Dairy Free/Gluten Free “Cheesy” Garlic and Onion Sauce With Spaghetti and Shrimp

For this recipe you’re going to need:

-Two Cups of peeled and diced potatoes

-One Cup of peeled and diced carrots

-1 Tbsp lemon juice

-1 Tsp Garlic Powder

-1/3 Cup Virgin Olive Oil

– 1 Tbsp of salt

-1 Cup of diced Onions

-1/2 Cup of Nutritional Yeast (or Corn Starch)

-1 Tsp Mrs. Dash Table Blend

-1 Big handful of Gluten Free Pasta

– 1 cup of peeled  shrimp

First, you’re going to dice 2 cups of potatoes, and one cup of carrots. Once diced, throw your potatoes and carrots into a medium pot to boil. While boiling, fry your cup of onions and cup of shrimp using a light amount of olive oil in a separate small pan until they are no longer raw. Once your potatoes and carrots are softened, take them off the heat and drain. Once your onions and shrimp are cooked, take them off the heat as well. Separate your shrimp from the onions (you need the onions for your “cheese sauce”)

Now, put your lemon juice, spices, nutritional yeast (or corn starch), onions, salt, olive oil, carrots, and potatoes together in a blender. Blend it all well.

 

Now you have your garlic and onion ‘cheese” sauce!

It should look something like this:

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(I mixed in my yeast/ corn starch in last because my blender is super small.)

NOW, Boil a big handful of gluten free pasta in a medium pan Once pasta is cooked, strain it.

mix your cheese sauce, your pasta, and your shrimp together in a container and voila! You now have your own lactose free and gluten free cheese sauce shrimp and pasta style meal! Feel free to mess around with the recipe after you try this, you may find that you like the ingredients better with less of something and more of something else! Feel free to even use a half cup of cashews in your sauce as well to help texture and taste! Enjoy!

 

-Rebecca Elizabeth A Punk With MS

 

To The Ones Who Never Feel Good Enough

This post is dedicated to the ones who always feel like they have to hold the weight of the world on their shoulders.

You are an incredible human being that puts light into the world wherever you go.

You are a shining soul, that helps others when they feel like they have fallen into an infinite darkness.

You have held others together, even when you didn’t feel put together yourself.

You are the selflessness that a lot of the world lacks.

You are truly more wonderful than you’ll ever see or know.

I can say this because I am also one of these people.

I wonder if one day  I’ll ever feel “good enough” even though I know I’m a good person.

There are days when you’ll want to give up or even feel weak, but you need to keep moving.

You need to remain strong, you’ve made it this far. Rest and recharge if you need to. You are only one person. One person can make a difference, but in order to care for others, you need to care for yourself.

The world needs your kindness, don’t let it make you dark.

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– Rebecca Elizabeth A Punk With MS

 

 

 

 

One Lovely Blog Nomination

I have been nominated for the ‘one lovely blog award’ by my friend Hannah! Check out her blog at https://baldblogging.wordpress.com/one-lovely-blog

Rules

  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Post about the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate at most 15 people
  • Tell your nominees the good news

Seven facts about me

  1. I have a pet Colombian Dwarf hamster named “Spoopy” We got her on Halloween!
  2. I love makeup and hope to be better at applying it in the future
  3. I love creepy and weird things that most people would find too odd for them to enjoy
  4. I have an obsession with the anime “Sword Art Online” currently
  5. My favorite band is Good Charlotte (Since age 11). I met them in November last year
  6. I have a lot of tattoos, I can’t give you an exact number but I love every one of them
  7. I enjoy chai tea, it’s my favorite kind other than jasmine pearl green tea

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-Rebecca Elizabeth  A Punk With MS

Multiple Sclerosis; Coping With Challenges

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic illness that causes your body to attack its own central nervous system. This leads to myelin damage and misfiring of the nerves. Myelin is the layer that covers and protects the nerves. During relapses (or attacks)  Your body attacks the myelin in the brain, optic nerves, and even the spinal cord. These attacks cause numbness, tingling, weakness, fatigue, nerve pain, and even possibly the loss of mobility later in life. (this is for some MS patients not all.) Permanent damage can cause a lot of obstacles for patients who are trying to live as normal as possible.

The list of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms are long, but being able to cope with the everyday changes, challenges, and obstacles is one of the most important things.

 

1. Find A Support System In The MS Community

The MS community is one that is widespread and always readily available. Before the wonderful world of the internet, patients had to read up information from the small number of books locally available and got any other information on the disease directly from their neurologists. There wasn’t as much research done on MS back then, and it was hard to find others who understood the disease. This lead to more patients feeling alone, isolated, and extremely depressed.

Nowadays at the click of a button, you can find friends who also have MS and even endless topics about the disease. The world is at your fingertips (literally) so go out there, make some friends, and educate yourself as much as you possibly can. Being a part of the community will make your hardships and challenges much easier because you can relate to others who understand.  I use M.S. Connect and MS Pals on Facebook. These are great groups for support.

