Posts tagged chronic fatigue syndrome
The Good Marionette - Part Two

No longer operated by the puppeteer who has now put down the control bar, she is able to begin to heal. Her companion uses food as medicine and tries various holistic modalities to bring her back. Some work to an extent, while others seem to do very little. The intent is always the same - mend the strings so that you can be my perfect marionette once again. . .

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Play - the most overlooked piece of my wellness puzzle, and maybe yours...

I don’t know about you, but somewhere along the line—amidst landing that stifling career in my twenties, taking on the responsibilities of owning a home, bringing two little lives into this world who would be utterly dependent on me, and getting chronically sick—I forgot how to play…

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From Mold Illness to Mindfully Healed, Part III: Recovery

This topic is the thread that tied the last decade of my life together. The more noise those of us affected can create, the more unwitting victims can be helped.

The increasingly common, and often hidden toxin has been underestimated for far too long. Relegated to a mere nuisance for those with overt allergies or sensitivities, mold lurking in the basement, behind paint and baseboards, in AC ducts, and under carpets may be wreaking more havoc on your health than you realize.

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From Mold Illness to Mindfully Healed, Part II: Clean Up

Though misunderstood by many—even in the medical field—there is a difference between mold toxicity and a mold allergy. A mold allergy is what my husband experienced when we pulled off the door frames and found ourselves face-to-face with Stachybotrys, i.e., black mold. An allergy elicits an immune response that usually manifests with symptoms in the sinuses and lungs. This response is typically an acute one (at least on the surface) that subsides when a person removes himself from the proximity of mold.

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From Mold Illness to Mindfully Healed, Part I: Discovery

This topic is the thread that tied the last decade of my life together. The more noise those of us affected can create, the more unwitting victims can be helped.

The increasingly common, and often hidden toxin has been underestimated for far too long. Relegated to a mere nuisance for those with overt allergies or sensitivities, mold lurking in the basement, behind paint and baseboards, in AC ducts, and under carpets may be wreaking more havoc on your health than you realize.

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They do too. Really.

How many of you have felt isolated and even rejected in the midst of your dis-ease? 

What happens when you’ve sung that hidden illness tune so many times that your song is no longer heard? 

Maybe it started with the doctors who couldn’t see anything wrong with you in their impersonal work-ups. 

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The problem with being busy

Modern day society values hard work. Most of us are brought up to believe that success can only arise out of blood, sweat and tears. That’s how we can become the best versions of ourselves. That’s how we can accomplish greatness. That’s how we can be happy. 

Problem is, all this hard work, or being busy, actually distracts us from being happy! 

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What do we actually give up for our health?

Like many you I felt that I had given up so much in my life in an effort to heal. 

I gave up gluten, dairy and a laundry list of other foods in an effort to heal my gut. 
I made this mean that I had given up on enjoying restaurant meals and social events with friends. 

I gave up my high paced career when my energy was no longer available to sustain this lifestyle. 
I made this mean that I wasn't really the accomplished woman with whom I had so strongly identified for decades.

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Are You Eating Your Emotions?

Since implementing a mindful eating practice I’ve noticed a significant improvement in my energy levels after mealsSlowing down to acknowledge a meal that you are about to eat and savoring the bites as they touch your lips may seem like a luxury we just don't have the time for these days (not to mention a bit odd), but there is real evidence that this practice translates into health benefits for you.

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