#organic #autoimmune #arthritis #psoriasis #homeremedies #methotrexate

Here is an interesting tale.

When my arthritis presented a few years ago I decided to only consume organic and use organic products. I was dairy free and gluten-free. At the time I was eating meat.

At the beginning of the experiment my psoriasis was at an all-time worse spreading all over legs and arms. And the arthritic pain was new and scary.

After several weeks of adopting the expensive all organic diet and product usage, I felt like hell.

It didn’t work. I tried every home remedy including eating copious amounts of cilantro. Rubbing cornstarch and or tumeric on my psoriasis. Yoga of course. I felt like stir-fried crap.

It was then that I decided to go on medication. Methotrexate to be exact. It has been about two years since I began the methotrexate. According to my new doctor I have been on a baby dose. It worked well for 2 years but now it is starting to not work as well. So now I am increasing the dosage.

We all shall see how this works out in the coming weeks. A lot of people with autoimmune do try a lot of the home remedies and the holistic treatments. I even used to get expensive reiki sessions to help heal my psoriasis.

I have been doing some personal dietary changes and intermittent fasting which have improved my energy levels and overall feeling of wellness. More on that in my next post.

But the bottom line is that I need medication in order to function successfully in life. Success to me looks like being an active person at a healthy weight.

I run, I cycle. I am very active and I want to keep up my active lifestyle. I want to look good and I want to feel good. Without the medicine I struggle with many things. Life would be very very different without my methotrexate. There are side effects and I try to keep them to the minimum by taking lower doses and keeping myself healthy with diet and exercise.

So being organic, dairy-free and gluten-free does not solve complicated autoimmune disorders.

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I cried and I love it. I’m scared of doctors and I love it. #Lifecoaching #expressyourself #trueyou #authentic

Have you ever “fake felt” something? It is sort of like living in denial. For example, let’s say there is a movie that you really wanted to see and had such high hopes for, but when you see it, it is just OK. You say you like it, and you really want to like it, but truth be told, it sucks. Sometimes I REALLY want to like something. And I like the idea of it, but the reality of it falls short. Have you ever had this in your life?

It could be a relationship that you really wanted to work out, but it just isn’t working. It could be a job you thought would be great, but it isn’t. It could be a meal you have been looking forward to, like Eggplant Parmesan, but when you take that first bite, you are so excited and want it to be firm and juicy, but the fact is that it is mushy and gross.

What are you tolerating in your life, what are you settling for?

When you are true to yourself and show up authentic, you express your true feelings, not just the feeling you want to feel. For instance if you are bothered by something, let’s say someone calls you a jerk, and you really don’t want to care, but you do, you feel bad about it. Part of you really, really wants to say, “I don’t care what others think, but YOU REALLY DO, and lying to yourself that it doesn’t affect you does not help you. It creates an inner conflict. When you ignore and do not acknowledge your REAL feelings, and just try to jump ahead and say you don’t care, you are doing an injustice to yourself. Your self deserves the acknowledgment of, “Hey, that hurt, and it did not make me feel good.” And then, only then, can you move on from it. Otherwise, when you suppress your true feelings they will keep popping up until you acknowledge them.

Sometimes I surprise myself at what I cry about, so no matter how well you think you know yourself there are times when you’re not fully aware of the scope of your feelings and perhaps you are not fully facing some of the things inside of you. For instance, this morning I was very anxious about going to the doctor’s for a physical. I already had my blood work and looked at my results and they were just fine but I have so much energy around going to doctors from being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis that just the simple act of visiting a doctor terrifies me a little because I so just want to not have anything wrong with me. The act of going into a cold white walled doctor office makes me feel uneasy and resulted in me having a good cry this morning. So I have to acknowledge the fact that I do have anxiety when it comes to doctors and medical visits and I have to tell myself that this is perfectly normal and that because of my autoimmune condition and it is completely understandable that I have these reactions. I don’t get mad at myself for it and I don’t say, “toughen up, stop crying like a baby!” I’m not impatient with myself I love myself to fully just let it out and cry if I have to and then I say how great I am that I put self-care at the forefront and even though sometimes going to doctors could be scary for me I am going because essentially I care about my health and I face whatever I need to face head-on.

