It’s so hard to stay fueled with decent nutrition when you have a mouth full of lesions. I haven’t had a bad flare in a very long time, but I also can’t remember the last time my mouth was completely sore-free. The last few weeks I have been struggling with a low-key flare that seems to rise and fall, but never quite leave me alone.
I’m grateful to have more diverse nutrition options now. I’ve been drinking tons of bone broth (chock full of protein!) Loving the LonoLife one when I don’t have the time or energy to make it myself.
And lots of smoothies, alternating between Young Living’s Balance Complete and Pure Protein Complete (Vanilla Spice and Chocolate).
I vary the ingredients I add to it, and often just do the protein powder and almond milk when I don’t have the energy to get creative. I add a splash of NingXia Red to the vanilla powders for an extra dose of antioxidants and a yummy berry flavor. Seriously- the vanilla on its own tastes like a vanilla Frappuccino from Starbucks. Add NingXia and it tastes like a strawberry one. So. Freakin. Yummy.
This berries and cream flavor is amazing in oatmeal as well. Oatmeal is another food that’s easy to eat during a mini-flare, and it satisfies my sweet tooth.
Balance Complete, Pure Protein, and NingXia Red have helped me maintain better nutrition while my body works out whatever is triggering the systemic inflammation causing these small flares. I know I really need to tighten up what I eat when I’m not flaring, and get closer to how I was eating in the earlier days of this blog. I know these flares would be even less severe and less frequent if I cleaned up my eating overall. I know this. But am I really ready to do something about it?