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Welcome to Fruitful Elements Nutrition Blog!

 

Here you’ll find helpful, healthful nutritional tips and recipes to help you achieve optimal health and well-being.  As someone who has lived with a spinal cord injury for 25 years, I fully understand the unique challenges you face in trying to stay healthy while living a full and active life.  One of the keys to this delicate balance is proper nutrition. After sustaining spinal damage your metabolism is significantly altered and this can contribute to the development of a host of other secondary health complications, which can negatively impact your independence.  Incorporating whole foods into your diet is an important way to help maintain your health, improve daily functioning, reduce the secondary complications that come with living with a spinal cord injury, minimize illness, and maximize your potential. 

Latest Blog Posts:

January 30, 2017

We’re heading into cold and flu season. This coupled with the fact that people with high thoracic and cervical injuries are at increased risk of pneumonia and respiratory infections means that we really need to support our immune system by eating foods rich in vitamins...

January 6, 2017

Neuropathic pain is unimaginable. It effects 29-79% of people with SCI and compares to no other pain. I learned this after a car accident 25 years ago. The collective pain of breaking my back, shattering my wrists, smashing my skull, puncturing my lungs and lacerating...

December 16, 2016

Many people slip into the mid-winter blues this time of year and it can be a faster slide into this state for people with SCI.  When you combine the increase in difficulty getting out and about and time spent indoors with the fact that people with SCI are 5x's more lik...

November 29, 2016

With the brisk weather here it can be daunting to think about drinking 8 glasses of water everyday. Today's thirst-quenching beverage Kombucha will make this easier - while providing you with additional health benefits! This refreshing, fermented, natura...

November 15, 2016

People with SCI are at risk of developing a host of serious, debilitating and potentially life threatening secondary health complications. A nutritious diet can help prevent and/or manage many of these conditions, however with more than 60% of people with SCI unemploye...

September 1, 2016

The majority of people with SCI (60%) are overweight and often struggling with ways to rid themselves of their added pounds. However, there are many individuals with SCI that are underweight and struggle with trying to pack the pounds on. While this might not seem like...

August 9, 2016

People rarely give their gallbladder much thought until they have a problem with it, however, those of us with SCI should be giving this little pear-shaped organ a lot of thought and care long before that. People with SCI have an increased prevalence of cholelithiasis,...

July 26, 2016

Say what? Over 60% of people with SCI are overweight and this increase in weight is strongly correlated with the development of other health conditions such as, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. When most of us think about losing weight and unwanted fat, we think le...

June 21, 2016

Summer is sweet in so many ways – beaches, warm sunshine, biking, golfing, ice cream, BBQ’s and cool refreshing drinks. However, depending on what you use to sweeten the later, these wonderful summer-time treats can cause bitter results.  Refined/processed sugars are s...

June 8, 2016

 

 

Summer is here and we all know it’s far too short, so time to get outside and take advantage of the warm weather and our favorite outdoor activities!  Whether you enjoy wheeling, hiking, biking, walking, water-skiing, gardening, sailing, canoeing or kayaking you’ll w...

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