The Lyme Interview (part 2)

 

Hello lovelies,

As promised, here is the second half of the Lyme interview with Victoria from Lemons ‘N Lyme.

I love this half because you see a much more vulnerable side of Victoria as she discusses the best and worst parts of having this illness.  In addition, she explains how you can prevent getting Lyme Disease.  This is a good one to watch before those warm, tick-infested, summer months.

I hope that you enjoy it!

The Happy Healin’ Vegan

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Hello everyone,

I hope that you are having the most gorgeous day 🙂  I wanted to share a new, exciting venture that I am going on….

A few months ago I started feeling unsettled.  Although I absolutely love my career and clients, I felt like there was something more that I needed to be doing.  As someone who completely believes that there is a power greater than us (I’ll refer to it as the Universe, but it can be whatever you believe in), I started asking for help.  I journaled, mediated and tried to surrender my career to the Universal energy.  Then one night when I was taking a shower, because all of my answers come to me in the shower, it came to me….

I will become…….The Happy Healin’ Vegan!!!  And just like that I was flooded with purpose, emotions and tears of joy.

You see, two of the worst (and somehow most inspirational) days of my life took place over the previous year:  the day that I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and the day that I lost my dog (and best friend).  Throughout my Lyme journey I have healed my body with proper nutrition, rest, meditation and a positive outlook.  With healing the grief and sadness of my lost pet, I have realized my true aching to help and rescue animals.  In addition, I have gone back to my vegan roots.  I will never aide in the suffering of another animal after watching my boy struggle to breathe.

I am extremely passionate about spreading my message, helping others heal from illness, and to educate the world about animal cruelty and how we can make a difference.  But I need your help…..

With any new idea, there are so many different ways of approaching it.  And in the world of social media, there are only so many things that you can do at one time.  I would love to hear from you to see what your needs are.  Which do you need help with: fitness, nutrition, healing through food, meditation, becoming more happy, vegan recipes, or anything else?  I am here to help you 🙂  In addition, would you rather that I create a separate website for this cause?

Thank you so much for all of your direction.  I am truly excited to see where this new purpose takes me 🙂

 

Cold Quinoa Salad

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With a few more foods eliminated this week as part of the Lyme treatment protocol, Layla and I had to get creative 🙂 Here is a quick recipe that will be great for those summer events!

Ingredients:

-White quinoa

-Carrots (I prefer the rainbow baby carrots)

-Cucumber

-Mint

-Feta cheese

-Capers

-Black olives

*feel free to add any other desired vegetables.

Directions:

  1.  Cook quinoa (add two cups of water to every one cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer until water has evaporated).
  2. Place quinoa in a bowl and allow to cool.
  3. Cut vegetables, olives and mint.
  4. Add vegetables, capers, olives and feta to the quinoa.
  5. Season with caper juice, salt and pepper. (you could also use lemon or balsamic vinegar…but they are on my eliminated list 🙂 )
  6. Mix everything together and enjoy!

Update on Treatment

 

Happy Friday y’all!  I hope that you are all having a wonderful day and are excited about the weekend!

I have had a couple of people ask me about my Lyme Disease treatment and I realized that it has been quite some time since I have posted an update.  So here it is!  I will try to keep it short and sweet 🙂

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It has been about 2 months since I started seeing my doctor for this awful illness.  I am seeing a holistic chiropractor who is absolutely amazing!  He is not a Lyme specific doctor but has helped a lot of Lyme patients.  His plan isn’t to kill the Lyme because “killing the Lyme would mean hurting parts of me as well.”  Instead, we are working on fixing the parts of my body that aren’t working properly because of Lyme.  Basically, we are managing and fixing the symptoms.

Currently, we are working on increasing my energy, improving my metabolism and digestion, removing mycotoxins and mold, correcting any gene issues, and decreasing histamines.  I am currently taking over 35+ pills a day to help support these body systems.

Positives:

  •  my leg pain (on most days) has almost disappeared.
  • my energy has dramatically increased!
  • my digestive issues (on most days) have dramatically decreased.
  • my sinus issues have lessened.
  • no more heart palpitations.
  • The doctor is extremely amazed at how far I have come in only three sessions!

Negatives:

  • taking 35+ supplements a day is extremely time consuming.  Some of them can be taken with food, others without.  How do I schedule all of this?!
  • muscle twitching is still there.
  • the first two weeks of taking new supplements can be extremely exhausting and painful.  I still never know how I will feel the next day.
  • TREATMENT IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE and I am not sure how long I will be able to keep this up.  Have I mentioned that insurance doesn’t cover any of this?!
  • I have had to eliminate the following foods from my diet: spinach, chocolate, tomatoes, potatoes, nuts, beans, lentils, soy, plant protein, anything processed, lemons, limes, fruit, carrots.  This has been a difficult challenge!  As someone who LOVES animals, I find it extremely difficult to eat meat.  However, with most of my other protein sources eliminated I have had to start eating a bit here and there.  Morally, I really don’t like this 😦  (**I was already dairy, gluten, and sugar free prior)
  • anxiety attacks and melancholy are still there.
  • headaches and ear pressure remain constant.

I am extremely optimistic that things will keep getting better from here.  I am so glad that I found a wonderful doctor who knows what he is doing and has helped me so much already!

Thank you for reading and to all of my Lyme Warriors out there, stay strong!!!  We will conquer this awful disease together!

