#FIGHT INFLAMMATION WITH FOODS THAT HEAL…

#Fight inflammation with foods that heal by checking out this infographic from #cottercrunch on Pinterest.

The list includes walnuts, avocado, pineapple, leafy greens, ginger, salmon, flax and chia seeds, broccoli and carrots, bone broth and collagen, spirulina, turmeric, cherries and berries, coconut oil, cabbage, green tea and matcha powder.

Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae.

Just like plants, cyanobacteria can produce energy out of sunlight, via the process called photosynthesis. Spirulina was consumed by the Aztecs back in the day, but became popular again when NASA proposed that it could be grown in space and used by astronauts.

A standard daily dose of spirulina is 1-3 grams, but doses of up to 10 grams per day have been used effectively.

A great book/cookbook which is available on Amazon but only available on Kindle is Everything you need to know about Spirulina, The World’s Highest Protein Food explained with delicious recipes included (Spirulina Cookbook Book 1) by Tina Quick. Tina Quick has been vegan since age 19. She loves cooking healthy, delicious vegan food and teaching others how to eat a healthy plant based diet. Also included are dozens of amazing spirulina recipes for better health. This superfood is extremely versatile and can be used in smoothies, drinks, salads, soups, and much more!

 

There is a great cookery book on bone broth by James Wayne, Bone Broth: Bone Broth Diet Cookbook, on Amazon which says

This short guide is more than a diet plan. It covers everything you need to know to unlock the amazing health benefits of bone broth.

You also get:

  • A brief guide to cooking and storing bone broths
  • A three-week meal plan including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Basic bone broth recipes that can be customized to suit any taste
  • Instructions for making energy and health-boosting broths
  • A wide selection of delicious main courses
  • Remedies for everyday maladies including allergies, coughs, fevers and more
  • Expert tricks for finding the right ingredients
  • Cooking tips for getting the best flavour and texture
  • A guide to using bone broth to detoxify, protect joints, boost your immune system

Another great cookery book about using super seeds in your cooking is Super Seeds: The Complete Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Hemp, and Amaranth (Superfood) by Kim Lutz available on Amazon. 

Five super seeds covered in one super volume! Chia, hemp, flax, quinoa, and amaranth are tiny powerhouses that deliver whopping amounts of protein, essential fatty acids and great taste in every serving. Perfect for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets, they each get to take a star turn in these 75 mouthwatering recipes. Convenient and versatile, the seeds work wonderfully in everything from muffins and breads to salads, soups, and desserts. Super Seeds is a must-have for anyone interested in eating healthily and deliciously.

 

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SEPTEMBER #PAIN AWARENESS MONTH…

The first Pain Awareness Month was held in 2001 and since then the event has gone from strength to strength – Around 75 million Americans are suffering pain and it’s time to do something about it.  Awareness will be raised by the American Pain Foundation Action Network to this huge problem so that politicians are focused on the need for new research and treatments.

The month also ties in with National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.  More suffers will have the chance to voice their pain via blogging and virtual conferences.

The key to raising awareness is to get involved. There are many things that you can do to help promote Pain Awareness Month.

Talk with Friends & Family: Let them know that September is Pain Awareness Month. “Like” the ACPA on Facebook. Encourage your friends to do the same.

Everyone who lives with chronic pain—or cares about someone who does—is different. But at the same time, we all have common interests. It is a kind of community and deserves to have their voices heard.

Partners for Understanding Pain represents a comprehensive network of resources and knowledge about issues in pain management.

Pain Awareness Toolkits provide information for working collaboratively with healthcare professionals, consumer and professional organizations, journalists, community leaders, and elected officials to ensure that those who suffer from pain have access to appropriate and effective pain therapies.

At the moment it is based around the website American Chronic Pain Association and not in the UK but that doesn’t mean UK sufferers cannot help to promote Pain Awareness Month.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR BACKPAINBLOGUK READERS ON TICKETS FOR SOMNEX- THE FIRST DEDICATED SLEEP SHOW…

I am sure you will have seen my post yesterday on SOMNEX’S the ‘Sleep Show’  which is the first dedicated sleep show in the UK and takes place from the 12th-14th October, at The Old Truman Brewery, London (10am til 6pm). It is the only event dedicated to the sleep-health industry… where innovation and tech meet sleep!

At this show, you can get exclusive access to expert advice, innovative new products, specialist exhibitors, multiple interactive workshops and immersive classes – all designed to help you understand how to improve your sleep and give you and your family a fun day out!

Well, as a BackPainBlogUK reader they are happy to offer 25% off ticket price – simply use the promocode: BP25 when you book your ticket.

There are lots to read on their website with some great links to the experts in case you cannot make this show.

