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!