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Category: Articles, Nutrition, Advocacy, Food Safety

Food for Thought: Get to Know Diplomat’s Registered Dietitian

What is a registered dietitian and how can they help improve your overall health? We sat down with Israa Alia, Diplomat’s registered dietitian, for answers.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Medication, Bleeding Disorders, Caregiver, Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group, Infusion

The Difference Between Injectable and Infused Methods and Medications

Injection and infusion techniques
From injectable to infused, there are many different ways to administer medications. But what’s the difference between these two? We help you understand the distinctions.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Heart Health

Healthy Red Beans and Rice

healthy red beans and rice
This updated kidney bean recipe is a New Orleans staple and a healthy way to enjoy the flavor of Mardi Gras all year round.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Side Effects, Medication, Mental Health, Pain

Migraines: More Than Just a Headache

Man on a couch with a migraine
Migraines are more than just a severe headache — they’re a neurological disorder that affects more than 39 million Americans. Find out more about how you can relieve migraine symptoms.
Category: Articles, Nutrition, Advocacy, Food Safety

When Zero Isn’t Zero: 7 Secrets of Food Labels

Woman grocery shopping
The claims on food labels can be trickier than they appear. We explain what seven common food labels really mean — so you can see through the sales pitch and make healthier food choices.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Diet Restrictions, Pain, Nutrition, Hydration

Little Stone, Big Pain: Preventing Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are one of the most painful medical conditions anyone can have — and patients using nutrition formulas are at higher risk to develop them. We discuss symptoms and prevention tips.
Category: Nutrition, Articles, Heart Health, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Down But Not Out: The Celery Interview

Diplomat interview with celery
After a tough loss to Broccoli in our March veggie brackets, Celery tells us why it still has the phytonutrient power to be an important part of your diet.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group, Nutrition, Infusion, Kids and Parents, Medication, Travel

What to Know About Starting TPN

Diplomat TPN backpacks and kids
TPN, or total parenteral nutrition, helps people whose bodies can’t absorb enough nutrients from food. We answer the questions you’ll need to know when you start on TPN.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Medication, Bleeding Disorders, Caregiver, Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group, Infusion

Deciding if Home Infusion is Right for You

Home infusion woman with pets
If your medication is infused (injected into a vein over a long period of time), having your treatments at home might be the right option for you. We give you some factors to consider to help you decide.
Category: Articles, Heart Health, Recipes

Eat the Rainbow: Go White to Help Your Heart, Blood Vessels, and Immune System

Eat the Rainbow White Diplomat
Do white fruits and vegetables fit into the food rainbow? They sure do — with benefits for your heart and immune system, as well as cancer-fighting abilities. Learn more about the benefits of white foods — and try some tasty recipes.
Category: Articles, Nutrition, Recipes

Eat the Rainbow: ‘See’ the Benefits of Orange Foods

Diplomat Eat the Rainbow Orange image
Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables protect your vision and your immune system — and they help lower your risk of cancer. We help you learn more about the phytonutrients in orange and yellow foods and how they help you, and we give you some tasty recipes to try, too.
Category: Articles, Nutrition, Recipes, Downloads, Heart Health, Cancer

Eat the Rainbow: Go Purple for Your Heart and Your Brain

Diplomat Eat the Rainbow Purple image
Purple fruits and vegetables help your heart work easier and your brain work better — and they might help in the fight against cancer. Here’s more on the phytonutrients in purple foods, along with some purple recipes to try.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Heart Health

Cauliflower and Kale Frittata

Cauliflower frittata
As a hearty breakfast or quick main dish, cauliflower, onions, and kale help to protect your eyes, bones, and heart.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Heart Health

Creamy Turnip and Potato Soup

Turnip and potato soup
Turn turnips, potatoes, and garlic into a rich immune-boosting soup with this delicious recipe.
Category: Downloads, Articles, Friends and Family, Kids and Parents, Mental Health, Relationships

