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Category: Mental Health, Lifestyle, Caregiver

Stress: The Real Heartbreaker

Model of a human heart
Stress can actually break your heart — in a manner of speaking. We discuss “broken-heart syndrome” and the other effects stress can have on your heart and blood vessels — and we give tips to help you cope with stress.
Category: Nutrition

The Secret Menu of Hospital Food

Patient eats hospital food
Hospital stays can be rough when it comes to meals — especially when the media portrays the food as cold, bland, and mushy. But many hospitals actually have great options for you, even if you’re on a restricted diet plan. You just have to know who to ask and how!
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver,

“Where Do I Even Begin?” Questions to Ask After a Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer advocate
When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you might have to be their advocate with their healthcare team. When Debbie found herself in that role, she put together lists of questions to ask. You can download her lists here.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver

The Diplomat Winter Activity Book: Fun at Home for Kids

Diplomat Winter Activity Book
If you or your children have to stay indoors this winter because of a chronic health condition, try our easy, fun activities for the whole family.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver

Fighting a Double Battle With Pediatric Cancer

Nurse with two children
Emily and Ben never thought one of their young children would have to face cancer, let alone two. Diplomat helped them navigate this new reality and find answers.
Category: Lifestyle, Nutrition

The DASH for Heart Health

Heart-healthy DASH diet
The DASH diet can help you maintain or improve your heart health and lower your blood pressure.
Category: Caregiver, Mental Health

Simple Gifts: How You Can Take Care of Caregivers

A woman embraces an older man. A simple gesture to a caregiver can make all the difference.
Being a caregiver is a stressful, demanding role. Here are 10 gifts you can give caregivers to thank them for everything they do.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver

Your Platelet Donation Can Save Lives

Man donating platelets
Donating platelets — cells that help blood clot — is crucial to help people who are going through cancer treatment. Learn more about how platelet donation works and how you can donate.
Category: Caregiver, Mental Health

When Good Times Remind You of Bad Times: Managing the 'Anniversary Reaction'

A woman placing flowers on a grave
The anniversary of trauma or loss can cause you to re-experience the pain you went through. We share tips to cope with these “anniversary reactions.”
Category: Nutrition, Lifestyle

Eating Well When You’re on a Medically Restricted Diet

Mother and daughter make a salad
We discuss six common diets that are frequently prescribed to address chronic health conditions — along with their restrictions, some guidelines, and tips to make restricted eating easier.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Eat the Rainbow: Go Red to Help Your Heart

Phytonutrient rich foods red
Red fruits and vegetables help protect your heart — and fight cancer. Learn more about the phytonutrients in red foods and how they help you.
Category: Lifestyle

Unintended Consequences: Over-the-Counter Medication and Your Prescription

Over-the-counter medication interaction
Avoid serious side effects with your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications with Diplomat’s medication cheat sheet.
Category: Nutrition, Lifestyle

Excuse Cards: Share Your Restricted Dietary Needs Discreetly

Server and customers in a restaurant
Our “excuse cards” make it easy to explain your dietary restrictions in restaurants or at events — without having to discuss them out loud.
Category: Lifestyle

Coping With Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain During the Winter Months

Arthritic hands
Many people feel that their rheumatoid arthritis gets worse during colder weather. Our tips can help you minimize your discomfort and allow you to move more easily.
Category: Lifestyle

Vaping: Know the Risks of E-Cigarettes

A man vaping
Are e-cigarettes really safe? In short, no. While they have fewer harmful chemicals than combustible cigarettes, they are still bad for your health. Learn the risks and discover alternatives to vaping.
Category: Nutrition, Lifestyle, Recipes

The Diplomat Holiday Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Eating and Entertaining

Diplomat Holiday Cookbook recipes
Our delicious, healthy recipes help people who have chronic health conditions enjoy the tastes of the holiday season while respecting their dietary needs.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

