I truly admire those bloggers that are able to write a post daily or even weekly. These days I seem to lack ideas for new content, as well as the energy and time to write/edit/cultivate media/edit some more and then post. I had a while where I was posting regular content. And then back in the fall of 2018, things in my life took a turn when both of my parents became ill.
“When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand.” ~ William Shakespeare
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you may recall that my father developed stage IV cancer back in 2018, and then my mother had a stroke. I began making monthly trips from Texas to Oregon, to spend time with my parents. My father passed in June of 2019, but I still continued to visit my mother regularly. That is until the Spring of 2020, when we entered a worldwide pandemic.
Proper nutrition helps my body respond to stress and fibro flares.
It’s been far too long since I have posted anything. I have been overwhelmed these past few months with family responsibilities, so writing just hasn’t been a priority. One thing that I do a make a priority, however, is sticking with my healthy eating habits. Proper nutrition helps my body respond to stress, fibro-flares, or whatever else comes along.
And just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean we need to forego our healthy habits and miss out on holiday goodies. I love dessert. But I am also a sucker for healthy tweaks to recipes. One of my favorite cookbooks is The Recipe Hacker Confidential. She has delicious recipes that are free of gluten, dairy, soy, and processed sugar.
One of the things I find I need to help me keep my diet on track is plenty of protein. I love that this recipe has toasted almonds AND I added some of my favorite vegan protein powder. This recipe is a combination of the truffles recipe from The Recipe Hacker Confidential and one from Orgain.com for protein balls.
We should all strive to be the best version of ourselves.
Any month of the year it seems we can find a month to promote a health-related awareness campaign. March is National Nutrition Month; April is Stress Awareness Month; May is for Fibromyalgia Awareness; September is for Pain Awareness, Healthy Aging, and Women’s Health and Fitness; October for Breast Cancer Awareness and Health Literacy. All of these things have one thing in common – they are designed to promote learning about awareness about some aspect of our health. I believe we should all be armed with the facts in order to make the best decisions for ourselves, our bodies, and our lives, no matter what condition(s) we are living with.
Health Literacy promotes the importance of understandable health information. That, to me, is critical for all. When you know SOMETHING is wrong but are struggling to find a doctor who either 1) believes you or 2) is willing to take the time to really dig in and find out what’s wrong, you often turn to the internet. Medical health professionals don’t like their patients googling their symptoms, but sometimes we feel that is the only choice we have, to find someone or something in common with us.
“According to studies, more than 40 percent of Americans have difficulty obtaining, processing, and understanding basic healthcare information — which is necessary for making informed decisions.” Source: https://nationaltoday.com/health-literacy-month/
Our summer days are numbered. Fall is fast approaching, but for now here in Texas is still feels like summer. I just cannot believe how quickly it seems like the summer went by. Another COVID summer of doing little to nothing. We did venture out for a short trip last month. The resort we stayed at was so isolated and there were so few people there, it was like having the place to ourselves. #heaven
“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall…” ~ Oscar Wilde
Honestly the summer seems like a blur to me. I have been following a new (stricter) dietary regimen to try to resolve some health issues. Along with the old health issues and the on-going pain of living with fibromyalgia and hip/back/neck pain.