In this video Andrea teaches you all about finding that sweet spot of exercising in a way that feels good and doesn't cause a flare-up. This means slowing down your exercise ambitions and working smarter not harder to achieve real long-term results. Hear about her recent experience and challenge in the gym- stopping, even though she felt great! There is no one size fits all approach- and in this video, Andrea teaches you how to tune in and listen to what your body really needs. Here you will learn about the Autoimmune Strong “rule of one quarter” to find your baseline to begin your exercise plan safely and effectively. Andrea will help guide you to understand how you can meet yourself where you are and build on a solid foundation. Five seconds of the right exercise is better than five minutes of the wrong exercise that will lead to a flare up.Read More
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This recipe gives you all of the flavors of pumpkin pie without the fuss of making a crust. Perfectly portioned and easy to make, it would be a shame if you reserved this nourishing sweet treat solely for Thanksgiving.Read More
If you’ve never had or made your own applesauce, you’re truly missing out. It’s so much better than store bought and is easy to make. This version incorporates pumpkin and ground flaxseeds to amplify the nutrition while helping to reset your digestion.Read More
Apple crisp is an all-time favorite dessert that is simple enough to be enjoyed year-round. Feel free to adapt this recipe with seasonal fruits. Peaches, cherries, or fresh berries are great in the summer or swap the apples with pears in the fall and winter.Read More
One of the things I get asked about most often is my own personal nutrition. Everyone wants to know what I eat! And that makes sense, nutrition was (and is) a very big part of my healing journey. So here is my nutrition story.Read More
Living with chronic illness means living with constant pain and exhaustion. All. The. Time. This is what people who don’t have chronic illness don’t understand. Basic daily activities can be difficult, like climbing stairs, going to the grocery store, and playing with your kids or grandkids. We aren’t exaggerating our pain and exhaustion, it’s our real life experience. And exercise? It seems impossible. Even if you used to do tons of exercise in your past. Today, exercise can seem daunting, just too much.Read More
Back in January, I wrote to you with a confessional. I had recently made some HUGE changes in my life- I had moved my family to a new state, I had started full time building a business, and I was in a new town, away from all of the resources and routines I had relied on to stay healthy. It was overwhelming, to say the least. And I wrote to you then about how, in this time of intense transition, I was so busy taking care of everyone else, that I stopped taking care of myself. I let fear and overwhelm take over, and I stopped doing so many of the things I need to do to manage my health.Read More
Exercise Induced Symptom Flare-Ups are what happens when someone with exercise intolerance pushes too hard in the gym. When exercise is too much for us, our system gets aggravated and over-taxed, and the body’s way of responding is to go into a flare.Read More
This is a great question, because there is actually very little information provided to the public about exercise intolerance- and yet it is a very really thing with very important consequences, particularly for the 23 million people and counting who have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and want to exercise.Read More
I promised that I would always keep it real with you guys, and so I am going to share something with you.
This week, my exercise routine has been hard.
I have been really busy, and it's hard to find the time to exercise, and when I do actually have the time to exercise, I find myself resistant, procrastinating, doing mindless and unnecessary things to fill my time (like scrolling through Facebook). I don't actually WANT to exercise- it feels difficult, exhausting, and frankly, sitting on the couch, staring at my phone feels easier.
Have you ever felt this way???
Ok, so, here's what I did.Read More
Autoimmune Strong is now offering small group coaching!!!
What does this mean?? Well, it means that Autoimmune Strong will be running an online class, lead by a real live coach- and its me! That means you get private access to a personal trainer who specializes in autoimmune and chronic pain exercise. This means you can review your progress with me in real time, talk about your successes and challenges, and even get some personalized exercise modifications if you need it. Also, it means you will have a small group of other Autoimmune Strong members to support you, encourage you and motivate you- because you will all be going through the exercises at the same pace. It’s like a warm hug all around.
Why We Must “Climb The Ladder” to Get Stronger?
Now, I know what you are thinking. She wants me to climb a ladder??? She’s crazy!!
And you are right. I am crazy sometimes. But no- I don’t want you to climb an actual ladder.Read More
So many members have been asking for a newsletter, so here it is! Once a week, I will try to share some inspirational thoughts (usually coming from my own experiences). Please tell me what you think! And if there is a topic you want me to write about, please let me know! Happy to oblige.Read More
It's really hard it is to change our habits in order to get our health back in order. (I wrote about that in a previous blog that you can read here).
And I talked about the importance of healthy movement and healthy food. These are the cornerstones of health- when we eat healthy and move our bodies in the right way, we can gain back our energy, feel fewer flare-ups, and be able to move about the world with fewer aches and pains.Read More
There is something I have been thinking about, and I wanted to share with you.
"Sometimes, in life, your situation will keep repeating itself until you learned your lesson."
I stumbled upon this quote on Instagram one day, and it stopped me in my tracks. You see, I have been talking to you about motivation (you can read about my struggles here), and about doing the things that are good and healthy for you. Eating healthy food and incorporating movement into our days are important for taking care of our bodies and our minds. I developed Autoimmune Strong to teach you how to eat and move in a healthy way, that will help you take control over your pain, and restore your energy and zest for life.Read More
I know firsthand how difficult it can be to exercise with a thyroid disorder. I live with Hashimoto’s disease, and have struggled for years to find the right exercise program for my body. This is one of the reasons I designed Autoimmune Strong for myself- to use exercise to heal my thyroid rather than aggravate it. (You can read more about my story here).
You see, Thyroid + Exercise can be a tricky combination.Read More
So, as many of you know, I am a certified personal trainer. And today, I am going to share a little personal trainer lingo with you.
All personal trainers learn about the SAID principle- otherwise known as Specific Adaptations To Imposed Demands.
It is a basic foundation to exercise science. And it has a direct effect on what you do with your body every day.Read More