Juices and Smoothies…..Are they worth the effort?

Juices and Smoothies are known to have many benefits but are they worth the effort?

They take time to make, can use quite a number of ingredients and leave a lot of mess to clean up afterwards. I have alternated between having them daily, then not having one for months, and have decided to revisit the whole topic.

Juices and Smoothies. What are they and why are they healthy for you? Are they really that good for you? And are they worth the effort involved?

Firstly, Juices are a mixture of fruit and vegetables that are put through a machine, a juicer, to extract the juice and leave the fibrous pulp behind. It separates the two. Some juicer models allow you to regulate how much pulp or fibre is left in your glass for you to drink.

A Smoothie is also made up of a mixture of fruit and vegetables but uses a blender, so that all of the fruit and vegetables are mixed together and you consume the whole of the pulp or fibre. Juices can of course, be made in a blender but you will be left with all the pulp and it won’t be separated.

Dietary fibre is the part  of plants that your body can’t absorb or digest. Fibre can be soluble or insoluble. Soluble fibre dissolves in water and can help lower cholesterol and glucose levels. It also feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Insoluble fibre promotes the movement of food through your digestive system and increases bulk in stools, so it can be of benefit for those who have problems with constipation. Fibre is also important to help maintain a healthy weight as it helps you to feel fuller for a longer period of time.

Fibre does need to be increased gradually. If large amounts are eaten too quickly, it can cause intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. Increase it slowly over a few weeks. This allows the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust to the change.

You may think that the lack of fibre in Juices makes them less advantageous than Smoothies, however this isn’t the case. Juices deliver a lot more nutrients per serve as all of the nutrients in the plant’s juice, ie. the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients fill our bodies in one go. Juices are also very beneficial for those with sensitive guts, where too much fibre can cause problems. Some people also prefer the texture of juices, as smoothies can be a bit lumpy.

Smoothies on the other hand are full of fibre. If you are concerned about your blood sugars, the added fibre helps sugar to be absorbed more slowly into your bloodstream. It also enables you to use foods that a juicer doesn’t tolerate. Nut butters and superfood powders can help increase your energy but can’t be juiced. Instead they need to be blended so you can enjoy their benefits. Smoothies can be filled with lots of nutrient packed ingredients so can replace a meal and they help you to feel fuller for longer.

Both Juices and Smoothies are an amazing way of incorporating really healthy foods such as greens, vegetables and fruits into your diet. Juices give you maximum nutrimental uptake in one hit, while Smoothies allow you to use more ingredients that include fibre, proteins and health fats.

Some further benefits are listed below.

Many fruits and vegetables have cholesterol reducing properties, so including blueberries, avocados, carrots and grapes in your drinks, may help lower cholesterol levels.

Oranges, broccoli, blueberries and spinach are among the top anti-aging fruits and vegetables around, and including them in your juices or smoothies may help fight the signs of ageing. Oranges, blueberries, and broccoli are full of Vitamin C, while broccoli and spinach contain coenzyme Q10, which has been shown to be effective in treating wrinkles.

Fruits such as grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, and lemons contain very high levels of vitamin C so are beneficial in boosting your immunity.

Most vegetables and fruits are high in potassium and will help maintain a healthy heart. They also help boost your energy. Others such as limes, grapefruits, and oranges contain folate and manganese, which are beneficial for bone strength. Fruits including blackberries, raspberries and cranberries, can decrease inflammation.

Why not incorporate both Juices and Smoothies into your meals? Yes there is some preparation involved and yes, there is some cleaning up afterwards, but the health benefits far outweigh the inconvenience.

Below is are two easy and tasty recipes to get you started.

Enjoy.

Warmest Wishes,

Judy xxx

Immune Me

(Makes two servings)

8 romaine leaves
4 cucumbers
2 green apples
1-inch piece of ginger
1 lemon, peeled and quartered

Juice and serve.

