Monday, May 24, 2010

Adrenal Fatigue: Feeling tired by day and wired by night?

Easy and inexpensive ways to raise your energy all-day-long AND help you sleep
tight at night.

Feeling tired, especially in the early a.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. time ranges are common fatigue symptoms of a condition called Adrenal Fatigue. The good news is that easy and inexpensive dietary additions can make a huge, immediate difference in physical and emotional levels of fitness.

From Feeling Tired to Feeling Energized! Here are easy-does-it shopping and lifestyle "to do" recommendations.

Energy Boosting & Easy Snoozing Shopping List:
Sea Salt
Kelp (Seaweed)
Green and Black Olives
Vitamin B Complex
Magnesium Citrate
Lavender Essence Oil

Five Energy Boosting "To Dos"
1. Add a ¼ tsp of sea salt to your first 8 oz glass of water in the morning.
2. Mix the Sea Salt and Kelp 50/50 to make an excellent adrenal gland nutritional supplement. Use it anywhere you would use salt including in the Oatmeal Adrenal Gland Energize!
3. Pack a snack bag of olives. They are high in sodium and are manna to your adrenals.
4. Vitamin B Complex. If this is not part of your dietary routine, add it. Adrenal Fatigue suffers experience higher levels of stress, anxiety and mild depression. This helps.
5. Watch thirty minutes of comedy everyday. One source is 30 Rock. Click here to watch a recent episode!

Five Easy Snoozing "To Dos"
1. Avoid the T.V. or Internet after 8:00 p.m. and do relaxing activities.
2. Be in bed no later than 10:00 p.m because your adrenal glands are recharging between 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
3. Sprinkle bed pillow with lavender essence oil
4. Take 400 to 800 MG of Magnesium before you go to bed
5. Have a couple bites of cereal with a little rice milk before going to bed.

Is your super woman or man role making you feel tired all the time? You're not alone. Experts suggest that 80% of Americans suffer from adrenal fatigue (and that the other 20% are in denial.) Learn how to wrap your action figure cape around fatigue and cast it out of your life forever in Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart e-Guide. Available at

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Feeling Tired? Try this easy and delicious energy-boosting soup recipe.

The Adrenal Fatigue Busting Soup!

2 Cups Chopped Green Beans (One inch pieces)
2 Cups Chopped Celery
2 Cups Chopped Zucchini
1 medium onion, chopped
5 crushed garlic cloves (Crush then let sit for up to fifteen minutes before cooking.)
Handful of chopped kale (Ten large leaves without stems. Feed the stems to your dog!)
2 tbsp. raw honey
2 cups fresh water
2 cups chicken broth

2 TBSP Seaweed
1 ½ TBSP Salt/Kelp Mix
Your "Super Beneficial" Blood Type Diet Spices

Directions: Combine everything and let simmer for an hour. Freeze half so you will have fast and easy lunches or dinner additions.

This recipe goes great with left-overs thrown in! Add in last night's chicken and brown rice or a left over hard-boiled egg. Whatever you have on hand will only make this even more scrumptious.

I freeze this is single serving glass jars for easy brown bag office lunches. You don't have to buy anything special just reuse empty jam and sauce jars.


What is Adrenal Fatigue? Click here for more information and to help yourself feel better – fast.

Source: Adapted from Dolores S. Downey's "Taz" soup, "Balancing body chemistry with nutrition seminars," Cannonburg, MI 49317, page 158.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Junk Mail Fatigue? The cure - National Card and Letter Writing Month

Instead of junk mail I’d like to celebrate “National Card and Letter Writing Month” with some good news, please. Heck, I’d settle for any piece of mail that does not threaten or guilt me into …

* completing a survey.

* making a donation.

* calling or writing to my congresspersons or political party.

* eating or drinking something I don’t want at some place I don’t want to be.

* making a payment NOW or at sometime sooner than later.

* paying someone else’s bill NOW or sometime soon.

Ahhhhh …. I long for a note from a friend with a funny cartoon inside, a letter from my mother with a check to go “spoil” myself, a note from a girlfriend “just because.”

The thing about notes and letters is that one often has to initiate them. However, once they are in motionthey seem to take on a life of their own and become more frequent …

I was on a roll earlier this year writing “thank you” notes. Amazing things came out of that! … lots of return notes (thank yous, funny and sweet), an autographed copy of “Why Good Things Happen to Good People,” a major discount on a car repair job and tons of feel-good energy.

Best of all I found that writing notes cheered me up. Doing good onto others just seems to do the best on to me too.

