A Retreat isn’t just a pampering treat

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.

http://www.rejuvationretreat.com

 

 

The real M.E.

I class myself as a recovering fatigue. I’ve had some really tough times but I see the sun at the end of my tunnel shining and encouraging me on. Chronic illness can be self absorbing. Yes you must prioritise yourself but you can still be there for other people and it will do you good to do that. I appreciate the light but I have fought to see it. Don’t hide in your darkness. Accept help, don’t be afraid to ask for it, but also support and help where you can too. It’s how the world goes round best.14333129_686586391490310_6914153998707452042_n

Driving me nuts

So my kinesiologist, who I rely on for my supplements to literally keep me going, says to me two weeks ago:

No nuts, no sugar, no wheat, no spice for two weeks.

Okay, I say, I can do no wheat and no sugar cos I do that anyway.

Oh, that includes sugar from raw fruit.

Oh no! I can’t give up nuts and fruit. What???!!!

But, it made me examine my diet. I make cookies with ground almonds, and energy balls with nuts and granola with nuts, and fake fudge with nut butter, and I snack on nuts and eat Body Me or Naked bars that contain….nuts!!!

Maybe, just maybe, I eat too many nuts. Yes they are a good fat, blah blah, but too much of a good thing?

Sooo I went back to porridge with cinnamon (I double checked that didn’t count as a spice I had to avoid) or a baked banana with 100% dark choc melting in the middle (HEAVEN). I found a recipe for energy balls with dessicated coconut and seed butter. I stewed apple with cinnamon. I didn’t bake any cookies but made courgette brownies instead.

And, I have to admit, I enjoyed it. I am past my two weeks of avoidance. Whether it’s that or the supplements kicking in or both, I don’t know but I do feel better.

Raw nuts take a lot of energy to digest (I discovered after I could have used nut butter and ground almonds, but hey) and like anything, if the system is overloaded it will run sluggishly.

Just a thought – maybe it would do you good to have a look at your diet and challenge yourself to avoid or cut back on one or two things and replace with other things.

Sugar and spice, nasty and nice

Sometimes I think I crave sugar. I may, but I can’t. In the old days I would load up on sugar or carbs in the hope it would give me energy. Loads of fatigue-y people make this all too common mistake. Sugar for CFS people is a huge no-no. It causes a massive slump. So I’ve learned that when  want sugar it’s usually because I’m beginning to feel fatigued. Today I had a huge bowl of fruit salad; juicy nectarine, grapes, galia melon and sweet strawberries. So much more beneficial than any sugary treat. I have also learned to add cinnamon, a useful sweet spice. Goes with anything. Try it.

Blast from the past

In my role as a clinical hypnotherapist I specialise in dealing with people with anxiety and depression. Yesterday I saw a lady with anxiety and palpitations, a lady with self esteem issues who comes across as extremely confident (so often the way) and a lady with a chronic fatigue condition that is as yet officially undiagnosed. It was surreal listening to her frustrations and anger and misery that she tries so hard to hide from her loved ones but stores up inside until she nearly explodes. I saw so much of myself – my previous self – in her and heard so many things that I had voiced. Trying to keep a professional perspective is hard. I’ve been there. I don’t know how she feels literally but I have a damn good idea of where she is coming from. I hope I am an example to her (she knows some of my history) and she garners some hope from my recovery. Seven years on I am so different. I am not through recovery but I see a beacon at the end of the tunnel now, not just a faint light and certainly not bleak darkness any more (except the odd day!). Changing my diet was life changing and that’s why I wrote my book and why I took to blogging. It’s also why I stopped my old blog and started a new one. One that is more hopeful. This is the newly evolved me. The new improved version. The upgrade! There are so many people out there trying to do this alone. You are not alone. Don’t isolate yourself.