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  1. Paleo? ME?

    November 6, 2012 by The Author

    Vegan?  Furhman?

    Can you say compulsive binge?

    Yep.

    That is where I ended up and I fear I gained more weight.  I did lose some weight on Furhman’s diet, however, it was only five pounds and my husband lost 20.  I was so unhappy!

    Did I feel better?

    YES.

    I cut out all dairy, wheat, fats, salts and ate only veggies, beans, whole grains and fruit.

    I thought perhaps after doing all the research I have been on line about diet and RA that it was probably the dairy and the wheat…gluten.  Sugar!

    So.

    I researched some more.

    Paleo diet here we come.

    ME eat meat?

    IF it cures me yes.  I am sorry to say.  I have not been eating meat much but more fish and that is exactly where I must get my Omega 3.  You see I have been reading over and over that I need Omega 3.  I don’t eat fish and for me to eat enough nuts to get the right amount…well…there goes me gaining weight again.

    So I am slowly removing things from my diet.  I am keeping to the three free meals a week where I can eat some good carbs like sweet potatoes and brown rice as for the rest?

    No Sugar

    No extra Salt

    No Grains at all NONE.

    No dairy

    Eating veggies, lean grass fed meats, pastured egg whites with some yolks here and there, fruits in moderation, nuts in moderation.

    Seems like not much food but it is.

    Already having wheat gone for a day and dairy for over a week I am feeling better.  I think it best I stay strict on this unless I need something badly.  It is easier to just stay clean for a while.  Eating those three free meals will help me to also know what is bothering me.

    I heard today about how the lack of protein, B12 and other things on a Vegan diet will cause the breakdown of certain things in the body.  This is made worse by age.

    Perhaps, because I was a sloppy vegetarian I caused this some.  I didn’t always eat well and I didn’t always eat vegetables.  I used to laugh about being a Pizza Vegetarian.

    Pizza, Ice Cream, Candy…see none of this has meat!

    I also heard today that my cravings for sweets could be indicating I am craving protein.

    Sigh.

    I have ethical reasons for not eating meat.  I have been really looking for why this might work and find many.

    No wheat or grains no cheese or peanut butter no sugar.

    The above list was all I was eating.

    So, this Paleo thing is really just like Furhman with meat and fish.  No, I will not eat badly and pick my protein sources well.

    Also add to this list the idea that I will not be eating any chemicals…dyes…pesticides.  IF I can help it.

    Eating is getting to be a hard thing to do but the more I research the more I see that what I was eating may have made this worse.

    I intend to get better!

     

     

     


  2. Vegan Eggplant

    September 11, 2012 by The Author

    Easy to do…fast and tasty.

    Vegan Eggplant
    Main Dish
    6
     
    Nice way to use the Eggplants in season in late summer. You can serve this over whole wheat pasta if you like.
    Ingredients
    • Eggplant
    • Firm Tofu
    • Tomato Sauce
    • Basil
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Vegan Grated Parmigiana Cheese
    Instructions
    1. Cut eggplant into circles. Thin slices
    2. Place on baking sheet and spray with Pam or vegetable spray
    3. Place under broiler. Turn when brown.
    4. In food processor add one pack of Firm Tofu (about 3-4 oz)
    5. Blend with basil, salt and pepper
    6. Add water a tiny bit at a time if too thick should resemble Ricotta Cheese
    7. In baking pan or casserole dish ladle in some of the tomato sauce (you can make your own if you wish)
    8. On top of sauce add one layer of Eggplant
    9. Place tofu mixture on top of eggplant and then
    10. Repeat Sauce, Eqqplant, Tofu until you finished your layers.
    11. Top off with a generous sprinkling of Vegan Parmigiana Cheese
    12. Place in over on 350 degrees
    13. Cook in center of oven covered for 20 minutes with aluminium foil
    14. Remove foil and continue to cook until Eggplant is tender to fork
    15. (about 30 minutes)

     

     


  3. Not heal? I disagree.

    September 11, 2012 by The Author

    So…Acupuncture going well.  Much of the swelling in my hands is way down without Prednisone.  I am also still not taking any Methotrexate.  I developed a very nasty bladder infection and had to drop the Chinese herbal mixtures I was taking.  I am not sure what caused the problem but I don’t think it was the herbs.  I do think it might be the RA or another thing…just another thing.

    Well.

    Vegan.

    Yes.

    Vegan

    For now and we hope for a long time to come.

