Pain Relief Slime: a Soothing Recipe for Hand Pain

Pain Relief Slime: a Soothing Recipe for Hand Pain

Do you ever get tired achy hands or do hand exercises for your arthritis or carpal tunnel? If so, you need to try my Pain Relief Slime. 

Have you ever played with a batch of slime? We have a young kiddo in our house, so slime is a regular craft project on the weekend agenda. We have several batches in tubs sitting around at any given time and I really enjoy playing with it.

It took me about two minutes of rolling the cool, smooth blob through my hands before I connected the slime with a soothing, potentially therapeutic experience, which is how I came up with the idea for Pain Relief Slime. You will find the printable recipe below.

If you know someone who loves making slime, have them make this for you, or make your own- it’s super easy and pain relief slime provides a great, calming hand exercise experience when you’re done.

 

You can create your own batch of pain relief slime with just a few ingredients:

I found this fun kit online, too. 

 

 

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Soothing Pain Relief Slime
You don’t have to leave the slime making fun to the kids. Learn how to make this simple, squishy soothing, pain relief slime with just a few ingredients. It’s a great, calming hand exercise experience. The possibilities are endless- just switch out colors and oils.
Servings
slime ball
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces Clear Glue Non-Toxic Washable Elmer’s School Glue
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Food Coloring and Glitter optional and based on preference
  • 5-7 Drops Essential Oil for this recipe I used RMO Pain Relief
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Saline Solution Active ingredients should read sodium borate and boric acid. Add slowly. Use only enough to bring the slime together.
  • 1/2 squirt coconut oil just to coat hands for first knead
Servings
slime ball
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces Clear Glue Non-Toxic Washable Elmer’s School Glue
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Food Coloring and Glitter optional and based on preference
  • 5-7 Drops Essential Oil for this recipe I used RMO Pain Relief
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Saline Solution Active ingredients should read sodium borate and boric acid. Add slowly. Use only enough to bring the slime together.
  • 1/2 squirt coconut oil just to coat hands for first knead
Instructions
  1. Add glue to mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda into mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Add essential oils. I use 5-7 drops.
  4. Add food coloring and glitter as desired
  5. Add saline solution very slowly a little bit at a time and stir quickly to form the slime! 
  6. Stir until the slime comes away from the bowl and sticks to itself.
  7. Add a little coconut oil to your hands for when you first pull it from the bowl. This will keep it from sticking.
  8. Now, work the slime through your hands for a pain relieving, soothing, aromatic experience.
Recipe Notes

Make sure to really stir your slime and do not add too much saline- it will make your slime tough! Once the slime pulls away from the sides and bottom of the bowl, it's ready to pick up and knead.

The essential oil is pretty strong at first, just so you know. Click here to get access to my FREE Resource Library and a list of additional slime recipes.

TIP: Add a few drops of oil to your hands (we use this gel form) before picking up the slime. This will help with the initial stickiness of the slime. As you knead it will become less and less sticky. As you slowly knead it and roll it through your hands you will experience the additional soothing benefits of the pain-relieving essential oils. You can store your slime in a reusable container!

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See how easy it is to make Pain Relief Slime? You can make it as plain or as fancy as you’d like.

You can store your pain relief slime in a sealable container, just be sure to wash your hands before each use. I add a couple drops of pain relief with each subsequent use for added effect.

It feels amazing if you refrigerate it a bit before wrapping it around your hands. AMAZING!

Let me know if you give this a try. I would love to see pictures, too! Be sure to share them on my Facebook Page!

 

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Should You Be on a Gluten-Free Diet?

Should You Be on a Gluten-Free Diet?

GLUTEN-FREE! It is hard to avoid the term if you are looking into making changes in your diet, but should you jump on the gluten-free wagon?

It is in most of your favorite foods, and you hate to give them up, but you keep wondering if this is just a fad or if you should be eating a gluten-free diet, or maybe at least be limiting consumption or avoiding it.

Probably.

Gluten is protein found in many grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It’s responsible for developing the sticky consistency that develops when flour mixes with water. It’s commonly found in bread and other baked goods, pasta, cereals, beer and other products made from these grains. Gluten-containing flours are added to many processed foods as well.

Gluten is not an essential nutrient, so it is possible to eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet without it. Many doctors suggest that avoiding gluten would actually benefit everyone. So it is not just a passing fad.

