Healthy Living

Motivation Monday: Healthy is an Outfit that Looks Different on Everyone

What does it look like for you to be healthy? The vast majority of people don’t have an answer to this question. They try extreme diets and exercise plans, but being unhappy rarely feels healthy for long. They go to the doctor, but often don’t get their questions answered – oftentimes, they forget or are afraid to ask. This is normal. It’s also ho [...]


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Pack Health / October, 24th 2016

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Tips from a Cancer Survivor

When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, I was in disbelief. I wondered, why me? I went through treatment with the mentality that it’s just one of those things you have to do, but even with people checking in on me, I often felt isolated. In hindsight, there was a lot that went into me staying motivated to keep putting one foot in front of the other each [...]


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Pack Health / February, 11th 2016

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How a good night's sleep helps you fight cancer

Sleep is crucial with cancer not only because it gives you the strength to keep fighting, but also because it helps to balance hormones which affect cancer cells. What's going on in your body One sleep-related hormone that can help your body battle cancer is melatonin. Melatonin is released during sleep, and can also be taken as a natural supplement to hel [...]


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Pack Health / April, 11th 2016

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Everything in Moderation

Times of celebration tend to be seen as times of indulgence, and that’s okay. The Pack Health program isn’t one of those crazy restrictive diets where we ask you to forgo your family’s holiday traditions for a protein shake. If you’re a member you know, it’s not a diet at all: it’s a lifestyle change.  Gratitude and satisfaction are essential [...]


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Pack Health / November, 21st 2016

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Health is a Relationship

How are you doing? What can I do for you? Have I told you lately that I love you? If you’ve ever had a friend, family member, or loved one, these questions probably sound familiar. In all likelihood, the more you ask them, the better your relationships are. These questions are supportive and loving. They show you care. If you asked these questions more of [...]


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Pack Health / November, 14th 2016

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Be Kind to Yourself!

Rule number one: be kind to yourself. We all have a voice in our head that sometimes is on our side, and sometimes is not. When you hear that voice trying to cut you down – talk back with the truth. When it says, “You’re never going to feel better,” say back, “Small steps lead to big outcomes – I’m staying on track to find out.” When it sa [...]


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Pack Health / May, 02nd 2016

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How Exercise Affects your Blood Sugar

Exercise affects some individuals’ blood sugar more than others. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may find increasing your physical activity allows you more flexibility in your diet, or less dependence on medication. At the same time, if you’ve taken your insulin medication without accounting for the affect a brisk walk is going to have on your blood [...]


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Pack Health / May, 19th 2016

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7 Strategies to Stay Hydrated

Did you know that the human body is 70% water? It should come as no surprise that staying hydrated helps you stay healthy. Among other things, water is a key ingredient for maintaining joint lubrication, blood circulation, skin health, digestive health, bowel function, immune function, and a healthy weight. Dehydration - the condition of not having enough w [...]


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Pack Health / March, 01st 2017

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Staying Hydrated with Cancer

Dehydration is a common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and can occur at any point during your treatments as a result of vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Here are a few quick tips that might help you out. When it’s hard to keep water down, try ice or little sips of liquids. It takes a lot of ice to make an impact, but for some of our members th [...]


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Pack Health / March, 01st 2017

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They say smoking gives you lung cancer… but have you heard about these other side effects?

The images of healthy lungs compared to the lungs of a smoker have been held up in many a classroom to teach kids to “just say no”. Smoke cigarettes and you’ll get lung cancer, they warn, assuming this will be enough. Of course you know smoking is affecting your lungs, but there's less conversation happening about other risks and side effects involve [...]


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Pack Health / May, 31st 2017

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Smoking with MS: Is it worth it to quit?

There’s no singular known cause for MS, but studies have shown smoking increases the likelihood of developing this condition. There's also strong evidence to suggest that smoking makes MS symptoms worse, and can even make the disease progress faster.  For patients with MS who currently smoke, quitting smoking can help not only with respiratory symptoms [...]


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Pack Health / May, 31st 2017

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Too busy for your health?

