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Love and lupus

It can be very hard to open up to someone and tell him or her about your past. It can be even more difficult when there is a terminal illness in the mix. No matter how content you maybe with yourself, it can be very difficult to open up about a disease.

Dating for me as been ummmm a challenge. I took myself out the game for a minute to get to know me a little better. I needed to understand more about how I was feeling and the emotions I dealt with on a daily basis. I can officially say I’m ready to open up again. This time off I have learned a few tips that just about everyone can benefit from.

Just be honest: Any relationship you enter, the foundation must be honesty. Be honest about your intention with that person, issues, and past experiences. No I’m not saying let it all out on the first date but there needs to be some communication on the front end.

Open communication: No one can know how you’re feeling if you don’t say anything. I’ve learned this even with my Lupus. It’s important to be open and honest about your situation with any potential partner. There are days I can feel like crap (not look like it) and won’t say a word about it. The only way to get help is if you ask. “Have not, because you ask not.” Always stay open about how you’re feeling and thinking. It will make life so much easier.

Be patient: Give yourself and your date time to process all that’s taking place. Of course there is going to be a little hesitation in the beginning because there aren’t too many people that know anything about lupus. Explain in detail and let the rest happen in it’s own time. Remember the more questions, the better (it means they are interested).

Fear and anxiety are understandable; just don’t allow it to control you. Also don’t allow your insecurities to settle just because you’re tired of being single. Live, Love, Laugh 🙂

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Health benefits of peaches

One of the main reasons I love the summer time is for the amazing juicy fruits like peaches. Not only do they taste amazing, but there are so many great benefits to them. There is a long list but here a just a few.

 

Weight Control
One large peach, about 2 3/4 inches in diameter, contains just 68 calories and no fat. Eating peaches instead of more fattening, processed snacks, such as chips, baked goods, cereal bars and cookies, can help you manage your weight. Peaches are naturally sweet and can replace some of the added sugars in your diet.

Vitamins

Peaches contain 10 different vitamins. Peaches contain vitamin A, important to healthy vision, vitamin C, an antioxidant and tissue-builder. Peaches provide lower levels of vitamins E and K. Vitamin E is another antioxidant, while vitamin K is essential to your body’s blood clotting capabilities. Peaches are also a source of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid

Minerals

A peach provides potassium, which can help you maintain healthy blood pressure as well as prevent kidney stones and bone loss. Peaches provide some magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, iron and calcium as well. These minerals work to support red blood cell, bone and nervous system health.

Antioxidants

One of the major antioxidants in peaches, chlorogenic acid, helps scavenge free radicals — compounds that your body acquires through exposure to pollutants, food and the environment — to reduce the effects of aging and deter chronic diseases. This antioxidant may also help ward off cancer and reduce body

Fiber

A large peach provides 17 g of carbohydrates, 3 g of which come from fiber. Fiber is essential to smooth and healthy digestion, preventing constipation and ensuring digestive health. Fiber may also play a role in regulating your cholesterol levels, helping to reduce your risk of developing heart disease. An adult woman should try to consume 25 g of fiber daily, and an adult man 38 g daily.

Peaches are a lot of great source of zinc, which has anti-aging properties. The consumption of zinc-rich foods such as peaches promotes the production of antibodies and inhibits the cellular damage caused by toxins. Peaches also interferes with the aging process of male reproductive organs by boosting the levels of the reproductive hormone testosterone in the body.

So next time you’re out grocery shopping, be sure to pick up a bag of peaches for yourself.

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Udemy Coupon Code

Hey Peeps

 

I have made available until Tuesday April 12, a coupon for my “How to maintain and succeed with a plant-based diet” on udemy. The Code ID is VEGAN10. Be sure to check it out while the price is good.

 

Spread the love 🙂

https://www.udemy.com/how-to-maintain-and-succeed-with-a-plant-based-diet/?couponCode=VEGAN10

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Mental health and Lupus

To date, this was the most difficult post for me. Within the last three years, I just got to the point where I was comfortable enough to even talk about the fact that I’d been battling lupus for the last 15 or so years. This is the first time that I’m publicly revealing that I suffered with depression, suicide attempts, emotional eating, and alcohol abuse. My early 20s were a mess, and sometimes it showed. I didn’t know if I was coming or going half the time.