Chances are that yes, you could benefit from going gluten-free, especially if you have an autoimmune condition.

Who should definitely be gluten-free?

Some people are dangerously sensitive to gluten. For example, if you have celiac disease, an autoimmune disease, you definitely should avoid all traces of it. About 1% of adults have been diagnosed with celiac disease. However, it’s estimated that up to 80% of people who have it don’t even know it!

After eating even a trace of gluten the immune system attacks it as a foreign invader. This results in severe damage to the gut lining. Some of the digestive symptoms include bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Other symptoms of celiac disease include headache, fatigue, and skin rashes.

Long term effects of eating gluten, if you have celiac disease, are serious, including:

  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Osteoporosis
  • Infertility
  • Nerve damage and,
  • Seizures

It’s estimated that one percent of the population has Celiac disease and one in 30 people have a gluten sensitivity.

There are many common signs of gluten sensitivity. The problem is that they’re not very specific. They don’t necessarily occur immediately after eating it, and they’re not always located in the gut. This makes it so difficult to pin down the symptoms as gluten related.

Symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity include:

  • Digestive issues (bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, and stomach pain)
  • Skin issues (eczema and redness)
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Fatigue and chronic tiredness
  • Other symptoms like headache and mood issues

Many with autoimmunity, like me, are sensitive to gluten and find that their symptoms improve when following a gluten-free diet.

Why is this?

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Gluten Causes Inflammation

Eating gluten causes inflammation every time someone with a sensitivity eats it. An estimated 99 percent of people with gluten sensitivity are undiagnosed, so they are increasing their inflammation without even knowing

What does this mean for your health?

Dr. Amy Myers, the author of The Autoimmune Connection, explains it this way:

If you have an autoimmune disease, then that means that somewhere along the way, your immune system went rogue and began attacking your body’s own tissues. This change from healthy to autoimmune isn’t instantaneous, it happens over years. As I explain in my book, it’s a spectrum, and the factor that pushes you up the spectrum and towards autoimmunity is inflammation.

When your immune system is continuously creating inflammation in response to the gluten you’re eating, your leaky gut, and the microbes and toxins flooding your bloodstream, you develop chronic inflammation. Your immune system is now stressed and is less able to attack pathogens and invaders with precision. Instead, it begins indiscriminately sending wave after wave of attack in a desperate attempt to fight off the invaders. Eventually, your body’s own tissues end up on the receiving end of the attack, and you end up with an autoimmune disease.

The only way to give your immune system the break it needs to regain its precision so that it can stop mistakenly attacking you, is to remove gluten entirely.

“Remove entirely” is a tough phrase to read when considering transitioning to gluten-free.

I know. Oh, how I know. Some of my very favorite foods are gluten bombs: biscuits, pancakes, doughnuts, bread of all shapes and sizes,  GrapeNuts cereal. . . I could go on and on.

But I could also go on and on about the benefits I have experienced since going gluten-free and the changes I have seen in our daughter since removing the gluten from her diet as well. I noticed an immediate reduction in bloat and overall inflammation: my morning stiffness was greatly improved, and my skin cleared up.You can read more about my diet here.

My daughter stopped having chronic stomach issues, her energy level tripled,  her allergies improved, and the dark circles under her eyes disappeared. It has been an amazing experience.

A few points of consideration when going gluten-free:

It is easier than it used to be.

Being gluten-free is popular and as a result, there are many foods available now that are “gluten-free.” But, as with most “diets,” gluten-free is not guaranteed to be healthier (gluten-free cookies are still cookies!).

Some gluten-containing foods have the nutrition that you’re going to have to get elsewhere (not from those cookies, though):

  • Folate/folic acid (vitamin B9). Many breads and cereals are fortified with this vitamin. To get it naturally, make sure you’re eating plenty of leafy greens. And if you’re planning to get, or are pregnant, talk to your healthcare professional about this critical nutrient.
  • Dietary fiber. Whole wheat is a major source of this all-too-important and often forgotten nutrient. High-fiber gluten-free foods include brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, chia seeds, beans/legumes, and fruits and veggies.

So if you’re going gluten-free, choose nutrient-dense whole foods (not gluten-free processed junk foods) to make sure you get all the nutrition you need.

