Monday, June 16, 2014

Food...Glorious Food!

I LOVE FOOD!!!  I love it all!!!  And, I love it even more when I don't have to cook it or clean it up ;)  However, I'm not just a crazy momma and housewife with a household that doesn't quit, I'm also a crazy momma and housewife with a household that doesn't quit who lives with fibromyalgia.  Wha???? Fibromyalgia - a disorder which is characterized by widespread muscoloskeletal pain which can also include fatique, sleep, memory and mood issues. (definition loosely lifted from the Mayo Clinic site)
 In a nutshell, you hurt...a lot...and you're really tired...and you hurt...a lot.  yep, it pretty much sucks but I'm a Momma and Mommas don't quit!  So, what does this have to do with food, you ask???  Well, for me...everything.  I tried the meds and they made me feel cray cray...I'm not really a med kinda person. So, I started looking into natural treatments.  Acupuncture, Chiro and healthy lifestyle changes.  When I discovered that fibro is a neurotransmitter disorder...(you know - those signals your body sends to your brain to tell you how to feel???)  I started to look at the ingredients in my food and found that many were neurotransmitter inhibitors (basically they jack up those messages your body is sending to your brain) Artificial ingredients....fake sugars, preservatives, dyes....were wreaking havoc on my body.  So, I decided to venture into the world of clean eating and um, excuse me, this is still a hard pill to swallow....exercise.  And, I pretty much suck at both but I try really hard because it helps, it really really helps with the pain and fatigue and hey, it's good for me!  I fell off the wagon hard core while I was preggo 'cuz all those awesome preggo hormones kept the fibro at bay and remember how I told you I loved food? Well, let's just say I really loved me some food while I was preggo :)  So, now that baby is 6 mos old and those happy juices have left the building, the fibro is moving back in and it's time to get back on track.  So, I thought I would start a page full of recipes and meal ideas.  Disclaimer:  I am not a chef, culinary expert or nutritional guru.  I've just figured out what works for me and it might work for you - if nothing else, it's just good for ya :)  I promise - nothing will be too difficult or require too many ingredients...Ain't nobody got time for that!  I'm also up for new ideas and recipes too - so feel free to share your greatest creations with me!!!   Hopefully, this will help keep me on the wagon!! Hey, do I smell cookies???? ;)

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