Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Anxiety. Not a Mother's Best Friend.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, a.k.a incessant "worst case scenario" worry about everyday everythings, affects 4 million Americans. This is about 2.8% of the population. Women are twice as likely to be afflicted than men and most of those women are ... MOMS.

Anxiety is uncomfortable. It shows up as fatigue, insomnia (love that combination!), headaches, fear, frequent need to pee, constipation and nausea. IT make sex a chore, puts butterflies in our stomachs and makes us cranky with the kids.

Journaling is one technique that helps many women uncover and recover from the "hidden fatigue" of anxiety.

Click here to read the article,
Anxiety is not a Mother's Best Friend.
3 Ways to Journal IT Away – Today

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What are you thinking that is making you feel so tired?

If Thinking = Feeling. What are you thinking that is making you feel so tired?
Adrenal Fatigue * Addictions * Anxiety * Borderline Anemia * Candida
Healing your Fatigue the Louise Hay Way.

Louise L. Hay, an internationally-renowned teacher and author of the mind/body connection classic, Heal Your Body, draws a beeline between our thinking and our physical feeling, including Fatigue. (This book is my self-care bible.)

If you feel sluggish, fatigued and over the hill, maybe it has nothing-at-all to do with your age or “that time of the month.” Maybe it really is "all in your head. "

Here are some Louise Hay meanings for the fatigue you may be feeling.

Adrenal Problems including Adrenal Fatigue correspond to feelings of defeatism, anxiety and “no longer caring for self.”

Addiction Problems – Running from self. Fear. Not know how to love the self.

Anxiety – Not trusting the flow and the process of life.

Borderline Anemia, another very common women’s fatigue, is fear driven. Fear of life, fear of not being “good enough.” “Yes-but” attitude. Lack of joy.

What about Candida? Frustration, anger – feeling scattered and overrun. Untrusting in relationships – great takers. Ouch.

These are the just the As, Bs and Cs of Fatigue. Check back next week for our next set. D, F, I and L. Oh, and I'll share some healing antidotes and opportunities. Would you like to heal your thinking and re-Energize?

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ladies! de-Frazzle and re-Energize with ...

doubling up, sneaking green & power snacking!

No matter what is going on or how busy we may be there is still one thing we all have to do everyday. Several times a day. We Eat. Usually we feed others too.

Let’s save time and make this easy on ourselves.

One way is to “double up.” Specifically, double up every dinner recipe you make this month. Gonna cook for four? Cook for eight instead. One meal goes on the table, the other goes in the fridge.

Another way is to “add extra.” Your recipe calls for a cup of rice and a pound of spinach? Make it a cup and half and a pound and a half. What you don’t eat for dinner turns into a microwave lunch. Still a little “left over”? Freeze it!

Your goal ladies - should you decide to take it on – is to cook double enough and extra enough so that you don’t have to cook at all for a couple days each week! Wuuu Huuu!

That’s almost as good as having someone else cook for you. Well ….

So, that’s how you save time – lots of time. Now to gain some energy.

Wherever possible, sneak in something green. ‘Tis the time of year for stews & soups and casseroles, perfect places to snuggle in some iron rich kale, green beans, spinach, mustard greens. That’s my version of pumping iron! And, since you are cooking double, you’ll be pumping double!

Last but not least – the Power Snack. Don’t go hungry skipping meals or between meals. You have too much to do. Make, take it and never leave home without it. “It” is a baggie of almonds & dates & sunflower seeds & pumpkin seeds & raisins. Yep, more iron. More energy. More brain power. More long line and traffic stamina. More YOU Power.

Go get ‘em baby! Just do it the easy way. O.k.?

© 2006 Viveca Stone-Berry, former fatigue sufferer and author of the Fatigue Be Gone! Jumpstart e-Guide. Viveca is also the founder of The Get Ready for Love! Show.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Do you need a Tune Up or an Overhaul?! Find out now.

"A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction."
– Rita Mae Brown

Do you need a Tune Up or Complete Overhaul?! Take our survey, then take action!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

S-T-R-E-T-C-H - What do you need right now? Ask for it.

Help, a hug, comfort, a joke, a loan, an outing buddy, a little inspiration, some how to from someone who has been there and done that. If we were meant to go it and do it alone, we’d be alone instead of with millions and millions of other people.

Going it alone - struggling - suffering ... talk about fatiguing ...

So, S-T-R-E-T-C-H your heart – your pride – your whatever and ask for help today. You will be awed by what will happen next! (And so will the person who gives it to you.)