Here’s my gluten-free recipe for banana chocolate chip muffinswhich is actually quite healthy, but tastes like an indulgent treat.

I realize the idea of transitioning to gluten-free can be daunting. I was freaked out about it too, especially when I added my daughter into the mix. But trust me, if I can do it you can too. Going gluten-free has been a very positive experience for us and was the first step I took toward taking back my health post-diagnosis.

If you are looking for some guidance, I have an ongoing accountability/ support group here.

Check out the many discounted gluten free products at Thrive Market, my favorite online source for healthy products.

 

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Detox your Beauty Routine: 5 Easy Changes to Make Today

Detox your Beauty Routine: 5 Easy Changes to Make Today

The average woman puts anywhere from 200 to 500 synthetic ingredients on her body every day! I’ll show you how to detox your beauty routine by ditching the chemicals with 5 quick, simple changes.

I wasn’t really aware of just how toxic these chemicals are until recently. I have spent the past few years scrutinizing my food labels and made the switch to organic cleaning products, all the while slathering on dangerous chemicals from head to toe: chemicals that cause cancer and interfere with hormone production and immunity (like I need any more problems with immunity). If you detox your beauty routine you’ll be doing yourself and your immune system a tremendous service.

We are exposed to toxins all day long. They are in everything from our tap water to food, to our furniture and flooring. It’s impossible to escape them all.

So why bother with a beauty detox?

60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. If you detox your beauty routine by ditching the chemicals in your beauty products, you can significantly limit your daily exposure.

Like me, many people are very aware of the chemicals in foods and strive to improve their diets in an effort to limit chemical exposure (which is awesome!), but the majority are unaware of dangerous chemicals they use in their daily routines each day.

The FDA doesn’t require any pre-market testing or approval before products hit the shelves. Many of the ingredients in U.S. products have been banned in Europe and other countries.

The European Union has banned over 1,300 chemicals found in cosmetics. The FDA (in the U.S.) has only banned eight and restricted three. Isn’t that crazy?? It’s a free market and no safety testing is required until a problem is identified. By then the damage has been done, It seems they would rather pay for lawsuits than for testing trials. This is a $60 billion dollar industry, where these powerful corporations enjoy this freedom. We are basically human guinea pigs for these products containing ingredients that scientific studies indicate could be linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and neurotoxicity.

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You may worry that a beauty detox will be expensive, but it can actually save you money.

This is especially true if you are interested in making your own products, but even if you’re not you can make some significant changes without breaking the bank. As with any products, some are more expensive than others, of course!

Detox your Beauty Routine in Five Quick Steps 

1.  Replace your face wash with an oil.

Yes, an oil. This will also replace your makeup remover, as the oil easily dissolves cosmetics, even mascara.  My skin has never looked better since I made this change. Fractionated Coconut oil is the perfect choice for this. It is odorless, non-greasy, won’t stain, has a long shelf life, and remains liquid at room temperature.

It is extremely versatile as well. I also use it as my go-to carrier oil for diluting essential oils, for taming crazy flyaway curls, and in my DIY beauty recipes.

 

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2.  Replace your chemical laden toothpaste with a natural alternative.

There are so many natural pastes out there, but I really love tooth powders that incorporate clay. I have read that the clays can actually remineralize teeth, which seems like a stretch, but I figure it can’t hurt, anyway. If you are worried about the mouthfeel or taste bad at all. In fact, the one I am currently in love with contains peppermint essential oil, so it is minty and fresh like you would expect.

 

If you are worried about losing the whitening properties of your current toothpaste, I’ve got you covered! I am obsessed with my charcoal whitening powder! It works immediately and better than any whitening toothpaste or gel strips I have tried over the years. You have to be careful when using it because it can stain surfaces and clothing, and it is super gross looking mid brush, but the results are worth it. I use it three times per week. it’s a great way to avoid chemical whiteners and detox your beauty routine.

3. Swap an essential oil or an organic product for your current moisturizer. 

I have mature skin, so I am all about the anti-aging products! This made me worry that I would be missing out somehow if I switched from my chemical-laden favorites, but this proved to be an easy detox.

Thankfully I found that I didn’t have to give up the anti-aging properties of my past favorite products. Evening Primrose oil has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-aging properties, and is very affordable, and companies like BeautyCounter make some of my new favorite, all-natural products. I am currently obsessed with my brightening facial oil and eye cream.