 

Paying it Forward-Discovering New Blogs

PAYING IT FORWARD – DISCOVERING NEW BLOGS!

 

images-1As a new blogger, I was thrilled to be nominated for a Liebster award             by Meghan of ThriveSensibly. I absolutely love her blog and really hope that you will check it out.  Not only is her writing style relaxed and fun (you feel like you are having a conversation with her), but she has some great “sensible” tips on there for everything health and fitness related.  You will enjoy it! Thank you Meghan for the nomination!

If you’re not familiar with the award (as a newbie, I certainly wasn’t), it’s a fun way to recognize new bloggers and get to know them in the process. You can read more about the award here.

WHILE IT IS ALL IN GOOD FUN, THERE ARE SOME RULES…
Thank the blog that nominated you and link back to them (check!).

Share 11 fun facts about yourself (see below).

Answer the 11 questions from the blog that nominated you (see below).

Prepare 11 questions for those you will nominate (see below).

Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers by commenting on one of their blog posts (you guessed it, see below!).

11 FACTS ABOUT ME

  1.  I can stick my tongue up my nose 🙂
  2. I have an extreme phobia of snakes!
  3. My husband and I went to the same high school.  He was quarterback, I was cheerleading captain and we never talked until college.
  4. I have two dogs that I adore.  We are those crazy people who treat them like they are our children…but until we have kids, they kind of are.
  5. I was honored enough to be chosen to dance in the Super Bowl XXXVII pregame and half time shows.
  6. I was originally a Liberal Studies major in college.  I always thought that I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher.  Then I found dance….
  7. I am a huge animal lover!  I cannot read stories on the Internet regarding animals being harmed or see a dead animal on the side of the road.  It makes me extremely sad.  I am still getting over Hambre, the gorilla who was recently killed.
  8. I have had body image/Orthorexia issues for most of my adult life.
  9. I have one giant kidney (well, two kidneys that are connected).
  10. I am allergic to pineapple and cats.

MY ANSWERS

  1. What’s one thing you’ve accomplished from your bucket list? Dancing on tv.
  2. Where do you find your writing inspiration? From other bloggers and from books.  One of my favorite books for inspiration is You are a Badass.
  3. How do you spend your time on weekends? I love the weekends with my small family: husband and our dogs.  We normally spend it at the beach, running errands, going to yummy restaurants (pick up, of course!), Starbucks, working out and with family.  The little things make me happy!
  4. Would you rather travel into the past or future? Definitely the past.  I don’t want to ruin any surprises that the future holds 🙂
  5. What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love that there is no filter.  I can write whatever and whenever I want to.  I also love sharing my stories.  I always hope that I can help even one person by sharing my journey.  Plus, it is cathartic.
  6. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done? I am not much of an adventure-seeker, but this is one thing that I would like to change…..I guess it would have to be when I spontaneously went on a trip to Hawaii and flew there by myself (on my first flight ever!).
  7. Describe your dream in one word. Freedom.
  8. If you could be transported anywhere instantly, where would it be? Colorado.  I grew up there and terribly miss the fresh air, the pine trees and the beauty.
  9. What was your proudest moment? Leaving my corporate job and starting a successful business.
  10. If you had one day all to yourself, how would you spend it? I would sleep in, have a luxurious breakfast outside, go for a hike by the ocean, meet a friend for lunch, read a good book with my feet in the sand, and snuggle with my husband and puppies.  I am a simple girl 🙂
  11. What one piece of advice would you give your 5-year-old self? To live every day to the fullest, to enjoy the little things, to worry less, to laugh more, to dance, to eat good food and to love every inch of your body.

MY QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

  1.  Describe your blog in three words.
  2. Do you have a fur baby?  If so, describe them.
  3. Pizza or ice cream?
  4. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
  5. If you were on Naked and Afraid, what one item would you bring from home?
  6. What is one food that you severely dislike?
  7. Where do you find your writing inspiration?
  8. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
  9. What’s one thing you’ve accomplished from your bucket list?
  10. If you had one day all to yourself, how would you spend it?
  11. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years?

 

MY NOMINEES FOR BLOGS WORTH VISITING

  1. Brit talks about Lyme
  2. Weightlossandwine
  3. LymewithJoy
  4. shelby’s LIFE WITH LYME
  5. myillnessstarttofinish
  6. Liveyounique
  7. Peas and Love
  8. Eat Plants, Get Fit
  9. Lemons ‘N Lyme
  10. hopereuben
  11. Hillary K. Yeager

Thank you all for participating! 🙂

Asparagus with a Twist

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I don’t know about you all but as much as I love vegetables, sometimes I can get a bit bored with the same ol’ meals. Here is a slight twist on asparagus and it only takes 3 ingredients (okay, five if you count salt and pepper)!! 🙂

Ingredients:

-half bunch of asparagus

-bread crumbs (I used gluten free)

-Vegenaise (or other vegan mayonnaise)

-salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash and dry asparagus. Cut the ends off.
  3. Take a spoonful of Vegenaise and spread it on a flat surface (plate, cutting board, etc.)
  4. Pour some bread crumbs on a separate plate or paper towel.
  5. Roll each asparagus in the Vegenaise, followed by the bread crumbs. Be sure to cover the entire surface.
  6. Place the asparagus on a greased baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper (if desired).
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!!!

 

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