal.
The total elimination diet requires abstinence from certain foods in order to get your body accustomed to not having any of its by-products in your system. Eating out and accidentally ingesting foods or trace elements of foods that may contribute to food allergies or vitiligo relapse can endanger the course of your diet, which is often measured in months (this is how long it takes some elements to leave the body and normalize their levels).
Additionally, fast food should be avoided at all costs – the reason for this is that it often contains high-fat and high-sugar content foods, both of which have negative effects on vitiligo treatment.
Buy More Nutrient Rich Foods for The Vitiligo Diet
Both your doctor and dietician can suggest a variety of foods that are good to eat while dieting, and conversely, which ones to avoid. But hand in hand with not eating out and cooking for yourself, it also comes down to the quality of the foods you’re buying and where – if possible, always try to find organic foods which are grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. You will also note that many grocery stores often have deals on wholesale foods.
Wholesale foods allow you to buy in bulk, and for the cook-at-homer this is a huge boon when it comes to saving money. Different kinds of grain (although it should be noted carbohydrates should be avoided, with the exception of wild rice), beans, and nuts are often available in big grocery stores, and learning to economize on your products can be a huge step. These can include lentils, flaxseeds, and nut medleys which are not only proactive for the vitiligo diet but also good for snacks and for people who are prone to food cravings while on diets.
The cost of treating yourself and dealing with your own condition is always butting up against other factors, including lifestyle choices and, as we’ve seen, finances. But by being smart and taking a number of initiatives to reduce expenditure while still getting the nutrients and foods you need, anyone can manage their vitiligo – and, unlike other diets, actually enjoy it, because they are eating fresh and healthy food.
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