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Vacationing with me IS possible!

Every once in a while my husband and I would talk about how we should go on a vacation. Just a short weekend trip. I’d get excited, and we’d start talking about the places we would go. Things we wanted to check off our bucket lists. But then, inevitably, we would start to talk logistics. How could we possibly go anywhere without a kitchen? How would I eat? I have a very restrictive, very specific diet, and it’s not in any way flexible. There is no such thing as a “cheat day” for me.

Then we would talk hotels—what if we got all the way to our destination and it had mold? Or awful chemicals that set me off? How could we even take that chance? At this point in the conversation, we would lose interest. Traveling is just too hard—and up until now we always gave up on the idea of vacations. Too many factors—let’s stay home. But finally we decided to just take a leap of faith and hope that everything worked out…and it actually did. Continue reading “Vacationing with me IS possible!”

I’m done waiting. Here’s an update.

You know how everyone always says “I’m fine” when asked how they are doing, because it’s just easier than telling the truth? Well, that’s been my go-to phrase this past year. The absolute most insane health challenges have happened to me in 2017, but due to the intricacies and very odd nature of what I’ve had to deal with, it’s been easier to just not talk about it. I kept telling myself, “I’ll wait until it gets better—then I’ll explain it all.” But it’s a year later, and I’m not there yet. I keep getting asked by fellow Lyme and mold patients, “how are you doing now?” And so far I haven’t wanted to address that question, because I didn’t like the answer. But I’m done waiting. Here’s an update: Continue reading “I’m done waiting. Here’s an update.”

Low-carb, Grain-Free Cucumber Turkey Sandwich

If you’re like me, then that means bread is out. Gluten-free or not, it’s out. I used to love making sandwiches. It was such a simple, quick and delicious meal! I haven’t had a sandwich in so long I can’t even recall the last time. It’s been years. But then I saw a post on Facebook talking about low-carb alternatives to various foods, and it mentioned using cucumbers in replace of bread. I thought that was clever but probably wouldn’t taste that good. I was wrong. Continue reading “Low-carb, Grain-Free Cucumber Turkey Sandwich”

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