Stop, be still, and listen

Stop! Close your eyes, be still, and listen. Listen to your body and all the surrounds you. How often do we stop, and focus on the present moment. The past is gone, the future is yet to happen, and the present… the present is for a split second.. right now. What if you could make that split second last just a little bit longer. We as human beings are always rushing around. We have work, responsibilities, chores, family, friends, gym etc. Trying to balance it all can be chaotic and cause you to fast forward through time. So, what I’m asking you to do right now is to stop. Stop, be still, and listen. We are rushing through life, and as a result, not really living it! Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of life! Be mindful. Instead of rushing through work today because you don’t want to be there, rushing to do your chores, rushing through your day because you’re already thinking about when you can go back to bed, slow down. It could be as simple as when you’re driving to work, notice the trees in a way that you haven’t before. Feel the steering wheel in your hands, the weight under you as you’re seated, and smell the fresh air as it fills your car! It’s easy to let things in life stress you out. I’m not saying you’ll always be stress free, and happy all the time! BUT, if you learn how to really just be at peace and live for the moment you’ll be a lot more stress free.

I’ve recently had a lot of things that could be perceived as “bad things” happen to me in the past month. I could chose to let it tear me down, but what benefit would that bring. Things will happen in life, good things, bad things, tragic, happy, silly etc. When you can finally chose to acknowledge them as what they are, and let go of anything that does not serve you in a positive way, you can truly be happy. We have no control over things that can happen in life, but we can control how we react to it! Being mindful is something you have to practice daily, and eventually will become a habit; be patient. My challenge for you today, is to practice being mindful when you’re taking a shower after your long “stressful” day. Close your eyes and focus on: the way the water feels, where it’s touching your body, maybe the temperature, what does it sound like? Imagine it’s washing away any negativity/stress that may have happened throughout the day; cleansing your body and soul. Taking a moment to be grateful. Grateful for all that you have, grateful to have this moment, this life.

Things may happen in life, and you may question “why me.” Well STOP. The truth of the matter is, it has happened to you! So what will you do about it! Let it control you, or you take control of it! In that moment is when you need to stop, be still, and listen.


One week ago I started the “candida/ Bacterial overgrowth protocol” by Steven Cabral a naturopathic doctor based out of Boston. I randomly came across his page a few months back, and began listening to his podcasts daily! In one of his podcasts he had mentioned that people who have suffered from psoriasis from an early age, the cause is usually a gut based issue. He had mentioned the protocol in that podcasts, and I remember instantly thinking I had to try it! I’ve been struggling with psoriasis my entire life, it’s been far from easy. So one week ago today I began doing the protocol. I took before pictures of my entire body (legs, torso, back, scalp) before starting the protocol. Today I’m so beyond excited to share with you how much my skin has changes in just ONE week! I’ve been so moody this past week giving up carbs! With this protocol you have to be on a pretty strict eating regimen. BUT after seeing how in just one week my skin has changed, I would give up carbs forever (or mostly forever)! Looking forward to sharing many more before and after pictures! Truly believe I’m on the road to clear skin!

The Power of Positive Thinking!

The power of positive thinking. When you’re dealing with what life throws at you, whether it be psoriasis, depression, anxiety, weight, etc. it’s easy to start negative self talk. “Why does this have to happen to me.”, “I’m so fat”, “No one is going to want to be with me because of (x,y,& z).” STOP! Stop all the negative self talk. Once you start, you actually convince yourself it’s true, therefore it is true! It’s not going to happen over night but start changing the way you think and talk about yourself. Taking a negative “I’m so fat”, turning it into, “I will start going to the gym, so I have more energy.” Each time you have a negative thought, acknowledge it, let it go, and replace it with something positive! You may have struggles you’re dealing with, and things you didn’t “chose to have” but it doesn’t change the fact that you’re dealing with it. Don’t let it define you! Stop making excuses, and take charge of your life, instead of it taking charge of you! Chose to be happy, and love the life you’ve been given. I used to negative self talk about my skin all the time! I never asked to have psoriasis, and other auto immune “diseases” but it doesn’t change the fact that I have them! I’ve CHOSEN to not let it define me. I’ve CHOSEN to love my life, and I’m on a journey to help others love their life as well! Maybe if we start being more kind to ourselves, we can start being more kind to others. There’s a quote I came across that really stuck with me that I’m going to share with you. I hope this resonates with you, the same way it did for me.

“I will take care of me for you, If you will take care of you for me.” -Jim Rohn

Please Share your thoughts on this quote!

Day 2

Hey guys! I’m feeling so sluggish and exhausted today! The weather has been frightenly cold here, and because of that, my skin hates me! Very painful right now. On the bright side, I made it through Day 1! I feel bad for all of the people around me because I’m going to be very irritable… Craving all the sweets! Here I thought swallowing the pills would be the difficult part.. HA I thought wrong. It’s one of those situations that you want what you can’t have! On a “normal” day before doing this protocol I really didn’t eat much sweets. NOW knowing that I can’t have them I want them all!! There’s a saying I heard once that really stuck with me to help with the cravings… “Today I quit, tomorrow I’ll eat it (chocolate and cookies in my case!!)” Tomorrow comes, and you say the same thing! You almost trick your mind into not eating it, because you’re going to have it “tomorrow”. I don’t know, but I know it works for me! Even if I’m kicking and screaming the whole time. The odd and exciting part is, I’m already feeling less bloated. I’ve been thinking about tracking my mood daily to see how it changes throughout this process! The goal is that by the end of the three month protocol, no only will my skin be CLEAR! but I’ll have more energy as well! Fingers crossed!

Day 1

Hey guys! Guess what today is… Day 1 of my candida/bacterial overgrowth protocol! Ok so… I’m not the best person at taking pills. This morning I had to take 4 pills the size of a horse tranquilizer! (I’m over exaggerating) Regardless, I’m feeling beyond excited and grateful to be able to have this opportunity! My whole life I’ve been struggling with psoriasis, so if this could shed a little light I would be eternally grateful. I’m sure there are several of you out there who can relate. I’m hoping that by creating this blog, I can reach others who are also suffering  from psoriasis and can help be a positive light for them! It’s a tough thing to deal with, people constantly asking you what it is, and if it’s “contagious”.  I think the most important thing we can do is educate ourselves! If you don’t want to take a steroid medication, then don’t! Personally I don’t believe in them. Several dermatologists have told me, “the only way to get rid of it, is with a steroid.”  Umm… I don’t buy it! I believe that a steroid is like putting a Band-Aid on a wound. Sure it may “clear your skin”, but without treating the root of the problem (from the inside!) It will just continue to come back.
​So! Day 1 of the protocol consists of a number of probiotics, and a clean diet! One of the hardest parts for me, is going to be clean eating! I LOVE cookies, chocolate, and all that other wonderful sweets! BUT I think I’d like clear skin more! This is NOT going to be easy! It’s day one, and I’m already craving all the junk I’d probably be eating (Bread, pasta, cookies)! Yesterday I decided to meal prep to get ready for the drastic change I was about to encounter. I created egg muffins! mm mm mmmm they’re actually amazing and easy to make! You can make as many as you’d like and store them in the freezer! Just take them out the night before, and BAM! breakfast on the go and healthy! I’m sure I’ll be hangry before I know it! eyes on the prize! 

I’ve never had a blog before, so bare with me while I get the hang of it!