#1 Tuna Burger

Ingredients

1 can white flake tuna

3/4 cup white onion

4 garlic cloves

2 eggs

1/2 cup oats

1 tsp thym

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

olive oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Drain water from tuna can then place tuna into large mixing bowl. Separate the tuna with a fork until it has a smooth consistency without any chunks left.
  2. Dice the onion into small pieces, finely chop the garlic. Add both to tuna and stir thoroughly mixing together. In a blender or food processor blend the oats into a powder.
  3. Add spices, blended oats, eggs, mix everything together until entirely blended. Then using your hands divide into 4 equal parts, form into patties.
  4. Heat a non-stick frying hand at medium heat. Once warmed up add 4 tbsp of olive oil to the pan and begin frying patties. Fry until each side is golden brown (about 7 minutes each side).

These tuna burgers are versatile and can be enjoyed in a bun or lettuce wrap, on its own, or even in a burrito wrap.

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Zesty blueberry poppy seed muffins GF

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Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 tbsp splenda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp poppy seeds

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 1/2 cups almond milk

2 eggs

zest from 1 lemon

juice from 1 lemon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup blueberries

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to bake at 375 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl put together all dry ingredients including poppy seeds and lemon zest. In a separate bowl melt coconut oil then add in remaining wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry mixture and mix until batter is formed.
  2. In a muffin bake tray line with 12 muffin cups. Fill muffin cups just under half way. Then evenly divide berries into muffin cups, pressing berries down into batter. Then cover with remaining muffin mixture till cups are almost full.
  3. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes. Depending on how crispy you prefer your muffins baking time may differ by a few minutes.

 

 

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Fries Fries Happy FRI-YAY

In Honour of Friday I dedicate this post to fries. Everyone loves fries, potatoes, yam, even carrot. Generally when a fry craving comes on the urge to rush to your local fast food joint kicks in. In reality making them fresh at home isn’t hard and is well worth your time.

  • No preservatives or unhealthy fats involved
  • fresh cut potatoes are used
  • olive oil compliments them greatly
  • Sea salt at home versus table salt from fast food

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Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to baking at 420 degrees
  2. Peel and cut potatoes into thin, even fry slices. Evenly coat in olive oil and spread onto baking sheet. Place in oven flipping fries over half way through cooking time. Depending on how you like your fries soft vs. crispy the cooking time will be anywhere from 23 minutes – 30 minutes. Check regularly near end time. Remove from oven and salt fries with desired amount of salt. 
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The most important meal of the day

Breakfast

You’ve probably been told at least once in your life to eat breakfast “Its the most important meal of the day”. It’s become my favourite meal over the last few years for multiple reasons. It’s generally is easy to cook, you have savoury or sweet options and it fuels you up to start the day. Looking for a well balanced meal including protein, healthy fats, healthy carbs, fresh fruits & vegetables.

 

Avocado/Spinach Sandwich with medium boiled eggs

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Eggs are almost always a go to staple in my morning meal. You have many ways to cook them so you aren’t bored of the same thing, my favourite are poached. They are high in protein, healthy fats and omega 3. Pairing them with a kind of vegetable has become a norm with my lyme diet. Its an easy way to turn a plain breakfast into one thats restaurant quality.

 

Gluten free vanilla blueberry protein pancakes

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I have always been a sucker for bread or any carb for that matter but becoming gluten free required me to find something new. It took me several tries of different gluten free loafs to find one I like but its possible. Stay away from the un-healthy heavy carbs like white flour, pastries, processed sugared items. If your looking for something sweet go for a protein pancake with a healthier flour choice and juicy blueberries.

 

Veggie “BLT” cucumber,lettuce,tomatoe,alphalfa sprouts with soft poached eggs

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Eating breakfast fuels your body in the morning. Providing you with more strength and overall better function. Keeping the brain sharpe and awake.  Even if you don’t prefer a hearty meal early on you can have something lighter like yogurt and granola. Generally store bought granolas can have cane sugar in them, this can be easily avoided by making your own granola at home.