DIY Craft: Cloud Dough

Diplomat craft cloud dough
Homemade fun is easy with two simple ingredients. Cloud dough might look like flour, but it can be molded into any shape. It’s wonderful for young children — and it’s easy for them to make, too!
Category: Downloads, Articles, Friends and Family, Kids and Parents, Mental Health, Relationships

DIY Craft: Ocean in a Bottle

ocean in a bottle craft
Children and adults will have fun capturing the ocean in a bottle with only a few simple ingredients.
Category: Downloads, Articles, Friends and Family, Kids and Parents, Mental Health, Relationships

DIY Craft: Sidewalk Paint

Diplomat sidewalk paint
You’ve heard of sidewalk chalk. But how about sidewalk paint? It’s easy to make, easy to use, and washes off the sidewalk when you’re done.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Heart Health

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Garlic smashed potatoes
The delicious combination of garlic and potatoes protects your heart and muscles and helps to lower your blood pressure.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Heart Health

Ruler of All Salads: Healthy Caesar Salad

Healthy Caesar salad
Our healthy Caesar salad recipe preserves all the rich, creamy flavor of traditional Caesar salad without the fat and calories.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Heart Health, Cancer

Low-Carb Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

Low-carb eggplant lasagna
Counting carbs doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite Italian indulgences! This low-carb eggplant lasagna has that decadent pasta-night feel you’ve been craving and won’t upset your diet.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Heart Health, Cancer

Minty Avocado Shake

Minty avocado shake
Drinking your calories is a great way to get the nutrients you need, especially if you don't have much of an appetite. Our take on this minty shake is filled with protein and healthy fats. 
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads

Orange and Yellow Smoothie

Orange smoothie
This smoothie gives you the power of orange and yellow fruits and vegetables in a delicious, easy way.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads

Orange Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread
The orange foods in this hearty dessert bread give it phytonutrients that support your eyes and your immune system.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Heart Health, Cancer

Purple Honey Smoothie

Purple honey smoothie drink
Smoothies are a great way to treat yourself to the health benefits of purple phytonutrients. Honey adds a sweet kick that makes this smoothie feel like a decadent dessert you can drink!
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Kale

Spaghetti squash
Spaghetti squash takes your pasta to the next level. This meal helps you cut your carbs and boost your health with nutrients from the whole food rainbow.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Bleeding Disorders, Women's Health, Patient Stories

The Journey to a Diagnosis: Kelly’s Life With a Bleeding Disorder

Kelly a Diplomat DSIG patient
No one thought Kelly’s mysterious bleeding issues were related to a bleeding disorder — until the complications of a surgery brought the issue to light. Read her story here — and learn how Diplomat supports women with bleeding disorders.
Category: Articles, Mental Health, Caregiver, Relationships

In Sickness and in Health: Chronic Health Conditions and Relationships

Chronic illness caregiver relationships
When one partner in a relationship becomes a patient and the other a caregiver, the relationship can change in profound ways. These tips can help you and your partner find a new normal.
Category: Articles, Caregiver, New Diagnosis, Mental Health, Relationships

Date Nights at the Hospital

Woman laying in hospital bed with a man sitting on the edge while they talk.
When you’re stuck in the hospital, it can be hard to spend quality time with your significant other. We’ve compiled some date-night ideas to help make the most of your hospital stay.
Category: Caregiver, Downloads, Tools, Women's Health, Ulcerative Colitis, Men's Health, Insurance, Crohn's Disease, New Diagnosis

The Diplomat Health Binder

Diplomat health binder
A new diagnosis can be overwhelming — you might have questions related to your treatment, your health insurance, and more. Our Diplomat Health Binder can help you stay organized. 
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Friends and Family, Kids and Parents, Medication, Patient Stories, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Advocacy, Caregiver

