Bacon & Balsamic Glazed Red Cabbage
Fibromyalgia- Tips on Managing Pain & Flare-ups from Julie Ryan
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.
Parsley & Spinach Pesto
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.
5 Minute Healthy Lunch!
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.
5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise During Your Day
It's hard to find to for a quick healthy lunch, right? Well, here is an example of how it can be done. I got home from the gym and was SO hungry, so I whipped up this bowl of nutrient dense goodness.
Carrot Cake Cookies!
I am a busy busy person. I run my own business, I have two children, a husband, a fish, and a household to care for. I have friends and family and did I say I run my own business? Well, all of those things take time and energy to manage them, and make sure they run smoothly.
10 Important Tips for Managing a Flare-Up
I was so inspired by this post by Twist of Lemons that I wanted to make my own adapted version of these cookies. For me, coconut is not always my friend, so I try to limit the use of coconut in my recipes. AND- I always try to cram as much protein as possible into my snacks, to keep my muscles strong and my skin glowing. This is a scrumptious way to combine veggies and protein for a yummy snack that still tastes like a treat. My kids love them!!!
4 Easy Exercises to Reduce Stiffness & Pain
Even though I consider myself Autoimmune Strong, there are still a few days where I struggle. My flare-ups are usually kicked off by lack of sleep- which is hard to control while living with small children. This week, my kids have been sick and needing me often throughout the night. So instead of my typical 8 hours of sleep, I am getting about 5, broken up throughout the night. Every time I go back to sleep, I am called upon to soothe a nightmare, stop a bloody nose, or change a sweaty t-shirt. When Matt travels for work, this becomes especially tough on my body, as there is nobody else to give me some respite.
Autoimmune Strong Tips on How to Manage Stress & Anxiety
We all have been told over and over again that daily exercise is good for us. And yes- it is indeed true. And it stands true even more for people with autoimmune disorders, as daily movement has been shown to have a major impact on the reduction of physical and metal symptoms of autoimmune disease and other chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia and lyme disease. (click here to read more on this topic)
Strengthening the Core: Pelvic Floor
Autoimmune Strong is, at it's core, an exercise and physical fitness program. However, for me, the idea of being "Autoimmune Strong" is a metaphor for life in general. You see, there are two ways people typically exercise, and these represent two very distinct ways of living our lives.
In this kick-off post for the Autoimmune Strong blog, I wanted to talk more about the core. Get it? An apple core? Ok, but seriously, I wanted to give you more information about one of my most essential foundations, Abdominal Bracing. And you don’t even need to be a member to learn how to do this Abdominal Bracing Technique- just download my free video by scrolling to the bottom of the homepage (click here) and you can follow along while I teach this important technique.