Tag: spoonie

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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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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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resolutions when you’re in the trenches

If you’re feeling ill-equipped to tackle that new year’s resolution list you made a few days ago, this one’s for you.

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it’s not that bad

Hello! Over these past few months I have been taking a break from blogging and posting for several different reasons – not the least of which is being insanely busy and trying to juggle the new normal of school, working, and a baby. Besides the obvious, I’ve been purposeful about stepping down from the writing because I haven’t felt worthy of trying to help … Read More it’s not that bad

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Potato, onion, & leek soup (GF/DF)

Are you ready for the absolute best potato and leek soup you’ve ever had?  This recipe is great for cold-busting for the upcoming cold and flu season and just overall tastes DELICIOUS! This is gluten free and dairy free, and for the most part is anti-inflammatory unless you have an oxalate issue (where the breakdown occurs inefficiently)…this recipe is considered to be anti-inflammatory, modifiable to be low … Read More Potato, onion, & leek soup (GF/DF)

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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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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

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Seeking Healing – The paradigm shift from seeing health instead of sickness.

For some of us, it has been not months, years. Years turn into decades. Decades of just ‘not feeling well’ and ‘feeling off…’ with or without an official diagnosis. Some of the diagnoses that we carry around like lopsided suitcases get us laughed at in emergency rooms, in times where we need help most. We have all been there, hearts sinking, dealing with the … Read More Seeking Healing – The paradigm shift from seeing health instead of sickness.

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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

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the chemical breakdown – a look at histamine intolerance in the body

All too often we begin to feel the effects of our diet, usually attributing it to other issues. Joint pain? Working too hard. Thyroid issues? Faulty thyroid, can’t fix it… Stomach pains and gastritis? Stress or just an ‘off’ day. Exhaustion? The American dream… Accoreding to http://www.cureresearch.com, “the prevalence rate for people (struggling) with gastritis are 1 in 100 in the U.S., (translating to) … Read More the chemical breakdown – a look at histamine intolerance in the body

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The Search for Selenium – Deficiency and Implications for Thyroid Issues

Selenium is a trace element you may not have given much thought to: however, it may be a key point in healing and dealing with hypothyroidism. Selenium is used to convert T4 to T3 and also used for other essential thyroid functions. For those with hypothyroidism, it is easy to have a massive imbalance of too little selenium and too much iodine that can … Read More The Search for Selenium – Deficiency and Implications for Thyroid Issues