My Favorite Workouts…

WorkForItStaying fit definitely takes dedication. For me, it’s evolved to being just part of my daily lifestyle. I’ve noticed that if I don’t work-out, or do something active during the course of my day I feel annoyed, stressed, achy… in general just pretty crappy. I’ve found that by keeping my workouts consistent, even if it’s just a walk, my fibromyalgia flare-ups are less frequent, I have more energy and I feel ten times better than if I don’t get some activity in on a daily basis.

For me, it took some time to build up my workouts. Meaning, I was suffering so frequently from fibro pain that it was incredibly challenging for me to remain consistent – but I pushed through and slowly but surely I found that I was feeling better and better every day. My body has built up endurance and I’ve exceeded my own expectations as to what I can accomplish with my workouts.

I started out with walking, light body weight exercises and stretching. Now I’m working out five or six days a week. Some of my favorite workouts are Tracy Anderson Work-outs and I’ve worked my way up to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. The guide that I’ve been following is by Kayla Itsines. I do thirty minutes a day of Kayla’s HIIT workout or I’ll do a Tracy Anderson workout and walking.

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Also, I try to walk to and from work when I can.. take the stairs when I can.. get up and move around my office every hour. Building up my workouts and doing these other little things throughout the day have done wonders for me. No joke! I’m just saying, don’t give up! Start… just start! One day at a time—get yourself moving!

Another Discovery…

Untitled-1So this is interesting…Recently my mom has been having severe rashes/infections mainly on her face. After going from one dermatologist to the next and finding no solution for this, she finally went to a integrative medicine doctor who diagnosed her with Candida Overgrowth. Apparently this is an autoimmune issue that is VERY difficult to treat. My mom was already sticking to a very healthy diet but she had to switch to the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet which is incredibly restrictive due to the nature of her autoimmunity. Every time she tries to reintroduce something back into her diet, such as tomatoes, her face flares up again. This rash is very painful and ugly. I feel so bad for her. Unfortunately it can take months and months of sticking to the diet that YOU FINALLY FIGURE OUT WORKS for this to subside.

While researching this candida issue, I came across some information that suggests that candida overgrowth may be linked to Hashimoto, Lupus, MS, etc. (all autoimmune issues). My mom also has Hashimoto as do I. I think I may request that I am tested for this Candida overgrowth myself!! Perhaps this is something contributing to my Hashimoto thyroiditis. I definitely think, for me, that it’s worth looking into with my Integrative Medicine Dr.

To read more on Candida, click HERE and to learn about the Autoimmune Protocol diet click HERE.

Click HERE for another great site with information on Candida along with diet tips.

26 Genius Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV_Feat_V2I haven’t been feeling under the weather, per say, but allergies are kicking my butt! I found this great post about Apple Cider Vinegar and thought I’d share. I’m going to try a couple of these remedies for sinus issues , more energy AND for the next time I break out!

Click here to check out the 26 GENIUS WAYS TO USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

Great Article on Autoimmunity…

I came across this great article today on Autoimmunity… I’ll post a part of it here and then a link beneath so you can go read the rest and check out the author.

What I Learned From Interviewing 39 Experts in Autoimmunity

Autoimmune disease has become a modern day epidemic. If you aren’t one of the estimated 50 million Americans who suffer from at least one autoimmune disease, you likely know someone who is. Conventional medicine views diseases like rheumatoid arthritis,lupusmultiple sclerosis, and other debilitating conditions as chronic, and only manageable with strong, immunosuppressive medications that have their own long list of side effects. When I myself was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease called Graves’ disease while in medical school, I started down the conventional path–which was, in my case, harsh medications and the eventual ablation of my thyroid.

I knew there had to be a safer, more natural way to heal my malfunctioning immune system, and I made it my mission to not let conventional medicine fail anyone the way it had failed me.

WANT TO READ MORE? CLICK HERE! This website has TONS of great information on autoimmunity.

Raising a Real Food Generation in the Real World

CaptureI came across a great website today – RAISING GENERATION NOURISHED – which has some awesome information and recipes for feeding babies, natural health and home remedies, etc. They have a Feeding Nourished Babies Series, a great resource to help “waded through mainstream medicine’s processed baby food recommendations so you can make your own decisions on what is best to feed *your* baby to nourish their growing minds and bodies!” I don’t have kids, but if I’m every lucky enough to have a family, I would definitely focus on feeding them healthy, NOURISHING foods from the start. Check out their website:  Raising Generation Nourished

GOOD READS…

a few good reads[6]As I’ve been researching and trying to figure out how to deal with my autoimmune problems, I’ve come across some great websites and books that are so helpful with tons of information and AIP and/or Paleo recipes:

The Paleo Mom – This website includes great recipes, information, podcasts and much more. She also has an amazingly informative book – The Paleo Approach – Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body. It’s A LOT of information but worth reading.

Against All Grain – Anther wonderfully informative website created by Danielle Walker – she talks about her journey, has great recipes as wells as a couple of books out.

Autoimmune Paleo – Great articles, recipes, cookbooks and resources

These websites are great for learning more on autoimmunity as well as just healthy living and healthy eating in general. You’ll find that diet is the MOST IMPORTANT part of fighting autoimmune problems.