Brain Booster Smoothie

  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries or mixed berries, frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk or nondairy milk of choice. I use coconut milk.
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped or can substitute with 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds.
  • 1 cup kale, leaves only, tightly packed or spinach, if preferred.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

1. Wash and prep all ingredients.

2. Blend and serve. If needed, add 1-2 tablespoons water at a time if the consistency is too thick.

Choose your fruits carefully so that you are not consuming too much sugar. Berries, canteloupe and papaya are good choices but go easy on the bananas. Add protein and healthy fats through nut butters and avocado and a few handfuls of spinach, kale or silverbeet with a dash of lime or lemon will reduce any bitterness.

Juices are best drunk fresh but can be kept in the fridge overnight in an airtight container or even for a day depending on the type of juicer used. Smoothies will last a day or two as well, in an airtight container and both juices and smoothies can be frozen for up to 10 days.

 

 

References: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/. https://kriscarr.com/blog/difference-between-juicing-vs-blending/. Recipes from www.kriscarr.com. http://justjuice.org/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-smoothies/

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

What’s your Secret weapon this Winter?

What’s your Secret Weapon this Winter?                                                        Mine is Facial Reflexology.

Yes winter has arrived in Melbourne and it’s already made it’s presence felt. Cold frosty mornings have heralded in June and our heating seems to be on permanently.

Along with the start of winter, comes the usual cold and flu’s. Why is this so and why are we more prone to viruses at this time of year? One explanation is that people spend more time outside in summer. Whereas in winter, we tend to hibernate in warm environments where bugs flourish and these germs tend to recirculate around heated rooms.

Scientists believe that our internal body temperature drops after exposure to cold air. Consequently our immune response is weaker than when our body temperature is raised. Hence we can be more susceptible to viruses.

Viruses are thought to be around all the time but it’s during winter when people gather together in warm  conditions that the virus spreads. These are all scientific theories and no-one is entirely sure but it’s important to have some strategies for the colder weather.

Do you have a Secret Weapon? Many people swear by their intake of Vitamin C and Zinc, perhaps an immune boosting herb or even Olive Leaf extract. A healthy diet and regular exercise will also help boost your immune response.

I often use these tools too, but my favourite and most effective is regular Facial Reflexology. Facial reflexology works to balance the whole body. It increases circulation and nerve supply to nourish and innervate all cells.

It incorporate lymphatic drainage to remove toxins and any bugs that may be lurking around. It stimulates the immune system to balance the body and uses a range of nerve points that decrease inflammation, act as natural antibiotics and work directly on the spleen, thymus gland and immune boosting cells.

If you do happen to get a virus, Facial reflexology will help to shorten the duration of the infection.

So get your Secret Weapon out this winter and put it to good use. I’m certainly using mine!

To get you started, I have included a Facial Reflexology chart with nerve points you can work, to boost your immune system. You can work these points up to three times a day. If pregnant, don’t do any points until you have consulted a professional reflexologist.

Of course, a full treatment is preferable so if this sounds appealing, give me a ring.

Enjoy!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References: www.webmed.com/colds-and-flu, www.scientificamerica.com, Multireflexology Dien Chan by Patrick Aguilar Cassara and Anna Rosa Carrasco. Photo by Teddy Kelly on Unsplash.com

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

 

Can your Face reveal your Health?

Can your Face reveal your Health? The answer to this may appear obvious. If you’re feeling ill, you may look very pale and tired. If you have a fever, you may appear flushed and hot. If you are in great health, you will appear bright-eyed and rosy cheeked.

However the Face can tell us a lot about our inner health, not just what appears on the surface. In Facial Reflexology areas of the face are palpated to see which organs or parts of the body are out of balance. If you are feeling stressed or have had a run of late nights with little sleep, small deposits like grains of rice may be felt in various parts of your face. For example if you have had a few nights out partying, these small deposits may be felt in your liver.

If on the other hand you have had long standing issues such as constant stress, hormonal problems, gut issues or more serious concerns, the areas of your face will feel denser and tight and may even form into a lump. By feeling these dense areas called deposits, a reflexologist can tell whether an issue is of long standing and also  which part of the body is most out of balance.

Lines and wrinkles can also reveal an underlying health issue. In Dien Chan Vietnamese Reflexology forehead lines depict different areas of your body that may be out of balance. Lines at the top of your forehead may indicate a Large Intestine issue. Lines along the middle of your forehead relate to your mind. So if you are constantly stressed or worrying, your face will reflect this. Lines along the bottom of your forehead relate to a possible imbalance in your Stomach or Liver.

