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    Living active is hard in 2022

    #justrightliving #baseball game
    In 2022, it’s hard to stay active! With so many screens to follow or deliveries to our door-it can be hard to forget to move- one of the post powerful things we can do. When we create movement, when we create and share life with those around us we are #justrightliving 💜 Our Fall Ball Baseball game was formed around just that! A family day for our athletes to share their skills and abilities. The months of practice along with combing a health life style. We created this program around ones that need it the most. People, Youth, Our parents and Grand parents. Inclusion means including you. We are very proud to create #Healthy experiences that involve everyone! #Inclusion #special

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    #Halloween #nostalgia #Bipolar2Disorder

    So after many years my wife and I decided to carve/decorate pumpkins. This one is mine. It feels like a huge win against #Depression and #sad . It was simple and fun. And the seeds are a #Healthy snack.

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    #Healthy Relationships

    For the first time N a long time I’m actually in a healthy relationship. I will be getting married in November. Can’t wait to share my life with this man . 💞

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    Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut (and maybe a little fruity, too!)

    Eating healthy is so incredibly important, whether we’re struggling with massively stressful circumstances or not. Today’s creation is BOCA veggie burger crumbles stir fried with diced pineapple and mango, some craisins and a tangy peanut butter sauce, over a lush bed of spinach leaves. Quick, easy and healthy on a hot day! 😋🥵🌞

    #Healthy #yum #Food #diet #Cooking #Lifestyle #nutrition #feelgood


    Dealing with food cravings + the temptation of takeout

    I caved after work today and got a donair. Within ten minutes, the intense stomach pain hit and I am still dealing with discomfort, pain, and bloating six hours later, to the extent that I can't get to sleep.

    I really struggle with consistently maintaining a diet that helps me feel good for a few reasons:

    1) The constant, insistent message from my parents when I was growing up that if a food item is "good for you," then you should always eat it. Right now, food items that are certainly healthy like broccoli, chickpeas, and olive oil are actually *not* good for me and it is hard to shut off that voice in my head from my childhood.

    2) After living in a number of different countries and traveling to dozens more, I have developed a love for world cuisine. Due to dietary limitations, I simply can't cook a lot of those dishes for myself, but sometimes, when I'm having a bad day, all I want is a bite of one of those delicious meals that transports me back to a better time. So I order take out. And then I have an experience like with the donair.

    I guess this post is about the varied meanings of nourishment for different people. I am still trying to develop a healthy concept of nourishment for myself, and I am grateful for this group.

    #Food #FoodAllergies #foodintolerance #Healthy #goodforyou #MentalHealth #Nourishment

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    Stronger #stable #risingabove #thephoenix #Healthy #Madness

    I’ve struggled is a statement we have all used or heard someone use at some time. I didn’t know I was struggling until my kids were in elementary school. Sounds funny but it’s because I was so quick at learning ways to cover up and mask my emotions even at young age. I had an imaginary friend with me starting at age 4 for protection. She made my world were struggling was not a thing. When I was 14 I spent 18 months in a youth drug and alcohol treatment facility. Honesty was not my policy. I graduated from high school. I had my first daughter at 19, second at 23. I was using drugs and alcohol by this time to lesson the struggle. I didn’t identify the struggle. I truly thought this was the world and how things were. I didn’t identify with sadness or joy. I just was getting high or drunk making sure the girls and the house were running, but they weren’t. I had no clue what was happening with me or the world. When I was 28. I met people who had something that I didn’t have. I noticed joy and happiness. I became profoundly aware that my behavior and emotions did not match those of others. I became concerned and others expressed their concerns. I turned to my medical providers who diagnosed me with bipolar. I was horrified. I remember the first time leaving the pharmacy with the bag of medication. I was entering my 30’s with a mental illness, for sure a death sentence. For years I battled myself, not excepting the diagnosis. I was noncompliant with medication, suicidal, hospitalized, and went through ECT treatments for years. I went through therapists and therapies. I disliked all that they said and wanted me to do. I disliked myself. However, during this time I was able to graduate college, sum cum laude, maintain a teaching job, keep a marriage, raise my girls, and be a part in several capacities of an international motorcycle club. What changed me to end the struggle? I read this quote “ Strength is what we gain is the madness we survive.” and I turned 50, I realized I no longer wanted to be waking up not equipped to deal with what I would wake up to. I needed to have an adequate tool box and build on it, practice using those tools to face what bipolar will through at me. So, I did. I also, created a positive foundation of safe friends and family and to this day I still build on it. Continuing to do maintenance so it is strong in the face of storms. I developed a medication routine that assures I take the right medication at the right time. I see my doctor, always as prescribed. I keep a journal that if I write anything I write 3 things I’m thankful for. All of this and so much more I keep and analyze for its effectiveness.l strong and far more stable then I ever have. Even if an episode creeps up I’m prepared because I’ve practiced for the moment. I might not be successful at shortening or ending the episodes but I am able to call for help, adjust medications, practice self care and many other things. I’ve got strength!!!

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    Behind That Smile, Can Be A World Of Pain

    Have you ever had someone tell you that you looked so #happy ? Well in the photo, I do look happy. I am celebrating my birthday princess look, excited to have visited Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and #Blessed .

    However, behind that smile can be a whole world of pain. This is a mix of both physical pain from depression, and also the deep rooted sadness trying to cope with her Dad's cancer diagnosis.

    Life is hard.
    It was never meant to be easy.

    But life can be difficult to fight to stay stabilized. It is not #Healthy to live our lives in one extreme emotion or another. Lately with my #BipolarDisorder I have seen the extremes. It is triggered by stress, which makes an already existing condition much worse. If I didn't have #BipolarDisorder then I may have been able to handle things better.

    I am working hard though. Gotta keep moving.

    Much love to all.

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    Take away the power that your fear or trauma has over you!

    Ever heard of the saying 'A problem shared is a problem halved'?

    This was true for me. I felt like a weight had been lifted. Over time I was able to talk about everything as if I was talking about playing with the kids in the park.

    You can too!








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    Food and Nutrition Friday BONUS: Low Carbohydrate Food Shopping on a Budget

    Looking to manage your diabetes through a low carb diet, but you’re limited on funds?

    Here’s a few ways you can shop on a budget and still thrive on a low carb eating plan:

    #DiabetesType2 #prediabetes #DiabetesType1 #Diabetes #ChronicIllness #EatingHealthy #eating #Food #Healthy #treatment #management