Happy Psoriasis Awareness Month!
Hi Heather, Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Heather and I am a psoriasis warrior. I am a goofy girly girl, in love, and a dog mom. Love being with my family. I work every day to live the life I design for myself and my family. Compassion, hope, and loyalty are most important to me. And of course, being silly…. Lol…. I love to be silly! It makes things so much more fun.
When were you Diagnosed with Psoriasis?
About 15 years ago
What do you think caused it?
I thought it was genetic and that it was just something I would have to deal with forever. Knowing what I know now, it was caused by bad lifestyle choices. I ate fast food a lot, drank too much, was depressed. Plus a lot of previous things in my life – trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, living in my car, physical and mental abuse, deception, manipulation, and much more.
What Foods do you Avoid?
Gluten, dairy, soy, nightshades (per blood tests). And I only eat out at a trusted and very much researched place now. I don’t want to take the chance of something causing a flare now that I’m seeing incredible improvement.
What Foods do you Eat to Heal?
I drink a fresh veggie/fruit juice about 5 days a week. I make sure to eat veggies A LOT. Drink lots of water with a little pink Himalayan salt daily. When I do eat meat it’s organic chicken and sometimes a quality ground turkey.
Do you avoid gluten and what do you think about Gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis?
Yes, I avoid it. At least 95% of the time. For me, I can tell when I’ve eaten gluten. I get itchy and a bit more flaky. Plus, after becoming more knowledgeable on gluten, I know it’s something I should avoid.
Let’s talk Breakfast
I don’t tend to eat first thing in the morning. Other than my juice and a cup of coffee. When I do eat it’s around mid-morning. So I eat whatever I can find. From a salad, scrambled eggs and avocado tacos (corn tortillas), maybe some kind of leftovers or oatmeal with walnuts and a little maple syrup. Sometimes just rice crackers and hummus.
Name your top 3 Triggers
- Extra weight
I have to really work on stress and anxiety. So I read, I listen to a fish tank video I found on youtube, I take CBD oil daily, I walk 2-3 times a day, play with my dog, color, paint rocks, knit, cook. And working on starting a vending business so that is a fun project to work on. Spend time with my boyfriend, talk to friends and family.
All things to keep stress and anxiety away. Focusing on my LIFE, where I want it to go and doing the things daily to make that happen and reach whatever goals I have set for myself. If I let myself become stagnant, the anxiety is the first thing to start creeping back in. And it’s just so much more rewarding to keep moving forward and doing things to enrich my life.
What would you tell those who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers?
Never give up!!! Never! It will happen for you. You’ll try so many things and maybe they won’t work for you. Don’t get frustrated, it’s just part of your journey. You are learning what does and doesn’t work for you. Reach out to others who are also in your situation and follow people on social media that you can learn from that help to keep you going. It really does make a big difference. I am here if anyone wants to chat, You got this!
Love and Light,
Find out more about Heather’s journey on her account on Instagram @newmecoming_2020