5 Tips for Celebrating Valentine’s Day With A Chronic Illness

Getting Romantic With A Chronic Illness

Balancing romance with a chronic illness is not always easy. Flare-ups, chronic pain, and low-energy can impact your day to day activities. Combine these with your love life and it can definitely become a romance killer. Finding a balance between romance and self-care is the goal. Choosing laid back activities that can be enjoyed from your home and don’t require too much effort could be the perfect fix. You get to conserve energy while spending time with your loved one. Here are 5 simple ideas for low-key Valentine’s Day dates that could be the perfect fit for you and your significant other. Continue reading “5 Tips for Celebrating Valentine’s Day With A Chronic Illness”

Coping with Infertility During the Holidays

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”

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”