Lemons 'n Lyme

When life gives you lemons, use them to beat Lyme

About

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Hi, I’m Victoria. I’m sarcastic, opinionated, and brutally honest. Maybe it’s the Lyme (oh yeah, I have Lyme disease) but most people seem to like me either way :). Plus, if you don’t like my personality, I make food. Good food. Well, most of the time it’s good (I mean, everyone has to fail in the kitchen occasionally!). But don’t worry, I won’t serve you the bad food (I’ll shamefully eat my disasters in the the depths of the night…. hey, you can’t waste it. I buy organic, that sh*t is expensive!).

SHORT VERSION:

So, my name is Victoria. About three years ago I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme Disease. It has been one of the biggest reliefs of my life. I finally have an answer for all the pain I’ve been in for years.
I love to bake and cook. I also love Β to workout. Although I have to be careful at this point so as not to tax my body and lower my immune system too much. I created this blog to 1) chronicle my recovery 2) share my recipes 3)share some of my passion for fitness. My recipes are geared to those with Lyme in terms of nutrition and being anti-inflammatory, etc. My research has shown that eating a paleo/gluten-free/low-carb diet is best for those with Lyme and although I try to stick with this I fail horribly at times. I also enjoy incorporating raw foods into my diet as those have drastically helped with my healing. I’m a Certified Personal Trainer and I recently graduated from college with a degree in Sports Medicine (WOOHOO I made it through school while having a chronic illness!). I used to train+teach boot camp, spinning, and yoga at a local gym in Colorado and now I work as both a personal trainer and at an awesome juice company in New Mexico. This blog is really about nutrition and health, geared toward those with some serious illnesses. I hope to show you how eating right and working out can make it feel like you’ve never been sick at all.

Follow along and feel free to contact me! πŸ™‚

LONG VERSION:

Hi, My name is Victoria. I grew up in Washington DC, spent my summers at the beach in Virginia and backpacking through West Virginia, and spent a few summers in Martha’s Vineyard. These are some of the top places where Lyme Disease lives. When I was in first grade I used to get AWFUL headaches every afternoon. We believed it was allergies and I was put on a lot of allergy medication. I eventually learned to manage the headaches without meds- I used vitamin C and other herbal supplements.

Starting in 8th grade I began to get severe stomach pains. Acid reflex, bloating, distention, general pain! These digestive issues have grown and changed and been present since then. I’ve been to multiple doctors and GI specialists, had colonoscopies, x-rays, ultrasounds, etc. “It’s IBS, just eat more fiber and drink lots of water” was the answer I got every time. Well, I drink plenty of water, let me tell you! And yeah, my diet needed tweaking… fixed that up and made no difference. I’ve tried every diet- cut out gluten, dairy, sugar, this, that, EVERYTHING. It may have helped for a bit but never REALLY fixed the issues.

In high school I began participating in sports. But, I kept getting injured for no apparent reason. And once I got injured, the injury became chronic. Tendonitis I couldn’t get rid of, shin splints that have never gone away no matter how much I rest, hip issues, knee pain… well, you get the idea. I eventually also found out that I have Hoshimoto’s disease- an autoimmune disorder causing hypothyroid.

Fast forward to my third year in college, February 2012. I became exhausted and generally ill. I went to my health center who told me it was mono (my atypical lymph count was high but my actual mono test was negative). They told me to rest. I went in a week later to re-test, atypical lymphs were down and test was still negative. I still felt like crap. I was convinced it was my annual sinus infection, so they put me on Amoxicillin for 10 days. I began to feel a little better but as soon as I was off of the antibiotics, I felt really sick again. Back to the health center. They said mono, rest, and go see my doctor at home. Basically, they had no idea. I made a last minute plane flight home for spring break and saw my functional medicine doctor in DC. Her first thought was Lyme Disease. She said my symptoms matched (I have a page with all my symptoms here) and ordered some blood work. She started me immediately on Doxycycline. My blood work came back negative, but my CD 57 count was low. She suggested I find a specialist, since she was not one in the Lyme Disease area, and was convinced it was still Lyme. After calling a million doctors, all with 6-12 month long waiting lists I found one in DC who could see me in 1.5 months. WOOHOO!

So doctor I went. Three hours later, much money spent, blood drawn, and a large baggy full of supplements and prescriptions, I left with the diagnosis of chronic Lyme Disease.

I believe this quote from my doctor sums it up best:

“I have good news and bad news. The bad news is, you have chronic Lyme. The good news is, you have chronic Lyme.”

It may suck as a disease, but I finally have an answer for all my troubles! My fingers are crossed this is it and that recovery goes well.

So here is where my life crashes together- sharing my story and recovery of Lyme Disease along with my love of baking and cooking. I’ve combined the two on this blog. The focus will be on recipes and what foods and nutrients are good + important for those with Lyme or any other serious illnesses and autoimmune disorders.

Oh, I suppose I forgot to mention the fitness part of it all. I’m a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, with speciality certifications in TRX, Kettlebells, and Spinning. As mentioned, I was a high school athlete- track, cross country, and swimming. I will definitely be sharing workouts and fitness tips, but my blog will probably be mostly food related. But, fitness is a big part of overall health!

