Lemons 'n Lyme

When life gives you lemons, use them to beat Lyme


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Simple Stir-Fry Over Cauliflower Rice

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Wow, sorry this wasn’t up sooner. I know I posted on my instagram (@viciousfitness) that it would be up about, umm, a week ago? Yeah, eek, my bad.

I’ll post it, right after I tell you about my weekend :). It wasn’t very eventful… super intrigued now, right? Sunday was the best part because it was SO FREAKING NICE OUT! FINALLY. And it’s supposed to snow again on Wednesday despite the fact that it is 80 today. What is wrong with this state? Hello, California, I’m coming for ya! I got to wear pretty clothes, though.

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But yesterday the boy and I ran errands and went shopping and bought materials to build a garden in his backyard! YAY! We already planted the seeds in little pots and they are all starting to sprout. I’m excited because it means fresh veggies if he’s successful at being a plant parent. Fingers crossed. 

I got a sifter at the thrift store, too, so that I can be a better coconut flour baker! So excited. $.80 vs. $10 at the regular store- WIN!

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(old school, I know. And, no, it’s not a strainer.)

Then we grilled pizzas… not 100% paleo, but I cheat sometimes. Get over it. They were gluten free and I put fresh tomato on mine (instead of sauce), spinach, onion and sausage with daiya cheese. We grilled zucchini, too! They were pretty darn good.

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Okay, sorry, sorry, on to the recipe! This is super simple and I’m sure you’ve all done it before but it’s the spices that make it and I figured I’d post a simple meal you can make in case you forgot how to do that or are brain dead and have no idea what to make. It’s protein and veggie filled, which is perfect for the Lyme diet (just leave out any spices you may have an aversion to)

Ingredients:

1 lbs. ground beef or ground turkey

1 large onion

1 zuchinni

1 yellow sqash

2-3 bell peppers of varying colors 

1 LARGE tomato or 3 little ones

1 large head cauliflower

olive oil for sautéing 

1 tbs. coconut oil

1 tbs. paprika

1 tsp. ground chili flakes

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. basil

salt and pepper to taste

 

Mix all your spices together in a bowl. 

Chop up all your vegetables into small bite size pieces.  Heat some olive oil over medium/medium-high heat in a BIG skillet and add your peppers. After a couple minutes add the rest of your veggies. Add 2/3 of your mixed spices.

While your veggies are sauteing, mix the rest of your spices to the ground meat and start cooking that good stuff up in a separate pan. 

Once meat and veggies are cooked put them all in a big bowl and mix together. Taste and add more salt/pepper if needed.

Now, chop up your cauliflower and then place it into a magic bullet/blender/ninja/whatever you have to “rice” your cauliflower. Blend until it looks like rice, basically, don’t smoothie it up. Heat up your coconut oil in the skillet you cooked the veggies in and/or pour any fat drippings from cooking the meat into that skillet. Add the cauliflower rice and cook for about 10-15 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper plus some extra paprika and stirring often. 

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Once your cauliflower is done, place on a plate and top with the veggie-meat mixture. Eat it. Serves 4 or lasts YOU the week. I’m going to be a terrible wife because whenever I make food I’m never going to want to share it….

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EDIT TO PALEO CRACKERS!

I made a mistake in my original Garlicky Paleo Crackers recipe! I wrote down the measurements wrong to two of the main ingredients. Don’t judge me too harshly for that mistake (I’ll blame my Lyme brain). I’ve edited it the original recipe but I’ll repost it here, too.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup ground flaxseeds/flaxseed meal

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (add more if want stronger garlic flavor)

a few shakes of the pepper shaker

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 egg

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the egg and beat in. Add the melted coocnut oil and mix. Start slowly pouring in the hot water a little at a time, mixing it in thoroughly until you have a good dough. A good consistency for the dough is when it isn’t too dry that it is crumbly but holds together and is slightly sticky. You don’t want it to be too wet.

Take a 13X9 inch baking dish and spray with nonstick spray (or cover with butter, whatever you want to use as your nonstick). Place your dough into the dish and press out thin to all the edges. Be gentle but press your dough so that it covers the bottom of the whole dish. Cut your crackers into the shapes you desire (squares, long rectangles, dinosaurs, whatever you want!). Another option is to roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper and then peel the top layer off and place the bottom one with the dough onto a baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Let cool completely before eating then eat plain, with avocado and tomato slices, with cheese, or whatever you happen to fancy eating your crackers with.

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Sorry about that! If you want the original post and pictures then you can go here.


