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. 🙂

 

Why Choose To Shop At Farmer’s Markets

Morning everyone, I have a question for you on this beautiful Friday morning. Why do you or do you not shop your local farmer’s market? Do you like the availability of fresh produce for a decent price? I do.

What about beautiful plants that are in season? I certainly do! Right now at my local farmer’s market, there are so many plants I want, I’ll need to plan a specific budget for them all! I need to fill up beds, pots and hanging baskets to create the space I want to have come summertime.

What about all the wonderful “extras” most farmer’s markets have? Everything from freshly canned salsa to boiled peanuts to local raw honey, our farmer’s markets have all that and more, usually at discounted prices from the local grocery store. I just discovered last Friday at my local farmer’s market that they sell Talavera pottery, which my sister-in-law is a huge collector of.

Produce and pottery at my local farmer’s market!

According to this article on Wikipedia, “Authentic Talavera pottery only comes from the city of Puebla because of the natural clay found there and the tradition of production which goes back to the 16th century.” Today, it can be found all over with significant collections in Puebla, Mexico City and New York City.

I wonder if that means what we buy here is a knock off or the real deal. The prices are definitely not cheap, and the pottery is very desirable. I would like to start a collection of my own, as nowadays, they make pieces that look like they would fit into a beach décor very easily.

Back to the produce though, I would venture to guess that depending on what you are shopping for, you can get more for your money at the farmer’s market when it comes to fresh veggies and fruit. I plan on making another trip today for items that will enhance my Ketogenic diet.

I will price the berries and veggies I happen to choose and report back. Admittedly, I’m going for more plants too…as soon as I check my bank account. 🙂

Actually, I’m back to report what I bought which was strawberries, grape tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, a purple onion and a cucumber totaling $7.61. I’ll have to do a price comparison later at my local Walmart market.

I also got 3 elephant ears for $10, a couple of fancy leaf Caladium and a foxtail fern which was around $22.  I was pressed for time or I would have bought myself a new pot in some of that Talavera. Tomorrow is another day! Ciao, and have a great weekend!

What’s For Breakfast?

Good morning everyone and how are we doing today? Many folks new to Paleo/Keto lifestyles have a difficult time figuring out what to eat for breakfast. What can you eat, they ask.

As it turns out, you can have most anything you’re used to, you just have to modify, and for me, simplify things a bit. Take my breakfast this morning. Easy peasy omelet “muffins” I prepared Sunday afternoon. To that I added a handful of blackberries, since berries are low carb and low sugar, and a mini-baby bel.

Finger food breakfast!

Yesterday the meal was the same except I had 1/4 avocado in the place of the cheese. Besides my bulletproof coffee in the am, I need another source of good fats, and avocado provides that.

You all remember what goes in my bulletproof coffee right? Hot cuppa jo, 1tbsp of Kerrygold butter, 1tbsp unrefined coconut oil, Pyure Stevia sweetener,  a few drops of vanilla extract, and a healthy shake of Ceylon cinnamon. Yum! Swirl all that up in a blender cup, bullet, Ninja or whatever your favorite blender is and sit back and enjoy the bliss!

Other days, especially if I’m in a hurry, I’ll whip up a delicious smoothie in my Ninja blender cup.

If you have more time, you could fry up an egg in some butter (grass-fed of course) and add a piece of bacon or two, or any type of baked good using almond or coconut flours. There are Keto recipes everywhere on how to make pancakes, waffles, or muffins. Pinterest is literally full of them!

Instead of making y’all hunt for them though, I’m going to add some handy links so you have the recipes at your fingertips! I make my omelet muffins a bit different, just adjust the recipe to your tastes.

Grab-N-Go Omelettes from Tip Hero

Keto Pancakes from Delish

Keto Porridge from The KetoDiet Blog

Avocado Nests from Scrumptiously Skinny

Strawberry Avocado Keto Smoothie from Home Remedy Nation

Well folks, these are my favs, but if you need more ideas, recipes, or have a question in general, please leave it in he comment box!

Have a great Tuesday and Keto On!

 

 

 

 

Xylitol Is In My What?

Why The Popular Sweetener Xylitol is Found in Nose Spray and More…

A large number of pets are  getting sick/or dying from accidental exposure to  xylitol, so if you’re a pet parent, pay attention!

What is Xylitol anyway? “Xylitol is a sugar alcohol (low carb, low calorie) used as a sweetener” as defined by Wikipedia. It has 40 % fewer calories than sugar,  is extracted from corn cobs and hard woods. It’s found in many products such as pudding, cake and cookie mixes, ice cream, yogurt, nut butters and more. It is regarded as safe for humans by the FDA, but dogs are another story!

The more I read though, the more I learned about what else it is found in such as: flavored waters, dental products,  nasal sprays, medicines, vitamins, and supplements, and even cosmetics!!

A more comprehensive list of the 700+ brand name products can be found here-Preventative Vet but I wanted to share a few you may be totally unaware you are using:

Dentyne Pure Mint With Citrus Accents, Dr. Johns hard candy, lollipops, and soft candies, Extra Ice gum, Ice Breakers ice cube gums (my brand!), Mentos sugar-free gum, P28 foods high protein spread (almond butter), Act  products-mouthwash, toothpaste, Biotene, KISS My Face, Xlear products-Spry gum, toothpaste, and saline nose spray w/xylitol. Also, the essential oils brands DoTerra and Young Living toothpastes.

Now, the reason all this came to my attention was because the article I was reading about natural allergy relief mentioned a nasal spray called Xlear Saline Spray with Xylitol. Here is the link if you want to check it out Wellness Mama– but my first thought was “Why is a sweetener in nose spray?” Which naturally led me to research all of this info you are now reading.

Just one of 700+ products containing xylitol

Turns out,  xylitol in saline nasal spray makes it hyper-osmotic, which is to say it allows moisture to be drawn in which keeps nasal passages and sinuses more moist and clean than saline alone.  I learned something new today!

Why Xylitol is not toxic to humans but very toxic for dogs is this:

In humans, xylitol does not stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas, making it safe for use by diabetics. In canines however, xylitol is more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream which could result in a potent release of insulin and causing a dangerous drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia) which can happen in as little as a half an hour after consuming it. If you suspect accidental overdose, call poison control or your vet immediately!

While us humans may want a safe sugar alternative because of whatever diet plan we follow, being a pet parent means we have to READ LABELS RELIGOUSLY to prevent accidental exposure.

Say I make some delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies suitable for my Keto lifestyle. What if I used a popular sweetener like Lite & Sweet instead of stevia as my sweetener? And then I decide to share a bite with my sweet little shorkies?? That could be potentially Fatal!

Dogs are naturally curious and may get into your purse, consume your gum, mints, candy or makeup product also so you have to be extra careful which products you buy.

If you are unsure what you’re dog got a hold of here are some symptoms to look for:

Vomiting, weakness, loss of coordination, staggering, collapse, or seizures. If you observe any of these, don’t take any chances. Call the Pet Poison Helpline-855-764-7661 or get to an animal hospital ASAP!!

Bottom line is that if you are a pet parent, there are safer sweeteners out there like stevia and erythritol, so check your household for products containing xylitol and either put it in a safe place, toss it, or at the very least, make sure that treat you fixed for yourself you don’t share with your pet!

Just like I never give my pups chocolate because I know it will make them sick, now I know to continue the practice of reading labels before I buy!

If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear them!

If you need more information, click on the links (nothing to buy here, just sharing valuable info) I’ve provided. Also, for more great content on man’s best friend, check out I Heart Dogs for more.