Adding more fruit to my life.

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photo 3[4]I started incorporating more fruit into my diet a few weeks ago. I was not used to eating mostly fruit so as a filler I would grab a raw bar or two to keep me full.  Thunderbird makes a very tasty bar!

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Then at night I was enjoying a “Raw Till 4” high carb dinner that consisted of a large raw salad, (Hippocrates) soup and rice pasta with no salt or oil tomato sauce. I am using Raw till 4 to hopefully transition into a more raw diet.

photo 3[6]I started realizing with the nifty “My Fitness Pal” App, that I needed to make sure get more calories in, so I upped the fruit count. I realized that my best bet for getting in easy calories was bananas & dates in smoothie form. A typical smoothie that I will make consists of 4 bananas and 10 dates blended with coconut water which = 1105 calories! Gets my belly full and keeps me totally satisfied until my next meal of fruit.

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3 frozen bananas

1 ripe banana

8 oz. coconut water

pinch of vanilla bean

10 dates

BLEND!

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Another winner is banana nice cream for breakfast!  Frozen bananas blended with carob powder and a little water. Topped with chunks of dates.

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I began introducing more and more fruits and less raw bars. I always keep my meals mono-fruit meals because its much easier to digest. I tend to graze all day rather then eat 3 seperate large meals. For example, I will have a melon breakfast, a few hours later snack on a few apricots, then an hour later graze on a bag of grapes, then wait a few hours until eating berries or dates.

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A good rule of thumb: Melons should strictly be eaten alone and away from other foods (or with other melons) because they digest so quickly. Proper food combining is key!

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After a few days of adjusting with high fruits, I started incorporating more melon and more black/red grapes. These fruits, along with berries and lemons are super astringent and really good lymph pullers. The whole basis behind the healing detox I am doing is to clear and move stagnant lymph/inflammation/acidosis. Fruit is what the body utilizes as it’s fuel to heal.

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I am loving organic grapes!

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Smoothies really help with smashing in lots of calories and fruit into one sitting. Again, keeping it more simple seems to be better for my digestion. It keeps the gut from working overtime when there are only a few items to sift through. My other favorite smoothie right now is Datorade. It tastes like liquid caramel. So Yummy!

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10-20 dates, soaked

water that you soaked dates in

1 liter water

*optional: add banana, cinnamon, mint, carob or vanilla bean.

I added frozen strawberries above!

BLEND

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You can even mix in frozen blueberries – my favorite are the frozen wild blueberries at Trader Joe’s!!

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For dinner I love to eat soups. This is buckwheat noodles in a miso broth with bok choy and pickled ginger.

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My favorite Lemony Lentil Soup. This time I didn’t add lentils and instead upped the vegetable content.

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This pre-made raw sushi (jicama replaces rice) is AMAZING. I need to go buy my own sushi making kit so I can replicate this at home.

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…and sometimes you just need the real thing. My honey and I LOVE our sushi date nights. My favorite is avocado, cucumber and mango roll!

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Beyond Sushi in NYC has some of the best damn Vegan sushi you will ever eat. I salivate thinking about it.

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Their salads are out of this world too! Those tube things are sauces. Each roll comes with its signature sauce or you can mix and match. The sauces really make the meal!

I have a ton of new raw dishes that I have been preparing and I will share more of those with you soon. The more I get into this detox, the more I want to eat raw foods. I love to indulge at times though, so I’m sure you will see some rice and soups thrown into the mix every now and then. 

Be back soon with yummy recipes! 

Healing is a full-time job.

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Its been exactly one month since my diagnosis of Lyme & Candida and one month being on treatment. I have been taking an antibiotic combo of Monocycline & Plaquenil, and Nystatin for Candida. To compliment these prescriptions, I am taking natural herbs such as garlic, oil of oregano, milk thistle, magnesium, Herbal Candida Support, Turmeric and Olive Leaf. To boost my immune system I have been taking Immune Support packets from Designs for Health and B-12 shots. I just started a parasite cleanse from Humaworm 3 days ago….I will keep you posted on the results of that after one month! My honey, and even Bowie are doing it with me because its best to have everyone in the household do it at the same time.

