Eating Healthy When You Just Don’t Feel Up to It


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For many of us, eating is more than just fueling up – it’s a way of relaxing with coworkers, catching up with family members at the end the day, or spending time with friends. But sometimes eating meals or having a snack is the last thing you feel like doing, particularly when you’re not feeling well.

You may not have an appetite, you might feel nauseous, or you may not have the energy to prepare a meal or to eat it once it’s in front of you. But healthy eating is important at the best of times; it’s even more important when you are ill or your body is stressed. How can you ensure to get that much needed nutrition when you just can’t eat?

Here are some tips that may help you boost your nutritional intake, without making meal time another added stress to your life:

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Chasing the Elusive Sleep


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Getting a good night’s sleep can be a dream in itself at the best of times. So many things can make it hard to sleep, from outside noise and stressful thoughts to uncomfortable bedding or a snoring partner. But when you’re ill, these difficulties can be magnified and getting that much needed rest may seem impossible. Here are some tips that might help you settle down.

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5 Tips to Keep You and Your Medicines On Track While Traveling


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If you’re living with a serious or chronic illness, or you’re caring for someone who is, chances are you are taking or giving prescription medicines. Whether these medicines are to treat the illness or manage symptoms, you know how important it is that they be taken at their proper times. If you’re traveling, you may be concerned about carrying your medicines and it can be challenging to stick to your medication schedule, particularly if you’re passing through different time zones. But it’s not impossible. Here are some tips to help you manage your medicines while you travel.

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Lessons from Being Mortal


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The doors to the subway car opened and I burst out, running in hopes of hearing Atul Gawande speak about his most recent book, Being Mortal, in a talk he was giving in New York recently. My hopes were dashed as soon as I arrived, though, when I was told that there was no chance I was getting in, the room was packed to the brim.

For anyone who has read Being Mortal, this shouldn’t be surprising. In his book, Gawande broaches the subject no one wants to talk about–death–with a rare sense of humanity, care, and consideration that has resonated with people on both sides of the medical curtain.

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The Legacy of Lisa Bonchek Adams


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In a previous post, we wrote about Lisa Bonchek Adams, a cancer patient who blogged and tweeted extensively about her illness.

In January 2014, Lisa was lambasted by reporters from the Guardian and The New York Times for what they viewed as oversharing about her experience with metastatic breast cancer. The reporters felt that she should fade into the background and let the end come.

But fade into the background, Lisa did not. She continued to chronicle her experience, until the very end.

Unfortunately, Lisa passed away on March 6, 2015, at the age of 45 years old.

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