 

Mixed berry vanilla protein smoothie

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Its known for keeping down cholesterol levels. Also helping maintain a healthy weight. A smoothie is an easy way to sneak in some nutrients. Adding hemp and chia seeds into your blend add protein and healthy fats.  Greek yogurt, kiefer, or coconut yogurt for vegans add protein, healthy fats and probiotics.  Coco butter is another tasty trick for a smoothie.

 

Gluten free chia toast with natural peanut butter/honey

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Peanut butter is an easy way to add some protein and healthy fat. Look for a natural brand with no additives or processed sugars. They taste just as good and even better with a little honey on top.  Its very important to have regular daily rituals you follow. Breakfast should be one of them, what better way then to start the day doing something healthy just for you.

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Tikka Masala curry recipe

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The wonderful world of curry. Curries have taken the globe with great popularity. Thai curries, Indian curries, both filled with flavourful spices, healthy vegetables, proteins, and even decadent sauces. For this recipe I created my own version of tikka masala. It has everything you could ask for from flavourful, hearty, and creamy soothing tastes. Along side with some gluten free garlic naan bread.

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Ingredients

               Curry

  1. 1 cup onion
  2. 4 garlic cloves
  3. 1 tsp ginger
  4. 1 red bell pepper
  5. 1 jalapeño
  6. 3 potatoes
  7. 3 large carrot sticks
  8. 1 cup cauliflower
  9. 1 large can chickpeas
  10. 1 cup frozen peas
  11. 1 can tomato sauce
  12. 1 can diced tomatoes
  13. 1 can coconut milk
  14. 3 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  15. 1 tbsp coriander
  16. 1 tbsp turmeric
  17. 1 tsp each salt&pepper
  18. 1/4 cup olive oil

Naan (makes 6 pieces)

  1. 2 cups gluten free flour
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  3. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  4. 1 package of yeast
  5. pinch sea salt
  6. 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  7. 3/4 cup milk your choice
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 3 garlic pieces
  10. 1 tsp coconut oil
  11. 1/4 cup butter

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Instructions

  1. 3 hours prior to cooking prepare yeast as instructed on package, cover and set aside.
  2. Dice onion, chop garlic and ginger finely. Sautee onions in olive oil on medium heat stirring frequently. After 2 minutes add garlic and ginger cook for another 5-10 minutes. Chop potatoes in cubes, chop carrots then add to cooking mixture. Chop cauliflower into bite size pieces, chop bell pepper into cubes and jalapeño into finely cut pieces.  Add cauliflower let cook while stirring for 2 minutes then add both peppers. Let mixture cook for 5 minutes while stirring frequently. Time to add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, coconut milk and all the spices. Stir mixture to mix entirely, let cook on medium heat for 30 minutes stirring frequently. After 3o minutes pass reduce heat to medium low stirring occasionally, let simmer for another 30-45 minutes. Add chick peas and frozen peas and let cook for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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  1. Time to prepare naan bread. Add flours with salt into large mixing bowl add yeast, yogurt, melted butter, and milk. Mix everything together then use your hands to knead turning mixture into dough. Heat non-stick skillet on medium high heat. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces, with hands roll into balls. Flour hard surface for rolling dough, roll each ball evenly (you want it to be thin 1/4 inch thick). Sprinkle pieces of garlic over dough pressing it in firmly. You may now begin frying naan bread. Add coconut oil to frying pan then place dough in pan. Let fry on each side till golden brown or desired level of crispiness (about 4 minutes). To keep the naan warm while I cooked the other pieces I placed the cooked ones on a pan in the oven on a low heat.

