Product Review – The Fay Farm Soap and Muscle Rub

Being Lydia!

“I have been given these products as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “

When I was selected for The Fay Farm review and able to choose two items from their vast product lines, I chose carefully. I wanted products that might make a difference in my life and in the lives of anyone who would read this review.

I ended up choosing the Warming Muscle Rub and Healing Hemp Goat Milk Soap. Now the muscle rub is probably an obvious choice because I have very sore muscles. The soap might not be such as popular choice; however, I picked it for the sole reason that I wash my hands a lot and they get very sore and stiff with regular…

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Parking spot saga continued | Multiple experienceS

I was advised to send a letter to the building’s management company and board president. I simply asked them to reconsider NOT revoking my parking spot and I cited the law which governs my “reasonable…

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Fibromyalgia Flares: Do You Experience Any Warning Signs?

Reclaiming HOPE

Various warning signs with text overlay: Fibromyalgia Flares: Do You Experience Any Warning Signs? https://reclaiminghope.blogLast night was a long night. In addition to loud peals of thunder and rain pelting the roof, our cell phones kept blaring out several severe weather warnings. Things finally calmed down, and we went to sleep with the now-soft pitter-patter of rain on the roof. That is, until 3:00AM when the phones blared out another flash flood warning. We finally went back to sleep and woke up to — surprise! surprise! (not really) — no power. Shoutout to our wonderful linemen around here though, they had us back up and running by 8:00. Imagine my surprise when I turned on the TV and saw that our little city had made the national news! They were reporting that less than a mile from where we live, people had been evacuated due to fears of a dam breach. That wasn’t the only evacuation going on either…. All of this was going…

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A Course in Miracles year 2 complete | Multiple experienceS

I never thought I would be here. My sister tried to get me on a more positive path for about two years prior me even getting on one. I started listening to recordings of crazy sexy miracles with Kris…

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After I got diagnosed with MS what I’d change | Multiple experienceS

I guess this is kind of like a part two to yesterday’s blog before I was diagnosed. http://www.multipleexperiences.org/2018/06/25/before-i-had-multiple-sclerosis/ What I’m not going to write here is…

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Swimming-water therapy for multiple sclerosis | Multiple experienceS

I’ve have a MS fitness trainer that I’ve been working with for about a year and a half now. She would come to the house and get my body to move in ways I personally wouldn’t willing force my body to…

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My disabling MS attack in 2014 | Multiple experienceS

It wasn’t always a battle. I remember at 40 I was still walking pretty good. I’d have a limp every now and then, when my legs were tired, but an outsider would never know. I’d have occasional bathroom…

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A Quick Update For Those Who Are Interested

Danny

A Quick Update For Those Who Are Interested…

For those of you who saw my post last week, I had to go to the doctor due to some digestive issues and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.  Simply stated, UC is a condition close to, but not the same as, Crohn’s Disease.

The day after my diagnosis Evelina and I immediately cleaned our cupboards and began to completely restructure our diet.

And before I get too deep I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who PM’d me on Facebook, emailed and commented with words of support.  It means a ton to me and I don’t take you for granted.

I have to be careful in my food choices as anything with a lot of fiber content cause intense stomach pains.  At times the pain feels like tons of stabs in my stomach.  Thus far I have discovered I can have eggs, enriched yellow grits and enriched White Mountain bread from Publix.  For lunch I’m eating chicken breast with zero spices and a baked potato without the skin.  Dinner usually involves fish with avacado and cabbage or something similar.

You can see the list of what I cannot eat here.

This food change is going to be a huge challenge, but things could be worse.  After two weeks I must admit my palette is changing already and things that tasted bland before are tasting great now.  The other eye-opening experience has been exposure to the under-world of dairy substitutes.  I had no idea that there were so many non-dairy food types.  Holy cow!

Last night we tried gluten-free taco wraps with fish, avacado and cabbage slaw using a gluten-free mayo.  The wraps were so bad we will be returning those to the store.  And as you guessed, we ate our fish tacos without taco shells; which sucked.

Last week I had an appointment with a client to discuss his company’s marketing campaign and we decided to take a break and grab lunch.  I decided to have grilled shrimp with no spice and a baked potato and the shrimp killed me.  So needless to say shrimp is off my list for now and unfortunately that is how I figure out what I can and cannot eat.

Eventually I hope to come up with 3-4 food options for each meal of the day, but until then eggs, grits, chicken and baked potatoes it is.  Hope everyone has a great Saturday!

Danny

My Most Recent Health Scare Is No Joke

Danny

My Most Recent Health Scare Is No Joke…

It has been just over a week since I wrote anything and there is a good reason.  On Monday, 4/16, I had to have a colonoscopy conducted to check out some digestive issues I’ve been having for a couple months.  I thought I had some type of infection or bacteria due to some of my symptoms.

Once the procedure was over and they eliminated the possibility of cancer, I was informed that I have an incurable form of colitis, which is an infection of the large intestine.

The frustrating part of this deal is that I must manage the condition through my diet and the food restrictions are intense.  For instance, I cannot eat the following:

  • breads
  • cereals
  • pastas
  • noodles
  • macaroni
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • buckwheat
  • oats
  • wild rice
  • walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • pecans
  • cashews
  • almonds
  • macadamia nuts
  • peanuts
  • pistachios
  • sesame seeds
  • flax seeds
  • millet
  • pine nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • wild rice
  • all beans, including chickpeas
  • adzuki beans
  • soy nuts, including soybeans and edamame
  • raw fruit
  • dried fruit
  • fruit that has seeds that can’t be removed (like most berries)
  • vegetables that have a skin
  • veggies that have seeds
  • raw veggies
  • dairy
  • corn
  • sulfides or sulfates
  • anything containing gluten
  • caffeine

And these are just a few of the things we have discovered thus far.  My doctor tells me that I’ll spend the next few months eating things in order to discover if it causes a flare up.  If it does then it goes on the banned list.

As you imagine I simply cannot eat out and if I do I have to eat plain chicken breast and green beans.

This is going to be an enormous challenge.  Evelina does our grocery shopping and it takes forever because we have to read every single ingredient on anything we buy.  A couple nights ago we went to Whole Foods and bought $50 worth of groceries.  That took us over an hour.  I guess what I’ll have to do is find the top 10 things I like and can eat and just stick to those to speed up this process.

All-in-all things could be worse I suppose.  I don’t have cancer which is an obvious relief, but the thought of dealing with this for the remainder of my life is a bit of a let-down to be quite honest.

Danny

For the Love of Food: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia Week 3

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This week, we continue re-visiting the For The Love Of Food posts….

Collage of food with text overlay: For The Love Of Food: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia (And Are Good For Us All) https://reclaiminghope.blog

For the last couple of weeks we’ve started taking a look at some foods that may be helpful for fibromyalgia. If you missed the first two posts, you can find them here and here. I’m highlighting some foods because of the specific nutrients they contain that may help with fibromyalgia, but these are definitely just some of the foods we may want to include in our diets (and whenever I reference diet, I’m just talking about what we eat, not a specific diet). A healthy diet should include a variety of foods. As I mentioned in For the Love of Food, we don’t yet understand how food works synergistically in our bodies to give us all the nutrition we need, and our best bet for getting those nutrients is to eat an array of real foods, foods…

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