Navigating Dietary Restrictions During the Holidays

Dietary Restrictions During the Holidays

Feelings of being isolated and left out during holiday meals. Having to explain to family members and friends why you have to be conscious of what you eat and consume. Being made to feel as though you are being excessive and overacting. Do any of these awkward situations sound familiar?  Adhering to dietary restrictions during the holiday season can be frustrating and upsetting. Unfortunately, chronic conditions and health complications do not take the holidays off. Yet despite these setbacks, you can still enjoy your favorite holiday season and feel like you are part of the festivities. Understanding how to respect your current health condition, make adjustments when needed and practicing intuitive eating principles are a few ways you can enjoy the season. Continue reading “Navigating Dietary Restrictions During the Holidays”

Tips for Holiday Travel with IBD

The Struggle

Traveling with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can be intimidating.  Dealing with sudden urges or needing to make frequent stops to the bathroom due to irritations is the primary reason why many with IBD choose to avoid travel. Yet the holiday season has arrived and for many, that means taking trips to visit family and spread holiday cheer. I come to offer some simple solutions to your biggest traveling concerns and challenges. This way you can travel with confidence this holiday season. Continue reading “Tips for Holiday Travel with IBD”

Surviving the Holidays with Diabetes

Having a chronic illness and managing symptoms during the holiday season can feel like an overwhelming task. Actively managing diabetes symptoms and maintaining a stable blood sugar level is no different. There are a variety of factors that can lead to issues with either high blood sugar or low blood sugar. The four most common factors are non-diabetic friendly foods, alcohol, holiday travel, and stress. Let’s talk about some practical habits that you can put in place to overcome these factors and survive the holiday season with diabetes.

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How to Enjoy the Holidays and Manage High Blood Pressure

Common Holiday Triggers

No doubt it can be a major struggle to manage high blood pressure. (1) There are significant changes that are made to nutrition and lifestyle habits. The holiday season brings it’s own unique issues when working to manage your high blood pressure. There are three common triggers that can cause blood pressure levels to rise and lead to issues. These three triggers are high sodium foods, excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and increased stress. Combine these factors and you have a recipe for disaster. Today let’s talk about some habits you can focus on implementing this holiday season that will help you maintain your high blood pressure. Continue reading “How to Enjoy the Holidays and Manage High Blood Pressure”

Intuitive Eating During the Holidays

Overconsumption and the Holidays.

The holiday season is literally weeks away. Time to welcome all that comes with this wonderful time of year. This includes spending quality time with loved ones. Taking the time to enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade in the company of family and friends. Another holiday favorite is participating in Black Friday which is the official kick-off of the holiday shopping season. But I’m forgetting one of the most important parts of the holiday season and that is the food! Something that can cause significant stress is the abundance of food at parties and gatherings. This leads to concerns regarding weight management and adhering to a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading “Intuitive Eating During the Holidays”

How To Build Strong Bones with Weight Training

Weight training has gained popularity over the past few years. This is primarily due to an increased desire for many women to participate in figure competitions and strength-based sports such as weightlifting, powerlifting, and CrossFit. While many of these sports and activities represent an extreme and reflect a specific niche, there are a variety of benefits associated with regular weight training. Specifically, weight training is beneficial for those that are concerned with preventative health and fitness. A consistent weight training program can increase and improve bone density, prevent bone loss, and improve balance and coordination which aids in preventing falls and fractures. All of these benefits are important for those that are seeking to decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis.

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The 2 Most Common Arthritis Types

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition in which inflammation in one or multiple joints cause pain and discomfort. There are different types of arthritis but the most common types or forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are a variety of factors or reasons that contribute to the development and onset of arthritis but there are changes you can make in your lifestyle and in your nutrition that can help you ease the discomfort associated with arthritis. Today we are going to dig deep into understanding these two forms of arthritis and how to properly manage the symptoms associated with them. Continue reading “The 2 Most Common Arthritis Types”

4 Simple Ways to Manage GERD

There can be no sensation quite as uncomfortable and difficult to tolerate as struggling with a burning sensation in the throat accompanied by chest pain. These are a few of the symptoms that are quite common for sufferers of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Today I am going to teach you more about what GERD is and give you 4 tips you can include as part of your lifestyle modifications that can help you find relief and better manage your discomfort. Continue reading “4 Simple Ways to Manage GERD”

Defining Diabetes

Defining Diabetes

As of 2015, approximately 30.3 million people in America were characterized as having diabetes. Diabetes was also listed at the 7th leading cause of death with over 79,535  deaths listing diabetes as a contributing factor. While these numbers can astound and shock us as we casually read through them they can lose their power and significance in our everyday lives especially when it comes to improving the choices we make regarding our health. Continue reading “Defining Diabetes”

Top 5 Health & Wellness Myths Busted

It Starts with Knowledge.

 

Another new month is here! This means I’m rolling out a new wellness topic that will help you in creating and achieving a healthy and balanced life. This month I’m going to focus on spreading awareness and educating you on chronic health disease, and autoimmune disease. You will learn more about what these diseases are, common signs and symptoms, risks and complications as well as ways to decrease the onset of these chronic health issues as well as ways to manage these conditions while still living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Continue reading “Top 5 Health & Wellness Myths Busted”