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When it comes to Summer, aside from the warm weather and pretty flowers, my favorite part is cooking out with friends and family. Since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, however, I look at barbecues a bit differently. Instead of seeing a delicious spread of potato salad, coleslaw, and chips, I see unknown cooking surfaces, mystery seasonings, and cross-contamination risks.
Well, it's been a month, and our first-ever Lauren's Hope Health Challenge is complete! Here's a rundown of our team's experience. You'll see "After" shots throughout the article, and our "Before" pics at the bottom. Enjoy!
Well, folks, we're in the home stretch! The 2014 Lauren's Hope Health Challenge is coming to a close, and it has been an incredible month around here! We are excited to share our "After" photos with you when we take them next week. If you've taken before and after shots you'd like to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day Monday, March 3, and we'll include them in our month-ending article!
Well, we're 12 days into the first ever Lauren's Hope Health Challenge, and there's plenty to update you on! If you've joined us in the challenge, we would love for you to share an update with us in the comments below!
The first-ever Lauren's Hope Health Challenge started this past Saturday, February 1, and the big topic around the office this Monday was how we all did with our health and fitness goals over the weekend. I was excited to share some Paleo blueberry muffins I made, which were really pretty good, despite the fact that they looked nothing like the original recipe's adorably delicious-looking photo.
Life after diagnosis has been smooth sailing for the most part. Since my father and I are both gluten free, even Thanksgiving and Christmas (normally a pretty gluten-y affair) were both huge successes for us, and by success, I mean it felt normal, and that meant a lot to the both of us.
Earlier this week, I made a big commitment. I decided to adopt a strict Paleo eating plan for one month to try it out, starting on February 1. I decided to share this decision with all of you here on the Lauren’s Hope blog and invite you to join me in making one health-related change for the month of February. It would be fun, I figured, and it would certainly help me stay accountable. So I went about my business, typing up a fun article, putting together some interesting facts and art, and proofreading my work. I had the whole thing all ready to go. And then I scrapped it. I deleted the whole thing.
As soon as I was greeted by the nurse, I knew something was amiss. The nurse quickly ushered me into an exam room, and only a few short minutes later, my doctor followed.
First off, I’d like to introduce myself: Hello! I’m Brittany McNeal. That's me over there to the right... Snazzy. I’m the brand-spanking new content creator at Lauren’s Hope, and I (like almost 8% of Americans) have an autoimmune disease. In fact, like most people who have an autoimmune disease, I have more than one: Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Disease.
If you're like the majority of Americans, you've likely made (and maybe even broken) some New Year's Resolutions & Goals for 2014. Eating better is one of the most common resolutions people make. But there's just so much information and so many options out there that choosing a "diet" or deciding what way of eating will not only be better for you but also feasible for you to stick with can be overwhelming. We're not nutritionists here at Lauren's Hope medical ID bracelets, but we've done some leg work to help you get started figuring out your options. Just because it's January 10th doesn't make it too late to set some better eating goals for the new year!
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