Energy Boost Essentials

February is American Heart Month


Energy Boost Essentials * February 2012
Reading * Eating & Drinking * Doing

Did you know that February is “American Heart Month?” Nothing gets our blood pumping and our energy balancing better than this month’s energy boosting essentials. Try them for yourself and see if you don’t feel better Fast!


Read to inspire your heart and mind, then sleep in peace with the angels. One of the best ways to transition from the energy of day into the peace and slumber of night is with an exceptional, inspirational read. A key to regaining your energy is quality sleep.

To help recharge and re-balance your adrenal glands you must sleep eight hours a day AND be in bed, asleep, by 10:00 p.m. (Ten P.M.)

This month, try one of more of these feel-good, do good books:

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin with its companion, The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record

Next, I recommend, The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times

If you’d like a more extensive listing, please feel free to visit the Fatigue Be Gone library.

Note: If you have difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep, click here for sleep remedies that have worked for me!


Eat and Drink to Boost Your Energy and Feel Better – Fast!

I must give a HUGE thank you to my good friend Russ Merrill. Russ is author of an excellent, easy to read guide called, The Vitamin, Mineral and Herb Guide A quick overview of the benefits and uses of vitamins, minerals and herbs. For more information and to order your copy, please click here: He also produces an excellent supplement pack that I use: Click here for more information and to order for yourself: The Vitaz ENERGY BASICS® packet

Anyway, to make a long story – short … I called Russ about the pitiful health predicament of my husband Michael and moi. He advised me to get us off of any and all sugar, including “natural” sugar. Russ also gave me an extremely easy diet to follow. We’ve been on it for about three weeks. Michael has lost twenty-five pounds and greatly reduced his back pain. I’ve lost seven pounds. Happy New Year indeed!

Everyone keeps asking me how we’ve done it … Without further ado, here is Russ’s Diet! Whenever possible I’ve included a link to Amazon where the pricing on some of his recommendations is excellent. I also love to save time on shopping and it doesn’t take much to get free shipping included!


* Small Banana
* Toasted slice of Mestemacher Natural Rye & Spelt Bread, 17.6-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)

Ingredients: Organic Whole Kernel Rye, Water, Organic Wholemeal Rye Flour, Organic Spelt, Organic Unripe Spelt, Sea Salt, Organic Apple Powder, Yeast. Notice how there is no sugar included then compare with the bread you have at home.

* Arrowhead Mills Organic Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter — 16 oz

Ingredients: Made from 100% organic Valencia peanuts (nothing else!)

* St. Dalfour Deluxe Fruit Spread (Jam)

Ingredients for all St. Darfour Jams:  No Cane Sugar, All Natural, 100% Fruit, No Preservatives, No Artificial Flavors or Colors


* Grilled or roasted fish or chicken. Steak is also allowed, but less frequently as it can be high in fat. Buy organic, anti-biotic free as often as possible. It is more expensive but worth it.

For a couple super easy, energy boosting food, recipes, click here!

* Add a Salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing. Use any greens and add any vegetables you like.

* or add a Soup. Click here for my Adrenal Fatigue Buster Soup Recipe or here for one of my favorites, “Amy’s” Soups. I love her Organic Lentil Soup, her Spicy Chili, Thai Coconut Soup … all of them!

Typical Amy’s IngredientsFiltered Water, Organic Lentils, Organic Celery, Organic Onions, Organic Carrots, Organic Potatoes, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Spices.


* Baggie of celery sticks with a few carrots. (Carrots are higher in sugar so not so many!)
Green Olives (great for the adrenal glands)
Handful of walnuts
Small Apple


Lots of fresh water, at least eight glasses a day. Drink one glass upon rising in the morning and before each meal.
Green Tea with Frontier Cinnamon Sticks 2 3/4, 16 Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)
Cameron’s Organic French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 32-Ounce Bag


Starwest Botanicals Organic Kelp Powder — 1 lb
Kelp is adrenal food. It is super inexpensive and easy to add to … everything. I mix it 50/50 with Sea Salt and use that to season my food, even add 1/8 tsp to my water.


DO whatever makes your heart sing.

One thing that makes my heart sing and gets my blood pumping is volunteering with favorite animal rescue organizations. I’ve been and continue to be a volunteer dog-walker. (link to post about volunteer dog walking.)

I’ve also fostered numerous pups and purrs in need. As much as I give to them they give back so much more and always seem to plop in my life at the perfect time – the perfect time in retrospect!

Other ways to support animal rescue include helping out at adoption events, participating in fund-raisers like bake sales, bingo and spaghetti nights etc.

If this way of doing, meeting and making new friends, human and fur-friends, appeals to you, go to: to find your local shelter to start volunteering. Another way is to find your local “Breed Specific Rescue” and support them. If you grew up with standard poodles there is a group for them, same goes for Greyhound, Beagles, Bichons … Use your internet browser to search. For example:  German Shepherd Rescue, Fredericksburg, VA

Did you know that everything you allow to cross your lips can either make you feel better or worse? Are you attempting to fuel your body with energy-zapping foods such as sugar, caffeine or energy drinks? Simple dietary changes can result in amazing energy gains. Discover nutrition and dietary supplementation secrets by subscribing to the Fatigue Be Gone newsletter. Signup for your free copy today at

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