Next month, April, is officially known as “National Card and Letter Writing Month.” It is also known as “National Humor Month.” You can celebrate both by mailing out funny DogCaption Cards! And … 25% of the profits from these card packs benefit dog and cat rescues. I should know. I am kinda on the board!

While you’re at it - why don’t you surprise me with a note? I’ll return the favor! My address is:
10321 Antietam Court, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

Special thanks to for bringing “National Card and Letter Writing Month” to my attention.

Cheers! Viveca

P.S. Another cool April event is the release of a new stamp, the "Adopt a Shelter Pet" Stamp

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Extremely Fatigued for Years. How Can I Stop Feeling So Tired all the Time?

Dear Viveca,

I have suffered from extreme fatigue for two years. I get a little better then I quit protocol, seems like I’m still pushing myself. Doing anything for me is hard because I grew up with the belief it was selfish. I have a lot of anxiety and spend my nights fighting with insomnia. I know emotional health is part of healing. I tried therapy only to have it knock me down again. Bringing up those old feelings caused me to crash and burn and left me feeling depressed. How do I start again?


Dear Extremely Fatigued,

I recently corresponded with a mother who was seeking help for her 21-year old daughter. These days are particularly stressful and exhausting for everyone - no matter the age. You say that you’ve been fatigued for two years. Could this be connected to the economy, politics, news?

I have two bottom line suggestions. Both are relatively inexpensive and offer immediate results. If this sounds self-serving on my part - just do it anyway!

1. Bazi. To make a long-story short my fatigue came back big time last year when I went through radiation treatment for Stage 1 breast cancer. Stage 1 is the next best thing to Stage None so don’t be worried for me. Anyway my brother sent me a case of Bazi; a liquid dietary supplement. I showed it to my doc who O.K’d it and to my Nutritionist who approved it. Bazi got me through radiation in style. It even cleared up some joint and arthritis issues. I’m done with radiation, but I continue to use it to cover my daily supplement requirements & for its energy boost properties.

I like Bazi so much I became a product Ambassador. I recommend starting with an order for a “two-pack.” You’ll want to drink three to four ounces per day for a week or two, then drop it to two to three ounces a day. My website is:

2. Fatigue Be Gone Guide. Did you go through the guide two years ago and now you are feeling tired again OR have you never used it? If you have then I recommend that you repeat the 8-step process. I do every year before my physical.

If you are tired of feeling tired, purchase the Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart eGuide for $9.99. Upon receipt of payment, you can download the book and instantly begin your wellness journey. The fatigue guide is backed by a 30 day money-back-guarantee, so you have nothing to lose and energy to gain!

Where the Bazi nutrition supplement can give you an immediate, all-day, energy boost and reduce stress, the Fatigue Be Gone guide can help detect and eliminate energy drains. (physical, emotional, spiritual) You need to know, notice and note: If you are suffering from fatigue something isn’t working. Something(s) need to be eliminated, shifted or added. You need this bottom-line information:

• What time of the day do you feel most tired?
• What is your typical diet? Are you suffering from vitamin or mineral deficiencies?
• Are you dehydrated, suffering from food allergies, toxic relationships or simply being too much of a yes-man?
• What is behind your anxiety? The Fatigue Be Gone guide gives you simple techniques you can use anywhere, anytime to relax and move forward in a positive energy-boosting direction.
• Are you sleeping enough and sleeping at the best times to recharge your adrenal “get up and go” glands?

3. Final suggestions: Fun, Frivolity and Volunteerism

What are you doing for fun and what is your community service project? Fun and service were not a part of my routine during the worst of times. Adding them back in gave me huge dividends. The fun came in my Friday Night Salsa Class — happy music, new friends and something to look forward to at the end of the week (TGIF, like when we were kids, right?)

Service work - I volunteer three hours a week at my neighborhood “no kill” shelter. This work has given me much satisfaction and new friends - two and four footed.

I hope this fatigue-busting information is of your use to you. Please stay in touch and share your increased energy success story with us!


Blood Type Diet – Cancer-Fighting Super Foods

Last week I started this list of Blood Type Diet Super Foods with the list for “Blood Type A.” To review that list, for a handy resource to determine your type and for more background information on the Blood Type Diet by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, click here.

Note: The food type groups are: Super Beneficial, Beneficial, Neutral: Allowed Frequently, Neutral: Allowed Infrequently and Avoid. I started working with this diet almost two years and really notice a difference in my energy level and general well-being when I follow its guidelines and eat as many of my "super" foods as possible.

