Get the hell out of me Lyme disease!
I've been struggling with the dreaded and prevalent monster called Lyme disease for almost 10 years now. In the last decade, the number of people reported contracting Lyme has grown to greater than 300,000 in a year. Many, many cases go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. For some people (like me), Lyme disease can be a chronic, long term or life long challenge. 3 years ago the Lyme was "inactive" in me for the first time in 7 years of fighting the good fight. Some symptoms did remain, but to a lesser extent. Then, unfortunately last December my blood tests showed that the parasites had become active again. Since then I have been on a heavy dose of antibiotics, many supplements, herbs, and trying to eat reasonably well.
The other day I was reflecting on how I've been feeling in the last 6 months and had to be honest with myself - I don't really feel any better. I decided then that I clearly needed to be doing more to better my health. Keeping in tune with the coming of spring, which is traditionally a time of year when detoxing herbs are abound and spring cleaning is done, I embarked on a 30 day detox.
My goals are to:
- flush out toxins (including dead Lyme bacteria) through the liver, kindeys, urinary tract, bowls, and lymphatic system
- improve immune function
- soothe inflammation
- improve digestion and therefore absorption of nutrients
- find a healthier diet that feels satisfying and sustainable
I decided, to the best of my effort, to eliminate dairy and red meat because they are acidic and inflammatory, as well as highly acidic and inflammatory plants (like tomato, potato, squash, peppers, etc.) and sugar. I've been taking it easy on the wheat and have shifted to including at least twice as much produce, most of which contain detoxing properties in one way or another.
I aim to maintain a diverse balance of nutrient dense, anti-inflammtory, and cleansing foods. Protein has mainly been plant sourced from beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, tempeh, and vegetables. Animal proteins I've included are chicken, fish, and eggs. Fats come from oils (such as olive and coconut), eggs, and nuts.
But how do you live like that??
No dessert?? Oh hell no!
I love chocolate. It's so wonderful. I love chocolate covered fruit, nuts, with sea salt or chilies or in cakes or brownies or mousse. I like rich, dark chocolate, the kind that gives you a little kick when you eat it. The truth is simple: I would not be happy in life without chocolate. So I got myself a couple nice bars of very dark chocolate with cherries and chilies and made this. It's amazing!
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 cup cacao pwd (you can also add maca here, too!)
- 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
- maple syrup to taste.
Put it all in a blender to combine, adding maple syrup and tasting along the way until you achieve the sweetness you like. Alternatively, you can use stevia. I've chosen to continue eating natural sugars from fruit and sugars with a low glycemic index, such as honey or maple syrup in moderation.
And when you're tired and done your day, it's great to sit on the couch and get cozy while soaking in a detoxing foot bath. We have loads of pours on the bottoms of our feet and for that reason, they are a very effective outlet for toxins, while also absorbing the beneficial nutrients. Out with the bad, in with the good! Here I'm using my Herbal Bath Salts which contain detoxifying salts and minerals combined with anti-inflammatory herbs like mustard, which helps get the blood flowing to move out stagnation.