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Anti-Inflammatory Morning Juice

I have loved juice my entire life. Its the perfect way to start the day. Unfortunately most juices bought are very high in sugar and not healthy at all. Dealing with inflammation caused me to cut back on my juice intake. This also gave me a chance to get creative and create a healthy and anti-inflammatory juice to start the day right. Included in this juice is the well known anti-inflammatory spice Turmeric its praised for its medicinal properties. Turmeric can be used for in so many ways as its taste is very versatile.  This juice is sweet and tangy while hydrating! The colour from the orange and turmeric screams tropical so it looks as beautiful as it tastes.

Ingredients

  1. 1 orange
  2. 1 lemon
  3. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 3 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. With a handheld juicer, juice the orange and lemon. Strain juice into a large cup to remove pulp (unless you prefer pulp). Add turmeric and with a whisk stirring until turmeric is smooth threw juice. Add ice and water then stir till mixed.
  2. Enjoy!!

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Benefits

  • Reduces inflammation and detoxes the body
  • Vitamin C boost
  • Improved brain function
  • Lowers risk of heart disease
  • Aids Arthritis
  • Helps with managing diabetes
  • Filled with loads of other vitamins
  • Some even believe lemons and turmeric can help with defeating cancer

 

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15 minute Chocolate Cake

   Who doesn’t love dessert.. Did I mention chocolate..

 What if I told you that in 15 minutes you could have a decadent delicious chocolate cake with icing! Its that simple for those last minute cravings. Read on for Recipe.

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Ingredients 

Cake

1/2 Cup flour (I use gluten free flour)

1 Tbsp Coco Powder

1 Tsp baking powder

1 Tsp Splenda or sweetener of your choice

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 Cup Vanilla unsweetened almond milk or milk of your choice

1 Tsp Vanilla

Icing

1 Tbsp butter

1-2 Tbsp maple syrup depending on your choice of sweetness

1/4 cup Vanilla unsweetened almond milk or if your prefer cream

2 pieces of dark unsweetened bakers chocolate

Instructions

  1. In a microwave friendly bowl mix together flour, baking powder, sweetener, coco powder, mix until even consistency. Add milk, olive oil and vanilla, mix batter until smooth. Set aside
  2. Heat non-stick pan at medium heat. Once warmed up add butter let melt, then add maple syrup, milk and stir constantly for 5 minutes. Add chocolate pieces and continue to stir constantly to ensure no burning happens. After another 5-10 minutes of stirring a chocolate sauce will form.
  3. Put cake bowl in microwave for a cooking time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Once done remove cake from bowl and place it upside down on a plate. Drizzle chocolate sauce over cake.

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Bon appetit

 

 

 

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Mushroom Gravy

Recipe

07oz sliced mushrooms (1 package)

3 onion shallots

3 pieces of garlic

5 fresh thyme stocks

2 cups bone broth (I used chicken but beef or vegetable for vegan work great too)

1/4 cup butter (can substitute with olive oil or coconut oil to make vegan friendly)

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup flour (gluten free for me but whatever kind you prefer)

Sea Salt and Peppa ; )

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Instructions 

  1. Chop garlic finely, thinly slice shallots, and prepare bone broth set aside.
  2. Place sauce pan on medium heat, melt butter along with olive oil.  Sauté garlic 1 minute then add onions in another 2-3 minutes (until lightly brown) add mushrooms. Coat mushrooms in butter/garlic mixture then cover with a lid, check to stir every 5 minutes let cook/simmer for 15-20 minutes. During this process coat mushroom mixture with desired amount of salt and pepper.
  3. Add half the amount of flour and stir into mixture. Keep stirring for about 2 minutes. Then add bone broth stir into mixture thoroughly until mixed smoothly with mushroom mix. Place thyme stocks into mixture and simmer at a medium low heat. Keep stirring mixture every 5 minutes to keep smooth consistency.
  4. Over the next 25 minutes or so until it take the gravy to form add remaining flour as needed to thicken the mixture. Once the gravy texture is formed you know its ready.

Bon Appetit!

 

What did I have my gravy on??

