I've made a short cooking video — which turned into a bit of a vlog of our life — and I had so much fun doing it! In the video, I show how you how to make my favorite anti-inflammatory, Paleo treat -- FUDGE!!You should absolutely 100% make it this week if 1) you like chocolate, 2) you like fast, easy treats; 3) you follow a Paleo diet; 4) you don't follow a Paleo diet; 5) you're trying to reduce inflammation but still want to have gastronomic fun; and 6) you will be with family this weekend and you want to make them good eats. A most joyful Thanksgiving week to you, my friends!! (Link to video is in profile.) P.S. Do you know how to watch Youtube videos in high definition? Click the gear icon on the bottom right of the video; click on "quality"; and click the highest number! I've just discovered it, and it has changed my YouTube game, man.
Detoxing isn't always about your physical body - you also need to dig deep and consider how you can detox your home. My latest blog tells you 5 easy ways to detox your home to help promote optimal detoxifcation in your body. You may be surprised to see how many environmental stressors we come into contact with every day! Link in bio :)
Yep, I wrote those words for myself today while working on my actionable items for areas of my life. A document that I am sharing with my coach.
My #1 value is health because without it, I can’t achieve anything in the other areas of my life.
I wrote it because I’m sitting here working and am angry because I feel awful today and it took me until noon to even get going.
I had two really good days after almost two weeks of a lot of ups and downs, after my move back to Toronto and then today I feel awful again.
I try to remind myself on the tough days that “today does not define the rest of my life.”
Despite having a regular meditation practice, teaching meditation and working with clients, helping them to become present and work through difficult emotions, I too have my days where I struggle to practice what I teach. I’m human. I have my meltdowns, my frustrations, my anxieties too. Especially when it comes to my health. •
So, for today I am going to be kind to myself.
LTD(long term disability) I'm posting this to remind people once again where i was. Some of these post show you the fortitude i possess so ask yourself what type of disease could send this person on long term disability in the prime of his life? Well maybe not prime because this moment is feeling like that! Also think, what type of fight did i have to put up to not only get off disability but to come back stronger than I've ever been before. That doesn't just happen it's levels to this and I'm not just saying it, I can prove it! I'm not giving guarantees or absolutes just my experience. I understand how we heal/ levels and access to treatment. All i am showing is what my doctor's said from the first day "it's possible."
🐝 I've been keeping a big new treatment under wraps but a lot of you are asking so... 🙃
I've been doing Klinghardt treatment for a little over a year. It was by far the best treatment I've tried & I've experienced some major healing. But the $2k/mo costs just weren't sustainable long term on top of needing a $7k dental surgery plus Ian needing some medical treatment.
Last spring I'd run into @everydayexpert & learned about her incredible Lyme journey which lead me to consider Apitherapy for my own situation.
Dr Klinghardt himself uses bee venom daily & was even trained by the American Apitherapy Society. I also learned that Dr K patients use this method to sustain health once Lyme remission is reached.
So... I decided (after much prayer!) to start & the results are nothing short of amazing!!! I will say this is not for the faint of heart - very intense die off/detox I've been dealing with for 3 weeks now.
I have a 2-3 year road ahead of me with this but eventually I will be free from: Lyme & Coinfections, EBV, Herpes (I've had Shingles), viruses, bacteria I picked up along the way of my 14 plus year journey with Lyme.
Motivation is being 12lbs down and fitting into your jeans that you couldn’t come close to getting around your waist last month!!! 🙌🏻💃 It’s the SMALL wins 👏🏻 that keep me focused and moving forward. ➡️ It’s constantly reminding myself how I feel in THIS moment instead of focusing on how far I have to go. 👌🏻 It’s surrounding myself with people working toward their own health goals, #myfitfam 👭👫👭👫 and most of all knowing that I’m taking action to avoid disease so I can be around for my son! ❤️ I know it’s the holiday season, but you can still have small WINS before the clock ⏰ strikes midnight!! 🎊
I’m here to help you!!
I started this journey sick, scared and alone. I couldn’t get out of bed most days, and medications 💉💊 ruled my life. In fact, it wasn’t much of a life at all. 🤷🏼♀️ Then I joined a tribe of women who turned into my f i t ✨ F A M I L Y . I couldn’t do the workouts like I could now. I modified everything, and sometimes even modified the modifier. But I did it. I showed up and proved every doctor wrong.
I’m now medication free because of it, and I’m building a freaking power house of a girlboss tribe along the way.
Join us ! ! Today is the last day to register for my Get Fit For The Holidays Group. Message me for details - we start the 27th! #EMPOWERempire
This is Aubrey, our current patient spotlight on the Giftgowns Blog. While Aubrey is battling #lymedisease and raising #lymediseaseawareness she is much much more than her illness. She’s a complete rockstar, a beaming light of positivity, and knows a thing or two about making a hospital stay tolerable! Thanks so much @aubreys.lyme.journey for chatting with us! You are a complete inspiration and warrior!!! We hope you like your Giftgown. Check out Aubrey’s blog article up now! Link in bio ✨✨✨
There were times when I didn't go outside for weeks. Months would go by without visiting the outside world. I felt imprisoned by this chronic illness. I had a burning desire to live life, but I was physically unable to do so.
Being healed was like rising from the dead! It was painful and it took years. But now I am experiencing all that life is, the good and the bad. Even going through the bad experiences, I have learned it is better than being imprisoned by a 'life' of nothingness.
God breaks every chain!