When I went to a workshop this last weekend for my life coaching school I saw some people, while being coached, crying, releasing and letting out something emotional. Then I witnessed some of those people getting mad at themselves for crying. When you get angry at yourself for expressing a very natural and normal human emotion that is not self-love or self-care. Sometimes there is a conflict on how people want to be or how they want to see themselves as to who they really are.

So if you have a moment where you are releasing emotions and you are crying, allow yourself to be exactly as you are in that moment instead of resisting, and instead of reacting to it. For instance, getting mad at yourself for crying. There is nothing wrong with crying, crying is beautiful, allow it to be released. I notice people also apologize for crying as well.

Over the weekend during one part of a coaching session I cried because it hit a part of me that had a lot of energy around, it was about my arthritis and the fact that I ran a 5k for the first time. I was so proud of myself to be able to be a human in front of others and to not be ashamed or embarrassed of my energy around these topics. I embraced it and I loved that about myself, that I feel strong enough and okay enough to be able to expose the energy I have about these topics in front of others, which happened to consist of some tears and exposing a vulnerable side of me. Afterwards, I received so many hugs and so many personal stories from others about similar topics.

One girl in the class came up to me after she gave me a big hug and said she thought I cried because she knew I was missing my home (we were out of town) and this reason or that reason, and she said “I could see now why you cried”. For a minute there I thought number one, why do you need to explain why I cried, and why do you need to rationalize the act of crying. You don’t have to do that for me, it’s just how I was at that moment and that is okay. In fact it is phenomenal, that I felt a strong energy and that I expressed it without hesitation.

I don’t need to justify why I cried or have anyone else justify it for me and let me know that it’s okay that I cried, it already is okay. I have strong energy around my arthritic condition and that is what makes me human, and the fact that I have powerful feelings around it is great because it inspires me to take action, like running a 5k.

So my point in this whole thing is Express Yourself, be who you are unashamedly and apologetically without any explanation or justification, JUST BE….

I can make a fist #itworks #thermofit #arthritis #psoriasis #autoimmune

I have been taking Relief from It Works! and I have had really good results.

I have autoimmune arthritis and I have noticed significant pain relief.

So I ordered something else from them called Thermofit. I was looking to lose more weight, improve my health and get more energy.

This shocked me.

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I took one tablet. I felt so good. I seriously could not believe it. A burst of energy. It wiped away my brain fog. And my fingers….MY FINGERS! I got control over my pinky finger!

For months when I would make a fist my little pinky would stay up in the air. It would not go down. I would take my other hand and force it down to touch my palm.

Now it is touching all by itself. I’m convinced it is all because of the ingredient Capsicum.

What’s baffling to me is I was always told to avoid nightshade vegetables, like peppers, potatoes and tomatoes. Yet this ingredient in peppers, the capsaicin, is anti-inflammatory. And you know what else? For the few years I was psoriasis free, I ate potatoes like every day!

So what’s the moral of the story? Every one is different. Try everything! See what works for you. For me, Thermofit from It Works! works!!!!

Here’s to me making a fist in the air.

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Goal: Open Pickle Jars #arthritis #psoriaticarthritis #itworks #relief

I have a chronic, potentially debilitating arthritic condition. Some people when announcing their conditions may say, “I suffer from (insert condition here).” I don’t like to use the phrase, “I suffer from…” because number one, I don’t want to identify as someone who suffers and I don’t want to manifest future suffering.

The truth is that I have psoriatic arthritis, which causes inflammation in my body resulting in swollen joint tissue, join pain and stiffness and inflamed skin.

I am trying a new product today. I can say I’ve tried everything, well maybe not everything, but I have tried a lot.

I’ve used turmeric, essential oils, I’ve consumed copious amounts of cilantro and tried the Move Free supplements brand and the Osteo Bio-Flex brand. I tried eating only organic foods and using only organic products. I went vegan, I went dairy free and gluten free but yet I still cannot unscrew the lid off of a pickle jar.

I will always have sore fingers and toes I suppose, and will be achy and stiff when I get out of bed or out of a chair. And there are levels to pain and stiffness. It used to be a lot worse.

I have had some relief with Methotrexate. I can jog now, whereas a few months ago, I couldn’t walk two blocks without considerable pain in my right foot.

Today I am taking It Works! Relief.

I hope It Works! I’ve tried their cleanse and lost weight on it, so I have confidence in this brand.

I have heard great things about it and am looking forward to opening pickle jars all over my kitchen.

I will let you know how it goes.

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