  • Yam, Carrot, Cauliflower. Simple&filling

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2 months on Antibiotics

Hello Everyone, I am writing my first update after being on antibiotics for 2 months now. I am currently taking doxycycline and rifampin, the length of time I could be on them is 6 months to 1 year depending on how my body reacts. The first 3 weeks of this “trip” were absolutely awful. Some of the hardest times of my life occurred over these 3 weeks. Unfortunately when treating chronic lyme and bartonella once medications are started the disease gets angry and worse. Prior to starting the medications I thought I was very sick, given I was compared to how a 27 year old should be feeling normally. Sadly it was very minimal compared to the pain and suffering the was ahead of me. Truth be told the only way I know how to explain this is I felt like I was dying. Its not an easy thing to explain when you feel sicker then you’ve ever felt in your life. A type of sick you would never wish upon anyone.

Starting with my head I was delirious and completely confused. Unable to put thoughts together, very simple things like walking to the washroom were a struggle. The light sensitivity was off the charts accompanied by noise sensitivity worse then I had already been experiencing. It was like every symptom I was suffering from before the meds was amplified. My memory got even worse, I had the hardest time communicating and even being understood due to slurring.

All the pain I had in my body got much worse. My muscles all felt like they had needles inside them, my joints felt frozen unable to move. Not only did I feel this way but physically my spine, hips, neck were being manipulated and moved from the disease somehow. I even stopped recognizing my hands, I didn’t know if this was because of how badly my eyesight has been changed or if the arthritis in my hands were causing them to physically change. Rashes and burning sensations under the skin are a common symptom of bartonella. These got much worse being on the antibiotics like everything else. The rashes were absolutely mind blowing. Having marks appear out of no where that looked like I had been mauled. They burned and itched only ice would sooth them. a regular part of treatment is detoxing the body in as many ways as possible. I have been taking almost daily detox baths. This would draw out these toxins causing the rashes making them more prominent.

The nausea was too much to handle. My stomach had never been in more pain before. I could barely eat causing my weight to drop to 90 pounds. I hadn’t been that skinny since I was 16 years old. Half of the time when I could eat I would end up so sick to my stomach I would automatically throw up. I can’t really explain how upsetting and scary it is looking at yourself in the mirror naked and seeing a frail 90 pound body. Especially when just one year ago you were 25 pounds heavier and full of muscle.

I was completely stuck in bed over these 3 weeks. Too weak to function or even be able to make yourself a meal. Having been sick many times over the last almost decade due to the undiagnosed lyme infection I knew what it was like to feel low with no energy but it truly never compared to what this was like on antibiotics. Even unable to brush your own teeth till 4pm in the afternoon. Your pure exhausted and all you want to do is sleep. Unfortunately all the pain your in keeps you awake often or when you are asleep being woken up by shooting aches or pains.

After the 3 weeks passed by the fourth week I felt some life in my body again. I was able to start eating more regularly keeping food down. My mind started working again, Not well I will add but working none the less. Able to spend time in the living room, sit outside for a few minutes, rather than being stuck in my bed. I felt a flicker of hope at this point.  However this did fade. I soon realized nothing would be consistent about this journey I’m on. Everyday by 3-4pm I felt a black cloud roll over me. Absolute and utter exhaustion, sever nausea, Sharpe migraines unlike the dull headaches I’m always accompanied by, chills/or sweats, and pain increase in the body. I dreaded this time of the day it felt like a hell I was trapped in. By about 8-9pm id come around again. Feeling more revived and able to eat another meal.

I had come to realize by this point I wasn’t going to be feeling well anytime soon. This is a very surreal thing to go through. Unable to see your future clearly even knowing if you will have your health to count on. When going through a chronic illness you truly grieve for yourself and the life your missing out on. The whole world keep revolving without you and your left helpless but to pray brighter days are ahead. This of course brings on a deep wave on depression, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty in yourself. I promise you being sick like this the mental side of the fight is just as hard and painful as what is physically happening to your body. That is why people living with chronic illness are true warriors fighting daily for a better life.

