Tired in Tex Mex

Hello friends. So, I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks. I have been feeling like death so haven’t felt much like doing anything so ya’ll will have to forgive me. Yeah I was under quite a bit of stress, good and bad but mostly good, and trying to plan this surgery was a little much for me.



Plus, I got a air fryer which I was super excited about and I went a little crazy trying to make my own sweet potato chips, which didn’t go over too well because my body isn’t used to that much starch and sugar and that didn’t help things. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to the sweet potato’s later. Lol.


So I went to my consultation with the Huggins dentist here in my home city and, including travel expenses and because I don’t have multiple root canals and amalgam filings, it actually turned out to be about the same price to do it here which is pretty nuts. I’m so glad I don’t have to go to Tijuana!!!!! I was pretty nervous about that. So with the cone CT scan it showed that yes I have 3 cavitation’s, need an extraction of 1 broken wisdom tooth, and a new crown.Other than a little pain anxiety, I’m super excited! I worked into my budget the cost of needed vitamins so I just dropped a crap ton of money on amazon for some good vitamins and will be booking some lymphatic drainage massages soon. I never really understood the idea of a lymphatic drainage themed massage because all massages stimulate the lymphatic system, but as a retired massage therapist who is trained in lymphatic drainage, yes there is much more focus on the lymphatic system than focusing on painful muscles, trigger point release, or relaxation. It’s done with long, firm, repetitive strokes towards the lymph glands instead of massaging and kneading the muscles and connective tissue. Yeah apparently if my body isn’t detoxing well and meridians are blocked when I have the surgery then there is a chance that the cavitation’s may not heal correctly so I need to support my body the best that I can. I saw my doctor yesterday and she thinks the surgery is going to help me a lot which is pretty cool. She said, “Who knows how you’re going to feel after the surgery?! I seriously bet this is going to help you….you know, they(dentist) usually find alot of really nasty bacteria in there(cavitations).” So that felt good that a knowledgeable medical professional that is familiar with my conditions has personally seen people like me have this procedure, from the dentist I’m seeing no less, and has seen patients come out on top!

Just saw this on pinterest…it would be funny if it weren’t half way true in my case. Lol. Only two more weeks!

This past weekend my boyfriend and I went to visit some of my family and we ate at this Mexican restaurant we love and there were little bits of cheese on my plate. I don’t want to cause issues for others so I didn’t say anything and tried my best to pick out the cheese. I say this all the time but I can’t do that anymore because I started getting super dizzy at the table and felt like death the next couple of days. My health and well being is important enough to speak up! Who cares if a server or cook rolls their eyes, which they may not, it doesn’t matter! So after I was “poisoned” by cheese in my food and spent the two following days in bed, I finally broke down and started taking my LDN again. I wanted to wait until I was off of my tramadol because LDN reduces the effectiveness of opiates because it works off of opiate receptors, but I figured just start now and screw whatever happens, let my doctors know that I might need some help with it in the future but I need to get back on the LDN ASAP. The LDN not only helps with my inflammation and energy but it makes a huge difference with my histamine and food intolerance issues so I just couldn’t wait anymore. I’m hoping that once I get the issues with my mouth taken care of that maybe my bladder will get better and I wont need the tramadol, so hopefully the pain meds won’t be an issue with counteracting the LDN because I won’t need them! That would be nothing short of a miracle! Interstitial Cystitis is no joke. It’s like having a UTI….that never goes away. Just try to wrap your head around that for a second. Every night waking up multiple times a night, pain after intimacy, constant trips to the bathroom etc. When you have a bladder infection it sucks but it’s not that big of a deal because you know that with some antibiotics and cranberry juice that you will be back to your old self in a week. But with IC, no such luck. You wake up every day knowing what your future holds whether you want it or not. I’ve read several articles stating that IC is widely known by the medical community as one of the most painful chronic conditions a person can have.It’s like Chinese water torcher. the pain is consistent and leaves you helpless and tired. It’s pretty horrible. Anyway, I’m really hoping mine will get better! Healing the gut helps tremendously along with a low histamine diet and a low acidic food intake. If my IC doesn’t get better and I can’t take tramadol anymore due to the LDN, I’ll see if my doctor can increase the gabapentin. I don’t want to take gabapentin, more or less increase it but it’s the lesser of two evils considering the highly addictive nature of opiates. I pretty much cold turkied it off of my prescribed dose of clonazepam a few years ago(doctors weaned me off in 5 days. HA! What a joke) so I think I can handle the gabapentin, sadly. I avoid benzos and non-benzos like the plague! Gabapentin is not a benzo or non-benzo but it works in a very similar manner by working on the neurotransmitter GABA and it’s receptors therefore numbing the synapses. Benzos literally shorten your synapses in your brain making it difficult for the nerves in your brain to talk to each other. Imagine the nerves in your brain are telephone lines that connect all of your nerves in your brain and they are all talking to each other to keep your brain working on peak capacity. When you take benzos, all the lines have been cut. When someone withdrawals from benzodiazepines, the withdrawal you experience is LITERALLY your synapses growing back. It’s like a 6 month acid trip that doesn’t stop with seizures and headaches and severe mood swings. Fun times. Anyway, sorry for the sidetracked rant there, lol. Gabapentin helps people withdrawal off of opiates, and benzos FYI, and is safer, however because it’s hard to stop taking gabapentin as well, it’s best to seek out other options if you can. But some meds do make life much more tolerable. It will ALWAYS be a goal for me to not take meds at all but until then I have to make life livable right? But as of right now, the LDN is NOT effecting the tramadol so I’ve been able to sleep throught the night! I’m on day 4 and I feel incredible!!!! Now the past two days however were pretty flipping horrible but today is amazing! I’m super grateful!

