Life on Disulfiram: Food & Products to Avoid

This is a list of all the foods you should not eat while using Disulfiram and for two weeks following. I am going to break them down into separate categories with foods that cause Disulfiram interactions, foods that are high in copper, the high polyphenol foods and supplements that people have experienced issues with, and finish with the ingredients in cleaning and beauty products that you need to avoid.

I think it is important to mention that some people don't change their diet aside from alcohol and they seem to do okay. Every body is different and we all have a unique journey we are on so if you want to continue your normal routine and just eliminate foods as they bother you, that is one approach to take. I already felt like poo when I started this medication and just didn't want to risk anything making me feel even worse so I decided to make the whole lifestyle change.

When I first encountered all these food restrictions I was feeling pretty nervous. I was under the impression...

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Types of Stretching

 
 
Most text books will tell you there are two types of stretching, just passive and active but I am going to give you four types.

 

Active stretching is using dynamic movements to allow the body to warm-up and open up. The sun salutations in yoga could be a form of active stretching. Generally you should do active stretching to prepare the body for activities such as running, sports, or working out using movements that mimic the activity.

 

Passive stretching is holding a stretch for a set period of time. Most books I have read tell you that you can hold a stretch from 10-60 seconds. I have found it takes most people at least a full minute for the body to actually relax into a stretch and make progress. It is my belief that if you are holding a stretch and don't feel a release then you are only maintaining your current level of flexibility. You need to feel the release and then stretch a little further as your body allows to actually improve your...

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A Healthy Treat! Bliss Balls

Eating healthy does not mean you have to deprive yourself of sweets and treats! Nature has given us the best candy ever: fruit! There are so many amazing raw food dessert recipes to try, but this is one of my favorites purely because of it's simplicity.
 
I am making this recipe as easy as 1, 2, 3.
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

  • 2 cups of dates

  • 3 tablespoons of cacao powder

Place all ingredients in the food processor until well combined. Then take a spoonful at a time and roll it into little balls. If this seems tedious, you could roll it all out to about a 1/2 inch thick slab and slice it into square bars instead. After you are done rolling the balls, you can roll them in more cocoa powder or coconut flakes if you want.

You will see in my pictures that I used peanuts today! That is the other beautiful part of this recipe - it is soooo easy to change it up with different flavors. You can add nuts, nut butter, coconut, natural...

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Disulfiram for Lyme

When my doctor came back from the Lyme Conference and told me this medication was helping Lyme but most importantly Babesiosis, I felt like I had hope for the first time since I was diagnosed a year ago!

Most of the babesia research I have done shows that it is an incurable and deadly disease so there are moments where the struggle seems futile. Then chronic Lyme can also become extremely damaging and debilitating over time. I have read quite a few studies that have determined Alzheimer's is actually late stage Lyme. My future has been a bit scary to think about in regards to my health and aging.

He told me like most things in the Lyme world that the medication would make me feel worse before I feel better, but for a potential cure I was willing to sacrifice! Although I felt like I was finally managing the illness better, this definitely isn't the life I want to live. I felt fully confident I should take the risk and try it out.

 
 

Disulfiram, also known...

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Chia Seed Pudding!

I think chia pudding is either love or hate for most people. The texture and the consistency must be what throws people off because the flavors can be amazing! If the texture does bother you at all, I recommend making it in the blender instead of stirring it.
 
Chia seeds are a potent source of nutrition. They are high in fiber, protein, and calcium while also being a great source of B vitamins, iron, phosphorous, zinc, and magnesium. Just 2 tbsp of chia seeds have the same amount of heart-healthy Omega 3's as four ounces of salmon.

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that we need in our bodies. Each day our body provides us with a wide array of subtle symptoms to tell us what it needs. These are the symptoms of an essential fatty acid deficiency:

  • Excessive thirst

  • Frequent urination

  • Rough, dry or scaly skin

  • Dry, dull or ‘lifeless’ hair

  • Dandruff

  • Soft or brittle nails

  • Cracking/peeling behind the ears

  • Raised bumps on the skin are particularly...

