How to prevent falls with Lipoedema on ice and in snow

Brrrrr! It's cold out there!

Staying safe in cold and icy conditions is something we should consider and be prepared for in advance. We should give special thought to having safe footwear. BOOTS, our nemesis, are unavailable for the majority of us because of the girth of our calves and the ankle cuff. There is the option of the knitted boot which allows more stretch, but it is equally important to take into consideration the tread and grip they will have in the cold.

Ice Spikes or Grips

Ice Spikes or Grips

We all need dependable traction on icy days or if the snow finally arrives. Why not try ice spikes over trainers or shoes? These are adjustable and can fit over most flat footwear, there are even some specifically designed for heels. Searching for ice cleats/spikes online will bring up a plethora of options. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination; you should never rush in slippery conditions.

Walking at a slower pace and studying the best placement for each foot is sometimes a necessity. As we carry our weight in awkward areas, it can affect our balance, so try walking like a penguin to avoid a painful fall. The waddle will keep your centre of gravity over your front leg and help keep you upright. Spread your feet out a little to increase your centre of gravity and take smaller steps. Also, keep your hands out of your pockets, you need your arms and hands for balance. Remember not to put your arms out in case of a fall as it is easy to break bones doing this. Instead, use the tuck and roll option if you feel yourself falling, and try to land on a more fleshy part of your body. We have lots of fleshy parts, don't we ?

Walk like a penguin

Walk like a penguin

Finally, don't be embarrassed to use a stick or some kind of support, better to be safe than sorry. Take someone's arm and snuggle in, ideally make sure it's a friend or relative!!!

Does living with Lipoedema cause you to procrastinate in the Festive Season?

 Not everyone is a fan of list-making, but it is a well-known tool used by many successful people. A little aide mémoire for our busy lives. During the run up to Christmas, we expect many of you had a list on the go, trying not to forget the stuffing for the turkey, that last chocolate orange for Uncle George or cleaning the oven before the big day! When you are feeling tired and in pain, it is very easy to put things off until tomorrow, or leave everything to the very last minute. Then you get overwhelmed with too many things to think about and remember, it all seems more daunting than ever.

List-making doesn't have to be kept to Christmas or holiday-suitcase-packing. Writing a visual list of things you would like to achieve, however small, aids your memory and gives a sense of satisfaction as each item is ticked or crossed off.

At the end of the week you can look back and see that you did not while away your hours, those long procrastinated tasks are getting done, and less stress leads to a happier life. Pick one or two per day. If you don't feel up to it....don't do it, it's not compulsory and if you need help with something around the house don't be afraid to ask a relative, friend or neighbour. If you need a list for different things then do a couple, say, one for shopping, one for chores, and one for small DIY jobs. In this day and age there are many ways to keep a list. The old fashion notebook is still a favourite. Equally there are now note sections and reminders on phones and iPad’s . A to do list is a simple technique that can increase your productivity by 20 percent or more, if you don't use it already. It also has extra benefits of clearing your mind and saving you energy and stress. Try to spend 5-10 minutes each day on planning your activities with a daily to do list. Start your day with it or every evening write a plan for the next day, listing your daily things to do. Give it a try for the New Year and see if it helps.

Do something to raise awareness about our #bloominglegs this June.

June will be Lipoedema Awareness Month so we're asking asking all our friends and family to mobilise by getting green fingered and creating your very own floral display using old compression stockings!   Here's how to make your own set of blooming legs:

  1. Take a pair old compression stockings
  2. Insert plastic bin bag inside the leg.
  3. Tie toe area (If open toed) with a cable tie or string.
  4. Fill garments with compost packing tightly so the legs will stand upright.
  5. Cut holes through compression material and insert bedding plants, water well and allow to soak.

Come June you should an awesome pair of blooming legs that will form the centrepiece of our awareness month and thats when the real work begins.  Here's how you can use your blooming legs to grab attention! 

  1. Send images of your blooming legs along with a press release to your local media outlets!  A template press release is available to download here for you to share with your local media.
  2. Take to social media, update your profile pic and share images of your blooming legs using the hashtag #bloominglegs remember to tag us in @talklipoedema.  We've a £25.00 Amazon voucher for the best legs! 
  3. Have a blooming legs garden party to raise some much needed funds for us. 
  4. Not got time to plant something? Why not draw, knit, paint, sew, or stick flowers on your legs lol. Don't forget to share your creativity to raise awareness about our #bloominglegs this June.

STAY AWAY FROM INFLAMMATION BY DOING HOME BAKING

STAY AWAY FROM INFLAMMATION BY DOING HOME BAKING

When I discovered I had Lipoedema, I overhauled my eating and cut out wheat, reduced my sugar intake. However I still liked my odd baked treat wither it be a scone, brownie, cake or biscuit. So now I bake every couple of weeks with gluten free flours and no sugar, freeze or place my results or place them in an airtight tin (I say results as sometimes they do look like an experiment gone wrong). So when I need a little treat it’s there for me.

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CASTOR OIL SUPPORTS YOUR LYMPHATIC CIRCULATION

Well it is officially Winter , so now it’s time to start thinking of protecting our skin against the harsh and dry weather. Keeping our skin well moisturised is very important to prevent skin cracking and potential cellulitis.

 

There is a plethora of different creams, lotions and potions claiming to make us years younger, eliminate cellulite on the market but here is a recommended and relatively inexpensive oil that not only will nourish your skin but help support your lymphatic system and is encouraged by Dr Karen Herbst. Try Organic Pure Cold Pressed Castor Oil available from Amazon at approximately £4.99.

Castor Oil Supports Your Lymphatic Circulation

The lymph system is the way through which every individual cell in the body eliminates waste. It can sometimes be clogged with substances, which are the result of cellular metabolism. The lymph nodes may also be enlarged or swollen in other situations. Any kind of lymph drainage problem may cause complications to your organs if not treated.

Using castor oil externally is a painless and organic way to restore your lymph’s optimal function. Castor oil helps improve the flow and movement of your lymph fluid through the vessels. It increases the activity of the lymph so that the body can get rid of fats and other wastes more rapidly.

How Is Castor Oil Lymph Treatment Done?

Castor oil therapy for your lymph is by means of a castor oil pack, which is placed over lymph glands (near the upper back and neck, shoulders, and groin), abdomen, liver, kidneys, between the upper portion of the rib cage and the upper side of the hipbone. Castor oil packs allow the oil to be more quickly absorbed into the body through the skin and to deliver its healing properties straight into the body’s tissues.

 

Castor oil packs are usually made by soaking a piece of flannel in top quality, cold-pressed castor oil. They are placed over an affected organ or area of the body while a hot water bottle or any heat source is put on top of them.

Benefits of Castor Oil Therapy to

Your Lymph System

Dr. David Williams, an alternative health practitioner, says that once castor oil goes through the skin from the packs, it delivers the following effects:

·         Increases the blood’s lymphocyte count as a result of the oil’s positive effect on the lymphatic tissue or the thymus glands

·         Enhances lymph flow all through the body

·         Accelerates toxin removal around the cells Decreases the size of swollen lymph nodes

·         Improves the overall health and function of all organs

·         Reduces your fatigue and depression

With all these benefits for your health, castor oil cure for your lymph is truly one method you might want to consider. It does not only provide treatment for your lymph system but it also helps remove your body’s metabolic wastes. And most importantly, it supports your entire body to function at its best.