This article is intended to help “Non-Spoonies” understand the Spoon Theory
For the millions of people in the world living with chronic illness, it can be difficult to explain your condition to others. When people can’t see visible evidence of illness they may doubt your pain and experience. This is the everyday frustration of a chronic illness sufferer: not being understood.
For Christine Miserandino, it was her best friend not understanding her experience having lupus that drove her to come up with the explanation used by chronic illness warriors around the world: the spoon theory. Please take the time to read Christine Miserandino’s personal story and analogy of what it is like to live with sickness or disability. – See more at: ButYouDontLookSick.com
Using spoons as a metaphor for energy, she explained that each activity she completes in a day “costs” a certain amount of spoons. Once she runs out of spoons, she has no more energy left for that day.
As the theory goes, a typical “healthy” person has a high or unlimited amount of spoons and doesn’t have to worry about running out. However, those with chronic illness must pace themselves and plan their day according to the amount of spoons they hold.
Chronic illness sufferers across the globe are now using Christine’s theory to help others better understand what they’re going through.
The spoon theory has resonated with so many that there is now a following of people with chronic illness who refer to themselves as “Spoonies,” who connect with each other and share experiences through social media.
Read on to learn more about the spoon theory and how to join the conversation.
Have you ever been sitting at work, wondering to yourself, “is there a flowchart that can tell me how to change a habit?”
Now there is! Please feel free to download, email, post on your wall, send to friends or make paper airplanes out of this handy guide to changing a habit.
Click here to download! (Right click on link to save to your desktop.)
One of the most frustrating things about
#fibromyalgia is the brain fog.
If you watch cooking shows or read other cooking blogs, you’ve probably come across the term flavor profile. Was it defined, or did the writer simply assume you knew what they were talking about? Was it a collection of ingredients, and maybe a cooking style or two? Were speaking of a single dish’s flavor profile, or of a cuisine as a whole?
Flavor profile has such an elusive definition, there isn’t even a Wikipedia article for it!
The concept of a flavor profile isn’t a new one. Flavor profile charts for wines have been around for quite some time. I suppose it comes from our desire to classify everything, but in a way, it helps. By being able to describe things in an empirical way, we can remember them and recall them later on with more accuracy. As a food writer, I realize that I have an obligation when describing food, to do so in a way that conveys how food the I prepare tastes in a way that is meaningful to those who read it.
I Have A Soft Spot for Sugar
The Truth is Sugar is Bad for You…
Some of my best memories of childhood revolve around my afternoon snack of Cinnamon Sugar Toast. Sad but true…
The first thing I say to anyone wanting to improve their diet is this: cut out the refined sugar.
Each passing day new research comes out linking refined sugar to heart disease, cancer, gastrointestinal distress, hormone disruption…the list keeps goes on and getting longer every day..
I’ll let the infographic below give you the jaw dropping stats.
It’s time to face the music: sugar is not your friend. That “twinkie little ho ho” will only give you blissful happiness for 2 minutes or less. But, when it is gone, you will feel worse than you did before.
Believe this: once you cut those foods out for good, you won’t miss them.
Today, people use Google for practically everything — especially for health issues.
If someone has a rash, an itch, or a strange feeling that they just can’t place, statistics show that most people use Google before consulting an actual doctor.
There could be a lot of reasons for this — like pride, price, or apathy — but a surprising number of those people actually see a doctor about the results they find online.
In the past, looking up your symptoms online might’ve been a sign that you were a hypochondriac. But now, Google accommodates billions of users by providing top-notch, reliable medical information in certain search results.
With that in mind, it’s never been more important for medical businesses to provide world class content to compete for common, high-volume search terms in their field.