Love on! Viveca

© Viveca Stone-Berry, Founder, GetReadyForLove.com & FatigueBeGone.com

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

•Tea-Leaf Reading You Can Trust (think green)

Special Thanks to Tracy of Hormonal Haven for this energizing tip!

Tea leaves at the bottom of your cup really do reveal clues about your future.

See green leaves in your mug a couple of times a day? All signs point
to long-term benefits for your ticker. Research shows that just two 8-
ounce servings a day of polyphenol-rich green tea can dramatically
reduce the risk of dying from heart disease and can cut the risk of
stroke in women as well. Wondering what the future holds? Put your
money on green tea, not fortune-tellers.
The polyphenols in green tea gobble up free radicals and improve
artery function, both of which help keep diseases at bay. Drinking 16
ounces a day (about 500 milliliters) cut the risk of death due to
cardiovascular disease by 26 percent in a recent study. And the more
green tea people drank, the more protection they got. Although both
men and women were shielded, the benefits were more pronounced in

Two cups a day isn't a lot, but even if you don't average that much
green tea daily, don't give it up. Drinking at least half a cup (4
ounces) a day was linked to some reduction in mortality risk. So grab
a teacup, point that pinkie, and drink to a healthy future.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Great Expectations & how to handle them …

Here we are – November 6th. Many of us are already on edge thanks to all that Halloween candy for the kids…! Today - be bold – be your own best friend & throw out whatever remains! Then, pause and get on top of your “to dos” by exercising your Ds …

Ds … DO it now, Delegate, Delay or Delete. You Decide!

Step 1: 1st make your “To Do” List (put on a little Chopin to get in the mood!)

Step 2: Review Your “To Do” List & elaborate i.e. “Bake Christmas Cookies.” How many types? How many batches? By When? Who’s helping you?

Step 3: 2nd Review. Write a “D” word next to each item as in DO (with a “now or soon” date);Delegate (with a name); Delay or Delete (with a happy face next to each!)

To decide, I ask myself “How Important Is It Anyway?” How important is it that I bake 5 different cookies vs. 2? How important is it to write 100 Christmas cards before Christmas vs. spread them out through the New Year? How important is it to decorate inside, outside and upside down …

What matters most right now is to take good care of ourselves and to nourish our connection to each other and spirit. This holiday season you can relax and enjoy. Or you can join the crowd - rush around, rush others and feel tired and hassled. You get to decide!!!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Too sweet for your own good?

Excess sugar consumption is one of the major causes of fatigue … and the list goes on from there to hypoglycemia, diabetes, heart disease and chronic tiredness.

Then - Prior to the turn of this century (1887-1890), the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year!

Now - The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week … In the last 20 years, we have increased sugar consumption in the U.S. from 26 pounds to 135 lbs. of sugar per person per year!

Wait! There’s More! In 2003, Americans consumed, on average, a dismal 8.3 pounds of broccoli and just over 25 pounds of dark lettuces (the kinds that are really good for you). Compared to the 135 lbs of sugar!!!!

Since 1950, soft-drink consumption per capita has quadrupled, from about 11 gallons per year to about 46 gallons in 2003--nearly a gallon a week per person. - Source US News, “One Sweet Nation

Now ... cutting back and cutting out sugar may not be easy BUT if you are sick & tired of feeling sick & tired, a "sugar fast" is a vital and FREE self-test. I dare you! Join me and take a week off from your little white friend … keep a journal – notice & note how you feel. Then add another week ...

Like any addiction the first 3 days are the hardest. After that comes the urges - just breathe deeply for a couple of minutes until the urge leaves and keep on tuckin' baby!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Are You, Or A Loved One, Suffering From Fatigue?

You are not alone. According to The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies "50% of all adults who seek medical treatment complain of fatigue."

Not to toot my own horn ... The Fatigue Be Gone! Jumpstart e-Guide is now available. Please click here to be directed to the webpage for more information & to order a copy for yourself - or that loved one - today.

The sooner you get started, the sooner you will stop being a statistic. From one who knows ... Viveca

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Just the Flax, Ma'am

If there was just-one-thing you could add to your diet today that would make a HUGE difference, make it Flax.

Benefits of Flax: Richest source of omega fatty acids and lignans (potent cancer fighters) known in nature. Emerging scientific evidence demonstrating health benefits of omega-3 fats, particularly omega-3s from fish and flaxseed sources, has been a popular topic in recent news. Scientific claims have been made regarding the relationship between eating plans high in omega-3s and decreased incidence of diseases and disease symptoms. Heart disease, depression, asthma, arthritis, and lupus are just a few of the conditions that have been reported as benefiting from omega-3 intake. Additional benefits of flax include constipation relief and clearing up acne.
Note: It is recommended that you not consume more that 3 tablespoons per day.

