Why you need a bedtime routine

A good day starts the night before. What you do right before you retire for the night has a huge impact on your mood and energy level the next morning.

That’s why you need a bedtime routine!

bedtime routine

 

Having a set bedtime routine will allow you to go to bed with a clearer head and rest better knowing you’re already set to face the next day.

I know, you may be thinking I’m asking you to add more work and activity to your day when you’re barely able to get to the bed before you crash for the night. I get that. But what I’m suggesting is that you just start by adding maybe one or two things to your routine at night that will help to set you up for a better day tomorrow.

You’re bedtime routine has less to do with an actual list of set activities but rather how you clear your head before it hits your pillow. Sleep issues accompany so many chronic illnesses and the things you do in the last few hours of your day will impact the rest you get at night.

Start out by picking one or two of the following examples. Try it out for a few nights and see if it has a positive impact on your sleep and mental relaxation!

Here are a few examples of things you can include in your bedtime routine:

  1. Set time aside to read. Reading allows your brain to focus on a singular activity. Don’t use this time to catch up on social media – experts say that will only get your brain rushing through a lot of thoughts and stirring emotions that can actually hinder your ability to fall asleep. Instead, choose a devotional or fiction novel.
  2. Listen to a podcast or relaxing music. If you’re not able to focus on written words, try directing your thoughts toward a podcast or gentle music. Put in the earphones, close your eyes and allow your body to relax.
  3. Express gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal next to your bed and take a moment to find one or two things you’re grateful for. Write them out and take a moment to express your thanks to God for that gift in your life.
  4. Brain dump. Have a notebook or notepad by your bed and take a few minutes to think about what you need to do tomorrow or what upcoming events you need to plan for. “Dumping” all these thoughts onto paper has a two-fold purpose. First, it allows you to have a clear head as you fall asleep. Second, it serves as your to-do list for the next day. Remember to include your daily non-negotiables.
  5. Stop working! At least an hour before bed you need to step away from any work you have going on. Housework, work you’ve brought home from your job, etc. Let your brain turn off the hustle and bustle and begin to relax.
  6. Spend some time with your spouse and kids. When my kids were little I’d sit by their bed at night and ask them what was the best part of their day. Those were precious times! It allowed me to see the day from the eyes of my children and get a glimpse of what was truly important and impactful to them. It’s also a good exercise to do with your spouse. It allows you both to focus your mind on the positives of the day and end on an upbeat note.
  7. Decide what you’ll have for breakfast and make sure the kitchen is set for the preparation. This may sound like a silly step that adds a lot of work but it will really help you start each day on a good note. Quite a few of our meds and supplements need to be taken with food. Having the kitchen set up so breakfast is easy to prepare can let you get through the first few hours of your day without the stress of cleaning the blender or counter and deciding what you can toss in your belly.
  8. Take a bubble bath! Giving yourself a moment for pampering will de-stress your body and mind. Toss some Epsom salts or essential oils in the warm water and your now detoxing as well!
  9. Check tomorrow’s calendar. Whether you keep a bullet journal or day-planner of some sort, take a peak to see if there is something you have going on the next day.
  10. Set out your clothes. Making sure you have clean clothes that fit whatever is on tomorrow’s agenda will save you the stress and rushing about that happens thirty minutes before you have to leave the house.
  11. Meditate on a few verses and take time to pray. If you have trouble quieting your mind and focusing on the positive as you fall asleep this step may just be the key.

 

I’d love to hear what you include in your bedtime routine. Leave a comment below and share your best tip for relaxing and clearing your mind to ensure a night that’s as restful as possible!

 

 

 

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An Open Letter To My Future Daughter-In-Law

Dear Carly,

We go way back you and I.  Far beyond the 6 years you’ve been dating my son. We go back to before you were even born.  Let me explain….

an open letter to my future daughter-in-law

I remember my first thoughts of you.  I was alone in the hospital with my new little baby boy.  He was sound asleep in my arms and his life flashed before my eyes and I thought about all the possibilities that awaited my sleeping baby.

