Fibro Sunday, What Works For Me!

Hi there! Welcome back to my Sunday Fibro post! Today I am going to write about how I try to deal with the pain and what I try to do to survive the rough days.

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  1. One of the things that I have learned is not to fight a flare or the everyday pain. Sometimes I forget that important piece of advice and when I do, I seem to get knocked down!! So I just acknowledge that I have pain, trying to fight it takes too much energy. Trying to ignore it and hope it just goes away, is ridiculous. I try to stay relaxed and breathe, and basically just give myself a break.
  2. Try it, just take a few deep cleansing and relaxing breaths, and acknowledge the pain. If you can stay home and recover, do it. If you have a family to care for or must go to work, give yourself the time and patience to get through your day until you can rest. Slow down, and be gentle with your body.
  3. Another thing to remember is that stress can aggravate your pain. It is next to impossible to avoid stress in our busy lives but if you can learn to walk away from drama, or learn how to deal with difficult situations in your life by asking for help it can really help alleviate the stress.
  4. You know that saying “Not my monkeys, not my circus”? Keep that in mind! But if they are your monkeys, ask for help. Acknowledge that at this very moment you are having difficulty with the pain and need a little help.
  5. That being said, my next topic is to change my attitude. If I am not able to get the house cleaned or the laundry done like I had planned, I just try to realize that my body needs some rest and needs to recover before I try to do anything.
  6. Be prepared for bad days, take it easy and take care of YOU!
  7. Praying helps. If you pray and believe in a higher power, then pray. Be thankful for the good days you have, be thankful for the good days yet to come, and be thankful for your support system. If you don’t believe in prayer, then journal about your fibro journey. It will help you vent and you can also look back on the good days you’ve had and give thanks.
  8. Drink plenty of water, eat well, take a hot bath with Epsom salts, use a heating pad – just a few things to remember on days with pain. Cuddle up with a book and a pet, watch movies. Just breathe and relax and know that tomorrow is another day. I always remind myself there are others that have a much worse health condition. I might have pain that makes me curl up and cry but it could be soooo much worse!
  9. Exercise. It is so darn hard some days, heck even most days! I once went to the gym several times a week. I used the treadmill, weight machines, and some of the lighter free weights. But it became very difficult. Then I stopped. Even walking a few blocks was exhausting. But I am back to my yoga, meditation, trying to swim at least twice a week, and walking as often as I can. I don’t always want to but if all I can do is a few blocks on my walk, or a few yoga stretches and poses, I figure it’s better than doing nothing. Just be gentle with yourself and don’t push yourself beyond what you are capable of handling for the moment.

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These are just a few things that work for me. Hopefully, they will work for you. Feel free to post what works for you!

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Banana Bread with Walnut Crumb Topping

I was craving banana bread! And this time I wanted it to have a crumb topping, absolutely heaven!

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Nothing soothes my soul more than a delicious moist loaf of banana bread. Okay, well maybe the beach does that too, but I sort of mean my tummy soul!!

The craving probably started when I went to the grocery store, wandering around the produce section and found a display of really over ripe bananas! And bags of walnuts laying on the display too. Very clever marketing strategy! It was almost as though they purposely bought over ripe bananas and walnuts just for those that wanted banana bread!

Anyway, this recipe is for one loaf, which is more than enough for me. In fact, half of it will go in the freezer. But it will be hard to part with, if even for a few weeks.

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To a bowl I added all of the ingredients for the bread and blended on a medium speed until completely mixed and poured into a greased loaf pan. Easy!

Next I made the crumb topping, carefully place on top of the batter making sure it is completely covered with this delicious nutty and sugary mixture.

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As mentioned before, my oven…. I have a love hate relationship with the smaller over and I really need to learn to bake in the larger bottom oven, but when will I actually do this? The bottom and sides often are over done before the center is finished baking. *sigh

Here’s the recipe:

Banana Bread with Walnut Crumb Topping

For the bread

2 large eggs

1-3/4 cup of flour

½ cup sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup mashed banana

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add all of the ingredients except the mashed bananas. After the batter is mixed well, gently blend in the banana, do not over mix. Pour into a greased loaf pan.

For the crumb topping

½ cup of soft butter (1 stick)

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup flour

1 tsp cinnamon, optional

½-3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Place all of the ingredients except the walnuts into a bowl and cut with 2 knives or a pastry blender until it resembles crumbs, then add the walnuts and cut in until just blended through. Sprinkle on top of the batter making sure it is covered in the topping.

Bake for about 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.

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Roasted Tomato and Spinach Quiche

I eat egg whites every day. Two hardboiled egg whites to be exact. And it can get a little boring!

So I make an occasional quiche.   This roasted tomato and spinach quiche was delicious!

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This is easy to take a slice to work and reheat.  And it’s perfect for guests for the weekend.  I have also given this out to someone that was not able to cook after surgery.

First I coated one cup of grape tomatoes in olive oil, salt and pepper. Put them on my small stone baking pan and roasted them at 325 degrees until they were done, which means they almost looked charred.

While the tomatoes were roasting, I sautéed the spinach. First I removed the stems, I don’t like them!   After removing the stems, I tore it up a little, tossed them in a pan with olive oil and salt and pepper and sautéed just a few minutes until wilted.

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When the tomatoes were done, I pre-baked a 9 inch pie shell until it was almost golden but not done, it will finish baking with the eggs.

I poured six eggs in a bowl and whisked to break them up, I added about ¾ cup of half and half but you can use light cream if you want, or just milk. Add salt and pepper and whisk. Put in the tomatoes and spinach and combine. Pour into the pie shell, dot with chunks of goat cheese.

Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes or until set.

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Stay tuned for more quiche recipes coming, I have a few more ideas and cannot wait to try them!

