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! 

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