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What I Listen to When I Workout

Woohoo music! The title pretty much says it all… If you can’t figure that one out then I’m not so sure I can help you. Maybe you’ll find some new jams? This is only a minor selection of all my music and what I may listen to on a given workout day.

Running:

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Lifting/Gym:

 

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And my latest obsession, some JT of course. His new album is fantastic:

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To give you an idea of how much music I have… it doesn’t all fit on my ipod and every time I download a new song and want to load it on my ‘pod, I have to delete one :/. They need to make ipods with more space!


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Garlicky Paleo Crackers: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free

These week was longgggg. I had a huge test Friday I spent ALL week studying for. Then failed. Ugh. We also got, like, 3 feet of snow! We had a snow day (sorta) on Wednesday. School closed after noon but all my classes were in the morning… I played in the snow anyway. My friends and I built an igloo, it was awesome!

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Image That’s a bench piled high with snow… before the big hit we got on Wednesday! It snowed Mon-Wed and that was before it started pouring white fluff on us Wednesday afternoon.

So yeah… I was doing that instead of baking things for you guys. I do have a crockpot recipe that I made… then ate… So once I make that again (which WILL be happening) and I can get some pictures, I’ll post it.

Today is Saturday… and I cleaned! YAY FINALLY! I even did the bathroom! (I HATE cleaning and the bathroom is a gross room in general so it scares me to clean it). Be proud.

So on to the recipe… crackers, fantastic! I love pretzels and crackers and chips and crunchy salty things. But you can’t really eat that if you are paleo or gluten free (you can find gluten free options but I’m paleo, remember?!). So anyway, here you go 🙂

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup ground flaxseeds/flaxseed meal

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (add more if want stronger garlic flavor)

a few shakes of the pepper shaker

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 egg

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the egg and beat in. Add the melted coocnut oil and mix. Start slowly pouring in the hot water a little at a time, mixing it in thoroughly until you have a good dough. A good consistency for the dough is when it isn’t too dry that it is crumbly but holds together and is slightly sticky. You don’t want it to be too wet.

Take a 13X9 inch baking dish and spray with nonstick spray (or cover with butter, whatever you want to use as your nonstick). Place your dough into the dish and press out thin to all the edges. Be gentle but press your dough so that it covers the bottom of the whole dish. Cut your crackers into the shapes you desire (squares, long rectangles, dinosaurs, whatever you want!). Another option is to roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper and then peel the top layer off and place the bottom one with the dough onto a baking sheet.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Let cool completely before eating then eat plain, with avocado and tomato slices, with cheese, or whatever you happen to fancy eating your crackers with.

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I already told you it was Saturday but it’s night time now (I know you are excited I’m giving you a real time update of my life!) and I’m currently baking a batch of these coconut cake bad boys! Yeah, it’s Saturday night and I’m baking. I’m not exactly the typical PARTY OUR ASS OFF EVERY WEEKEND OMG IT’S 4/20 college kid. Lyme doesn’t allow it plus I don’t like drunk people, they piss me off. So I stay home and bake things and do yoga during commercial breaks and write blog posts while goodies are in the oven.

Back to the coconut muffins, the only changes I made were using only 1/3 cup of honey (you could probably get away with using 1/4) and using applesauce instead of coconut oil. WHY SUB OUT THE COCONUT OIL? You scream. Well, my clumsy Lyme self went ahead and spilled all the melted coconut oil all over my kitchen floor. I’m now sliding around my kitchen to get from one side to the other… I’m waiting for my roommate to notice… eek! OH, also, I didn’t make the glaze. I wanted more of a slightly sweet muffin then a glazed cupcake of sorts. Plus, I don’t need that extra sugar (especially with Lyme!).

So there you have it…. A Saturday night in the life of Victoria. Woot woot! 😉

Wow that was a long post- sorry.


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Are You A Fitness Newbie?! Why Your Excuses Don’t Count… Part 1

Okay, I want to try and do a series of fitness posts for people of varying fitness levels, starting with those new to exercise. Hopefully I stick to it ;).

Image (Where I work- we have a big open area, spin bikes, weights, pullup bars… we do yoga, spin classes, and boot camp classes)

So, you don’t exercise? Why not? Because it’s boring, it’s hard, you’re sick, you’re tired? Bad excuses, unless you are severely ill… I’ll give you that one since a year ago I couldn’t even get out of bed and fitness is my life! But other then that, BAD EXCUSE!

