Have you come to accept feeling tired and exhausted as normal? Jackie had.
Her doctor had told her being tired was part of being older and a grandmother and she’d do better if she lost the extra 10kg she was carrying, to reduce her risk of getting diabetes. If only it was that easy? Like clicking your fingers….10kgs be gone.
Exhausted? Craving sugar? Sex drive zero? Gaining kilos around your middle? That was Jackie. It’s a common story.
Jackie walked through my clinic with dark circles under her eyes and edged up the stairs slowly with a sigh. She looked like she was dragging herself through the day with gumboots filled with concrete. I could almost hear her say, does life have to be this hard. She didn’t look well.
Jackie had retired from her teaching job one year ago and was busier than ever with grandparent duties. She loved looking after her grandkids but was so exhausted and it was getting worse. Every night she craved ice cream and had a stash of lollies and chocolates in her bag, just in case she needed a boost. Her sex drive was zero, she could hardly make it to bed most nights, opting for the couch since the bed seemed so far away.
Her waist was expanding every month, the numbers going up, up and up.
Have you come to accept feeling tired and exhausted as normal?
Heart pounding, dry mouth, rising heat, doom gripping you in a vice…..we’ve all experienced these feelings….it’s anxiety.
Sure, there’s all shapes and sizes, it can come and go quickly or hang around like a bad smell. Maybe the intensity is ramping up or it’s happening way to often for your liking and at times for no apparent reason.
Yes, anxiety can be the result of unhealthy thought patterns, disempowering meanings and poor focus. But, it can also come from our biochemistry. And we can have multiple things going on at once.
So, if anxiety’s striking way too often and it’s out of proportion with the trigger or for no apparent reason. Here’s eight questions to ask yourself:
Lack of Energy Always Tired? 4 Ways To Move From Feeling Crappy To Thriving
It’s Monday morning the alarm goes off……………… how do you feel?
A) Do you reach for snooze, pull up the covers and wish for the weekend OR
B) Do you jump out of bed refreshed and excited for the adventures of the day?
If it’s A……I know you’re feeling crappy?
Fatigue may not always be down to burning the candle at both ends or overfilling our days. The Royal College of Psychiatrists suggests that, at any given time, one in five people feel unusually tired and one in 10 have prolonged fatigue. Women tend to feel tired more than men. – WebMD
There is hope from crappy. I see huge turnarounds every day.
Sonia, a working mother of three kids recently arrived at my office dragging her depleted, aching frame. Her hope of feeling ‘normal’ or good again had almost extinguished. She had a Lack of Energy Always Tired.
I fanned the sparks of hope as I uncovered she had good reason to feel the way she did –
1. Her cell membranes were falling apart, as my test results showed.
It’s like trying to carry something in millions of leaky buckets, no matter how you fill your energy making cells, it just doesn’t work. Frustrating!
What contributes to leaky membranes?
Poor fat digestion, gallbladder problems, not eating enough good fats or being a vegetarian that’s not protein combining well or poorly digesting and absorbing your proteins (eggs, nuts, chicken, fish, beef, lamb, legumes).
Once you know what the problem is you can fix, encourage or compensate for it by nurturing that organ or process.
2. Sonia was suffering from adrenal exhaustion. She’d been running on empty for a long time now, about 7 years now.
Very common, in working mums with the mantra ‘I’m OK’.
You’re so not OK….it’s time to swap giving for receiving for just a moment and ask for help!
When you don’t have flowing energy, you dig into willpower every day. You often live on caffeine, carbs (cakes, biscuit, bread) and sugar, which depletes you further by stripping nutrients from your body to break these down. The downward spiral continues.
How do you break the cycle?
Lack of Energy Always Tired – Knowing how to maximise your energy in a nourishing way and identifying energy zappers like missing essential nutrients, thyroid, gut or autoimmune problems.
3. Sonia had self-sabotaging patterns that had enabled her to live into adrenal fatigue, now she had to learn how to live out of it. It was time to practice valuing, honoring and loving herself.
How do you break out of self-sabotaging patterns?
Replace them with nurturing and replenishing alternatives.
Aim for progress in the right direction. It will take time.
Elements may include –
- Eating cleanly and hydration
- Laughing and having fun
- Scheduling in thinking or reflection time – listening to how you feel and adjusting accordingly
- Making time for the sunshine on her face, dancing in the rain, bathing in the sea
- Holidays that recharge the soul
- Knowing you deserve to be treated well and placing boundaries
4. Sonia had developed gut issues over the years.
Doctors had labeled it as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), where she had bouts of constipation them diarrhea.
Through testing, we uncovered she had food intolerances to eggs, dairy, and almonds. Once she completed a 6-week gut repair program all the IBS cleared.
She couldn’t believe the difference in how she felt.
No more sugar cravings, energy drops, brain fog and urgent visits to the toilet.
Within weeks Sonia felt a massive difference in her energy. Her moods were more even, calmer, balanced. She was becoming more of her true self again. Empowered, energised – the spark was coming back.
I love my job. I get to see beautiful women come alive again each and every day.
Is it time you moved from feeling crappy to thriving and dropped the ‘I’m OK’ mantra and got real with yourself?
If so, BOOK NOW a Feeling Well Discovery 30 min Session until 31/5/17.
Loads of health and happiness, Julie XXX
Here’s Maria’s story…..
She was suffering from continuous sinus headaches and migraines. It’d been going on for a year now.
She was taking anti-inflammatories every day and prescription migraine medication several times a month.
In addition to turning up 5 days, sometimes 6 to a demanding office job that was under staffed and under-resourced. Sounding familiar.
Her debilitating brain fog and head pain had become a way of life that she tolerated and managed.
Maria had reached that tipping point where she just couldn’t stay in the world of pain where she was. There had to be something to make all this pain go away. That’s when she ended up in my office.
After listening intently to all that she was experiencing and had done. We delved head long into the world of food intolerances, since that was the elephant in the room when I heard her story. She welcomed the testing and I recommended changes that would shift her from where she was to where she wanted to be….pain free and enjoying life.
It was like magic….her sinus headaches and migraines quickly became a thing of the past within 14 days. Her energy soared, clarity of mind prevailed. Hence the comment……..“I can’t believe what a huge difference it’s made changing what I eat in such a short amount of time.”
The cycle had been broken. Now, she was on the road to recovery
I so love cleaning up at the beginning not the end. Saves money, time and energy. Simplicity at it’s best.
So, if you want to stop patching up at the end. Or step out of the endless holding pattern of constant headches, sinus or migraines CLICK HERE to book in for initial consult and we’ll get you sorted.
Naturopath Gut Health Melbourne – 10 Signs You Have Leaky Gut
Naturopath Gut Health Melbourne – Only recently mainstream medicine considered leaky gut syndrome a fake diagnosis by alternative quacks. But today there is growing research confirming ‘leaky gut’ or increased intestinal permeability as a major factor in chronic and autoimmune diseases.
Alternative practitioners have always felt the gut is the foundation of our health. It all started with Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, saying “All disease begins in the gut”. Now science is finally acknowledging this very fact.
What is a leaky gut?
Leaky gut…. is just that a gut that leaks. Your intestinal lining which is normally kilometres of tight junctions can be damaged, through infections, stress, toxins, ageing and certain foods. This damage causes inflammation and increased permeability. Suddenly poorly digested food particles and bacteria are able to pass through into your bloodstream unhindered.
“Leaky gut syndrome” is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. But it’s something of a medical mystery.
“From an MD’s standpoint, it’s a very gray area,” says gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic. “Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ.” – WebMD