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Whip that IBS into Shape: 5 Tips to Help you Stay Active, Healthy, and Happy

Staying active isn’t easy. This is especially true when you’re dealing with ailments such as IBS, mental health, and fibromyalgia. The battle can seem endless; however, I’m here to tell you that it is possible to find a healthy medium. I’m not saying that you’ll be happy every day, all day, but with these little tips, you might be able to live and eat healthy, think and be active, and, ultimately, feel happier.

Don’t be afraid to eat

Not eating because you’re afraid of the reaction you might have is one of the worst things you can do when trying to stay active. Your body needs fuel and although it can be difficult with the many allergies or intolerances we have, it is not impossible to find the right foods for your body. Experiment. Take the time to figure it out. You, and your health, are worth it.

Find your proteins

Finding what proteins you can and cannot eat can be difficult when you have IBS. Remember that protein is not just found in meat, but also dairy, beans and legumes, and some vegetables. If you’re not intolerant, dairy can be an easy way to fill your body with healthy proteins; however, if you are, don’t fret. Soy milk is a wonderful, tasty choice that offers anywhere between 5-10g of protein per serving!

Create a routine

Having a strict or semi-set routine can help not only motivate you to stay active, but can also help us keep track of our gains, our IBS, and our success. Food and Fitness diaries are great ways to follow your own journey, while some social media outlets can help whip your butt into gear.

Create a support network

Having a supportive group of friends and loved ones is not only nice to have, but is also absolutely necessary when beginning your journey into healthy and active living. They can help keep you motivated, calm your anxieties, and, when needed, keep you honest about your goals and daily struggles. Support networks can be helpful and make you take ownership of your life.

Water, water, water

It seems unnecessary, even silly, to have this tip, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget to keep drinking water when getting active. Not only will staying hydrated keep you energized, but it will also help with your IBS symptoms in general.

So, take these tips and get started! I look forward to hearing your stories of living your new active and healthy lives!

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