And I prayed.  I prayed for his life, I prayed he’d accept Christ as his Savior and tears ran down my cheeks.

I prayed for you.  That’s right, 8 months before you were born, and for 16 years before I’d see your beautiful face, I prayed for you.  I prayed that you were being taught about God by a family that loved you deeply.  I prayed God was molding you into a wonderful young lady that would love my son unconditionally.

I pray for you still.  I pray as you enter life together that each argument draws you closer together – each compromise has you meeting in the middle where marriage blossoms.

I pray for your strength as you become the woman of your new home. I promise to call before I come over and respect your home as just that – YOUR home.

I pray you won’t kill him when you find his boxers on the floor…. again.

Pretty soon you’ll replace me.  Oh, I know I’ll always be his mom but in so many ways you’ll replace me. It’ll be you he hugs and kisses goodnight.  It’ll be you he goes home to after work and shares about his day.  He won’t be sitting in the dark living room with me having deep discussions at 1 a.m. on anything from God to money to youtube videos – you’ll be the one listening now.

You’ll hear his dreams and his fears – please allow him to still dream. Listen as he shares his heart and encourage his pursuits. Allow him to share his feelings of inadequacy as a husband and father.  Don’t rub his nose in it, instead, encourage his heart and I can guarantee he’ll do the same for you. It’ll only make him love you more.

Protect his heart.  I’m trusting you with it now.

But please remember I was his first love.

I kissed his boo-boos, rushed him to the hospital with a bloody face when he was attempting stunts on his bike, sat up nights holding a bucket by his bed and giving him medicine at 3 a.m. to treat a fever.

I held his little hands and taught him how to walk.  Now it’s you who will hold his hand and together you’ll learn how to navigate a marriage.

I want to warn you, there will be days you don’t like him very much. But I pray on those days you remember your deep commitment to each other. Satan will try to tear you apart. And the days you don’t like each other or don’t necessarily feel “in love” will be his door in.  Slam the door hard. Keep him out.  Fight for your marriage.  You’ll like him again and feel the mushy “in love” butterflies again.  It ebbs and flows like the tide.  But true love in a committed marriage is as deep as the ocean, so the ebb and flows will happen, but the depth is still there.

Try to show him grace as you’ll be faced with the fact that he runs on “Austin Time”. Always a little late and never in a hurry. You see, he takes after my dad that way. He even entered the world on “Austin Time” – my fourth trip to the hospital.  After going into labor three previous times only to be sent home because he was in no big hurry to leave the womb, I was laying on the couch, insisting I wouldn’t go to the hospital until I knew for sure he was ready to pop out.  That night my dad knelt by the couch and held my hand in his large grasp and comforted me and let me squeeze the blood from his fingers as I moaned in pain.  My dad who was a man of few words was also a man who deeply loved his family.  See, there are so many worse people he could emulate.  So to me “Austin Time” has always been a bit precious.

I held him as he cried when he lost his grandma, aunt and grandpa.  One day you’ll hold him as he loses me.  Please hold him tight that day and assure him I’m with the Lord and it’s only “see you later” and not a final goodbye.

I want you to know his dad and I are always here for you and we’ll support and encourage you as a couple any way we can. We’ll allow you both the space to work through the life you’re crafting together. You’ll have pieces of your home and how you were raised and pieces of ours that will meld into a new life that’s a perfect fit for the two of you.

Keep God first above all and hold on for the wild, beautiful ride He has planned for you.

I hold his past – but you hold his future.

With all my love,

Kim

 

 

 

 

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30 Day Update – Vital Plan Restore Program

**I received this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in these reviews remain my own and I am in no way being influenced by the company.**

 

I’ve been on the Vital Plan Restore Program for 30 day now.

