The Good News and The Bad

The nurses preparing the stem cells for injection.

 

Thanks to all you prayer warriors out there I have good news to share! I was a perfect candidate for the stem cell procedure, my knee isn’t exactly bone on bone, the surgeon was only trying to help his own case. It hurt like a b*t#h but I should see improvement very soon.

The bad news is that I haven’t been able to put any weight on it since I got home, the swelling has not gone down, even after icing it all night. I’m hoping it spreads out during the night and my situation is better tomorrow, he did say to take it easy for several days.

We got a small percentage taken off the cost for attending the seminar three weeks ago, and lucky for me, I already don’t do or eat the things they tell you not to while you’re healing. I don’t smoke, eat gluten, or take NSAIDs, I’m not overweight, and I’m in halfway decent shape.

I appreciate your thoughts and prayers and will keep you posted of my progress. Good night everyone, sweet dreams!

Can I Ask A Favor?

Can I please ask a favor from you guys? Tomorrow, I will be hopefully getting my stem cell injection if all goes well and they feel I am a candidate for the procedure. My knee needs surgery, years of injury and arthritis have obliterated it, now it is bone on bone and very painful.

For those of you not familiar with the type of stem cell treatment I MAY be getting, let me assure you the stem cells used in this procedure raise no moral or ethical questions. They are harvested from mothers who have had a C-Section and consented, in fact, donated their placenta for Regenerative Medicine.

There’s no threat of patient rejection; stem cells used in this procedure come from an immunoprivileged site, meaning the immune process is suspended in the organ between mother and child.

It has been proven to be MORE EFFECTIVE than other kinds of stem cells and has been used by ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons for 20 years. All of the donors go through a rigorous screening process and are deemed SAFE and EFFECTIVE by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks.

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Blood cells in plasma

Here are some more facts about stem cells:

  1. Cortisone and other drugs provide only temporary relief, however, stem cells RESTORE degenerated tissue and bone back to health!
  2. One of the other components is Hyaluronic Acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and restoring mobility.
  3. The injections contain NATURALLY OCCURRING anti-inflammatory agents, such as Cytokines and Growth Factors, which stimulate tissue repair.

If you find some time in your day, please think about me and say a little prayer, I would appreciate it so much! I know this subject is off my normal topic, yet many of you know me and my knees have been heading in this direction for a while, so I thought I would update you all.

If you have questions, I’d be happy to answer them, the office has supplied me with a FAQ sheet that will hopefully do the job I am not knowledgeable enough to do. My hope is that I will completely heal from this procedure and not need the surgery anymore. I want to continue to do the activities I love like gardening, swimming and walking, pain free.

Insurance does NOT cover this, we have made the decision to pool our resources and pay the out-of-pocket cost because it’s still a fraction of what surgery would cost.

Thank you ahead of time for including me in your prayers, as time goes by (2-3 days) I will give you all an update of my progress. 🙂

 

Read All About It: Free Event In Dallas In July

Read All About this Free event In Dallas

 

Hey everybody! I just came across some exciting news that one of my friends sent me a link to-Thanks Laura Smallman for that! (She’s also a fellow blogger, check her out by clicking the link!)

Do you want to know more about Keto?

Would you attend a free event if it was here in the DFW Metroplex?

Well, next month, there will be a book signing by Cristina Curp, the author of Made Whole: More Than 145 Anti-Inflammatory Keto-Paleo Recipes to Nourish You From The Inside Out.

It is sponsored by Half Price Books and if you click on the above link, it will take you to the Eventbrite page with all the pertinent info.

If you have purchased the book, she will be signing them from 7Pm to 9pm at the Half Price Books Flagship at 5803 E. Northwest Hwy Dallas, Tx. 75231

Cristina is the author of the blog The Castaway Kitchen and if you visit her blog, there’s a link to buy the book on Amazon.  Buy the book, then go visit her at this free event and get your book signed! It’s that easy!

I want everyone to look and feel their best, eat healthy and get off as much medication as possible. That’s why I’m excited to share news with you like this, if it helps one more person get healthy, I’ve done my job!

Living the Paleo lifestyle and then switching to Keto has kept me healthy and maintaining my weight, I am off some of my medications and feel as good as my younger days.

My bloodwork is great, my doctors are all pleased, what more could a girl need?

I hope you all can attend this free  event to meet Cristina-she sounds like a great gal and she’s a fellow foodie-you can read all about her here!

 

Ice Cream Bar Fat Bombs

Remember the Good Humor original Ice Cream Bars on a stick from your childhood?

Creamy vanilla ice cream covered with a crispy, crunchy chocolate shell?

Well, I made some delicious chocolate covered cheesecake fat bombs this weekend that taste just like the frozen treats from my youth, only these treats are actually good for you!

Chocolate covered cheesecake bombs

I got the recipe from Fat For Weight Loss who does a bang up job creating delicious snacks, treats, and meals for the keto diet. He’s a joy to watch on his Utube videos because he’s from Australia and I love to listen to him talk.

For whatever reason, mine made more than what he said it would, maybe because I used a mini-muffin tray with the little silicone liners for easy cleanup, or maybe I did the conversions wrong in the recipe (he uses the metric system) but mine made 16 mini-cups or fat bombs.

I followed the recipe he gives which you can find by clicking the link, or going to my Pinterest page, Keto For Beginners.

My son’s girlfriend Becky confirmed that they were delicious! Eating them frozen, they taste just like chocolate covered ice cream bars, yet they are a little hard to bite. If you want them softer, just let them sit out for a minute or two.

The base layer is basically butter, sweetener, coconut oil and cream cheese topped with cocoa powder (unsweetened), sweetener, and coconut oil. Mmmmm! These are my preferred delivery method for getting my daily dose of good fats!

He uses a different sweetener than me, I always Pyure brand stevia because I like the taste the best of all other stevia out there. It is organic, has 0 glycemic index, non-GMO, and gluten free.

He also uses refined coconut oil because he does not want all of his fat bombs to taste like coconut, however, I love the taste, so much that I don’t notice it anymore, and besides, with all that butter, you don’t taste coconut anyway.

I also only use Kerrygold butter, it is the only grass-fed butter that I know of.

So I use unrefined, virgin coconut oil all the time in my recipes. You should give these fat bombs a try and let me know how you like them, if they take you back to your childhood.