Blood Type “O” The Hunter – Meat Eaters
Richly oiled cold-water fish
Fava (broad) bean
Domestic mushroom, Onion, Broccoli, Garlic
Pomegranate, Guava, Jackfruit, Elderberry, Blueberry, Cherry
Dill weed, Tarragon, Tumeric
Green Tea

Blood Type “B” The Nomad
Richly oiled cold-water fist
Domestic mushroom, Onion, Cabbage, Brussels sprout, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Garlic
Red grapefruit, Watermelon, Grape juice, Guava, Jackfruit, Elderberry, Blueberry, Cherry
Dill weed, Tarragon, Tumeric

Blood Type “AB” The Enigma – Modern Merging of A and B Blood Types
Richly oiled cold-water fish
Soy foods
Flax oil
Domestic mushroom, cabbage, Cauliflower, Tomato, Onion, Broccoli, Garlic
Grape juice, Guava, Jackfruit, Elderberry, Blueberry, Cherry
Dill weed, Tarragon, Tumeric
Green Tea

Blood Type “A” The Cultivator - Vegetarian

* Source: Cancer: Fight It with the Blood Type Diet (Eat Right for Your Type Health Library)

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Boost Your Energy with fun, Fun, FUN!

Today's Fatigue Be Gone Newsletter encouraged everyone to add FUN into their daily routine and to put something fun at the TOP of their "To do" lists.

I said I would post one of mine --- here goes!

Playing with my pups. I easily do this everyday. Here are scenes from a recent "dress up" play date.

For information on the health benefits of pets, friendship, laughter etc., click here.

To register for the Fatigue Be Gone Newsletter and to view a past issue on how to break the fatigue/insomnia cycle, click here.

Feel free to add your best FUN "To dos" using the "comments" option below.

Cheers! Viveca

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Adrenal Fatigue. Does my daughter have "it?"

Concerned mom wants to know why her daughter is tired all the time

Hi Viveca,

I was searching the web trying to find some way to help my daughter and found your website. She has all of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. She is 21 and has always been very skinny and energetic. She has gained 40 pounds in the last two years and has terrible acne along with all of the other symptoms you listed. I understand the emotional aspects, but I am wondering if you are taking anything for adrenal fatigue and if so, is it helping? I am desperate to help my daughter. She just moved to LA to persue a career in acting and this has the odds stacked against her. The worst it gets the more stressed she becomes. I would love to hear back from you. Thank you very much. - Concerned Mom

Dear Mom,

When I was about her age and going full throttle I use to regularly wear myself out and into bronchitis. A very wise doctor I had at that time would say to me "you can keep going and go into pneumonia and break your health and take a very long time to recover or, you can go to bed for a few days and get some rest." That blunt style worked for me and I'd head to bed.

Left untreated, adrenal fatigue can go into adrenal failure in which you break your health. Unlike adrenal fatigue, adrenal failure can take years to recover. So, perhaps you could mention that you'd spoken with an expert who said she could either make a few changes NOW or take a few years off to recover. Blunt worked best with me then and now.

I am not a doctor and always recommend visiting a physician to determine if there are underlying causes. That being said, if your daughter decides to make changes I would recommend she do the following immediately:

1. Purchase the Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart e-Guide and complete Steps 1-3.
Make an appointment to see a doctor in 21 days. Complete the 'Physical Feelings' and 'Symptoms Survey' plus the 'Lifestyle Survey'.

Perhaps you could make this a mother/daughter activity. My mother and I went to smoke-enders together and it really helped to have the extra support!

2. Keep a diet, lifestyle & activity log for 7 days. Paying close attention to the foods you eat and daily activities makes it easier to track adrenal fatigue symptoms. Reviewing dietary, lifestyle and activity habits provides the opportunity to uncover destructive habits. Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart e-Guide includes a Diet and Activity Log.

3. Review data and make changes. Healthy changes offering a natural energy boost include:

• Eliminate habits that deplete energy; i.e.: watching television or being on the computer after 8:00 pm; irregular sleep hours; toxic relationships.
• Choose one new healthy habit to form and get started. One habit at a time. One energy boost success will lead to another. New habits can be formed quickly; usually in 21 days or less. On the other hand, bad energy-zapping habits can be very difficult to break. Therefore, NEVER try to break a habit. Instead, start a new one to take its place.

Highly recommended 21-day practices that turn into energy-sustaining habits include:

• Become a Dog Walking Volunteer at a local "no kill" shelter. This 3-hour a week activity brought me new friends, much joy, a huge boost in self-esteem and energy (giver's gain.) It also melted off 7 pounds of extra weight in no time!

• Getting to bed by 10:00 p.m. every night with a quiet book and 'lights out' by 11:00 p.m. The adrenal glands do their most significant recharging between 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

• Weekly meeting with a psychologist, personal lifestyle coach, or spiritual advisor to explore better ways to deal with stress and anxiety.