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Fibro Sunday

I have decided to… well, rather TRY something different here on my blog. I want to devote Sunday to writing about Fibromyalgia.

Sometimes, especially when I am in a flare, I need to vent. And I feel as though I may possibly be pushing my luck by complaining to family and friends.

And I figure there might be a few of you out there that are feeling the same way.

So here goes!

I was diagnosed with fibro about 5 years ago. I used to go to the gym about 4 times a week but suddenly I was finding it difficult to do any of the weight machines. And I couldn’t do the time, speed or incline on the treadmill. And I was exhausted.

I decided to give myself a break, thinking that some depression over my parent’s death was creeping into my life since I never really had the chance to grieve. Instead I had to deal with the estate.

But then the pain started. And I blamed menopause.

The pain got worse and I was convinced I had cancer. So I went to my doctor. And as I sat there and told him everything, he walked over to me, put his hand on my shoulder and just simply told me that he was sure it was fibromyalgia. He sent me to a Rheumatologist. She did a lot of tests and confirmed the diagnosis.

I was in tears.   I was always healthy and active, how the hell did this happen!!!

Then I realized I was lucky. I didn’t have it as bad as some people and I didn’t have cancer. So I moved on.

I went to physical therapy which helped get some movement back. And even though I already made sure I was eating healthy and not eating processed foods, I cracked down a little harder to make sure I was doing all that I could.

And I read. A lot! I have read so many articles on fibro, and I have tried different vitamins, different diets, and massage. Nothing has made a difference. A few times I felt that maybe something was working and I was feeling better and then BAM! I am in a flare!

That just happened too! I started taking a magnesium supplement and after several months, I noticed I was almost pain free for about 2 months. Then the pain was back and with a vengeance!!

I have also found that I have the most pain at work. In fact, sometimes I sit at my desk in so much pain that I begin to cry waiting for the pain pill to kick in. So far, I have been lucky enough that no one has walked in my office during that time!!! I also use a heating pad at my desk. It really helps, anywhere I have pain I just put the pad. The back of chair for my back, wrapped around my hip for hip pain, under my thigh for leg pain. Hey it works!!!

I have pain at home too, but its just not usually as bad.  Usually.  When I am home and have pain I can rest and recover.  At work I cannot.  Plus, I think sitting in a chair just aggravates the pain.

I do get up and stretch and move around but it is just not the same as being at home!

So, stay tuned for next Sunday and I will pick it back up with some things I have come to accept and how I deal with it all!

Live and love well!

 

 

Raspberry Mocha

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! A luscious treat for your love to start the day!

Chocolate, Raspberry and Coffee, OH MY!

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While your coffee is brewing, make your chocolate and raspberry milk- One cup of milk, 3 tablespoons each of chocolate syrup and raspberry syrup. Swirl extra chocolate syrup and raspberry syrup in the cup and pour in the milk mixture. Add 1-1/2 cup coffee to the milk mixture.

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You can reheat in the microwave if you want to serve it hot, or let the coffee cool before adding to the milk mixture if you want it cold. Either way, it’s absolutely delicious!

Top with whipped cream and another drizzle of the syrups, add a cute straw and serve.

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Raspberry Mocha

1-1/2 cups coffee

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons chocolate syrup, plus more to swirl in cup or glass

3 tablespoons raspberry syrup, plus more to swirl in cup or glass

Whipped cream for topping

Enjoy! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Roasted Vegetable and Bean Enchiladas

Well!   I was not expecting this to turn out as delicious as it did!

And I will definitely be making these more often. I am trying to eat more veggies….. (please don’t judge me!)

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I had some left over roasted veggies (peppers, broccoli and zucchini squash), cheese and sour cream in the fridge that I wanted to use up before it spoiled. I had a package of corn tortillas too. And then I remembered the can of enchilada sauce in my pantry.

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So, I only had enough veggies to make 3, it was probably about 1-1/4 cup of veggies. I spread about 2-3 tablespoons of refried beans on each shell, divided the veggies to each shell. Poured some sauce in a small baking dish and rolled each shell, placing the seam side down into the baking dish. I poured the rest of the sauce over the enchiladas, dotted with some queso fresco cheese and shredded cheese on top and baked them for about 30 minutes and the sauce was bubbly.

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Oh and I forgot to mention that the can of sauce said Medium heat. They lied! Wow did they lie!!

I topped them with a little sour cream, and seriously inhaled them!!

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You could very easily adapt this to whatever you have on had, and vary the amounts depending on how many mouths you have to feed, or how hungry you are.  Just be careful of the very spicy and hot sauce!

Roasted Vegetable and Bean Enchiladas

3 corn tortilla shells

1-1/4 cup chopped vegetable, roasted

6 T of any beans of your choice, I used refried beans

1 can of enchilada sauce

Queso Fresco cheese, ¾ cup cut in chunks

About 1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Pour a little sauce into your baking dish, just enough to coat the bottom. Spread 1-2 T of bean down the middle of each shell. On top of the beans, divide the veggies. Roll each tortilla and place seam side down into the sauce in the baking dish. Once all the shells are in the baking dish pour the remaining sauce over them, dot with the queso fresco and shredded cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes and the sauce is bubbly.

Live well and be happy!

Hey! How are ya doin?

So how many of you are sticking to your resolutions or goals for the New Year? January is all about starting fresh right!

I haven’t been quite as dedicated to swimming as I hoped, sometimes my schedule gets a little crazy but I am doing the best I can and don’t beat myself over it!

I have been trying to organize my craft room, again. Last January I reorganized it and now, here I am again! This time I have a sewing machine to fit into the room. Still working on that space!

I just reviewed a list of recipes that I want to start working on, the baked goods I will have to definitely share because I need to stick to my diet and shed a few pounds, okay a lot of pounds!

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