Up for an easy breakfast receipt to go with your Flax? Just click here ...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Adrenal Fatigue - Easy Afternoon Energy Boost

Try this - it is working great for me.

Around 2:00 p.m. have a little snack (any nuts - sunflower seeds, cashews) PLUS 1,000 mg of Vitamin C complex + 200 mg. magnesium + pantothenic acid. I bought these as separate supplements but it is more convenient and cost effective to purchase them directly from Dr. James Wilson, click here.

- Adrenal Fatigue The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

Saturday, September 16, 2006

You actually have to change them yourself ...

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol

This goes for everything ... including and especially our health & energy level. Three things I have changed are my diet (little by little); getting more rest and I have added great vitamin supplements.

What about you? Change is too difficult. What new energizing habit will you form? For ideas and resources click here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Little Salt With Your Water?

According to Dr. James Wilson, author, Adrenal Fatigue The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

"Water poses a specific problem for people with adrenal fatigue because they tend toward dehydration but can easily over dilute the circulating electrolytes in our blood by drinking too much water."

Bottom Line Recommendation: Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt to every glass of drinking water. This is working well and tastes good to me.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Just 30 Extra Minutes ...

According to a Boston University study, getting an extra thirty minutes of sleep each night will cut your risk of diabetes 41%. And ... being well rested lowers cortisol production - this helps prevent osteoporosis. You can't loose with a little extra snooze. (I couldn't resist that!)

Note: Cortisol is a stress hormone. For more info on this topic, tune into an interview with Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, author, "Hot Times: How to Eat Well, Live Healthy and Feel Sexy During The Change."

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Look Left * Look Right * Look Wide & Shut Tight

Do you spend hours on the computer for work then read for pleasure and watch T.V.?

Eye strain is a significant and underestimated fatigue factor. It’s easy to give you eyes a break & re-energize the rest of you.

Once an hour … Look Left * Look Right * Look Up * Look Down * Look Wide & Shut & SQUEEZE Tight!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

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Did you know ...

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

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Forgiveness Energizes - Heal Your Heart

Do you feel weighed down by past hurts & resentments? Nothing is more tiring than carrying that heavy load. How Diane Nichol’s dealt with her pain is an extroadinary and inspirational read.

Click here to read my review of Prison of My Own A True Story of Redemption and Forgiveness

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Benefit from Blueberries!

Blueberries ... just one serving of fresh or frozen blueberries provides as many antioxidants as five servings of carrots, apples, broccoli or squash. And, according to Susan Smith Jones they are "packed with anthocyanins which appear to be one of the most potent antidotes to oxidate stress, a process that ages you."

So ... eat up! Start with breakfast and my Blueberry Oatmeal Energize!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Are you drinking enough - water?

Remember the 'ol 8 glasses of water a day guideline? I was convinced that I drank plenty of water until I set out to drink those 8 glasses a day. Discovered that I was really drinking a lot of coffee & a little tea & an itsy bitsy bit of water.

Guess what one of the symptons of dehydration is? Poor concentration/fatigue ... Others include: Headaches * Constipation * Reduced urine output or dark urine.

Wait! There's more - like this fun fact: The brain is 83 per cent water. Lack of water can cause depression, dementia, anxiety, confusion, delirium and aggravation.

So, drink up my friends & energize! For more information, click here

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Don't Skip Breakfast!

When you don't eat breakfast your blood sugar drops which depletes your energy and increases your appetite for food high in carbohydrates and sugar. Compliments of: Alice Greene, Fit Beyond 40

Friday, July 14, 2006

Don't Forget The Power of Prayer

A beautiful, uplifting resource is The Ministry of Prayer ...
Non-Denominational * Available 24/7 * Free

Just call: 1-800-421-9600

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Raise Your Energy & Get Creative – Fast!

Dark chocolate in abundant in theobromine and phenylethylamine, compounds that send a rush of oxygen and glucose to the brain to help fuel innovative thought.” – Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Pain Free 1-2-3!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Audio Stream Interview with specialist Dr. Anne Marie Gittleman

Tune into our interview with Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, author, "Hot Times: How to Eat Well, Live Healthy,and Feel Sexy During the Change."

This is where I first heard the term "adrenal fatigue" and learned how to "break free" of the 4:00 slump; how to get in touch with my sexual energy (even when there isn't much!) and much, much more.

