Listen to your body.

The fact that any food is gluten-free has totally lost significance.  Let me break it down like an equation for you. X + Y = Z therefore Jessica + Grain = Pain Through the thickets of autoimmune disease I’m finding this out.   If I’m jonesin’ for joint hurt then I should definitely eat bread, pasta, oats, or pancakes (even if …

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Getting buzzed

I’m a people-person and I enjoy talking with the therapists and assistants, so physical therapy has actually been fun.  The young professionals in there were born in the early 1990’s.  Let that sink in for a moment.  While I was working my first job as a holiday helper during the seasonal rush at a local …

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Shock & awe

Hello.  And happy day-after Thanksgiving to you.  I have a lot to be grateful for.  Simple joys that make the heart full: God, my husband, children, a house, food on the table, and a warm bed to sleep in.  But, sit at my table with me, have a hot cup of tea and talk for a …

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Rice replacement. Endocrinologist replacement?

Good morning everyone, or good day, as it were.  Did I mention I’ve been watching British comedies? I have recently enjoyed a local playhouse’s live theatrical production where the actors employed a British accent as well. Shout-out to all the Mousetrap players! Right, moving along… if you are looking to adopt a Paleo lifestyle, or …

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Shake hands with your doctor.

Watching a British comedy sitcom and drinking PG Tips English Breakfast tea this morning, I begin to think in a British accent.  Brilliant, yeah?  Sort of how I started thinking in Spanish in the Dominican Republic as a triage translator for the missionary doctors & nurses. What’s disrupting my psuedo-British misty morning is this “hold music” on the phone-line to my …

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Morning pages

  It creeps and crawls.  It slowly chokes me.  This anxiety.  Especially when I’m alone.  In somebody’s company, however, I am pleasantly distracted and feel uplifted.  There is a clear reason why I feel this way: a prescription adjustment.  Four weeks ago a very tangible shift occurred after my doctor switched me from 125 to …

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Brace Yourself

Let’s talk about orthopedic supports!  Okay, okay, take your seats everyone.  I know this is an absolutely riveting subject! Got pain?   Brace yourself. Here are the products that’ve helped me with chronic joint pain: I really like the ACE Plantar Fasciitis sleep support brace for nighttime.  It has a hard shinguard-type panel on the front that …

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Pause on the Prosciutto

There was no time left to make myself a complicated breakfast.  The black tea, steaming hot and steeping, would soon be ready for coconut milk and honey.  I made my family baked gluten-free oatmeal from a recipe I still adore and they all love.  Since my dad was visiting, I just wanted to focus on …

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Transitioning from sickness to health.

It was at a women’s retreat a few years back.  There, inside a cozy cottage situated on a wooded hillside, I heard something unexpected.  With the chill of autumn outside, an inviting plushness of comfy couches afforded our group of 30 ladies the space to unwind and meditate on God’s word together.  Our facilitator was speaking to us as we …

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Day 24: One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Focus on gratitude

Let’s begin with a let down.  What happens to me internally when someone misses the mark, and falls short of their promises?  (We all do this sometimes, intentionally or not, don’t we?)  How do I feel?  What records do I play in my head about it? The owner of an expert blogging consultation business recently made …

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