How I Overcame My Sugar Addiction

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. 

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Thyroid + Exercise

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. 

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Why Your Body Needs To ADAPT To Exercise...

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.

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My Reflection on 2017

So it's that time of year again. I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, because they are so hard to keep. But, around this time of year I do get reflective and I start thinking about what went well in the past year and what could have been better. And today, I took a long long look at myself. 

I realized that this has been a majorly important year for growth and change. So many big things happened this year. My home life is different, my work life is different, and both of these things have had a major impact on health. 

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Preparing for the Holiday Season

As you all know, sometimes the holidays can be a wonderful time, filled with joy. But other times, the stress and general "business" of the holiday season can be difficult for those of us living with chronic pain. And we tend to eat too much sugar, drink too much alcohol, and don't have much time to exercise or rest. This is me- every December- and maybe this is you too? 

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Why I Want To Be Grey At 38

Recently, I went to an event with my parents, and there were many of our long time family friends in attendance. I had recently decided to embrace my natural grey hair- and for me, since I had been dying my brown hair for so long- this meant bleaching my hair super light so that the grey could grow out naturally without looking too messy.

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Why I Stopped Chasing The Idea That Skinny Was Best and Started Focusing on My Health Instead

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

As long as I can remember in my life, I have wanted to be skinny. Even as a child, I had a thick, strong body. I have thick muscular legs that could carry me as far as I wanted to go. But that never mattered to me. What mattered to me was how I looked in my clothes compared to my friends, compared to the girls in the magazines and on TV. I grew up feeling like I wasn’t pretty or good enough, even though I got straight A’s in school, had a happy family life, had friends, and even had a cute boyfriend.

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Practice Being Uncomfortable...

“Practice doing uncomfortable things in a controlled setting- that way you are ready for all of life’s surprises.”

Living with chronic pain often means feeling discomfort every day. Your body hurts, aches, screams at you- but somehow you still have to live your life, right? You don’t want to miss out on all that life has to offer. It sucks to stay inside, feeling exhausted, hanging out on the couch watching others live an active busy life.

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Curried Chicken Salad

I am always looking for new ways to make chicken exciting and easy. I stumbled on this idea after going out for dinner with my family. We were at a pizza place, and even though my son was enjoying his slice- he kept trying to eat off my plate (using a clean fork of course so as not to expose me to the gluten). I was eating a curried chicken salad, and since he loved it so much, I told him I would make my homemade version that he could take for school lunch. 

Since then I have had a number of houseguests who have flipped over this salad. I promised my mom I would post this recipe so she could make it at home. So mom- this one is for you.

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Bacon & Balsamic Glazed Red Cabbage

I am always on the lookout for yummy vegetables, especially when I am cooking for a crowd. I am always surprised when people say- “Oh, I don’t like vegetables.” And I say- really? Well, did you try mine? (My secret, of course, is bacon fat).

This cabbage recipe is super easy to make and perfect for fall, when there is lots of farm grown red cabbage. It goes well with almost any main dish. I have used it as a side for roast chicken, bbq chicken tacos, or on a bed of spinach greens with fried eggs on top. It’s a super versatile side dish that pairs well with almost anything due to its salty sweet finish.

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Fibromyalgia- Tips on Managing Pain & Flare-ups from Julie Ryan

I had the pleasure of chatting with Julie Ryan, the author behind the blog Counting My Spoons. Her blog is inspired by The Spoon Theory- an incredibly accurate description of what it feels like to be living with chronic pain and other invisible illnesses.  When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I felt such relief when someone shared this spoon theory with me- I felt that finally, someone described the struggle that I go through each day, just to get through my day, dealing with pain and exhaustion. This spoon theory had put into words something I was never able to articulate before. Click here to read it. 

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Parsley & Spinach Pesto

True story, I eat a lot of chicken. And I am always looking for a way to create a new flavor. So when my husband bought parsley for a recipe that he never made, I was inspired to use the leftovers. Instead of letting that old parsley rot in my fridge, I turned it into a pesto variation, using only things I had in my pantry.  And I had a a-ha moment- this pesto is delicious! So I wanted to share it with you. It's so easy! There is only 1 step.  

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