Most of you reading already know or have caught on that I work two jobs, and between the two I am typically working 7 days a week unless there is a holiday or I request off for some specific reason. Over the weekend I worked two long double shifts at Longhorn and didn’t do well with keeping up with taking my pills. On Sunday I even forgot to bring my pills to work, so I ended up taking zyrtec (which was actually in my purse because the allergist had given me free samples before she sent me away) instead of the typical allegra and zantac when my evening flare up happened. I thought for sure I would be miserable with hives by the end of my shift but luckily that didn’t happen. I started to realize that even though I am taking my pills less often (due to no other reason than being busy and forgetful) I am not getting really bad flare ups and I am lasting longer in between flare ups.
I had already mentioned that I got myself down to only taking my steroid pill once a day and the antihistamines twice a day, but since I keep forgetting to take my pills I somehow managed to wean myself off of them even more. The last time I took a steroid pill was January 17th at 2:22 a.m. and I haven’t had to take one since! That means this is the third day I am off steroids and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. Also since I kept forgetting about my pills and I wasn’t getting flare ups to remind me to take them, I am now down to taking the zantac and allegra combo once a day – I think anyway. I took them on Monday, January 18th at 11 p.m. and then didn’t start getting hives again until 9:21 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19th. Tonight I made it until 5:40 p.m. before taking zantac and allegra. Obviously I am not making it the full 24 hours but for the most part I am only having to take the pills once a day. Now I am trying not to get too excited because things could get worse again, but for right now I feel like I am making a lot of progress. I can also POSITIVELY say it has nothing to do with the food I am eating, because I have not been eating AIP compliant at all and if anything I have been eating more of what I SHOULDN’T eat (particularly sugar and chocolate) just because I went those two lousy weeks without it. Does this mean that the pills are working? I don’t really know. I have my follow up with the thyroid specialist on Friday and hopefully she will have something real to tell me.
As a pleasant surprise, my Ninja came a day early and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I have been dying to try this green detox smoothie that I saw on Mickey Trescott’s website recently (I know I never stop mentioning her and linking to her website but seriously – it’s a great resource!). On my way home from jiu jitsu I picked up the ingredients and I would say it turned out pretty tasty and I am in LOVE with my new blender. I am not going to write out the full recipe because you can follow the link above to get to the recipe from its original source, but it includes a granny smith apple, kiwi, kale, parsley, cucumber, ginger and coconut water. I used pineapple coconut water because that is what I happened to have in the house.
I wouldn’t say it is the most delicious smoothie I have ever tasted (let’s be real – are green smoothies really supposed to taste delicious?) but I would definitely say it’s pretty good for a green detox smoothie and it’s super healthy for you. My new Ninja worked AMAZING and I had some pretty big chunks of hard veggies in there. The recipe makes two servings and I put one in a mason jar for tomorrow morning. I am really excited now that I have the Ninja to increase my healthy smoothie intake.