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Anti-Inflammtory Foods

Autoimmune disease is often characterized by high levels of inflammation, which in turn causes pain. By using certain foods which have the ability to radically reduce inflammation, whether it be in our joints, muscles, or any other part of the body. Adding these foods to our daily diet, we can begin to manage our chronic pain and eventually eliminate it. …

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Medication vs. Natural Remedies

You might have a hard time accepting the idea that we don’t have to live in a medicated world, but that we choose to. The heart of the matter is that instead of proactively thinking about prevention, we choose to treat the symptoms of underlying health problems, as we have been told, with medication…We, as a culture, want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and …

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How to Transition Your Diet and Not Feel Defeated

Every time I discovered there was yet another food I was either sensitive to or learned that I shouldn’t be eating, I always felt so defeated. It made me sad to lose yet another food, especially since I already had seemingly slim pickins. I actually mourned the loss of these foods and it made me feel a little less “normal” each time …

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How Food Plays a Role in Your Health

When I finally made the connection that food was playing a direct role in my health, it occurred to me that I hadn’t eaten “real” food in decades. I grew up in the age of the micro-wave, where the term “nuke it” seemed perfectly sane. The age when “cheese” products were found in cardboard boxes on shelves. When margarine reigned supreme …

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But You Don’t Look Sick…

You’ve probably heard it before…and when you are suffering from an “invisible” chronic condition, it might not necessarily be heard as the well-meaning compliment it is intended to be. Friends and family, they all mean well, but anyone who has dealt with the kind of pain and fatigue that doesn’t show on the outside, knows this type of comment can come as a blow. This one statement …

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The Spoon Theory

A dear friend of mine sent this to me shortly after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus. It was a God-send and I continue to pass it along every chance I get. The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino www.butyoudontlooksick.com My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating …

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When the Ringing Just Won’t Stop

For those of you with Meniere’s, tinnitus, or constant ringing in the ears can be maddening. Luckily, there are some foods that will help reduce your tinnitus. Foods Rich in Bioflavonoids are very helpful when it comes to tinnitus. They assist the body by increasing circulation and removing excess stagnant fluid from the inner ear, which is most often to blame for tinnitus. Fresh …

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Cleansing Smoothie

This delicious smoothie provides essential nutrients, enzymes and anti-inflammatory properties to assist the body in detoxing and healing. 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple 1/2 cucumber 1 celery stalk 1 handful parsley 1 handful cilantro 1/2 peeled lemon or 1 small lime 1 inch piece ginger 1-2 cups water or coconut water  

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Spinach Grapefruit Salad with Citrus-Sesame Dressing

Spinach Grapefruit Salad with Citrus-Sesame Dressing 4 cups spinach 1 large ruby red grapefruit ¼ cup fresh chives 1 diced and seeded jalapeño 1 small bunch arugula shoots Dressing:   2 tbsp. coconut/olive or hemp oil Juice from ½ lime 1 tsp. wheat-free tamari 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds 1 tsp. local raw honey (optional)   Using a sharp knife, …

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Tofu or Not Tofu? That is the Question

Tofu is all the rage these days, especially as a protein-rich alternative for those who are cutting back on their intake of meat. It seems that there couldn’t possibly be anything wrong with something that is a plant-based food that is easy to prepare and could help those who are seeking a healthier diet, right? Well…while I am a proponent …