Chronic Conditions: Through the Eyes of a Parent

Parents at a table with child
Lissy Anger’s parents spent four years trying to find the right diagnosis and the right treatment for her ulcerative colitis. Here’s their story and their advice for parents going through a similar situation.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Preparedness, Caregiver, Advocacy

7 Tips to Help You Prepare for a Doctor’s Visit

Female patient speaks to a doctor
If you’re living with a chronic condition, regular appointments with your healthcare team are an important step in ensuring you receive the best care. We help you prepare for these visits so they don’t cause extra stress.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Caregiver, Kids and Parents, Grief and Loss, Cancer, Mental Health

How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Diagnosis

Woman talking with a teenager
How do you tell your kids you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic health condition — especially when you’re still reeling from the shock? It’s not an easy conversation, but our tips can help.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Patient Stories, Cancer, Caregiver

What Not to Say to People Who Have Chronic Health Conditions

Two women talking about cancer
What do you say to someone who has a chronic health condition? Some statements help — and others don’t. Mallory, a Diplomat employee and cancer survivor, shares examples of both.
Category: Articles, Nutrition, Recipes, Cancer

Eat the Rainbow: Go Green for Your Bones, Eyes, and Blood

Diplomat Eat the Rainbow Greene image
Green fruits and vegetables protect your bones and your eyes — and they’re cancer fighters, too. Learn more about how the phytonutrients in green foods help you.
Category: Articles, Mental Health, Relationships, Depression

The Anti-Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Singleness

A woman looks at her phone
You don’t have to take a pass on Valentine’s Day just because you’re single. You can celebrate your singleness — as many other people do.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Employment, Advocacy

Tips and Resources for Limited-Mobility Job Seekers

Workers listen to a supervisor, one in a wheelchair
Even if you have limited mobility, there are many opportunities for fulfilling employment. Here are some tips on navigating the challenges of job hunting and landing the perfect position.
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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Goals, Stress

Low-Impact Exercises With Big Health and Fitness Benefits

Diplomat graphic low impact exercises
With low-impact exercise, you can improve your overall health — without putting stress on your joints. 
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Women's Health, Heart Health, Smoking

Women’s Heart Health: Unique Stresses, Unique Risks

A woman works on her laptop
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. Learn how stress affects women’s hearts and what kinds of unique symptoms women should watch for.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Medication, Mental Health, Pain

Fighting the Flu With a Weakened Immune System

Flu supplies illustration
If you have a weakened immune system, protecting yourself from the flu and other viruses is an important part of staying healthy. We provide tips on how to prevent the spread of the flu.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Kids and Parents

Choosing an Accessible and Inclusive Camp for Kids: 14 Questions to Ask

A group of kids at camp
Some of your best childhood memories might be from summer camp. A chronic condition doesn’t have to stand in the way of your child’s camp experience. There are tons of opportunities for your camper — some of them are even free!
Category: Mental Health

Planning for Positivity: When You're Ready to See the Bright Side

Power of positivity sticky notes
Keeping a positive outlook is good for your health, but how can you look on the bright side when you’re in a dark place?
Category: Articles, Mental Health, New Diagnosis, Heart Health, Stress, Relationships

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: Articles, Nutrition, Diet Restrictions, Advocacy

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Cancer, Friends and Family, Advocacy, Preparedness, Downloads, 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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Caregiver, Kids and Parents, Downloads

The Diplomat Winter Activity Book: Fun at Home for Kids

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Cancer, Patient Stories, Kids and Parents, 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: Articles, Nutrition, Heart Health, Diet Restrictions, Downloads

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: Articles, Caregiver, Mental Health, Depression, Stress

The Lonely World of Caregiving

Woman alone on couch, caregiver
It can feel lonely, even when you’re never alone. Giving your time and care takes a lot out of you — and is the ultimate labor of love.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Alcohol-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Heart Health, Stress

Screenings Can Prevent Undetected Heart Defects

Stethoscope to examine hearts
Congenital heart defects are abnormalities of the heart present at birth. Even if you don't have any symptoms, this condition can be life-threatening — it's important to get screened for early detection.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Cancer, Downloads

