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Category: Nutrition

The Secret Menu of Hospital Food

Patient in a hospital bed eating a plate of meat, potatoes, and vegetables
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

Vaping: Know the Risks of E-Cigarettes

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: Lifestyle, Caregiver

Put It in Writing: Advance Directives

Blank Advance Health Care Directive form laying on table with a pen.

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

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

palliative care
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: Nutrition, Recipes

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

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

Candy Corn Parfaits Recipe

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 assisting an older woman out of vehicle.
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

Try This, Not That!

candy alternatives
When snacking this Halloween, don't trick yourself into choosing the wrong treat!
Category: Lifestyle

Make Your Own Weighted Blanket

You can make your own weighted blanket with our helpful instructions!
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

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

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

New Year, New Health Insurance: How to Avoid Surprises

Graphic of a health insurance card.
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

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

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

Triptych of image, left to right; bowl of chocolate peanut butter pudding with whipped topping, plate of chocolate chip cookies, bowl of chocolate pudding.
With this simple substitution, you can add tremendous nutrition to your chocolate desserts — without losing the delicious taste.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver

The Scoop on Spoon Theory

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

Woman doctor looking at mammogram scans. Women standing at a mammogram machine is out of focus in the background.

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

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

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

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
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

S'more photo

This summer, dark chocolate comes to the rescue as a satisfying snack that does a body good.

Category: Nutrition

Medication, Fasting, and School

back to school
Fitting Your Child’s Medication Into the School Day
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

healthy breakfast
Easy Ideas for the Day's Most Important Meal.
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

Hair Loss After Chemotherapy: Finding the Perfect Wig

Mallory’s search for wigs taught her a lot. Here are her four recommendations.
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: Recipes, Nutrition

Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars


This recipe makes an easy on-the-go breakfast — and your child can help make it!

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

Staying Nourished While Nauseated & 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

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

Women stares blankly at computer screen.

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 laying in bed out of focus in background.
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

bad 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 & Avocado Smoothie

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

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


Taking care of yourself is an important part of being a good caregiver. This article will help you assess the strain you’re under and learn 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

Phytonutrients are natural defenders of plants. But they can help people, too — including in the fight against cancer.

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