Looking back at my last two posts, I can’t believe I forgot to mention one of the most important things: juicing. I’ve been juicing at least once a day as a snack in the afternoon, or as a late morning boost. A few years ago, I invested in a Breville juicer from Bed, Bath & Beyond (I used the 20% off coupon) which has been a savior to me. (For more advanced juicers out there, definitely go for one with a wheat grass option). Because it is likely that I have an infection, I need to stay away from juices that have too much sugar. For example, on a normal day, I would add beets or carrots to a healthy juice, but lyme disease feeds on sugar, so I’ve personally been avoiding those two veggies.
Here is a typical green juice that makes me feel great, and helps curb the hunger:
- leafy greens/ kale
- one apple (I prefer granny smith, as it cuts the strong veggie flavor)
- 1/2 cucumber
- 5 or 6 pieces of celery
- tablespoon of parsley
- teaspoon size of ginger root
For new juicers out there, the most important ingredient to remember is the apple – I can’t stress enough how much more bearable it makes a juice for someone not used to drinking vegetables.
Today’s Health Update:
I am happy to announce that I am 4 full water-weight pounds lighter than I have been. For the record, it’s been 36 hours since I started on the raw diet. That evidence alone tells me that something is working. Also, I slept almost THROUGH THE NIGHT, which I haven’t done in months. I had NO radiating pains through my arms which I have been suffering with since January. Overall, today was a positive day.
I can’t stress enough how much I appreciate the support from my friends and family. I received emails, phone calls, and messages of love from many of you, and for that I am grateful. My dear friend, Claudia, linked her blog to mine in support of my mission. See her blog here: http://www.ccitarella.blogspot.com/
My journey also reconnected me with my old friend, Sarah, who has always been an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to talk to her on the phone and get her feedback – she is doing her own work and has a lot of advice for me at this time. I also received an email from my friend, Rachel, who stated that she was in awe of what we were doing. Overall, those are just a few examples of how lucky I am to have the support that I have. I wouldn’t be able to get through this without all of you.
- Breakfast: Raw oatmeal and a strong cup of green tea (Japanese)
- Snack: nuts and cranberries
- Lunch: delicious salad made by Rich with avocado, carrots, orange bell pepper, organic salsa, and lemon
- Snack: green juice (see above) and raw bar from Mrs. Green’s
- Dinner: Kelp with a nutty sauce (from the Raw Recipe Book)
My only setback today was that my feet were swollen at work. I knew this would happen and was prepared for it. Rich wrote me a message encouraging me that my work so far has been great and that it can only get better. While the swelling bothered me, I know that I’ve had so many visible improvements so far. Nowhere to go but up! My friends at work confirmed that the swelling in my face has entirely diminished – not a bad compliment at all.
Overall, an AWESOME day. I’m happier, and your support has been incredible.