Go Green Chopped Salad

Green chopped salad
This green chopped salad recipe is all about making the most of the phytonutrients in green fruits and vegetables. They help your body clear out toxins and support bone health.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Cancer, Downloads

Rich and Hearty Cancer-Fighting Broth

Mineral rich broth
We’re cooking up a recipe adapted from Rebecca Katz’s Magic Mineral Broth, from her book The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen. This nutrient-powerhouse broth is the perfect base for soups and stews or a delicious stand-alone meal — good for the body and the soul.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Cancer, Downloads

Honeydew-Lime Fruit Dessert

Honeydew melon dessert
A honeydew melon with lime dressing fruit salad is a refreshing way to get the phytonutrients in green fruits and vegetables. Phytonutrients help your body flush toxins and support bone health.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Cancer, Heart Health, Downloads

Purple Potato Soup

Purple potato soup
Did you know that many everyday vegetables have purple counterparts? Cauliflower, carrots, onions, yams, potatoes, and cabbage are all available in the purple variety and contain their own unique set of phytonutrients that are good for the brain and for fighting certain kinds of cancers.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Heart Health

Red Veggie Tortilla Pizza

Healthy red veggie tortilla pizza
Our red veggie tortilla pizza recipe is so tasty you might forget about the nutrition. But don't! The phytonutrients in red vegetables help your heart, joints, skin, and eyes, and they also help to fight cancer.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Heart Health

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

A sliced strawberry sits atop a strawberry rhubarb crumble
A delicious dessert and healthy phytonutrients to help your heart, joints, skin, and eyes? What's not to love? Oh, and phytonutrients also help to fight cancer.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Heart Health

Easy, Healthy Watermelon Salsa

Healthy red watermelon salsa
Our watermelon salsa recipe is so good it will make you want to dance. It's full of the phytonutrients found in red fruits and vegetables. They help your heart, joints, skin, and eyes, and they also help to fight cancer.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Cancer, Downloads

Zoodles with Mint Pea Sauce

Green zoodles
There are oodles of phytonutrients in zoodles with mint pea sauce. The phytonutrients in green fruits and vegetables can help your body clear out toxins and support bone health.
Category: Articles, Caregiver, Stress, Downloads, Holiday, 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: Articles, Caregiver, Friends and Family, Cancer

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: Articles, Caregiver, Mental Health, Depression, Grief and Loss, Holiday

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: Articles, Nutrition, New Diagnosis, Diet Restrictions

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: Articles, Nutrition, Recipes, Heart Health

Eat the Rainbow: Go Red to Help Your Heart

Eat the Rainbow Red Diplomat
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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Medication, Drug Interactions

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: Articles, Nutrition, Kids and Parents, Tools, Diet Restrictions, Downloads

Nutrition Excuse Cards for Kids

Cupcakes and a restricted medical diet
If your child has a chronic condition or food allergy that requires them to avoid certain foods, school potlucks and bake sales might be cause for anxiety. Our dietary "excuse cards" can help ensure your child notifies all school personnel of their condition.
Category: Tools, Nutrition, Diet Restrictions, Downloads

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Side Effects, Pain

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Smoking, Goals

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. Updated Feb. 5, 2020.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition, Diet Restrictions, Downloads, Holiday

The Diplomat Holiday Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Eating and Entertaining

Our delicious, healthy recipes help people who have chronic health conditions enjoy the tastes of the holiday season while respecting their dietary needs.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Patient Stories, Side Effects, Friends and Family, Mental Health, Pain

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: Articles, Nutrition, Side Effects, Nausea, Vomiting, Downloads

What to Eat When You're Feeling Nauseous

Diplomat 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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Nutrition, Side Effects, Downloads