• Learn something new, fun and communal. A Friday Night Salsa or Jitterbug Class is cheap and fun way to increase energy. Added bonuses include learning how to dance, increased self-confidence and forming new friendships. Been there, done that and loved it!

• Break-the-Fast. Eat the Oatmeal Energize or a variation of it every morning.

• Engage in a news/internet/e-mail fast two to three days per week. Chances are your daughter needs to take cell phone and text messages to stay up with work opportunities. Anything else needs to be turned off a couple days every week because they over stimulate our adrenal glands.

• Get ready for tomorrow, tonight. Besides breakfast this is the best way to de-stress the morning and so, the rest of the day. Lay out the clothes you plan to wear down to the skivvies. Pack the lunch and any other materials needed for the day. People suffering from adrenal fatigue feel easily overwhelmed. Simplifying life and making days flow with ease are essential step to recovery.

Finally, how about some mother/daughter/best friend time? Could you take a week to fly out and just-have-fun with her? L.A. is a huge, fantastic, throbbing city. I bet she's feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed. My mother came to visit me for a couple weeks when I moved to Virginia. I was feeling a bit lost and lonely. She helped me break in the town and gave me a big dose of love and fun.

I hope this is of use to you and your daughter. Please keep me updated on your daughter's fatigue recovery. Sending you both my best!


P.S. On a final note (for now) I recommend listening to an interview I had with the author of The Dance of Fear. Dr. Lerner is enjoyable to listen to – has a light touch - and offers invaluable advice on this topic. With everything going on right now most of us are feeling overly anxious and stressed. This interview would also be a good discussion piece between the two of you.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Blood Type Diet

Natural way to boost energy and recover from fatigue or any dis-ease.

My journey to understand and recover from fatigue has paused, lingered and returned to the Blood Type Diet. The first visit was for me. Michael was suffering from terrible migraines and while researching for him I found something that works great for us. No good deed goes unrewarded …

Michael and I are opposites. I am a Blood Type A which Dr. D'Adamo refers to as "The Cultivator." Another word is vegetarian. Michael is a Type "O" a.k.a. "The Hunter" a.k.a. carnivorous! My first "date" meals for him were unconsciously vegi- oriented. Put me in a kitchen and I'm reaching for a chopping knife and a big vegetable! He ate a couple of these meals with exclamations of "delicious!" Around the time of the third repast he was at my elbow with a side of meat. One of our first jokes was "and here's the beef!"

Making a long story short --- the more I work with the principles of The Blood Type diet the better we feel. Last year's health adventure UPPED my focus and integrated another work of Dr. D'Adamo, CANCER Fight It with the Blood Type Diet. This book features a new food value category, "super beneficial foods," a disease-fighting and immunity-boosting super food category.

This week I will post the super beneficial foods for each blood type. The goal is to have you incorporate as many as possible into your daily diet routine.

It can be as easy as sprinkling flax on your oatmeal and throwing in some dried cherries then adding soymilk to your morning java. It can take some effort like what I'm going through to find jackfruit! It may also give you a great reason to hang out in French restaurants (Escargot is a super beneficial for Type A's.)

Note: I'll be listing for one blood type a day. If this isn't you, just check back in a couple of days.

Blood Type A:
Super Beneficial Food List

Soy Foods

Richly oiled cold-water fish, Snail

Flax (linseed) oil

Peanut, Walnut

Fava (broad) bean


Domestic mushroom, Onion, Broccoli/broccoli leaves, Garlic

Red grapefruit, Watermelon, Jackfruit, Elderberry, Blueberry, Cherry

Dill Weed, Tarragon, Tumeric

Green Tea

I have a couple more recommendations for you.

  1. Print off this list. Post it in your kitchen so that it is at your finger tips and under your nose, literally.
  2. Purchase Dr. Peter D'Adamo's book: Cancer: Fight It with the Blood Type Diet (Eat Right for Your Type Health Library) You don't have to have cancer to benefit hugely from this book. You don't have to have adrenal failure before you start loving, nourishing and caring from your adrenal glands with the Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart e-Guide.
  3. If you don't know your blood type you can be "typed" for free by donating blood at a blood bank. You can also order an inexpensive blood type test kit here.

Finally, do sign up to receive the almost weekly Fatigue Be Gone Newsletter. I keep it

bottom-line short with just a reenergizing tip or two that can easily be added into
your routine. For your first natural energy-boost tip click here!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Energy-boosting Product Review: Dr. Andrew Weil's Self-Healing with Sound & Music

When I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer last year I scurried about to add new tools to my self-help toolbox. Yes I needed more energy. The radiation treatment was exhausting. But I was also looking for somethingS to change my insides – mental, emotional, spiritual and chemical.