Living with Lupus was a hard battle to fight, but the internal battle I faced everyday was even harder. The physical pain I felt had me wanting to give up on life all together. There was always a small still voice inside of me that begged me not to give up. So I fought as hard as i could. With much prayer, self-love, and meditation, I eventually got to the point where I loved me again. In the video below, I share in more detail how I felt back then and the steps I took to get over it all.

I made some very difficult yet long last changes in my life. I created a daily routine that shifted me to the place I am today. I’ve grown physically, mentally, and spiritually over these last 5 years. Each day is still a learning process for me. I’m still learning about me and what I love. Throughout this journey I’ve found a few things that have helped me along this path. A few books that I absolutely love are

Power of Positive thinking
As a man thinketh
Think and grow rich
By any greens necessary
These are just a few of the books that have helped me to grow stronger, along with spiritual counseling, and a strong support system. No one can do this alone, be sure to surround yourself with people you trust, and people who will speak light into your dark situation.

Be sure to check out my video below. LIKE, SHARE, COMMENT

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Udemy course

Im so excited to announce my brand new Udemy course, “How to maintain and succeed with a plant-based diet.” I get questions all the time about how was I able to make the switch and the steps I took. In this course I share personal tips of mine that I’ve used for the last 3 years. The information is very simple and can be incorporated immediately. I hope you find this information helpful, and look forward to working with you soon. 🙂

Here is the link:

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Two Years Later (Life as a Vegan, June 2015)

TWO YEARS!! I can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve eaten any dairy. It’s been even longer since I’ve had a piece of meat. These last two years have taught me a few very valuable lessons. I’ve noticed that I’ve grown to become stronger and more energized. Not only has it changed my outlook on food but life in general. Here are a few of them.
1. Patience – When I first started the journey, there were instant changes. I was so excited! About 8 months in, my body started to fight back. As it was saying, “Girl we didn’t ask for this.” One month I would feel like a million bucks. The next month it felt like I was making the wrong decision. Regardless to what I felt, I stuck with it. I knew that temporary discomfort couldn’t compare to the overall benefits I would receive. I recreated meals that I enjoyed so they would fit into my new vegan lifestyle. I learned to slow down and listen to my body.
2. Endurance – There were absolutely days I really wanted to give up and bite into a fish sandwich. Early on I would wake up with cravings, and despite anything I did it would not go away. I continuously found myself wanting to quit. I had to remind myself why I started this journey. I began to remember the nights in the hospital, the pain of drawing blood, and all that money I spent on co-pays and medication. I refused to go back to that, no matter how hard it was.
3. Acceptance – the hardest part about this entire journey was getting use to EVERYONE questioning my decision. I felt attacked; no one seemed to understand my reasons and thought I was just crazy. Even today, there are still family members and total strangers that try to teach me what the proper diet is for me. Instead of defending myself, I just allow my health and progress speak for itself.
4. Creativity- not to brag but my cooking skills have gotten even better. flips hair
Learning about new foods and spices and combining them in dishes have really expanded my taste buds. Dishes that I enjoyed in the past that consisted of dairy or meat, I’ve recreated to fit my new lifestyle. Foods that I would have never considered in the past are now my favorites.
I find myself even now growing and changing each and everyday. There are foods I knew nothing about that I love. Also I’ve adopted something I call “90% raw vegan meal a day.” Basically I eat an uncooked (raw) vegan meal majority of the day and one cooked vegan meal. Doing this my body is taking in more nutrients and getting everything I need to stay healthy.

I’m so excited to share my progress over the next few years as well as share a few of my favorite recipes. cookbook coming in the near future

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Resolutions

First I would like to start off by saying, THANK YOU.
To everyone that has taken the time to read my post, I REALLY appreciate you.
I never thought I would be doing anything like this, I am truly grateful for the support.
GREAT things are coming in the near future 🙂

I’m sure many of you have already started things of things that you want to improve on for the new year. I know for me, I’m working on writing more and working towards expanding my audience. I want to reach more people with my message about my vegan eating and putting out more info on Lupus.
The most common resolution has to be weight loss and fitness. Well, I think I can help in this area. If you haven’t heard, Urban Remedy is a great company that caters to organic, holistic eating. They provide many guidelines on juicing, vegan, and organic eating.
So if diet is one of your resolutions, check out the links below. I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
Be on the look out this upcoming year, I have a lot of projects that I am excited to start implementing 🙂

Urban Remedy LLC

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