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Finally! Plus Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Sweet Tahini Dressing

After my computer crashed over break, I finally have a new one that is up and running! I have transferred pictures and music, finally! I was so upset because I had time over break to write posts and then I couldn’t :(. Oh well, here I am and with a recipe- yay! 

A little life update first, yes? So when I got home before Christmas I told my doctor I didn’t like that I was on SO MANY abx and asked to cut back. She obliged. I did alright for about a week to a week and a half……… then all my symptoms starting coming back out. Horrible symptoms and things I hadn’t experienced since before I started treatment. I had posted an update about what treatment I was doing for that. I saw my doctor again about two weeks ago and we changed everything up because my Babesia is still awful (it’s always been the thing that gets me) and we are targeting that along with the mold. I get my heavy metals test back this week (yay!) and we are looking into some genetic testing. I’ve been pretty stable the past two weeks- I’m alternating weeks of Tindamax and Coartem along with IV Clindamycin. My biggest issue is that you can put me on almost any med and I’ll feel good for a few weeks to a month and then that wears off and I start sliding back again. My doctor told me at my last appointment that I was a tough case and I should be better by now so we are testing EVERYTHING possible. Ha. Wish me luck 😉

ON TO FOOOOOOD! My favorite. So I’ve been eating raw fairly consistently and juicing 2x a day. I eat probably about 80-90% raw if not 100% on some days. Maybe I’ll do a post of what I eat in a day? So you guys can see? Yes? No? Maybe I’ll do it whether you guys want it or not :). But for now I have this great recipe I made a ton over break. The recipe can be found here but I modified it so I’m going to post the whole thing below with my modifications. This dressing contains honey and as a Lymie I try to avoid almost all added sugar of any kind besides fruit but it’s only 1 tsp. and it MAKES the dish so you can’t leave it out.

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Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Sweet Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:

1 bunch green kale

12 Brussels sprouts

Dash of sea salt

1/4 cup tahini

1-2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (use 2 if you use the 2 tsp. honey)

1-2 tsp. honey 

1/4 cup water

Pull the leaves of the kale off the ribs and chop into bite-sized pieces. Put in a bowl and sprinkle with the sea salt. Massage the kale by taking handfuls and squeezing it. Keep massaging until kale becomes darker. KEY STEP. MUST MASSAGE KALE! (Lucky kale…)

Cut the stem ends off the sprouts and put them in a food processor. Pulse until sprouts are shredded (but not demolished). Mix in with the kale.

Whisk together the tahini, apple cider vinegar, and honey in a small bowl. Add in the water slowly until you reach a good, dressing consistency. Pour this over the kale-sprouts and mix evenly.

 

I used that as the base to salads and added sprouts and sunflower/pumpkin seeds on top. Or other veggies if I wanted them. It also tastes great with just pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds. I’d literally eat that whole recipe by myself… :). I’m sorry I don’t have more pictures, things have obviously been crazy over here. 

Okay, that was my short, quick post for tonight. UPDATE ME ON YOUR LIVES, PLEASE! I love hearing from you guys. Let me know if you try this out and let me know what you want to see in upcoming posts. I PROMISE I’m going to try and post more this semester! Give me some ideas 🙂

 


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Check This Post Out Now!

Shannon just started a blog called Lymeless and Lovely. Her most recent post, 10 Things To Know When Someone In Your Life Has Lyme, hits the nail on the head! It’s a beautifully written and informative post for the friends and family of those with Lyme. Please head on over and read it plus share with everyone you know!

Wishing you all the best ❤


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The Mental Aspect of Lyme Disease

My computer crashed so I all the posts I have planned must wait until I get it fixed/buy a new one. This is just a quick post I can make from my phone (ughhhhh) so please bare with me until I figure this computer mess out!

I thought this was an interesting little “article” about Lyme disease and emotions. Check it out if you have time. Hope to be back up and running soon as I have some posts I want to share 🙂


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Go Check It Out!

So the lovely Kayla over at Joy Rises has been doing a touching blog series called The Lyme Diaries. She has compiled a questionnaire that various Lymies have filled out that share the persons story and expose the similarities and differences between different Lyme cases. The stories can be heartbreaking yet give you hope and make you feel less alone. Her most recent Lyme Diaries entry is from me so you all should head on over to her blog and check it out!

Oh P.S.- Happy New Year! 🙂 I want to wish all of you a healthy, happy, energetic year! I know this may difficult for many (cough Lymies cough) but I’m sending all of you good vibes and I want to thank all of you for your support. I’ve met so many amazing people over the past year through my blog and my instagram. AMAZING people that have become my friends and it’s a true blessing… something I can actually thank Lyme for. I can’t thank you all enough, I really can’t. 

My goals for this next year are to be more positive (this is SO hard for me), be honest with myself, and be more confident/care less about what other people think. I really think being able to work on these and improve on them will help my treatment. So when I’m being a negative nancy feel free to verbally punch me in the face and tell me to get it together and remember my New Years resolution.