Prescription Opioid Addiction: Jesse's Story

Prescription opioid addiction pills
Jesse never thought he'd be addicted to opioids. But after a serious car accident, he found himself dependent on his pain medication. Learn about his decade-long fight to get sober — and stay that way.
Category: Nutrition

What to Eat When You're Feeling Nauseous

BRAT diet graphic
If you’re feeling nauseous or having difficulty tolerating foods, the BRAT diet is a simple regimen that can ease you back to a normal diet.
Category: Mental Health, Lifestyle

Light Therapy and the Side Effects of Changing Seasons

Winter woods seasonal affective disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder is characterized by having symptoms of depression and low energy during the fall and winter months when sunlight exposure is at its lowest. Using a light therapy box may help wash away those blue feelings just by turning on a light for a few minutes a day.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Protect Your Immune System: Clean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Naturally

Woman washing a bell pepper
Fresh fruits and vegetables can be dangerous sources of bacteria if a chronic health condition has weakened your immune system. Make your fruits and vegetables safe to eat by cleaning them with our simple, all-natural ingredients.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

Be Your Own Best Advocate

Heather consumer advocate
As a child, Heather was always sick. At 29, she thought she had found relief. But Heather couldn’t shake the feeling that something was still wrong.
Category: Lifestyle

Weathering a Storm When You Have a Chronic Condition

Prepare for storm when ill - lightning strike
If you have a chronic condition, it’s important you have access to treatment in case you lose power during a storm. Are you prepared? Our tips can help ensure your medication stays viable.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver, Mental Health

Taking Your Therapy on the Road

Boy traveling with TPN therapy
Don't let a disruption to your therapy put a damper on your trip! Here are some tips to help you prepare for traveling with specialty or infusion medications so you can focus on your vacation, not your medication.
Category: Nutrition, Lifestyle

Making Your Weight-Loss Goals Attainable

New Year resolutions
Sticking with weight-loss goals can be challenging, but our tips can help stay you on the right track.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver

Put It in Writing: Advance Directives

Advance Directives make your wishes known
Advance directives give you a voice in decisions about your end-of-life medical care, even when you can’t communicate.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver, Mental Health

End-of-Life Care Options: Difficult but Necessary Conversations

Patient in wheelchair
No one wants to talk about end-of-life care. But an open and honest discussion with family and your healthcare team can help you avoid complex problems later.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver, Mental Health

Palliative Care Can Enhance Quality of Life

People examining medication
Palliative care is supportive care when you or a loved one has a chronic, life-limiting condition. But how does palliative care help you manage chronic illness?
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

SMARTTER Goals: The Roadmap to Success

Jar of coins
Trying to achieve your goals can be daunting. Setting SMARTTER goals can help ensure you’re on the path to success.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Apple Pie Smash Cake

Apple pie smash cake
A twist on an American classic, our apple pie smash cake brings together traditional holiday flavors in a low-protein alternative.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Barbecue Jackfruit Sliders With Spicy Slaw

Barbecue jackfruit slider
If you require a low-protein diet, our barbecue jackfruit sliders are a low-protein option that’s big on flavor.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Berry Yogurt Parfait

Berry yogurt parfait
If you need to limit your protein intake, our easy-to-make berry yogurt parfait makes for a perfect low-protein breakfast or mid-day snack.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Black-eyed peas
In the South, black-eyed peas are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck. They’re a great alternative to beans that are easier on your GI tract — and this recipe is a tasty way to enjoy them all year round.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Cauliflower Gnocchi Recipes

Cauliflower gnocchi
Looking for some versatile low-protein meals to add to your diet? Cauliflower gnocchi is a low-protein food that can be prepared with many different seasonings.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

Chocolate banana milkshake
Wow your family with this surprisingly healthy chocolate milkshake!
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Grilled Lemon Tomato Cod

Grilled fish
This fish is a light alternative to red meat, full of flavor with a savory marinade. Try this recipe paired with a whole-grain salad as a side dish.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian pasta salad
Colorful and flavorful, this pasta salad will be a favorite with family and friends — and the low-residue ingredients make it easy on your GI tract.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Low-Carbohydrate Mashed and Cheesy Cauliflower Recipes

