Healthy Living

Get a Rheum! An RA Patient’s Guide to Romance

by Linda Perkins | Pack Health Member and Patient Advocate I get it. Your hands hurt. Your feet too. You’re fatigued beyond belief and you’re feeling frumpy because your anti-inflammatory meds have you swollen up like a puffer fish. So when Valentine’s Day rolls around, you just roll your eyes. Romance? Ha! I don’t know about you, but as far as me a [...]


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Pack Health / February, 14th 2018

Healthy Living

IBD & Intimacy

When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness many topics were covered; how I’d need to adjust my diet, importance of sleep, medication options etc., not one specialist ever brought up how this could affect my love life, and quite honestly at the time I wasn’t thinking about it either.  Since I was already in a committed relationship when I was diagnosed, [...]


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Pack Health / February, 13th 2018

Healthy Eating

A Guide to Meal Prepping

Meal prep? Have you heard of it? It’s not always the gym rats that set aside time in their weekends to prepare healthy go-to meals and snacks for the week. It can be done by anyone. We’re all busy. We all have things pulling us in a million different directions. So what if we took some time to think through our upcoming meals and snacks to avoid overindu [...]


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Pack Health / February, 12th 2018

Exercise

Yoga for Stress Relief (Part 2)

We’ve previously talked about using yoga to cope with stress, especially during the holiday season, but now, let’s focus on how to find your center on a regular basis. Relaxation can help you better deal with everyday stress, especially stress relating to your health. When you’re worried about when your next flare up might hit, or when your next IBD ep [...]


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Pack Health / February, 09th 2018

Healthy Eating

5 Reasons to Eat Your Oats

At some point, you’ve probably tried oats - maybe you’ve stuck to the standard bowl of oatmeal, or maybe you’ve experimented with overnight oats, oat muffins, and more. If you’re not a full-blown fan, it might be worth giving this humble ingredient a second look. First let’s talk about their nutritional benefits. 01 A long list of nutrients: Oat [...]


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Pack Health / February, 08th 2018

Healthy Living

A Valentine's Gift Guide for Your Loved Ones with RA

Valentine’s Day can be tricky for any couple. The commercials make it seem simple: chocolate and flowers, or perhaps a diamond pendant. But what if you want to do something different to say you care? And how do you choose the perfect gift for someone with rheumatoid arthritis? Gifts of Warmth The weather in February may be great for cuddling up, but if y [...]


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Pack Health / February, 06th 2018

Healthy Living

Real Talk Round Up: How to Stick to (or Rekindle) Your New Year's Resolutions

New Year's resolutions are a great way to set new goals and to try to better ourselves. However it’s too common around this time of year, as the new-and-shiny factor wears off, to throw in the towel and call it quits with resolutions. Whether you’ve already given up on your New Year’s resolution, or maybe just lost some steam, there’s still time to v [...]


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Pack Health / February, 01st 2018

Healthy Eating

Give Your Water an Upgrade

Staying hydrated, especially during the winter months, can be tough. There’s not much worse than drinking an ice cold glass of water on a freezing cold day. But, it is so important that you do because the body is made up of over 50% water and needs water to function normally, control blood pressure, and maintain metabolism.   Water Intake is Important T [...]


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Pack Health / January, 31st 2018