Everyone is always hearing how they should stop making excuses. Well, that is not going to happen. I make excuses. What I’m going to tell you is that your excuses aren’t valid. What gets me out the door? When I complain to my friend and she tells me my excuse is bs and I better be at the gym in 10 minutes or else.

This post may come off as a bit harsh at times but that is what most people and the world (especially America!) needs. Someone to straight up throw their excuses in their face and tell it how it is. I’m an honest person and I usually tell it how it is. So here ya go.

Working out is SO important to your health. Not only does it help with weight loss and weight regulation, it helps with insulin sensitivity, decreases risk for diabetes and heart disease, helps your skin, relieves stress, improves bone density, I could go on forever!

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So let’s take a look at some common excuses:

1) “It’s hard.” Yeah, well nothing in life worth anything is easy. Get over it. I’m not being harsh. It’s true. Don’t go all out at first, start easy and simple then slowly progress as you become comfortable with exercise.

2) “I don’t have time.” MAKE TIME. You don’t have time for a lot of things in life but you make time for them (like showering and going to the store). I don’t care if it is 10 minutes a day, embrace those 10 minutes, kick your ass, and feel good! I know, I know, you get home late and your tired but guess what? It will make you feel better and energize you! Sometimes I get home from class and the last thing I want to do is workout… my bed looks so comfortable! Half the battle is just getting your workout clothes on. So have them lying out and ready to go. Put them on and just start moving. Just start, and if after 5-10 minutes if aren’t feeling working out then you can stop. It usually only takes 5-10 minutes to realize how good it feels and make you want to keep going.

3) “I don’t like it.” It’s not that you don’t like it, it’s that you don’t like what you’ve chosen/forced yourself to do. You hate running? DON’T RUN. Find something you enjoy! If you don’t enjoy it you won’t ever do it. Especially for a fitness newbie, you’ve got to do something you find fun. Go for a walk, do yoga, go climbing, dance. Just start moving! Once we have you moving, we’ll adjust your workout plan to meet your goals. But you’ve got to get addicted to moving and being active before you force yourself to do something you’re not quite a fan of. If I had to run everyday I would die. I’d much rather lift heavy weights in the gym, so if I don’t feel like running, I don’t. I lift or swim or bike instead!

4) “I don’t want to embarrass myself.” You know the sad thing? You walk into a gym and see very fit people or only slightly overweight people. Not obese people because they are embarrassed and ashamed. Every time I see an extremely overweight person in the gym I want to run up to them and be there personal cheerleader. WAY TO INVEST IN YOURSELF! And guess what?! NO ONE CARES THAT YOU ARE OVERWEIGHT THEY ARE JUST HAPPY YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING TO GET HEALTHY! People in the gym are so focused on themselves and their workout they aren’t paying attention to you… and if they are, those are the stupid ones who everyone secretly hates so go on, hate on ’em, too! Stop worrying what other people think because what they are most likely thinking is “Congrats to that person for working on their health, getting a move on, and workin’ it out!” You can’t improve upon your skills or yourself unless you start trying. 

Basically what I have to say to you in this post is… STOP BELIEVING YOUR EXCUSES ARE VALID, AND START MOVING IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM!

As I’ve mentioned, I’m sure you’ve heard it before… “Stop Making Excuses.” But what I’m here to say is that you must stop believeing your excuses are valid and that there is one correct way to exercise.

Image(Skiing with some friends over winter break! A fun way to get active)

So how do you get started? how do we remedy this situation?

1) Do what you like!

2) Start slow and plan it out. Start with 2 or 3 days a week and build-up. The mistake so many make is in thinking there is one way to exercise and it must be everyday! NO, WRONG! You have to do what works for you and your schedule. You have 30 minutes 2x a week? Not ideal but at least you are doing something!

3) Find a support system. I can’t emphasize this enough. Hire a personal trainer, find a buddy to workout with, someone to encourage you who you can call/text/email to get you moving. Or tell them your plan for the week and have them check in with you or let them know at the end of the week how you did. YOU CAN EVEN USE ME! Email me at viciousfitness@yahoo.com, tell me your goals and plan for the week and I’ll be happy to check in with you!

My mom won’t go to the gym unless she has a personal training session planned. Yeah it may cost some money but is an investment in yourself that you will never regret. I workout with a friend almost every single day. I don’t know how I would get to the gym without them! (And I have no idea what I am going to do next semester when our schedules change and I don’t have them to meet up with me at the gym every day)

Image(Buddy system- my friend and I trained for the Warrior Dash together!)