Vital Plan Restore Program

Phase one of the diet is pretty strict with the foods they allow. The point is to get your intestinal tract healthy with foods that won’t bother you. It’s hard to develop recipes with the approved food list so I ended up with a smoothie for breakfast each day, chicken or tuna for lunch and dinner with veggies and/or fruit.

Along with the supplements, diet guide and copy of Dr. Rawls’ book, I receive an email each day as part of the online course Vital Plan and Dr. Rawls has developed. It’s great information and has been really helpful.

The most notable changes at this point are an increase in energy and a decrease in brain fog. I’ve been able to get more done around the house and I’ve even been able to take a 30 minute walk with my friend Carla a few times without it throwing me into a flare!

I did have a bit of a rough start though. Day three I had very bad pop cravings (I’m from the Midwest, so it’s pop. Otherwise known as soda. 😉 ). Caffeine withdrawals brought on a few headaches and I felt pretty crabby. Day eight I felt really rough and was craving carbs like crazy – I didn’t take the supplements at bedtime and decided to drop the dose to see if that was the problem. It seemed to help so I went about gradually increasing the dose until I was back to the full amount.

The only downside I have to the program is the number of capsules you need to take. It works out to a total of 12 in the morning and 12 at night. There are four formulas and you take three capsules of each, twice a day. I have to space them out a bit because it feels like too much in my stomach at once.

A bonus is the fact that I’ve lost 18 pounds, but at first I wasn’t eating as much as I should. I was surprised by the fact that I didn’t feel very hungry, so I was just eating when I felt the hunger.

I’ve just started on phase 2 where you begin to introduce foods back into your diet. The first to come back was sweet potatoes. I can’t believe how much sweeter they taste after you’ve eliminated sugar and desserts from your diet. Yummy stuff! After you eat a new food for two to three days in a row, if you haven’t noticed any symptoms develop or had any intestinal issues, you can keep that food on your list and move on to another. Today I’m going to have eggs!!!

I am enjoying finding new whole foods recipes and I’m developing three boards on Pinterest based on the allowed food lists for each phase. This has been a catalyst to healthier eating for sure!

Have I cheated?? Well, if you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook you’ve seen my cheats. I forgot to post yesterday’s, but I have had a cheat meal each week. If this whole foods diet is going to be my new normal I’m going to have to have times where I take part in meals that aren’t “on plan” but are celebrations or time spent around the table with those I love.

If you’d like to learn more about the Vital Plan Restore Program you can check out their website here!

 

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8 Mistakes Most Spoonies Make

If you haven’t been around here very long or your newly diagnosed, you may not know what a “spoonie” is.  Allow me to explain.

mistakes most spoonies make

The spoon theory was written by a woman named Christine Miserandino. She happened to be out to eat with a close friend who asked her what it felt like to be her, to be sick. Her explanation to her best friend has become what we now call “The Spoon Theory.”  You can read about it here on her website, or if you’d rather watch a video, here ya go….

 

The gist of the story is that we all have a certain amount of energy we can use in a day. Unfortunately, for those with chronic illness (spoonies), our energy reserves are low and depleted quickly.

Learning how to pace ourselves and balance our physical exertion can be critical to getting anything done in the course of a day. Even if that one thing we get done is to simply survive.

Over the past few years I’ve watched as others navigate their own journey with chronic illness. Just like with anything in life, some do it better than others. I’ve noticed there are a few mistakes that most spoonies make at one time or another. Especially in the early years of their illness. Me, well, I’ve made them all.

Here are 8 mistakes most spoonies make.

 

  1. They don’t allow themselves enough time. Whether it’s how much time you plan for getting ready to leave the house or how long it will take to run a few errands – your time schedule has changed.  Your body can no longer keep the pace it once held. Allow yourself extra time to sit for a bit, take a nap, recuperate, etc.

 

  1. They leave home without their meds. When you leave the house you may not plan to be gone very long, but things come up that might change the direction of your day, and you don’t want to be caught without your meds. I did a review of a cool product called PillSuite that I’ve found works great for keeping a day’s worth of meds in my purse at all times. Whatever you choose, a ziploc bag or a bejeweled pill box, carry your meds with you!