 

4 . Use a chemical-free sunscreen.

If you haven’t seen recent articles, it turns out many of the most popular brands of commercial sunscreens contain chemicals that break down into toxic compounds when exposed to light and especially chlorine. Ironically, the chemicals cause skin cancer. Isn’t that we are trying to prevent? I use sunscreen every day (my meds make me extra sensitive) and am one of those moms who hoses my kid down with sunscreen before swimming or running around outdoors, so this information really freaks me out! Again, thankfully there are safe alternatives. I just wish I had sought them out sooner.

5. Upgrade your body Lotion.

 

I saved this one for last as it really is the most important if you consider how much surface area you cover with your moisturizer. I have super dry skin and am a moisturizer addict, so I shudder to think of the number of toxins I have absorbed over the years. Even the baby lotion I used on my daughter contains questionable ingredients. There are many natural options out there, but I am currently in love with Naked Bee Lotion. The lavender is my favorite!! I first discovered it at my sister in law’s house and was delighted when my husband found it at our local hardware store. I wanted to try the different scents, so I was happy to find it on Amazon as well.  They have an entire skin-care line, so I am sure I will be branching out to those products soon.

I am also loving my new citrus mimosa body butter! I have incredibly dry skin and this body butter is divine!

 

So as you can see, it’s pretty easy to detox your daily beauty routine by replacing the products you use most often with natural alternatives.

I hope you will find these tips helpful and easy to implement into your current routine.

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I look forward to hearing from you!

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Fall Asleep Faster Tonight: Five Natural Ways to Make it Happen

Fall Asleep Faster Tonight: Five Natural Ways to Make it Happen

Are you in desperate need of more ZZZs? Fall asleep faster tonight with my top five natural methods.

One of the most frustrating symptoms of RA for me is the bone-crushing daytime fatigue followed up by restless evenings. It’s a cruel combination. I often want to crawl under my desk at work for a little nap, but when bedtime rolls around I am wide-awake! The worst.

Thankfully, I have found a few tricks that help me combat this most nights and enable me to fall asleep faster.

 

Fall asleep faster with my top five tips:

1- Step away from technology! 

Power off your computer, phone, and iPad an hour before hitting the hay (I know- this is tough! I love checking out Pinterest and Facebook before I go to bed, too). It’s just one of the best ways to help yourself drift off more quickly. Or try these glasses to block the sleep-disrupting effects of blue light. They aren’t the sexiest fashion accessory but you really should try them if you tend to work, scroll, or pin up until bedtime, I bet you will notice a difference immediately.

2Relax.

Try magnesium oil. In addition to its relaxing properties, the oil also has pain-relieving benefits, so I rub some on the bottom of my feet and into my shoulders and lower back each night for extra relaxation. Magnesium oil also helps relieve my restless legs- BONUS!

3- Have a five-minute spa experience every night!

Yes, seriously.

All you need is a little coconut and lavender essential oil.

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4 – Set the tone for sleep. 

Keep the spa experience going by diffusing oils in your bedroom. I diffuse lavender and chamomile in our rooms each night for extra relaxation. Make sure your room is dark. I even face my alarm clock away from me.

5–  Cool Down.

60 to 68 degrees is the best sleeping temp for most. Air-conditioners and fans can help during warm weather, and you can also check out chilling pillows with cooling gel inserts like this one, and or sheet-cooling devices like these to make sleep more comfortable (especially if you are prone to hot flashes).  I have not tried the sheet cooling system, but I included it because the reviews are intriguing and I plan on trying it out eventually!

Give these 5 tips a try and make sleep a priority. Aim for 7-9 hours per night (more if you are struggling with active disease activity).

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I hope you will sleep easily soon. Let me know how it goes!

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Drinking Vinegar: Your New Favorite Gut Healing Ingredient

Drinking Vinegar: Your New Favorite Gut Healing Ingredient

Drinking vinegar may not sound like something you’d use to create a tasty beverage, but it is destined to become one of your new favorites.

You have probably seen many articles about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, as it has been marketed as a cure-all for quite some time now. Just go to Pinterest or Google it- you will be bombarded with articles touting its many magical powers.

While it is great that it can help control dandruff, dry skin, cholesterol, asthma, and more, what really matters to me is its impact on gut health.  Drinking vinegar is fermented, and therefore contains probiotics.

Probiotics are the good bacteria that benefit our gastrointestinal tract, and our gut health determines our overall well-being.

Supplementing with probiotics (from fermented foods like drinking vinegar) has been shown to boost immune system function, and can even prevent infection.

For those with autoimmunity, boosting immune function, and preventing infection are crucial, especially for those of us taking medications that lower our immune function and make us more susceptible to infection while inhibiting our ability to fight them.

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I first heard of drinking vinegar when I saw a recipe online.

What really got my attention was that drinking vinegar has the same healing benefits of Kombucha, which is fermented tea, but without the kombucha taste. Maybe I just haven’t had good kombucha, but I just cannot get on the Kombucha train. I have considered making it, but am a little intimidated (okay, darn right scared) of the “mother” part of it, which is the blob of bacteria and yeast that grow on top while it ferments.

I buy Bragg apple cider vinegar which proudly advertises that it has “the mother” (the floating bits of yeast that make it cloudy), so I am good with that for now.

drinking vinegar health benefitsAfter reading the recipe (you can find it here) I realized I had all of the ingredients I needed on hand, which was awesome, but I was bummed I would have to wait two weeks to taste the results!

It only calls for three ingredients (I chose blueberries as my flavor) but if you want to try this 2-week version you will need a one-quart canning jar, preferably with a plastic lid, because metal does not play well with acid. I learned this the hard way. I used the mason jars I had on hand, and now I have rusty lids.

It was a long wait.

The process involves combining fruit and vinegar in the jar for 7 days at room temperature, straining the fruit out and returning the vinegar to the jar and adding honey, then refrigerating for another 7 days.

drinking vinegar gut health paleowhen I opened the finished product after 14 days, I was worried, because it just smelled like apple cider vinegar, even though it looked nice and dark with a deep blueberry color.

But when I poured my new drinking vinegar into my cup and topped it with my favorite raspberry lime seltzer, I was delighted. It is super refreshing and tangy- not at all earthy, like the kombucha I’ve tried.

 

But two weeks was a long time to wait. I knew there had to be a faster way.

Are you dying to try a drinking vinegar mocktail now?

Thankfully you won’t have to wait two weeks to try gut-healing drinking vinegar!

There are quick versions of drinking vinegars, which are also referred to as Shrubs.

You have a couple of choices:

  1. Buy a drinking vinegar either at your local natural foods store or here (The flavor varieties are truly inspiring. Peach Habanero, anyone?) remember, these are considered mixers, so you only use one ounce at a time.
  2. Make you own

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Ready?  I bet you have everything you need in your pantry right now.

Plus, when making your own drinking vinegar, the levels of sugar and other ingredients can be controlled to your personal tastes.

To make a drinking vinegar mocktail or shrub, First, you need one large glass of (12-16 ounces) sparkling water (I use flavored, unsweetened seltzer) next you add two tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar. Finally,  the fun part.

The flavor combinations are up to you. To sweeten the drinking vinegar you can add juices, honey, stevia, maple syrup, cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, or turmeric, which has natural anti-inflammatory ingredients. To keep it paleo, stay away from refined sugar, which is used in traditional recipes.

Mix well and enjoy your mocktail!

Let me know what you make! I cannot wait to hear from you.

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Post Autoimmune Diagnosis: Adjusting to your “New Normal”

Post Autoimmune Diagnosis: Adjusting to your “New Normal”

autoimmunr diagnosisYour new normal post autoimmune diagnosis is my why behind this blog.

Helping others adjust to a new way of living brought about by necessity is my focus.

Making sense of your diagnosis can be a complicated, frustrating journey.

Everyone I have met with an autoimmune condition has struggled with their new normal post diagnosis and has grappled with the same questions:

  • What should I eat?
  • How should I exercise?
  • What are the best ways to manage my symptoms?

It will take some time to figure out what personally works best for you, but you will, and It’s going to be okay.

Realizing your life will never be quite the same as before diagnosis is terrifying. I know. I’ve been there.

When I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2013 I was completely overwhelmed. My symptoms came on suddenly and aggressively. My daughter was five years old at the time and I was distraught thinking what this might mean for her, much less for me.

It will take time, patience, and persistence to learn what food sensitivities you may have, what causes your flares, and what your body needs most to start healing.