So here are your 3 goals for this week:

1. Look at your schedule, find time where you can workout, and schedule that in. Make it a priority and don’t cancel it for other plans. Treat it as work (but not in a bad way, just an obligation you’ve committed to)

2. Do what you love- walk your dog, do yoga (there are tons of free videos online!), go swimming.

3. Make little changes like parking farther away at the grocery store (extra walking!)- every little bit counts.

Now, comment with your game plan for the week, what activities you are going to do, and what little changes you are going to make.

Don’t tell yourself you are going to “try” to do xyz this week. Tell yourself you are GOING to do xyz this week!

I look forward to reading what changes you are making, what your game plan is, and how it works out. Have a great weekend and get some movement in!

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Avocado Cream Sauce… With Spaghetti Squash “Pasta”

Oh, aren’t I clever with that title? 😉 The avocado cream sauce is really what this recipe is all about. I mean, how many times have a taught you guys how to make spaghetti squash pasta with some chicken? Let’s be real here. The sauce is where it’s at.

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I become obsessed with things easily. Especially when it comes to food. I like something and it becomes all I eat for a few weeks, a few months, or a few years. Then one day I’m sick of it and that’s that for a while. Recently it has been spaghetti squash. Not so recently it has been chicken… that’s basically all I’ve eaten for the past few months. Although I can feel the repulsiveness coming on. I’m slowly looking at chicken like it’s a foreign enemy. I had been obsessed with eggs for over a year, then about 2 months ago couldn’t stand to eat them anymore. But now I’m taking a liking to them again and starting to incorporating fried, hard boiled, or scrambled eggs back into my diet. Another thing I’m currently obsessed with, spice wise, is paprika. I use it in EVERYTHING! Including this recipe. My non-food obsession (but still cooking related) as of late is tinfoil. Gosh, I always thought it was such a waste and something “fancy people” used. BUT OH MAN WAS I WRONG! That stuff is the sh*t! It’s amazing… it makes clean-up so easy! I bake EVERYTHING on it now. Fun fact.

Anyway, I know I posted a spaghetti squash recipe the other week (last week?) but here is another one:)

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Ingredients:

1 medium spaghetti squash

1.5 lbs. of chicken breast

3-5 bell peppers in various colors

olive oil to cook the peppers in

A TON OF SPINACH OR KALE OR BOTH! A huge bunch of kale or 1 big bag of spinach

Avocado Cream Sauce:

1 avocado

1/2 cup canned coconut milk

1/4 cup coconut aminos

1/3 cup tomato sauce (more if you like)

1/4-1/2 cup water (to thin sauce to your liking)

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. chili flakes

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 F. Cut your spaghetti squash in half and place cut side down on a tinfoil (!!!!!) lined baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes until easily spaghetti squashable.

While your spaghetti squash is baking, cook up your meat! If you are using chicken, cut the chicken into bite sizes pieces and cook for medium-high heat on the stove. Season with salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink.

Once your meat is done, set aside. Cut up your peppers into very thin strips. Saute over medium heat until soft. Set aside. In the same pan, saute your spinach or kale until wilted.

Once your Spaghetti squash is done, take out, let cool a minute, then spaghetti squash it up into a bowl! Add your sauted peppers, greens, and meat. Mix well.

Now make your avocado cream sauce! Here is how…

Take out your blender/magic bullet/ninja/etc and put into it the avocado and the rest of the sauce ingredients. Start with 1/4 cup of water. Blend everything until smooth and creamy. If it still seems to thick for a pasta sauce add more water. The tomato sauce brings out the flavors, I found, plus I love tomato sauce on pasta type dishes but was tired of plain old pasta sauce.

Pour as much sauce as you like over the “pasta” and mix well. I didn’t end up using all my sauce (maybe about 3/4?). You’ll likely have leftovers which you can use to dip veggies in or pour over eggs or whatnot.

Now, Serve that up!

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I’m working on a fitness related series for the blog. The first post should be coming at ya this weekend, so get excited.


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Lyme Healing Update – Asking the right question

composting words

I have been on an incredible learning journey over the last few weeks that excites me. A couple months back I was feeling like a “blobby mess” emotionally when confronting the possibility of living with Lyme forever. I chose to deal with this by committing to stay open to the universe to show me a path forward. This post is about what I have learned. It fits well in a composting words blog because much of what I am “discovering” are the same lessons that have been rediscovered or “composted” in one way or another across centuries of thinkers and currently across various modern disciplines such as medicine, psychology and even early childhood development research.

A framing question: How did I come to the understanding that the legacy of my grandfather’s tragic death in World War II which led to my Mom’s abandonment as an infant has some connection to…

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