At this point I didn’t think things could get worse but they did. My body hasn’t felt good in months. I’ve come used to being stiff and having my body not moving how a body is supposed to. A regular part of my treatment is getting weekly chiropractor adjustments. Each week my right hip would be out of place, my neck and my spine would need adjusting. I had been seeing the same chiropractor over the last year and had great relief from this. Each week it felt like my body had a harder time moving in the adjustments. They started becoming painful almost feeling like my joints were stuck. One adjustment in particular my shoulder blade didn’t want to move and suddenly a snapping noise occurred. The pain I felt in that second was excruciating. It completely felt like a large knife was stabbed into my shoulder blade and sitting there. Upon further investigation it appear my rib may be cracked. I was in an extreme amount of pain and couldn’t move my torso, arm and even neck. I had x-rays done but like many fractures nothing showed up. over the next week I could barely move, breathing was difficult and forget coughing or sneezing. I visited my chiropractor 1 week later and very small adjustments using a tool were made to adjust my rib cage. I woke up the next day in much less pain and feeling relief. After the next 2 weeks I felt 95% recovered from the incident. I will never know what really happened to my body that day. I 100% know Lyme disease caused it. This would make for 2 fractures over the span of one year. I went my entire life being rough on my body and never broke a single bone. Suddenly over the last year I’ve had nothing but problems with my frame. Unfortunately there is barely any research done on the effects Lyme disease has on your bones.

Fast forward to 2 months into my antibiotic treatment I’m feeling about 10% better then before I started taking the meds. My energy is still terrible but I’m able to spend a few hours a day out of bed. I have the energy and strength to do light stretching throughout the week to keep my body mobile. I’ve been feeling more aware and able to put together thoughts. My ability to read is improving however I still suffer greatly from sensory overload. I still have regular rashes and burning under my skin but the look of these rashes have changed. The rashes no are widespread and less bold. Looking more like spider veins under the skin. At this point in my treatment I am feeling more mentally exhausted then ever. Its extremely hard to stay positive and believe by summer time I will be functional again. I think as my brain function becomes more active/aware I have more time to think/worry about my future and what my abilities will be. Now the I have been on antibiotics for 2 months I feel a yeast overload inside my body. This causes great discomfort with extreme low abdominal swelling, sometimes leaving me looking 4 months pregnant. Im finding more then every my diet is so crucial needing to be careful of what I consume. I feel almost as if I have hit a plateu on the medication. My light and sound sesitivity is getting worse again some days are worse then others. My heart rate is elevated needing further investigation. Doing a slow paced short walk my heart rate sits around 140 beats per minute. This is alarming considering last year I had to run to get my heart rate up that high. Even my resting heart rate is rather high. My blood pressure is borderline reaching high something that needs to be watched closely. All things that require further investigation and monitoring.

I knew going onto antibiotics it wasn’t going to be easy but I really had no clue what I was in for. Like in many situations for things to get better they must get worse. Hoping and praying moving forward I see more improvement. Putting my faith in the lord that better days are ahead.

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Natural Lemon Berry Muffins

Gluten free zesty berry lemons

Simple to make and tastes like cake

 

Ingredients

1 cup gluten free flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut

zest from 1 lemon

1.5 cups cashew milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 egg

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 coconut oil

1 cup raspberries and blueberries

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.
  2. Zest one lemon set aside. Prepare buttermilk by adding vinegar to milk and stirring.
  3. Mix together all dry ingredients including lemon zest and coconut. Melt oil and add to dry along with milk, egg, honey, and vanilla. Mix batter thoroughly.
  4. Pour wet mixture into muffin tins half way (8 muffins). Then divide berries equally between the 8 muffin tins. Once berries are in the tins I then cover them with the remaining muffin mixture, So the berries are in the middle of the muffin.
  5. Put in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until desired level of browning. A good trick to see if they are done is by sticking a tooth pick in the middle if it comes out clean they are ready.
  6. Remove from oven let sit in pan for 15 mins, then remove and allow to cool. If muffins aren’t consumed within 2 day I store in fridge to maintain freshness.
  7. Eat the dang muffins and Enjoy!!

