Peach, Strawberry, Banana Smoothie 

12 Feb

  

(Not my photo, I didn’t make one tonight)

Do You Love Smoothies?

When I started to get sicker and sicker I stopped drinking soda, sugar and caffeine drinks all together and only drank water or decaf tea. Well after 5-6 years it kind of gets really boring and you crave a soda or something with a burst of flavor. I was drinking Kombucha and have written about it in the past. I also have been drinking a lot of sparkling water which is become more popular and now you can find many great flavor combos like watermelon and cucumber…etc. Walmart doesn’t carry them but Target and grocery stores do in many brands. 

Last year I began experimenting with making my own smoothies using my ninja mixer/blender. The great thing about smoothies is that you can make the smoothie to fit your dietary needs or nutritional needs using fruit, veggies or whatever you can have. You can use dairy, non-dairy, yogurt, ice cream, almond milk, cashew milk, water, coconut water….etc. I use jelly, jam, preserves or homemade jams and it really gives it a great flavor and texture with chunks of fruit. The sugar content depends on what you use so you can substitute with what you like or don’t like. Don’t be afraid to try anything in a smoothie, there are no rules. I add vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup, nutmeg, honey, agave, strawberry jam, apple sauce, Greek yogurt, gogurt….whatever sounds interesting give it a try, don’t be shy. 


Peach/Strawberry/Banana Smoothie 

(Of course the fresher the ingredients or quality the better the smoothie)

In my largest mixing cup I think it’s a 32 oz, I add: 

Frozen (or fresh) Peaches 🍑 (about one peach or 6-8 slices) 

Fresh (or frozen) Strawberries 🍓 (handful or 5-6)

Large fresh or frozen Bananas 🍌 (1 to 1.5 depending on thickness)

Almond or Cashew Milk (I use 1/2 cup of Vanilla Almond/Cashew Milk blend) 

Simply Mixed Berry Juice (1/4 cup) 

Simply Orange Juice (1/4 cup) 

If there’s not enough liquid add more milk or water. The blend, I blend for 20 seconds or so. Should be pretty thick but half as thick as a milkshake. If you want it thicker add 2 bananas or try vanilla or plain yogurt. Enjoy! 

I like to use a mix of fresh with frozen fruit because the frozen fruit makes the smoothie more slushy and thicker. I use fresh strawberries since I don’t like my fruit overripe but I will add half frozen sometimes or all frozen if I’m out of strawberries. I use frozen peaches for the icy texture & peaches are hard to find year round. I use fresh bananas or frozen but I usually have a lot of bananas on hand. You can add pineapple slices for a nice tangy kick and for digestion. For a thick base I like to use a whole large banana or one and a half bananas if you like it thicker. I tried 2 large bananas and it was extra thick but the banana stole the flavor show. I prefer to use only yellow bananas and not ones with brown spots because the brown ones make it taste bitter or funky to me but if you like brown bananas give it a try. You can also add a dash of vanilla extract if you don’t have vanilla flavored milk or vanilla yogurt. 

Drive Across The U.S. – Moved 

24 Jan

  
I just drove for the first time in 6 years and drove 3200+ miles to my new home on the East Coast. I am from Northern California & The Bay Area so it’s a huge change. I did live in Oregon for a year so I am used to light snow and negative 10 degrees. There was a huge storm just south of me on my journey but I have to tip my hat to the road crews for keeping the interstate clear of snow. 

I traveled through the following states and will give me pros and cons. There was snow from Utah to my new state near NY. I took I-70 to I-80. From Eastern Colorado to border of Pennsylvania there isn’t much to see but flat land and wildfowl. It took 5 days on this trip and I drive an average of 10-11 hours per day. I left at 11am each day and missed all the traffic in cities. It’s good to take a trip and refresh your mind. 

California – my home state 

Nevada – drove through at night not much to see 

Arizona – couldn’t find one hotel to stop at, very sparse on 70 

Utah – beautiful rocks. Stayed at new La Quinta in Saint George it was the best hotel 

Colorado – hotel was stinky & small, Rockies were nice but not Denver, liked Vail 

Nebraska – not much to see, cheap gas 

Iowa – flat and not much to see 

Illinois – flat not much to see. Gas $1.69 

Indiana – interstate toll was $8.00 from one end to other end of state 

Ohio – interstate till was $18.50 from one end of state to other. Cheapest gas $1.43  

Pennsylvania – mountains, starts to get beautiful, stayed in nice hotel in Debois 

New York – $1.50 bridge toll, beatiful scenery 

Connecticut – beautiful state, snow, trees…. 
Now I’m here with my girlfriend and hoping this works out. I want to start a family with her and marry her but we will see how this goes. 