Foods to Eat and Avoid With Crohn’s Disease

Graphic illustration Crohn's disease
If you have a form of irritable bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, these gut-soothing foods can help you recover from a flare.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Depression, Mental Health

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: Articles, Nutrition, Mental Health, Heart Health, Cancer, Pain, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis

Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D supplement pills
When your body is deficient in vitamin D, you may experience some of those vague symptoms that don’t exactly correlate to a specific condition — but leave you feeling “unwell.”
Category: Articles, Nutrition, Recipes, Diet Restrictions, Food Safety

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Cancer, Advocacy, Patient Stories

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Preparedness

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Travel, Preparedness, Caregiver

Taking Your Therapy on the Road

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: Articles, Nutrition, Goals, Holiday

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Preparedness, End of Life, Friends and Family, 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: Articles, Nutrition, Renal Diet, Hydration, Side Effects, Adherence

Managing the Renal Diet

Couple preparing food
Patients managing advanced kidney disease or impaired kidney function often follow the renal diet. Doctors look for several key vitamins and minerals to maintain your health and slow progression of kidney disorders. Here’s an overview of the sometimes confusing — and often conflicting — dietary requirements.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, End of Life, Caregiver, Friends and Family

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Patient Stories, Psoriasis, Mental Health

Comfortable in Your Own Skin: Boosting Confidence With Psoriasis

Psoriasis information and care tips
Living with a visible skin condition such as psoriasis can affect your self-confidence. We share tips to help you stay comfortable in your own skin.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, End of Life, Caregiver, Friends and Family

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: Articles, Mental Health, Goals

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: Recipes, Nutrition, Holiday, Downloads, Low-Microbial, Low-Protein, Low-Residue, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Low-Microbial, Low-Protein, Alcohol-Free, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian

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: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Low-Protein, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Dairy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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: Recipes, Nutrition, Downloads, Holiday, High-Calorie or High-Protein, Low-Microbial, Low-Residue, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian

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, Downloads, High-Calorie or High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate, Low-Microbial, Low-Residue, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian

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, Downloads, Low-Residue, Alcohol-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Holiday

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, Downloads, Holiday, Low-Carbohydrate, Low-Microbial, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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, Downloads, Low-Microbial, Low-Residue, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Holiday

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, Downloads, Holiday, Low-Carbohydrate, Low-Microbial, Low-Residue, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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, Downloads, Holiday, Low-Microbial, Low-Protein, Low-Residue, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian

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, Downloads, Holiday, Low-Microbial, Low-Protein, Low-Residue, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, BRAT Diet or Nausea, Alcohol-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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, Downloads, Holiday, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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, Downloads, Holiday, Low-Carbohydrate, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Cancer, Friends and Family, Caregiver

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Smoking, Cancer, Heart Health, Goals

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, Downloads, High-Calorie or High-Protein, Alcohol-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Holiday

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: Articles, Nutrition, Kids and Parents, Holiday

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, Downloads, Holiday, Low-Microbial, Alcohol-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Mental Health, Stress

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Sleep, Mental Health

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, Diet Restrictions, Downloads, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Patient Stories, Multiple Sclerosis, Advocacy

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Kids and Parents, School, Patient Stories, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Caregiver

Chronic Conditions: Through the Eyes of a Teacher

Teacher in a classroom with students
Teachers can be a great advocate for students with a chronic condition. Learn how you can help create a welcoming learning environment for your child by communicating with their teachers.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Insurance, Advocacy

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: Articles, Mental Health, Grief and Loss, Kids and Parents, Caregiver, Depression

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: Articles, Mental Health, Grief and Loss, Caregiver, Kids and Parents, Depression

Understanding Anticipatory Grief

Man sitting in a chair
If your loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, you could be experiencing anticipatory grief. We describe what kind of grief this is and how you can cope with it.
Category: Articles, Mental Health, Grief and Loss, Caregiver, Kids and Parents, Depression

