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March 2013

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Seattle

It has been absolutely stunning these days, sunny, warm; it’s perfect. After another 12 hour sleep session, I feel back to normal. Woo hoo! These shots, and even more so the traveling, are exhausting on my body, but at the same time, in my most tired state, I’m giddy at the prospect of positive results. (It’s better to believe than be a skeptic – what’s the point in starting off with a bad attitude?) Now, with my ketogentic diet in full effect (tomorrow is a week) I am hammering Hermie from multiple fronts. He is under full attack. Bwahahahahahaahaha!! I hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend. I won’t have any kids to watch on Easter egg hunts this year, but I’m imagining my friend’s children with their squeals and excitement and it makes me giggle and smile. I’m glad I have a vivid imagination πŸ™‚ More so than ever, I keep thinking about how lucky I am. I truly have no complaints and it feels calming. With each trial, I move forward, step by step, conquering life. Of course, I have bad days too, but that also helps make times like this even sweeter! Hope you all are able to enjoy some sunshine. Bask in the glory of Spring. New beginnings. New life.

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Back on Keto

Hi, I’m back among the living! I’m still exhausted, and trying to keep up, but no big deal. The trip was great. Libbey and I flew in and went directly to the hotel. We put on our jammies and climbed into bed. We ordered food (thanks Nate & Miriam for the gift certificate) and rested. The next morning, we woke around noon (I think). We lounged around, then made our way out into the beautiful NYC streets. We stopped into my favorite little juice bar for a shot and juice and crossed the street to the appointment. We met with Dr NYC at 3:45 pm. I talked to him about the aura the morning after last month’s shot and he was excited. He said that means the treatment is likely working. Sweet! I told him about the seizure that occurred a few weeks back, while I was sleeping – the one Danny watched – and he stopped what he was doing, swiveled his chair and softly said, “Because of stress?” I affirmed, and he brought up (for the second time in our meetings) the ketogenic diet. For those of you who have long read this blog, you’re aware that I’ve tried to do the ketogenic diet, but it is so incredibly hard. I have never been able to stay on it for long periods of time. Anyway, Dr NYC and I revisited the concept because of its’ doubled effect on astrocytomas and seizures. After the shot, Libbey and I went back to the hotel and climbed back into bed. We watched TV and played Words With Friends on our phones in our respective beds…in my rush I forgot to pack my game board. Oops. And, yes, WWF is basically scrabble πŸ™‚ I handled the achy-ness just fine. It was definitely…

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Lemo-eep

Sorry to continue on and on about lemons, but I’m on quite a kick. Although acidic, they are great at balancing out blood sugar levels, purifying your blood and maintaining a healthy ph balance (there’s a belief in some circles that an alkaline diet reduces the occurrence of cancer). It’s great for brain function (I guess there’s a bunch of potassium in the juice), and it boosts your immune system. I’m mostly excited about the fact that it helps cure insomnia. Tonight, I think I’ll count lemons instead of sheep. There is so much information out there about the benefits of lemons and fresh lemon juice, it’s pretty astounding, and really exciting. I always love finding new delicious ways to jumpstart or maintain my health. You can even use the juice to zap zits. No joke! And it evens out your skin tone. Just be careful because it also makes your skin more vulnerable to the sun. It’s lemon counting time for me, but before I go, I’ll mention Dan’s favorite green drink. I use a Vitamix by the way, and would use no other brand – it is THAT fantastic. I don’t use protein powders, I haven’t found one that didn’t have at least one questionable ingredient. Also, I don’t need any extra protein, I get lots and lots from my diet. Sorry I can’t be of more help on that front. My quantities are eyeballed, so feel free to tweak things. This is a batch that creates about 2.5 pints. I make this for both Dan and I on Sundays, his day off of the week. 3 c raw spinach3-4 large leaves of raw kale (remove stem)2 medium-large ripe bananas2-3 cups of cold water The mixture should be runny (if not, slowly add water). Fill two pint glasses,…

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Lemon Shots

I had a busy weekend perfecting my lemon shots. They’re finally to the point where Dan will drink them. The trick is to mix equal parts pure fresh juiced lemon and refrigerated water (so it’s nice and refreshing). Then sprinkle cayenne pepper on top. It’s like drinking a shot of espresso, causing a burst of energy. I’m also juicing lemons as I go, then pouring it into ice cube trays. Those cubes are great for glasses of water, or you can pop them into a tumbler, and place it in the fridge to thaw for a shot for later. For the record, I add the cayenne later, not on the tray.

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Repenting

I was a very bad girl. I walked to PCC yesterday in the mist with Emma, we were on a hunt for healthy snacks, and a few regular groceries to keep the house running smoothly. As I was walking up and down the isle, I spotted a deal on LΓ„RABARS…my favorite plant based sweet treat. (I think the main ingredient is prunes.) Do you remember me mentioning my weakness for delicious things? That I have no self control? Well, I’ve been so good lately, and I really thought I could handle it, so I bought six bars for Dan’s lunches. Dan has a sweet tooth like me, so I was trying to tempt him toward a healthy snack and away from peanut butter cups. Anyway, Emma and I walked home happily, as I sipped on MY treat, multi-green kombucha (I swear it’s delicious). When I made my way to the kitchen and unpacked the bags, I put the bars into Dan’s snack area, but within a few hours I could hear Lara, telling me how delicious her bars are. I ATE THREE OF THEM. Back to back. In my defense, they’re small. But still! That’s what I mean about not being trustworthy. It’s embarrassing. When Dan got home from class I had to tell him what I did, and beg him to put the rest of the bars in his lunch bag. I can not be trusted. I have no self control. God they were good though πŸ™‚ Yummy! I repented with a fresh kale juice this morning though. I guess that’s something πŸ™‚(I would include the recipe, but it should never be repeated. I drank it though. Because I was a bad girl.) By the way, how did I not remember that kale is from the brassica family? So…

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Lemons of Love

In one week I get my third shot. Holy cow, this is happening fast!! Only five more shots this year πŸ™‚ I wish I felt better and could actually enjoy the amazingness that is NYC. There’s so much to do and see – and people to visit. I learned a lot though, about pushing myself. My buddy Libbey is coming with me this time, and we’re planning on lazing around in the hotel room, relaxing, working on a puzzle and she doesn’t know it, but I’m bringing my board game of Words With Friends. Slumber party! Packing should be easy…PJs and slippers.  I’m excited! We will have a blast, but at the same time I’m frustrated that I have to be careful. I hate that I’m prone to seizures, and that they’re induced by stress. Stupid stress. Doorbell….. Look what my mother-in-law sent me!!! Wooo hooooo! Organic lemons!! Sweeeeeeet. I wish I lived next door so I could make her lemon shots just to see her face πŸ™‚ If you know Linda, you would be laughing right now, just picturing her laughing at me. Her giggle is fantastically contagious. And she’ll eat whatever I make her, but let’s just say it’s not her favorite food πŸ™‚ I am so excited for these shots, even though they’re taxing on my body. I can’t believe I’m able to do this. What a crazy opportunity. I can’t say this enough, thank you for the donations! We have also been very fortunate that Dan’s work is incredibly busy. He has been working 72 hour weeks, and will continue to do so until at least June. Above his 72 hour work week, he also travels for class once a week after work, and doesn’t make it home until around 10:00 p.m. Danny works so, so…

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