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Matcha Chia Pudding

Low Sugar Breakfast Dessert

Recipe

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 teaspoon matcha powder

1 cup greek yogurt

1 cup milk ( I used almond but whatever your preference)

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup mango

1 teaspoon honey

Unsweetened shredded coconut for topping

Instructions

1)In one bowl prepare half of yogurt/milk mix in half chia seeds, matcha powder, and honey. Stir thoroughly then set aside.

2)Blend fruit with remaining yogurt/milks set in a bowl and mix in remaining chia seeds.

3)Cover bowls with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight. The follow day the pudding will be formed enough to layer in mason jar. Top with shredded coconut for topping and enjoy!

 

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Detox Juice Recipe “Green Fighting Machine”

Juicing is a great and easy way to detox your system and fill up on vitamins and nutrients. Many people use juicing machines which give you a smooth pulp free juice. Ever since owing a high powered Vitamix blender I have been able to juice using the whole vegetable or fruit instead of just the juice. The following recipe is for a juice I made to detox my stomach after the holidays.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup cucumber

1 cup spinach

Half an avocado

1 celery stock

1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger

juice from 1 lemon

1 green apple

1 and a half cups of coconut water

1 teaspoon of Splenda for sweetener (optional)

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Sole Water

 Sole Water

(pronounced So-lay)

 

One of the latest health trends sweeping the nation sole water is used for it many benefits. Pink Himalayan salt is know for its wonderful minerals, Sole water soaks them all up so you reap the benefits. Himalayan salt is mined from ancient sea beds. It doesn’t get much more natural then that. It contains a whopping 84 minerals delivering an ionic energy when mixed with water.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Detoxification
  • Balancing PH level
  • Balance blood sugar
  • Hormone balance
  • Natural antihistamine
  • Assist thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Relaxing muscle cramps
  • Aids coughs and congestion
  • Aids eczema and other skin disease
  • Improves arthritis
  • Improving bone health and structure
  • Digestion aid
  • Improves acne
  • Increases desire for water making it easier too stay hydrated
  • Aids circulation
  • health skin & nails
  • sleep regulation

The list goes on and on! Since adding Sole water to my regular morning regime I’ve noticed an overall improvement with how my body feels. Its recommended to drink in the morning before consuming anything else. Its a great kick start in the morning that I look forward to each day. The recipe is as follows:

Sole Water 

1 mason jar

  • Fill jar 1/4 of the way with pink Himalayan salt
  • Fill jar with water leaving little bit of space with top  (stir water with salt for 1 minute)
  • Cover jar with plastic wrap (the salt water will rust metal)
  • Place jar on counter for 12 hours to let minerals soak into water
  • To drink mix 1 tablespoon of sole mix with a glass of water (I like to use warm water). Keep Sole water stored in fridge.

Enjoy and Repeat =)

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Matcha green tea latte

Matcha green tea has many benefits just a few to name are digestion, full of antioxidants, detoxes the body, enhances mood and is rich with fibre/chlorophyll/vitamins. If your able to step away from the coffee this makes an excellent alternative. I made a mock of the Starbucks Matcha green tea latte.

Recipe

3/4 cup almond bliss vanilla unsweetened (heat on stove or microwave)

1/4 cup hot water

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon matcha powder

Mix all ingredients together using your blender. Blend until smooth and no matcha clumps are left. This technique gives you a smooth latte with foam on top.

The Bartonella blues…

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Bartonella is another serious and under exposed disease thats affecting the globe. A disease once referred to as “Cat scratch disease” causes rippling affects that can be debilitating in a chronic/untreated case. Bartonella has personally affected my life in both physical and mental ways. Heres an easy read to educated those on the disease.

