Living with Lyme isn’t easy. And I’m beginning to think I must be a little crazy to attempt to heal from it naturally. I have now successfully finished week 8 of my detox/healing protocol and swiftly moving into week 9. Since beginning, I’ve been able to add bananas, molasses and coconut oil to my green smoothies now that my digestive system and colon has shown significant improvement. They really help aid those bitter greens each morning and make downing each one more tolerable. Last week I was able to sparingly introduce some sardines and salmon too. Never having tried sardines in my life, I was pleasantly surprised how mild and tasty they were. Or perhaps they’re deliciousness comes more from my lack of eating solid foods lately. Either way, I welcomed the addition with delight.

I’ve also experimented with the ingredients that go into each smoothie. Some days I add several huge handfuls of spinach, some kale, cauliflower, red bell peppers along with freshly juiced lemon and ginger. Other days I toss in random mixed red and green lettuce, various types of chard, arugula, broccoli or alfalfa sprouts, pea shoots, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage. Each day I try to add some avocado, coconut oil, banana and blueberries or strawberries along with a dash of molasses for flavor. The smoothie making process is a bit of work each morning, but knowing it will take some time gets me to bed earlier each night, and results in a better night’s sleep which doesn’t hurt the healing process.

Along with the smoothies, alternating beef and chicken broths, fermented sauerkraut, pickles, probiotic and systemic enzymes, natural herbal drops, and a lot of teas I been increasing my workouts too. Every day I try to go for a good 30-45 minute walk outside. The warmer spring weather now helps out with that. Then I do about 75 pushups and a couple rounds of isometric exercises. Or tiger moves to be exact. I think I just heard my wife chuckle.

So far most of my Lyme symptoms have disappeared completely. The first few weeks I did experience back pain, especially near my kidneys, a lot of stabbing leg, feet and hand pains and continued fatigue. But over the last few weeks my symptoms have dwindled. I’m hoping those were herxheimer reactions that I’ll only have to experience at first. Occasionally I do still get a few smaller pains randomly throughout my muscles and jaw along with some strange numbness and burning in my upper left quadriceps muscle, but I’ve had no more severe stiff neck pain, headaches, tremors, back pain, overall flu-like feeling with chills and mild fevers. One of the greatest feelings is that my thrush is almost completely gone and my tongue has returned to a nice healthy pink again. Digestively speaking, my constipation and hard stools have now become softer and more consistent. But the greatest improvement has happened in the past few days. Knee inflammation has gone down considerably. My right kneecap is even visible again. Halleluhia!

I’m now looking forward to completing my third month of the detox protocol and continuing to see more improvement each day while introducing more foods slowly. I’m amazed at how healing with natural, raw, organic food has changed the way I feel. I sleep well all through the night now and have a lot more energy during the day. Although I’m nowhere near completely healed, and my knee inflammation will probably take a long time to normalize, I do have renewed hope to continue healing and persevere on this long journey of recovery.