Lemons 'n Lyme

When life gives you lemons, use them to beat Lyme


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A New Chapter…

That is a lame title. I had thought of a good one the other day… but that was the other day and now I don’t remember it at all. 

I was at home in DC last weekend and saw my doctor on Monday February 10, Exactly two years after my initial horrible sickness set in. February 10, 2012 I got food poisoning and spent the night vomiting my guts up. It was just as horrible as it sounds. I continued to feel crappy for the next week and figured I just had the flu or a bad cold. But I never got better. Things just got worse. And worse. Until my doctor started me on Doxycycline at the end of March. If you’ve read my About page you’ll know how that spring semester went for me so I won’t go into great detail here. 

So what happened at my doctors appointment? Well both my parents went and we met with both my doctor and the head doctor because SOMETHING needed to get figured out. Basically, we concluded that my body had pretty much shut down from overload of treatment. We decided it was time to take a break from antibiotics.

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ALL antibiotics! Yes, that means I got to get my picc line out! I was ecstatic when the docs said I could get it out because I went in there with one goal- to make them let me get it out. Mission accomplished and I didn’t even have to fight for it! My adrenals ARE SHOT. They have been for years so I am starting Cortef to see if that helps at all. I’m stopping B12 shots because they are doing absolutely nothing for me. We decided we are going to spend the next couple weeks letting my body rest and focusing on detoxing plus eradicating the mold. In two weeks I will start the heavy metals chelation protocol (4 days of oral chelation and 3 days of mineral replacement). I’m still taking all my supplements plus some Byron White detox formulas and BLT and Crypto-Plus by Researched Nutritionals (some herbal formulas for fighting Lyme, Bartonella, and Babesia). If I am handling everything alright (aka don’t die from not being on abx) over the next couple weeks we will start an herbal protocol. Most likely the Cowden protocol. This makes me very  happy because I am so over being on abx all the time. If I had stayed on them it would have been 2 years straight on abx in March…. yuck! My gut and mental-ness (yes I realize that is not a term but I’m making it one) need a break.

I already mentally feel so much better. It’s weird not having my picc and I felt a little empty at first. I mean, a pretty big part of my life for the past 7 months is now GONE. What?! It’s crazay. But not having to do the infusions every day and not having to take drugs every day is a huge mental break and I feel more positive already. I’m ready to fight this thing! EFFFF YOU LYME! I AM COMING FOR YOU AND I WILL FIND YOU AND I WILL WIN!

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I have now been off abx for 4 days… 4 whole days! I was doing okay until yesterday afternoon when I crashed and crashed hard! I think it was more my fault then not being on abx. I decided HEY, my picc is out! Let’s go to the gym and use my arm that I haven’t used in 7 months! … Poor choice, Victoria. My body was NOT ready for that. So I slept all afternoon and most of today (skipped class… oops). Then I took a detox bath and feel much better :). SO moral of this story: I’ve been off abx for 4 days and haven’t died yet- yay! Keep your fingers crossed for me.

So my goals over the next couple of weeks are to DETOX DETOX DETOX!

-Juice daily (2x daily but at least 1x if something comes up)

-Dry Brush daily

-Epsom salt baths 3-4 days a week at least (probably all I have time for with school)

-EAT CLEAN- mostly raw, some solid protein, whole foods, organic, drink bone broth (made some last night… yucky but I gotta do it for my gut!), alkalizing diet, lots of veggies! (I failed at this already yesterday but that is because I crashed and burned and had been gone earlier in the week so didn’t have a lot of food in the house…. MAJOR Grocery shopping trip this weekend and food planning for the week!)

-Lots of lemon water and tea

-Take all my supplements every day!

-Rest! My body needs some serious rest on top of detoxing so I need to make sure to do this

-Spend some time with friends- staying motivated and positive for me involves surrounding myself with awesome people and now that I’m not all consumed with IV’s I can spend at least 1 night a week catching up with a good friend.

-I’ll also be doing acupuncture and ozone enemas with the ND in town I mentioned in my previous post. Had my first ozone today and it went well but I haven’t noticed a difference (probably because we did a super low dose and it was my first one).

My family is thinking about getting a second opinion (from not a Lyme doc about not Lyme related illnesses) because we think I may have something else besides Lyme. Like something endocrinological related since I’ve had issues with my thyroid and adrenals (forev’s) and I don’t respond to treatment (like to ANYTHING) the way I should. But we’ll save that for another day and I have no idea right now.

When my nurse came to pull my line out she brought me a little gift, too. It was so sweet! She said since she won’t be around for graduation now (since my line is out) that this was my graduating from my picc line present :)- Beautiful earrings!

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OKAYYYYY done with this long post and time to go to bed. Sorry if are bored to death now.

Hope you are all doing well! I’m also hoping to have a new recipe up soon- we’ll see what I get done this weekend.

 

 


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Lyme update + Raw Vegan Sushi with Sprouted Buckwheat Spread

Lyme update is up first so skip over this next part if all you care about is food.

