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Sharing what I have learned about treating chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and indeterminable autoimmune disorders in the most natural way possible while maintaining a positive attitude. Hope. Faith. Love. Yoga. Travel.

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Juicing for Pain

  
Today was a rough one! I would not have made it through the day without my amazing friends. One of which happens to be my coworker and after I was sent home from work today because I was in so much pain, she once again helped me get back to the health food store and motivated me to keep researching alternative medicines.

I ended up at Diane’s Natural Food Market where I purchased the necessary items to make a pain relieving juice. After I left school, I did some research and found this beautiful blog and recipe: So… Let’s Hang Out – Pain Relieving Turmeric Juice. I also researched how to juice without a blender, since I would be using my amazing Ninja, and I learned about Muslin cloth. Fortunately, there was also a Hobby Lobby right next door to Diane’s!

I took all of my materials home and created this beautiful juice! This was a first for me and now I am confident that I can fit juicing into my weekly meal plans.

Here are some photos I took including and one of the ingredients borrowed from So… Let’s Hang Out’s beautiful page:

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Ingredients for Juice [borrowed from So… Let’s Hang Out]

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Using my amazing Ninja!

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Using unbleached muslin to ring out the juice

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Look how much it made! I reused this jar and it’s almost full! 

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I enjoyed a cup over ice!
What an amazing process! Considering the ingredients, I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised to see all the juice it made. I look forward to doing this again soon! Now I just hope it helps with the pain!

 

2 Years Later

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It has been two years since I started this blog! So much has happened and mostly for the better! I finally saw a doctor and got the blood tests done that I desperately needed! My job has also changed to full time as a middle school English teacher. With health insurance, I have been able to see more doctors and get some answers.

Good news: I do not have Lupus or Lymes disease. And even though I do have elevated levels of rheumatoid in my blood, I do not currently have any other signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is a HUGE relief because RA is no joke.

Unfortunately, even though I do not have full blown RA, I do still have joint pain, which I mostly manage through diet and taking Plaquenil. I was very resistant to taking any pharmaceuticals, but the pain became overwhelming last year. My nerve pain had gotten worse and my muscles had become tender to the touch. Once the nerve and muscular pain became too much, I had to find the right doctor.

After months of blood tests and monitoring, I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Plaquenil helps with the joint pain and Gabapentin has been helping with the neurological aspect.

2016 has been full of changes for the better! I started Bikram yoga on January 6th and have fallen in love with it. It helps a lot with the pain and it has helped me put on some very necessary muscle. My legs have never been this strong! I feel amazing most days!

I need to start writing and sharing again because I am learning more and more every day about fibromyalgia, pain management, yoga, eating healthy, monitoring anxiety, and so much more! Sharing is caring.

Last month I got a new passport and traveled to Chile! This was my first major trip outside of the country in 6 years! My love of travel will never go away and this trip helped wake up my adventurous side. It has been lying dormant ever since my road trip across America two summers ago. But there is something so beautiful about being in a foreign country, learning and enjoying another culture. The trip also allowed me some time to be creative and practice my photography skills. During the school year, I am extremely busy and do not set aside a lot of time for personal creative activities. This trip reminded me that I need to set aside more time for writing, photographing and creating art of any kind.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from Chile:

Cheers to a healthy life full of possibilities and positivity!

I have updated  My Story on the homepage if you’d like to know more!

Pensacola Moon

Tonight after we got home from dinner, I took the time to pull out the tripod and capture this beautiful moon! This is one of my favorite hobbies…

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G.C. Training phase 2

IMG_0013_2Phase 1 involved getting myself moving on a regular basis! So far, so good.

Now, I must push myself harder and try to get stronger. I am also working on carrying my pack on my back. I spent a few outings carrying around a little weight at a time. I am up to 20 lbs and I must say that it is not easy! While hiking, I want to be free to move about as I wish and a large pack is a little restricting. This whole experience is full of so many firsts for me! Travel is nothing new but I have not had to carry supplies since I was a teen at summer camp. Flash forward 10+ years and I have RA!

UGH.

I digress. The good news is that I am highly motivated to succeed at everything I set my mind upon and this summer trip is no different. In fact it is what keeps me positive when life gives me lemons. Traveling around the US, especially the West, has been a goal of mine for years! The stars have finally alined and it is road trip time!

I’m also very excited about this new bike I purchased to help me get in shape! It is great for riding around town, riding on the beach, or even trying to climb up a hill. Not sure how it will do out west, but I’ve been told it should be just fine!

IMG_0002_2Check out this incredible photo I found of Brice Canyon, Utah. We will be here in June!

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My Best Holiday Cookie (gf)

My mother makes the best Christmas cookies… But, I’m trying not to eat gluten so I didn’t pig out on those this year! Instead, I tried a new chocolate chip cookie mix. And they turned out Fabulous!!

I bought these at Native Sun, but I’m sure they can be found elsewhere…

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Surprisingly easy instructions considering how good they turned out! *I did end up adding chopped pecans, which is a must for any chocolate chip cookies I make.

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Happy Holidays everyone!!

Turkey noodle yum!

With all this left over Thanksgiving turkey and chilly weather, I had to make soup!

I searched for easy chicken noodle soup recipes and found this one from Rachel Ray’s 30 minute meals. Then I found another from Betty Crocker and put the two together, modified it a little and created this deliciousness! Seriously, I could eat soup every day!

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This took me a little over 30 minutes to prepare but considering that it was totally a last minute idea, I’m pretty proud of myself. I even had most of the ingredients at home!

You will need:

  • 1 lb of cooked chicken (or in my case turkey) cubed
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1 cup of sliced baby bella mushrooms (a wonderful addition!)
  • 5 cups of chicken stock
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • small handful of parsley flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • egg noodles (rice noodles for me!)

The most time consuming part of this recipe is the prep-work. You’ll need to cut the chicken into cubes, dice the onion, chop the carrots as small as you want them, slice up the celery and mince the garlic. All of this can take some time depending on how skilled you are with a knife!

I began by sautéing the onion in a little olive oil on low/medium heat. After about 5 minutes I added the carrots and let them simmer for a bit. Then I added the mushrooms and celery for another 7 minutes or so. I kept checking to see how soft the carrots and celery were getting. I don’t like crunchy veggies in my soup.

IMG_3101editWhile this was working, I poured the 5 cups of chicken stock into a large pot and warmed it up on medium. Then I added the turkey and brought it to a boil. I let it cook for a few minutes and then added all of the ingredients from the sauté pan.

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I stirred everything together and brought it back to a boil and added the noodles. I used these rice noodles because I’m not eating gluten…

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I cooked everything together for 6 minutes and tested to noodles to make sure they were done.

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I stirred in the parsley flakes and removed the pot from the burner.

Voila! It turned out fabulous and I proceeded to stuff my belly with hot, nutritious, yummy soup!

This is an inexpensive, healthy meal that should feed 4 or 3 very hungry people! In my case, I’ll have soup for lunch tomorrow!

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