Top Gifts for People with Fibromyalgia

Gifts for Fibromyalgia  Top Gifts for People with Fibromyalgia Dollarphotoclub 95051120Widespread body pain, sensitivities to nearly everything, fatigue and sleep disturbances…these are the common symptoms of fibromyalgia. It can be difficult to determine what would be an appropriate gift. I remember very vividly what it was like to have Fibromyalgia. Sometimes it hurt too badly just to lay down in bed. Here are some great fibromyalgia gifts that will give joy and comfort for years to come! Happy Heartfelt Holidays!

Super-Soft Microfiber Hooded Robe When you are too tired to get dressed and everything hurts this robe is like a gentle hug. The super soft microfibers will not irritate or itch. It keeps you warm without being heavy. Ahh! That’s better.

 Detox Cleanse Kit When New Year’s Day rolls around your recipient is going to be so happy to have this! Get rid of the bloat and fatigue from all of the holidays and start off fresh in the New Year. The Healing Cleanse 30 Day Detox Kit is a fast, simple and easy way to jumpstart healing and make it a great year (Here’s a coupon code for 10% off plus free shipping HOLIDAY17). If you would like even more information, download my free ebook Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 30 Days without Exercising, Starving or Stressing.

Silk Pillow Cases An affordable luxury. Very smooth and naturally cool or warm as you need. They also diminish wrinkles on the face from sleeping and eliminate bed hair.

Warm, Soothing Broth Forget sending the candy and cookies that will cause all kinds of inflammation and pain. Broth is soothing, healing, and the perfect note for cold winter days. Add coconut oil or ghee for good fats, hydrolyzed collagen powder for super-absorbable protein, and unrefined sea salt for flavor. Add this stainless-steel travel mug, it’s my favorite for on-the-go!

Wool Blanket (to go under the bottom bed sheet) Forget a scratchy wool blanket like your grandmother had! These blankets are very soft, but they go UNDER your bottom bed sheet. I used to have a heated mattress pad or an electric blanket, but I became concerned about potential exposure to harmful EMFs. With a wool blanket under my bottom sheet, there is no electricity to worry about and the bed stays warm, cozy and breathable.

BONUS IDEA: I would be shot by my publisher if I did not mention my book, which takes people on a step-by-step path for complete recovery from fibromyalgia and its coexisting conditions. I have been recovered from fibromyalgia for nearly 10 years now, and I am on a mission to help others do the same. Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery is available on Amazon or on my website www.TheFibroLady.com.

About the author: Natural healing expert and speaker Leah E. McCullough, affectionately known as The Fibro Lady, is the author of the critically-acclaimed books Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery and Eat to Energize: Strategies and Recipes for Using the #1 Super Food for Energy. Receive the free eBook Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 30 Days without Exercising, Starving or Stressing at www.TheFibroLady.com . You can also connect with Leah on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Get More Energy Naturally

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I remember the day I thought I was completely recovered from Fibromyalgia. I had been doing the Healing Cleanse religiously for about a month, then one day, everything was clearer, the brain fog was gone. I could get out of bed. I remember thinking I felt better than most people who never had fibromyalgia. There was so much I wanted to do! I didn’t want to waste any more time since I had been sick for 20 years. So what was next? One thing that I was ready for was more energy!

Best Sources 

I wanted to challenge myself and work harder. I wanted to make the most of every minute. I knew that drinks and supplements didn’t offer the kind of energy I was desiring. I wanted energy that would last and would improve my productivity, so I started searching. The source that made the most sense is a forgotten bodybuilding secret that has been replaced with powders and shakes. It’s the perfect “uncEat to Energize energy Get More Energy Naturally get more energyonventional, traditional” source of energy….Liver! You don’t have to like liver to get it into your diet! I wanted energy so bad that I started finding ways to get liver into my diet that didn’t require “tasting it.”

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Delicious Foods

My determination lead me to create multiple recipes that I would use throughout the week. I wasn’t just cooking for myself. My son and my husband had to like what I was cooking, so it was even more challenging. Once the recipes were “family-approved,” I would add them to the list of meals I could make regularly. My stack became so thick that I decided to put them in a book!

More than just Recipes

My new book Eat to Energize, not only has recipes, it also has other ways of getting liver into your diet that might be better for you, if you’re not ready for cooking, so don’t worry, you will find something in this book you can use!

Special Update!! Eat to Energize has now been critically acclaimed by The Weston A. Price Foundation! Get your copy and know you are making an excellent choice for you and your family! 

Eat to Energize is now available for $19.99 (in paperback).

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A Reader’s Question: Do You Believe in Super Foods?

 

Leah Answers Questions super foods A Reader's Question: Do You Believe in Super Foods? Reader QuestionsHere is a question I received recently:
“Do you believe in “super foods” and if so, what do you consider a “super food”?”

Answer:  

Yes and no.  I do not believe there is a silver bullet of nutrition that meets all the needs of every human for long term. While it has been studied that blue green algae, such as chlorella or spirulina, might be used in space for long term travel, I believe we are meant to eat a wide variety of whole, unprocessed foods, like our healthy ancestors did.  

There are a lot of wonderful foods that are very nutrient-dense such as liver, eggs and raw butter, which are pretty super in their own rights. But do I believe there are some exotic foods from remote places that are super? Maybe. For example, medicinal mushrooms, such as Agarigus Blazei, are pretty amazing and I have had spectacular personal results with them.  

People’s food today is so lacking in nutrition that the addition of nutrient-dense super food really seems to make a big difference for them. In my book, Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery, I list “The Freedom from Fibromyalgia Superfoods,” which are the 11 foods that are so powerful they are like supplements and should be eaten daily (see the list at the end of this article).  [Note:  this list does not contain supplements, such as cod liver oil, probiotics or other amazing food-based supplementation, just actual powerful whole foods.]

My suggestions is to try out various foods and see how they work for you.  However, in the end, a diet of traditionally-prepared whole foods is what has been healing and healthy for thousands of years.

If you would like more information on an Agarigus Blazeii mushroom extract  (buy before December 31, 2016 and save $5.00) and a fermented spirulina-based probiotic that I personally take to maintain my health, go to Ripples’ Health Shop.

If you would like to submit a Reader Question, just email Leah@TheFibroLady, subject, Reader Question.

List of Potential Super Foods

  1.  Bone broths
  2.  Liver/organ meats
  3.  Poultry eggs
  4.  Raw/fermented dairy
  5.  Sauerkraut/fermented vegetables
  6.  Beet kvass
  7.  Coconut oil
  8.  Lard
  9.  Apple cider vinegar
  10. Unrefined sea salt
  11. Mineral water

Fibromyalgia Support at your Finger Tips and an Announcement for 2016

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Why provide fibromyalgia support? I am on a personal mission to help people recover from fibromyalgia and its coexisting conditions.  To reach this goal, my team and I offer multiple resources to support you on your healing journey, most of which are FREE.  You don’t have to go on this journey alone, we are here to help you!

Virtual Fibromyalgia Support

  • On the The Fibro Lady YouTube Channel

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Interactive Fibromyalgia Support

  • The Fibro Lady Facebook Page

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  • The Fibro Hope Support “Closed” Facebook Group

        • This is an online support group that I personally monitor daily
        • To join the group, search for “fibro hope support” on Facebook  or go to www.facebook.com/groups/fibrohopesupport and request to join the the group.

In-Person Fibromyalgia Support

  • One-on-one Private Coaching
  • Monthly Packages
  • Unlimited email coaching
  • Local Support Groups – The Fibro Fighters

    • We are currently developing curriculum for local support groups nationally
    • Right now we have two groups on Meetup.com

Big Announcements!  Coming Soon:

    • January 26-28, 2016
    • 12 Experts in Natural Healing sharing actionable information
    • The first-ever event of its kind!
    • Bonuses and surprises!
  • 3D Fibromyalgia Healing Teleseminar
    • Starts February, 2016 after the World Telesummit
    • Put the information you learn in the Telesummit into action!
    • It spans over 6 weeks of information, bonuses and interaction where everyone gets to hear everyone else’s questions.  
  • Resource List of MORE Practitioners

    • We will be enlisting more help with recovery from healing professionals all over through The Freedom from Fibromyalgia Certification Course for Healing Professional.
    • Once complete, these professionals will be listed by specialty and geographic area

We have been very busy and we have exciting plans going on now and in the near future to provide even more fibromyalgia support options.  Stay tuned!

Yours in joy and health,

Leah

 

 

Healing Lunches to Go

How to Prepare Lunch to Go with Ease

Finding decent food away from home can be difficult and expensive.  It might surprise you but I pack a meal with me quite often.  It’s healthier, tastier and a lot of times, just more convenient.  I have a “formula” for my lunches so I am sure to include all of the food groups that are important to me:

Protein (sliced cold cuts, hard boiled eggs, leftover chicken, canned tuna)

Fat (cheese, sour cream)

Ferment (raw sauerkraut, beet kvass)

Soup/Stew/Broth (chicken soup, chili)

If you are making a bag for your husband or child, add the following for more carbohydrates:

