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Bacon Wrapped Figs with a Simple Beet Salad

So guys and gals, I’m STILL “locked” in a hotel. Will the house ever be done? Who knows. All I can say is I can’t ease my stress and anxiety with cooking and baking and I’m going a little insane because of it. Not good. Not good at all. But I was able to make this lovely dish last week and it was quite a hit with the parents. So that’s always a good thing. It’s a great dish if you are looking for a delicious yet on-the-lighter-side summer meal. AND it clearly doesn’t require much in the way of kitchen supplies/dishes since I am limited to an oven and a baking dish here. But let me tell you, it’s freaking bomb! 

IMG_7173 Here’s the thing though…. you all can’t give me shit about how crappy these photos are because I’m a hotel and I just have to do the best I can. Great, glad we got that straightened out.

so I made this dish for 3 of us so this recipe shall serve 3 :). I can be so professional, can’t I?

Ingredients:

9-12 figs (or use a whole container and you’ll have leftovers)

9-12 slices of bacon (again, or use the whole pack for leftovers)

3 LARGE beets or 6 smaller ones

1/4 cup pine nuts

6 cups of mixed greens (or as much as you want for your salad)

Juice of 1 lemon

Olive oil

Plum-basil Balsamic Vinegar (or plain vinegar… I get the flavored kinds at one of those fancy Oil and Vinegar shops)

 

First, preheat oven to 400 F. 

Peel and cut up your beets into small, bite-size pieces. Drizzle with olive oil and place on a baking dish and into the oven while you prepare your bacon-figs. You will end up roasting the beets for a total of about 30 minutes.

Wash your figs and then take one slice of bacon per fig. Wrap the bacon around the fig so it covers the whole thing. Repeat with remaining figs. Your beets should have been roasting for about 10 minutes by now. Place your bacon wrapped figs on the same baking sheet for easier clean up or use a separate one if you so desire. Roast your figs for about 20 minutes, until bacon is done. To make bacon nice and crispy, broil for an extra 3-5 minutes. 

Now mix up your greens, beets, pine nuts and lemon juice in a big salad bowl. Drizzle with balsamic, toss again, and serve. Place 3 figs around or on top of the salad and then thank me a million times for this meal.

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Ready for eating

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As always, let me know if you try this dish and how you like it. Easy to make AIP by omitting the pine nuts and the figs can always be made on their own to go with something else (or just for snacking ;) ).

Hope you enjoy and I truly hope to have some more good recipes for you soon!

 


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It’s Been A While… Here’s What I Do in a Day

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what my treatment is like these days, so I figured I’d share. But let me provide a quick update first.

Farmer's Market!

Farmer’s Market!

Well, I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Yeah, you read that right. My parents moved here and since I finished school in May I moved with them until I’m healthy enough to be on my own/go to grad school. We are living in a hotel for a month until the house is done. Let’s just say my bedroom is quite packed with treatment stuffs :).

Last night in DC

Last night in DC

I went home to DC for a month earlier this summer before my family moved and I saw a new doctor. He’s an integrative doctor NOT an LLMD. We are keeping my LLMD on the back burner for now. The new doc got me off most medications and supplements (yessssss! Less pills!) and is focusing on detoxing my body and resetting my autonomic nervous system. Some blood work revealed my mold levels are still sky high even after 6 months of mold treatment. So, I’m back on cholysteramine and something called VIP spray (vasoactive intestinal peptide), since those levels are low. I’m excited to explore all the holistic healing that Santa Fe has to offer, though!

I crashed when I first got back to Colorado and was off all meds but now I’m slowly starting to feel better again. I’m really not having many specific symptoms anymore (Besides headaches) just the general exhaustion and run down feeling and I don’t last long on my feet or doing things. I take a nap every day and need to rest between activities or limit how much I’m doing. Still, when I am able to do things, I’m able to GO DO THEM for the most part. Fingers crossed. Maybe it’s just a good week. We will see.

ANYWAY, Moving has meant basically no cooking or baking going down (hello hotel life and all my cooking supplies being packed in boxes). We do have a full kitchen at the hotel but again, everything I own is packed in boxes in the back of my car. But I felt like I needed to post and update you all about what is going on :). It’s also meant not eating the healthiest in the past few weeks and I’m certainly feeling that. I can’t wait to get into the house and start cooking again and making bone broth.

My current treatment is focused mainly on detoxing. My doctor also has being doing colonics once a week.

Castor oil pack-ing

Castor oil pack-ing

So here is a *general* example of a Wednesday for me, a random day of treatment but most of my days look similar. Sometimes I wake up later sometimes earlier.

9 am: BT-detox drops (Byron White)

9:30ish- Wake up and take first round of Cowden protocol

9:30-10:30- make my way out of bed, Coffee enema and oil pulling

10:30-12:00- Juice, breakfast, morning supplements and meds, reply to emails from you guys

12:-12:30ish- yoga or bodyweight exercises (lately I’ve actually been able to go to the gym and do a little bit there!)

12:30-1:30: Sauna and shower

2ish- lunch + mid-day supplements (licorice to help boost my blood pressure) and meds

2-3:30- chill out or run errands (usually stalk the internet)

3:30-5: Castor oil pack (I only do this 3 days of the week, usually Wed/Thurs/Fri)

5-6: Epsom salt bath OR another round in the sauna plus another shower (I HATE being sweaty or dirty so I shower too much)

6- second round of Cowden protocol (I’m only doing half the protocol: 2 doses a day rather then the usual 4)

7ish: Dinner, evening supplements and meds

7-10: Watch too much TV, Juice number 2 somewhere in there (although I’ve been juicing less lately because $$$), dessert because I can’t live without it (you know me, it’s healthy, don’t worry), reply to more emails from you guys (actually usually I just read them and reply a week later when my brain is functioning)

Juice life

Juice life

My med taking has gone way done. I used to be taking something every hour! So that is a plus that it is at least slightly less. Anyway, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!


