Some of you have avowed to make some changes in 2014. How are you doing so far? As the days march on, are those changes receding into the distance, abandoned at the roadside, like yesterday's trash?
A Rheumful of Tips (ART) is, to quote Healthline.com, "chockfull" of tips and tools I use to live my life well, in spite of having had rheumatoid arthritis for thirty-five years. However, you don't have to have rheumatoid arthritis to find strategies that will propel you towards more of what you want out of life, like enjoying a greater sense of health and well-being.
Does a sweet tooth have you in its sugary grips? Try dill pickles or some flavourful Chai Spice Tea from Stash Tea. Did you know that fermented foods like dill pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso help to restore the flora in your gut, which aids in the absorption of vitamins and nutrients? According to research that was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, probiotics have an impact on the gut brain axis, leading to lower levels of corticosterone. That's good news for you stressed out people. So do what your Baba told you or at least what mine did - "Eat your sauerkraut!"
What's a new year without a commitment to get more exercise? If I can do it, with rheumatoid arthritis, artificial hips, fused toes, etc., I am certain that you can too! You have to start somewhere, so start small. A dog helps.
Oh, your feet hurt, so that's stopping you? See Christian Johannsen at Foot Solutions in Vancouver for expert help. Now that you're moving more, you may have hurt yourself. Physicool might be just the thing to reduce your inflammation and get you back on track. Remember to play this game, though. If things aren't better, you may need surgery, so do what you can by mentally preparing for your surgery.
If you're having trouble deciding just what to do, use this decision-making strategy. Of course, you could always turn to a book for some help. Check out The Bookman in Abbotsford and Chilliwack - they might have just what you need. They ship, too!
I have a whole Crateful of Gratitude for so many people who supported me in that almost 500-post venture. To see who they are, please tune in at #500, which will soon be posted.
One of the many highlights on A Rheumful of Tips was being able to procure some wonderful giveaways by a number of generous businesses. If you click the Giveaways category tab on ART, you'll see who supported me (and you). I'm happy to report that the giveaway tradition will continue here on Auntie Stress Café. So, stay tuned!
Once again, I am honoured to be nominated for Healthline.com's Best Health Blog Contest of 2013. As you can see, ART is so much more than just a blog about rheumatoid arthritis. I hope you will consider voting for A Rheumful of Tips on a daily basis up until January 20th, with both your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Thank YOU!