Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pretty delicious ...

The Food Pyramid suggests 3 to 5 servings of vegetables each day. One serving of vegetables can be:

1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or raw
3/4 cup of vegetable juice

I like to gather a mix of colors, saute with olive oil, add shredded ginger, a pinch of cayenne pepper and 3 or 4 cloves of garlic.

Easy, energizing, pretty and delicious!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Homemade Taco Seasoning

One of my favorite blogs for healthy, fun recipes is The Cheap Gourmet. Give this tasty seasoning a try. It is full of the right stuff to get your blood circulating and your energy pumping. I'll explain why tomorrow.

Super Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning
Yield: 1.25 ounces Prep Time: 10 minutes

2 teaspoons Adobo Seasoning
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper,
freshly ground1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Paprika1 Cowhorn*
Pepper, minced

Mix all ingredients together. Add to one-pound ground beef, turkey or chicken (cooked and drained). Add 2/3-cup water to meat.Bring to a quick boil, than simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

You can double, triple or even quadruple this recipe and store in an airtight container. If storing, do not include the Cowhorn pepper. You'll need to add that at the time of use.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Poof! All gone ... until I want it back.

Sometimes you just have to make things all gone.

I moved into our new home the end of May. Somehow, believe it or not, most of the rooms still have one or two unfinished projects hanging out.

In the bedroom there is the unhung painting of lovebirds. In the living room my doll collection awaits a display box, posters wait for frames and ... In the dinette an army of little nick knacks litter the window sills.

I'll stop now before I totally stress you out too.

Unfinished projects are a part of life and so is choice. Today I chose to put these bits and bobs into a big plastic bin that slides so nicely under a table. Poof! Just like magic the "to dos" fade back, the guilt is gone and I am enjoying the house more.

What do you need to pack or bag? Give yourself permission to not be perfect today or tomorrow or this month.

Now, enjoy the rest of your day. I will.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Bodywork and Massage Therapy

Do you want to explore your ABCs?

Swedish massage, deep tissue work, healing touch, bioenergetics, acupressure and reflexology are just a few of the bodyworks I’ve experienced since falling in love with the physical benefits and affordable pricing offered by local massage therapy schools. Want to explore your options?

Price. You can pay full retail at a fancy salon or enjoy a hefty “win-win” discount when you check yourself into a massage therapy school.

Click here for the rest of the story ...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What's in your break-fast?

How we start our day has oh-so-much to do with how our day goes ...

Start with a cup of coffee and something sweet if you want to feel jagged and edgy.

Start with my "Oatmeal Energize" if you want to feel balanced and energized over the course of your day.

You choose!

Oh and don't forget to add in 8 glasses of water to fuel your cells & energize your brain power!

Feeling good is easy. We just have to do it!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Walk Away & Hold It!

Walk Away.

Is a toxic relationship sucking you dry?You don't have to stay - you can, literally, walk away.

Often the simplest solutions are completely overlooked.

And, those Energy Vampires can cross the line - phone line that is. The phone version of the Walk Away maneuver is called Hold It!

It's simple. Just ask them to "Hold It." Push that hold button & take a break. Take the time you need to collect your thoughts, breathe deeply and relax. Then, when you are ready, get back on the line and handle the situation calmly.

Feeling victimized is exhausting. Remember - YOU have choices. Use them!

Psst. If "boundaries" is difficult for you, tune into this interview, Nice Girls - Toxic Love & Breaking the Ties that Bind.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Tuna Fish PLUS Anti-Oxidants. Yum.

I have simple tastes, comfort tastes. Tuna Fish sandwiches bring back memories of me and mom - I can close my eyes and see her piling tuna fish atop a saltine cracker. This little meal was invariably topped off with a couple peanut butter or jam crackers.

I had an urge to update and eat this fav today. Here goes ...

Mom's Tuna Fish Sandwich Mine!

Can of Tuna fish Can of Tuna fish
Mayonnaise - Deleted - Used Plain, Low fat "Active Culture Yogurt"
Sandwich bread or saltine crackers Whole wheat sandwich wrap

ADDED: 1 Celery Stock, 1 Diced Carrot, 1/2 Diced "Sweet" Onion & 1 Garlic Clove
2 TBSP Parsley
1 TBSP of the marjoram spice

: The plain yogurt is less caloric and the "active cultures" promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your colon & boosts immunity; the celery stock, carrots and onion add fiber which helps digestion and keep your colon healthy; the sweet onion contains quercetin a powerful anti-oxidant (see below); Garlic is another super anti-oxidant; Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It is also a good source of iron and ... an anti-oxidant! Finally, the spice Marjoram (or lemon balm, ginger and cumin spices) dramatically up the anti-oxidant value of any meal.

