Mystery solved

Okay so I want to share something that for about two years has alluded me as a mystery illness and caused quite some embarrassment for me and even quite a few missed days of work. 

It all started when I started this healthy living/diet kick ( which was alarming) and I went to three different doctors for it, very frustrating with this painful and very obvious issue I was having. 

I would post pictures but it’s so horrible that if you would like to see them I’ll email them to you upon request bc they are to embarrassing to post

So it all started two years ago ( when I was unknowingly pregnant) as oddly enough I’ve never had this issue before I got pregnate. But I woke up with swollen lips. The were Huge! Two days before they started to feel chapped. I thought nothing of it as my chapped lips usually heal very quickly without any attention to the problem, but this time they felt like they exploded! They were chapped, itchy, swollen, and just a nightmare all together to deal with. Needless to say I flipped on the guy I was with thinking he had possible given me something, as he had also had chapped lips several days before me. He assured me that wasn’t the case and told me to go to the Dr to get it all figured out. So I go like a day later, I being the blunt person I am ask, IS IT HERPES !?!? With a horrified look on my face fearing and expecting the worse. He kinda laughed and said no I don’t think so it looks like A burn. Did you burn yourself or have you been in the sun? No I responded. Well then, he said, your having an allergic reaction to something do you have any allegies? I was like well no, not that I know of; well except the antibiotic bactrum that I have not taken In weeks. He asked me if I’d eaten an nuts (typical allergy foods) I was like no just some mangoes is the only thing out of the ordinary. And he was like ah ha! You have a citrus allergy. I was kinda skeptical since no testing was done but I was like alright I’ll just stay away fro. Mangoes because I know for a fact that other “citrus” has no ill effect on me. So I go on for almost another year no problems. I had some minor chapped lip issues (later attributed to copious amounts of raw tomatoes I craved while being pregnate) but nothing like the mangos reaction. Then around my birthday I wake up with swollen itchy lips. I had been doing a Candida elimination  diet so I thought maybe that was the problem. I waited that one out and used coconut oil for relief. Then when I got fired from my job I went and used all my insurance I had paid for, at the doctor. I showed him the pictures of my lips, which at that time were normal, because picture evidence was all I had of this incident that kept occurring. I mentioned I thought that it could be Candida, he thought I was crazy and that there would be no way I had thrush, Candida of the mouth, unless I had cancer or AIDS or something like that. In which he tested my blood and everything came back negative, no STDs no aids, all normal blood work except low vitamin D. I mentioned that I had gone to the doctor before and he diagnosed it as an allergic reaction to citrus and had also ruled out herpes. He said for sure it wasn’t herpes and wasn’t Candida that it was probably staph or allergic reaction to something;  and that I needed to come back in to have it tested as soon as it flared up again. Now I am particularly like the dr. had insinuated that I was crazy, So once I got my blood work results I decided to go to a different doctor when and if this happened again. About another six months goes by nothing out of the normal and then all the sudden again another really really bad flareup. I am devastated can’t really figure out why it keeps happening. I had made a citrus bowl but no mango in it. So I decide to go to the doctor and have them take swabs and send it to the lab for testing. Now when I go in the nurse practitioner immediately says oh it’s herpes freaking me the F out considering I had already had blood work done proving that the wasn’t the case and that both doctors before her had said it was definitely not herpes. She immediately tries to prescribe me medication for the virus. Now me being the scientifically minded person that I am said wait a second I’ve already been tested for that and it was negative so can you please just take a skin scrape and send it to the lab and let me know if this is possibly staph or another type of bacteria. She actually refused to take the skin scrape and said that she knew exactly what it was and that she was prescribing the medication.  I again refused the medication and insisted on the skin scrape. So she’s seeing that I would not budge on my decision left the room and got a regular skin scrape and then a specific skin scrape for herpes. I paid around $180 for this entire visit and was told I would have the results in a week. The week goes by I call for my results and they’re at lunch. I call back when lunch is over straight to voicemail. I call back several days later still no answer. I think OK no big deal they’re busy i’ll go up in person since I’ll be in the area to get my results. When I go in there are no results or any records of me being there. Me thinking this is very strange trying  to figure out what’s going. They finally get back to me after they have already closed and I have waited several hours in the waiting room say that the labs after I suggested calling them for more results said they had never received anything in the first place. So the doctor blamed the lab in the lab claim to have never gotten anything so we conclusion was the carrier person lost the results. Sits at that point it had already been two weeks and my lips were completely healed and no scrape could be taken again. And if this was what I thought it was which was a bacterial infection of stuff I needed them to take another scrape. So me beingunhappy that two years down the road I still can’t figure out this mystery illness ask for a refund of the money I paid and they told me to come back in as soon as it flares up again. So then a couple days ago my boyfriend gets poisoned oak (he works outside) I do some research on some things I can help relieve his itching. And I come across this: 

