Showing posts from July, 2017

Photo Friday: Butterfly on Cement


How Meditation Can Help You Cope with Chronic Illness

To cope with chronic illness, you need a variety of tools. One of these tools is meditation. In my new article for HealthCentral, I look at how meditation can help you live better with chronic illness:

"Living with chronic illness is stressful. These types of conditions are often unpredictable and require a lot of changes to how you live your life, work, and interact with your loved ones. But it’s more than that. The simple act of being can be challenging as pain, fatigue, nausea, and other symptoms accompany your every breath.

Meditation can help.
What is meditation?In everyday speech, the word meditation can mean a number of different things. People might use it to describe daydreaming on a park bench or thinking deeply about a particular issue. However, the actual act of meditation is something very different. It is a practice of concentrating in a quiet way, focusing on the present moment. The goal of meditating is to reduce stress, help you relax, and foster personal…

Photo Froday: Duck Not Taking to Water

Even the ducks think the high water levels are a bit much...

In Which My Chronic Illness Blog Gets Banned by Facebook


5 Ideas for Eating Well When You Don’t Have the Energy to Cook

Eating a nutritious balanced diet helps you to be healthier, especially when your chronic illness is flaring. But when your chronic illness is flaring, you don't want to cook. It's a vicious circle. In my new post for Mango Health, I share tips for how to eat well when you don't feel like cooking:

"Giving your body the best fuel possible is important, especially when living with chronic illness. The kind of good fuel that’s contained in a healthy balanced diet full of nutritious and tasty foods. 
Well, that’s the ideal, anyway.

The reality is that with the energy limitations that chronic conditions often impose, sometimes you have to make tough choices about where your efforts go. Occasionally that means shortcuts when it comes to food. Enter meals that are fast, processed, and ready-made, usually not known for being healthy or balanced.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Good nutritious food doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some of the ways you can make…

Photo Friday: Duck, Duck, Goose

(sorry. Couldn't help myself!)

Did You Miss My Facebook Live on Fatigue and Chronic Illness? Watch the Replay Here

In my first Facebook Live, this happened:
I lied.
I talked about fatigue and chronic illness - causes and how to cope.
People watching had great ideas on dealing with low energy.
Lucy popped by.
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A Duck and Some Lumberjacks: Canada 150 in Toronto