Here is what I been doing to heal:

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Upon waking, I drink a tall glass of water with a strong probiotic. I am currently taking this Garden of Life brand, not for Vaginal Care but because it is good for overall yeast balance.

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I then make one of two tonic’s:

1) Dandy Blend, warm water, reishi powder, stevia or xylitol & a tablespoon of coconut oil.

2) Warm lemon water with a tablespoon of Bragg’s raw Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

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After my tonic, I then move my lymphatic system on the rebounder for a few minutes. Then I’m off to the infrared sauna at a local wellness center. Before I go, I try to dry brush my skin to prepare it for sweating. I sit in the sauna for 40 minutes and then sit the steam room for 10 min. Cold shower after to move the lymphatic system and I drink lots and lots of water to re-hydrate after the sweat session. The sauna has been helping me tremendously with detox symptoms. I then head back home to eat breakfast and pack my lunch before I head to the city to work.

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 I’ve been surprisingly craving and eating eggs most mornings with organic turkey bacon (nitrate, sugar and preservative free) If I’m not eating eggs, I am drinking a giant green smoothie with lots of cinnamon, pumpkin seeds and coconut milk – all great candida fighters.

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Other breakfast/snack idea’s:

avocado on raw crackers or live bread.

buckwheat pancakes (http://mattikaarts.com/blog/baking-recipes/gluten-free-buckwheat-pancakes/)

buckwheat or millet porridge with help milk, cinnamon and vanilla stevia.

Yogurt Parfait: Organic PLAIN (unsweetened) probiotic yogurt. Mix in’s – shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, puffed quinoa.

Sauteed veggies & quinoa.

key lime avocado pudding

soba noodles with veggies

roasted rhutabaga wedges

pepper slices with tahini, kraut and red onions

photo 2I’ve been eating a lot of 100% buckwheat soba noodles for the rest of my meals. I know they are considered “processed” but they are my saving grace at the moment. I see them as my vehicle to get veggies down. I love loading them up with broccoli, bok choy and red cabbage!

photo 1Soba noodles with red sauce and broccoli rabe and homemade cashew cheese. Soba noodle miso bowl, soba with charred brussel sprout leaves….yeah, I love soba noodles. To mix things up, I made BLT salad boats with turkey bacon. They were sooo good!

photo 4My beautiful mom made me a huge batch of organic chicken soup. Talk about thankful! I have been slurping on soup for days and loving it. Mom’s soup is so healing! For some variety – I added soba noodles (of course!), quinoa, tomatoes, mung bean noodles & sprouts…squash noodles…etc.

photo 1Omelette with avocado and salad, raw sandwich from Quintessence in NYC, flax crackers and guacomole, veggies with zucchini hummus.

photo 2Almond crusted organic chicken fingers with roasted brussel sprouts, salad with garlic olives and homemade green dressing, coconut cauliflower curry with kelp noodles, and a rainbow salad.

photo 4I have been snacking on raw sprouted almonds, garlic olives, raw olives (the best!) and I can eat bowls full of roasted cauliflower.

photo 3It is SO important to stay hydrated & to help release toxins so the liver doesn’t get overburdened. I have been drinking a ton of lemon water, tonics and green juices. For the best lemonade just mix juice from fresh lemons, lemon stevia and muddled mint.

How have I been feeling?

