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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Andrea Wool
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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Tori Cox
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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Andrea Wool
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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Andrea Wool
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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Tori Cox
Living with Chronic Pain - The Spoon Theory

I had the pleasure of speaking with Julie Ryan, who has a blog based on the "Spoon Theory," about what it is like to live with Chronic Pain. Living with fibromyalgia can be difficult but we have shared some tips about how to manage pain with food and movement.

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Andrea Wool
Strengthening the Core: Pelvic Floor

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.

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