 

  1. They forget to keep creature comforts handy.  Things you might have taken as a creature comfort when you were healthy might very well be the key to get you through whatever activity you’re attempting. Have a bottle of water with you at all times – that way if you’re out and it’s time for your meds you don’t have to take extra steps to find a drink. A snack of some sort like an energy bar, small bag of nuts or a piece of fruit is always good to have on hand. It can help to keep your energy up and your blood sugar stable as well as give your stomach something to do so you don’t take your meds on empty.

 

  1. They blindly trust their doctor. I know, I know. He has the medical degree and the $400,000 student loan to prove he knows more than you.  I get it. I didn’t go to college for medicine either. But, he hasn’t spent the past 1, 5, 10 or 30 years in a chronically ill body with your specific illness.  That automatically gives you a bit of a upper hand. No one cares more about your health than you do – it’s going to take some homework, but do it – be a well-educated patient. Get a second opinion, search the web, read some medical journals. I felt overwhelmed at first and didn’t understand all I was reading, but in time, you learn more and more and you’re able to take part in drafting the best healing and self-care regimes for your body.

 

  1. They care too much what others think. When you’re too worried about what someone will say you’ve lost the focus off what your body is trying to tell you. You can’t make anyone believe you or become more compassionate. All you can do is live honestly and share what you feel comfortable sharing about your illness and the rest is up to them. Unfortunately, some won’t get it unless they get it.

 

  1. They hide too much from others. We become award winning actors, don’t we? I think this piggy backs right off #5. We’re worried what they’ll say so we try to hide our symptoms and struggles. This will only make matters worse. You don’t have to announce every pain, stomach issue, etc, but there is also the other extreme of not sharing enough.

 

  1. They spend a good day catching up on work instead of having some enjoyment. This one has been the hardest for me. The guilt of not being able to keep up the house the way you used to, or your workload at your job, can be overwhelming and you may have to spend some energy catching up. But burning yourself out due to lack of rest and relaxation will compound your symptoms and make your flares and down time last longer. Give yourself a break. Do something you enjoy when you’re having a good day. (And no, binge watching NetFlix because you’re flaring too bad to move does not count as rest and relaxation!)

 

  1. They excuse bad eating or exercise habits. Have you ever noticed how some of the most pleasurable foods aren’t good for our bodies – at least not in the quantities we often eat them? I’m so guilty on this one! We’re having a pity party because we had to cancel plans for something we were looking forward to and now we’re stuck at home, miserable. To make up for our loss, we reach for a quick fix. Something salty, fizzy or sugary (you pick!). Food was meant to nourish our bodies, not make up for bad days. Poor eating habits and lack of movement will make your conditions worse. To top it off, it may also bring on more problems you don’t already have like diabetes, obesity, depression and increase your risk for other diseases. Do your body some good – feed it based on need and move it!

 

Which of these mistakes have you made throughout your chronic life? What mistakes have I missed?

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Where To Turn For Help When You’re Chronically Ill

Finding help when you’re chronically ill can be a daunting task. There’s not just the difficulty of finding the help but also the problem of having the ability to pay for it.

help when you're chronically ill

Here a list of 19 places to check out that offer free or affordable help when you’re chronically ill:

 

LOCALLY

  1. Your local chamber of commerce. They might have a list of organizations that offer services you may need.
  2. Your local churches. Often they have services available like a have a meal donation system or they may serve as a meeting place for local organization they can put you in contact with.
  3. Dial 211. Some communities have a 211 operator available that can connect you to local service groups.
  4. Local youth programs. Many youth programs will offer services free of charge as a community project.
  5. Department of Health and Social Services. Your local branch will be able to direct you to services based on your qualifications.
  6. Your local Council for the Aging or senior center. If you’re over 55 you may qualify for special assistance.
  7. Your local Independent Living Center. They may be able to provide help or lead you to the right resource.
  8. Your doctor. Ask your doctor if he knows of programs or organizations that can provide support.