    I have dropped dairy.  I have almost totally dropped wheat and coffee too.

    Weird.

    No cheese.  Being a Vegetarian was a very difficult transition.  I had been Vegetarian most of my life but someone convinced me that Atkins was the best way to lose weight and it was. Cheese, meat, coffee and cigarettes.  Yes.  For about 3 years.

    Then it all crashed and I gained all the weight back.

    I became a vegetarian then.

    Dragged my husband along with me.  This is now 7 years.

    I read “Eat to Live” by Dr. Furhman and we have been on this for about 4 weeks.

    My husband has dropped over 15lbs and I am lagging behind close to 5.  It is working.

    We are NOT perfect and we do make many mistakes but after a bumpy start it has become more natural.  I am still eating too many grains.  I am trying to get them gone or minimized.

    Started Physical Therapy last week.  A fun place full of bubbly trainers and doctors.  I like it there.  I pushed myself today.  I have some pain but the electrotherapy and my acupuncture session today helped some.

    I am wobbly.

    Weather has changed here in NYC finally!  The humidity has left and left me wobbly.  Realizing how much this summer has taken out of me.

    The heat may have contributed to the bladder problem too.  I have been finding it impossible to drink enough and my blood pressure med is a diuretic.  That is the next to go.

    My Rheumatologist told me that I will never cure myself and that I have to find ways to live with RA.

    I disagree.

    I disagree.

    Have a Chi Gong tape and a Tai Chi too.  I will begin those soon.

     

     


  4. Acupuncture is working for me better than ANY DRUG

    August 2, 2012 by The Author

     

    Here is a small example of what can be done.  I have been going now every week.  Haven’t written because I wanted to give it some time.  I go once a week because my budget only allows for this.  I am working with both my menopause and my RA.

    I am off all medicine since June 1.  Two months today!!

    Very interesting things are happening.

    Swelling is down in hands and feet now and thinking its going to go that way from the extremities up.  I am very vigilant about being on Weight Watchers at this time and although the Gym sometimes is impossible because of pain caused by the humidity in NYC this summer I am doing my best to get there.  Today I was able to be on a machine that I couldn’t do before (eliptical) because of weakness and swelling.  10 minutes on that is a very big acheivement!

    Acupuncture is interesting in that it HURTS not when the needles are in but if I try to move any part of me that they are in while they are in!  I end up with as much pain as I first had when began with this disease.  I cry.  I cry a lot like a little kid waiting for Mommy.  When it’s over though IT IS ALL GONE!! I mean the pain at the place the needles are in (needles placed along the meridian lines that coorespond with the areas I am having pain and in places to release “damp” in my body) and the places that hurt before the needles went in.

    I  cry a lot in there.  My Doctor says this is good, it is a release of all the pain and that is for SURE.

    Studying now to understand a bit more about Chinese medicine.  Drinking teas now to releive me of the swelling and to take out all excess water.   Nothing wild, just green tea and some mint etc.

    Very soon I am going to embark on the Vegan path.  I am clearing my home of all milk, eggs, cheese etc.  I am also removing all wheats and breads etc.  No white flour.  I am getting ready to really go on the Furman “Eat To Live” diet, which by the way is the SAME as the Weight Watchers “Filling Foods” plan without the freedom to have extra foods not on the plan counted up.  I am a binge eater so I may allow myself those extra points for things like Butterfingers if needs be!

    Damp Wind is how RA is classified.  I am learning more.  I will pass on.

    Here is another link:  http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/traditional-chinese-medicine-causes-of-illness2.htm

     

     

     

     

     


