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My birthday & lots of beer equals late night pizza!

First I just want to say thank you to my readers for all the love and support I received last month after blogging about my dog, Max, and how his passing affected my diet choices. I'm doing much better, so thank you from the bottom of my heart! My birthday was a few months ago and I gave myself full permission to drink as much as I wanted the night of my party. :)  I had a fantastic time, probably one of the best birthdays ever! There was never a time I didn't have a drink in my hand and some of my friends made sure I even...

Hard times and falling off the alkaline wagon…

I recently said goodbye to my dog of 11 years. He made his transition and if you remember my very first blog, he had his share of suffering, so it was time. I am reminded by friends and family that I gave him a few extra good years when I started to cook for him and let food heal most of his ailments. Max taught me so much about healing, he still is, only this time it's more emotional than physical. So as you could imagine I've been off the wagon of my alkaline diet due to emotional eating and just plain old depression. I've been...

Patience…

"Patience is a virtue" is the old saying. I'm learning in my ripe old age of 37 that it REALLY IS! I was emailing recently with a new friend who has Psoriasis about patience because he's having a hard time. He's taking really good care of himself and has been for months and has absolutely seen progress, but it's slow coming and while one area is clearing another is popping up. It frustrates me to hear that for two reasons. One - because he's truly doing everything he can to not put acidic foods in his body and doing a load of healthy things on a daily...

Living in NYC with Psoriasis and one inspirational man!

The most amazing thing about living in NYC is definitely by far all the unique and absolutely delicious places you can go out to eat! You can go out to a different restaurant every night of the week for five years straight and still have a ton of places to choose from! Having said that, living in NYC with Psoriasis is both easy and hard at the same time. Let me explain by sharing 3 different experiences I had recently. First - I went to dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday and had no involvement in picking the restaurant. When this happens I simply look up the...

Acceptance

You know that saying "you want what you don't have." Well, when I was younger I'd find myself always wanting what other people had. Maybe it was straight hair, a nicer car, a wealthier family, a cute boyfriend, the list goes on and on. Of course at the top of my list - other people's clear skin. I’d watch people showing lots of skin in short jean shorts and tank toPs and be so envious! I'd actually daydream what it felt like to not have a complex about my skin! What must that feel like? No really...

Alkaline vs. Acidic and My Whole Foods Experience

When I decided to start eating more alkaline foods I needed to do some research online to make myself aware of what alkaline foods were and why they are healthier for us vs. eating more acidic foods. Also, anytime I mention my new alkaline lifestyle to anyone the first thing they ask me is “what’s an alkaline diet?”  All I ever knew were the basics - processed food is full of chemicals for preservation, red meat and dairy aren’t meant to be digested by the human body and they have been proven to cause inflammation which causes disease, and that there was no point in eating fruits...

The holidays, stress and willpower!

The month of December, I had a ton of holiday events and dinners with friends. I was looking forward to all of them, catching up with friends, partying with co-workers, etc. We all know what we look forward to the most: yummy food and alcoholic beverages! The whole "no alcohol" thing was very new to me, and I knew if I didn’t plan to fall off the wagon, I’d end up miles from it. I am now giving myself a little credit, considering the holiday season is stressful enough to get through, but I was hanging on to a bit of guilt for sure. You know: guilt. I...

And here it goes…

I've had Psoriasis for seventeen years. It's a long time to feel such negativity about your body - shame, embarrassment and insecurity.  You should love your body right? It’s part of you…a big part! My journey with this humiliating skin condition started at 19. I was in Cancun, Mexico on spring break with a group of friends. We were hanging out by the pool and my legs were covered in these small, red, scaly spots. The sun was blazing and the spots were lobster red! At that time I had no idea the sun was a good thing! A few of my friends were asking what that was...