Click here to hear this interview! (Win Media Player Required)

Energizing Tips from the Wild Business Women Tribe!

Here is a growing list of Energizing Tips from the Wild Business Women Tribe!

Feel free to chime in - share one of your own - or ask for support ... you are not alone!

May sound a bit radical but my tip is to QUIT! Review your life and "chores" and obligations and drop one or two of them.

Just sit still and BE for a few minutes a day. No TV, cell phone, regular phone, radio, iPod, etc.

Often we're stressed because we're on overload and trying to do too much.

Stop doing the unnecessary. Focus your time and energy and attention on those things that really, really matter -- and let the rest of it go.

- Marguerite


Start your day with coffee & comics! I read Pooch Cafe & Cathy & Mutts & ... -Viveca


Every night i take a bath that lasts for hours ... most times i wake to find that it is morning and i love it.

even some weekends i start w a bath and want to get back in during the day.

it is such a treat for me. i read and plan a lot while i soak and it is nirvana
(and my only quiet time) and preps me to continue on my journey. -Jaye

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

What makes you come alive?

My dog Velvet always makes me feel better. I read a funny but true quote yesterday. It said ...

If your dog is getting fat
you're not getting enough exercise.

Today I took her for a great walk. We both felt better!

What do you do to energize?

Fatigue * Chronic, Adrenal, Emotional? What ZZZZP?

Special thanks to my friend Dr. Carolle for this contribution ...

Many women who come to my center ask me “Why am I so tired?” One example is “Mary-Ann,” 48 years old, diagnosed with perimenopause because of fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and a low sex drive. She tried many alternative therapies, including natural progesterone cream, to no avail.

During the consult, Mary-Ann revealed a deep and tragic secret -- she had been raped from the age of 6 to 14 by an uncle who helped the family financially from time to time. The abuse stopped when he moved to another city but he had threatened to harm her and her parents if she told anyone about their secret. Mary-Ann thought that her mother knew about the abuse but said nothing for fear of losing his financial support.

She confided that all her life she had been trying to prove that she was a lovable and worthy human being. I was the first person that she confided in. She had always felt ashamed and guilty. The relationship with her mother was very strained.

Mary-Ann had one failed marriage and a difficult relationship with her two adult children. She felt they wanted to be around her only when she gave in to their demands for money. Her second marriage was to an old high school sweetheart who was well-to-do and offered her the choice to stop working as a teacher. They lived in a beautiful estate by the ocean.

Her symptoms of overwhelming fatigue started when she decided to do some remodeling and arguments started with her neighbor about whether his view would be jeopardized. By the time she came to see me, it was difficult for her to get out of bed in the morning. She was very concerned since all the blood tests by her healthcare provider were normal.

I told her that fatigue is one of the most common ailments of modern time and that it’s more common among women than men. Studies have shown that about 500,000 people in the US have seen their healthcare providers complaining of fatigue.

What is Fatigue?

Fatigue is a symptom associated with perimenopause and menopause supposedly because of basic biological changes. But is it because a woman is in midlife that there are biological changes inherent to this stage of life -- or is it that conditions in her life are causing her to be stressed, causing abnormal symptoms? I tend to believe it is most often the latter.

We know that stress is indeed associated with fluctuating hormone activity. And when there is hormonal imbalance, women like Mary-Ann will experience hot flashes and night sweats, causing loss of sleep. It has been shown that even with the loss of one night’s sleep; results are tiredness, irritability, inability to concentrate, and mood swings.

What causes fatigue?

Psychological causes of fatigue include depression, grief, and stress. Physical causes include anemia (especially in women with irregular and heavy bleeding who have iron deficiency), alcohol and illegal drug use, allergies, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, cancer, chronic liver and kidney disease, chronic infections, chronic pain, diabetes, eating disorders and malnutrition, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, mononucleosis, parasitic infections, sleeping disorders, under active thyroid, and tuberculosis.

Those with an under active thyroid wake up feeling rested in the morning, but develop fatigue as the day goes on. If your energy level is low throughout the day, this may be a sign of depression.

A survey from the University of Arkansas revealed that in more than 500 women with heart attacks, only 30% had any chest pain or discomfort. Most complained of unusual fatigue, anxiety, indigestion, insomnia, and/or shortness of breath often weeks before the attack. The most important clue was unexplained fatigue.

Fatigue can be the side effect of certain medications such as antihistamines for allergies, blood pressure medicines, diuretics, sleeping pills, and steroids. Other causes include jet lag, and improper nutrition such as consumption of too much refined sugar. Overdoing will eventually cause fatigue. So many women have too much on their plates, taking care of everyone else and not having enough time for themselves – the sandwich generation, the superwomen.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome SymptonsAccording to CDC estimates, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS is a condition that affects over 500,000 people in the United States. The exact cause of CFS is unknown. It has been attributed to be caused by a virus such as the Epstein-Barr virus or human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6). The virus responsible for roseola has also been mentioned. However, no distinct viral cause has been identified.

CFS starts with flu-like symptoms and can last for months. In order to be diagnosed with CFS, the symptoms must be severe enough to decrease the ability to participate in ordinary activity at least by 50 percent. The diagnosis of CFS is made only when there is no obvious causes of fatigue.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptons are similar to those of most common viral infections such as headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. They usually develop within a few hours or days and lasting for 6 months or more. These symptoms are not relieved by bed rest.

Usually those diagnosed with CFS can become socially isolated by their fatigue and depression cause by the uncertainty of this condition.

According to Carolyn Myss, those susceptible to mononucleosis and Epstein-Barr viruses frequently feel that their emotional need have been repeatedly violated. They will involve themselves in relationship patterns in which their needs are not met. Because of fear of rejection, they chronically feel incapable of challenging the cause of their anxiety. This will cause them to get literally sick and tired of the whole situation.

The long-term outlook for those diagnosed with CFS is variable and difficult to predict. Studies have shown that those involved with an extensive rehabilitation program have a better prognosis.

Tips for reducing fatigue

• Cut out sugar
• Eat slow-acting complex carbohydrates
• Get adequate, regular, and consistent amounts of sleep each night
• Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
• Exercise regularly
• Take a multivitamin. Talk to your doctor about what you need and what is
best for you.
• Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and drug use
• Avoid stimulants, especially caffeine. Those who are addicted to caffeine
will become even more tired when they stop.
• Avoid sedatives, as they tend to intensify fatigue in the long run
• If you have chronic pain or depression, treating either often helps address
the fatigue. Unfortunately, antidepressants may cause or even
worsen fatigue.

In Mary-Ann’s case, I also recommended the following:

• Deal with the issue of betrayal and abandonment by her mother.
• Use therapy to heal her angry inner child; give little Mary-Ann an
opportunity to voice how angry she felt about the years of abuse.
• Try to forgive her uncle.
• Develop a better connection with her higher power. Only then would it be
possible for her to learn better ways to relax and become more capable of
dealing with stress.

At her follow-up visit, Mary-Ann was feeling more invigorated after following most of the recommendations. Her relationship with her children, and neighbor, had greatly improved. She decided to rethink remodeling her home. She realized her own deep issues about having a safe place for herself had surfaced during the stressful disagreement with her neighbor, triggering her fatigue.

Fatigue can be a normal and important response to physical exertion, lack of sleep, emotional stress. Do you listen to these signals? Most of us don’t.
If you have a clean bill of health yet are tired all the time and have not been able to find the cause, I strongly suggest that you ask yourself the following questions:

• Is my body trying to remind me that I need to slow down my hectic life?
• Is it time to let go of something from the past?
• Isn’t it time to stop running from myself?

Take heed -- unexplained fatigue, like any other symptom, is your inner wisdom telling you something important.

Carolle Jean-Murat, MD is a board-certified gynecologist, menopause specialist and intuitive healer with over three decades of experience as a holistic health practitioner. She is one of the ten worldwide doctors featured in Fabulous Female Physicians in The Women's Hall of Fame Series by Sharon & Florence Kirsh and a valued contributor to TalkWithADocLIVE.com on such topics as adrenal fatigue, insomnia, acid reflux disease and menopause.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Why Was I So Tired?

The whole story is (I've told parts of it here and there) is that I was engaged to THE Love of my life - living in a beautiful home - Loved by friends, family and my dog Velvet AND so tired all the time. It just didn't fit.

Where was the joy, the happiness, the fun I had expected to feel? Why couldn't I get up in the morning? Why couldn't I wait to get back to bed? Why didn't anything I knew how to do - fast, eat spinach, work out - do what it used to do i.e. energize me!

Oh - I'd have bursts of energy. Like after 6-7-8- pm. Or, here and there - surely anyone can manage their lives based on "here & there" bursts of energy! Yeah right!

Well - I have to run now to Pilates. Check back soon - this tale will continue all the way to a very happy, very energized ending. Ending? No, I am still alive so it cannot be an ending. hmmm. Will think of better way to put that.

Until then ...

An interior is the natural projection of the soul.
-Coco Chanel