Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Saves the World

Apple Cider Vinegar – miracle or a bunch of hype?I have noticed in the past year, after hitting 50, my metabolism is grinding to a halt. I gained a bit of weight that I’d like to ditch before it gets any worse. Not sure if it’s age, the one med I take, or what (yes, I did get a little lazy with my diet for a bit, but not toooo lazy) Anyway, my normal tricks to kick start weight loss were not working, and I sta...

Gluten Free Apple Tart

Need a tasty treat? Gluten Free Apple Tart to the resuceI made this yummy gluten free apple tart yesterday for an event at my house. Man it turned out DELISH. Now I know some of you cannot eat oats, for me, I can handle them without any problem. There are other flours I’m sure you could sub here if oats are not on your o...

Finding Spoons – Energy for Autoimmune Peeps

Finding spoons in unexpected placesI think one of the toughest parts of managing RA is the ever changing number of spoons you have each day. Wonder what the heck I’m talking about? Read The Spoon Theory. Christine Miserandino does a fantastic job of explaining what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. Finding spoons wherever I can has helped me tremendously.Some days I have a whole fistful of spoons, and other days they must all be in the dishwash...

Chronic Stress and Autoimmune Issues

Is there a connection between chronic stress and autoimmune issues?When I was diagnosed with RA, I read and researched and read and researched about what caused it. Genetics maybe, trauma maybe, diet maybe…….not a lot of definitive info out there. In fact, at least 50% of autoimmune disorders have been attributed to “unknown trigger factors”. In the past six years, I’ve learned a lot though about wha...

How to have a better period

Desperate for a better period?Periods suck. That is no surprise to the females of the world. While everyones cycle are different, either in length, flow or symptoms. We can’t control or manage the length or flow, but we can try to manage our symptoms. There are ways to have a better period.I’ve complied a small list of some tricks I’ve found that have greatly helped me manage my period symptoms1. ClaryCalm! This has been a lifesaver for me and my cramps. ClaryCalm is a blend of 11 different Essential Oils that can help calm and sooth you and give you a better period. You can apply it to the bottom of the feet, back of the neck or your abdomen. My favorite way to apply t...

Simple ways to have a healthy diet

Having a healthy diet doesn’t have to be difficultI go through spurts where I’m on a menu-planning roll and feeding my family healthy, RA friendly foods is simple. And then there’s life. Things get busy, and I get lazy in this department. Dave’s been gone on business for a few weeks and Hana & I had high hopes of cooking lots of those delicious foods that he doesn’t like (squash, eggplant, asparagus, etc.) It did not happen nearly as much as either of us hoped, but having a healthy diet doesn’t have to be difficult. Last night was an amazing concoction of sweet potato noodles, kale, and bacon (with Feta for Hanapoo). Yum. And leftovers for lunch today too! It’s a matter of keepi...