  • There are at least 15 species of Bartonella known
  • Bartonella bacterial primarily live inside blood vessels
  • Early symptoms include: fever, fatigue, headache, poor appetite, rash that resembles stretch marks.
  • Chronic symptoms include: neurological attacks, swollen lymph nodes, pain in soles of feet, bone pain, severe mood swings, severe effect on nervous system, change in eye sight, pain in eyes, bladder dysfunction, heart complications, lung complications, brain fog, excessive sweating, chest pain, anxiety, gastrointestinal dysfunction.
  • Bartonella can be passed threw lice, ticks, and mice. Little research has been done on the disease limiting our knowledge. Some even believe it can be passed from mother to newborn baby.

 

 

My personal symptoms from Lyme

 

Every Doctor: ” What kind of symptoms are you experiencing?”

Me: (Laughs) ” Do you want the short or long list?”

Sadly going through one of my darkest times I was experiencing countless outrageous symptoms. I had detailed lists of these written down. Given these were very long lists no doctor was interested in hearing them. That was until I sought out a naturopath doctor. She was the first doctor to actually care and listen to my pain. Lyme disease has hundreds of symptoms attached to it. Each journey is unique and I have created a list to share some of the symptoms that effect my life the most. Many of these symptoms I ignored for years and gave an excuse as to why it was happening. Here are some of the ways lyme has changed my life:

  • Brain fog
  • Memory loss
  • Word recall difficulty
  • Vision impairment
  • Double vision
  • Losing vision temporarily
  • Hearing impairment
  • Ear pain (feeling infected/swollen)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Disorientation
  • Speaking and writing difficulties
  • Chronic head aches
  • Brain swelling
  • Fevers,chills,sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sore throat
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unexplained irregular mensuration
  • Regularly upset stomach
  • Irregular bowel function
  • Chest pain, rib pain
  • Asthma
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic cough
  • Coughing up phlegm containing little black particles
  • Heart palpitations
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Extreme stiffness in neck
  • Back ache
  • Extreme pain in quadratis lumborium muscle
  • Muscle twitch
  • Muscle pain
  • Facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy)
  • Numbness occurring (right side of body)
  • temporary loss of feeling to right side of head ENTIRELY
  • Random stabbing pains (different locations)
  • Tingling in limbs
  • Vertigo
  • Motion sickness
  • Light headed
  • Difficulty walking
  • Terrible balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tremor / excessive shivering
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty thinking/making decisions
  • Difficulty reading
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Intolerant to alcohol
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Change in body odour
  • Hair loss
  • Kidney stones
  • Pelvic cysts
  • Increased allergies
  • Light sensitive
  • Noise sensitive
  • Sensory overload
  • Jaw dysfunction (tmj)
  • Throat muscle failure
  • Dental problems
  • Runny nose
  • Phantom images appearing in vision
  • Pain in eyes and swelling
  • Burning sensations throughout body
  • Feeling as if your losing your mind
  • Not feeling like yourself
  • Over emotional reactions (crying lots)
  • Panic attacks
  • Slurred speech
  • Breast pain
  • Phantom smells
  • Low body temp
  • Arthritis
  • Forgetting names
  • Paranoia
  • Hot flashes
  • Unintentional over exaggerated laugh
  • Uncontrollable bursts of laughter
  • Difficulty socializing
  • Un-ablitity to handle crowds and larger gatherings of people

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Dirty Little Lyme facts:

   Until you have a real reason to research lyme why would you? Unless going around researching infectious diseases is your thing… Once I thought I had lyme my obsession with learning about lyme began. You spend countless hours learning, trying to figure out whats happening to your life and body. Its a scary dark place discovering the truth about Lyme disease. Not just what the disease does to you but about the stigmas and treatment of lyme patients. I have decided to write a point form fact page on lyme for those wanting a quick lesson on lyme. Research completed using the internet and books. 