For more info on LDN, click here. Facebook is a fabulous resource! There are groups for everything, including LDN!


What I’m Eating This Week

Ok so I mentioned the air fryer earlier. I actually just ate a left over chicken drumstick from the Paleo Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings I made the other day. It was delicious.  That’s about the only thing I’ve found useful about the air fryer as of yet. Lol. I tried a few different recipes and ideas for sweet potato chips, because the ones from the store are so dammed expensive and are almost always fried in canola oil or some other junk I’m not supposed to eat, so why not make my own?! Well…a $5 bag of chips vs hours in the kitchen over failed attempts at making sweet potato chips…you be the judge. Lol. The chips were cooking at different speeds no matter how full or loosely I packed the fryer, no matter how slowly or quickly I cooked them, I was having to keep checking them to pull out individually done chips out before they burned while other ones were still cooking etc. Epic pain in the ars! The best method I found actually was just throwing them on an aluminum bake pan with a sheet of parchment paper with some salt and coconut oil! The only thing with that method however was to just make sure they are all the same width. I have a mandolin that I used which got the job done. The sweet potato chips made a really nice snack with some fresh guacamole!

Click here for the chip recipe!

With that left over guacamole I made some more chicken fajita stuff so I could make a salad. It’s the exact same thing from Chipotle except it taste better because there’s no giant nasty chunks of gristle in my chicken, my guacamole recipe is better, and my salad is significantly cheaper! Last week I made a Grape Chicken Salad from my favorite paleo cookbook “Paleo Comfort Foods” with a few modifications. I’m allergic to walnuts and pecans so I use slivered almonds instead and I add about a quarter cup of fresh tarragon. It’s soooooo good!

I also made some more Paleo Sweet Cream and bought some more berries so that’s been amazing as usual!

Ya’ll will have to forgive me because I know that this weeks recipes are a little more labor intensive than usual but I was craving this so I bit the bullet and made it. To save time, you can make larger portions of the salad ingredients that way you can make more than just one or two servings and it’s easy to throw together during the week.


Texas Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 4 small Avocados
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/2  Lime
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Pico De Gallo

Instructions

  1. Cut avocados in half and remove the seed and use a spoon to scoop the meat of the fruit into a bowl.
  2. Squeeze one whole fresh lemon with a citrus press and add juice, without the seeds, to avacado. Repeat with a small lime wedge and hold the rest of the lime until later to add to the finished product if desired.
  3. Mash avocado and citrus juice with a potato masher until mostly smooth.
  4. Add spices and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Add pico de gallo and gently stir until mixed.

