Lyme Disease Part III - Symptoms

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Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

This is a very tricky area of Lyme disease to discuss. Lyme disease tends to look very different in individuals. The strain of Lyme disease that a person contracts can make a difference as well as the person's underlying health condition. Co-infections (mentioned HERE) can also affect the symptoms.

First of all, do NOT rely on a bull's-eye rash to indicate that you have been infected. Few people see the rash or even know they were ever bitten by a tick. The fist symptom that should get you thinking are flu-like symptoms. These appear in the early stages of the disease. Next may be fatigue, migrating joint pain, soreness, and fevers. Again, depending on co-infections, this will look different for each person. Note that joint pains that migrate (knees one day, shoulder next, then ankles) is a key distinction with Lyme disease. As the disease progresses the neurological system becomes involved. Numbness, tingling, crawling sensations, memory loss, and problems with concentration are a few. Getting lost while driving is very common with neurological Lyme. Keep in mind that Lyme disease is called "the great imitator" as it symptoms can mimic MS, ALS, CFS, and more. If you know or suspect that you have been bitten by a tick, get a second opinion.

HERE is a more complete list of more symptoms. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive but it is a good start. If you think you could possibly have Lyme disease I would advise you to seek a Lyme literate doctor. LLMD's are specially trained to diagnose and treat tick borne diseases safely and effectively. Not sure where to start? Try HERE.

HERE is a list of co-infections and their symptoms. It truly takes a trained practitioner to sift through symptoms and test results to make a diagnosis.

Just in case you missed the other parts of the series, here is a recap:

PART I - WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?
PART II - WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A TICK
PART III - SYMPTOMS
PART IV - RESOURCE LIST

Next time, I will provide a list of all of the resources mentioned here. It is impossible to digest all of this information so I want to provide an easy place for you to come to and find what you need.

All The Best,
Sarah

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Random 5 and a Find

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Random and Found:

1. The New American Kitchen Garden. I found this on my bookshelf and just in time! I have planted some spinach, red beets and broccoli Raab. We'll see what happens.

2. I am brewing my own kombucha again. It couldn't be more simple and I am so glad not to pay $3.59 a bottle!

3. Planning my daughter's birthday party. Even though we keep things simple, celebrating her life is so important and so much fun!




4. Little green stems are just beginning to peek through the ground but I'll spare you a picture of the dirt. It just isn't pretty...yet.

5. I mentioned this find in an earlier post but I think it is worth mentioning again. The Humble House is a great site for inspiration and her shop...ga!

6. Bonus! I got a Nutribullet!

That is it. My "random" and "find" all wrapped up in one. Have a great weekend!

Sarah

Hanging out at RANDOM 5 FRIDAY and FRIDAY FINDS.

Gluten Free Granola

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gluten free granola


When I first found out that I needed to go gluten free, I went through my pantry and refrigerator to assess what I was eating and what needed to change. We already made our own granola but it was chock full of wheat flour and wheat germ. I set off to find a recipe and this one is simple and totally fits my taste and needs. It is:

Flavorful
Filling
Healthy
And easy to make

The granola essentials are shown below. Vanilla extract and salt are two more.

Oats: They need to be certified gluten free (but I don't need to tell you that!)
Sweet: I use honey and or maple syrup.
Flavor: Coconut or other dried fruit. I use unsweetened coconut.
Nuts: I usually use pecans or almonds.
Oil: Choose a healthy one. I like coconut oil.



So here is a quick and easy whole foods snack and breakfast full of protein, monounsaturated fat, and flavor! Here is the final result!


Gluten Free Granola

by Sarah
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 75 min.
Keywords: bake breakfast snack gluten-free pecan

Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats - certified gluten free
  • 2 cups roughly chopped nuts (such as pecans)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • salt to taste
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
Prepare a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, and coconut.
Add the honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and salt. Mix Well.
Spread the mixture over the prepared cookie sheet.
Cook for about 75 to 80 minutes, stirring the granola approximately every 20 minutes.
Bake until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Store in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks. May be frozen for later use.
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