Dr. Andrew Weil & Kimba Arem's self-help Cd offers to "revitalize your body & mind with proven sound healing tools." Right on.

Self-Healing with sound & music is a two-disc package. Disc One explains the science behind the sounds. Chapters include: "How sound affects our physical and emotional health," "The Principle of Entrainment*," "Vocalizing Vowel Sounds for Self-Healing" and "Interacting with the Chakras through Sound." Fascinating.

Disc Two is the sound and music – about one hour of bliss. The track names are appropriate: "Water Way," "Spinal Ebb," "Peace Journey," "Angels of the Deep," etc. This disc is now a part of my nightly relaxation bed-time routine and let me tell you – I feel like I am sleeping with angels! (Besides my husband, cats and dogs!) The music has also been very effective in helping my husband let go and sleep well. Win win.

***** I give this product a five-star out of five-star rating. Detailed explanation plus the sound and music make it an excellent product for individual and family use.

To order a copy of Self-Healing with Sound and Music, click here.

Entrainment: This is a complex concept. In brief, entrainment is changing the frequency of brainwaves to positively affect health, energy levels, mental outlook (sad/happy), sleep patterns etc. In this case I used music and sounds to affect the above.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Annual Physical: HUGE opportunity to uncover why you feel so tired.

Most health insurance plans include a FREE annual physical. Most of us walk into this appointment with less preparation than we'd put into a Baskin & Robbins outing! Is this because it is free? Partly. The big reason is a characteristic typically expressed by chronically fatigued women and men.

We (cough, couch) tend to not take care of ourselves or take notice of our "selves." We take great care of our significant others. We are attentive to work and community obligations BUT when it comes to self-care … we flat line.

I'm not putting anyone down. Look to your right or left – that's me in the trenches next to you!

Next Thursday, March 11th, is a very important doctor's appointment. Nine days out. Today I started filling out the Fatigue Be Gone "Daily Food & Activity Log." This log is designed to help uncover your fatigue causes and symptoms, patterns and blocks. Click here a copy you can start using today. PDF file.

So far I've uncovered the following fatigue causes & culprits …

  • I make my husband a great bag lunch everyday. This includes carrots, apple slices, nuts, dried fruit … good food with good energy-boosting snacks. Me, I tend to work through lunch … then I have the afternoon slump. Duh.
  • Not drinking enough water. Will keep track to be sure I am getting those 8-glasses a day. Dehydration has been a past fatigue.
  • Too many open projects. Mental fatigue is rolling over into physical fatigue. Time to pick what needs to go away, go on hold or be completed. (Completing taxes this weekend will help but I still need to cut back. Very tough when everything seems so important.)
  • A toxic relationship is draining me … needs to acknowledge that and release or rejuvenate it.
  • Thinking about working out is not the same as working out. It is not working to be in two places at once. I need to get my booty back to the gym – no excuses.
  • Nails are brittle, breaking easily. Do I have a Vitamin B deficiency? Will request a test. Have been borderline anemic over the past years. Will also request to have that re-tested.

When is your annual physical? Aside from the Fatigue Be Gone "Daily Food & Activity Log" you might benefit from investing $9.95 in the Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart e-Guide. The guide includes thorough health and lifestyle surveys, simple home medical tests that will save both time and money (yours and the doc) plus energy-boosting tips, tools and techniques.

Psst. If you are suffering from fatigue don't wait to schedule your physical. There is a big difference between feeling tired and feeling tired all the time. In this case, make your physical appointment today and order the Fatigue Be Gone Guide to help prepare yourself.

Bottom-line truth. No one will ever care more about your health than you. No one else will ever spend the time you can to figure out what is going wrong. You'll get maybe five or ten minutes with your doctor … Do your homework. You will be amazed at what your hours + their minutes will accomplish.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Energy Boost Recipe - Casual Kitchen: North African Lemon Chicken

My fatigue-busting journey began with clearing out adrenal fatigue and the bad habits that brought it on which included very poor eating habits. Breakfast? I drank mine with a splash of milk and a side of donut or something else bready and sweet.

That was then. Now I start most mornings with my very own Oatmeal Energizer. I eat a number of small meals and snacks during the day. In fact I eat about every two to three hours. Apple slices, peanut butter on celery, sardines on cracker ... Then comes lots of fresh water and juices. One of my larger meals tends to be din din. Love to sit down around 6:00 p.m. with my husband and eat something delicious.