Deep wrinkles along the sides of your nose may mean there is an issue with your Colon, whereas deep wrinkles just above the corners of the mouth may mean a kidney or adrenal issue. Deep furrows between your eyebrows usually relate to shoulder problems. Dark circles under your eyes may mean an kidney imbalance or low Chi, your body’s life-force.

Areas of your face that are out of balance can also relate to a person’s personality. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, if a particular meridian is out of balance this may not only mean an issue with the underlying organ, but may relate to the emotions of the person.

For example, if the Kidney meridian is out of balance, the person may be a very fearful individual. If the Lung meridian is affected, the person may be very controlling. Liver/Gall bladder issues can relate to anger or frustration while Stomach meridian issues can be associated with stress and worry.

The Face is an amazing map of what is going on in your body, not just physically but emotionally. It tells so many stories about an individual’s health journey. You just need to tap into it, look a little more closely then read and understand.

Remember that health issues can be tackled and with treatment the face will change. As your health improves, fine lines may disappear and your complexion will look brighter and healthier.

They say that ‘your eyes are the windows to your soul’. Perhaps the face is the mirror of your Health.

Give me a call if you would like to discuss your Health issues.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: Facial Reflexology (Sorensensistem), Dien Chan Multireflexology.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

 

Are you always in Control …… and if so, why?

Many of us feel the need to always be in Control of everything in our lives. If our lives don’t run smoothly then something must be wrong. We set our alarms at the same time on most days, we stick to our morning routines and heaven help anyone who disrupts this, we go to work, come home and repeat the same the next day.

Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if things changed or you started to do things differently? Yes this might feel uncomfortable or even fearful but could it make things better? Just because something is different doesn’t mean it can’t be as good, or even better than what you had previously.

Letting go of controlling everything in your life may seem frightening, but in fact it can be incredibly liberating because it reduces stress and allows more freedom into your life.

Do you find that after a long day at work, you still have to do everything at home? Is this a choice? If so, ask yourself why? Is it about control? Do you feel that your partner would not do things as well as you e.g. cooking, cleaning or even stacking the dishwasher? (This was a big one for me). Then ask yourself, does it really matter?

I was a bit of a perfectionist and a control freak until I realised that I was stressing myself out about things that I didn’t really need to do. I ended up exhausted because I couldn’t meet the high expectations I placed on myself. I eventually discussed this with my husband and he agreed to share the cooking and chores around the house. I also learnt to ask for help.

This is something that you can do if you don’t have a choice about cooking, for example. Ask your partner or children to help prepare the meal, set the table and clean up afterwards. Yes it may not be done the way you would do it, yes it may not be perfect but why stress over the details. Does it really matter?

Can you ask the people you work with to help out? Can you delegate? Do you need to micromanage everyone and everything, or can you let go even just a little bit? You will be surprised how much better you feel when that burden of responsibility for simply everything, falls from your shoulders.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Lungs and Colon are about Control. Our Lungs determine how easily we ‘breathe’ through life or whether we need to control every action and situation. Our Colon is also about control and whether we can easily let go or need to hold onto everything (and get constipated). Imbalances in both these areas of our body usually relate to some control issue and this can impact our health.

Control is also associated with Stress. If we need to control everything in our lives, we are never relaxing or letting go. What then happens when we can’t control everything? We end up irritable, angry, frustrated and stressed.

So have a look at your daily life and think about the areas where you have total control. Can you let go and give yourself some ‘breathing’ room? Can you ask for help? It can be hard and things may not be done the way you would do them, but you will get used to it and feel so much better. Your Lungs and Colon will thank you too.

Give it a try. I did and I’m so very grateful.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

 

Can you Influence your Immune System?

Can you influence your Immune System? The short answer to this is, Definitely!

We don’t usually think of our Immune System and how it works unless something goes wrong. We get a cold or flu, frequent chest infections or recurrent asthma or maybe something more serious. It’s only then that we feel we may have been doing too much or are ‘run down’ or really start to consider that our Immune system may be depleted.

But how can we have an influence on it?

