Hi everyone! I know you probably don't want to think about psoriasis on a cooking blog but sometimes we have to go to "places" we'd rather not in order to move forward. I met an author recently who has written about the connection between whole foods and curing her psoriasis and who am I not to share? Food and Love: The most powerful nourishment on this planet today! For 21 years I've struggled with an auto-immune skin disease called psoriasis. In my heart, I know no one was placed on the planet to suffer this much and that is why I am sharing my painful journey. It took a lot of perseverance and a lot of commitment, but I succeeded! How? By learning how to control it and by learning to accept it; the two hardest things when dealing with any skin disease or illness. Psoriasis is a condition where the skin, instead of shedding normally about once a month when cells mature, sheds rapidly every few days. The cells are shedding faster than the body can handle and because the cells are unable to mature, you are left with layers of red, thick, scaly patches on your body that are itchy, painful and although not contagious, you wouldn’t know it from the way people look at you. Until you have a skin disease, you have no idea how devastating it is to a person's self-esteem. Most of my young adult life was spent living a lie, trying to hide my condition with make-up or clothing and visiting dermatologists who suggested I try every steroid cream or ointment out there. In the end, these were Band-Aids, but eventually I discovered a root cause that not one of my dermatologists ever told me about, and, ironically, I learned it from my dog, Max! Max (a rescue found half-dead who suffered from chronic bronchitis, heart worm, arthritis, etc.) was very sick for many years and I tried everything from various medications to expensive raw dog food shipped from Canada. Nothing helped! One day my vet suggested I change his diet from processed dog food to whole food – meaning I would cook real poultry, meat and vegetables for him. This ensured that I would control exactly what I was putting into his body. Out of desperation, I complied. In just a few months I watched him go from not being able to walk to outright running. I weaned him off all medications and my vet said, “This 11-year-old pup’s insides are that of a 6-month-old puppy!” This inspired me to take control of my own health. Words can't express my amazement to see first-hand how much food is our medicine! Once I applied those same nutrition-based steps, and discovered the missing ingredient of self-love, I healed my skin. Nutrition combined with self-love, meaning gratitude, making happiness a priority, creating relationships that nourish – with people, food, money, career, your body and alleviating stress; this is the perfect recipe to keeping skin clear! I share Alma’s vision of breaking through “psychological and practical obstacles to be everything they hope to be in the kitchen,” and that goes for healing your skin too! I look forward to sharing the secret ingredients in food and love that are the strongest healers and nourishers on this planet today. Don’t settle for a life of suffering. Take a minute to connect with me so I can help you take back the healthy life you so deserve. My soon to be released book Ps - It’s All About Love: How A Painful Journey With Psoriasis Became A Life Devoted to Healing Others not only shares my struggles but is an excellent and practical guide on how to heal psoriasis naturally. Email me now at email@example.com to get on the mailing list, to ask a personal question, to setup a free 30-minute consultation or to schedule a time for me to speak to your group about healing psoriasis holistically. You can also visit me at www.healingmyskin.com. Let’s heal your skin together!