Detox Water


I make delicious water! Nom, nom!

Easy peasy

Lemon, lime, cucumber, ice & water.

Cut the slices thin. Mix all together. I personally like mine super cold & to let it sit in the fridge over night.


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Things People With Chronic Diseases Want Healthy People to Understand


Great article!

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What is an autoimmune disease?


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What the heck is an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease affects up to 50 million Americans, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy cells. Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue. It can also cause abnormal organ growth and changes in organ function.

There are as many as 80 types of autoimmune diseases. Many of them have similar symptoms, which makes them very difficult to diagnose. It’s also possible to have more than one at the same time. Autoimmune diseases usually fluctuate between periods of remission (little or no symptoms) and flare-ups (worsening symptoms). Currently, treatment for autoimmune diseases focuses on relieving symptoms because there is no curative therapy.

Autoimmune diseases often run in families, and 75 percent of those affected are women, according to AARDA, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans also have an increased risk of developing an autoimmune disease.

What are some of the most common autoimmune diseases?

The following are some of the more common autoimmune diseases:

  • rheumatoid arthritis: inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues
  • systemic lupus erythematosus: affects skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs
  • celiac sprue disease: a reaction to gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley) that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine
  • pernicious anemia: decrease in red blood cells caused by inability to absorb vitamin B-12
  • vitiligo: white patches on the skin caused by loss of pigment
  • scleroderma: a connective tissue disease that causes changes in skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs
  • psoriasis: a skin condition that causes redness and irritation as well as thick, flaky, silver-white patches
  • inflammatory bowel diseases: a group of inflammatory diseases of the colon and small intestine
  • Hashimoto’s disease: inflammation of the thyroid gland
  • Addison’s disease: adrenal hormone insufficiency
  • Graves’ disease: overactive thyroid gland
  • reactive arthritis: inflammation of joints, urethra, and eyes; may cause sores on the skin and mucus membranes
  • Sjögren’s syndrome: destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva causing dry eyes and mouth; may affect kidneys and lungs
  • type 1 diabetes: destruction of insulin producing cells in the pancreas


What causes the immune system to attack healthy cells?

The cause of autoimmune disease is unknown. There are many theories about what triggers autoimmune diseases, including:

  • bacteria or virus
  • drugs
  • chemical irritants
  • environmental irritants

Also, you may be more susceptible to developing an autoimmune disease if you have a family member with one.

What are the symptoms of an autoimmune disease?

Because there are so many different types of autoimmune disease, the symptoms vary. However, common symptoms are fatigue, fever, and general malaise (feeling ill). Symptoms worsen during flare-ups and lessen during remission.

Autoimmune diseases affect many parts of the body. The most common organs and tissue affected are:

  • joints
  • muscles
  • skin
  • red blood cells
  • blood vessels
  • connective tissue
  • endocrine glands

How are autoimmune diseases diagnosed?

Ordinarily, your immune system produces antibodies (proteins that recognize and destroy specific substances) against harmful invaders in your body. These invaders include:

  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • parasites
  • fungi

When you have an autoimmune disease, your body produces antibodies against some of your own tissues. Diagnosing an autoimmune disease involves identifying the antibodies your body is producing.

The following tests are used to diagnose an autoimmune disease:

  • autoantibody tests: any of several tests that look for specific antibodies to your own tissues
  • antinuclear antibody tests: a type of autoantibody test that looks for antinuclear antibodies, which attack the nuclei of cells in your body
  • complete blood count: measures the numbers of red and white cells in your blood; when your immune system is actively fighting something, these numbers will vary from the normal
  • C-reactive protein (CRP): elevated CRP is an indication of inflammation throughout your body
  • erythrocyte sedimentation rate: this test indirectly measures how much inflammation is in your body

How are autoimmune diseases treated?

Autoimmune diseases are chronic conditions with no cure. Treatment involves attempts to control the process of the disease and to decrease the symptoms, especially during flare-ups. The following is a list of things you can do to alleviate the symptoms of an autoimmune disease:

  • eat a balanced and healthy diet
  • exercise regularly
  • get plenty of rest
  • take vitamin supplements
  • decrease stress
  • limit sun exposure

The following alternative therapies have provided relief for some people:

  • herbs
  • chiropractic therapy
  • acupuncture
  • hypnosis



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Vegan Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo




12 ounces eggless fettuccine
2 cups unsweetened soy or almond milk
4 ounces soy cream cheese
3 tablespoons blanched sliced almonds
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped

Bring a large pot of water to a boil & cook the fettuccine according to package directions. Strain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Add the soy milk, soy cream cheese, almonds, nutritional yeast, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper to a blender & process until smooth.

