Chronic Illness

4 Ways to Conquer Crazy All-or-Nothing Thinking

4 Ways to Conquer Crazy All-or-Nothing Thinking

All or nothing thinking is harmful in a number of ways. It limits a whole world of possibilities by trying to force everything into one of two polar extremes. It creates unattainable expectations, for example: if I’m not absolutely perfect at everything, I must be an abject failure. Or, when the unrealistic ideal of perfection can’t be realized, I take…

The Magic of Magnesium for Fibromyalgia

The Magic of Magnesium for Fibromyalgia

Many of us with fibromyalgia are deficient in a number of minerals, including magnesium. Magnesium is known as “the relaxation mineral”, an important antidote to stress.  Given the direct relationship between stress and fibro symptoms, at least for me, it makes sense to try to boost levels of magnesium for fibromyalgia. Why Magnesium for Fibromyalgia It’s the most important mineral…

The Best Christmas Gift for Your Fibromyalgia

The Best Christmas Gift for Your Fibromyalgia

It’s the busiest time of the year. The pressure to make everything perfect – for ourselves and for others – can quickly put those of us coping with chronic illness into overwhelm. You can avoid triggering a debilitating flare by remembering the best Christmas gift for your fibromyalgia. And that’s self-care. Here’s how. Treat, Not Indulge The eggnog, alcohol, wheat, and…

Just 3 Ingredients for Easy, Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing

Just 3 Ingredients for Easy, Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing

My fibromyalgia makes me very sensitive to the foods I eat. One meal of processed foods and I suffer for at least few days, with more fatigue, more pain, and more brain fog. One day of eating plenty of fresh, dark green leafy vegetables and a healthy homemade salad dressing, I feel better immediately. However, if I added store-bought, processed…

The 6 Worst Foods for Fibromyalgia

The 6 Worst Foods for Fibromyalgia

We’re all different, and fibromyalgia manifests differently in different people. I’m no nutritionist or dietician, and I’m not a doctor. But after fifteen+ years with fibromyalgia, I’ve experimented, learned, tested, and done a lot of research.  There isn’t a single, standard diet that you can follow to improve your fibro symptoms. But there are some common problem foods to avoid.…

4 Ways My Fibromyalgia Led to an Eating Disorder

4 Ways My Fibromyalgia Led to an Eating Disorder

My predisposition to an eating disorder started early, in much the same way I believe my predisposition to fibromyalgia started early. I was 11 when I started my first diet. Grade five or six. I embarked on this diet with the full in-my-best-interest support from my mother, may she rest in peace, who was also always dieting. Ever since, until…

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