  5. TCM

    June 19, 2012 by The Author

    http://nuherbs.com/items/detail/72


  6. Recipes Crumblies and Pasta VEGETARIAN Bolognese Sauce

    June 15, 2012 by The Author

    Crumblies and Pasta
    Main Dish
    4-6
     
    Delicious Pasta with vegetarian Bolognese sauce. You can add ¼ cup of light or fat free cream at the end if you like. I don't but if you want a more authentic bolognese you can.
    Ingredients
    • Morning Star Farms Crumbles
    • Can of Tomato Puree or Crushed Tomatoes
    • 1 TBSP Basil Dry or about a handful of Fresh
    • 1 tsp of Salt
    • 1 Tsp of Black Pepper
    • pinch of red pepper
    • one red or white onion
    • 10 or so mushrooms
    • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 Tbsp Red Wine or Red Wine Vinegar
    • Any type of Pasta
    • ½ cup of Romano and/or Parmagiana Cheese
    Instructions
    1. Chop Onions
    2. Chop Mushrooms
    3. Heat Cast Iron Dutch Oven or other similar pot 1 Quart.
    4. Heat the oil on high heat
    5. When oil is hot add onion and mushroom simmer and then turn down heat
    6. Cook until onion is translucent and mushrooms soft
    7. Add Can of Tomatoes
    8. Turn down heat to simmer.
    9. Add all other ingredients.
    10. Cover
    11. Cook about 30 minutes stirring every 5.
    12. While Sauce is cooking fill large pasta pot with cold water
    13. Add about 1 Tbsp of salt
    14. Bring to rapid boil
    15. When boiling add dry or fresh pasta
    16. Stir
    17. When pasta is cooked (Fresh will float when done) drain.
    18. Add pasta to sauce in pot.
    19. Stir
    20. Add cheese and Serve
    21. ENJOY
    22. Serves 4 - 6

     


  7. Acupuncture and the GYM still no MTX

    June 15, 2012 by The Author

    I decided to go off Methotrexate.  Had a nasty pain in my side that could have been my liver.  I think not…is gone now but I wanted off the meds anyway and I wanted off the Pred which I am also off.

    Off.

    I have read that I have to wait MONTHS before I can drink before I can take even Tylenol.

    A friend of mine told me to take aspirin.  I am kinda afraid of that but might try.  With food.

    So…

    Acupuncture.

    WOW

    Found a wonderful Chinese doctor named John…or Xiang in my neighborhood.

    Nice clean place, nice man.

    First time he took pulse on both hands, looked at my tongue and then began.  I had filled out a very extensive intake form.

    He asked some questions about where the pain was and swelling.

    Within minutes the pain in my side was GONE.   I MEAN GONE>

    Still is.

    I have been to the gym too since….

    Went twice.  But first the Acupuncture.

    After the first treatment I was so good even the rain didn’t bother me.

    I was exhausted and quite thirsty so I drank TONS of water and with that water expelling…I lost all the swelling.

    AMAZING.

    So I went to the gym.  I went on several machines but decided some…like the elipitical machine is too tough just yet.  So treadmill and stationary bike and weight circut.

    At first I was sad because I had lost MUCH strength in my muscles but then I realized that even lifting a tiny bit of weight would help.

    I did.

    45 minute workout and then I did it again a day later!!!

    Guess what?  I was already stronger and stood even the treadmill longer.

    I went twice this week.  I will be back next week for three and so on until I get up to 7.

    Seven is my goal.

    Second acupuncture was even more amazing.

    I had some pain when I went in …joints on one side mostly.  He put needles in the opposite side and low, on ankles etc and into my knuckles where I was in much pain.

    It was very difficult this time.

    He left me alone in the dark for over an hour…checking in on me often and adjusting me…but ….

    well.

    I cried and saw and remembered all the pain I have ever experienced.  Each stretch brought up another remembrance of an injury.

    From falling, to getting hit by a car, to giving birth…on and on…

    I saw it all.

    I realized then that this was why..this is why I have RA.

    Trauma.

    I have had  a lot of trauma in my life and it is time to heal it.

    My period has left me.  She took with her the hormones that shielded me from the realization that many things, people and places have hurt me tremendously.

    Yes.

    Time to heal or die I fear.

    I don’t want to die.

    When he was putting in the needles …at first I thought I was having a hot flash but it intensified….got so hot and it was like I was floating.  I asked him what was up and when I described it he smiled.  He said this was my energy rising.

    Yes.

    Chi

    and Kundalini

    I allowed those needles to open those channels and to fill all of me with the energy release….I swam in that for over an hour.

    and

    when I got up I was sure I would not be able to walk…

    I was like a new woman and still am today…

    and I assume it will continue.

    Who needs Methotrexate?

    NOT ME!!!

     


  8. Oregano Oil and my Arthritis Products Hand Made for Sale

    June 9, 2012 by The Author

    So just reading about Oregano Oil and added some to my arthritis formula~ BINGO now it is perfect. I make this wonderful blend of over 10 essential oils and emu oil in many different ways.

    I can create an arthritis soap to use in the shower or bath…rub this mixture into your skin as you bathe and watch the pain disappear!! I make arthritis soap in any shape or formula you like…shea soap, goats milk soap or olive oil soap base you choose. I make arthritis bath salts and soaks as well easy to use in the tub they just dissolve and soften your skin and relieve pain as they do.

