12 Ways to Manage Pain With Chronic Illness

Pain is an unfortunate and often devastating symptom many must face when chronically ill. At its worst, it can leave you on the sidelines instead of living your life to the fullest. Coming up with a plan to manage this pain with chronic illness can be a frustrating task, especially…

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Ground Turkey Meat Sauce With Kale

ground turkey meat sauce with kale and gluten-free penne

This week, I’ve got a ground turkey meat sauce with kale recipe for you that I literally threw together as I was preparing it. Sometimes, that’s the best way to cook–having no plan and just working with what ingredients you have. Although I will admit, sometimes, cooking by that method…

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9 Tips For Monitoring Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

Self-monitoring blood pressure and heart rate at home

Self-monitoring blood pressure and heart rate is an important factor in monitoring multiple aspects of your health. It’s even more important if you have a chronic illness that affects either of these values or if you already have high or low blood pressure. Even training athletes can benefit from self-monitoring…

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The Levine Protocol For Exercising With POTS

Exercising with POTS is another lifestyle change you can make to improve your symptoms. You may be groaning, or you may be cheering, depending on how you view exercise. If you’re cheering — woo-hoo! I don’t need to convince you to exercise. But, if you’re groaning, hear me out. Exercise…

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Delicious Kale and White Bean Soup

Did you know that today is National Homemade Soup Day? To celebrate, I’ve got a delicious kale and white bean soup recipe for you packed with nutrients and flavor! Plus, since it’s a soup recipe, it’s easy for POTSies to add more salt to it.  My mom is amazing at…

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Compression for POTS Treatment

I’ve gone over why you need a diet high in salt, and I’ve touched on the importance of water. Now I’m going to talk about the benefits of compression for POTS treatment and how this basic lifestyle change can lessen your symptoms. Whether it’s stockings, socks, or leggings, compression helps…

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Living With POTS: 6 month Cleveland Clinic Update

It’s official: I’ve been living with a POTS diagnosis for about six months now. So, naturally, I went to Cleveland Clinic for my six-month check-up last week. The last time I was in Cleveland was in November for a Shared Medical Appointment (SMA), which is basically a supportive and educational…

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Healthy & Yummy Vegetarian Chili

Yummy & Healthy Vegetarian Chili Recipe

There’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of chili during the winter months! Usually, I make turkey chili, but since my mom wants to eat less meat, I figured I would test out a vegetarian variation. Turns out, we both loved this healthy vegetarian chili recipe! Chili is a perfect…

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POTS & Fluid Intake: How to stay hydrated

Along with salt, fluids are your new best friends. Why you may ask? Because with POTS it’s essential to increase fluid intake to stay hydrated and treat symptoms. In fact, it’s another basic POTS lifestyle change I’m going to share with you! Since you need to increase your salt intake,…

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Getting Through Bad Days When Chronically Ill

Bad days are bound to happen with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and other chronic illnesses, no matter where you are in treatment. It’s hard to accept bad days when you’re amid a slew of them. It’s even harder, in my experience, to get through bad days after a long…

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