Hey guys! Danielle here. So, last you heard we announced our pregnancy with TWINS! I’m happy to report that they are here and healthy and happy and beautiful. We named them Desmond and Sawyer and believe it or not I carried them almost full term. They were both over 6 pounds. But incase you were wondering why I dropped off the face of the Lyme planet, well…the pregnancy was ROUGH and I went through a bout of post-pardom depression after, and well…twin newborns and a toddler is no piece of cake!

Me at 37 weeks. I carried to 38 weeks, 2 days.

Moments after they were born. 

As we left the hospital, days old.

Today, 6 months old!

My husband has been getting lots and lots of emails about Lyme pregnancy and each time it’s a reminder to me that I need to get back to being involved in this world. We are two very blessed people who actually SURVIVED Lyme Disease (hence the name of this website) and are thriving today. Are we perfect? No. In fact, another reason I feel a draw back on here is because the past month or so I’ve been feeling…Lymie. Achey joints, night sweats…I’ve been in denial about it, and been ignoring it, but the truth is…I’ve been feeling it. I read about people relapsing after pregnancy so many times but it never happened with my first pregnancy. I figured that was just for people in bad shape or not as healthy as I was before pregnancy. Well, I’m not awful, but I’m feeling symptoms…and the fact is, I had a rough pregnancy. I birthed two humans! So my body probably got stressed a bit.

We all know stress is BAD for Lyme. So, it’s time to get my butt in gear and take care of myself again.

Have I been eating too many sweets? YES! Have I been eating as much gluten as I want? YEP! Time to scale back. Time to take some time each day to unwind and relax. Maybe add some baths where I can. This is all so easy to say but so hard to implement for me. I have three littles that are very demanding! But I’ll try my best and I’ll update you guys along the way. Good thing is, I’m still in great shape and better than I ever was during the throws of treatment. But I don’t want to get back there. Never again. You all know what I mean.

All that being said, here’s a recipe I made this morning that is Lyme friendly for me (no refined sugar or gluten is my strict guideline that helped get me to my health. Adding any other restrictions stressed me out, and the stress outweighed the benefits of restricting. Everyone has to figure this one out for themselves!).

Blueberry Oat Muffins 

http://www.realfoodwholelife.com/

Ingredients

⅓ cup melted coconut oil

2 large eggs

⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce

⅓ cup pure maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ½ cup oat flour*

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

1. Heat the oven to 350F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.

3. Add the oat flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir until well incorporated.

4. Pour in the blueberries and gently stir until just combined, being careful not to break them up into the batter.

5. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of the batter into a greased mini-muffin pan. Top with three blueberries, then continue filling two muffin pans with the batter.

6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges begin to pull away from the sides and a toothpick comes out clean.

7. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.

Makes 24 mini muffins.

Notes: This batter can also be used to make regular sized muffins. Fill each muffin cup nearly to the top and then bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges begin to pull away from the sides and a toothpick comes out clean

*Make your own oat flour for this recipe by placing 2 cups whole rolled oats in a blender and blending until a coarse flour forms. You can purchase pre-made oat flour at many grocery stores and natural food markets or online. If you are gluten-free be sure to buy oats that are specifically labeled gluten-free.

**Make sure your oats are labeled gluten-free if that’s important to you.

 You guys these were SO good. My little toddler also ate a bunch and keeps asking “Momma, may I please have another muffin please?” (I don’t know how but he is somehow the most polite little 2 year old you’ve met). He thinks the blueberries are chocolate blueberries (his own assumption, I didn’t correct him haha).
Enjoy! And I am truly going to do my darndest to update this thing as much as I can with Lyme-friendly recipes, and tips and tricks that are helping ME.