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, Diet Restrictions, Holiday, Downloads, High-Calorie or High-Protein, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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: Articles, Mental Health, Sleep, Friends and Family, Stress, New Diagnosis

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Cancer, Women's Health

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Cancer, Side Effects, Women's Health, Grief and Loss

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Sleep, Side Effects, Nutrition

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: Articles, 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: Recipes, Nutrition, Sleep, Downloads, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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, Downloads, Holiday, High-Calorie or High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate, Low-Microbial, Low-Residue, Alcohol-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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: Articles, Mental Health, Sleep, Stress

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Sleep, Mental Health

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: Articles, Nutrition, School, Kids and Parents, Medication, Diet Restrictions

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: Advocacy, Articles, Caregiver, Crohn's Disease, Friends and Family, Kids and Parents, New Diagnosis, Patient Stories, Ulcerative Colitis

Chronic Conditions: Through the Eyes of the Siblings

Two sisters
When parents are going through a chronic illness with one child, how is that perceived by the siblings? Jenn Pavlovich grew up with a sister who struggled most of her young life with misdiagnoses and difficult treatment plans. She shares her perspective.
Category: Articles, Caregiver, School, Kids and Parents, Advocacy

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: Articles, Nutrition, School, Kids and Parents, Recipes

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, School, Kids and Parents, Patient Stories, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

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: Articles, New Diagnosis, Cancer, Appearance, Women's 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: Tools, Caregiver, Kids and Parents, Downloads, Articles

Fun at Home: Simple Activities for Kids

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: Tools, Nutrition, Recipes, Diet Restrictions, Downloads, Articles

The 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: Articles, Nutrition, Hydration

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: Articles, Nutrition, Hydration, Nausea, Vomiting, 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: Articles, Nutrition, Hydration, Cancer

The Hidden Nutrient: Staying Hydrated

Woman drinks water
Learn why it's important to get enough water each day.
Category: Articles, Mental Health, Stress

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: Articles, Caregiver, Mental Health, Depression

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: Articles, Caregiver, Mental Health, Depression, New Diagnosis, Nausea, Preparedness, Medication, Side Effects, Travel

DIY Go-Kit for Nausea Symptoms

Diplomat Graphic nausea kit
Nausea might be a frequent issue with your health condition and treatment. You can make your own go-kit to help manage nausea symptoms and give you confidence to go about your daily activities.
Category: Articles, Mental Health, Depression, 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: Caregiver, Mental Health, New Diagnosis, Articles, Depression

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: Articles, Mental Health, Depression, Men's Health, Sleep, Pain

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: Articles, Mental Health, Depression, Men's Health, Relationships, Stress

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: Articles, Nutrition, Mental Health, Depression

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: Articles, Mental Health, Men's Health, Women's Health, Kids and Parents, New Diagnosis, Stress

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, Downloads, High-Calorie or High-Protein, Low-Sodium/Heart-Healthy, Alcohol-Free, Gluten-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

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: Articles, Nutrition, Side Effects, Cancer, Diet Restrictions

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: Articles, Caregiver, Mental Health, Stress, Friends and Family

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: Articles, Nutrition, Cancer, Heart Health

Phytonutrients: Defend Your Body With Plant Power

Diplomat Eat the Rainbow
Phytonutrients are plants' natural defense system. But they can help people, too — including in the fight against cancer.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Drug Interactions, Hydration, Medication, Preparedness, Side Effects, Downloads

Fighting Allergy or Cold Symptoms Without Medication

Diplomat graphic fighting symptoms
While you can’t cure a cold or allergies, you don’t want to feel miserable until they go away. But how can you manage when you can’t take over-the-counter medicine? Discover some secrets and breathe easier.
Category: Articles, New Diagnosis, Drug Interactions, Medication, Preparedness, Side Effects

DIY Saline Nasal Rinse

Diplomat Saline rinse neti pot

Can’t use decongestants, but you're congested? Try making your own saline nasal rinse to relieve your symptoms.

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