Mashed cauliflower in a bowl
Mashed potatoes are a holiday staple — but they are also high in carbohydrates. Our mashed and cheesy cauliflower recipes are a delicious way to cut the carbs and keep the taste.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Couscous salad
Why go to a restaurant when you can make a delicious couscous salad at home and serve it with your favorite main dishes? This low-residue food is packed with flavor.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

No-Mayo Coleslaw With Mustard Dressing

Lowfat coleslaw
Cut the fat with a savory dressing on a colorful slaw.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Reduced-Calorie Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a staple during the holiday season. Our reduced-calorie recipe gives you all the flavor without the added carbohydrates.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Low-Protein Sugar Cookies

Holiday sugar cookies
Sugar cookies are a classic holiday dessert. If your condition limits the amount of protein you can eat, try this low-protein recipe.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Alcohol-Free Mocktail Recipes

Alcohol free mocktail
Our mocktails have all the classic flavor of cocktails, but they skip the alcohol — important if you’re being treated for a chronic health condition. Our recipes let you enjoy a “drink” while keeping your treatment on track.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Candy Corn Parfaits Recipe

Healthy candy corn parfaits
If you think Halloween is just about candy, you're forgetting one of the best parts. Halloween is about dressing up — and we're not just referring to your costume!
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

healthy halloween candy choices
Candy isn’t an option for many people with chronic disease, and frankly, for many people trying live a healthier lifestyle. Trading the traditional treats for healthier options, or even toys and games, can put a fresh spin on Halloween fun.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Heart-Healthy Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Heart-healthy green bean casserole
A new take on a classic comfort-food casserole keeps all the flavor and lowers the fat and cholesterol.
Category: Lifestyle

Filling 6 Simple Needs: Helping a Loved One Who Has Cancer

Woman helping a cancer patient
A cancer diagnosis can make even the strongest person feel helpless and out of control. Here's how you can help them take that control back.
Category: Lifestyle

Kick the Habit: How and Why to Stop Smoking

quit smoking
When you say, “I quit!” you’ll begin to see the many health benefits of giving up smoking. Our tips and resources can help.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

No-Egg Eggnog

Cinnamon eggnog
Eggnog is a holiday favorite for many — but if your immune system is weakened, the raw eggs in eggnog can increase your risk of getting a foodborne illness. Try our no-egg variation to get the taste without the risk!
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Portobello Mushroom Caps Stuffed With Leeks and Spinach

Portobello mushroom caps
Packed with delicious ingredients, these portobello mushroom caps are a vegetarian option that everyone will enjoy.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Delicious and Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Strawberry smoothie
If you have a chronic or severe illness, your body needs more calories to meet its daily energy needs. Our  smoothies are a great way to drink the calories you need!
Category: Nutrition

Try This, Not That: Healthier Choices at the Candy Counter

Healthy Halloween alternatives
When snacking at Halloween or any time of the year, don't trick yourself into choosing the wrong treat!
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Vegetarian Mezze Platter

Vegetable platter
If you are following a low-microbial diet, a vegetarian mezze platter — an appetizer made of many different Mediterranean foods — is a unique and delicious option for people who have weakened immune systems.
Category: Lifestyle

Make Your Own Weighted Blanket

Weighted blanket
You might find weighted blankets help your anxiety during medical treatments — but they can be expensive to buy. Here’s how to make your own.
Category: Caregiver, Sleep

12 All-Natural Tips for Better Sleep

Woman with sleep mask
If you’re having trouble getting quality sleep, try our 12 easy tips for a better night’s rest — with no prescription required.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Low-Sodium Tacos

Healthy low-sodium taco
Reducing your salt intake can have great health benefits, especially for those who have hypertension (high blood pressure). These low-sodium tacos are a delicious way to get the flavor without the salt.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

