daily life · Pain Relief

Keeping Perspective with Chronic Illness

Many days, the misery from all the pain and other difficulties associated with chronic illness can be overwhelming!  This TED talk by Dr. Amit Sood discusses simple habits that can help us keep things in perspective and find time to appreciate the good things that still happen in spite of the illness.   ❤ The… Continue reading Keeping Perspective with Chronic Illness

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Two Molasses Smoothie Recipes

I’ve had a ton of smoothies lately thanks to a jaw pain flare-up.  The other day out of boredom with the usual fruit flavors, I remembered that molasses exists!  Here are the recipes for two of my current favorite smoothies: Molasses & Malt Smoothie Ingredients: milk (about 1 cup) malt powder (about 1 Tbsp)                                                                                                               olive… Continue reading Two Molasses Smoothie Recipes

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Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 2

So, when your TMJ pain starts to get better, but you’re still too sore to do a lot of chewing, what can you eat?  I’ve shared what I eat at the “easy-chewing” and “medium-chewing” stages of a TMJ pain flare-up below.  The really nice thing is that once you can do some chewing, it is… Continue reading Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 2

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Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 1

Every now and then I have a really bad flare-up of pain in my jaw joint, aka TMJ pain (the “TMJ” stands for “tempromandibular joint” which means the jaw joint).  The only way to get it to calm down is to avoid chewing for awhile, and then gradually work up to foods that require a… Continue reading Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 1