 

HELP NAVIGATING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

  1. Allsup, Inc. Helps to submit SSDI paperwork, offers guidance through the appeals process and assists in hearings for denied claims. Only paid if client collects. http://www.allsup.com/

 

US NATIONWIDE PROGRAMS

  1. Salvation Army. They offer various services that might meet your needs. http://salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-we-help?_ga=1.8534258.677331659.1465920960
  2. Meals on Wheels. They deliver hot meals to disabled or homebound individuals at an inexpensive rate. http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/
  3. Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). Nationwide network that can provide a number of disability-related services and referrals. http://www.ilru.org/

 

INSURANCE

  1. Your health insurance provider. It’s worth a call to see if there are services that may be covered by your insurance and a list of approved organizations.

 

PROGRAMS FOR LOW-INCOME AMERICANS

  1. Center for Health Care Strategies. Promote quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. http://www.chcs.org/
  2. Department of Health and Social Services. Your local branch will be able to direct you to services based on your qualifications.

 

PROGRAMS SPECIFICALLY FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS

  1. Family Voices. Promote quality health care for all children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs. http://www.familyvoices.org/

 

PROGRAMS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE ELDERLY

  1. Your local Council for the Aging or senior center. If you’re over 55 you may qualify for services they can put you in contact with.
  2. The American Geriatrics Society. Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults. http://www.americangeriatrics.org/
  3. Foundation for Health in Aging. Offers resources to older adults based on their special needs. http://www.healthinaging.org/

 

FAITH BASED MINISTRIES

  1. Joni and Friends International Disability Center. Has many area ministries that operate across the United States.  http://www.joniandfriends.org/area-ministries/

 

If you know of a group or organization that should be added to this list, please contact me by email at kim@graceissufficient.com.

 

**This is in no way an exhaustive list and a listing on this page does not constitute an endorsement on my part. Please research these groups and use care and discretion when joining with health care support teams.

 

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How Can You Make A Difference When You Have A Chronic Illness?

Do you think it’s possible? Can you make a difference when you have a chronic illness? After all, we’re the ones that need help. You can find articles all over the internet explaining how we’d like to be treated or taken care of but there isn’t much out there about the difference we can make in the lives of others.

can you make a difference when you have a chronic illness

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be defined as the “sick” friend who needs help from those around her but never gives anything back in return.

I shared this video on Facebook the other day, and in case you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the watch.

It’s nothing extraordinary. No one saved from a burning car, no gorilla, no tiny child slapping his mother while others laugh. Nope, it’s kinda simple actually. It’s just a man who looked out his window and saw another person as another soul and not just an object he looked past. He doesn’t have a chronic illness, at least not that I know of. But he does have a compassionate heart.

 

he's having a bad day at work

His simple act of kindness for another person is something we can all emulate.

We all have the ability to do something kind for another person.

If you happened to follow along with our book club of the Choose Joy book, Sara Frankl was a beaming example of how a person with a debilitating illness, literally bedridden and unable to leave her home, was able to show kindness to others and make a difference in their lives.

Maybe we don’t have the money to go buy a bunch of flowers for someone, that’s ok. We do have the ability to smile or say a kind word.

We have the ability to pray or send an encouraging note.

We have the ability to look beyond ourselves and our illness briefly to show God’s love to another.

 

What are ways you’ve been able to show love and compassion for others, even in the midst of chronic illness? I’d love for you to share it in the comments below. We can make a difference!

 

 

 

 

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My Personal Review of Quell Wearable Pain Relief

**I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the Quell device was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.**

 

If you look up the word quell in the dictionary you’ll find it means “to put an end to, typically by the use of force.” When you’re talking about life with chronic pain the word quell sounds like a life changer!

quell wearable pain relief

 

In April I received a package in the mail. It was for a new campaign I had volunteered to take part in through the Chronic Bloggers Network. It happened to come at a good time. I had recently decided to cut in half the amount of meds  (gabapentin) I take for my fibromyalgia. The side effects I deal with had just worn on me to the point where I was literally choosing increased pain over the side effects, and increased pain is exactly what I got.