The past few weeks… okay months… have been hard. Really hard. Lyme wise. I feel like I’ve slowly been headed downhill. Despite learning all these things that may be affecting treatment and my health (mold, heavy metals, etc) and addressing them, it doesn’t seem to be doing much. I feel like nothing, treatment wise, touches me. It may help for a week or a few weeks then it’s like I’m not even taking anything. I start treatments that other people rave about (yes, I realize everyone is different but something has to work for me, right?!) and it makes no difference for me. I’m hoping to start more of an herbal protocol at some point in the next 6-months and see if that makes a difference. I take some herbs now but I mean a real hardcore herbal protocol.

Side note update: Last week I got my heavy metals test back which came back positive for mercury, lead, thallium, and a little cesium. I’ll be starting a chelation protocol for that within the next week or two. I’ll be doing 4 days a week of oral chelation then 3 days of mineral replacement (since chelating pulls out essential minerals with the metals).

A year ago at this time wasn’t great either but I was able to workout at least 3 days a week, go out occasionally, and do more (granted, I still had a lot of other symptoms and would crash at least once a week). The past few weeks I haven’t even been able to do any yoga because I’m EXHAUSTED beyond belief, my muscles feel weak, and my joints are killing me. I have to say, though, that I don’t feel like I have specific Lyme symptoms (like night sweats, air hunger, vision spots, etc) besides joint pain. I feel more just extremely fatigued, worn out like nobodies business, and like I am repeatedly being run over by a bus. Every little task of the day takes SO MUCH ENERGY. Brushing my teeth is like death. I’m wondering if it is just intense toxin overload from killing off the bugs and I am not detoxing enough or if I’m legit Lyme sick. Detoxing has been tough because 1) I’m in school which means less time for it 2)our water doesn’t get/stay hot so I can’t really take detox baths… unless a cold bath counts 3) when I feel like crap my eating goes to crap because I’m exhausted and don’t have the energy and frankly I stop caring because I feel shitty as it is already. I realize when I feel the worst is when my diet needs to be the strictest…. you don’t have to tell me. Come make me food, please?

It’s been extremely cold and snowy here, which also doesn’t help because cold makes me feel worse. This also means walking to class (in the cold) through snow and it feels like I’m hiking a mountain. So, my body is dead by the time I get home. BUT HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS! I saw a new doc yesterday. He is a Naturopathic Doctor who went to the grad school I am considering AND he has trained with Dr. Klinghardt (they are on a first name basis). He is not a Lyme-specialist but knows about lyme (obviously, Dr. Klinghardt) and works with other Lyme patients. I found him because he is also an acupuncturist, which is my main reason for seeing him (yay some detoxing help!), but figured he might have some other insight and ideas for treatment. My appointment went great and I felt able to be open and honest with him about my disease and symptoms. He was very receptive and listened intently. He writes everything down, even the information he wants me to remember (writes it down FOR ME to take home… doesn’t just say it) and maintains constant open communication with his patients (you can call whenever or email and he wants to make sure you keep him updated about how you are feeling with treatment).

Anyway, just by feeling my pulse (based on the Chinese Medicine standards) he immediately pointed out what systems in my body are out of whack… the exact ones I knew where and had been giving me hell all week! We did some acupuncture which helped a lot. I’m going to continue seeing him for acupuncture but he is also having me do ozone enemas. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS! I have heard that ozone is supposed to be great for Lyme and I also have heard good things about enemas for detox (plus my digestive system is whack) so I hope this helps at least some! He said he has tons of ideas but we will start slow and see how I respond. I’ll keep you guys updated.

So, food now? Yes? Yay. This was my first attempt at making any type of sushi period but it turned out AWESOME. This recipe is very flexible but below is a basic starting point. You can use whatever veggies you like for inside the wrap but I will post exactly what I used. There are some sprouted ingredients (the most important is the buckwheat), which needs to be done 2-4 days in advance. Buckwheat is awesome because it’s actually a fruit seed. Plus it is gluten-free. It is a complete protein and healthy for your heart and digestive system! Here we go:

Raw Vegan Sushi with Sprouted Buckwheat Spread:

Ingredients:

Nori Wraps (can get at local health food store like Whole Foods)

Beet

Jicama

(Any veggies would work… carrots, cucumber, zucchini, etc)

Pea Sprouts

Sprouted sunflower seeds*

Buckwheat spread (recipe below)

Avocado

*To sprout sunflower seeds: Get some sunflower seeds, shelled, from the store. Rinse well and soak in water overnight, first. Drain in a strainer and rinse again. If you have mason jars with mesh sprouting lids you can put them in there, without water, or you can spread them out over a strainer. You basically want to let them sit in the strainer or jars (spread out so they aren’t all piled on top of each other) for 2-4 days, rinsing twice a day, until they have sprouted. You can google videos for a better understanding if you need! 🙂

Let’s make the sprouted buckwheat spread first….

