Bob and I at Freedom Ball 2013 in Waco, Texas

Today’s post on my other blog, My Constricted Cranium.


Chiari Awareness Month has me VERY Excited! I love sharing my disorder with others, without fail they said, “I need to tell my… ” (usually friend, son, daughter, etc) about this, they’ve had trouble for YEARS!  Through this I’ve had 2 friends diagnosed with Chiari who had suffered with “migraines” for their entire lives.



My personal contribution to awareness:

I will donate a month’s supply of Juice Plus Vineyard to anyone who becomes a Preferred Juice Plus Customer in the month of September.  This is MY promotion, and has nothing to do with my corporate office. My husband and I have purchased a large supply of Vineyard (purple capsules) for this purpose.  ALONG with  this free bottle of Vineyard will come a Chiari Information Packet that we have assembled.  We both believe that Juice Plus has helped my Chiari symptoms so profoundly, that we want to share it with others!  This is one more way to fight back against and invisible, but ever present enemy that lurks within our bodies.

It’s easy to participate, just go to my personal Juice Plus franchise website and order at least an Orchard/Garden blend in capsule or chewable  a Juice Plus+ Complete Variety pack and I will automatically ship you a bottle of Juice Plus+ Vineyard blend.

You may email me for further information on this offer and to learn how your child can take Juice Plus+ for FREE!

Do something great for yourself, your family and Chiari Awareness!  We are in this together! Have a symptom free day!



September is Chiari Awareness Month!


September is Chiari Malformation Type 1 Awareness Month! Go Purple for Chiari–Wear your purple, plaster it on your Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. We need to increase awareness and education for this disorder and propel the medical world forward to find a cure!  I am promoting purple everywhere, even in my Juice Plus+ business where I’m giving away a free month’s supply of PURPLE product (Juice Plus Vineyard) to anyone that places a qualified order (at least a Orchard/Garden blend)! Message me for more info at  Visit my Juice Plus+ website to order!


Avocados Are All-Around Awesome!


with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together and set aside for flavors to blend.

1/4 cup diced cilantro
2 large ripe Haas avocados
1 medium ripe tomato
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Chop avocados and tomato into small pieces.

Strain vinaigrette to remove lime zest. Stir in cilantro.

Toss all vegetables and vinaigrette together.


Brush large uncooked shrimp with vegetable oil and smoked paprika. Grill until cooked through, turning once.

Chiari and the Common Cold

So my day started out great..I’ve been a little tired..but overall..Great!

By noon, I was exhausted, sniffling and coughing,

Now-at 4 pm..I’m in the midst of an old fashioned head cold.

Fever, stuffy nose, cough, sneeze.

Did you catch the last two.. Cough and Sneeze?

Yes, they torture my Chiarian brain.

I feel like a walking contradiction. 

I try to be so positive..but right now, I’m in bed-licking my wounds.

My EDS has flared and my left wrist tendonitis is aching super badly (is that even correct..”super badly” ?). 

I jut want to cry, so I think I will.

Oh and I ate a Chiari friendly brownie to try to cheer myself didn’t work..but with the coconut butter, duck eggs, stevia and walnuts in it…at least I know it was good for my body. 

Excuse me while I cough and sniffle..and balance this icepack on the bag of my head.


10 Reasons Why Romaine Lettuce Rocks!


10 Surprising Nutrition Facts About Romaine Lettuce

1 – Protein. Believe it or not, romaine lettuce is 17% protein with 7.7
grams per head. It is also a complete protein! That means that it has
all 8 essential amino acids, 9% RDA of some and up to 26% RDA of others.

2 – Calcium. One head of romaine has 206mg of calcium (about 21% RDA).
Blend it with calcium rich fruits like papaya and oranges and you’ll get
more calcium than a glass of milk!
3 – Omega-3s. One head of
romaine lettuce contains 44% RDA of Omega-3 essential fats. Forget the
tainted fish oils, reach for some leafy greens instead!.. Okay Chiarians…this is where your Chiaritarian kicks in..Gotta have those Omega 3’s for your constricted craniums!
4 – More
Vitamin C Than An Orange. One head of romaine contains 167% RDA of
vitamin C while an average sized orange contains only 92%.
5 – Iron.
One head of romaine contains 6mg of iron, which ads a significant
source of iron to the diets of vegetarians and vegans.
6 – Romaine
Lettuce is Rich in B-vitamins: Thiamine (B1) – 38% RDA, Riboflavin (B2) –
32% RDA, Niacin (B3) – 12% RDA, Pantothenic Acid (B5) – 18%, Pyridoxine
(B6) – 36 %, Folate (B9) – 213%!
7 – Water. One head of romaine provides 16% of your daily water needs with about 20 ounces of water per head!

8 – Rich Source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and K. As with most
leafy greens, romaine is super rich in beta-carotene with 1817% RDA per
head and has 535% RDA of vitamin K.
9 – Low Levels of Oxalic Acid.
If you have problems with calcium oxalate kidney stones, romaine lettuce
might be a good choice for leafy greens since it is very low in this
10 – Mineral-Rich. Don’t let the lighter color of
romaine lettuce fool you. This not-so-dark leafy green is rich in
minerals. One head contains copper (33% RDA), magnesium (22% RDA),
manganese (42% RDA), phosphorus (27% RDA), potassium (33%), selenium (5%
RDA) and zinc (13% RDA)

Don’t like lettuce or salads?  Try taking Juice Plus to get your fruits and veggies. ALSO, YES–some people list Lettuce as a headache trigger, be careful, all triggers and all headaches are not the same. Many people find decreased headaches when getting all of the nutrients they need…it’s worth checking out! Look for organic lettuces..or grow your own!