In a survey of 1,100 U.S. online grocery shoppers, 87% of respondents said a healthy lifestyle is important to them, but 88% find it difficult to incorporate healthy eating into their daily routines. Two-thirds of respondents pointed to lack of time as a barrier. This survey is one of many in which respondents say: “No time.” We hear this all the time - [...]


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Pack Health / June, 07th 2017

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Build a bowl

Bowls are a beautiful thing. You can just layer on delicious ingredients, and they all mix together, and it's so easy to eat. Our build a bowl method can also make prepping your meals easier. You can build a "basics bar" of components for the week, and then mix and match for your daily meals! It's kind of like assembling a salad, except with cooked ingredien [...]


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Pack Health / June, 09th 2017

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Exercise

5 times exercise can help

I have a friend who can go on for hours about her “runner’s high.” She drives me nuts. I do enjoy swimming. I feel great after a long walk. I practically burst with joy whenever I dance. But running? Not for me. I share this to clarify: it’s not a one-size-fits-all strategy. The benefits of being physically active are universal, but you have to fig [...]


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Pack Health / June, 22nd 2017

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Staying positive

The connection between health and happiness is well-established, but sometimes personal stories say a lot more than a recap of the latest research. This week, we’re looking at posts from positive people with chronic conditions. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Blogger Julie Ryan of Counting My Spoons reflects on the importance of celebrating the small [...]


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Pack Health / June, 23rd 2017

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4 Ways to Feel Better with RA


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Pack Health / February, 01st 2017

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Top Tips for a Less Painful Prick

Being diagnosed with diabetes comes with many new daily activities, one of which is taking your blood sugar multiple times a day. The process of taking your blood sugar isn’t always pleasant, but it’s one of the most important things you can do in order to self-manage your diabetes (besides taking your medications!). The number on your glucometer lets [...]


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Pack Health / June, 06th 2016

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Interpreting blood sugar numbers (glucose)

Having a hard time interpretting blood sugar numbers? This is a common situation for  a majority of our members, but it’s also something we want to change. Diabetes self-management includes taking your blood sugar, and then also knowing what to do from there. Here are some quick tips to see where you stand with your blood sugars: Tip 1: First know that [...]


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Pack Health / February, 18th 2016

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Staying Hydrated with hepatitis C

You’ve probably heard that water is a key ingredient for health. It helps maintain joint lubrication, blood circulation, skin health, digestive health, bowel function, immune function, and a healthy weight. What you might not know is that staying hydrated will also help you manage side effects of hepatitis C treatment, such as dizziness, fatigue, and dryn [...]


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Pack Health / March, 17th 2016

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Five Ways to Fight Fatigue

Fatigue is when you feel tired and have less energy. Fatigue can be present when you wake up in the morning, or after lunch, or really any time of day. It can often interfere with your daily life and leave you frustrated. Here are a few tips that have been helpful to our members dealing with fatigue: 1. Talk with your doctor about your fatigue. Consiste [...]


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Pack Health / February, 25th 2016

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7 Strategies for Dealing with Dryness

Dryness can be a symptom of dehydration, a side effect of treatment, or simply a fact of life. Whatever your reasons, we’ve got a number of strategies to help you avoid and overcome dryness-related discomfort: Moisturize your skin: We recommend using a moisturizing cleanser such as Cetaphil or its generic substitute instead of soap, and applying a [...]


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Pack Health / February, 22nd 2016

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I-B-Discovering The World!

Traveling is stressful, and traveling with IBD can be even more so. Is there going to be food that I can eat? What happens if I have a flare during my travels? How am I going to get through the trip if my medications get lost? Where is the nearest restroom? There are an endless number of questions that can increase anxiety and stress, which in turn may make [...]


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Pack Health / March, 31st 2016

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Better sleep means better health!

The usefulness of sleep is pretty obvious: when you don’t get enough sleep, you feel tired. You’ve probably noticed symptoms of yawning, emotional stress, or difficulty focusing, but did you know that your sleeping habits can affect your physical health? According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “sleep is involved in healing and rep [...]


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Pack Health / April, 11th 2016

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How sleep affects your blood sugars (and visa-versa)

Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but this seemingly basic activity can be difficult with diabetes. When your blood sugar is really high, your body will try to get rid of that excess sugar by urinating. Getting enough quality sleep can be difficult when you’re constantly getting up to go to the bathroom, but it’s also super important [...]


