Despite this past week being very painful, I still wanted to accomplish my recipe-development-Thursday dish. If you, or someone you know suffers with the effects of Chronic Lyme, you will soon learn, and loathe, the full moon cycle. It is said that the reproduction cycle of Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria (i.e Lyme spriochetes) is around every 28-30 days, while the full moon itself also every 29.53 days. Though Borrelia become very active on the full moon, they have also been documented as reproducing around the new moon cycle, which occurs every 29.53 days as well. These two moon cycles alternate every 2 weeks, which can simultaneously cause a noticeable increase in one’s Lyme related symptoms. So while one may feel like they are going crazy around the full and new moon, the big question that arises is “why?” During both of these cycles, both the moon and sun are pulling on the earth, causing the the three to be aligned, and simultaneously increasing the earth’s gravitational pull.
What does this mean?
Well, as you might already know, the ocean’s tide is directly connect to the cycle of the moon. Much like the water on earth, the 80% water content of our bodies is also affected by the moon’s gravitational pull. Because spirochetes can not survive for very long outside of the human body, they learn to adapt to the given hosts environment. Therefore, it is thought that when the gravitational pull increases during the moon’s phases, the bacteria also get busy “rearranging.” Another aspect of the universe that occurs during the new moon cycle, is the increase of electromagnetic energy. Though subtle and unnoticeable for humans, this magnetic field affecting us at a cellular level, is said to be easily detected by animals and other living creatures. During this energy increase, animals are drawn to hunt, travel, and mate. An example of this would be bass, which are observed to spawn around the first full moon, as well as certain bird species who migrate for mating reasons during this time. Therefore, with that in mind, it is rather appropriate to conclude that Borrelia bacteria act in the same way around the full and new moon.
So what are the implications for those infected with the nasty Lyme spirochetes? Typically, my symptoms begin worsening the week of the full moon, while they then taper off in the weeks afterward. Not only does my joint, gut, and overall body pain skyrocket, but sleeping becomes practically impossible. This may sound weird to those who have never had Chronic Lyme, but it is literally like there is something alive in me that won’t allow me to go to sleep. It is important to note that this is not merely a mind game that I play with myself, as I actually strive to ignore and forget about the moon’s cycles. However, it is for certain that Lyme bacteria know, as I find my symptoms worsening, regardless of if I am aware of the bright, looming dot in the sky or not. Nausea, joint pain, muscle weakness, irritability, itchy and crawling skin, insomnia, severe GI pain, and headaches, are all common symptoms that grow. Not only that, but my dog Ruger, who has previously been infected with Lyme Disease, goes completely berzerk around the differing moon cycles. Just this past week, he has been noticeably more ornery, and as my mom suspected and then later pointed out, it was the full moon. Regardless of how much scientists and doctors might know on “why” we patients of Chronic Lyme feel worse every 28-30 days, one thing is for sure – the increase in symptoms is undeniable.
With all of that being said, I needed to create a pretty simple dinner if I wanted to live to see tomorrow. Therefore, it was absolutely perfect when my mother pulled out a boneless pork roast from Green Valley Farm, a local, family run business right down the road. With just a few vegetables to chop, and a couple bottles of ingredients to open, this roast recipe can be put together in minutes. However, despite the simple preparation, the end result is a succulent, juicy, and fully flavored pork roast that the whole family will enjoy. Because I put this recipe together in the afternoon, I set the slow cooker to 5 hours on high. Yet if you are looking to spend even more time away from the kitchen and (or) house, putting the crockpot to 7 hours, on low, will result in an equally delicious meal. All in all, both of my parents, as well as our family friend Nick, could not get over at how tasty this meal was. What was even better was the amount of energy I spared in the making. Therefore, I know you will enjoy this tropical taste of heaven as much as we did.
Hawaiian Pork Roast
- 1, 3 lb organic, boneless pork roast
- 7 cups cabbage – shredded
- 2 white onions (11/2 cups) – slivered
- 3 tbsp fresh ginger – chopped
- 1, 20 oz can crushed pineapple
- 1/4 cup Coconut Aminos
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp Red Boat fish sauce
- Remove pork roast from packaging, dry with a paper towel, and sprinkle with 1 tsp sea salt.
- With a large knife, shred cabbage, cup onions into slivers, and finely chop the fresh ginger.
- Mix ingredients together in a crockpot and sprinkle with 1 tsp sea salt.
- In a mixing bowl, combined crushed pineapple, Coconut Aminos, and fish sauce.
- Make a bed in the cabbage mixture, and then add the pork roast, nestling it inside.
- Pour pineapple mixture over the pork and place the top of your slow cooker.
- Turn heat to high and allow the roast to cook for 5 hours (or) set heat on low for 7 hours.
Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
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