As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
By Amy Alamar, EdD
Each year, I find myself sitting on the bleachers talking to other parents as we watch our kids kick, foul or score in their chosen sport. As we talk, you’d think we’re all raising the next Olympic contender, who also happens to major in classical piano with a minor in Ancient Greek – in case a gold medal doesn’t work out. I admit that, along with other proud parents, I may pressure my kids to reach the next competitive or performance level. In fact, it was my own son, repeatedly requesting to play rec soccer after we’d ask, “are you sure you don’t want to sign up for the soccer camp or tryout for the travel team? After all, you’ll improve more if you play with better players!” that I finally realized that I didn’t need to push extracurricular activities on my family, especially those complete with undue stress and commitment.
I learned a lot of this from my mother who helped my dad manage his diverticulitis and the painful attacks that came when he strayed from recommended and safe foods.
Many health websites advise people with diverticulosis to increase the fiber in their diet, which is a good idea, however too much fiber can be irritating.
Fiber helps stool move through the digestive track, and yet too much can be irritating. Just like Gold-i-Locks, you have to find the right balance.
Foods to avoid: