Friday, 22 April 2011

Happy Earth Day!

Good afternoon people and Happy Earth Day everyone! 

I am proud to admit that I was born on the 9th anniversary of Earth Day, it's the perfectly apt day for me.  I am happiest when with nature and I am always on a mission to get more people to be more environmentally friendly, be it through recycling, eating a vegetarian/vegan diet, planting trees, looking after the conservation of the world...anything possible.  

One way you can support this year's Earth Day is to pledge to do an act of Green via Facebook and the Earth Day Network.  Your pledge can be anything you want, it can be a pledge that is already there or one that you pledge yourself.  

Oooh and randomly for those of you in Phoenix, Arizona, Lowe's are giving away 1 million trees so those of you in the area, get your butts down there and get yourself a tree!  

And super oooh, if you want to give an excellent rainforest gift to someone then hows about planting a tree in Costa Rica for someone's honour?  Green Gifts alongside Care2 is working with the people of Costa Rica to help it become the world's first carbon neutral country. :)

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where you are in the world, as long as you are committed to saving the planet and pledge to do at least one thing that shall help this matter, then at least you are doing just that.  If that is not enough though, do as much as you physically can.  Educate others.  Don't stop and don't be put off by any shit or skepticism you may receive.  At least you know you're working towards a worthy cause! :)

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Sugar: It May Be Sweet But Only As An Occasional Treat!

I got an email from the FibroFix team the other day about sugar intake and it got me thinking.  It is a well known fact that too much sugar in your diet is not good for you.  Excessive sugar intake leads to poor nutrient absorption from foods, which then leads to a seriously cruddy digestive system.  Evil syndromes (and no I'm not talking Syndrome from The Incredibles here either) such Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS can then develop.  Fibromyalgia is basically a collection of evil syndromes together and IBS is frequently one of them.  Thankfully it is one that *touch wood* I am not afflicted with.  Anyhoo, too much sugar can also lead to diabetes and of course obesity.  And as with any chronic condition, especially pain and fatigue, sometimes exercise is damn near impossible.  Which of course doesn't help with the whole obesity thing.  

So, where to start?  Well at the end of the day, it's always best to start with the simplest of things.  And if cutting down on your sugar intake can make an improvement on your metabolism, leading to better nutrient absorption and better health in general then hells yeah I'm on board!  The question is, are you?

Now one of the trickiest things when cutting down on sugar and being under the impression that we are being really healthy is the amount of sugar that some fruits contain.  The way I see it, is that getting your sugars from fruit has to be good.  As long as you keep an eye on just how much sugar on average is in your fruit.

Another HUGE problem for me personally is alcohol.  Now I will be the first to admit that this is the kicker for me.  I can be as healthy as possible but then alcohol steps in the way.  Alcohol itself, with the exception of liquors obviously, is actually really low in sugar.  In fact most spirits have no sugar content.  The mixers that you add to them however, that's a whole different story!  I always tell myself that Morgan's and Coke is pain relief when in all actuality, just the sugars alone from it are probably doing more damage.  I guess it doesn't matter how healthy you are, if the sugar content in your diet is too high then you just don't benefit in the way that you should be.

Now the email that prompted me to write this blog came as I said before, from The Fibro Fix team.  Below is a sample from the email that gives a quick reference to foods and their sugar content.

Here's a quick reference guide to a few sample foods and their
sugar content: 

  • Small apple                          15 grams

  • ¼ cup of raisins                         29 grams

  • 6 ounces of plain yogurt                 12 grams

  • 6 ounces of yogurt w/fruit                  26 grams 

  • 6 ounces of orange juice                  18 grams

  • One teaspoon of honey                           7 grams

  • Typical juice box                           25 grams 

  • One large single serving chocolate chip cookie  44 grams

  • One 20 ounce cola                    69 grams

  • So with this newfound thought of sugar intake in mind I am going to keep a daily diary to record this and do my best to follow the advice of the FibroFix team and reduce my sugar intake to 100 grams or less a day.

    If you would like to sign up for these highly informative emails and receive a free E-Book then please visit the site HERE!  I highly recommend it!  :)  The team is made up of three highly successful women including one of the most wonderful, knowledgeable and downright awesome women I have ever discovered through my search to kick fibromyalgia right up the butt.  That woman would be Sue Ingebretson, the author of the well written and superbly quirky FibroWHYalgia.  Through self discovery and a whole lot of research, Sue has found the key to living a happy and healthy life.  FibroWHYalgia is an amazing book and one that every single person with either fibromyalgia, or indeed any chronic pain condition, must at least read.  Although if you can, I definitely recommend owning this book.  It's like a bible that you constantly go back to refer too.  Below are links to the American site, as well as the UK site  

    Tuesday, 19 April 2011

    Drug Free Headache Relief...And More!

    Roughly a year and a half ago, I remember having really bad wisdom tooth pain and a migraine to boot!  I felt absolutely dire and having ran out of painkillers I knew I had to leave the comfort of my dark room and venture down to my friend Vivien's...the closest person to me (distance wise) who could supply me with some much needed drugs.

    Whilst I was there she asked if I had ever seen one of these head massager's (below).  The answer was no.  What I experienced next was one of the best feelings EVER!  Vivien massaged my head using this simple little thing that pretty much looks just like a kitchen whisk that has went wonky and it was amazing.  Talk about a relaxation of the nerves in my head, my migraine started to soothe and my wisdom tooth pain, after a while I forgot that I even had it in the first place.  I was beyond impressed with this ridiculously simple little tool.  Vivien being the lovely person that she is told me I could keep it as she didn't really use it anyway.

    At the time I was running a support group for people with Fibromyalgia and so I took my new toy along with me and everyone absolutely loved it.  The tingling sensations that it sends through your body extends down your shoulders and arms and can even help relieve tight shoulder pain.  Again I've used it on my boyfriend after basketball games and he absolutely loves it. 

    Now obviously it's better if you can get someone to do it for you, when you do it yourself, although it feels good, just the fact that you're using one hand to do it so your arm and shoulder muscles are going to be that little more tensed up.  And if you're in a lot of pain then obviously the repeated up and down movements will start to tire your arms.

    That is where the battery operated ones come in handy.  This way it's a case of plonking it on your head and letting the batteries do the work.  Simples!

    The best thing about this is it's so cheap and cheerful.  Below are links to both types on both and  Oh and last but not least, if you want a great 80's fuzzy hairdo, this is the way to do it, heehee!

    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    A Little Bit of Health and Wellness...Morley Style!

    I've been toying with the idea of having an alternative health and wellness blog for a while, I figure if I'm writing about my findings I'm less likely to fall of the wagon and end up back in the pub!  I have a wealth of information on the subject that I've been meaning to get round to sharing, so figured what the hey, why not now?

    I've been feeling really run down as of late and got a bunch of blood tests done.  I got the results back and they are basically a little kooky and not making that much sense.  I figured that whilst my blood work is attempting to be as bizarre as my brain work, heehee, I would see if I could fix any of these little quirks by changes in diet and alternative medicine.  Although I will admit that I gave and when my doctor prescribed me Thyroxine, I had just been feeling so badly like an extra out of a  George Romero movie for over a month that I was desperate.  This is all a learning curve though so hopefully you shall want to join me and my kooky self as I try not to crash!  :)