Our Immune System consists of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. The Bone Marrow and Thymus gland are called primary lymphoid organs because they produce our defence cells, the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. These are produced in the Bone Marrow and mature in the Thymus Gland.

The Thymus gland is the size of an orange in children and decreases in size with age. It was believed to have little use in adults but recent research has shown it can still have a significant function in immunity throughout our lives.

The secondary lymphatic organs are where these lymphocytes do their work. This is in the spleen, tonsils, mucous membranes of the bowel and in lymph nodes. Our lymphatic system transports these protective blood cells and removes old and damaged cells.

The Spleen acts as a filter for blood removing old or damaged red blood cells, stores platelets and white blood cells and also produces white blood cells to fight infection.

So as you can see, our Immune system works in amazing ways.

But what can we do to influence it?

Our brain and our Immune system are in constant communication with each other. If we are feeling stressed on a constant basis, our ‘flight or fight’ mechanisms kick in to help us survive. The endocrine system responds with the release of hormones such as cortisol and this severely depresses the immune system. It decreases inflammation, the production of white blood cells and increases the rate of tissue damage.

So reduction of stress is vital if we are to maintain our long term health.

A Diet high in sugar and processed foods has been shown to hamper the ability of white blood cells to fight infection so a healthy diet with plenty of whole foods, fruit and vegetables will make a huge difference.

Alcohol can affect the functioning of immune cells and increase your susceptibility to disease so look at moderating or reducing your consumption.

A good night’s sleep is vital for the replenishing of all your cells, especially your T-cells or lymphocytes so take measures to improve your sleep.

Other factors that can influence your immunity are exercise (increases circulation of antibodies and white blood cells, avoiding excessive use of antibiotics (weakens your immune system), smoking and obesity (trigger allergies and increase inflammation) and sufficient intake of water (helps remove toxins).

Regular Reflexology can have a profound affect on your Immune System too. It stimulates the functioning of your thymus gland and spleen and balances your whole body. It helps remove toxins via the liver and lymphatic system and powerfully reduces stress so your ability to fight disease is strengthened.

As you can see, there are many ways to boost your overall health and your ability to fight disease.

Can you influence your Immune System? Most definitely!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

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References: www.corehealth.chiro.com, www.livescience.com, www.webmd.com, www.psychologytoday.com, www.rediff.com

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

 

A New Year has arrived ……will this one be different?

Happy New Year to you all!

A new year has arrived along with the promise of so many possibilities. Will this one be different for you?

I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and some restful time with those you love.

To me, each new year heralds a little bit of magic. It is as yet uncharted, there are weeks and months ahead to discover and there is so much that can be achieved. Do you also feel the excitement that a new year presents?

As has become a habit of mine, I no longer make New Year resolutions.

Instead I choose a word that embodies how I would like the year to unfold. My word this year is Empowered! I would like to step into my own power and help others to do the same. By this, I mean, realise my potential and what I can achieve in my life and in my business. I would also love to help others do the same.

Why not choose a word for yourself? What do you want to do or achieve this year? Do you want more peace in your life, or for things to flow smoothly? Do you want more joy or excitement in your life? If so, use your ‘word’ as a guideline. When a situation presents or you go to take action, ask yourself, ‘Does this bring me peace or joy or excitement’ or whatever your word is. By doing this, you bring some alignment between your vision and the actions that you can take.

Is this year going to unfold as so many others have before it or is it going to be different? Are there things you want to achieve, or do you have dreams that you want to fulfill? If so, don’t just sit back and expect things to happen. Start taking steps to bring your dreams and desires into reality.

If you are unsure how to start, use your ‘word’ as a guideline. If your word is Joy, and you want to learn a new language, choose a course and language that brings you joy. You can also start with a vision board to gain clarity around your desires.

A vision board is a collection of images that depict what you would like to happen in your life for the coming year, such as great health, travel to Paris, a new job. Post images of these things onto a piece of cardboard or just print them out and place them in a prominent place. This will give you ideas around your desires.

Then start thinking about ways that you can achieve this such as ditch the sugar and unhealthy snacks, open a savings account, chat to a recruiter.

It’s great to have dreams, but it’s only when we start to take action in a way that is aligned with our values, that things start to happen.