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“Why Don’t You Just Push Through?”

Lemons 'n Lyme:

So many great posts from other spoonies today…

Originally posted on lipstick warpaint:

Today, someone said to me something that I know a lot of people are thinking. “Why don’t you just push through? Why don’t you just try to live normally and do what you want, regardless if you might hurt a little more the next day.” “Maybe if you stay busy, and get a part-time job, you would feel better.”

I didn’t know what to say. I was so taken aback that I couldn’t even respond without stuttering while also trying to be polite. Because apparently I am a meek, passive person. Soon after, I cried. I cried a lot. Because that’s what meek people do.

I cried because I am feeling insecure. I am scared that my mind doesn’t work as well as it used to. I get so frustrated when I can’t find the words to complete my thoughts… I know my body isn’t strong like it once was…

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“Why Don’t You Just Push Through?”

Lemons 'n Lyme:

So many great posts from other spoonies today….

Originally posted on lipstick warpaint:

Today, someone said to me something that I know a lot of people are thinking. “Why don’t you just push through? Why don’t you just try to live normally and do what you want, regardless if you might hurt a little more the next day.” “Maybe if you stay busy, and get a part-time job, you would feel better.”

I didn’t know what to say. I was so taken aback that I couldn’t even respond without stuttering while also trying to be polite. Because apparently I am a meek, passive person. Soon after, I cried. I cried a lot. Because that’s what meek people do.

I cried because I am feeling insecure. I am scared that my mind doesn’t work as well as it used to. I get so frustrated when I can’t find the words to complete my thoughts… I know my body isn’t strong like it once was…

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Surrounded in the thick of brain fog

Lemons 'n Lyme:

Although I haven’t been diagnosed with POTS, I suffer from severe brain fog. This post by Sophia describes it excellently!

Originally posted on Spoonie Sophia:

Brain fog, otherwise known as cognitive impairment, is a very common symptom in many chronic illnesses, such as M.E/chronic fatigue syndrome, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and more. Forgetfulness, difficulty focusing, thinking and communicating are common descriptors of the fog. For me it is one of the most debilitating symptoms and I want to use this post to explain to non-sufferers what it is like to have a foggy brain!

Brain fog stops us from being able to concentrate on anything for very long at all – to illustrate this I’m am going to log the times of the day when my brain is clear enough to write this post.

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I have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). Brain fog in POTS is caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain. When a person with POTS stands or is upright, blood pools in the lower…

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Healing, Creamy Sweet Potato and Rutabaga Soup with Bok Choy

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In case you guys haven’t noticed, I’ve been really obsessed with soup lately. It’s the only way I can get bone broth in (I can’t stand it on it’s own!) and my tummy is really needing that healing bone broth. So, massive amounts of soup it is!

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Ingredients:

6-8 cups of bone broth

1 sweet potato

1 rutabaga

4-6 baby bok choy (if they are very small get 6)

Salt to taste

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Peel and cut your sweet potato and rutabaga into cubes. Boil the sweet potato and rutabaga in 4-6 cups of broth until fork tender (you want enough broth to cover the vegetables while they cook). 

Pour everything into a Vitamix or high speed blender, add the salt and cinnamon and blend until smooth. Place back into a large pot and add the remaining 2 cups of broth along with the chopped bok choy. Bring to a low boil and cook until bok choy is soft.

Eat that delicious soup!

Serves 4-6

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Easy Blueberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream WITHOUT an Ice Cream Maker (Paleo/Vegan/Raw)

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It’s summer and who doesn’t want ice cream to cool off on a hot day?! Well I love ice cream but finding a Lyme approved version in the grocery store can be quite difficult. It is easy to find dairy free ice cream these days but to find one that isn’t loaded with sugar or fake sugar is almost impossible. I decided I wanted to make my own BUT I didn’t want to have to deal with my ice cream maker. I wanted something easy and simple. I also was craving blueberries and wanted an authentic blueberry ice cream… not ice cream with fake blueberry flavoring in it. So I figured out how to make a VERY simple ice cream and thought it was worth sharing.

Ingredients:

1 can of chilled full fat coconut milk

1 cup of blueberries

1 tablespoon of honey, melted (optional)*

*Coconut milk is already relatively sweet and then you get the natural sugars from the blueberries but if you like your ice cream on the sweeter side the honey does just the trick without it being overboard.

First, you need to smash up your blueberries. You can do this however you like, a few options include using a fork to mash them in a bowl or put them into a ziplock bag and smash them with a jar/hammer/etc.

Now shake up your can of coconut milk and pour into a bowl. Add in your blueberries and honey if using. 

Use a hand mixer to mix everything up and get your mixture a little frothy. You only need to blend for a few minutes.

Pour into either a glass bowl or freezer safe tupperware container. Place into the freezer for 4-6 hours or until you have the desired ice cream consistency you want, taking your mixture out to mix it every 45-60 minutes. This mixing is more important towards the first half to keep any blueberry chunks from sinking to the bottom of your ice cream. If you don’t plan on eating your ice cream as soon as it reaches the perfect consistency then you will need to take the ice cream out of the freezer to soften a bit and mix before serving.

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This recipe is SUPER easy and it’s nice to make in the afternoon because it is perfectly ready by after dinner… a delicious summer dessert. I’ve been enjoying mine with some fried plantains on top!

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