Tonight I came across something fun and delicious on the Casual Kitchen Blog. The recipe is the "North African Lemon Chicken." It features most of my "super and highly beneficial foods and spices. It is also easy to modify to make a meaty version for Michael and a tofu version for moi.

If you are not familiar with the benefits of the Blood Type Diet click here to learn more.

Finish what you start. A taxing weekend is part of your recovery from fatigue.

One symptom of Adrenal Fatigue is that we sufferers are easily overwhelmed by everyday tasks. We operate in an exhausting world of "brain fog," hyper-sensitivity and poor short term memory. It is easy for us to lose track of bank balances, anniversaries, personal commitments and to feel constantly "behind," frustrated and angry.

Then, add in an unwanted seasonal project like … tax preparation … and in comes the rage, insomnia, anxiety and extreme a.m. fatigue.

Have you seen that stop smoking commercial about how "quitting smoking sucks. "product name" makes it suck less." I encourage to follow my lead and have one sucky tax preparation weekend. Don't put it off because it will stay on your mind and wear you down. Don't drag it through weeks of evenings and spoil those weeks. That's what I did last year and the year before and the year before.

This weekend I will gather everything I need in one room. (and avoid the Zig Zag Syndrome. See below.) I will close the door - light the scented candle – have all my favorite music and pets near at hand and FINISH what I started three weeks ago. My husband can take over breakfast, lunch and dinner duty (as I did for him last weekend and the weekend before and …) Did you know that most people stricken by Adrenal Fatigue tend to be "Type As" who have a difficult time asking for help? True.

Final note --- few things are more exhausting then taxes but yes, they exist. The worst of them is the job not-quite-done. Tired people tend to have a lot of these. Why? Partly because fatigue and brain fog get in the way of completion. Another is that the lack of completion is demoralizing and fatiguing – the ol' chicken and the egg syndrome.

Do you remember how good it feels to complete a project? Use that memory to help you through this weekend. If your taxes are done or you have the pleasure of not having to do them, pick another "undone" and take it on. Pick something that can be done in 2 hours or less. Gather what you need in one room. Set a timer, put on your favorite music and "get rrrrr done."

Avoid the "Zig Zag" Syndrome. This is where you are cleaning out the office and carry a book to the bedroom. Then you start organizing the bedroom bookcase. Before long you carry a glass to the kitchen and start loading the dishwasher … Zig zaggers leave a trail of undones. Been there, still getting over that.

So, join me this weekend! Start and finish one task then notice how energy-boosting a job done well enough and completed can feel …

Cheers! Viveca


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Day 10. Understand Adrenal Fatigue. Identify fatigue symptoms and make a change or two.

Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common types of fatigue. It is said that 80-percent of American women will experience it in their lifetime --- that included me. You’re probably here trying to figure out why you feel so tired. Right?

I’d like to take this opportunity to “take you by the hand” and share some of my best Adrenal Fatigue treatment resources.

First, to better understand adrenal fatigue, its symptoms and causes, I’d like to share an excellent article written by Kathy Browning, Are You Constantly Tired? You May Be Suffering from Adrenal Fatigue.

Next, the result of our poll “When are your most tired? is a must-read. In brief, we surveyed our visitors to find out what time(s) of day they felt most tired. Why? Because there are many types of fatigue and your specific symptoms, including the hours in which you feel extremely tired, is critical info for your recovery.

Finally, Fatigue Be Gone blog features fatigue-busting tips, tools and techniques, energy-boosting recipes and natural ways to recover from fatigue.

If you are suffering from insomnia, take a moment to read the Insomnia and Fatigue blog post. Discover the link between fatigue and insomnia along with natural remedies to help you sleep tight at night while boosting energy during the day.

The best news about fatigue is that it usually isn’t deadly. Our body is amazing. It gives us warnings (fatigue) and time to change before we are too damaged. Don’t put off your change. Think of your fatigue as a symptom that something isn’t working in your life.

Take time NOW to become a sleuth and figure out what it is trying to tell you. Along the way take care of yourself and treat your mind and body to the 'good' stuff.

Thank you for visiting. I hope this information helps you relax while empowering you with knowledge to move forward with changes that will affect you in a positive manner.
Congratulations! Your recovery – your new life has begun.

Click here for today’s instantaneous energy boost.

Cheers! Viveca


Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart! E-Guide provides useful forms and journals to help you keep track of vital health information. Simply fill out the forms and provide them to your doctor. Use it to discover simple home medical tests and natural remedies to boost energy. It will save you time, money and frustration. A "must-have" for anyone who is tried of being tired (and their spouses and kids.) Order your copy today at (Note: This hyperlink goes to the URL below. I just shortened it, but it redirects to the order page)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Day 9. News Fast.