So choose your word and set your goals. We have a whole new year ahead of us. Make this one different and Make it a happy and memorable one.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

Less is More

Less is More ……How to implement this in your Life!

Have you heard the term, Less is More? Let me explain.

I have recently returned from a conference on the Gold Coast where we discussed our attitudes around money, our boundaries and how this relates to our self worth and stepping up as women in our chosen industries.

Our host, the lovely Denise Duffield Thomas suggested we explore the concept of Less is More.

If you haven’t heard of this term before, you might be wondering what it actually means. In a nutshell, it means to stop overdelivering in every area of your life. It means to simplify things in your life so that they make your life easier and bring you more happiness. Less is More.

Let us look at some examples.

If you are always doing everything for your family, take a step back and have a look at how much effort this may be costing you. Can you ask for help, or get a family member to take over or share some of the chores? Can you and your partner take it in turns to do the cooking? Can you afford a cleaner or share the work with your family? Remember there is no written law that says You have to do everything. If you have children, ask them to do simple tasks such as putting their dirty clothes in the laundry or washing the dishes. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Remember, Less is More.

At work, can you simplify the submission you have put in or the work you are expected to complete? Can you ask your staff to help out? Can it be left until tomorrow? If it’s just you, put forward the required work but ask yourself if it’s really necessary to stay back, working late on a regular basis.

If you provide a service to customers, look at your boundaries around time. Respect your time and respect the time of your clients. Look at your boundaries in general. Are you clear about your expectations at work or at home? Are you doing things that no longer bring you pleasure? Simplify! Say no to the things in life that cause drama or wear you out. Learn to listen to your own needs. Say No to those who don’t respect you or your time or ask too much of you. You will not please everyone but we are not here to do that.

I believe we are here to be the best versions of ourselves, to live a life full of love, happiness and meaning. So start putting yourself and your needs first!

Let go of having to control everything. If a work colleague or your partner offers you help, don’t turn it down. It may not be done the way you would do it but does it really matter. If it saves you time and energy, it may be worth it. I used to control everything at home from paying the bills to doing the shopping, cooking and cleaning. As part of listening to my own body and my own needs, I started to slowly let go. It wasn’t easy but I learnt to ask for help. I also learnt to ignore the ‘dust’or the ‘wrong brands of food’ or the ‘stacking of the dishwasher’ that didn’t meet my high expectations. I learnt to Simplify and let it go.

Declutter what no longer serves you. This may be relationships where you let go of negativity and stress, or simply decluttering your home where we all accumulate excess belongings. Get rid of clothes you no longer wear, books you no longer read or items that have lost their shine or appeal for you. Don’t buy useless presents this Christmas. Think about your purchases and buy things that you know will bring joy. Also don’t go overboard on gift giving. Children don’t need 100 presents under the tree. Be with people you really like, use things that  give you pleasure, wear clothes that make you feel a million dollars.

Less is More!

This is because the Less you aim at perfection, the less you try too hard, the less you try and fit in to your day, the More you will gain in your health, relationships, energy and self worth. Give it a go. You may be surprised by the new energy and abundance that comes into your life.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. I truly value each and everyone of you and am very grateful for the trust you put into my treatments and care.

I look forward to working with you in a new and exciting year ahead as we grow towards more health, prioritising ourselves and enhancing the life we live.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

Who are your Energy Vampires……and how to get rid of them (without needing garlic).

Although we may not know it, we all have Energy Vampires in our life.

What do I mean by an Energy Vampire? Well it’s a person or event that robs you of your strength, energy and vitality. Something or someone that ‘bleeds’ you dry.

It’s that relative who is always asking you for a favour or the boss who is never satisfied with your work buts keeps asking more and more of you. It’s that friend who rings for a brief chat but is still talking to you an hour and a half later while you try to end the conversation. It’s the committee that keeps asking for your assistance although you are the one who volunteers all the time.

It’s the long queues at Christmas or the people who ring you at all times of the day or night. It’s the family members who expect you to do all the work and never step up to help themselves.

These are all Energy Vampires and we all have them in our lives at some point or other.

What can we do about them? The first step to eliminate them (and yes it is possible), is to recognise what people or events in your life drain your energy.