Now - about all these anti-oxidants. Bottom-line - Antioxidants help prevent cellular damage, cellular aging and dis-ease.

Gotta love that! Yum.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Teamwork - Who is on your team?

If we were meant to go it alone, we'd be alone. Instead we share this space called Earth with millions and millions ...

My point is - get support from those "in the know" IF you want to feel better - FAST.

Last week I added a personal trainer to my team. My gym offered a free health evaluation and 3 free sessions. It took me a year to take them up on this offer. Why? Because I am used to going it alone. Asking for help showed weakness. (Where did I pick up that energy sucking attitude?)

Long story short - now I know which machines to use and I have a "plan" to build my strength, bones, curves - you name it.

And I found out that I am in EXCELLENT physical shape!

Two years ago I could barely get off a couch or walk - stroll for half and hour. I was tired all the time and slept as much as I could. Little by little - habit by habit - I have rebuilt my mind, body and spirit. That exam was a great validation.

I am not bragging. I am encouraging you to keep chipping away whatever is dragging you down and to keep on trucking, learning, asking and growing until you get your miracle health ...

Don't forget that there is an easy-8-Step program to help you get started NOW.
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Friday, July 20, 2007

Health Quotes:

The... patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don't take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.
~Quentin Regestein

The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen.
~John Redman Coxe, 1800

In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. ~Author Unknown

If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired AND are ready to take charge and change THEN it is time to follow the Fatigue Be Gone 8 Step Program to getting your body, mind and spirit back on track and feeling fine. Click here for more information.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

re-Engergize - Starting with the soles of your feet

Reflexology is nothing new. There is overwhelming evidence that it was practiced as early as 2,330 BC by the Egyptians. (Mark Anthony rubbed Cleopatra’s feet during dinner parties. How can I get my husband to do this?!)

Reflexology is a massage therapy. It presses “reflex” points on the feet or hands to release stress and dis-eases in the body. For example, rubbing points on the big toe can relax our neck, relieve headaches and clear the sinuses! The adrenal gland is found on the arch of the foot. This spot should be gently rubbed regularly …

The Self-Indulgent “Foot Scrub” is loaded with coarse Dead Sea Salts, fine Dead Sea Salts and Epsom salts soaked in sweet almond oil, PLUS an invigorating blend of mint and citrus essential oils. It is the ultimate in foot exfoliation, moisturizing and energizing.

Best of all – it feels so good! You will be inspired to make this “Foot Scrub Reflex Massage”a regular part of your routine. What is good for your feet is GREAT for all of you.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Progress not perfection.

Start somewhere.

Me, I keep working my way towards the "ultimate" cleanse.

Ultimate to me means I have brought all the right foods and liquids. I have laid out a plan to follow and all systems are GO.

But in between now and that fabulous future is today.

Today I will plump up my chicken salad by adding in chopped cucumbers, squash, chives and apples. I will sprinkle in a couple TBSP of flax and wheat germ. Tonight we will eat a simple lean steak with a big salad side. Why? Because I got to start somewhere (no fast food, nothing white and no dairy) to start something.

Did you see the recipe for the plumped up - fiber & veggie filled meatloaf? Click here.

I'll let you know when I actually get to the cleanse! We'll call this the "pre-cleanse." Does that work for you?

Monday, July 16, 2007

Addiction Related Fatigue

Being driven by your own addiction OR living with the addiction problems of another is exhausting emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially. I know 'cause I did both!

I didn't think I was an addict. It was him. Then I got help and uncovered my addiction to fixing him and over working and over doing most areas of my life. The 'ol takes one to one a.k.a. if you spot it you got it!

You can get a healthy perspective on this topic at one of my favorite watering holes for Internet interviews, Heal Yourself Talk Radio. Click here to tune into the Jack Singer Show hosted by Rebecca White. I also recommend you listen into the "Nice Girls Interview" with the authors of Anxious to Please 7 Revolutionary Practices for the Chronically Nice.

Know this -- You are not alone even if you feel that way. The shame that goes with addictions is isolating BUT trying to solve the unsolvable all alone does-not-work. Click here for resources and connections.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Break Your Fast With 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!

Psst. Feel like a piece of burnt toast throughout the day? Or maybe your brains feel like scrambled eggs? You might be suffering from adrenal fatigue. Take our free Fatigue Questionnaire at http://fatiguebegone.com/tired_woman_quiz.htm to discover the true causes of fatigue.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Kudos to Michael Moore & Mike Huckabee

Kudos to Michael Moore & Mike Huckabee for bringing the topic of "self-health" to the American Public. This is a discussion we need to have and NOW is as good a time as any.