Heat the oil & garlic in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until the garlic just starts to sizzle & softens, about 1 minute. Add the soy milk mixture & 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, bring to a simmer & cook until thick & creamy, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the fettuccini & parsley and toss to combine. Thin out with a little more pasta water if needed.

Divide the pasta among four bowls & sprinkle each with some nutritional yeast and a few grinds of pepper.

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1 poblano pepper, seeds removed & thinly sliced
2 bell peppers, seeds removed & thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeds removed & thinly sliced
1 yellow or white onion, cut into thin rounds
2 large or 4 baby portobello mushrooms, stems removed, wiped clean & thinly sliced
2 ripe avocados
Juice of 1/2 lime
Sea salt, cumin & garlic powder
1 tsp A1 steak sauce (for mushrooms, optional)
6 small flour or corn tortillas
Optional: fresh red onion, hot sauce, cilantro, salsa


1. Heat a large skillet & a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add a dash of olive or coconut oil to the large skillet, then the onion & peppers. Season generously with salt, cumin & garlic powder.

2. Cook until softened & slightly caramelized, stirring often. Set aside & cover to keep warm.

3. At the same time, add a dash of oil to the medium pan, then add the mushrooms. Season with a bit of salt & once softened & brown (see photo), add a dash of A1 (vegan-friendly) for more flavor (optional). Remove from heat, set aside & cover.

4. Prepare guacamole by adding two avocados to a bowl then adding the juice of half a lime & a generous pinch of salt. Fresh cilantro & onion is optional.

5. Warm tortillas in the microwave or oven & you’re ready to go. Serve tortillas with peppers & onions, mushrooms, guacamole & any other toppings you desire such as salsa, hot sauce, & cheese or sour cream (for non-vegan).

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Massachusetts-Day Four


Oh my wow! We went full on.
We got up super early, got breakfast, headed back to the room to get myself straight after eating & then made or way to Salem.

First challenge, parking. Ai, yi, yi! After finding a place, we headed to the mall area for some much needed H2O. Then it was off to the Witch Trials Museum. Pretty interesting! After that, we headed to the Witch Dungeon Museum. This place was so incredibly educational & scared the junk out of me! I’m super afraid of mannequins. We learned how the accused witches were treated, what they experienced, the sizes of the cells in the dungeon, what happened to the prisoners that were finally freed…wow, wow, wow. I think the Dungeon Museum was both hubs & my favorite museum we visited.

The last place we went to was, The Witch House. This museum was also pretty interesting. I leaned a LOT by the ways of medicinal practices & let me just say, thank you Lord for making me wait to experience life until 1986! WOW-ZAS!

The fact that it was chilly & rainy made for a difficult day & we didn’t get to walk around & experience too much of Salem itself. Definite bummer. I’m a closeted architecture lover & I was living the buildings! Being in an old historic town like Salem made me think of Fredericksburg (where I grew up) in a good way. I LOVE older buildings.

We grabbed pizza on the way back to the hotel & chilled out. We woke up early & peaced of MA quick! No offense, but I’m thinking Massachusetts was a one & done.

I enjoyed the visit. It was educational & fun  but man-oh-man body is displeased right now & I NEVER thought I’d miss Virginia like I did!

We bounced out bright & early Friday morning to head home. I’m so happy to see my babies & to use my own toilet! Home sweet home baby!

P.S. I weighed myself before we left & worked myself when I got home & I lost ONE pound!


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Sharing My Life


Again, I’m asked why I share so much of my personal life & how I find the guts to do it.

Why? Because there are so many people who believe they’re alone in a struggle or in multiple struggles. I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. I had nothing & no one to talk to, to listen to, to share advice with me about their journey, & much more.

I’ve been through so much & all of the things I’ve learned, seen, done…I can share that with others who don’t know. I can share that with others who are just starting to go through similar situations or those who are feeling they can finally open up & talk. I can share with those who are genuinely interested in learning like I was & still am.

Before I was sexually assaulted, I didn’t understand. Before I was in a domestically violent relationship, I had no idea. Before I got sick, I never knew what any of this madness was.

Now…I have all of this knowledge & if I can help someone else by sharing my experiences…why wouldn’t or shouldn’t I?

How do I find the guts to share? I’m a warrior. I’m a servant of God. I truly feel like me sharing my life with others is what I’m suppose to do. I’m following the path He has put before me.
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