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In Sickness & In Health

When I was first hospitalized for Guillain Barre Syndrome I received immunoglobulin treatment for five days. At this point in time the paralyzation was mostly from the waist down and although I couldn't feel my arms, I could still move them. On the third treatment the entire right side of my body lost all feeling and movement from my head to my toes.
 
I had been in the hospital alone for six days and it was the first tear I shed. It was such a massively uncomfortable feeling that it really scared me and I was worried I was having a stroke. They rushed my doctor down and he felt it was unrelated but I asked him to stop the treatment. The doctor honored my request to pause the treatment and within the next hour I could move the right side of my face again and the intense loss of feeling had dissipated.
 
They started the treatment at a much slower rate and it didn't happen again. This was my first official hemiplegic migraine and I have had them ever...
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Raw Vegan Salted Caramel "Cheesecake" Bites

This got the carnivore's vote of approval so I think it is safe to share!! This is another delicious, vegan raw food dessert. It has a few different steps but they are simple, everything is done in the blender or food processor, and there is no actual cooking required. I felt like I was in the kitchen for about 30-minutes and then the rest of the work is done in the freezer. I hate when people ramble on in a recipe so let's get to it!
 

This is a 2-day process purely because you do need to soak cashews for 8 hours so make sure you do that the night before you want to make this. If you want to cheat - pour super hot water on them and let them soak for 15 minutes.

These are very rich so one square is pretty satisfying and two is complete indulgence. This sweet treat lasts in the freezer for about 3 weeks so once you make it, you should be able to indulge for awhile!

INGREDIENTS

Crust:

  • 1 cup pitted dates

  • 1 ½ cup almonds

  • ¼ tsp salt

Cheesecake:

  • 1...

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Your Morning Coffee Routine

I am someone who is always seeking out nutrient dense meal options. I like to get the maximum health benefits I can from everything I put into my body...including coffee.

I am going to share my coffee choices with you in hopes you may learn a thing or two!

First off, the most important choice you make about your coffee is the brand you buy it from. I realize if you have always drank the same kind of coffee and don't seem to have any issues from it, then you may not see the issue but give me an opportunity to explain.

Coffee can commonly contain a mold called Ochratoxin. Ochratoxin is a class of several different chemicals known as mycotoxins. Unlike other fungal toxins, mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by mold, and we unknowingly ingest them in food. I have been living an organic lifestyle for about a decade and was shocked last year to find out I have four mycotoxins that have built up in my system and are wreaking havoc. Removing them is not an easy...

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DIY Fitness Assessment

fitness tips Nov 04, 2019

I am a big fan of assessments. I think it provides a lot of information that you can then use to put together a plan to help reach your goals. The assessment will shine a light on your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you hold the wall sit effortlessly for 2 full minutes but can only do 8 push ups, then you need to begin to focus more on your upper body workouts and less on the lower body ones. If your strength and endurance is pretty decent overall but your balance, mobility, and flexibility are all a challenge then you need to focus more on the movement patterns and stretching sessions. You may not need to cut back on the workouts but instead start integrating balance and flexibility into the exercises.

 

The name of the 10 assessments are listed below along with what it is assessing. You can do them along with me in the video. Just hit pause after each demonstration and test yourself!

 

  • Tandem Balance - How is your balance?

  • Wall Sit - How is your leg...

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Aromatherapy Protocols

aromatherapy my services Oct 28, 2019
I have been trained in two different aromatherapy techniques. One of the most wonderful things about Aromatherapy is that I can teach it to any client to do right in the comfort of their own homes too! I offer my essential oil consultations for free because if you do buy any of the oils, I make a small commission and I would rather help you figure out the right choices for your specific needs than have you go to Whole Foods and buy something that isn't the best quality and may not be the best choice in the expansive world of essential oils!
 
The AromaTouch Technique® is a wonderful technique developed by doTERRA Intl. to create a feeling of overall wellness. It is very relaxing and nurturing so it is wonderful for stress relief and deep relaxation. The Symphony of the Cells™ protocols can also be used to create a feeling of overall wellness, however each protocol supports a specific system of the body with the oils that are most beneficial for that bodily system....
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