 

I decided to start wearing the device for at least six hours a day and see how it affected my increasing pain. 

How does it work?

The Quell unit is a small, thin black device that slides into a black leg band they provide. It’s comfortable to wear and fits under my jeans so I had no problem just leaving it on for the most part of my day.

It works by stimulating sensory nerves in your calf that carry pulses to your brain and central nervous system. Together they trigger your natural pain relief system that blocks the pain.

When I turned it on for the first time I was a bit concerned it might hurt. After all, it’s advanced neurotechnology that’s being delivered by way of electrodes wrapped around my leg. I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found was that it starts out at such a low intensity it’s barely noticeable. Once you do the initial calibration, they recommend you let it run for two minutes before you customize the intensity.  I played around with the power until it was very slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. The best way I can find to describe it is that it feels a bit like when you’re foot is asleep and you tap it on the ground – a slight tingle but not painful. This setting seemed to work well and by the time the first hour long session ended I could tell my pain had decreased some. That’s right, Ms. Cynical was thinking this just might be a product that would work!

As I’ve tested the device over the past two months I noticed that on days where my pain is higher I can increase the intensity of the therapy session and it, in turn, increases the amount of pain it controls.

TMI warning here! The day before and first day of my periods are usually very high pain days for me. I guess my body thinks it’s giving me a heads up and needs to alert me of my hormonal cycling. Over the past year the pain during these days has been getting worse. So I decided, what better time to put the Quell to the test?! It made a huge difference. It decreased my overall pain and even decreased the intensity of my menstrual cramps. Not sure the company wants to be the poster child for period relief, but it made such a huge difference for me I thought I needed to mention it. 🙂

There’s a very convenient, free app you can download for your Android or Ios smartphone. From this app you’re able to turn the device on and off, increase or decrease the intensity as well as watch a series of tutorial type videos that will answer about any question you might have. The unit works fine without the app and the videos can be found on youtube, but it does make using the device very simple.

QUELL app screen shots

The best part of the device is that you have the power to control the intensity of the therapy sessions. If your pain is higher one day, you can simply increase the intensity for better pain relief.

I haven’t used the device while sleeping yet but it is safe to wear while in bed and also has three settings just for sleep.

  • Bedtime only – therapy cycle only last while falling asleep and turns itself off once you’re sleeping
  • Gentle overnight – therapy sessions continue through the night but at a lower intensity than your daytime setting
  • Full power – sessions will continue through the night at the same intensity you have it set for during the day

The Quell device is not just for fibromyalgia!

The neurotechnology works with multiple diseases and conditions that result in life with chronic pain. If you CLICK HERE to their youtube channel you’ll see a few testimonials from a variety of people with differing causes to their chronic pain.

The only negative I have is that the device isn’t covered by insurance and I know the price tag will mean some of you aren’t able to try this as an option for your pain. I would love for more varying means of controlling pain to be covered the same way they’ll cover narcotics. I want to see people be able to pursue numerous options for pain relief – medical, supplemental, life-style, and devices like this.

Want to learn more?

Jump over to the QUELL website for more information!

A friend of mine, Donna from Fed Up With Fatigue, posted about this device on her blog as well. She conducted an interview with the Marketing Manager for Quell and it covers quite a bit. If you’d like more information you can CLICK HERE to read her post.

For any of you would like to dig deeper into the technology and medical science behind the Quell device, you can CLICK HERE to read a 12 page white paper written by Shai N. Gozani, M.D., Ph.D. It should answer any of the more technical/medical questions you might have!

 

 

 

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Whole Foods and Herbal Supplement Program for Chronic Illness

It's about to get real around here!

**I will be receiving this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product will be a gift, all opinions in these reviews remain my own and I am in no way being influenced by the company.**

 

That’s right REAL.