Malarone Side Effect – Quick Update 

5 Jan

Still not having any progress. Malarone gave me a bad side effect so I had to stop taking it. I’ve taken it a few times before but this was a first. They switched me back to Mepron, but my insurance won’t cover it so its $1300 so I can’t take it. The LDI last three doses did nothing for me. I’m down to 8-6c. Antibiotics are making me herx. Still flaring everyday and sweating severely but what’s new. I literally soak my bed and clothes everyday since I was 13 years old. Babesia is the top culprit but it just won’t seem to die. I’m getting ready to move to New Englamd area so I’m really busy and may have no internet for a while. Be back soon.
Hope you all are hanging in there ….. 

GoFundMe – Medical Help 

5 Jan

  

Still Need Help 
I’m set to move to the East Coast in two weeks. My parents are taking care of my baby niece now and they are barely making it so I’m moving out on my own to save them money. I will also be moving to be with my girlfriend who nearly died recently from renal failure. She was born with only one kidney. She is a cancer survivor, chronically ill and still trying to be a nurse to help others, she’s truly amazing. I want to be there with her to show her that she is loved, appreciated and I would like to take care of her. She deserves to be treated like a princess. Unfortunately I will be barely making it on my fixed income so I need to help to pay my medical bills and IVIG. I’m still looking for any help. Thank you in advance. Update posting next…. 
The link to my page: GOFUNDME/LYMEINSIDE 

  

Arbonne Products For Sale & Quick Update 

23 Nov

  
Help With Income

I hate asking for anything but… Someone who means the world to me has an Arbonne store (web page) to sell product so she can make an income while going to college. She is a cancer survivor, a fighter and is very ill like myself so she had to recently quit her job taking care of a disabled person. She has a huge heart and is the sweetest girl I know. She needs some help to keep her store going and make some income. 

They sell health and beauty products but also nutritional stuff. There is product for dehydration, protein, vitamins, fiber & more on the site. Anything will help her out for now. She needs some sales by Tuesday. I’m going to help her out also. Thank you in advance. 

Here is the link to her store: ARBONNE 


Quick Update On Me:

I’ve been taking Malarone for my Babesia about two weeks now. I’ve been herxing every night since I started it. My Babesia was getting worse so we are focusing on the Babesia for now and I stopped antibiotics for the month since it was too much on my liver. It’s hard to detox while on so many antibiotics. I haven’t been feeling so well since I got back from CT. The LDI isn’t doing anything yet. I still haven’t found my right LDI dose. 

We have my 3 year old baby niece living here now so I try to do what I can to entertain her. We watch a lot of SpongeBob. She helps me take my meds amd is my little helper. 

I truly hope you all have a good doctor and are being taken care of. Keep hope alive. We got this! 
  

Please Register & Share 

17 Nov

  

I would highly recommend registering and taking the two Lyme disease surveys so we can get the impact of Lyme disease out there. It took me maybe 10 minutes from bed on my tablet. 

Sign up here: https://www.mylymedata.org

IVIG, LDI, H. Pylori & LLMD Visit 

15 Nov

  

Very rough past few weeks. I had my follow-up visit with my LLMD on Thursday. She gave me a higher dose of LDI and told me to stay on malarone (for Babesia) and stay off my antibiotics for now since malarone is making me herx. My Babesia is acting up recently but just won’t go away. I’ve had it since I was at least 12-13 and old soak my bed in sweat, still do. The malarone seems to be working but I hate herxing when I already feel so ill. My insurance wouldn’t cover Mepron like expected. 

I will be doing 9.5c and 9c of LDI this month. I just took 10c and I don’t feel any difference. I think my target dose will be 7c but we will see. My doctor said she doesn’t want to just move me to 7c from 10c and have me herxing even worse. She said some patients are herxing or reacting from 14c-20c which is very low dose or diluted. 

The good news was my H. Pylori test came back negative. H. Pylori can cause stomach ulcers, risk for stomach cancer and can cause non-stop vomitting if not treated in time. My other tests the lab did the wrong test so we don’t have the results. I’m upping my dose of Ketotefin for Mast Cell and rashes. I also take Benadryl daily. 

I did my monthly IVIG infusion on Friday. So far my brain hurts a little bit not as bad as usual (knock on wood). I’m still herxing from the malarone so it could be from that. Just resting up as much as I can in my chair. My nurse slowed the infusion rate on my pump so hopefully that will help. I’m not feeling so well so I will update soon. 
I thank you all for the support and messages. I hope you all are keeping up the fight and try to have the best Holidays you can. Stay strong. 

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