5 Essential Tips for Living With a Chronic Condition

Woman living with a chronic condition
Being diagnosed with a chronic condition raises countless questions, fears, and concerns. Bethany, a Diplomat patient, remembers feeling overwhelmed after learning she had multiple sclerosis (MS).
Category: Lifestyle

New Year, New Health Insurance: How to Avoid Surprises

Health insurance card graphic
You can’t always avoid new-year changes to your health insurance coverage in January — but you can take steps now to avoid surprises. Here are some questions to ask.
Category: Caregiver

How to Help Your Children Grieve

Grieving mother and child
Adults and children experience grief differently. See how children of different ages deal with the loss of a family member — and how you can help them through it.
Category: Caregiver

What Grief Is — and What It Isn’t

Holding hands
It’s easy to have misconceptions about how grief is “supposed” to look. Learn what to do if you’re grieving or if you know someone who is grieving a loss.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

1 Trick, 3 Treats: The Secret Ingredient for Healthier Chocolate Desserts

Avocado chocolate dessert
With the simple substitution of avocado, you can add tremendous nutrition to your chocolate desserts — without losing the delicious taste.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver,

The Scoop on Spoon Theory

Spoon Theory graphic
If you’re living with a chronic health condition, you already know it involves much more than adding a medication or therapy into your daily routine. Using Spoon Theory can help your loved ones understand the decisions you make each day.
Category: Lifestyle

The Monster and the Myth: Breast Cancer

Breast cancer imaging
Breast cancer myths and facts: The things we think we know can be dangerous.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

It’s Never Too Soon: Talking About Fertility When You Have Cancer

doctor talking to woman
A cancer diagnosis can erase other thoughts from your mind. However, if you’re a woman who wants to have children, deciding how to preserve your fertility as soon as possible after diagnosis is crucial.
Category: Lifestyle, Sleep

8 Ways to Cope with Disease-Related Fatigue

Man naps on a couch
Chronic health conditions and medications can both cause fatigue. Learn about 8 lifestyle changes that can help manage fatigue — including some you might not expect.
Category: Nutrition, Sleep

Sleep Your Way to Better Health

Woman sleeping
Sleeping affects your metabolism and can help regulate your weight. So how can you help yourself get better sleep? Here are some tips to try.
Category: Nutrition, Sleep, Recipes

The Bedtime Banana Split: A Nighttime Take on a Classic Food

Healthy banana split
Our take on a bedtime banana split is a healthy, delicious snack that helps get your brain and body ready for sleep.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

Holiday Herbed Roast Turkey

Herbed roast turkey
If you’re on a low-microbial diet, you don’t need to give up that holiday turkey. Cooked properly, turkey is safe for you to eat — and our recipe gives you all the festive flavor you remember.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

6 Tips to Beat Mental Fatigue

Illustration of a sleeping brain
Fatigue doesn’t just affect your body, it also affects your mind. Think of a time you worked out really hard or walked around all day. How did you feel the next day? Was it like your limbs didn’t want to move? This same sensation can happen to your mental state, only the limb that is completely exhausted is your brain.
Category: Lifestyle, Sleep

Sleep Apnea Does More Than Make You Tired

Sleep apnea CPAP
Sleep apnea can do much more than make you tired during the day — it can actually keep your brain from cleaning itself.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition

Dark Chocolate S'mores

Dark chocolate smore
Dark chocolate comes to the rescue as a satisfying snack that does a body good.
Category: Nutrition

How to Manage Your Child's Medication, Fasting, and School Schedule

Child at school
When your child has a chronic condition, it can be challenging to make sure they get their medication on time, especially during the school year. It can be even harder if their medication requires fasting.
Category: Caregiver

Preparing for the School Year: A Caregiver’s Guide

School lockers
When your child has a chronic health condition, you are their best advocate. Learn how you and your child’s school can work together to help your child succeed.
Category: Nutrition

Getting Your Child a Healthy Breakfast On the Go

Child eating breakfast
Having a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be hard! In the rush to get ready for school, these on-the-go breakfasts are quick and nutritious.
Category: Lifestyle