Once you know what they are, you can start implementing strategies to either remove them or to lessen the impact they have on you. Have a think about the people or events that cause the most fatigue or stress for you. Write them down. Remember that if you are stressed, your energy reserves are being depleted.

Start putting some strong boundaries in place around your time and energy.

If you are asked to help out, say you will let the person know. If you are too tired or really don’t want to commit, this gives you time to think about it and decide what really suits you.

If a chatty friend rings, say you only have a short time available and keep an eye on the clock. Then politely tell them you have to go.

If you boss is being unreasonably demanding, explain how you can be more productive if given extra time to finish something.

If you get phone calls out of hours, don’t answer and check your messages later. Most things can wait.

If the queues at Christmas exhaust you, shop early in the day before it’s too busy or shop online. Many things can easily be bought that way.

If family are putting unreasonable demands on you, tell them you cannot help this time.

Learn to say No and start implementing some boundaries around your availability and your time. You will find that some people may not like this but that’s okay. We are not here to please everyone.

Give yourself time to think before agreeing to something. The more you do to respect yourself and your own needs, the more energy you will have. The more you learn to say No, the more people will respect your boundaries.

People are often unaware of the amount of stress they cause or the energy they take from you. This may be because their own boundaries are weak. Be an example for them so that they can rethink the way they treat others and themselves.

Learn to prioritise what is important in your life. Do more of the things that fill your soul, make you happy and revitalise you. Let go of what isn’t important or delegate it to another day.

Let go of these vampires. Put yourself first and you won’t need any garlic. I can guarantee it!

 

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

Ps. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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Who is the most Important Person in Your Life?

I recently asked this question in a Facebook business group and the answers were interesting. Many people said, “Their children are the most important people in their lives, or Their partners. Others said the answer was ‘Themselves’.

If you had asked me this question some time ago I would have said, My son. Although my thoughts still  immediately go to him, my answer today would be ME.

As a parent, especially when children are small, their needs tend to take priority. This is necessary for their survival. In our workplace, we may have demanding bosses and sometimes unrealistic deadlines need to be adhered to. However it doesn’t mean that your needs should not be met at the same time.

You may think that putting yourself first is selfish or inconsiderate. After all we were brought up to think of others and their needs. This meant that we would grow up unselfish and caring adults. However what happened to me and many others like me, was we totally forgot our own needs and prioritised everyone else first.

As a result, I kept giving until I had nothing left to give and became burnt out. I ended up tired and exhausted not knowing how to change this cycle without offending someone or hurting someone’s feelings by saying, ‘No’. I felt that I always had to be in control, or else nothing was done the way I thought it needed to be done.

Running a sole business certainly tests your Self Care. I would answer the phone at all hours of the day and night to attend to queries. I did not value myself in the prices I charged or in the hours I worked. Slowly I realised what I was doing and how it was affecting me and I now have strict boundaries around ME.

I learn’t to have boundaries around how others treat me and how I treat myself. If I am asked to help out I will say, ‘I’ll let you know’ and then give myself time to see if it suits me or my needs.

If I am tired I will have an early night and not stay up just to please my partner. When I am invited somewhere I will  see how I feel before accepting. I have learned to give myself more space and more time out. I learned to value my time and have stronger boundaries around what is acceptable or not. I have learned to let go of the control and ask for help when I need it.

By giving myself more time and learning to ask for help, I have become happier, more relaxed and more valued. Most importantly, I learnt to value myself!

The more you value and respect yourself, the more others will do the same. The more we fill our own well, the more we will have available to fill the well of others. If we are depleted we have nothing to give, however if we care for ourselves and our own needs first, we can then be there for others in a caring and whole hearted way.

When my son was small, I placed his needs ahead of mine all the time. I realise now that this was not a great example to guide him by as he would grow up repeating my patterns. Luckily I have realised this and am able to advise him otherwise.

I am not asking you to choose between yourself and your family. I am discussing this to raise awareness  about how much value we place on ourselves. Your family, your work and your friends are important but so are You! Remember that the more emphasis you place on your needs and self care, the more you will be available to help others.

So today if I am asked, Who is the Most Important Person in my Life, I can happily say, ME.

What about you?

 

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

Ps. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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Understanding your fatigue …… and what you can do about it!

