CFS, M.E

My journey so far…

It has been 10 months now since my GP first told me I had C.F.S after a really bad flu last Christmas.

The first 3 months I pretty much slept through. Months 4-7 where the most difficult while I was trying to adjust to being back in work full time, making final arrangements for my wedding and starting the process of changing my diet.

These last 2 months have been completely game changing for me. Losing 98% of sugar from my diet, along with dairy has drastically improved my energy, coupled with the other additions I have already talked about in previous posts I feel miles away from the sleepy, weak, depressed person I was at the beginning of the year. Some of the thing I have noticed are;

  • I am able to have nights out without two days payback after.
  • I can walk up the stairs without feeling weak.
  • I can go to work full time and also keep on top of my housework.
  • I have a much clearer mind
  • I have learned how to accept that sometimes the bad situations are actually the best things that can happen to you, because they give you a chance to grow and become better.
  • I have figured out what I want to do with my life.
  • I am so much more positive and my levels of anxiety have been greatly reduced.

I am not in any way where I want to be just yet. I am constantly getting better each day and I still have a long way to go.

Noting the little changes you have made is a great way to stay on track and taking time to reflect on this has made me so proud of myself!

This year has been all about my health. Next year will be a continuation of that and I’d also like to start to work in a really good fitness routine to gain strength in my body.

We have all been blessed with time and we should use it wisely. Take one step at a time towards your goals. Say no to things that could hold you back.

IM so glad I did because if I’d made excuses like “I could never cut out sugar” or “I don’t have the time or the money to see a nutritionist” or “IM not focused enough to beat this” I can say with certainty I would still be off work regularly, maybe working reduced hours and getting less pay, I would still be depressed, and my energy levels would be going down and down.

So just to clarify, I am so grateful the doctor told me I had M.E. It was the kick in the backside I needed to help me achieve the life I want.

Be grateful for everything ❤

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Wonderful Water

10% of the world has insufficient clean water for drinking. The water they do have is often intoxicated by waste material. Making it unsafe to drink and causing all sorts of health problems.

We are lucky to have our water literally on tap! Free for our consumption whenever we so choose. Yet most people do not drink nearly enough. There are so many amazing health benefits of water, here are a few

  • Headaches – if you suffer from headaches it may be down to insufficient water, as you lose water throughout the day without replenishing it, the brain can restrict due to the fluid loss. This is one of the causes of headaches.
  • Weight loss – water helps to flush out our system resulting in regular bowel movements and less bloating. It is also an appetite suppressant – often when you feel peckish you are actually thirsty! Try having a glass of water instead of a biscuit or crisps!
  • Joint pain – water is a necessary lubricant for joints. Without it we can feel achy and stiff.
  • Foggy brain – lack of water restricts blood flow and therefore we cannot think as clearly when we are dehydrated, regular intake will help keep us focused and feeling more energetic.
  • Removal of toxins – water helps aid our digestion and clear our bowels. Build up in the digestive tract can lead to health concerns in which toxins build in the intestinal tract. These toxins can make us very ill.

I have noticed a great impact on my health since I began regularly drinking enough water 1.5-2 litres per day. I have more energy, more focus and I know that my cells are getting the hydration the need to work for my body.

I find the best way to get water into my day is a glass in the morning, a litre bottle throughout the day in work and another glass after dinner. Topped up with herbal teas, fresh fruit/veg and a glass with any supplements taken.

We only get one life, it is given to us for a reason and the best way to fulfill our purpose here is to first get our health in tip top shape. We can then begin influencing others and making a difference in the world. Everyone has great capabilities, let’s take the first steps to unlocking our potential!

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Set backs

When you look at Instagram or Facebook it’s filled with people ‘living their best life’ and posting pictures of the journey they are on, making you believe everything is perfect for them, wether they are travelling, working or transforming their body. This can often make us feel down on ourselves and not quite good enough.

If this sounds familiar, I am here to tell you that EVERYONE has set backs in their plan. EVERYONE has bad days and struggles sometimes.

My big set back is part of the reason I haven’t blogged for a while. It’s called SUGAR. Since beginning with April my nutritionist, I had been limiting the amount of sugar, yeast, gluten and dairy I was consuming.

My first focus was dairy and this wasn’t too difficult to be honest. I thought I would miss cheese but I don’t. When I do require some there are great vegan options. I personally like Violife as it is coconut based rather than soya based and still tastes good!

Sugar however, was not so straight forward for me. After reducing for a while I was okay. Then the company I worked for went into administration and I thought.. I just have a day off (or rather on the sugar train) Choo Choo next stop, big sugar addiction followed by a crash that would take me a few days to recover from. I felt like I was back to month 1. When I couldn’t stand up or lift my arms. I couldn’t go into work (we were saved from administration) and to be honest I felt completely crap and useless all over again because I’d allowed this to happen. I’d binged on donuts and bread and chocolate and now I was really seeing the damage it could do to my body and my self esteem.

This led me to stop writing. I thought, how could I write a blog giving some basic advice when I couldn’t take it myself.

But I realized that it’s not falling down that beats you. It’s not getting up and getting started again. So up I got, back to see April for a pep talk and here I am, 98% sugar free for the last couple of months. And it’s working, I haven’t had to be off work, my energy is alot better and although there is still a long way to go. I feel I can almost say GOODBYE M.E

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Amazing Celery juice

Okay, so celery juicing is something I’ve been advised to start doing every day. This is because it has so many amazing properties that can really boost health and it’s low in calories.

Since it is mainly water it’s a great way to kick start your hydration after sleeping, after a long hard day at work or after exercise. It will also replace those electrolytes.