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2. Know It Isn’t The End

You may be newly diagnosed or may have been dealing with this disease for years. Regardless of the situation, days get tough and yes it can be very frightening. Remind yourself that the medical field is advancing daily. For example; scientists just found out that our blood molecules can possibly define what type of MS we have and what treatments will help us.  This is a huge breakthrough in MS research. We haven’t found a cure yet, but we can’t give up hope.

 

3. Pick Up A Hobby

Hobbies are a great way to pass the time, especially for those who are on disability. If you do happen to work still, a new activity or hobby could help lessen your depression. For me personally, I write, I draw, I even play guitar sometimes. When I don’t have the energy for that, I read or I watch my favorite T.V. show. The distraction helps me get through my harder days, and being productive in writing makes me feel like I am doing something that benefits others since I no longer work. You can find something that will help you too. Check out Creative MS Expressions, a community on Facebook where others with MS share their art and creativity. Mary Pettigrew (The founder of MS Pals) Runs this group and is a huge MS advocate in the community.

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4. Get Involved

If you feel like you want to help make a difference or just need to get out of the house, The Multiple Sclerosis Society has many different events where you can meet others and fundraise for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. If you want to see when an event is happening near you, be sure to click the link! There are also other opportunities they offer that include advocating and volunteering.

5. Take Care Of Your Body

Having MS means being aware of what you put into your body, and making sure you exercise. This will make you stronger over time and can help combat fatigue. Healthy eating (such as reducing inflammatory foods) and taking vitamins are some simple yet very effective ways that can help you through this MS journey.

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I hope that this article helps you overcome your current MS challenges and obstacles. Remember that you are not alone and that there are many people who are here standing/sitting right beside you throughout this battle.

-Rebecca Elizabeth A Punk With MS

 

 

 

The Meaning Of Life

I always have wondered what the meaning of life is. Why are we thrown into a world filled with so much joy, yet so much suffering and pain? What is the meaning behind all this, and why are we the ones to experience it? I’ve stayed up many nights questioning this, as I’m sure most of us have.

Life is mysterious, filled with unknowns. I hold onto my spirituality to connect to my higher power. It helps reassure me that there is a reason behind the life that I’m currently living. The energies of the earth are one with my entire being.

I don’t want to go through all these trials and tribulations and have nothing at the end. I want to know that I have something to look forward to when I pass on to the other side, that all the love I have spread to others will last for years to come, and that my deceased loved ones will meet me when the end of my life comes. If you look deep inside yourself then you will know deep in your heart that there is a reason. We just don’t know why.

(Animal art by Jonkie )

In retrospective, we will probably never get the answers we are looking for about life’s meaning. Maybe a part of all this isn’t knowing until the very end. One thing is for sure; Life is a beautiful gift.

-Rebecca Elizabeth A Punk With MS

Spirituality and Religion? What is it Truly?

Spirituality can mean many different things. To some people, it means meditating, helping the needy, or even worshipping the earth. In my humble opinion, there isn’t a “wrong way” of being spiritual. Hell, collect different types of rocks and gems if that’s your thing. Worship whoever you want, go to church, or stay home and vibe out. The ball is in your court.  Spirituality is a journey, so is religion. It’s not something that comes naturally to many. Be yourself, and do whatever makes you happy. Your beliefs are just that; your own. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

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-Rebecca Elizabeth A Punk With MS

Gluten Free/Meat Free/Lactose Free Burger Tomato and Cheese Tortillas

This is a recipe for a gluten-free, meat-free, and lactose-free tortillas.

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You’ll need:

3/4 cup ground beef substitute (Gardein, MorningStar, or whatever brand you prefer)

Shredded cheese substitute (Daiya, GoVeggie or whatever brand you prefer)

1/2 of a freshly diced tomato

1tsp of garlic

Earth Balance organic plant based “butter” spread (or any other brand of butter substitute you prefer that is lactose-free)

2 Mission extra thin yellow corn tortillas (these are small but any corn tortilla brand will do..make sure they are gluten-free) 

Directions:

Put your ground beef substitute, garlic, and diced tomatoes in a medium frying pan. Cook the beef substitute, your garlic, and your diced tomatoes on medium heat until the beef substitute are thawed out and until your tomatoes are warm. Add spices if you desire. When it’s all thawed and warm, put the ground beef, diced tomatoes, and garlic it in a small bowl.

Clean your medium frying pan out (or get a new one out).

Now, put your medium frying pan over medium heat. While heating it up, use your lactose-free “butter substitute” and spread the “butter” on one side of 2 corn tortillas. Place one of your corn tortillas butter side down on the pan.

Now, put a layer of shredded cheese substitute on the corn tortilla. After this put your ground beef, garlic, and diced tomato mixture on the corn tortilla. This is to help the tortilla stick to the cheese and other ingredients.

After this step put another layer of your shredded cheese substitute on top. Put your second corn tortilla on top (butter facing up this time)

In 5 minutes, flip your tortilla. You should take 5 minutes cooking the tortilla on each side. Make sure the tortilla is nice and brown on both sides.

Make two if you’d like (especially if the corn tortillas are small)

Enjoy!

-Rebecca Elizabeth A Punk With MS

 

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