Posted on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog |

April 26th – I have accepted The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge to write daily about my disease. #HAWMC @wegohealth

The Role of Food in Healing from Lyme Disease – Part 1: Green Smoothies

At 10 pm last night, I was loading my Vitamix with spinach, blueberries, strawberries, avocado, and coconut water. I hadn’t made a green smoothie in a month.
But after two days of intestinal torment, I decided that maybe they really do help and I should go back to what was working for me. How did I get to this point?

For most of my life, I have endured intestinal issues starting with a stomach ulcer at age four. Another ulcer at age 13. Gas, bloating, pain, and diarrhea throughout my life. Back then, the medical community believed that milk cured ulcers. I drank 8 ounces of milk every two hours for years.

Two years ago, Dr. M suggested I try green smoothies to help reduce my intestinal issues, also mentioning the anti-inflammatory benefits of green smoothies. My response was quick: ‘Next topic, because there is no way I am drinking that nasty stuff.’

A month later, the friend who directed me to Dr. M encouraged me to try green smoothies, raving about how they have helped him tremendously. I was suspicious to say the least.
‘If it doesn’t taste good, I am NOT drinking it,’ I declared. Dan gave me his recipe. I tried it. It tasted good.
I drank one the next day. It still tasted good. AND, for the first time since I can remember, I wasn’t in pain.
I drank one the next day and the next day and the next day. No pain. Miraculous.
One day, I was a little too busy and didn’t make my green smoothie. No biggie. I was ok.
The next day, I didn’t feel like making it. That night, I was in misery again.
So, I was hooked. I have been drinking green smoothies fairly consistently ever since. And every time I go multiple days without, my symptoms return.

I don’t know exactly why green smoothies are so effective for me; I just know they work. So I drink them.
In fact, they work so well, that I actually got B6 toxicity from putting too many greens into my smoothies. I have had to reduce the amount of greens I put in now.

And I have very few rules about them.

1. If it doesn’t taste good, throw it out and start over. Do not drink it if it tastes yucky.
2. Keep it simple. For me, I use just fruit and vegetables. I don’t add in nuts or milk, or seeds. I just keep it down to the very basics.
3. Try to have fun with it.

If you want some of my recipes, friend request me on Facebook and go to my Notes section. I have a bunch there! You can find me as ‘Sharon Elaine Williams Rainey’ on FB.