  • Lyme disease is linked all the way back before the ice age located in Europe. I will leave it up to you to figure out how the disease ended up across the ocean.
  • Plum island: Used as an “animal disease centre” rumoured to be used for biological weapon experiments during the Cold War. Of course this will never be fully proved but many believe Lyme disease escape from plum island itself. Located off the coast of New York, only a few miles away from Lyme Connecticut. This is where the first lyme outbreak was discovered in 1975. Also where the name Lyme disease came into play.
  • The clinical name for Lyme disease is Borrelia Burgdorferi.
  • The average lyme patients spends $50,000 per year on treatment out of pocket.
  • The test used in Canada and USA is only 30% accurate. Why do they use it? Its cheap. Once the lyme antibodies leave your blood stream (working their way into your bones, muscles, organs) its becomes very hard to diagnose. Correct accurate testing is very expensive costing thousands per diagnosis.
  • 60% of people infected with lyme produce a negative test result. This is caused by the antigens and antibodies which the tests look for not being present in your blood.
  • Lyme disease is said to effect 300,000 people per year in the US while only 65,000 in Europe. Why such a difference you ask? Proper Education and treatment!
  • Lyme disease is very often misdiagnosed for: Arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. Maybe this has something to do with lack of training in Lyme disease with our doctors??
  • Doctors in the USA and Canada are not trained in identifying the disease. This is why seeking a naturopath doctor is crucial for most.
  • There is no cure for Lyme disease. Not even a straight forward path for treatment.
  • The treatment of early stage lyme versus late stage is entirely different.
  • Once treatment begins a Herxheimer reaction occurs. This reaction causes your symptoms to worsen. The spirochetes won’t go down without a battle.
  • More than 50 million Americans live with autoimmune diseases. More then 75% of these cases are women.
  • Inflammation  of the brain occurs leading to inflammation in the Central Nervous System. This affects your body in many ways. To name a few: limb weakness, memory loss, vision impairment, uncontrolled obsessive and or compulsive behaviours, delusions. headache, sexual disfunction, cognitive and behavioural problems.
  • Inflammation of your peripheral occurs. Leading to loss of peripheral vision.
  • Heavy metals in your system delay recovery time.
  • Severe insomnia is a common symptom.
  • Most lyme patients need to cut out gluten, dairy and most importantly Sugar!! Our bodies become intolerant.
  • Lyme commonly causes liver disfunction.
  • Chronic pain is a leading symptom of lyme. The pain can be so debilitating that people lose abilities to function. This often leads to disability being unable to work or even care for yourself.
  • Lyme cases reported are 25% children.
  • Fewer then 50% of cases experience a bulls eye rash. Erythema Migrans is a more common rash occurring after infection. This rash can appear in many forms.
  • Symptoms usually don’t occur for 1-2 weeks after infection.
  • Many lyme patients live with the disease going undetected for years. This can lead to a lifetime of symptoms.

Sitting on the sidelines of life

Having a chronic illness changes every aspect of your life. While your world has stopped or shifted everyone else’s keeps moving. It feels like being benched while playing your favourite sport.  Watching the game keep moving and all you can do is cheer from the side lines. You want to be apart of things, contributing to society, and furthering yourself in life but thats all put on hold. You can do all the right things but you can’t control your own illness. This is where being in touch with your soul and spirituality comes in hand. Using positive energy and faith that your god will heal you eventually. To be blessed again to living a pain free and functional life. The isolation that comes along with chronic illness can be overwhelming. Very few people understand what your going through and even fewer are interested in learning what your going threw. There are however certain gems in your life who truly take the time to be present with you on your journey. They can’t feel what your going through but they will sure listen and learn what they can to understand and support you. Being open and honest with them about your pain is a relief especially when you feel such love/support in return. You may not have a team behind you anymore but you don’t have to go through this alone. To my saviours holding me up I will forever be grateful. xo

 

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