A follow up interview with GoTarryn

GoTarryn, the traveling trainer, speaks with me again about life with Lyme.

GoTarryn Personal Training Video Blog (11/16/2015)

Super Easy Pulled Chicken (a great protein source)

All my health practitioners tell me to eat more protein, but I have Lyme disease, so I don’t have a lot of energy to cook for myself. On Pinterest I found an amazing baked taquito recipe (which you can find here and I highly recommend) which called for pulled chicken. After making the taquitos several times, I perfected a pulled chicken recipe and have had many requests to share it.

I begin with a packet of chicken breasts from Costco.

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Drizzle the breasts with olive oil and generous amounts of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.

I then season to taste with the following:

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  • Tumeric (which is excellent for inflammation)
  • Curry Powder
  • Cayenne Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Chili Powder
  • Paprika

I also add a lot of:

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  • fresh ginger

(you can crush your own or buy it ready to use as I do)

Your breasts should look like this:

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Then cover the breasts with two cans of ginger ale.

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I then set the slow cooker on low and leave it to simmer for 5-6 hours.

When it is done your breasts will look like this: Pulled Chicken 8

We have been using two forks to pull the very tender meat apart but I recently read that you can an electric beater. I cannot testify to whether or not it works though. (If you use beaters and it works, please tell me about it in the comments below.)

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Since I use a Costco package of breasts, I end up with tons of chicken. We freeze the majority in separate baggies for future use.

In addition to the taquito recipe above, we use the pulled chicken a variety of ways:

  • As a grab and go snack on its own.
  • On a roll as a sandwhich
  • on a baked potato with cheese
  • tossed with lettuce, pumpkin seeds, craisins, tortilla strips, and dressing (or your favorite salad toppings)
  • mixed in with Tasty Bite and jasmine rice.

Please tell me in the comments below your favorite ways to use this delicious, nutritious, and easy protein.

GoTarryn invited me back!

GoTarryn, the traveling trainer, requested a follow-up interview and I was thrilled to oblige!

GoTarryn Personal Training Video Blog (08/13/2015)

Tick Prevention! Please read and share to protect yourself and loved ones during Tick season!

See that itty-bitty speck? That’s what stole my life. Please protect yourself!

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I’ve already received 4 messages from people just in this last week regarding Tick bites. PLEASE, PLEASE remember right now the nymph (babies) ticks are out!! So when you are outside whether you are hiking, playing in the yard, gardening, camping or even at a local park do a tick check when you come home. Here are some tips I would suggest too…these are cheap products that can help.

1. Wear some kind of hat
2. Wear light colored clothing so that you can see the ticks
3. Cover any or all exposed areas such as your ankles, arms, & legs. Ticks love the warmer spots like your Ears, armpits, groin, etc. I know it can be hot to wear long clothes in the spring/summer so if you prefer there are products that help protect from ticks such as…

A. Permethrin Spray, this is good through 6 washes of clothing-

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There are bad days too…

Today I woke up feeling terrible. I could barely make it down the stairs. I was scheduled to ride my horse but was going to cancel because I didn’t think I could do it. But, with the help of my friends, I was able to make it out to the barn and get some good horse therapy. Unfortunately, the heat got to me and now I’m not doing well.

Since I show you all what I look like when I’m strong, I feel that it is only appropriate that I show you my bad days too:

Thank you all for your continued support!! I promise I’ll be up and fighting again shortly.

Explaining to the lay person what chronic Lyme feels like

I have no doubt that my husband loves me but I know that it frustrates him when I try to explain that he will never be able to understand what I’m experiencing. After a great talk today I think I may have come up with a way that can help him at least wrap his brain around it. I thought I would share it with you all too.

Imagine the worst case of Mono that lasts for 3 months, leaving you unable to lift your head off of the bed or take care of your basic personal hygiene unassisted. Now add in excruciating joint pain, migraines, and constant nausea. On top of that your cognition is effected: you have lost your short term memory and your working memory is hampered (you can no longer manage complex reasoning and are unable to find the word your are looking for). You may or may not be able to read and write. Any allergic reaction sends you into a tail spin (because it makes sense that an immune response would trigger an autoimmune reaction) so you live in constant fear of mold/hay fever/etc. You may or may not suffer from chronic insomnia or you might sleep 23 hours a day (and don’t you dare say that you would love to sleep 23 hours a day!! That is arguably the cruelest thing you could say to someone with a chronic condition). Your life is stolen from you while you are in the prime of your life, leaving you broken and despondent. Many sink into deep depression. Your friends and family abandon you because you are no longer “fun to be around.” There are many other symptoms to add in but this gives you an idea…

Now multiply this by years.

Now you may have an inkling of an idea of what we go through and why we get upset when you say, “oh yeah. I get tired too.”

I hope this helps give a better picture of what it feels like to be trapped in the body of someone with Chronic Lyme. Was this helpful? Did I leave anything out? Tell me in the comments below.

The Starfish Story: one step towards changing the world

I’ve always lived this parable. Sometimes our actions may seem futile, but I know that if I can help one person that I’ve made a difference. As Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can we do small things with great love.”

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You may have heard this one, but I find that it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of it every once in a while.  First let me tell you the story, and then we can talk about it. 

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. 

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man…

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