    I have an arthritis ointment made with organic beswax to use on trouble pain spots and massage bars which melt into the skin leaving relief. If you prefer you can order this same formula in a massage oil in organic avocado or almond oil or in a thick creamy lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and have much pain…much of the time…I have tried these out on myself and they WORK!!! Not only do they relieve pain they also take down inflammation. Good for osteoarthritis as well. I have a website where I make natural products for health and magic if you want to try this and get in touch with me to create the formula you need!!!

    When you order you can receive a full ingredients list.

    themagicalapothecary@gmail.com

    Here is the listing on my site where you can purchase if you like.
    New formula for Arthritis Available this one works fast!


  9. Tumeric Shake and off the MTX

    June 9, 2012 by The Author

    The unsurity of this disease is what I think gets me the most.

    Yesterday I had to stop taking Methotrexate.  This is the only drug Western Medicine has to offer me.  My mother had cancer as did most of her family and I just can’t take the Biologics my doctor has offered.

    So, tomorrow I begin the quest I started this blog for.  I grew complacent while the MTX was working for me.  I did until I began to have sharp pain under my right rib and lower.  Liver, Gallbladder.  Something.

    Off to acupuncture tomorrow and then on to researching herbs.

    Have joined a Gym a block from my house.  I will begin in there on Sunday…if all is well.

    All is not too well right now.

    Getting stiff and a bit swollen.  Haven’t had this in a long time.

    MTX dose is 4 days over due and will never come.

    All I have is a tiny bit of Pred right now …life line maybe.

    I am looking so forward to some Ibuprophen and a stiff drink or two once two months pass and this evil medicine is out of my system.

    I am hoping I don’t flare.

    Lets see.

    Have lost weight too…by the way.  Almost 10 lbs to date and that is a good beginning.

    Adding and gagging on Omega 3 type fishes.  I am a vegetarian and I HATE to eat any animal flesh but I have relented with the fish.  Lets see if it helps.

    Back to my Tumeric Shake!

    Here is the Recipe:

    1 Scoop Spiru-Tein Powdered Shake Mix (available at GNC and health food stores as well as on line)

    1 Cup Water, Skim Milk, Soy or anytype of other milk you like.

    1/2 Cup Fruit if you like any type but cherries releive swelling and banannas help with muscle cramps due to the potassium.

    1 TBSP Tumeric Powder

    1 Tsp Glutamine Powder

    1 Tsp Cinnamon Powder

    1 Tsp Ginger Powder

    4 or 5 ice cubes

    Place liquid in blender.  Add Spiru-Tein powder.  Blend.  Add fruit and puree.  Add Tumeric, Glutamine, Ginger and Cinnamon Add Ice and crush with ice crush setting on blender.  When all is broken….blend again.

    Drink.

    Tumeric, Ginger and Cinnamon aid in inflammation.  Glutamine aids in building muscle.

    I usually take my vitamins with this.

    All sounds a bit yucky but really its not.  It tastes like a smoothie.

    Be creative with the fruit and Spiru-Tein powder comes in many flavors.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  10. Body work

    April 4, 2012 by The Author

    Eating better and really seeing an improvement in both my energy and pain levels.  Sure there are terrible days where I can only sit and hope the rain will finally pass and I will be able to move again but even in the worst pain…the pain is better.  I am really seeing improvements in my fingers etc.  However, I can’t really walk or move as well as I need to knock off weight fast…so we go slow.

    My hips and knees get very angry when I move too much.

    Still…I persist.

    Must persist.

    Adding Vitamin D and more to my diet helps.  Tomorrow…really not joking I begin my extra vitamins and my special shake.

    I am going to mix a high vitamin shake with Spiriluna called

    Nature’s Plus Spiru-Tein

    http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2133798&CAWELAID=293850695

    This has protein and vitamins and more.  I need it.  Very low calorie and I can have it with my breakfast.

    I am trying to eat like an Olympic athlete.

    I think I have lost a little over 2lbs.  That would be great if so.  Had tests done for Hypothyroidism lets see.  For sure something’s going on with that.  I have lost a good portion of my eyebrows and my morning body temp is always low.

    Not much else to do…except figure out how to move.

    more…

    So the body getting organized.

    I think its time to begin visualizations.

    I will also start posting my vegetarian recipes here for you soon.