Real honesty, real work, real dedication, real supplements and real food.

whole foods and herbal supplement program for chronic illness

I have a confession.  I’m a sugar-aholic.  I don’t mean this as a joke and I’m not making light of other addictions. I truly believe sugar addiction is real and we need to begin addressing it as a real problem. It’s not as easy as saying “step away from the Twinkie” and it can cause life changing disease and illnesses that can rival that of cigarette smoke.

When I started getting sick the first illness to arrive came by way of a hormonal imbalance – polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Then, over time, chronic and adrenal fatigue set in.  I ran to a quick fix. (Ain’t nobody got time for a long term fix between kids, husband and a full time job – or so I thought.) I ran to cola to provide sugar and caffeine to get me through the day.  As the sugar crash would come, I’d just fill my glass again.

Then more chronic illnesses joined and choked the life out of me. They left me unable to do the things I previously enjoyed.  I went to colas and sweets even more as a way of enjoying part of life when I felt like so many other forms of enjoyment had been taken from me.

The downhill spiral had been set in motion and the sugar consumption only made my illnesses worse and, possibly, even caused a few more.

Now, years later and roughly 50 pounds heavier with four chronic illnesses under my belt I’ve been presented with an opportunity. I’ve been asked to participate in a 3 month whole foods and supplement program for chronic illness from Vital Plan and I’m anxious to receive my supplements. I’ve already received my introductory emails for the six month online course, resource material, diet plan and recipe book and I made a trip to the grocery store to stock up for tomorrow’s kick-off!

It’s an opportunity to reset and restore my body to health.

Here’s the real honesty part.  I’m not looking forward to it.  I’ve never been completely dedicated to a long term whole foods and herbal supplement program for chronic illness.  Oh I’ve tried quite a few things for a short time and have supplements I take daily, but as soon as the exhaustion gets to a certain point I run to my trusty friends – sugar and caffeine.

The reason I haven’t adapted to anything long term is because I know it’s going to get worse before it gets better and I don’t want to face “worse”. When your body is addicted to sugar and processed foods you’re going to go through some withdrawls.

I want gentle, enjoyable, and sugary. I want one pill that fixes everything and allows me to eat whatever I want. But life doesn’t work that way does it? Anything that can possibly bring healing to my body is worth the work.

Here’s a few reasons why I’m taking this very seriously and going to be dedicated…

 

  1. I owe it to you.  It’s pricey and money can be hard to come by when you’re ill.  The burden of financial pressures from not being able to work, doctor bills, meds and necessary supplements make this kind of program a serious investment and I want to be able to give my honest opinion as to whether or not you should try it yourself.

 

  1. I owe it to myself and my family to try this diet and nutrition route. They are a great support system for me, but let’s face it, our family feels the weight of our illnesses too.

 

  1. I owe it to my future. I feel my symptoms getting worse as I age and maybe this will slow down the progression. It’s a little scary to think of what kind of shape I’ll be in ten years from now if I don’t make these changes.

 

  1. I owe it to Vital Plan They deserve an honest review of their products by someone battling chronic illnesses and they trust me to provide one.

 

I’ll update you at least once a month by way of a more detailed blog post, but for the daily nitty-gritty, I’ll be posting updates to Facebook and Instagram. If you aren’t following me there you’ll want to click over and follow. I’ll be trying to find ways to make it easy to stick with the program and I’ll share them with you – along with any tasty recipes I come up with! And yes, if I cheat on the plan or fall off the wagon I’ll share that as well.  I don’t expect this to be easy by any means – it’s going to be a lifestyle change.

The good people at Vital Plan only asked for a review once I’ve completed the program but I think it might be more insightful for you if I take you on this journey with me. Plus, I may just need your support and encouragement to get me through!

You can check out Vital Plan and the Restore Program I’ll be participating in for fibromyalgia by clicking here.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Vital Plan or a similar program and what your results were. 

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