No Gym Full Body Workout (quick)

Good morning and happy Workout Wednesday!

Are you ready for a quick, no gym, full body workout?! It’s only 7 minutes and will incorporate cardio, strength, and abs.  Plus, it’s only two moves so it’ll be easy on our minds.

I will do the entire workout with you. Let’s get started!!!

Ball Abs with April

Here is a quick ab routine for your Workout Wednesday!  I hope that you enjoy it and that you’re having a wonderful summer 🙂

*most of these exercises can be done without the ball as well.

 

Quick Outdoor Workout (Full Body)

Hello y’all, happy Fitness Friday!  If you are planning on spending some time outdoors this weekend, I have the perfect workout for you.  I hope that you enjoy it and that you have an amazing weekend!

*Okay, this workout can also be done inside but why would you want to miss out on some extra Vitamin D? 🙂

Vegetable Medley Coleslaw

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Part of my treatment was to eliminate some of the foods that I loved and I wondered, “what am I going to eat now?” I am a creature of habit and have been eating the same lunch and afternoon snack for about a year (No wonder my body felt so fatigued, it wasn’t getting the nutrients from a wonderful variety of foods)!

Layla and I came up with this delicious side dish (and I am trying hard not to let her just eat all of it). I should state that I am not a chef! I also don’t tend to measure, so go ahead and put in as much of each vegetable as your palette desires:)

-Green cabbage (I did half of a head)

-Rainbow carrots

-Fresh mint (I used about 6 leaves)

-Parsley

-Green Onion

-Hemp seeds

-Zucchini (I used zoodles cut with our veggie spiralizer)

-Apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste

*It would probably be delicious with some lemon juice added as well, but they are on my “NO” list.

*Also, this recipe is great on a toasted brown rice tortilla with a little bit of vegan mayonnaise.

Enjoy 🙂

6 Ways to Beat The Heat This Summer

Today marks the first official day of summer and here in Southern California (at 109 degrees in my backyard), we are feeling the heat!  Sometimes it feels almost impossible to beat the warm weather, but here are some tips to try to make it better 🙂

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  1.  This one is the most obvious:  try to stay inside, out of the sun, and in your AC!  Wait until the sun has set to try to do any work or exercise outdoors.
  2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!!  Not only is a good idea to drink plenty of water during the heat, but it is important to drink prior to those hot days.  Once you are feeling the effects of being dehydrated, it’ll be hard to catch up.  Also, remember that tea, coffee and alcohol do not count for hydration.  Your body needs H2O!  Try adding some mint, cucumber, or cold berries to your water to make it more refreshing.
  3. The last thing we want to do during these hot days is to eat.  However, your body is burning calories just trying to keep you cool and it needs the nourishment.  Stick to cold foods: salads and smoothies.
  4. If you don’t have AC in your house, this one is a must!  Fill up a spray bottle with cold water and give yourself a good spritz throughout the day 🙂
  5. For night time relief from the heat this tip is my favorite and something that my husband and I did constantly when we didn’t have AC.  A few hours prior to bed, wet a washcloth, stick it in a zip lock bag, and freeze it.  You can also freeze a water bottle.  Snuggle up to it when you go to bed and it’ll keep you cool until you fall asleep.
  6. If you are able to sleep with your bedroom window open, this one is for you.  Once it has cooled down a bit, take your fan and face it with the blades facing out.  It’ll suck the warm air out of the house and pull the cool air in.

 

I hope that these tips will help keep everyone cool so that you can enjoy the summer!  Please don’t forget to take care of your fur babies during the heat as well 🙂

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!