Deeper than exhaustion, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is described as feeling so tired that you can’t do all of your normal, daily activities for 6 months or more. It is usually not responsive to rest and not triggered by exercise. Other symptoms can include:

  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Difficulty thinking clearly and remembering things
  • Headaches, joint pain or tender glands in throat or armpits

About 1 million Americans have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, of which about 80% are undiagnosed. Often it is seen in conjunction with fibromyalgia, which affects 5 million Americans.

While there is no known cause, CFS is generally preceded by a period of physical or emotional stress and diagnosed by ruling out other, more serious medical conditions. The medical community recommends treatments that focus on cognitive approaches to increase positive thinking and lifestyle changes to restore vitality.

When I had these symptoms a few years ago following a near death experience from kidney failure (kinda stressful) I felt drained, trapped – literally sucked dry. I was never diagnosed and I didn’t know what was going on. So I slowed down, savored life & body and focused on joy. It worked, my energy was restored.

Here is the combination of life strategies and body care that worked best for me.

Top 3 Life Strategies:

  • Accept and love yourself as you are. Just as GPS can’t give you directions if it doesn’t know where you are, you can’t make changes until you acknowledge where you are right now. It’s not forever.
  • Tell yourself what you can do instead of what you can’t. When the body is sick it is easy to get frustrated and drop into negative thinking. But that saps your energy. By focusing on what you can do, you begin to create energy and momentum.
  • Plan and pace each day. Focus on what’s important. Being realistic about how much you can do and honor it.

Top 3 Nutrition and Body Care Strategies:

  • Sleep well and do moderate exercise like yoga to rebalance your body.
  • Eat well. Cut processed and sugary foods. Give your body the best nutrition.
  • Create a routine of 1 hour of downtime each day. This is really important. Cook dinner, take the dog on a long walk, read an actual book before bed.

For personal support healing the symptoms of chronic fatigue, see how a Customized Catalyst Program to boost energy, calm mind and uplevel your life could help you. Sign up for a complementary Catalyst Session here .

 

Leaky gut

Oh no. Cramping, bloating, pain, sensitivity to certain foods. Under stressful conditions, it tends to get worse. All day you try to manage it without knowing what food will be ok. You hide, never feeling your best.

If this sounds familiar, your symptoms could be a result of what is called “Leaky Gut Syndrome”. Luckily it is not as bad as it sounds.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is created by damage to intestinal lining that allows food, bacteria and toxins that would not normally be absorbed into the body to permeate into the bloodstream. It can even cause pain, fatigue and autoimmunity which causes the body to actually attack itself.

Fun Fact: Did you know about 70% of your immune system is in your gut?

The good news is that a Leaky Gut can be healed through diet & stress reduction.

What causes Leaky Gut? Lead factors include chronic inflammation, food sensitivity, excessive use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), certain antibiotics NX excessive alcohol consumption. It can trigger or worsen Crohn’s and celiac disease. To learn more, read this piece by Dr. Andrew Weil.

Chronic stress is also commonly linked to leaky gut syndrome, which is not surprising since stress suppresses the immune system.

Here’s what you can do to heal a Leaky Gut:

  1. Switch to an anti-inflammatory diet, one that focuses on green leafy vegetables and high quality proteins and minimizes sugar, processed or fried foods and refined carbohydrates. Good ones to try are kale, beets, cabbage, antibiotic free meat, wild caught salmon, eggs walnuts or nut butters.
  2. Determine which foods you are sensitive to through a 3 week elimination diet and stop eating them.
  3. While I rarely recommend supplements because we can get most things through our diet, if the body is weakened it sometimes needs extra help. Try probiotic supplements (50 billion cultures a day) to restore the balance of good bacteria and L-glutamine to heal the gut.
  4. Reduce stress & anxiety through daily calming and gratitude practices and shifting toward activities that bring you joy and feelings of satisfaction.

Be patient, it may take a few weeks to start seeing results and 3-6 months to fully heal.

Bonus Workshop: For those looking to Boost Energy and Get off Sugar for Good in 5 Days, which helps heal a Leaky Gut, check out my workshop on Tuesday, October 8th from 1-3pm in at In Good Company in New York City. I have one free seat available – contact me if you want in!