Category: Mental Health, Lifestyle, Caregiver 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 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, 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 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 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 diet can help you maintain or improve your heart health and lower your blood pressure.
Category: Caregiver, Mental Health 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 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 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 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 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 Avoid serious side effects with your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications with Diplomat’s medication cheat sheet.
Category: Nutrition, Lifestyle 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Sticking with weight-loss goals can be challenging, but our tips can help stay you on the right track.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver 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 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 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 Trying to achieve your goals can be daunting. Setting SMARTTER goals can help ensure you’re on the path to success.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes A twist on an American classic, our apple pie smash cake brings together traditional holiday flavors in a low-protein alternative.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes If you require a low-protein diet, our barbecue jackfruit sliders are a low-protein option that’s big on flavor.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes 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 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 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 Wow your family with this surprisingly healthy chocolate milkshake!
Category: Nutrition, Recipes 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 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 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 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 Cut the fat with a savory dressing on a colorful slaw.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes 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 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 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 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 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 A new take on a classic comfort-food casserole keeps all the flavor and lowers the fat and cholesterol.
Category: Lifestyle 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 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 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 Packed with delicious ingredients, these portobello mushroom caps are a vegetarian option that everyone will enjoy.
Category: Nutrition, Recipes 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 When snacking at Halloween or any time of the year, don't trick yourself into choosing the wrong treat!
Category: Nutrition, Recipes 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 With the simple substitution of avocado, you can add tremendous nutrition to your chocolate desserts — without losing the delicious taste.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver, 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 Breast cancer myths and facts: The things we think we know can be dangerous.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 comes to the rescue as a satisfying snack that does a body good.
Category: Nutrition 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 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 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 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 Mallory’s search for wigs taught her a lot. Here are her four recommendations.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition This recipe makes an easy on-the-go breakfast — and your child can help make it!
Category: Lifestyle 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 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 Learn about the best ways to get enough water — and why not all foods and drinks hydrate equally well.
Category: Nutrition, Adherence Your body can lose nutrients when you're ill and vomiting. Here's how to replace them.
Category: Nutrition Learn why it's important to get enough water each day.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition Make a simple and delicious sports drink — without all the added sugar.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health 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 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 Think you might be depressed? You can take control of your life. Here’s how.
Category: Lifestyle, Caregiver, Mental Health, 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 The support of family and friends is vital to help keep men from suicide. Learn six signs to watch for.
Category: Lifestyle, Mental Health Myths about therapy stop many men from seeking help when they need it to prevent suicide.
Category: Nutrition, Lifestyle, Mental Health 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, Are you dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide? You can find resources to help you here.
Category: Recipes, Nutrition Make this light and creamy smoothie in minutes. It takes just six ingredients you might already have in your kitchen.
Category: Nutrition, Lifestyle Learn how to recognize malnutrition in yourself or someone you love — and what you can do about it.
Category: Caregiver, Lifestyle 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 Colorful vegetables are the star of this Thai-inspired stir-fry.