I’ve been drinking water with lemon essential oil in for a few months now. I think it makes me feel better. Now I know it does me good!
In 2009 I had my chronic fatigue diagnosis. Worst time ever (not that there’s a good time) I’d just gone fully self-employed without the luxury of sick days and reliant only on myself and the finance I was able to generate. No pressure then!
After doing A LOT of stuff wrong, I went to visit a nutritionist, Claire Stone, who gave me some extremely useful pointers about where I was going wrong (quick fixes, carbs, sugar – we’ve all done it!). I took most (sorry couldn’t get on with linseed tea) of what Claire discussed with me on board. It wasn’t easy and took effort, but when I let myself fall off the wagon, boy, did I notice the difference Claire’s suggestions made. Having implemented a lot of changes over a bit of time, I still felt something was missing. Yes, I was addressing my health with nutrition but I wasn’t combining my mental health with my physical health. Knowing, thanks to Claire, that nutrition was key I started my search for a retreat. Having found one that advocated vegan ‘clean food’ and incorporated yoga, I contacted the organisers and told them about my condition. At the time I was walking with a walking stick and not going very far. To cut a long story short, I was amazed at what I was able to do on the retreat under kind and attentive instructors and co-ordinators. I incorporated more of what I learned and today I now class myself as a recovering fatigue. So now I’d like to give something back. I have set up a retreat in beautiful surroundings with private ensuite bedrooms for that all important heavenly night’s sleep. A place for you to rest, recuperate and learn about self love and care. Optional Pilates that can be tailored to you, fantastic whole food, fun, relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, colour breathing which balances and aligns energy centres. This retreat could help you learn what you can be capable of and learn to manage fatigue and/or stress. To help you find freedom in gentle movement and be proud of what you achieve. There are various options, I know it can be scary to commit to a weekend, or finances may not permit, so to make all the benefits accessible and affordable I am offering a two night stay, a one night stay and a day retreat taster. Full details are on the website and you can jump to Dates and Prices.
As part of a retreat I am running, I will be offering colour breathing. This isn’t colour therapy and while it took off about a decade ago, it’s become rather an unknown entity, however, it’s powers of relaxation are one of it’s best kept secrets. Based on the simple system of chakras, or if you prefer, energy centres, it is a therapy that balances and aligns using colour and breath – as the name suggests! It really is that simple, it does exactly what it says on the tin.Well, if it’s that simple, can I just stare at a colour and breathe? You may well ask – you can certainly try and the breathing alone may relax you, but this system goes a little deeper. Each chakra is related to emotion, emotions fire our thoughts and both make up our state of mind. Therefore, chakras can become clogged, unbalananced or blocked. Colour breathing uses discs coloured in a specific pattern to give the impression of a vortex and to draw the subconcious in and thus down into your inner most self. It promotes your ability to connect to yourself and the emotional unbalance and helps you release it with breathing in the colour and thinking about certain words – a bit like a mantra. If you want to know more, or experience it for yourself, you best book on the retreat and find out! http://www.rejuvationretreat.com
Am liking this new guy I’ve discovered. Pleased to see he is anti soya and anti agave nectar (dreadful stuff – stop putting it in ‘health foods!!!).
B12 is a wonder vitamin. It’s a wonder what we’d do without it! Actually, its one that a deficiency of will get us into a bit of a mess.
The thing with being B12 deficient is that a lot of the symptoms can be mistaken for something else and not recognised. Fatigue: it’s just tiredness; I’ve been busy. Ache and pain: it’s the time of year, everyone is a bit achy. Dizziness: I’m hungry or have low blood sugar; I’ll eat some carbs!
Ringing any bells?
An interesting if controversial article. Sure to provoke thought and discussion. Make of it what you will.
And yet another great article from my fave nutrition research peeps advocating real food.
So quit the s**t people and read on for useful info that you should inwardly digest.
If you are looking to cut your sugar intake, maintain blood sugar levels or manage diabetes, or just eat more healthily, this article is for you.
Another interesting read from my fave research bods. We all know, or should by now, that sugar is sneaky and goes by various guises. But this article deals with consumption of liquid sugars, and it is very easy to forget to keep check on these.
At last, a good start on research for CFS/ME as a physical condition. We are farther away from a belief it is ‘all in our minds’ and the ‘yuppy flu’ days, but not far enough. There is still too much myth surrounding CFS/ME. Lets hope this research continues and gets the respect it needs.
This article is well worth a read. Feel free to share. Lets get the word out there and encourage more research to be undertaken and published.
One of the first thing I talk to people about when discussing managing fatigue is cut sugar right back. It’s hard to go sugar free, but not impossible. But cutting sugar is a good way to begin. This is all very well if you know what sugar is. I tell people to read the labels and then I give them a list of the most common disguises sugar uses to sneak into your food.
The following article, from a trusted research source, plainly and excellently lays out the sugars to watch out for.
Well worth a read. Carry a note of the common and uncommon ones in your purse or wallet when you go shopping. Stop letting food manufacturers poison you!
Another top article (with interesting debate and comment at the end) on the benefits of nuts. If you haven’t picked up the nut butter recipe from my previous post, do follow the link in this article as it is well work a peek.
Another great article from one of my fave research places. Shiitake mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins which are useful in fatigue related conditions, nervous conditions and managing depression.