Day 9. Tune out the news and boost UP your energy.

On a good day we are blasted with way too much "news." On a bad day the news can be that final fatiguing straw on our back.

Years ago I read a book by Dr. Andrew Weil
in which he recommended a weekly "news fast." I thought the doc was out of his mind and that it was absolutely impossible to stay away from the news for an entire day. (TV, internet, radio, friends!)

Oh my. Add ten or fifteen years and I am beggin to turn the cable. I actually did it for almost a year. Then came the football season and my husband prevailed ...

Anyway. Back to that news fast.

Isn't it delightful how easy that would be to do this week? Our capital is actually snowed in and our politicians are snowed out ... Then next week they are all off for the week. I feel better already. Don't you.

Enjoy today. Turn it all off and bake some cookies or spending time with a beading or photo album project. Ummmmmmmmm.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Day 8. Pay the piper when you have do and ...

Day 8. Pay the piper when you have to & talk it out with a friend.

Today I am having one of "those" days. This morning I told Jeannie I was having a lousy week. She reminded me that it was only Monday at 11:00 a.m. Yikes.

Today all my disorganized chickens are coming home to roost. I woke up mentally tired - hiding under the sheets from the biggest cluck. Taxes. When I did get up I fumbled and bumbled through a couple hours. Got a call from my husband wondering which credit card he could use on his trip. Good question and another chicken. Accounting.

Then at 11:00 Jeannie called me with dire news. My foster dog she's been fostering isn't doing well - constantly drinking, urinating and pooping in the house. Sad as I am for her and for Sydney the dog (and I am) I immediately started to feel very sorry for myself, my rugs and hardwood floor.

As I write I am three hours away from rescuing Jeannie, picking up Sydney and bringing her into my already unmanageable home. Did I mention I have 5 dogs, 3 cats and a bird? Thank goodness my main animal, my husband, is out of town for the next couple days ... Over the past year and a half he's become increasing less excited about new members to our pack. Wonder why.

I'm sharing this because one characteristic of the tired-woman-clan is that we take on toooooo much. Before one project ends the next oneS are being slipped under our door. Where others say NO we say "Sure, I guess I can." That's my people pleasing, animal pleasing chicken.

Right after that phone call I called my foster coach who reminded me that "no good deed goes unpunished." We laughed, brainstormed and commiserated. Can't say we came up with any great solutions but I feel better. That's what friends are for. Perspecive.

Pray for me, Sydney and my pack tonight. I'm already cookin' up a chicken and making stomach settling broth. Is that for her or me?


P.S. What's up with your week? Do tell ...

Day 7. Get ready tonight for tomorrow.

This is a standing commandment for Sunday nights.

When I have my luncheon fruit & veggie bags made up ... and I know exactly what I'll be wearing (clothes - outer & under) jewelery, shoes ... and the table is set for breakfast ... and I have an easy dinner just waiting to be reheated I know I am starting my week off right.

I wish tomorrow was going to be the kind of day I am describing.

Tomorrow I'll tell you about how my day really goes.

So for tonight just do what I'm telling you to do instead of what I am doing and you will wake up feeling on top of the world, energized, optimistic and full of life!


Saturday, February 06, 2010

Day 6. Go with the flow be it snow or shine.

Day 6. Go with the flow be it snow or shine.

The more we accept what is out of our control the more we can enjoy our lives. In fact, about the only thing we can control is how we feel and react to our flow.

I love this saying and have it at the top of every page of my daily planner "Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." First Things First

My flow today includes lots of snow, snowdogs and cats,a bird named Peetie, my husband and comfort food. Here are two of my pals chillin out ...

Friday, February 05, 2010

Day 5. Defrost something delicious and share.

Day 5. Defrost something delicious and share. The flip side to this is, of course, doubling up on a yummy recipe and freezing half for use on a rainy (or snowy) (or lazy) day.

Tonight I am taking a night off from cooking and will enjoy every moment! Michael and I will be sipping on red wine and dining on that Boeuf Bourguignon we cooked up a couple weeks ago. I LOVE the Barefoot Contessa and this recipe from her book, Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food , rocks!

Perhaps that is thanks to that 1/2 cup Cognac that burned so brightly?

Anyway ... another version of the "Defrost something delicious" exercise is the "Swap-something delicious-with-your-girlfriend" version. Any method of getting one or more nights off and out of the kitchen, in a healthy, delicious way, is exhilarating and energizing! Go for it!
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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Day 4. Sleep in tomorrow.

