Spring Allergy Remedies

spring allergy remedies

Every spring I swear my allergies will be the death of me and by the end of it I’m wishing there was something that could just put me out of my misery.

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I’ve probably tried almost every over-the-counter and prescribed treatment there is over the years, and most only worked temporarily, but that’s probably because I’m a medical anomaly. My allergist once told me I was her second-most allergic patient she had in her clinic. The person who had me beat was allergic to the sun I believe. Over-the-counter medications only help for so long before you realize you have to get to the root of the problem and that can only be done by building up your immune system. So rather than go through the agony of another spring stuck in a bubble, I found ways to support my immune system and reduce my symptoms.

*The all-natural method ,took 2 weeks for me to see results.. For immediate relief, you can chose to take OTC in the meantime while trying the natural methods to give your immune system a chance to strengthen.

My Natural Regimen: Continue reading

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Setbacks and New Beginnings

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This announcement has been a long time coming and I’ve been putting it off like paying off a sad parking ticket, but I’ve decided to put Little Bliss Nutrition on hiatus. As of last month I’m finally back in school, pursuing my passion — food and holistic health! This is only a minor setback, but I’ll be back, and hopefully as a professional Registered Dietitian.

The end goal seems miles away, but no matter how exhausting this process, the next few years will come and go whether I start or not.

When I started this blog about a year and a half ago, I was coming out of a transition place in my life. I had plans to pursue my graduate studies when I became extremely ill and had to stop. At first it was really hard watching my friends get ahead while I was taking a step backwards. But it’s a funny thing how things turn out. Getting sick lead me to seeking the help of a Dietitian/Nutritionist, which lead me to sharing my experience and ideas on this blog, which now has lead me to changing my career plans to holistic health.

I have plans of where I’d like to take my writing and cooking on this blog, but for now I’m taking time off to focus on school and work. I’ll be posting short thingamajigs to my blog Facebook page. You can follow there or enter your email in the side bar to get notified when I return. Until then, thanks for all your support, and as always..

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Photography: Priyanka Chandra

Eating my way through D.C.

Ever want to just get up and go somewhere you’ve never been? Or maybe it’s a place you’ve already gone to but wanted to revisit? Instead of course, you do the more practical thing and brush that day dream under the rug because, well—life. For once I did that—I needed a break. Mostly, I needed a season change–Florida heat can make anyone go a little crazy. So I asked Boss Lady for two weeks off, which she gladly gave me  because she’s an angel, called up my friend in Washington, DC, cousin in New York, and college roommate/bestie who had just moved to Brooklyn and told them I was coming up. My mission: to go anywhere and everywhere there was food.

Founding Farmer’s “Quality and natural ingredients”

Tip:

Make reservations the day before

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Why I Love It

Their ingredients come from sustainable American family farms, and taste incredibly fresh. It’s clear Founding Farmer’s takes their holistic approach very seriously. Plus the founder has an obvious sense of humor for puns; being in the capitol city, it only made sense to fashion the name of this establishment after  the nation’s Founding Father’s.

Something you might not know

As we sat down to eat our waiter told us the one time they had a tomato shortage in their kitchen, all they had to do was call up the local farmer who distributed them their tomatoes and have him bring in a new supply that day!

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To accommodate for my wheat allergy, the server substituted the biscuits that came with the platter for fruits

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Pitango Gelato

Their specialty

Gelato, sorbets, and coffee-espressos. They use organic grass-fed milk, cream, and free-range eggs. For you vegans or lactose-intolerants, their sorbets are dairy free.

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Why I love it

Pitango’s gelato and sorbets are free of artificial ingredients, colorings, flavorings and chemicals, and low on fat and sugar content.

There’s always something new to try

Aside from the classics, they have exotic flavors like mojito, rhubarb, and passion fruit.

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I tried the NEW flavor CAFFE ESPRESSO

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Oyamel Concina Mexicana

Vibe: Vibrant, ambient, modern, artsy

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Specialty

They’re a tapas style restaurant. Everything comes out in small plates and is meant to be shared. It becomes a little pricey as you add on more platters. Don’t expect to leave on a full stomach from their portions.

Why I like them

They have a diverse allergy-friendly menu that not too many restaurants have and it is color coded at the top. Gluten, vegetarian, vegan, shellfish, nuts, & dairy. Plus their GUACAMOLE IS BOMB.

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Why I won’t be going back

They still made their ingredients with Soy. Having a soy allergy is probably the number one reason it’s difficult for me to eat out at restaurants, but I just ended up being creative and picked the one item on the menu which was soy-free and added some salsa and guacamole on top. Did I mention how good their guacamole was?!

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Protein Bar

Vibe: Modern

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Why I LOVE them

Aside from the fresh, great taste, Protein Bar is considered a Fast Food restaurant AND healthy — huhwut?! You can go in and place your order at the counter just like any usual fast food restaurant and have a smoothie, green juice, salad, wrap, quinoa bowl, or chili ready for you in less than 5 minutes.

Why I think there should be more

Protein Bar is an expanding franchise but it is still very very new–you can count the number of stores they have on two hands. I’m pretty sure if there were more franchises like this available in every local community, it would be less tempting to eat poorly when looking for a quick bite to eat. If Chipotle could do it, I think Protein Bar can do it too.

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 So that was my food adventures around D.C. in a nutshell, give or take a few that weren’t worth mentioning. 

Bun-less Mushroom Turkey Burger

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I’ve been craving burgers lately and to satisfy that craving I turned some rather large portobello mushroom caps into buns, making this a gluten-free and mostly paleo burger. I say mostly paleo because I added cheddar cheese. Normally during a detox or elimination diet, you’re told to stay away from dairy until you are aware of what your body can and can’t tolerate. I was just tested by my allergist and I came back negative to milk and cheddar cheese, meaning I’m in the clear to eat them:) Other molds of cheese that are more aged like blue cheese I tested positive for so I’ll have to stay away from those.

Mushrooms

I sauteed the mushroom caps on both sides on medium heat in ghee (clarified butter) to add a nice flavor. Seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

Carmelized Onions

I sauteed sweet yellow onions for several minutes. If you let these onions sweat long enough, the sweetness will come out and you won’t need to add sugar.

Turkey Patties

I bought a pack of 4 patties pre-made to save on time. These burgers taste great AND are gluten-free with only natural seasonings, free of preservatives and antibiotics.

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Sauce

I used a little less than half a teaspoon of Webster’s All-Natural Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce (click for review).

I topped with some spinach, tomatoes, and avocados on the side and that was my lunch:)