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Manage Your Medication and Get Active!

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After a long winter in the Midwest, the warm spring weather is so welcome! I will find any excuse to get outside and get my body moving. I know we are limited by this quarantine, but I am trying my best to stay physically active (while social distancing of course!) and I encourage you to do the same! According to experts, staying active can help reduce stress, boost your immune system, and improve your mood. I don’t know about you but I could definitely use a little mood boost today!

 

But when you live with a chronic illness or rely on medication throughout the day, leaving the house can turn into a hassle, especially with the added stress of social distancing. What if you forget something important or don’t have your medication when you need it most? But luckily, there are ways you can be prepared and still get outside and get moving. Let’s talk about managing your medication on-the-go!

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Fall Weather And Flu Season

Tissues for the flu season

The leaves are changing, and the air is getting crisp, which means that the flu season is getting closer and closer. Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Influenza activity typically begins to increase in October and November, but peaks between December and February. However, the flu season can stick around as late as May. I know, May is the time when you start prepping for Summer. But keep up your healthy habits to avoid that last surge of flu season.

Immunity For The Community

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New Week. New Resolutions.

Yes, it may be the middle of September. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t start new resolutions. It can be pretty easy to lose sight of what our New Year’s Resolutions were. Just because you faded off track doesn’t mean that you can’t start again. You don’t need the start of a new year to focus on yourself. Start today. The start of a new week can be the start of new resolutions.

 

Do I Need That Vitamin?

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Cheers to Game Day

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If you have any type of social media, you’re now well aware the beloved American football season is back in action. Whether you’re an avid fan, could care less, or hate the sport it can be hard to avoid it during this time of year. Between it showing at the bars, friends talking about it, and hashtags on Twitter it’s everywhere.

Stay Healthy During Football Season

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Organize Your Life (And Health)

A lady writing in her calendar

The Minnesota State Fair, Labor Day, and back to school is all upon us (insert excited, nervous laugh because the year is going by too fast). Summer is quickly coming to an end and already has for many students. Some might be lucky enough to have one last weekend of freedom. I never got to that drive-in movie, but I did make it to a Twins game and The Great Minnesota Get Together. Of course, I ate many goodies, but that’s what summer is all about, right?! Don’t fret about the endeavors ahead, instead, organize your life. I’m not just talking about planners and cleaning your room (although, they do help). I’m talking about organizing your mental and physical health, too.

Listen To Your Body

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Discreet At The Dinner Table

granola

If you tuned in to our Facebook Live video yesterday, then you’ll already know a little about this blog. You can just tell your friends that you’re psychic and knew what GMS was going to talk about. This blog is about all things dinner, food truck festivals, brunch, and any place that involves food. If you’re anything like me, you plan your day around the meals you’re going to eat because let’s face it, we’re #foodies.

Food, Friends, and Pill Pouches

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A Hard Pill To Swallow

Pill Swallowing Cup

Life can be a hard pill to swallow some days. Things seem to go awry all at the same time or it’s that day where you just keep spilling everything (me this morning…. Insert eye roll. I definitely came into work with an avocado mark on my shirt today). The saying, “it’s a hard pill to swallow” isn’t just a saying because people genuinely cannot swallow a pill. Ever tried taking a prescribed medication from your doctor and it got stuck in your throat? You could feel it just sitting there and you kept chugging water to get it down? It’s uncomfortable and kind of scary.

Tips and Tricks for Swallowing Pills

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Baby You’re A Firework

Pill cases in firework form

Did you sing Katy Perry this week as the fireworks launched up into the sky? I’m guilty because I totally belched this song out at the top of my lungs and then went oooooohhh aaaaahhhhh as the firework burst into mesmerizing colors. What can I say? Science just fascinates me. Or did you miss some of the show because you were managing a chronic illness? As summer flies by, have you been spending more time managing your illness or doing the enjoyable things?

Completing Your Summer Bucket List While Having A Chronic Illness

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Buzz Your Way Into Safety

Allergic Reactions EpiPen Nefcase

Remember when you were little, and you saw a fuzzy bumble bee and you just wanted to grab it?! It looked so cute and tiny. Eventually, you forgot that it would sting you because you were just so infatuated with how it buzzed around the pretty flowers. So, you do the only logical thing and you lunged after it. It of course stung your hand. No? Was I just the weird kid who tried grabbing things that could hurt me? In the end it didn’t really matter because I’m not allergic to anything …. That I know of.

Be Prepared For An Allergic Reaction

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Keep Calm and VitaCarry On

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It’s the first day of Summer and you’re cruising down an empty highway, windows down, throwback songs cranked up. Your dog is sticking his tongue out the window in the seat next to you. You’re headed for a weekend of hiking in the mountains. (Or woods, depending on where you live…there are definitely no mountains here in Minnesota). All your favorite snacks are packed in the trunk. Life couldn’t get any better. You’re so happy that it feels like nothing could ruin your mood. You’re just thinking about adventure and relaxation.

Manage Your Pills While Traveling