Fresh fruit and/or veggies with dipping options of sour cream, yogurt or peanut butter (apples and peanut butter, strawberries and whipped cream, blueberries and yogurt, celery and cream cheese)

Milk (whole, unpasteurized and not homogenized)

As long as you have all those components showing up you are guaranteed a healing and fulfilling meal.  This is a typical example of what you might take in an insulated lunch bag:

Meat “Salad” – this combines protein, fat and ferment

Hunk of raw cheddar cheese (fat)

Thermos of broth (see Raise the Dead Chicken Broth Recipe)

Cucumber slices and sour cream (veggie, fat and ferment)

Mineral water to drink

To keep soup hot, fill a small thermos with boiling water and let it sit for 5 minutes.  While that’s going, heat up the soup or stew on the stove top; pour the water out of the thermos and immediately put my soup in.  It will keep warm for several hours and the warm liquid really helps me to feel full.

To keep milk or other beverages cold, fill a drink thermos bottle with ice water, (this one is really great for kids because they can open it themselves), let sit for five minutes, pour out the ice water and immediately pour in the milk.

Put milk and other foods in an insulated lunch bag with a reusable frozen cold pack.  Pack whatever eating utensils you will need, plus a napkin.  Thicker glass containers are great for anything cold that might leak, such as the Meat “Salad.”  This is all pretty easy to set up and almost everything can be put in the dishwasher for cleaning.

I have used this system for several years now and it really works!  How do you eat healthy while you are out and about?  What tips have you found that really work for you?

 

Partners in Healing

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Recently I was at The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Food Freedom Fest and Business Summit hosted by the Nutritional Therapy Association in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia.  A spectacular setting for a fantastic event!!  I got to meet healing professionals from all over the country and I even got to meet a personal hero of mine, Joel Salatin, The Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer from Polyface Farm (sorry for the poor quality picture).  There is grass fed beef and other pasture-raised products available in the US mainly due to the efforts of Joel Salatin and people like him.  When farmers raise food that is nourishing, people are able to heal quicker and more completely.

In my book Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery, one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle I discuss is healing nutrition.  When one is recovering from fibromyalgia, good food is a necessity, but often difficult to acquire, much less prepare.  Now there is a short-cut: Paleo on the Go.  I met the owner of Paleo on the Go, Dave Rohdi, at this same conference.  He takes the high quality food made by farmers that are like-minded with Joel Salatin and makes them into ready-to-eat meals that can be shipped anywhere in the country.

If you are too sick to cook, too busy to cook, or you just don’t want to cook, but you want the highest quality, nourishing food like I make, I think Paleo on the Go is a great option.  While the way I eat is not strictly Paleo, the Paleo Diet is actually fairly close to what I do.  Dave sent me some delicious samples of his food and I was very impressed.  The quality and ingredients were outstanding, they were easy to heat up, and the portion sizes were perfect, just right!

My favorite was the Decadent Fudge, made with just dates, organic raw cacao powder, coconut oil and honey.  No refined sweeteners!  There was enough in the pack I could share with my son and husband too.  My second favorite item was the Elk Burger with Wild Mushrooms.  I was shocked by how tender the meat was.  When I reorder the next thing I want to try is the Thai Chicken Soup-Tom Kha Gai.

Paleo on the Go has a wide variety of foods, even those without nightshades in the Auto Immune Protocol Section (no nuts, seeds, nightshades or eggs).  They also have BROTH!  Real, honest to goodness broth that I am excited to tell you about.  I think the prices are also really fair, about the price you would pay for an entrée at a chain restaurant, but gourmet-quality food.

So here is a great deal if you want to give it a try, use coupon code FIBROLADY at www.PaleoOnTheGo.com for $20 off your first order of $150 or more.  I would love to hear about what you ordered and what you thought of it!

If I Can’t Have Sugar…

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It is my belief through years of trial and error that one of the biggest reasons for pain in fibromyalgia is sugar consumption.  No one wants to hear this and I’m often asked, “If I can’t have sugar, what can I have?”  First, you are an adult, you can do anything you want.  You can continue to do whatever you want, you are the person that faces the consequences.  However, if you are serious about getting out of pain once and for all then it is time to take a serious look at eliminating sugar, and foods that act like sugar.

The Feedback Mechanism

There is a system present in your body called a feedback mechanism which alerts you to sensitivities and allergies to food and other products.  Most people who are symptomatic of fibromyalgia just kind of feel bad all the time and have no idea which food or combination of foods is causing which symptom.  It really is impossible to tell and lab tests are not very helpful with this either.

