How I Made It Through Disneyland!

What a roller-coaster this summer has been!  Literally, we went to Disneyland and rode every roller coaster there.. so did my 4-year old daughter!  Who knew she was a total dare devil?  It was an absolute blast!  Do you also know how exhausting Disneyland is with 2 little kids?  OH. MY. GOSH.

After day #2 I was so done.  I have learned that 2 days in Disney is plenty with kids!  On the third day we were just done.  We rode the rides but overall, we just wanted to sit down with cold water in shade, because in July, it is HOT there.

It’s ok though!  It was pretty much the best family vacation my husband and I have ever had, and we sincerely mean that.  It was miraculous watching our little girls have so much fun, and seeing an entirely new side to their personality.  What an experience and I am so grateful we were able to have that together this summer.

I’m Allergic to the Sun.  Thanks Lupus!

I have to say, I was a bit worried about myself during the trip.  If you don’t already know, last summer I was finally diagnosed with Lupus after 8 years of having pain throughout my body and never knowing what was causing it.  I know myself, and I know that in the summertime I get more headaches, more migraines, and feel like crap more frequently than any other time of the year.  And you know what?  It’s because I’m basically allergic to the sun!  Yes – with Lupus comes photo-sensitivity, which means my body will trigger a reaction from sun exposure that will tell it to attack itself, which drains me of my energy, causes flare-ups wherever it darn well pleases, and I frequently get ‘sick’ after a short while of direct exposure.

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Better than Gatorade.. I found Greens!

My rheumatologist addressed this with me prior to my trip and said I needed to replenish my electrolytes with something while I was there, or I would be miserable.  So, let me introduce you to how I learned about Greens

greens on the go

Back in March my sister-in-law was at my house, dying with lack of energy and a headache, and opened up this little green pouch that literally said “greens on the go” on it.  I was like…. ew.  She dumped it in her water bottle and chugged it.

I knew she had been trying some new weight loss products out for the past few months, and it showed.  I didn’t know what they were though.  Finally, I caved.  I asked her what the heck those green things were she drank all the time.  She simply said, “they’re literally greens.  8-servings of fruits and vegetables, they help me with my headaches, so I drink them every day”.  She continued to tell me how they would probably help me with some of the joint pain I have, so she gave me a sample of it.. After she left, around 5pm I drank them.  They weren’t bad!  And guess what?  I was up until almost 2am because of it!  She forgot to mention that they give you serious energy (NATURAL energy), and not to take it within a few hours of bedtime.  Whoops!  But let’s just say I got a TON of stuff done because of it.

So these greens.. here’s what they actually have in them:

  • Acidity-fighting magnesium and potassium blend
  • 52 herbs and nutrient rich superfoods
  • 34 fruits and veggies
  • Matcha Green Tea added
  • Soy-Free. Non-GMO. Dairy-Free. Vegan.
  • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners

You can find the actual product information on them here.

(They are also made with gluten-free ingredients, but not necessarily in a gluten-free facility, so if you have celiac’s please proceed with caution.  If you are gluten intolerant you would probably be fine trying them out).

I tried the Berry flavor one because that’s what my sister in law gave me.  It was actually really good in a glass of cold water.  You could tell they were “green”, if you will, like, healthy.. but they were good.  And you know what?  They made me feel good!

So flash forward to a few months later and guess what?  The flare-ups I had been having DAILY from my stupid Lupus stopped.  Yes.  They stopped.  I have been able to alkalize my body and help it in a way without taking medication thanks to these bad boys.  I LOVE MY GREENS.  And why wouldn’t I?  They are providing me with so much energy that they take away my head-fog during the day, or preventing it from even coming, that I am finally able to do the things I want to get done!  It’s amazing!

My rheumatologist was amazed at my blood work and how good I had been feeling.  He told me to double up my intake while I was in Disneyland, so I did.  Along with sunscreen and a hat, I used my greens every. single. day.  I had 0 – yes ZERO flare ups while we were on vacation!  You have no clue how ecstatic I was to actually feel good the entire trip.  I was definitely expecting to be a bit miserable while we were there.

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But I wasn’t.. not even a little bit.  And I know that these greens helped me make it through.

The Best Healthy Chocolate Treat Ever!

So, since I’ve come across these I have found several ways that I absolutely love to consume them, like in smoothies or even as a “healthy milkshake” with the new CHOCOLATE GREENS.  Yes, you heard me, chocolate greens!  And oh my goodness are they gooooood!

chocolate greens

So, here’s my favorite little ‘treat’ to make using my chocolate greens:

For a serving for 2 adults, about 16 ounces each, use the following ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups of vanilla flavored reduced sugar almond milk
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1 banana
  • 2 heaping scoops of peanut butter
  • 4 scoops of Chocolate Greens

Blend it together and voila!  You have an amazingly healthy, chocolatey, sweet-tooth satisfying cool treat.  It is loaded with antioxidants and your daily serving of fruit and veggies, with 0 grams of sugar!  I love the chocolate greens because they have very few calories, a little fiber, potassium, magnesium, and iron.  They are seriously wonderful AND safe for your kids!  This is our little treat we make at home every Saturday morning to start our weekend off on the right foot.

We seriously love these things, and I can’t tell you enough how they’ve helped me get over my head-fog and have sustainable energy to get me through my days.  If you are curious about what all is in them, here is the link of the actual product information.  You can also order some to have sent directly to you here.

2 12 - 3 cups almond milk

I would love to know what you think of this healthy treat!  Leave me a comment if you have tried it out or want more information on it!  I’m all about sharing the things I love!

 

XoXo,

Erika