Stand UP & Power DOWN

It’s so easy to feel better. Often we don’t have to change much or buy anything extra. If you already own a car, a couch, some chairs, a bed and a smart phone you will find this month’s energy-boosting recommendations to be absolutely FREE.

Stand UP!
We spend way too much of our day laying or sitting down. It’s not natural and it isn’t healthful either. We used to have to chase down our chow and walk for miles to get somewhere else. Now everything we need is just a few paces or a car ride away.

This week, stand UP more. Stand UP when you talk on the phone with friends and go through your mail. Stand UP when you watch the news. Stand UP and stretch to start and end your day.

Power DOWN
I recently went through a nightmare spell of insomnia. It coincided with my upgrade from a flip phone to a “smart” phone. Coincidence? Hardly.

Flip phones, in case you don’t remember them, are only useful for calling or texting (while standing UP.) Smart phones are palm sized computers that are endlessly interesting. They also emit a bright light that keeps the sleepy-time dopamine at bay for hours and hours.

BIG thanks to my doc for helping me connect these dots. Since I started powering DOWN two hours before bedtime and charging it up in the kitchen vs. my bedroom the insomnia is gone and waking up refreshed is back!


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DUMP “it” NOW! Journal Technique Eliminates Anxiety and Fatigue

General Anxiety Disorders affects 4 million Americans, 2.8% of the population.
Women are twice as likely to be afflicted as men.

Does “it”, anxiety, fuel fatigue or does fatigue boost anxiety?  Don’t know if I’ll ever know the answer to that question but here is a 5-Minute Journal technique to  help you soothe the beast and feel Continue reading

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Are you asleep at the wheel, too?

This isn’t just dangerous for train conductors. Our roads are clogged with fender benders to tragedies because of everyday people, like you and me, who are driving while drowsy.

I should know. This is exactly the problem that started this ten-year research and recovery program now called Fatigue Be Gone. See, I was driving from San Diego to Virginia and no matter what hour of the day, I was exhausted. Coffee didn’t help. Candy bars didn’t help. A good night’s sleep didn’t help.

What did help was digging in and figuring out what was going on with me. I applied what I read and the advise of docs and friends “in the know”. Bottom line is that a lot of small and some large lifestyle and dietary changes brought me back to life. Little habits like drinking 8+ glasses of water, eating breakfast, taking breaks, spending time with friends and avoiding diet bummers added hours of energy and pleasure back into my life.

If you’re here because you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired Continue reading

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Fatigue Facts & Stats

* 20% of Americans claim to have fatigue intense enough to interfere with their having a normal life.

* 80% of American women will suffer from Adrenal Fatigue at some point in their lives. Who? Most susceptible are new moms, students, shift workers and women in transition (job loss or gain, moving and relocating, marriage, divorce.) Change for the better or worse is a major trigger.

* More than half of American women (60%) say they only get a good night’s sleep a few nights per week or less, and 67% say they frequently experience a sleep problem.

•  Women who spend less than 7 hours in bed at night are more likely to doze off during the day, report symptoms of depression and drive drowsy.

If constant fatigue is sucking the joy out of your life, don’t just take it – do something!  One recommendation is to read by – Dr. Perlmutter. His work is outstanding and was so shocking to me that change was easy! I am now gluten-free, 15 lbs lighter and having a couple migraines a month vs. every week. Oh and I have a TON more energy too. Your turn.

I’ve watched this single dietary shift (total elimination of gluten) lift depression, relieve chronic fatigue, reverse type 2 diabetes, extinguish obsessive-compulsive behavior, and cure many neurological challenges, from brain fog to bipolar disorder.” – Dr. Perlmutter, Grain Brain


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Didn’t want to (but I did.)

Didn’t want to eat breakfast today and that is nothing new. One of the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue is the lack of that a.m. breakfast appetite. If I had my way I’d just have that cup of coffee – or two, with a sweet goodie. But wait – I did have “my way” with my diet for years and guess what … I ended up being so tired all the time that I had to make fatigue recovery a study to get my life back!

So this morning I reminded myself of this factoid. As those memories of caffeine and sugar highs followed by the lowest of lows came back I cooked up a bowl of oatmeal with a side of walnuts.

You know that saying “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” The tired woman version of that goes like this — “A moment on the lips, then feel your energy dip.”

Cheers! Viveca

If you would like more information about how to eat right and feel GREAT, please check out a couple of my energy foods recipes. Click here for the Oatmeal Energize and here for the Black Beans energy foods recipe.

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