Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Living a simple life reaps rich rewards of less stress, close knit family ties and tradition, self-reliance, and a feeling of accomplishment. Going all natural is not easy. Some people will give you resistance because they seem to think that the term natural comes inside of a box. Yes, one that lives natural will go to health food stores and will also purchase (or grow) natural remedies for aliments, BUT (and this is a big BUT) natural doesn't stop there.
As many of you know I suffer from a skin condition called eczema along with Fibromyalgia. I've had a nasty flare that has lasted pretty close to ten years. I can't shake the flare no matter how hard I try with changing the humidity, using different skin creams, using EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE medically prescribed skin creams, going out in the sun, going out in the ocean, having plants in my home-- both flowering and green, ridding the house of dust mites and dander, and the list goes on. NOTHING was helping and I'd cry myself to sleep at night because the itching was relentless and the pain and swelling wasn't any better either.
Despite all of this, I have always remembered to do one thing, and that was to NEVER give up trying to relieve my misery. I surfed the web. I first found major sites like The National Eczema Association, a great site for basic information, but I also found other sites that were established by sufferers. Both were great, but I was more drawn to the sufferers because I knew they had been through a lot and I wanted first-hand opinions of things.
Most of my experiences of looking at sites were pretty positive because I could relate to much of what a person was saying until I reached one particular site tonight. Now, I'm not saying this site is wrong because everyone has an opinion, but I believe this site is truly not right either. I'm glad it's out there because he or she is a huge advocate of the health care and drug industry.
The health care industry and the drug industry are very positive places for people to start when it comes to healing from their aliments. BUT and here's the big BUT again, one NEVER should stop there. All drugs that are steroids or mean to temporarily relieve pain were NEVER meant to heal someone permanently.
Logically speaking, we don't want our athletes taking steroids because it can hurt them, so why would we want to do the same? Even if it's in a smaller dose over an extended amount of time the results could still be damaging. Other drugs that are no-no's for drug addicts are usually prescribed to us fibromites and eczema sufferers too. And they can be lethal unsupervised which is why we are monitored by a doctor.
These drugs are great for the start of your diagnoses-- DON'T GET ME WRONG. The thing is they shouldn't be the cure. Lifestyle changes as far as stress levels, eating habits, diet, and exercise also need to coincide your drug intake. I truly believe that no pill can cure a problem within if that pill is meant to be a temporary solution and most pills are geared towards a temporary solution when it comes to chronic pain or chronic skin conditions.
I hope this doesn't sound like a slam to the drug or health industry because it's not. I just think that we should all work together and I think that we can learn from the Chinese culture for Fibro and beyond because they incorporate good health with pills and practice.
Love and friendship,
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Going Gluten-Free has not been easy. Wheat seems to be hidden in everything today. I wouldn't wish this task on anyone. My radar in knowing that I've eaten an inferior food is my eczema and that will itch within 15 minutes of eating foods containing Gluten. I'm lucky in that respect, however when it comes to summer socializing around a grill, I'm not.
Most foods that one thinks of during the summer contain some type of wheat. Your hot dog buns, hamburger buns, pasta salads, hot pasta dishes, and many finger food appetizers. I had recently attended a cookout and was glad to see that there were Gluten-free options for people like me, but that usually isn't the case. I've made it a mission this summer to post some Gluten-Free recipes that are tasty alternatives to their wheat-filled counterparts.
The first one is an alternative to pasta salad. This is tastes as close to an Italian Pasta Salad you can get without the pasta! Even my 91 year old, straight off the boat from Italy Grandma approves of this recipe! You can enjoy mine and while you are at it, you can surf on over to a gal's website dedicated to everything Quinoa! I love her recipes. They are inspiring!
1 Cup Red Quinoa Cooked (red can be hard to find if it is not in season and the pearl white can be substituted)
1 Can of Organic Garbanzo Beans (I like Trader Joe's)
2 stalks of Organic Green Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Canola oil
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 small can of sliced black olives (Trader Joe)
3 mini peppers in various colors like orange, red, and yellow (green is not recommend for Fibro suffers)
5 sprigs of fresh parsley chopped
1/8 cup grated Romano cheese
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
Combine all ingredients and enjoy!
Love and friendship,
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
One of the easiest ways to ensure having pain-free as possible days is to grow your own food. Gardens, like raised bed ones, make things easier on the Fibromite. You don't have to exhaust your energy tilling. You just have to go to Home Depot for packaged soil.
Growing healthy organic foods aren't hard either with a raised bed. The cedar wood will keep bugs out and so will some of the plants. Some herbs are natural bug deterrents. For instance, thyme will drive mosquitoes away and lavender works great for spiders.
Vertical gardening is also another option with raised beds. Cucumbers and squash can be placed on small lattices to make room for you tomatoes for example.
There are many options with gardening and there's also a lot of tips. I'll make sure to add more posts as the summer continues so you can see my garden grow.
Love and friendship,
Friday, June 1, 2012
Fibromyalgia causes a lot of stress in one's life and thinking about adding a family to the mix could make your head spin, but it doesn't have to. I'm living proof that it is possible to have a family and have Fibromyalgia. For those that don't know, I have two beautiful daughters who's ages are 11 and 4. And for those that do know-- indulge me this repetitive thought...
The age difference between my two daughters was not on purpose. I got sick in between pregnancies and it took quite some time to figure out what was wrong with me. Scott and I chose not to have another child until I found out what was wrong because I did not want to bring another child onto this Earth unless I knew it was COMPLETELY safe to do so.
Once I knew I had Fibro, I began to research all that I could on women that had Fibro and gave birth. I looked to the internet and I also looked to friends that have it and have kids. The findings were slim on the internet, yet what I found was positive. And my friends were also positive-- of course.
I took the plunge and we had our second child, Olivia just four years ago. When I look at her, I'm amazed at what she is already at four. My oldest was great-- don't get me wrong-- Brittanny is smart in her own right. She is gifted in the arts AND sciences. But Olivia likes to push as many buttons as she can and she's VERY good at it.
Truth be told, we had a lot of medical issues with Olivia in the beginning with her hearing because we felt she didn't hear us coming to her rescue as parents. You know what I'm saying parents-- you hear the baby cry and you say "I'm coming dear!" and they are SUPPOSED to STOP crying. Well, Olivia didn't. We got her hearing checked and she was FINE! She just WANTED to cry a lot and loud LOL!
But as far as my Fibro goes, thankfully, neither child is showing any signs of disease inheritance yet. And I don't think they will because we exercise and eat healthy. The easiest part of having children is to make sure they exercise and eat healthy. They can do their Wii or bike ride outside and healthy food isn't hard to make either if you cook a bird the natural way. Stick it in the oven with herbs and spices and NO processed crap!
Having kids isn't hard. Dealing with the adult crap is.
Love and friendship,