TERRIBLE. Absolutely wiped out. When you are killing Lyme, the spirochetes release toxins into your bloodstream as they die. This is what’s causing me to get worse before I get better. Also, the antibiotics kind of make you feel beyond crummy in the tummy.  I’ve been dealing with fatigue, nausea, upset stomach, dizziness, migraines, swollen ankles, stiff joints, loss of appetite, weight loss…it’s ALL been very challenging to say the least.  Most days I just want to stay home in bed, but I somehow find it in me to get to work each day. Just as I always have, I put on my strong game face and work through it. The Candida diet is VERY HARD. I may seem like I have a grasp on it, but I really don’t. I have cheated more times then I should have but I’m only human. My sugar cravings are remarkably lower but I still dream of my fruit smoothies! I’m trying to take things one day at a time.

I’ve been slowly re-gaining some energy the last few days. Let’s hope its a continuing trend. The Dr. says it could be a long and bumpy recovery but I am hopeful and very determined to do all that I need to get better.

Will keep you posted!

Newly diagnosed with Lyme & Candida

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FINALLY! Some answers and direction.


This year has been a rough one for me. I began with a flu last September which was odd since it wasn’t flu season and rarely to I get sick with colds or a flu nonetheless. That turned into a bad Crohn’s flare. Then I decided to stop my birth control pill because I wanted to start balancing my hormones after being on it for way too long. With each period, like clockwork, came a vicious flare. I understood hormones play a huge role in causing flare-ups with women but geez, I thought my healthy ways would prevent the debilitating week long pain. It didn’t. Fast forward to 2.5 months ago, I began to get a sudden onset of neurological symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, extreme brain fog, headaches, eye floaters, fatigue and many more symptoms that you will see below. I was feeling VERY OFF. People told me it was most likely stress and to stop thinking about it so much. I knew it wasn’t stress.

So then the tests began. I went to see an ENT where vertigo and any inner ear problem was ruled out. I went to see a neuro-opthamologist because I have had a history of severe optic neuritis in the past & wanted to make sure it wasn’t my eyes. An MRI was taken and luckily no lesions or MS. Then I decided to see an Osteopath. I wanted everything checked in my blood, praying I could find answers. I told her all of my vague symptoms and all my past complications with Crohn’s and the blinding mystery optic neuritis I had in college. I was side swiped when she looked at me and said that all of my symptoms screamed Lyme to her.

Wait a minute. No way, I thought! I never found a tick on me, then again I never looked. Some are so tiny, I could of easily mistaken them for dirt or a freckle.  I DO live in prominent Lyme lands and travel to Cape Cod, the other highly infested Lyme area. I DO garden with flip flops on and no gloves and shorts in the summer months in my backyard which is visited by deer and backs up to woods. I did have a mystery flu late last summer and a few rashes during the year and lots of little odd symptoms, like very painful breasts and extremely dry skin and blurry vision. I always chalked things up to my Crohns.

Then after watching a Lyme documentary ‘Under Our Skin’ and reading ‘The Unkown Cure’, lightbulbs starting going off above my head. By the way, HIGHLY recommend both, especially the book.

Then the results came in. I tested positive for both Lyme (and Candida, but we will discuss that in next post). 

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I have 40 clinical Lyme symptoms listed (underlined) below. If you have 20, this represents a serious potential and Lyme should be included in diagnostic workup. Unfortunately diagnostic testing is very hard. Sometimes the spirochetes and their co-infections can not be detected in blood work. That is why you must find a Lyme Literate Dr to look at your clinical symptoms along with any bands that come up positive on a Western Blot test, even if there are few. The CDC only allows treatment if you mark 5 out of 10 bands which is just crazy to me. If one band came up positive, that should be evidence enough that you were infected at some point. Spirochetes can hide in your tissues, and travel to your vital organs, They can cause so many lasting symptoms that can be dangerous if not taken care of. They can keep reproducing and cause havoc, if not controlled. Scary part is I have no idea when I got infected or how long my body has been fighting them. Dr said people run the risk of getting bit just walking from there car to their front door. Nymph ticks are SUPER SMALL (as small or smaller then poppy seeds) and can go undetected.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

The Tick Bite (fewer than 50% recall a tick bite or get/see the rash and only about 30% even get the rash)
Rash at site of bite
Rashes on other parts of your body
Rash basically circular, oval and spreading out (more generalized)
Raised rash, disappearing and recurring

