Why H.O.P.E.?

Reclaiming HOPE

Fibromyalgia is a funny thing. Funny strange, not funny ha ha. One day you’re feeling well, you’re feeling optimistic that you might actually recover from it, and the next day, you’re in bed, feeling as if you’ve been hit by a truck.

I realized not too long ago that I was starting to feel hopeless. I just started feeling that I might never feel like a “real person” again. I knew two things: 1. I couldn’t live the rest of my life feeling so hopeless and 2. I had to figure out some way to live, and live well within my new parameters. As I thought about the most important thing the fibro has taken away from me, my hope, I started thinking about the best way for me to reclaim it. Part of it, of course, is doing things that help me physically, but I also needed to address…

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Obsessive, Moi?

Tripping Through Treacle

As regular readers will know, I follow theOvercoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS)lifestyle approach to help me feel in control of my MS. The fundamentals of OMS areexplained here and, believe me, in regards to diet, it was ahugelifestyle shift for me. Gone are the dairy milk chocolate bars dunked in tea and the boxes of melted Camembert I devoured at Christmas time with hunks of bread. Now, my diet is mainly dairy-free and plant-based but with some fish and seafood. It’s amazing how quickly your body adapts, especially when you make the effort to look into alternatives that can also be considered treats – I now love 100% cocoa chocolate, whereas in the past it was just a bit too bitter. I have adapted old recipes, like chocolate cupcakes, to dairy and egg free ones that taste just as good (ask my kids!) as the ones…

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Forks over Knives Cherry Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls

This recipe was super easy and came out really good. My only issue is I could have used a little MORE water to bind them better. I warn you they are easily…

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Reclaiming HOPE

Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia

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 (Part 1) and here (Part 2). 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 closest…

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Danny’s World: Friday!

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I love Fridays.  Tonight Evelina has to work so I think I'm going to hit some golf balls in the cool of the evening.  Tomorrow we have my niece's birthday party and then we are going to a great restaurant for a date night.  This place has the best shrimp n grits I've ever eaten.  I have a couple appointments today and will be sure to stay in the cool air conditioning due to multiple days over 100* in Charlotte.

Stay cool folks and have a great Friday!

Vegan Sugar Cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies on Multiple experienceS | I found this recipe on the beachbody blog.Every exercise program I do, except Zumba, is from Beachbody. I just…

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Red white and blue Independence Day coconut peach popsicle smoothie — art of being fabulous

The Purple Almond

Here is a delightful recipe from THE ART OF BEING FABULOUS…

Happy Independence Day to all in the US! Here’s a smoothie made for you with a dash of vanilla! It’s healthy to boot! Some of the health benefits of this smoothie bowl include anti-aging properties, improved immunity, blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress reduction. Independence Day coconut peach popsicle smoothie recipe Ingredients 1/2 cup vanilla almond […]

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Danny’s World: A Bug Is Kicking My Butt!

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I’m not exactly sure what is going on, but I woke up this morning with a fever and nausea.  I have not been able to eat all day excluding crackers and water.  Evelina made some homemade chicken & rice soup which was tasty.  Hopefully this is a 24-hour thing.

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2 servings; 10 min preparation; 30 min cooking time. Eating lean protein after your workout is the best way to recover your muscles. That’s exactly what I needed yesterday after my heavy training, so I made…