Btw this is going to be a pretty negative post so if you're not in the mood then you can read it another day😌💖. Things aren’t going particularly well at the moment😖 I hate to be writing those words, I long for the day I can tell you that I’m improving😌 I’m getting awful headaches so my doctor is going to investigate just to check there’s nothing serious going on. I got some bloods done to check everything is alright because I’m not eating or drinking well, everything is fine apart from my MCHC levels which are high, so I don’t know what that means🤷🏽♀️ I’m also going to try some food supplements but milk really doesn’t agree with me🤢 so if anyone knows any dairy free ones please let me know!!😉 I’m in a lot of pain and discomfort at the moment. I'm just getting really fed up with this. I’m bored now, I’ve done it long enough, and I need a break. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m not seeing any improvement which is pretty disheartening, and I’m only ever getting worse which sucks😓
We’re a bit lost for what to do at the moment, the treatment the NHS offers only ever seems to make me worse and I’m in a bit of a downward spiral. I feel too ill to get out of bed but then I get so badly deconditioned that it makes me feel even worse.
I just get so frustrated that I can't even do simple things. I find it hard not having conversations with people and being the Maddie everyone knows. The only conversation I have is with people on here, which to be honest is the only thing that keeps me sain😂
I feel like I'm letting so many people down by posting this, I just want to be doing well, for me but also the people around me, who love and support me through all of this💖
Sorry, this post is a bit of a jumbled mess😂 but anyway that's a bit of an update for you all.
Vlog is up about my first iron infusion at the hospital yesterday. It went well other than my bp dropping but luckily @bowie_the_service_hound alerted me before any fainting happened. I also explain all about my new medical ID (#myid ) which not gonna lie I'm pretty excited about 😂
Packing up the kids & spending the day at my dad’s to make holiday cookies for the theater where he directs & produces shows. My husband lovingly calls me “The Cooler Kid.” 😎 Setting myself up for success means making my celery juice, lemon water, green juice, & packing my HMD smoothie ingredients to go. Dad has a Ninja so I can blend at his house 😊👍🏽 I also chopped up my usual raw salad for lunch (red leaf lettuce, sprouts, green onion, cukes, chopped garlic, & asparagus) & packed some fingerling potatoes to roast. Then I’ll top it all with @holistic_and_hopeful ‘s vegan ranch. 😋👅 💦 So while it takes me a little bit to prep myself, mostly because I’ve been known to procrastinate from time to time 😉, it’s absolutely worth it to pack it all up when we hit the road. Over the holiday season this may take more thought as we travel to see our friends/loved ones or work long hours (been there, too!) I promise the love & care you put into ensuring you’re prepared with healthy, #lifechangingfoods is worth it. YOU are worth it 💚✨
Kind of been in and out with feeling this way. Happens for a number of reasons every so often, but seasonal depression certainly doesn't help.
It is hard to describe, and oftentimes I don't have the energy. This has been five years of my life - wanting to share my story and knowing how I feel, but not knowing how to explain it in a way that other people would understand.
And the emptiness always comes from feeling like not one single person on the planet *fully* understands me... but maybe that's wishful thinking when it comes to a me - I'm complex, I have so many different facets, and I don't really let people in anymore (too many heart breaks, too many people have abandoned me). But it still hurts.
I have a strong voice and so much to say about health and my current state of being. If it wasn't for this account I'd go crazy haha. My pain - physical, mental, societal, etc. - swallows me up more often than I let on, but if there's one identity I never seem to shed it's the one where I put on a strong face for myself and for others.
But sometimes that gets old, sometimes I just can't keep a smile on my face as I shove supplements down my throat, water up my butt (lol), have to conduct science experiments every time I want to try new foods, realize that no one wants to date me once they realize what I have to do to function, and basically, have to take care of myself like I'm an infant.
I don't know... but today I'm over having to be my only advocate 24/7...
Emotions have the power to influence how we perceive the world—whether for good or for bad. We are often told that we are in control of our reactions, and yet in the midst of emotion, this can seem far from the truth. Yet it is possible to influence our emotions in a more positive direction.
I know this is true and that’s why essential oils are so integral to my wellbeing as I deal with the onslaught of emotions as a result of my chronic illness.
This is today’s special deal - if you buy Peace Touch you get Motivate Touch free. Peace Touch is 24.33 retail. If you open a wholesale account (I can help - it’s super easy)you can get this deal for 18.25 plus tax and shipping. This is an amazing deal.
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Do I get to sit with the cool kids now? I did some painting I guess so there. Enjoy it. It's Theodore with the characteristic bulls-eye rash from a Lyme infected-tick bite. Symptoms include lethargy, joint pain, and flu-like symptoms during early infection. #myart#lymedisease#painting
A tired but glam shopper 💁🏼💖 It is AMAZING to have a chair with me everywhere I go, my partner and I have been able to do so much more and stay out of the house for longer now that I have my wheels. We were shopping at @winners and the shoes I’m wearing are new ones from the last time we were there 😂🙈 because they are flat and super cute! Yay for all the cute shoes not just being heels! Six months ago I never would have dreamed I’d be rolling around my favourite stores but here we are... and I think I look pretty good while doing it ✨
I'm looking forward to reading this after eventually getting a hold of a copy. This novel was written by a friend's sister and deals with the important topic of Lymes Disease. I would urge folk reading this to consider purchasing a copy to support a young author and help to raise awareness of this condition. It's available to buy on Amazon I understand. #lymedisease#findingjoy#morvenmaymccallum
“O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.” Isaiah 25:1 NLT God is doing such good things in my life! He is so faithful! ❤️
Excited to receive my fitness journal from @commit30 and use it as a visual tool for 2018! In the meantime they had these free pdf forms you can use. All ready for my first week of the 30 day Keto Beginning plan.
Good morning! Out on the road today and just put on some Racy Rose lip gloss to keep my lips hydrated for the cold, dry air. Man, this color is selling out fast ... I’ve had to hide a few to keep for myself 😂