How to Identify Toxins in Your Home

Once I made the conscious decision to heal my body after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I read a book titled My Simple Changes by Brandon Godsey. Brandon has Crohn's disease and wrote a book about all the little changes he made over the course of many years to reach full remission and a full… Continue reading How to Identify Toxins in Your Home

The Truth About Happiness

I often get people asking me "How are you so happy all the time?" My response has always been 1) because I have a strong Catholic faith and 2) I have a positive outlook on life. I choose not to let negative circumstances determine my future. When I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, it took… Continue reading The Truth About Happiness

Let’s Spill the Tea!

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love tea! Seriously, I drink about 3 cups of tea per day. I never get tired of it. Tea has several health benefits and has been my saving grace throughout the progression of my disease. When I studied abroad in Chile and my ulcerative colitis flared-up, one… Continue reading Let’s Spill the Tea!

Dear Stress…

Dear Stress...let's break up! This is one of my favorite quotes. I found this quote in a magazine a couple of years ago when I was making a vision board and it seemed appropriate. I have let stress rule most of my life, sometimes without even knowing it. The scary thing about stress is that… Continue reading Dear Stress…

One Year Later: My Tips on WFH

One year ago today was the first day my entire office started working from home due to the Coronavirus outbreak. I had no idea that March 17, 2020 was going to be my last day working in my cubicle. The mood in the office that day was somber. None of us knew what was going… Continue reading One Year Later: My Tips on WFH

How to Get Your Best Night’s Sleep

The primary function of sleep is to recharge your brain, promote growth and allow your body to fight off disease and infection. Without the proper amount of sleep, the brain will not function adequately and you may feel sluggish. This is why newborn babies are always sleeping. As we get older we do not need… Continue reading How to Get Your Best Night’s Sleep

Making Exercise Your Superpower

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that adults should strive for 150 minutes of exercise per week, or 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. That doesn't sound too bad, right? The type of exercise could include moderate-intensity aerobics, vigorous-intensity aerobics, or muscle-strengthening activities. If you go beyond the 30 minutes… Continue reading Making Exercise Your Superpower

Vitamins: Good or Bad?

I have heard so many things about vitamins and how good they are for your body, but how much is too much and how do you figure out which vitamins work for you? In previous posts, I have mentioned that I take a Vitamin D supplement during the winter and have tried a probiotic supplement.… Continue reading Vitamins: Good or Bad?

IBD and Nutrition

Each time I visited with my doctor during my flare-ups, he would drill into my head "You need to eat more fruits and vegetables!" My response was always "I do!" I thought I was doing the best I could in terms of nutrition and what I was consuming each day. I never ate fast food,… Continue reading IBD and Nutrition

How to Maintain a Healthy Gut

As somebody with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), I know a lot about how to maintain a healthy gut. Before I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), I had never heard of IBD and did not know how important the gut microbiome was. This term is becoming well-known since more research is currently being done in… Continue reading How to Maintain a Healthy Gut