Walking for Dummies

A compilation of grievances, lessons learned, and Paleo recipes from a cautiously optimistic 26-year-old with chronic bad luck (and Lyme) living in New York City...uh, scratch that, Pennsylvania.

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There’s something about bacon that makes Brussels sprouts so much better.

There’s something about bacon that makes Brussels sprouts so much better.

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Bison, bacon, and cranberry @epicbar. Can’t wait to try this bad boy out. #paleo

Bison, bacon, and cranberry @epicbar. Can’t wait to try this bad boy out. #paleo

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Holy crap, this was delightful: Salmon burger with sautéed onions and spinach, and Asian style BBQ sauce. On the lovely #paleo “bread” I made earlier today.

Holy crap, this was delightful: Salmon burger with sautéed onions and spinach, and Asian style BBQ sauce. On the lovely #paleo “bread” I made earlier today.

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Ankle pain like woah

Oh, Lyme. You’re a fickle disease. Once I think I’ve shaken you for good, you surprise me with a physically-debilitating and emotionally-draining attack on my joints and tendons. What the hell, dude? Don’t you know we’re not friends? Not sure why you decided to show up again. Maybe I need to re-up my dose of antibiotics. But regardless, great job reminding me that you’re not easily defeated and that this is going to be a long road to recovery. By the way, you suck.

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These feet just jogged a 10-minute mile. Which (if you know my history with Lyme) is a big frigin deal :) #progress

These feet just jogged a 10-minute mile. Which (if you know my history with Lyme) is a big frigin deal :) #progress

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Paleo-friendly salmon (w/ maple-mustard pistachio topping)

Yesterday I made this. It was awesome.

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Thought I’d lure you in with a food pic, then launch into a boring rant about my personal eating habits. But first, the salmon: Simply coat it with a mixture of Dijon mustard and maple syrup, sprinkle some crushed pistachios on top, and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes (or until flaky, time will vary depending on your oven). I ate it along with a baked sweet potato topped with organic butter, chili powder, and brown sugar—a pretty kick-ass flavor combo.

Anyway, that was my good-girl Paleo dinner. Trying to get back into eating this way at least part time. In case you don’t remember (and why would you?), I did strict Paleo for about a year before I knew I had Lyme. It was my attempt at reducing inflammation and pain for my “mystery condition.” But I slowly fell off the wagon last year….I was riding along, chewing on my grass fed beef jerky, scoping out buffalo on the prairie, then BAM! I hit a bump, only to fall out and end up with a triple decker turkey club in my mouth. Unfortunate accident, really.

I’ve found a pretty good balance at this point. I follow the Paleo principles of not eating processed crap with scary ingredients, but I’ve given myself a bit of leeway when it comes to grains (I’ll allow myself a slice of sprouted grain bread once in a while) and legumes (seriously, there’s no one who can convince me that peanut butter isn’t healthy).

Anyway, that’s all for now. Sorry for the several month hiatus. More on why that happened later (teaser: stupid boys), and updates on how I’m progressing with my Lyme disease treatment (teaser: It’s going reaaaaally well!).

Peace, love & pistachios,

Steph

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Ugh.

Just ugh. Boys breaking hearts hurt almost as bad as Lyme disease induced foot pain. And that’s a lot.