Tag: lifestyle

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Morning Routines – Tackling that Massive To-Do List & Getting a Great Start

Being stressed and overwhelmed is a hallmark of pride in our culture. Being pushed to the edge and constantly busy signifies importance and success. As mothers, students, employees, and family members, this is all normal and we must keep up in our life’s rhythms. How can we tackle that mountainous to-do list? Better yet, how can we make mornings better so that we CAN … Read More Morning Routines – Tackling that Massive To-Do List & Getting a Great Start

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I don’t want an Instagram romance… (a letter to my husband)

My love, I think you know, by now, my fondness for pictures and colors. You know, the ones I beg you to take as you wrinkle your nose and make a face only your mother could love (and you encourage our son to do the same)… And, if I’m honest with myself, I love making things beautiful. Neat. Organized. Everything in a box. Toned … Read More I don’t want an Instagram romance… (a letter to my husband)

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when you’re the triangle peg in a world full of square holes

Lately, I’ve been feeling lonely! I’ll just come out and say it. It’s no secret that I’ve been having the hardest time in my 8 years of chronic illness, ever. Everything is coming to a head and it is overwhelming and all I have to hold on to is the firm hope that this is me leaning into the tape. I am near the end, I … Read More when you’re the triangle peg in a world full of square holes

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the world’s best (allergy safe) banana chocolate chip muffins

The best healthful and allergen-safe banana muffins you’ll find!

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italian-style meatballs // gluten-free, dairy free, low-histamine

These meatballs have become a staple in our home – especially on gluten free pasta night! Even if you have no diet restrictions, these are delicious and so easy to throw together after work. INGREDIENTS 1 lb. ground turkey (yields 8-9 big balls or 12-14 smaller balls) (easily doubled) 6 basil leaves or 1.5T dried basil 1t 21 Herb Salute Spice from Trader Joes … Read More italian-style meatballs // gluten-free, dairy free, low-histamine

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the tragic loss of self that comes from chronic illness – and how to be an overcomer

Struggling with any form of disease, especially for an extended period of time, can severely undermine your understanding of yourself and even your comprehension of your sanity. After countless white rooms and specialist opinions and side effect upon side effect from your long list of medications, there’s little care or attention given to your mental health and self-awareness after the fact. So, how do … Read More the tragic loss of self that comes from chronic illness – and how to be an overcomer

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Inflammation Mitigation – A Hallmark of an Effective Diet against Lyme Disease

Hi all! I’ve been doing tons of research and work now that I’m a third year integrative medicine student. As someone who has gone through the ‘good fight’ myself and have been declared remissed after 8 years of fighting, I wanted to share important dietary tips that have been clinically proven to assist in the process. Before we start, I think it’s important to … Read More Inflammation Mitigation – A Hallmark of an Effective Diet against Lyme Disease

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To My Husband – In the wake of my depression and anxiety

Dear husband, I know that I just haven’t been the same since the baby came. I knew that my moods would swing crazier than the monkey’s on the bed book I read about 11 times a day. I knew I might feel sad at times when I folded his onesies that he outgrew. I was ready. I had my essential oils and my motivational … Read More To My Husband – In the wake of my depression and anxiety

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Mycoplasma – the stealthy culprit

If you mention mycoplasma in any doctor’s office, you’ll likely get the same response – “Everyone has mycoplasma. It’s not a big deal. It couldn’t have anything to do with your case.” If you hear this, run far and fast. Especially if you’ve been fighting chronic illness for years, it’s like you’re throwing open the door and inviting the mycoplasma in for a tea party. According … Read More Mycoplasma – the stealthy culprit

anti-inflammatory dinners: one-pot wonder meat, rice, and veggies

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low-Histamine, Anti-Inflammatory, Gut-Healing.  Ingredients:  2 yellow squashes (chopped) 2T extra-virgin organic olive oil 1 LB ground turkey 2 C rice 4 C low sodium or unsalted chicken broth ** (Can also use bone broth). 2 eggs (optional, I don’t have a histamine issue with eggs but some people do) 1/2 medium sweet onion (chopped) 3T garlic salt (to taste) Pepper (to taste) … Read More anti-inflammatory dinners: one-pot wonder meat, rice, and veggies

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self-care in lyme disease – dealing with the anguish when medicine makes you worse

As someone who has had to deal with this (and the ramifications of this) upwards of 7 years now, I hope this is the least-read article on my blog. I am sorry you have to deal with this. I stand with you and I want you to know that it’s okay to say “this absolutely sucks lollipops.” Usually when you get your diagnosis (usually … Read More self-care in lyme disease – dealing with the anguish when medicine makes you worse

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the greatest guilt – escaping the shame and learning to let go

If you’ve struggled with with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, or any other of the issues that run the mental gamut, we have felt the same way. “I relapsed….again. I’ve just been so stressed lately…” “Why can’t I just cope better with things?” “I should be doing better than …this.“ I find myself doing this all too often and just getting angry at myself because I’ve … Read More the greatest guilt – escaping the shame and learning to let go