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Getting Tired of Being Tired?

Fibromyalgia is a tricky thing for me.  I can feel really good some days and really lousy the next.  The pain can be tough during a flare, but I honestly think the fatigue is the worst.  My exhaustion is worse during the winter months, the price I pay for living in New England.  This exhaustion has gotten me quite tired of being tired.

During one struggle of wanting to retire at 2 PM this week, I got fed up and went to the grocery store, hell bent on finding something to add to my diet that would boost my energy.  I found it in the produce section.  Kale, also known as borecole, is a form of cabbage that packs quite a punch. 

Kale contains a lot of antioxidants, is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, C, and calcium.  It has a good source of magnesium, a vitamin believed to help with chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia, and is also a good veggie to help alleviate inflammation because it's considered anti-inflammatory.

Kale is great with pasta, but I decided to try something new with it.…

Detox the Natural Way

Tired of Being Tired

Fibromyalgia is a tough disease because the symptoms are vast.  Some people experience IBS, where others do not, however, a good majority of people, about 90%, suffer from fatigue of some sort while dealing with the condition of Fibromyalgia.  The fatigue can be moderate to severe.
A new explanation of this fatigue which is closely related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is that Fibro sufferers have dysfunctional mitochondria.  Mitochondria are something inside our cells that convert nutrients and oxygen into energy for our body.  If there is a break down with our mitochondria, we don’t have enough energy being produced.
I’m not sure what side of the fence I’m on as far as explanations go for the source of all of my exhaustion.  I’ve read about this finding along with many others that are all closely connected to some type of deficiency in the body.  To be honest, though, I’m so tired of being tired that I’d rather have some solutions for my exhaustion.
What I’ve found that works:

Stress Busters for the Holidays

Stress is one of those things that seems to creep up on you during this time of the year.  Sometimes we see it head on and other times we won't see it until we are completely overwhelmed.  When it comes to myself, I tend not to notice things until I'm completely overwhelmed.  Having said that, I try to find ways where I can eliminate stress so I don't have a complete meltdown in the baking isle at the supermarket because I forgot to write down on my list whether I needed baking powder or baking soda. 

Here's my 4 top picks for the holidays:

Trim your time on the trimmings by making it a family affair.  I used to be the one decorating the house every year.  It wasn't because I was the only one who was in the spirit, it was just that I tended to do it late at night when the kids were in bed.  Taking out the storage boxes with no children around was easier, but it got frustrating when I'd have to play find the fuse at 3 am.  Now I enlist the help of my husband to …

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Love and friendship,