Head, Face, Neck

Unexplained hair loss
Headache, mild or severe, Seizures
Pressure in head, white matter lesions in brain (MRI)
Twitching of facial or other muscles
Facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy, Horner’s syndrome)
Tingling of nose, (tip of) tongue, cheek or facial flushing
Stiff or painful neck
Jaw pain or stiffness
Dental problems (unexplained)
Sore throat, clearing throat a lot, phlegm, runny nose

Eyes/Vision

Double or blurry vision
Increased floating spots
Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes
Oversensitivity to light
Flashing lights/Peripheral waves/phantom images in corner of eyes

Ears/Hearing

Decreased hearing in one or both ears, plugged ears
Buzzing in ears
Pain in ears, oversensitivity to sounds
Ringing in one or both ears

Digestive and Excretory Systems

Diarrhea
Constipation
Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping) or Interstitial cystitis
Upset stomach (nausea or pain) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

Musculoskeletal System

Bone pain, joint pain or swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome
Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow
Muscle pain or cramps, (Fibromyalgia)

Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

Shortness of breath, can’t get full/satisfying breath, cough
Chest pain or rib soreness
Night sweats or unexplained chills
Heart palpitations or extra beats
Endocarditis, Heart blockage

Neurologic System

Tremors or unexplained shaking
Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Weakness, peripheral neuropathy or partial paralysis
Pressure in the head
Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks
Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
Increased motion sickness
Lightheadedness, wooziness

Psychological well-being

Mood swings, irritability, bi-polar disorder
Unusual depression
Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
Feeling as if you are losing your mind
Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
Too much sleep, or insomnia
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Narcolepsy, sleep apnea
Panic attacks, anxiety

Mental Capability

Memory loss (short term)
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration or reading
Going to the wrong place
Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)
Stammering speech
Forgetting how to perform simple tasks

Reproduction and Sexuality

Loss of sex drive
Sexual dysfunction
Unexplained menstral pain, irregularity
Unexplained breast pain, discharge
Testicular or pelvic pain

General Well-being

Phantom smells
Unexplained weight gain, loss
Extreme fatigue
Swollen glands/lymph nodes
Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
Continual infections (sinus, kidney, eye, etc.)
Symptoms seem to change, come and go
Pain migrates (moves) to different body parts
Early on, experienced a “flu-like” illness, after which you have not since felt well.
Low body temperature

flaring of symptoms every 4 weeks

Allergies/Chemical sensitivities

Increased effect from alcohol and possible worse hangover

Many Lyme patients are first diagnosed with other illnesses such as:

Juvenile Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Interstitial Cystis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Fifth Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, scleroderma, lupus, early ALS, early Alzheimers Disease, crohn’s disease, ménières syndrome, reynaud’s syndrome, sjogren’s syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, prostatitis, psychiatric disorders (bipolar, depression, etc.), encephalitis, sleep disorders, thyroid disease and various other illnesses.

If you have received one of these diagnoses please check above to see if you recognize a broader range of symptoms.

With Lyme Disease it is common for all systems to be affected ( respiratory, autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular, digestive, brain, central nervous system, musco-skeletal, etc.) and sometimes the hourly/daily/weekly/monthly changing of symptoms. Symptoms may come and go in varying degrees fluctuating from one symptom to another. There may be a period of what feels like remission only to be followed by another onset of symptoms.

The infection rate of Lyme in the tick population is exploding in North America and as global warming continues, this trend is expected to only get worse. Please spray yourself while being outside, check yourself, wear light clothing while hiking, gardening or playing in the grass. Find a Lyme Literate Dr and get checked if you detect anything! If you are positive it is so important to treat as early as you can. You can go the antibiotic route or just as powerful, the herbal route.

 

*I will post about my plan of attack on eradicating both Lyme and Candida for you guys and a brief post on Candida and what it is.