Follow along and enjoy the journey πŸ˜‰

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32 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Victoria, I just found your blog (through Fast Paleo) and I’m a fan! Your recipes sound delicious and I’m in awe of how you’ve managed to battle through so many health challenges and come out swingin’. Looking forward to trying some of those flaxseed cookies πŸ™‚
    Cat

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    • I don’t think you understand how exciting is that you started following me, I LOVEEEEE YOUR BLOG! I’ve been reading it for a little while now :). Anyway, thank you so much and enjoy! I’m still getting things up and running but let me know if you try the cookies and how you like them!

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  2. I am so glad you have an answer for your pain and discomfort. I pray your recovery can move along quickly, as I think you have alot of living to do! God bless you as you struggle to overcome this obstacle. I admire your enthusiasm and your tenacity.

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  3. Just ran into your blog from a comment you left on another Lymie’s site. You have a great sense of humor and I look forward to reading more of your posts. Some of your recipes look fabulous. Too bad you are so far from where I live – I so want to learn how to do kettlebells!

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  4. Hey πŸ™‚ I found your blog through the 21 day sugar detox. just wanted to say hi and I hope you are doing well with your disease. It seems like it was a huge struggle to get diagnosed, I hope one day diagnosis could be easier! I’m excited to have found another young person trying to eat paleo. It doesn’t seem like there are too many of us!

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    • Thank you so much! It has been hard, but I just take it one day at a time and keep moving forward. There certainly aren’t many of us, which makes it hard, especially because I’m in college. My roommate lives off of pasta, cereal, and peanut butter (ahhh! so tempting!), but I try πŸ™‚ haha. I’m glad you like my blog, I look forward to reading more of your posts! I can’t wait to try that quiche recipe you posted, looks delicious!

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      • Yeah there really isn’t! I live with my boyfriend and I kid you not, his NIGHTLY snack is 2 peanut butter sandwiches AND a bowl of cereal. I’ve never eaten like him but now there are even more differences. Luckily he is supportive, but he still does bring a lot of junk into the house constantly. Hopefully over time it gets better!

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    • I feel your pain! It’s hard to come home to my roomie making chocolate chip cookies- but I converted my last roommate (at least a little bit!) so I’m working on this one ;). Soon they’ll be some greens in her diet! Good luck with the boy, they can be tough ones to change eating habit wise :).

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  5. Hi Victoria! I just came across your blog. I find it very interesting. I’m young and began dealing with symptoms in my senior year. I too am diagnosed with chronic Lyme.(I like your doctor’s comment!) It seems there are quite a few young ladies with this disease! It’s nice to know we’re not alone. Hoping today is a good one!

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    • Thank you for the sweet comment! Yes, I’m running across more and more people with it, which is comforting. Dealing with this alone is hard enough, it’s nice to have others to talk to about it.

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  6. Hey, I’ve been following your blog for a while but not read this page. I felt like the same about my diagnosis, tbh it was one of the happiest days of my life. The sheer relief!

    I was wondering if you had any ideas for christmas food substitutes. I do eat a little dairy, but I’m actually allergic to yeast and eggs which basically rules out all bread like stuff, when I read the ingredients list of stuff it seems like everything contains yeast or eggs!

    And not being able to have sugary things over xmas will kill me, and alcohol. Wah.

    If you haven’t already maybe you could do a xmas food special with healthy alternatives to booze, chocolate and other goodies? πŸ˜€ I’d love to read it!

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  7. I have nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. As a fellow Lyme Warrior I look forward to reading your posts and enjoy your humor and greatly appreciate the health info.

    If you wish to accept, please visit my blog for further details http://compostingwords.net/2013/01/12/beautiful-blogger-award-thanks-to-these-bloggers-for-adding-beauty-to-the-world/

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  8. Thanks for the follow Victoria and stopping by my blog, Savor the Food. Always appreciated your readership.

    Chef Randall
    savorthefood.wordpress.com

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  9. I have Hashimoto’s, too. I’m recently becoming convinced I have lyme as well. It sucks!! And it’s confusing. I’ve been treated for it but the symptoms are continuing. So I’m not sure what’s going on. Looking for a lyme doctor in the DC area now.

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    • Oh no, that’s no good! What all are you experiencing? You’ve been treated for Lyme before but symptoms are back? How were you treated (just a few weeks of doxy)? Shoot me an email and I can give you some good names of doctors in the DC area!

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      • Right now I’m having what they told me are itchy hives which progressed to angioedema, which is achey in the shoulders and arms, and the back of my head. The aches mostly stopped when they put me on prednisone. But the last dose of that is tonight.
        I’ve been having the hives since the beginning of October. They look like HUGE insect bites. Some last and some fade quickly.
        Other than that, memory problems, and a weird headache that seems to be caused by looking at the computer screen for more than a minute or two…. the worst of it was like a light-show…. I could not see anything but colored lights.

        This probably sounds pretty crazy!

        Yup, just a few weeks of doxy… had the feeling it was not enough but it made me SO miserable I was too relieved to be free of twice-daily nausea! And the accompanying unintentional weight-loss.

        What’s your email address? And thank you!!

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      • That does not sound fun! Sounds like you may have been herxing on the doxy which would be a good thing, but if clearly it wasn’t enough. I have lots I can tell you so email me at vrfaling@aol.com !:)

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  12. Thank you for sharing

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  13. Girl. Your story resonates with me SO much – except mine was all in the gut. IBS-related symptoms. It definitely gets easier, but is never easy. ❀ Keep going, sister!

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