The first time I tried getting off sugar, I white-knuckled it for about a month.  At that point I was still highly symptomatic with fibromyalgia, but after a short time without the sugar, my pain medication started working better and I was much more comfortable.  However, I was still really craving sugar and after about a month I finally succumbed in a big way. Then I noticed I was in so much pain, especially in my back and shoulders.  I had my feedback mechanism in place!  I could finally see the cause and effect of my diet because I had removed the gunk.

It Doesn’t Have to Be Forever

My suggestion is to try to go one day without sugar.  Just one day and see how it goes. You will probably not notice any significant health improvements, but in this day and age it is actually a really big deal to go one day without sugar.

Next, go one week without sugar.  You don’t have to get fancy, just one week without ingesting obvious sources of sweetened foods.  You will probably start to notice improvements in everything from joint mobility and body pains.  If you are taking pain relievers, you may start to notice them working better.

Finally, set out to go one month without sugar. Once you make that, your feedback mechanism will be firmly in place.  At that point you should be able to gauge how much sugar it takes to start feeling bad.  So in my case, one piece of cheap-quality grocery store cake is enough to hurt my back and give me an immediate headache, so it is actually not tempting at all to turn down cake at a party.

However, one scoop of gourmet ice cream every once in a while seems to have little effect on me other than gaining weight, which although I’m not happy about gaining weight, I’d rather that than be in pain.  So I can have the occasional high-quality treat and not succumb to pain.

There is Help

Like I mentioned it above, the first time I tried cutting out sugar I “white-knuckled” it.  I just went by shear will power.  I don’t suggest that, it is very difficult.  Nine out of ten of the cells in your body are actually not you, they are microbial life forms.  So when you have a sugar craving, it’s not just you, it’s them too!  So to help keep the natives calm, the best way I have found is to flood your system with microbial life that does not crave sugar, with a therapeutic-grade probiotic.  (See the article here on Why You Need a Therapeutic Grade Probiotic.)

Eating other foods rich in probiotic life forms such as raw sauerkraut and beet kvass are also helpful.  For intense cravings, I suggest a chunk of raw cheese.  I also suggest applying magnesium oil every night to head off chocolate cravings.

Finally, a detox bath of 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup sea salt (like Hain’s) is one of the best ways to help your body get into balance.

There are alternatives

If you are avoiding sugar, then you want to be on the lookout to avoid the following ingredients as well because they can set off cravings for sweets:

Nutrasweet

Aspartame

Sucralose

High fructose corn syrup

Sugar alcohols such as Maltitol

Also, avoid super sweet fruit such as dates, grapes, melons, pineapples and figs.  Instead try berries and citrus fruits such as grapefruit.

What you can try is the herb stevia.  It is available in powder or liquid, but I like the organic, least-processed form the best.  It can satisfy a sweets craving without triggering more.

Later, after your feedback mechanism is in place, you can try foods that have unrefined sweeteners to see how they affect you.  Here is a list of some unrefined sweeteners:

Honey

Maple Syrup

Jaggery

Date Sugar

Unfortunately, you may not be able to eat much of any kind of sweetened foods.  I am basically “allergic” to any kind of sweetener.  If I eat sugar, I usually feel the effects pretty quick.  If I eat something with honey or maple syrup, I generally have a little more leeway, but too much too frequently and I feel pain again.  Now, I want to clarify, I am not in so much pain I need to take any pain relievers.  I feel uncomfortable and that is my feedback mechanism letting me know I have overdone it.  If I were to continue, then I would probably see a cascading of negative outcomes and I really don’t want to go there.  I would rather forgo the sweet and live the sweet life!

 

Holistic Guide to Cold and Flu

Leah Winter  Holistic Guide to Cold and Flu Leah WinterHello, everyone!  We are in the middle of winter here in Ohio, in the Midwest of The United States and it is cold!  In the past couple of weeks it seems like many my friends, their kids and their spouses have been getting sick.  Really sick, like “call in sick from work or go to the hospital” sick.

I got some treats in the mail recently and, during a weak moment, I went on a bit of a sugar binge. I preach the ills of sugar, and here I go, succumbing to the thing that causes me a lot of issues.  I think I had a weak moment because I was already a bit depleted from holiday stress, and then I came down with a rare cold.  Boo!

I have been using this fever protocol for a while now, mostly for my little one, but also for me and my husband.  I used the entire protocol for myself for this recent illness, and I feel like I really bounced back!

Symptom-reducing medication for things like coughs and fevers, should really only be used in extreme situations or if the person needs to sleep.  These symptoms are actually helpful to your body to get rid of the germs that are making you feel miserable.  By suppressing the detoxifying effects of fever and cough, the illness can be prolonged and made more severe.