Sprouted Buckwheat Spread

Ingredients:

2 cups raw sprouted buckwheat*

1 tbs. apple cider vinegar

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 tsp. sea salt

2 tbs. olive oil

Water, as necessary

*First you need to sprout your buckwheat. Go to the store and buy raw buckwheat groats (THESE ARE GLUTEN FREE). Rinse and soak your buckwheat like you did your sunflower seeds. After soaking for 1-24 hours rinse VERY well (they will have a slimy mucous on them, which is normal). Spread them out on a plate and let them sprout for 2-4 days, placing in a strainer and rinsing well 2x a day. They are done once their little tails are about as long as the groats themselves (too long and the flavor changes). Now they are ready to go!

Place all ingredients, except water, in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy! May take some time like when you make other nut/seed butters. If it seems thick add a tablespoon of water at a time until smoothed out. Add more salt, lemon, or spices as you desire.

Okay, now onto The Sushi

First, you’ll need to peel and chop your beet and jicama. Cut your veggies into strips (so they look like french fries). Now, lay out a nori wrap on a cutting board and lay your chopped veggies in a line at one end of the wrap.

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Next, take some sprouts and place them over top of the veggies. Sprinkle on your sunflower seed sprouts and sliced avocado. Spread the buckwheat spread onto the OPPOSITE end from your veggies.

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Image (I used carrot and beet pulp from juicing as a “rice” for this one after an idea I got from detoxinista.com… have to say, didn’t like it, though).

Okay, time to wrap it up! Don’t be scared, this isn’t as hard as it may seem and I find it easier then wrapping a burrito (this is saying a lot… I can’t wrap a burrito for my life). Start at the VEGGIE END, rolling your wrap tightly. You may have to push the ingredients in on the ends. Roll until you get to the buckwheat end, the buckwheat spread will help seal the wrap and keep it closed.

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Next up we will cut the wrap into sushi bites. This is easy, you guys got this! Just take a knife (I mean you can try it with a spoon if you want but I don’t think you will be very successful) and cut your roll into bite sizes so it looks like sushi.

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YESSS! NOW IT IS TIME TO PUT IT ON A PLATE AND EAT IT!

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Clearly that is snack size status right there ^^^. I would advise making a couple wraps if you are having these as a meal OR serving them along side something else. Below I served mine with marinated veggies.

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Do you love sushi? What is your favorite kind? I love sushi and it was a blast to finally make my own, especially raw style. As always, let me know if you try these bad boys out and how you liked them.

Wishing you all the best and stay warm!


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Protein-Packed Cauliflower “Hummus” (Raw and Paleo)

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BAM! This stuff is D-LICIOUS! So addicting. I’m a weirdo paleo-raw kid and I hate beans so I’m not a fan of regular hummus but it’s kind of a staple in the raw diet… I mean because it’s easy and it’s protein and you can dip veggies in it and you can top a salad with it. So I have been playing around with bean-free hummus recipes. I like the very popular zucchini hummus but for some reason I always get a headache after eating it. I’m thinking it is the zucchini. I like zucchini… a lot… so I ain’t trying to stop eating those anytime soon. But I’m trying to cut back. I thought cauliflower would be bomb in hummus because it gets smooth, has a mild flavor, and it’s just plain yummies.

It is different form the traditional hummus (chickpeas+tahini+spices) in that I don’t use chickpeas (duh, we already addressed that!). Besides the cauliflower addition I also use hemp seeds (remember I’m obsessed from my previous post?) which add that protein punch. So we’ve got fiber from all the seeds (hemp and sesame) plus the cauliflower and now we have extra protein from the hemp seeds and lots of good fat so really what could be any better? Oh yeah, I also don’t use tahini, I use straight sesame seeds. Tahini is made from sesame seeds (like any nut/seed butter) but I can’t for the life of me find RAW tahini anywhere! So I just use sesame seeds and grind ’em up to get that tahini-ness going ;). I don’t want to pay for shipping of a jar of raw tahini that I will go through in a week ($15+ for one week? nah!).

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So let’s go into detail about how to make that deliciousness you see in the picture above:

Protein-Packed Cauliflower “Hummus” (Raw and Paleo)

1/2 small head of cauliflower

1 cup of sesame seeds

1 cup of hemp seeds

juice of one lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4-1/2 cup water

1 tsp. cumin

salt to taste

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First, gather your ingredients! You’ll need a knife and spoon, clearly. And obviously some cut up carrots to taste test along the way.

Chop up your cauliflower and put it into the food processor along with everything else BUT only 1/4 cup of the water to start.

Blend until smooth. Since you are using seeds (not already ground up, ready to go tahini) this can take some time, 5-10 minutes depending on your food processor. Scrape down the sides occasionally.

You want a creamy, smooth texture. Add more water a little at a time if it seems to thick.

Taste test. Salty enough? Cool then you are done!

Now pour it in a bowl and try not to eat it all at once. I make a big batch on the weekends so I have hummus for the week for lunch and snacks.

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up close and personal 🙂

Now go make this so you can snack on it!

Okay, it is time for me to peace out and go eat more of this… Don’t judge me.