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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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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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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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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 …

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How To Beat Your Sugar Addiction For Good

Sugar Vs Crack We all joke that sugary snacks can be a little like “crack”. Often, just the thought of them gives us a jolt of gotta-have-it-ness. The fact is, there really isn’t that much difference between the white stuff you find for free on the table in every diner, and the stuff they are selling in back alleys. You might be surprised …