Feeling tired is something we are all familiar with. It can occur at the end of a busy day or after extensive exercise. It can happen after a run of late nights or after a stressful situation.

But what if you are tired all the time? Fatigue that lingers and is still present after a good night’s sleep needs to be looked at. It can occur as a result of a sleep disorder, or  a medical condition such as anaemia and can creep up on you over a period of time. Often we just keep going until we suddenly realise that we are tired all the time and have been so for ages.

You can also be chronically fatigued without having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The latter requires that you have certain symptoms before you are diagnosed. These include the obvious, fatigue, as well as unrefreshing sleep, impaired memory and concentration, exhaustion after exercise, joint pain, muscle pain, headaches and tender lymph glands. Always seek medical advice if you are always tired. It may be from a metabolic disorder such as a thyroid problem or an infection such as glandular fever and needs to be treated appropriately.

Another form of fatigue is Adrenal Fatigue. Although it is not recognised by many conventional doctors, those who work in Integrative medicine certainly recognise and treat it. It has been described as the 21st century syndrome. Our adrenal glands produce adrenaline and cortisol as part of our ‘flight or fight’ response to danger or stress. This enables the body to respond quickly, at times when we are under extreme stress or in danger. However if we are always on alert or in this ‘flight or fight’ mode, our adrenal glands end up exhausted. Left untreated, this can affect every organ and system in your body.

Now this all sounds very dramatic and obviously any persistent symptom of fatigue needs to be investigated. In the meantime however, what can you do, yourself to help alleviate your constant tiredness?

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Try going to bed earlier and stick to a routine. If you are fatigued, make an effort to be in bed by 10pm most nights. Make sure your bedroom is dark without any distracting lights from tv’s, computers or clock radios. Try and switch off from all devices 30 to 60 minutes before going to bed as their bright lights effect your melatonin levels, (the hormone responsible for our sleep cycle).

2. Drink plenty of water during the day. Every cell in your body needs water to survive and often fatigue can be attributed to dehydration. Keep a water bottle with you even when you are at home. I find that I drink the most water when I am sitting at the computer with a glass at hand.

3. Eat a healthy diet and include vegetables, good fats such as avocado, coconut oil and some protein into your meals. Don’t skip meals as this plays havoc with your insulin levels. Breakfast is especially an important meal as it should carry you through to lunchtime without the need for snacks. Include a cereal such as oats, homemade muesli or buckwheat with berries rather than a piece of toast.

4. Do regular meditation even if it’s 5 or 10 minutes. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of meditation in reducing stress and increasing your energy. It also gives you a mini power nap, as you switch off from everything.

5. Exercise every day. This may sound counter-intuitive if you are feeling tired, but even a short walk boosts your circulation, decreases stress and increases the release of those ‘feel good’ hormones.

6. Start implementing some boundaries into your life. Learn to say NO if something wears you out or you’re not happy doing it. Many cases of fatigue occur due to burnout or overwhelm. If we are always saying Yes to everyone else, we leave little time for our own needs or energy. Put boundaries in around your time and don’t always be available for everyone. You deserve some space too.

7. Ask for help. We don’t need to do everything on our own. Who actually benefits from this? It’s good to teach your children how to help out around the house and it’s so important for their own growth and learning. They need to respect you and your time, so be a good example for them. Let go of some of that control. Ask for help in cleaning and preparing meals. Yes it may not be done the way you do it, but does it really matter. I was in the same position and felt I had to ‘run’ the house. This only led to resentment and exhaustion. I now ask for help and accept that even though the dishwasher isn’t stacked like I would do it or the house isn’t vacuumed perfectly in my eyes, it doesn’t really matter.

8. Have regular treatments such as Reflexology to reduce stress. As previously mentioned, stress plays a huge part in whether we have energy or feel fatigued.

Learn to recognise your fatigue. If there isn’t an obvious reason for it, such as a very late night, then have it investigated. If your conventional doctor dismisses it, see an integrative one. There is always a reason why you are tired!

It’s your health and your life. You deserve to have the very best of both!

 

With warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

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References: www.medicinenet.com/fatigue/articles, www.adrenalfatigue.org, photo from Pixabay.com

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.