Resiliently Rachel

Delicious Lemon Electrolyte Drink

So recently I’ve been having trouble keeping a normal balance of electrolytes in my system. While we get this new health thing sorted out, I’m supposed to replenish my electrolytes regularly. The problem is that the usual go-to items like sports drinks and Emergen-C don’t work for me, due to my many dietary restrictions. So it came down to having coconut water because of the high amount of potassium naturally in it, and sea salt. For a while I was just trying to take small amounts of sea salt under my tongue throughout the day, but that was getting old fast. Then I decided to make my own electrolyte drink that was healthy, full of electrolytes, and yummy! Continue reading “Delicious Lemon Electrolyte Drink”

Bacon-Wrapped Avocado

With all my food allergies, sensitivities, and dietary restrictions due to my mold treatment, I’m used to watching other people eat yummy food while I sip a nice glass of water. It’s something I’ve grown accustomed to over the years and it honestly doesn’t bother me anymore. Not only am I used to it, but with such a drastic change in my diet, with no sugar, carbs, or grains, I look at most food people eat and realize that even if I could have it…I have no desire to. Now that I know just how big a role food plays in my day-to-day health, I only want to put good things into my body. Which brings us to this little appetizer dish! Continue reading “Bacon-Wrapped Avocado”

Age 24 and Feeling Fantastic: How Addressing Mold Got Rid of My Lyme Symptoms After a Decade of Illness

This week I wrote a guest blog for Paradigm Change, and I go into detail about my recovery from Lyme disease and mold. Take a look!

A Closer Look: The Day I Started Walking

Every year on August 8th my family celebrates the day I started walking again. At 13 years old my knees became too painful to even stand up, so we rented a wheelchair to make it easier to get around school. As the months went on, everything worsened and spread. Soon I was bedridden and in constant body-wide pain. I couldn’t leave my hospital bed in my room due to severe back pain. I couldn’t breathe if I sat up straight or laid down flat. I couldn’t be touched anywhere on my shoulders or back due to intense hypersensitivity. I couldn’t put pressure on my legs to stand or walk because of the weakness and stabbing in my knees. My neck always hurt. All I could do was keep taking my meds and hope that one day the pain would stop. Continue reading “A Closer Look: The Day I Started Walking”

Having a flare up? Here’s some home remedies that have helped me.

I’ve been dealing with Lyme disease for over ten years, and to this day I still get caught off guard with herx’s and flare-ups. When they happen, there’s always this moment of complete terror when I think that my life as I know it is going to come crumbling down around me. At the first sign of symptoms I instantly think it’s a relapse, and even though this has been my life for over a decade, I feel helpless and at a loss of what to do next. Continue reading “Having a flare up? Here’s some home remedies that have helped me.”

Coconut Crusted Chicken Strips

Are you paleo? Low carb? No sugar? Allergic to everything? If so, this might be the food for you!! Continue reading “Coconut Crusted Chicken Strips”

Cutting My Own Hair (and not ending in disaster like that time I was three…)

After 12 months of waiting for the green-light to be able to go back into buildings again, I had had enough. I wanted a haircut and my long hair was driving me absolutely crazy. But I couldn’t go get a haircut, because even just a few minutes in a potentially moldy building could derail all our hard work thus far, so the only option left was to cut it at home. Continue reading “Cutting My Own Hair (and not ending in disaster like that time I was three…)”

Most Memorable Year: Treating Toxic Mold Exposure

For years I’ve wanted to get footage of me running and looking healthy, but the snag was that I’ve never been healthy enough to actually run. After years of waiting, the moment finally presented itself. This video shows this past year, and all my treatments and struggles…but it cuts back every once in a while to me now. Running. Happy. Thriving. I absolutely LOVE being able to share my experience–and show people who are going through similar situations that it can be possible to get better. I’m proof of that. My wish is that this can give hope to someone out there dealing with mold treatment. Things can get better—you just can’t let go of that desire to one day be able to film yourself running.

You can view the video here

Continue reading “Most Memorable Year: Treating Toxic Mold Exposure”

Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream

Having such a limited diet makes it very hard to find dessert-like foods to eat. This, however, is hands down the best dessert I’ve made, and it’s SO easy! Continue reading “Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream”

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