Clean Eating: Blueberry Lavender Smoothie

A healthy outside starts from the inside.

I haven’t done one of these posts for awhile, but since yesterday was the first day of summer, #TheLongestDay #NationalSmoothieDay and #InternationalDayofYoga I thought I would add this recipe. Many of my favorite things rolled into one day. (Note: I did not include National Selfie Day, as that is not one of my favorites!😂)

Smoothies are my go-to breakfast and sometimes lunch. I even make them when I am traveling, although not quite this colorful.

You can find my other favorite recipes here. But here’s the blue that makes you feel good…and tastes good too! 💙💜💙💜

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Winter Round-Up

Spring is here, but there is still some winter in the air!

Technically it is spring, although with the cold front that arrived in Texas yesterday, it doesn’t feel like it. (We even had a fire last night.) But as it has been lately, I am a day late and a dollar short…. I just chalk it up to my crazy life these days.

In the months since posting my Fall Round-Up, a lot has changed for me. My mother had a stroke and my father entered hospice care, so there’s new stressors and changes going on with my family. I have been making monthly trips to Portland to help care for them. In between trips, I celebrated my 26th wedding anniversary by getting seven epidural steroid injections in my back for three bulging discs. (Ouch!) All the while dealing with family, fibromyalgia, a full-time job, and trying to keep up this blog. I do the best I can and I don’t beat myself up for what I can’t do.

Grace, not perfection. ~ Emily Ley

The holidays are long over and I am looking ahead to warmer days, spring flowers, and sunshine. But there is definitely still some winter in the air! In case you missed something, here is a round-up of my posts for the past few months – some on Fibromyalgia and others to inspire you to live your best life!

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Diagnosing Chronic Pain

“Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together.”

Here are some ugly truths: Women and men experience pain differently. Doctors are less likely to treat women’s pain. Health issues that disproportionately affect women are not studied as much as those affecting men. It can take women multiple visits and sometimes years to diagnose their medical issues and chronic illnesses. And when painful conditions like Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia don’t have a simple test for diagnosing, those visits and months and years can prove both emotionally and physically draining when you’re already in pain and still having to fight for a diagnosis.

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The Many Forms of Pain

Pain takes all forms, affects all people, and does not discriminate.

I started writing this post long before Lena Dunham announced she wanted to be the “face of fibromyalgia.” Knowing little about her other than what I read in this article, I don’t really have a connection to her and don’t view her as my advocate. There are many other faces of fibromyalgia and forms of pain that deserve attention as well.

Pain takes all forms, affects all people, and does not discriminate between male or female, young or old, rich or poor, famous or not-so-famous. It can affect anyone. And everyone.

These days I feel people associate pain or chronic pain with the “opioid epidemic” we hear so much about in our daily news. It has reached such a pinnacle that Michael Bloomberg announced a $50 million donation to help fight it. But let’s not stereotype all of those suffering in pain with a drug problem that is gripping the nation. Continue reading “The Many Forms of Pain”

World Hello Day

Asking people how they are just might make the difference in their day.

I wanted to post this earlier today, but as has been the case with me lately, life just got in the way today. But even though today has been designated as “World Hello Day,” it’s a concept that we should embrace daily.

Say hello to friends and strangers. Check on an elderly neighbor that lives alone. Smile at the lady checking you out at the grocery store. Take a minute to see how someone else is doing. Showing compassion and empathy will make our world a better place. Continue reading “World Hello Day”

Fall Round-Up

The crisp fall air is here and we are facing our first frost here in Texas with possible snow flurries. It’s “pumpkin-everything” season still, yet I asked my boys to get the tree and Christmas decorations down from the attic this weekend. I have the house decorated for fall and Thanksgiving, but am thinking ahead and planning my schedule for when the boys are gone hunting Thanksgiving week.img_6206

For something different, I wanted to do a “round-up” of some of my posts these past few months, in case you missed something. Enjoy! Continue reading “Fall Round-Up”

What Really Causes Fibromyalgia?

“Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together.”

That question is like the proverbial, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” because there is not yet a definitive answer as to the cause of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). And without knowing the root cause, you cannot solve the problem; you are merely treating the symptoms.

What They Know

Doctors can agree on how to diagnose it, what the symptoms are, and a variety of treatments. But not every patient responds the same to treatment. And the cause of fibromyalgia still eludes the medical community.

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