Reading this I think oh my gosh those are all the things I ate when I had this crazy lip reaction. My mom had just given me some homemade cashew butter. So to test this theory I ate a little bit and then  made chai pudding with some of the butter in it and ate it. And lo and behold next morning woke up slightly swollen lips slightly itchy the onsets of the normal Lip reaction.

Also NO DOCTOR SHOULD EVER DIAGNOSE HERPES WITHOUT TESTING IT, you obviously don’t know the difference between herpes and an allergic reaction and it’s a very upsetting diagnosis especially if it’s untrue it could cause problems in people’s relationships
Okay so after reading and seeing the pics on this woman’s blog I’m feeling brave enough to post mine….

But beware they are gruesome 



And here are other allergic reactions on the lips to compare it 


Raw Recipes

So I hate Soy and i’m trying to cut out meat for both ethical and health reasons. Came across this on Facebook, The Rawfoodfamily posted it, and I was like what a perfect meat substitute! 🙂 will try soon and let you know, in the meantime here is the recipe so you can try it yourself 🙂

Raw Walnut Taco Meat (Vegan + Gluten Free)

This raw taco meat tastes surprisingly like mince meat with taco seasoning. This is a delicious and light raw meal that is easy to put together. Serve with simple cheese sauce & guacamole.

2 cups walnuts, soaked overnight
2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp chipotle OR cayenne


Throw everything in the food processor and process until the texture of mince meat (roughly ground).

Raw apple pie


1 Raw Apple Pie Crust, recipe follows
3 apples, peeled and cored
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 dates, soaked for 1 hour and then drained
1/2 tablespoon vanilla powder
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons flax seeds, ground


Prepare the pie crust according the recipe and press into a 9-inch pie plate. Place 1/3 of the apples and all the salt, cinnamon, dates, and vanilla powder in a food processor. Process the mixture until it is almost the consistency of applesauce. Continue adding apples, processing only until apples are chopped into small to medium sized pieces. Add raisins to the mixing bowl. Stir in ground flax seeds, mix well, and set aside for 15 minutes. The raisins and flax seeds will soak up the juice from the apples. Pour the apple mixture into the prepared pie crust.
Raw Apple Pie Crust:

1 cup almonds, soaked in water for 12 hours, then drained and dehydrated for 12 hours

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon vanilla powder

1 cup pecans, soaked in water for 12 hours, then drained and dehydrated for 12 hours

1 cup walnuts, soaked in water for 12 hours, then drained and dehydrated for 12 hours

1 1/2 cups pitted dates

Place almonds in a food processor and process until mixture resembles flour. Add salt and vanilla powder to the almonds and process well. Add pecans, walnuts, and dates to the food processor and process just until combined. Press the mixture into a 9-inch glass pie pan. The crust may be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen.

Hemp Pesto (raw, vegan, gluten and soy free)

Yields approx 1 1/3 cup

1 cup shelled hemp seeds
2 tightly packed cups of fresh basil
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced (2 cloves if you’re a garlic fan)
2/3 cup water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1) Place hemp seeds in a food processor fitted with the S blade. Grind till they’re powdery.

2) Add basil and pulse to combine well.

3) Add salt, pepper, lemon, garlic, and pulse again.

4) With the motor running, add water in a thin stream, as if you were making a nut pate. Stop once in a while to scrape the bowl. Keep adding water until the pesto is still quite thick, but not pasty.

5) Keep motor running, and finish the pesto by drizzling in the 2 tbsp EVOO. This isn’t necessary, but it’ll give the pesto a more traditional mouthfeel and flavor!

Raw Spicy Tomato & Red Pepper Soup


2 large tomatoes
5 or 6 grape tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
a few cilantro, parsley or basil leaves
a few chives
pinch of red pepper flakes
himalayan salt to taste

Quarter your tomatoes. Core and de-seed your bell pepper, cut into slices. Place all ingredients in food processor/blender and blend until a soup consistency. Taste for flavor adding extra ingredients to suit your taste. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice over top and some chopped chives, parsley or basil. Serves one or two small as an appetizer. Feel free to warm gently.