4. Sleep In.

If you suffer from adrenal fatigue you need more quality sleep! Sounds obvious but adrenal fatigue has a way of starting our days slowly and drearily then amping up our energy in the evening so that we toss and turn instead of sleeping. Sound familiar?

My simple strategy is to be in bed by 9:00 p.m. with a good book. This in not a thriller that revs you up but something like the autobiography I'm reading about the life of Martha Washington. If you fall asleep and wake up again don't fight it - don't toss & turn, just move. Get up and take your book to another comfy location in the house and read some more until your drift off. (I'd also recommend a small bowl of cereal and milk ... works for me.)

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Oh and tomorrow, Saturday, sleep in as long as you can and/or at least until 9:00 a.m. Our adrenal glands are doing important recharging after 11:00 p.m. and up until 9:00 a.m. so take advantage of this natural healing opportunity. If need be - get help from your significant others to help you hit this goal.



Bye the way --- It is estimated that 80% of American women will suffer from adrenal fatigue at some point in their life. They also recover. I can attest to that.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Day 3 - Mail Thanks & A Smile

Day 3. Friend-mail. Have you ever noticed the feel-good-buzz you get when you open a personal note from a friend (vs. a bill, a notice or other random "junk-mail?") You get the same little buzz when you think about someone, write a note to someone and mail it off ...

Yep. There is nothing quite like friend-mail. Today, take a moment to write a quick note to a friend. Let him or her know you're thinking about them --- appreciating them ---- thinking of that fun or special time you spent with them --- remembering a snowball fight or a slumber party --- seeing their smile in a new friend --- toasting them ---

Who should you write to? Whoever comes to mind first.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Orange ... the energy-boosting color of joy & optimism!

Did you know that looking at the color orange is an instant mood boost? It is. And, our moods effect our body chemistry which in turn RAISES or lowers our energy levels.

Today - Day 2 - wear something orange. I have a fun pair of orange earrings that I love to wear. They cheer me up and everyone who sees me!
You can also place something orange on your desk, within your sight, like a fruity drink with an umbrella from that fabulous get-away, or a bunch of carrots, a figurine ...

There. Wasn't that easy?

Monday, February 01, 2010

28 Creative Ways to Boost Your Energy, Happiness & Self-Satisfaction.

I confess. This idea was inspired by watching the movie Julie & Julia in which Julie cooks at least one recipe a day from the Julia Child's Cookbook. She does this for a year! Me - I'm committing to daily posts for one month - the fabulous month of February!

Day #1: A Shopper's HIGH for less ... CD Shopping at Goodwill.

Yep. Now you know my secret. I feed my adrenals the good stuff shopping for oldies but goody, sometimes goofy, treasures at Goodwill. I love music but never bought much because it so expensive ... then I discovered $3 CDs at Goodwill. FUN FUN FUN! (And I'm raising funds - funds - funds for them.)

So far my growing collection features CDs by Trisha Yearwood, Melissa Etheridge, Amy Grant (listening to her now) Mary Chapin Carpenter, Julio Iglesio, Dixie Chicks, Cecilia Bartoli, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Chris Isaak, Abba Greatest Hits and Norah Jones. Norah's feels like home CD is fabulous.

Then I've picked up some cool totally eclectic pieces like a CD called "Natural Stress Relief" by Solitudes music for your health. I'll let you know if it works! "The Glory of Gershwin" is a jewel that inspired my husband and I to dance in our kitchen while cooking up a Boeuf Bourginon last weekend. Then there's a rhythm country and blues duet CD, a Letting Go "Relaxation in a Busy World" Cd that puts music to stretch poses - cool eh? Another gem is a comedy cd of Jerry Seinfeld's "I'm Telling You For The Last Time." Finally, you-guessed-it, I bought a CD holder for $3.00 to hold all of them and more.

Yes. I'll Go Baaack soon. Right now I'll put in that Abba and listen to "Dancing Queen." That will help liven up my next tedious chore.

Oh, do let me know what you find on your treasure hunt! Take a friend and hang out for hours!

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

One easy way to feel GREAT ...

Want to feel GREAT the easy way?

Take time to play today ... in the snow, in the rain, in a forest or on the beach. I recommend you do it with a four-footed friend. A two footed pal would be a good second choice. Maybe one of each?

This is my Beaubeau The Snowdog. He was almost put "down" a couple months back as being "un-adoptable." I took him home with me that night and ended up falling in love. Lots of time the lables we're given are Not True. If you think you're stuck with a label like "tired-all-the-time" that's not true either.

You can prove that to yourself when you get out there and PLAY today. Then, post here and tell me all about it!