As a teacher, I am a researcher by nature, so after my autoimmune diagnosis, I scoured the internet for answers to my questions: What do these test results mean? What are healthy alternatives to pain medications? What are the side effects of (insert medication of the week here) and most importantly, what is the best diet for rheumatoid arthritis?  I read many books and articles on this particular topic and wound up more confused than when I started. I found stories of people bringing their disease into remission with vegan diets, Paleo diets, and keto diets, diets full of nightshades and others nightshade free. I love reading success stories, but they can be frustrating when you just want a quick answer.

Unfortunately, there is no quick, one size fits all answer.

I have read countless books and articles with contradictory information and have come to this conclusion: autoimmunity is complex and what works for one person may not be the answer for another- even with the same diagnosis.

After my autoimmune diagnosis, I had to figure out what would work for me. You will, too, and I  am more than happy to help you.

I floundered for a while, trying various natural approaches while simultaneously cycling through three different biologic drugs in an attempt to find one I could tolerate. There were a few highs, but many, many lows. My doctor didn’t believe in the diet/ disease connection, so I searched on my own for answers. I gave up gluten and dairy to start (a suggestion I would recommend to anyone as a starting point).

There will be ups and downs on your journey and you will need to make many changes.

I experienced one of my lowest lows In 2015. We moved to a new city, I started a new job, and was in severe pain due to a medication lapse. I was on a high dosage of Prednisone and was feeling hopeless. I could not imagine a life where every ounce of energy I had was devoted to simply functioning enough to “get by”. I joined several online support groups for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis only to leave them shortly after because the content was so depressing. (I mean seriously depressing). I felt isolated and was in need of a complete overhaul.

 

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If what you are doing isn’t working, you need to try a new approach.

Just giving up gluten and dairy wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided to try a new way of eating based on what I had gleaned from past experience (you can read about my diet here) and a new exercise program to see what would come of it. Gentle yoga is what I found works best for me.

You might find your lifestyle in need of an overhaul, too.

This can take time as well. We all have food sensitivities of some kind and one exercise that is perfect for one person may be too challenging or not challenging enough for some. There are some athletes out there rocking it with RA- and they are truly inspiring.

You might need to change your mindset as well. Don’t let negative thoughts become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Instead of viewing autoimmunity as an end to life as you knew it- think of it as a new beginning.

Your mindset and a positive support system can make all the difference.

After leaving the online support groups of the past, those that focused on long-term disability and hopelessness, I knew didn’t want to tackle new dietary and exercise changes alone, so I invited a few of my friends to do it with me. I started a private Facebook accountability group because we were spread out all over the country, and a public Facebook page (click to join my page) at the same time as a place to share my journey and inspire others to make positive changes as well.

During this process, I realized that a positive community of like-minded individuals is incredibly powerful. I was so inspired and empowered by these women. We were all struggling in our own ways (even though only two of us live with autoimmunity) but we related to one another on a very personal level and lifted one another up when needed. I no longer felt alone and I achieved results that I know would not have been possible on my own. We continue to support one another to this day.

Everyone needs a tribe.

Your new normal might surprise you (in a good way).

Once you slow down and really make your health a priority and follow a diet and exercise program that supports your needs, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised with some of the positive changes you see in yourself. Maybe you are on your way to becoming one of those athletes I mentioned earlier!

This is a journey.

Working on improving your post autoimmune diagnosis “new normal”  will be a lifelong journey. We change, and our needs change. Aim for progress, not perfection. Your happiness and wellness will depend on your ability to adapt, grow, and forgive yourself.

I still struggle sometimes but I have lowered my medications significantly and improved my blood work. I still work full time and am able to engage in gentle exercise. I have improved my quality of life and I genuinely feel better. I am certainly not perfect (Hello, tortilla chip addiction! Margaritas, anyone?), but I do pretty well and can honestly say I am living well with autoimmunity. My new normal is one I am proud of.

I am confident you will be happy with yours as well because I am here to help make it happen.

Please reach out to me anytime and please be sure to subscribe to my email list by clicking here, as I will be sending out helpful information, new anti-inflammatory recipes, and freebies designed just for you.

 

 

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I’m a Paleo enthusiast, Keto newbie, toxin- and cruelty-free beauty addict, and autoimmune wellness advocate on a mission to help others thrive in spite of it all.

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