Due to the magnesium content of celery it is amazing for anyone suffering from insomnia or anxiety/stress. Magnesium is well known for its calming effects and I personally have found great benefit from this.

For me, the main reason I started drinking celery juice every morning was because of the benefit it has on C.F.S. Lots of people with illnesses such as M.E, Irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, fibromyalgia and arthritis to name a few could benefit from drinking celery juice as it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Basically it hunts down the pathogens that are responsible and kills them. As a result I have less joint pain even when i feel tired.

Celery juice could also be really amazing for anyone suffering with acid reflux as it restores pH balance in the stomach. Also great for regulating blood pressure due to its mineral salt content.

This salt content has a calming effect on the nervous system and so perfect to help with panic attacks.

To make your celery juice you can use either a juicer or a blender. If you choose to blend as I do you will need to sieve the mixture to squeeze out the juice. You will need pretty much a whole bunch of celery (organic is best) washed. Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or after some lemon water to really boost your morning. Feel free to have more later if you want to. If you are having trouble with it, start with a small amount and build up to more.

Please let me know if you have already tried celery juice in the comments and share your experiences.

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First Step

The diagnosis of M.E, however mild… is scary. The reason being is that all internet searches left me feeling like I had a condition that I could never make better and that may continue to get worse. Worse still is that so many people tell you it’s not a real condition.

Well, it absolutely is real!

What I don’t agree with is that there is absolutely nothing that can be done to ease symptoms over time.

Of course as I said before I had a mild case and for anyone suffering moderate or severe M.E the results may be different.

The point of this blog is for me to share my personal experience in the hope of helping someone. I am not a medical professional and recommend you consult with one.

The main thing for me that helped my extreme exhaustion was food! I’ve known for so many years that the food I eat has such an impact on my body and how I feel. But I never realised the massive impact changing my diet would have on my chronic fatigue.

My old diet consisted of alot of sugar, wheat and dairy. Very little water and maybe 2-3 fruit/veg per day if I was lucky. I snacked on coffee and biscuits at home. Tea and chocolate bars at work. My digestive system was completely overwhelmed . Working with a nutritionist I changed this as my first step to better health. I removed the dairy And added in some great wholefoods. Now my diet consists of

1. Lemon water first thing

2. Smoothie or celery juice after

3. Overnight oats with a dairy free alternative (I use oat milk) or eggs with avocado and tomato for breakfast.

Throughout the day I add in more fruit and vegetables to ensure I get 8/10 servings. This really helps to put back all my lost nutrients and build up my energy .

For dinner I have a nourishing soup, stew or meat/fish with sweet potato and veg. There are so many amazing recepies out there for better health and they taste amazing.

The main reason people tend to give up on their diets is because they are so unrealistic and hard to stick to. The best advice I can give is to take it slow. Introduce or remove one thing at a time and give your body a chance to adjust. A natural healthy diet over time will help you achieve your goals both in terms of health and weight.

First thing to add in would be lemon water every morning.

This helps to cleanse your digestive tract and prevent constipation, preventing the build up of toxins.

It’s a boost of vitamin c. An important antioxidant which helps defend the body against free radical damage.

It helps towards your water goals for the day. Good hydration is so important for your overall health and 2 litres each day is best. Water intake reduces over eating and headaches and also helps you think more clearly!

If you wish you can also add in other things depending on how you feel. Ginger and cinnamon are great for colds and flu. Other citrus fruits would give a big extra vitamin c boost also.

There really are so many amazing benefits of this one tiny extra in your morning routine, a good option would be to eliminate your morning coffee and replace with lemon water. Over time your need for that caffeine hit will subside and you will feel fresher!

CFS

Introduction: My ME diagnoses

First of all, welcome to my new blog!

 

I decided to start writing a blog because this past 8 months have been the most difficult for me in terms of health. After getting diagnosed with M.E in January after a couple of bouts of flu I really went downhill, both mentally and physically.

M.E or Myalgic encephalomyelitis is a disorder of the nervous system which causes extreme fatigue along with varying levels of joint pain and cognitive issues. It is often also referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

This is not a normal tiredness, its extreme and its often delayed. Meaning you might go to work, have a night out or just have a busy day and a few days later it will hit you like a train in the middle of the night.

That’s my experience.

When first diagnosed I was off work for 7 weeks, the feeling of this constant aching, dragging feeling in my legs and not being able to lift my arms up overhead really made me feel much older than 26! I was constantly sitting or lying down, other people would come and help me do housework. My Fiancé – now husband 🙂 was the one cooking, cleaning and working all day and it made me feel completely useless. The worst thing is that doctors don’t have an awful lot of information for patients regarding M.E and how to relieve it. So I was just left to my own misery.

ME is categorised into Mild, moderate and severe

Luckily for me I fall under mild. I managed to go back to work, phased at first; however I was having to take days off quite regularly plus using annual leave. As time went on I progressed back to full time work but for a long time nothing felt normal. My job requires me to stand all day and this just wasn’t possible therefore I was having to go out the back to sit down and do light tasks. As a result this left me feeling lonely and weak. On top of this my sickness from work was really piling up and my constant phoning in made me feel as though I was letting people down. All of this was having an effect on my mental health, not to mention the problems sleeping or staying asleep, the headaches, the palpitations, the nausea and dizziness to name a few.

Reading other peoples experiences really helped me feel as though I wasn’t alone and my aim for this blog would be to help someone else in the same way and also share some tips that I felt really helped me get back to a level of normal.

I would love to hear about other peoples experiences also and maybe we can journey towards better health together!