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Pack Health / April, 11th 2016

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It's what you do

Did you know that behavioral choices are the “greatest domain of influence” on health in the United States? Recent research puts behavioral choices ahead of environmental conditions, social circumstances, genetics, and even medical care as the number one determinant of health outcomes. That’s right, the number one determinant of health is what you ch [...]


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Pack Health / September, 12th 2016

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Medications 101

Did you know that approximately 50% of people with chronic conditions don’t take their medications as prescribed? Experts suggest that “increasing the effectiveness of adherence interventions may have a far greater impact on the health of the population than any improvement in specific medical treatments” – so why haven’t we solved this basic prob [...]


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Pack Health / November, 17th 2016

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Spring Clean Your Way to Better Health


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Pack Health / April, 29th 2017

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5 things you need for a better night's sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. If you don't get enough sleep, you're more likely to eat more, gain weight, and have high blood sugar. More info on how sleep effects your health here. When it comes to reasons why it’s hard to get enough sleep, we’ve heard it all: from temperature, to snoring, to having a busy li [...]


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Pack Health / June, 28th 2017

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Why Hydrate?

You wouldn’t continue to drive your car all the time without getting the oil changed would you? In our bodies, water is that oil that keeps us moving smoothly without problems! Our bodies are constantly losing water when we sweat, digest, and even when we breathe. Without refueling, the organs we rely on to survive don’t function properly and we start to [...]


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Pack Health / July, 26th 2017

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Miracle Mornings

Waking up early is something that most people in this world have trouble with. There aren’t many things that are shared worldwide, but the temptation to snooze carries in every culture! But what if you could start your day with a major accomplishment? I recently read a book called Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which talks about the importance of waking [...]


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Pack Health / July, 31st 2017

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Controlling your weight with MS

Gaining weight is a common concern for people in general, but with MS, there are a few other factors at play. Symptoms such as pain, fatigue, dizziness, and depression may affect your energy levels (read: ability and motivation to exercise) as well as your relationship with food. On top of these symptoms, steroid therapy – prescribed to decrease inflamm [...]


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Pack Health / August, 02nd 2017

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Summer with COPD

Breathing issues like chronic bronchitis and emphysema (COPD) aren’t exactly temperature dependent, but your experience may vary with the season. For example, the cold dry air may irritate your lungs in the winter, and you may be limited by heat, humidity, pollen, and smog in the summer. Since it’s August now, let’s talk about some strategies to manag [...]


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Pack Health / August, 09th 2017

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Losing Weight with RA

Gaining weight is a common concern for a lot of people, but with RA, there are a few other factors at play. Symptoms such as joint pain, joint damage, and fatigue may affect your ability and motivation to exercise, as well as your relationship with food. On top of these symptoms, if you’re on a steroid therapy, this can cause you to gain weight as well.   [...]


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Pack Health / July, 26th 2017

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MS Diagnosis and Treatment: What you need to know

It takes a lot of people a while to reach their MS diagnosis, in part because symptoms vary so much from person to person and can change over time. The traditional path to diagnosis included a number of tests and appointments to rule out other possible causes, but with new diagnostic technology, it is now possible to detect MS with a simple blood test! If y [...]


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Pack Health / August, 31st 2017

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The Softer Side of COPD

It’s not uncommon with chronic bronchitis or emphysema to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. The stress of navigating the healthcare system, the frustration of having to adjust, the sheer energy required for each breath – it can take an emotional toll. If you’re experiencing these feelings, it’s important to know you’re not alone and yo [...]


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Pack Health / September, 02nd 2017

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Breaking the Cycle of Insomnia and Chronic Pain

Ahhh, everyone loves the sinking-into-bed feeling you get after a long day, especially when a night of undisrupted sleep follows. Unfortunately this can be hard to obtain for those of us with chronic pain. When you’re experiencing pain, it can be hard to sleep, and when you’re not getting enough sleep, your pain and stress levels are likely to go up. Th [...]


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Pack Health / September, 06th 2017