Now for individual Kudos -- First to Michael Moore for suggesting:

1. We would have better medical care in Cuba then we do in the U.S. and that

2. We should pour time and money into creating a Cuba-like socialized medicine machine.

SICKO reminds me to keep eating better, getting more exercise, stretching at night, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, cutting back on sugar, elimination "white" and educating myself on health and nutrition. It drives me to nag (oops! encourage) my husband to do the same. I don't want to be a part of his system.

Then kudos to to Mike Huckabee for having the guts to STATE that health is OUR responsibility and not something that will be fixed "if only" we had better medical care.

Don't get me wrong. I Love - I value and am grateful to a number of doctors who helped me, saved my mother and brother's lives, etc.

However I've spent years looking for solutions to unsolvable chronic conditions including asthma, migraine headaches, candida and, of course, chronic fatigue. If there was a pill I could have popped to solve any of these I would have done it BUT having to find, feel, work and research my way back to health made me a stronger, healthier person. Had I waited on congress - on the "system" I would be dead by now or, at least, a Sicko.

Michael Moore has millions and billions of $$$. He can afford the best health care. He can even fly to Cuba to get more. So, obviously great health isn't for sale. It is about the little, daily habits and actions we take to better ourselves. All the kings horses won't fix what we tear down if we aren't willing to do the footwork ...

Don't count on a government program to heal you. Don't wait for something or someone "out there" to change your chronic health condition. Be the change you need.

Mike Huckabee gets my vote. I am even going to send him a campaign contribution and a free copy of my Fatigue Be Gone! Guide. (Do you have yours?)

What say you?

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Tired of being a "Super Mom"

Being a "SuperMom" is tiring and debilitating. If you, or someone you Love, is suffering from Supermom Syndrome it is time to tune into this topic on Heal Yourself Talk Radio.

Click here to listen into Rebecca White and Tonya Ramsey.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Make that call - Taking action is the ultimate energy boost!

Who do you know could be helping you feel GREAT but, for whatever reason, you keep putting off making that call and scheduling that appointment?

I'll share! For me it was the trainer at my gym.

For the past year I have duly noted the offer of a "Free Assessment" and 3 free training appointments. Instead of taking advantage of this fabulous offer I have been p-r-o-c-r-a-s-t-i-n-a-t-i-n-g.

One of my favorite excuses is that I am not in good enough shape. This is like not hiring a "Merry Maid" because the house isn't clean enough. (I have a girlfriend doing THAT one!) Another is that the trainers are too young and won't be able to relate to me. (Like I'm ancient?! Where did that come from!)

Enough of the excuses! 5 minutes ago I marched into my office and made that call. My first appointment is next Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. with Troy. Troy -- that's my father's name -- must be a good sign! And, you know what? I got such a rush of energy when I hung up that phone. Positive action is the ultimate energy boost!

So my friend - your turn. Take time now - today - to make your call for help. You will be so happy you did!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Energy Boost Recipes -- Mom's Meatloaf

I don't about you but I do not have the time or energy to start all over from scratch in the kitchen. Then it came to me - I don't have to!

In brief - I need to add more fiber - more fruit - more veggies into our diet without driving me - she who does all the shopping, cooking and prep- insane. Then it hit me - why don't I add more of the good stuff into what we are already eating & enjoying ...

Here is my first concoction! My mother's favorite Meatloaf Recipe -- then and now.

* Then * * NOW *
1 lb lean hamburger
1 or 2 eggs
big slush ketchup substituted with an herbed salsa
1 cup corn flakes
big slush milk deleted - no dairy on this cleanse!
fine chopped onions & garlic added extra garlic + 1 cup of chopped zucchini + fresh corn off the cob + 2 TBSP Flax Seed
salt & pepper to taste
top with a coat of ketchup topped with the salsa + 2 TBSP wheat germ

cook about 1 hour @ 350

There you have it. A healthy, simple system you can easily incorporate into your kitchen and liftestyle. Let me know what you cook up. Can post your favorite recipes modifications here to share with the gang? e-mail me at: Viveca@FatigueBeGone.com

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Time to clean my house - temple - body. Keep reading about it - keep meaning to do it BUT somehow I keep putting it off. No more!

Since misery and bliss love company I am inviting, insisting, including my loving, supportive husband Michael.

I will share the plan and results. Feel free to join in and share ... the more the merrier!

Friday, July 06, 2007

What's bugging you?

Me - I have a list. Most of the things on it are ALMOST, but not quite done.

So, guess what? I just read an article that connected the dots between fatigue and dangling "to dos" aka the pebble in the shoe that makes walking miserable!

Now, if I could just find where I filed it I would tell you exactly what it said and have one less incomplete dancing in my mind. Guess I will have to settle for letting go. This is, after all, one form of completion.

What can you complete or erase from your mind or to do list today? Do it.