Infertility and the Holidays.
I don’t have to explain how painful and embarrassing infertility is. It is estimated that approximately 10-15% of couples in the United States are affected by infertility. While in and of itself infertility is a complicated issue that leads to a mixture of emotions, financial decisions, and medical responsibilities. It is also a widely misunderstood condition. The lack of awareness and confusion surrounding what infertile couples truly go through on a daily basis also opens the door for misinformation and unsolicited advice from those that have no experience with infertility. Yet they have seemingly become infertility experts overnight and want to offer all the fertility advice or want to get up close and personal with your ovaries. Continue reading “Coping with Infertility 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”
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”