Yummy Yeast-Free, Gluten-Free Pizza Crust!

Yummy Yeast-Free, Gluten-Free Pizza Crust!

Planning a Movie night tonight? Movie night is
not complete without PIZZA! Get pizza off of the TABOO food list by
making this crust and topping it with tons of veggies..and why not try
almond cheese for a change? What Movie are you watching tonight?

Yeast FREE, Gluton FREE, pizza crust!


1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup rice flour
2/3 cup 2% low fat milk (may use soy or almond milk)
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp spices (Italian)
1 dash garlic powder (or salt)


1. Mix gently, do not over-beat (batter will be runny).
2. Pour batter into greased pizza pan.
3. Bake at 425F/220 Degrees for 10 minutes.

4. Remove from oven, add sauce and your favorite toppings and bake an
additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly brown. (I
would use goats cheesem, almond cheese or a light mozzarella)


Let Go of Being Lonely—–Creating Community In Your Life

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    Don’t Go Around Lonely—Create Community In Your Life!

    There are many different ways to create a sense of community and friendship in your life. We all long to feel connected to one another, and healthy relationships can be a tremendous source of joy and inspiration.

    It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day game of life and forget to nurture our existing relationships and create new ones. It’s important to remember to be kind, caring and thoughtful of the people around us.

    Here are ten ways to create a stronger sense of community in your life:

    1. Regularly keep in touch with loved ones.
    It’s easy to take our loved ones for granted or forget to call, email, and send letters every now and then. Try to get into the habit of staying in touch with the loved ones that you don’t see very often. There are simple and thoughtful ways to let people know you are thinking about them!

    2. Choose face-to-face interaction over social media interaction.
    The technological updates we’ve seen and experienced over the years have been revolutionary. Social media and other technological forms of communication have made it easier to keep in touch with people and make new friends. But all of these updates and methods of communication have also sort of devalued authentic human connection. Being face-to-face with the people we love and being able to hug them, laugh with them, and make eye contact with them is so much more valuable than a Facebook chat or a tweet. Try to maintain balance between online communication and face-to-face communication.  For example, if someone is sick or grieving, visiting them with a bouquet of flowers would be so much more meaningful than sending them a Facebook message.

    3. Take a class or join a group.
    Taking a class or joining a group is a great way to connect with like-minded people. If you’ve always wanted to take a culinary class or if you’ve always wanted to join a writer’s group, or start a home business – why not give it a shot? You’ll meet people with the same interests and goals, which is a great way to form some meaningful new relationships. Join new groups on Facebook and seek out members that live close to you! Find people with similar interests, lifestyles, hobbies, medical issues, religious beliefs, financial goals.

    4. Reach out to the people you admire.
    Email or write letters to the people who have inspired you or influenced you in a positive way. Chances are, these people will love hearing from you. You could end up finding a mentor or making a wonderful new friend!  It’s a WIN-WIN!!

    5. Volunteer in your community.
    Lend a hand in your community in a way that feels meaningful and fulfilling to you. For example, you could pick up litter in your neighborhood, volunteer at an animal shelter, or create care packages for people in need. My community is mostly my online family, however, I look for ways to be helpful here, in my own backyard.  Just try something new and selfless- Your efforts will not go unnoticed!

    6. Make time to play. One surefire way to strengthen connection it to PLAY. Play with your pets, play with your children, play with your partner, play with your friends, etc. Don’t take life too seriously. Play games, go on adventures.

    Be Silly- Get active…and LAUGH!

    One facet of my personal community--My husband and I took a weekend trip with friends. We all love flying!

    One facet of my personal community–My husband and I took a weekend trip with friends. We all love flying!

    7. Perform random acts of kindness.
    Performing random acts of kindness feels amazing and is such a great way to make other people feel loved and appreciated. Always be kind to people. You never know just how much someone may need it.

    8. Be a good example.
    Be a good example to the people who admire and look up to you. We all have an influence on each other, whether directly or indirectly. Choose to be a positive influence to other people. Strive to be a shining light in their lives.  Don’t be too caught up in your own world to encourage and edify others!

    9. Help other people, even if they don’t ask.
    Helping people is a wonderful way to create more community in your life. If you see that someone could use a hand, give them one. If someone seems upset about something, ask if there is anything you can do for them. There are always simple things you can do to be of service to someone else.

    10. Smile at  and talk to strangers. Sharing a smile is one of the simplest ways to connect with another person. Sometimes people just need a friendly face or a kind word. I, personally, never meet a stranger! Pass the joy along!

My Daughter Made Dinner Last Night!

Do most of your meals look like this during a busy work/school week? Occasionally, this happens in our family. I mean we can’t all be Chiaritarians ALL the time. Life is busy and difficult. There are ball games, meetings ,exams, dance classes and sometimes, we just don’t feel good!


So, what do you do on these days?  Give up and try again tomorrow?  Sometimes that’s what I do.  But I always, always, always eat my Juice Plus+.  I sleep all night now and I NEVER worry about my body not getting every thing it needs.  Even better than that..I know that my busy, college senior daughter gets what she needs too..because I”m CERTAIN that most of her meals look like this!

I just had to share!

Have a symptom free day!