*Check out my yummy Fall recipe and summer photo album at the end of the post!
So I planned on getting back to the blog after the summer break, but as many of you know, life gets in the way. But here I am! Refreshed after a wonderful summer filled with adventures, good people, good food, and I was even a bridesmaid! That’s not to say I didn’t have my bad days with my fibromyalgia. Who doesn’t? However, my symptoms always seem to ease up during the warm summer weather or any warm climate for that matter. And now that the leafs on the trees are starting to change and the air is getting crisp, so returns the aches and pains.
This is the perfect time of year to prepare your body for the winter months especially if you are like me and react to changes in the weather and seasons. Like pushing a reset button you could say. Reevaluate your sleeping habits, eating habits, activities, schedule, medications, and if your prone to flu, this might be a good time for a check up. I know for me the summer months mean a few margaritas here and there, as well as yummy but not necessarily the healthiest foods aka BBQ! The alcohol and crappy food definitely has an effect on my fibro and I know, in order to prevent flare ups, I have to go back to a completely gluten free diet.
Change in sunlight and daylight savings time also have adverse effects on me. As anyone with fibro knows, sleep doesn’t always come easy. Yes, all the medical professionals say to get at least 7-8 hours of rest but they’re not wrong. Many of us have lives, jobs, school etc… I suffered horribly with sleep when first experienced fibro pain and with a full time job, I had no choice but to push myself to get to work. But it only made the pain worse and I would have to leave early or go and cry in my car, not the best look at work might I add. When I had could not take it anymore my doctor prescribed a sleep medication and while I am no longer taking it, it helped immensely at the time. So check in with yourself, there’s no other power like the body’s healing power during sleep.
I also go over my vitamins since I’m no longer on medications, and make sure I have everything I need. Some of the vitamins I take are SAM-E, tumeric, magnesium, vitamin D, and fish oil. *I’ll do a post at a later date on my journey from medications to holistic healing. Again, this would be a good time to call your doctor and adjust your meds if they’re not helping you as they should be.
There are some upsides to the fall season though. I love all the cliché fall flavors: pumpkin spice, cinnamon, cranberry, and apple cider, and you can bet your sweet tush that I’ll be incorporating these flavors into some tasty treats. I recently made these yummy scones that were super easy to make and we’re gobbled up in a moment of seconds. So if your like me, aka a closeted dessert addict, or if you just want an easy snack try these out:
Lemon Cranberry Scones with Lemon Icing. ( Yields 12-16 scones)
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
- Nice size handful of dry cranberries.
Heat oven to 425°F (220 Celsius).
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together including cranberries and lemon zest, set aside.
On a cutting board, cut the butter up into small sized cubes. Add butter cubes to dry ingredients and begin to mix by hand until the mixture begins to bind.
Knead mixture into dough ball and flatten into a 1 inch thick large circle with a rolling pin.
Prepare a cooking sheet with aluminum foil or wax paper. Spray with baking (or coconut) oil and begin to cut out the scones and place them on the sheet.
Place scones in oven for at least 15 minutes or until golden brown
Take 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and combine in bowl. Whip with whisk until icing forms a thick consistency. You can add more sugar or lemon juice to get it to the consistency that you wish if necessary.
Let scones cool down and drizzle with yummy icing…Mmmm…..
And check out my favorite photos from summer below!!!!!