I have won contests with this guac so trust me, it’s amazing! I got the recipe from my mom but when I moved to South Texas I started adding lime and Pico De Gallo instead of just lemon and tomatoes by themselves. It’s delicious!


Spicy Pico De Gallo

Ingredients

  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped Yellow Onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped, fresh Cilantro
  • 1/2 fresh, de-seeded, finely chopped Jalapeno
  • 1 tsp finely  chopped Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together, stir, and enjoy.

Tips

  • To de-seed the jalapeno, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT use your fingers or finger nail to remove the seeds!!!! I learned this the hard way. Or I should say, “the eternal burn” way. Use a spoon and hold it towards the sink or garbage can AWAY from your face and your eyes. Or very carefully cut the seeds out with a knife.
  • I never measure the ingredients so I guesstimated this recipe for you but I’ve been making this for years so I’m sure it should be pretty darn close. I just go by how it looks and tastes. You want a very balanced flavor which is why I like to cut the garlic and especially the jalapeno very fine so the heat and the spice is evenly distributed instead of chomping away at your paleo tacos and oh suprise, random giant chunk of jalapeno. There needs to be a smooth, even heat with every bite!
  • It’s important to have more tomato than onion too. Often times people will put too much onion and not enough tomato, a lot of times restaurants do this because onions are cheaper. Don’t do this.

Paleo Chicken Fajita Salad

Ingredients

  • Romain Lettuce
  • Fresh Pico De Gallo
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • 4 Chicken Breast
  • Fajita seasoning
  • 1/3 Cup Exta Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
  • Chalula Hot Sauce
  • Salsa Verde (Tomatillo Salsa)
  • Chipotle-Honey Vinegarette (use Light Olive Oil instead of Vegetable Oil for Paleo version)
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice chicken breasts into twoinch strips and add place in large bowl.
  2. In large bowl mix Olive Oil, fajita seasoning, garlic salt, chili powder, onion powder, and Chalula in a small bowl and stir together well.
  3. Pour marinade over chicken and stir together to make sure all the chicken is covered. Cover bowl and place into the fridge.
  4. While chicken is marinating, slice onions into one to two inch strips and set aside.
  5. Slice bell peppers into one to two inch strips and set aside.
  6. Heat 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Wait until oil is hot (it will sizzle with a drop of water or look super thin in the pan) and add sliced onion. Cook until onions are pliable and translucent and slightly brown.
  7. Remove onions and set aside.
  8. Add 1 Tbsp Olive Oil to the saute pan again. Wait until hot and add the bell peppers. Cook until soft and slightly pliable with golden spots. Remove from heat.
  9. In the same pan or cast iron skillet add a Tbsp of oil, heat oil, and add marinated chicken and sauce to pan. If not all the chicken fits it’s ok to cook one pan at a time.
  10. When chicken is cooked and golden brown, set aside and let cool slightly.
  11. Tear rinced lettuce by hand into your favorite bowl and top with chicken, grilled onions & peppers, fresh guacamole, fresh pico de gallo, green salsa, and Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette and enjoy!

Tips

  • This recipe is great for a family of mixed eaters. Your family can add shredded cheese, corn, beans, and rice if they want to while you enjoy your paleo meal.
  • I like to use a cast iron skillet to cook my chicken because cast iron is healthier because there’s no toxic chemicals from the pan leaching into your food, it’s an easy way to add iron to your diet, and I love the way the chicken browns in an iron skillet!
  • If you have candida issues or blood sugar issues then you can completely omit the honey in the vinegarette or significantly reduce it if you like and the dressing is still amazing!


Thanks for reading guys! And don’t forget to stop by my Facebook page! Have a great weekend!

Sadly, this proved true for me this week. LET. IT. GO! Lol. This next week I’ll focus on acceptance and forgiveness instead and hopefully I will feel better than I did this past week. Love, Light, & Blessings. 💗

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