Going Back to School With Chronic Disease

Lissy, her mom, and sister
Going back to school is stressful for everyone. Teachers finalize lesson plans, kids worry about fitting in, and parents have to get everyone out the door on time. For students coping with chronic disease, the challenges are even more daunting.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

Hair Loss After Chemotherapy: Finding the Perfect Wig

Finding a wig after chemo
Mallory’s search for wigs taught her a lot. Here are her four recommendations.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition

Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars

Healthy granola ingredients
This recipe makes an easy on-the-go breakfast — and your child can help make it!
Category: Lifestyle

Fun at Home: Simple Activities for Kids

The Diplomat Activity Book
What can kids do when they have to stay at home for a health condition? We’ve collected some easy, fun activities for them to try.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes

The Diplomat Cookbook

Diplomat Cookbook
Our curated collection of recipes helps people who have chronic health conditions enjoy nutritious, delicious food while respecting their dietary needs for low-protein, low microbial, or low residue meal plans.
Category: Nutrition

How to Hydrate Right

woman with glass of water
Learn about the best ways to get enough water — and why not all foods and drinks hydrate equally well.
Category: Nutrition, Adherence

Staying Nourished While Nauseated and Vomiting

person sleeps on couch
Your body can lose nutrients when you're ill and vomiting. Here's how to replace them.
Category: Nutrition

The Hidden Nutrient: Staying Hydrated

Woman drinks water
Learn why it's important to get enough water each day.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition

Electrolyte Water: A Delicious Way to Hydrate

water with lemon and mint
Make a simple and delicious sports drink — without all the added sugar.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

3 Ways to Conquer Stress

lily pad
Don’t let stress distract and overcome you. Here are three ways to conquer it, one day at a time.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver, Mental Health

Discover the Hidden Faces of Depression

Caregiver stress can cause depression
The ill, the elderly, and caregivers can have different symptoms of depression. Learn what the symptoms look like and what to do.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health, Adherence

Tools for Coping With Depression

woman at end of dock
Think you might be depressed? You can take control of your life. Here’s how.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver, Mental Health,

7 Surprising Signs You May Be Depressed

Caregiver depression
More than 300 million people around the world deal with depression — and just like every person is unique, depression can look and feel different for each individual experiencing it.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

Why More Men Than Women Commit Suicide

Alarm clock with man in bed
The support of family and friends is vital to help keep men from suicide. Learn six signs to watch for.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health

Reach Out: How to Stop Men’s Suicide

men's suicide prevention, therapy
Myths about therapy stop many men from seeking help when they need it to prevent suicide.
Category: Nutrition, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Nutrition and Mental Health: The Surprising Connection

Junk food
People with healthier diets are less likely to report symptoms of depression. Learn more about the connection between food and mood.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health,

Resources for Help With Depression

two hands reach out
Are you dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide? You can find resources to help you here.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition

Milk and Avocado Smoothie

Avocado smoothie
Make this light and creamy smoothie in minutes. It takes just six ingredients you might already have in your kitchen.
Category: Nutrition, Lifestyle

Eating to Beat Malnutrition

a woman sits in front of her refrigerator eating pizza; malnutrition can happen even when plenty of food is present
Learn how to recognize malnutrition in yourself or someone you love — and what you can do about it.
Category: Caregiver, Lifestyle

Caregiver Strain: Taking Your Feelings Seriously

Elderly caregivers
Taking care of yourself is an important part of being a good caregiver. Learn how to assess the strain you’re under and ways to cope.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition

Healthy Vegetarian Rainbow Stir-Fry

Healthy colorful vegetable stir-fry
Colorful vegetables are the star of this Thai-inspired stir-fry.
Category: Nutrition

Phytonutrients: Defend Your Body With Plant Power

Rainbow of veggies phytonutrients
Phytonutrients are plants' natural defense system. But they can help people, too — including in the fight against cancer.

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