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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 …

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Sensible Sun Exposure

For those dealing with diseases like Lupus and Fibromyalgia, the sun can be a controversial topic. On one hand, the sun provides us the best natural source of vitamin D, a nutrient essential to maintaining health. On the other hand, with active autoimmune disease, we know that sun exposure can actually contribute to serious flare-ups. I have personally been on both sides of things. I’ve experienced those …

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Meditation 101

Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind. If you’re like me, you spend most of your days with a steady stream of inner dialogue, everything from to-do lists to ideas and dreams. Meditation is a lovely respite from our busy minds and provides us calm time to reset. People who meditate are known to be calmer, less anxious, and they’re more …

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They Call it What?!

Who hasn’t gotten a look like this from someone while explaining their autoimmune disease? The world of autoimmune disease is one of serious confusion and inconsistency. It can take years of people suffering with these conditions to be diagnosed and even longer to recieve treatment. Of course, if you are one of the “lucky” ones to get a timely diagnosis, it can often lead to endless questions regarding finding the …

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5 Ways to Alkalize FAST

Ok, so now you’ve done it…You’re sitting looking at a clean plate after scarfing down some less than desirable tasty treats. You’re suddenly recalling there wasn’t a green hue anywhere amidst the predominant yellow-food that you just consumed…not even a sprig of ornamental parsley to suckle on. Have no fear! Using any of these 5 steps, we can get your body back to …

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5 Things to Do During Autoimmune Symptoms Flare

Recently, I came in contact with a chemical that my body didn’t like one bit, and I found myself smack-dab in the middle of a flare. It had been more than a year since I had one, but there was no mistake what was happening. I had a wicked headache and the pain shooting down my legs was so intense I could barely walk. …

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Nightshades, Yay or Nay?

For many people with autoimmune disease or any other inflammatory disease, nightshade vegetables (full list below) can cause real problems. Nightshades contain a particular group of substances called alkaloids, which can impact nerve-muscle function, digestive function, and may also be able to compromise joint function. Some people are more sensitive to nightshades than others, and sensitivity often reflects the overall state of …

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Fly the Freak Flag

Sometimes in life, and certainly with chronic illness, we all feel like freaks at one point or another. I’ve had plenty of occasions where freakishness has felt like my sole identity. Since autoimmune disease is often an “invisible” illness, those of us who have them often have to suffer from our freakishness in silence. We’d rather try and appear normal to avoid being an outcast. I have significant hearing …

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The Autoimmune Connection

When it comes to autoimmune disease, there is A LOT of confusion. Even doctors are having a tough time providing solid information about these mysterious illnesses, mostly because these weren’t very big issues a few decades ago. But now, with the numbers of new patients with autoimmune disease on the rise, it’s time to identify the cause and turn these things around – fast! …

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How to Kick the Cravings

Why do we crave certain things? Coffee, chocolate, alcohol, something salty or sweet…? Sometimes we crave these things for the simple reason that they make us feel “good”. Satisfying emotional cravings is often confused for an actual food craving. Every food has it’s own chemical makeup and in turn, each one affects our brains differently. Often the desire to induce a different state of mind is …