WHY IS IT THAT SENIOR BLOGGERS LOVE TO WRITE ABOUT HEALTH?…

Out of interest, I decided I would take a look for award-winning senior blogs written by senior bloggers. When I tapped in senior/elderly bloggers a few sights came up with lists of their top ten senior sites but most just had lists of health-related blog sites. But I did find a few that had won awards and that had nothing to do with health and care.

One such sight Senior Living lists it’s top ten of mainly health sites.

The New Age Blog – The “new” old age means that people are living longer than ever before. As this New York Times blog states: “Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children.”

Better Health – Better Health is a repository of articles, videos and audio Podcasts on health topics. You’ll find interviews with healthcare professionals, book reviews, health tips, news and more. The dozens of blog contributors are medical professionals, journalists, healthcare administrators and other specialists.

The Intentional Care Giver – Shelley Webb, a former Registered Nurse and Geriatric Case Manager, says the goal of this blog is “to help calm, simplify and enrich the lives of caregivers of aging parents and loved ones.

Another well-known site Saga Magazine has a great list of 50 top senior bloggers. Their list is set out in categories – Expat Life for the over-50’s, Culture, Politics, Food and Drink, Style and Fashion, Gardening, Arts & Crafts, Sports, History, Personal,  and Humour. However, this list was posted in 2013 and no matter what I enter into the search related to blogs no new posts seem to come up.

 

The Luggage Hero website has awards for most inspiring travel blogs and (drum roll please) I have found a few senior bloggers who have won awards on this site.

Senior Nomabs is a blog written by Debbie & Michael decided in 2013 to experience their retirement in a very original way, as they felt that they still wanted to experience adventures. They decided to live in AirBnBs and have visited over 200 cities in almost 70 different countries in just 4 years. In their blog, they give advice based on their experience in choosing the best AirBnBs on a budget, as well as publishing original articles such as book lists and lifestyle posts. Their story is truly inspiring and motivating.

Silver Lifestyle has a list of the ‘Best Senior Blogs‘ ( only six listed) and although none have awards I personally think some of these are well worth a visit, in particular, Look Fabulous Forever which is for women over 50 to help them feel fabulous in their senior years.

Senior Homes have a Best Retirement Blog award and three are listed but the first two are great fun to read about. Victory Lap Retirement is a blog work while you play, play while you work. Unlike some retirement blogs, which focus only on finance or navigating the worlds of Medicare and modern medicine, this blog is about living well whether you’re fully retired, semi-retired or retired as you define it. Author and website creator Michael Drak refers to his book Victory Lap Retirement as “a retirement book about not retiring,” and his writing reflects that philosophy. Another one on their list is Retire Fabulously is a blog written by Dave Hughes, who started this retirement blog, also wrote Design Your Dream Retirement, a book which, “will show you how to visualize your retirement in an optimistic, possibility-filled light.” What draws me to this blog aren’t just the articles on topics such as best places to retire, mistakes you can make in planning for your next chapter, how to negotiate relationships as a “mixed-retirement” couple (one retires; one doesn’t) along the way. It’s the fresh voice and positive spin on the advice that makes it all seem so doable…with a little smart planning ahead, of course.

After spending quite a few hours researching about this I soon realised that most bloggers and blog award winners tend to be in the younger generation age group and yet blogging is such an ideal hobby for the older generation to make friends and keep up with the latest news. I understand why most I found were all based around health, and care which is of interest to many seniors but in a world that is now full of an elderly generation, it would be nice to find lots more blogs around a better life in your senior years.

 

 

 

CONTROL MY PAIN PROJECT – WEEK THREE – THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS…

 

This is my review on my third week of Control My Pain Program from the Survive Strive Thrive team which was designed to teach people holistic strategies to heal their pain. The whole course is video and audio content which I think makes it more interesting and easy to understand.

Week Three is Thoughts and Feelings

The first video introduces Thoughts and Feelings by learning all about cognitive behavioural therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 

The next video is the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Model and it is the first time that I have properly understood clearly about cognitive behavioural therapy for pain. It is all to do with how you think about your pain that impact on your quality of life, and pain and distress.

The next video is a case study on how Thoughts Influence Actions which are so true when you are in chronic pain.

The fourth video in week three is another quiz on common patterns of thinking.

The fifth video is all about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which also includes a quiz or you can download it.

The last two videos in the Thoughts and Feelings project ist of helpful websites and books you could buy as well as the course resources.

I found this weeks program extremely useful in explaining all about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is now widely used to help people with not only pain but other problems they are dealing with. I’ve read a book in the past about it but these videos explain it much easier and is something I will definitely be trying in the near future.