A Holistic Approach to Fibromyalgia

Holistic health focuses on the whole person rather than individual illness or specific body parts.

As fibromyalgia is a complex and poorly understood syndrome, with no defined cause, I have found that doctors are more inclined to just treat symptoms. Years ago I became disillusioned and weary of the medical approach of prescribing medication for symptoms, rather than trying to get to the root cause of various health problems, so I started taking more control of my own health journey (read more: Becoming Your Own Health Advocate). I want to share how I approach my health and fibromyalgia holistically.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying my approach will work for anyone else, let alone everyone else. We are all individuals with different ailments, pain levels and thresholds, environments, and situations. I am just sharing my approach to managing my fibromyalgia to minimize flares and the disruption to daily life. And first, you have to understand what I mean by “holistic.”

“Holistic health is actually an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific body parts…[it] considers the whole person.”

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Dear Fibromyalgia…

I’d like to break up with you.

Do you ever wish you could just break-up with your chronic illness? I do. Here’s what I would tell fibromyalgia if it really were that simple.

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Clean Eating: Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie

Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

In America, this is the weekend that we celebrate Independence Day, typically with cookouts and fireworks. In the days of Coronavirus, our family won’t be celebrating in the traditional ways. Since late March, we have been doing our best to #StayAtHome. This year that means no BBQs with friends or watching fireworks with big crowds. It will be a simple BBQ at home for the family.

During quarantine I have been practicing self-care with proper eating and extra walks with the dog to get out of the house. These habits also help me to keep the fibromyalgia flare-ups to a minimum. The neighborhood has gotten a bit boring, so this past week I discovered some lovely nearby walking trails. After a particularly long walk this morning, I made this Red-White-and-Blue Triple-Berry-Coconut smoothie bowl that I thought would make a nice 4th of July treat!

Triple Berry Red, White, and Blueberry Smoothie Bowl
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Ask Me What Doesn’t Hurt

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and sleep issues.

When I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia almost 20 years ago, it wasn’t a well known or understood condition. Twenty years later and it’s still not well understood by the medical community, but I would say it is more well known these days thanks to high profile people with fibromyalgia, like Lady Gaga, Morgan Freeman, and Lena Dunham, among others.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and sleep issues. I typically wake up with morning stiffness that can be felt the second my feet hit the floor. And some days I often think the list of what doesn’t hurt is shorter than the list that does.

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