The protocol is a mixture of comforting the person who is sick, while supporting the body in fighting off the illness.  This greatly reduces the duration and severity of illness.  Last year the flu came knocking at our door, and by following this protocol, it was in and out of the house, affecting all three of us, but for only 10 hours!Don't let Cold and Flu Season get You Down  Holistic Guide to Cold and Flu natural flu remediesFirst, don’t get sick:

At the first sign of illness:

If illness persists to the point of fever:

  • Keep the person quiet (no rough play, errands, etc.)
  • Keep the person hydrated (broth, Smooth Water, Sweet and Salty OJ Spritzer, mineral water, medicinal teas such as Gypsy Cold Care)
  • Keep the person warm (stay in bed, with socks and covers on)
  • No tv/screen time (your brain needs this capacity for healing), books ok
  • Homeopathics as symptoms warrant (for example: for vomiting take Nux Vomica 30c, for body aches Arnica Montana 30c)
  • If the person can eat, clear brothy soups such as chicken soup
  • Grave Robbers/Thieves Oil (clove-based essential oil blend) on the bottoms of the feet, and then socks over them
  • Enlist the power of prayer.  Visualize yourself on a healing table with the violet light of healing surrounding you.  Call in healing angels.

No Fever, but the illness progresses:

  • Continue to support your immune system by doing everything in “The First Signs of Illness”
  • Whatever you do, don’t go around saying, “I’m sick” or “I have a cold.”  If asked how you are doing simply state with all integrity, “I’m feeling a little under the weather, but I’m sure I’ll be fine soon.”

If the person must get some sleep and symptoms are keeping them awake:

  • Chestal Homeopathic for coughing
  • Tepid or very hot bath to reduce fever enough to allow sleep (Add 1 cup sea salt and 1 cup baking soda plus a few drops of the essential oil of your choice, such as lavender, to make it detoxifying and relaxing.)

If you are new to homeopathic remedies I suggest the book Homeopathic Self Care:  The Quick and Easy Guide for the Whole Family by Robert Ullman, ND and Judyth Reichenburg-Ullman, ND.  Symptoms and illnesses are listed alphabetically, so one can quickly look up their issue and then specific remedies are recommended.  Although homeopathic remedies do not induce sleepiness, sometimes that is a result of using them, due to your body’s healing response.  Do not ingest anything within 10 minutes of taking homeopathic remedies, especially coffee or use anything with mint, menthol or eucalyptus.

It is a good idea to stock up on supplies of broth and soup before winter.  I make about a gallon of chicken soup and freeze in 1 quart and 1 pint containers.  I make chicken broth on an ongoing basis.

It is my sincere hope that this list of recommendations and resources serves you and your family during this cold and flu season.

Yours in joyful health,

Leah

Season’s Greetings or Season of Pain?

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Happy Holidays from The McCullough Familty

Happy Holidays?

Are you looking forward to the holidays or are you already so miserable that the thought of doing more sends you into a panic? For people with chronic illnesses this is one of the most painful times of the year. What I call “The Season of Pain” tends to start around Halloween and end sometime before St. Patrick’s Day. That is a big chunk of your year to feel bad! Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, and other illnesses seem to have exacerbated symptoms this time of year. There are several reasons for this, but I think it is not a coincidence that the exacerbation coincides with these Triggers:

  • Less sunlight – SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
  • Greater consumption of sugar (that’s why it starts with Halloween!)
  • Disruptions in routines/travel
  • Being around more people – toxic family relationships
  • Stress
  • Weird foods (or just weird-to-you)
  • Cold and flu season
  • Colder weather

What to do to help?

            Some people think that The Season of Pain is inevitable, but I know that one can have vibrant health all year long. Here are some strategies to keep you healthy during this trying time:

  1. Stress is an attitude. Cut down activities to only the necessary ones and deeply enjoy those.
  2. Take a detox bath (soak in a hot bath of 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup of sea salt).
  3. Drink extra Raise the Dead Chicken Broth
  4. Cut out sugar and fake foods. (If you must have something sweet, see my recipe in this newsletter for Cold Whipped Hot Chocolate.)
  5. Take extra of the following supplements:
    1. For depression and cold-fighting (Vitamins A, D and K₂): fermented cod liver oil/high vitamin butter oil capsules
    2. Therapeutic grade probiotic such as FermPlus Pro
    3. If you feel a cold starting, to support the immune system take an extract of the Agarigus Blazei mushroom
  6. Investigate homeopathics for yourself. These are remedies you take at the first sign of symptoms and they do not interact with any medications. The following are my go-to remedies for myself and my family this time of year:
    1. If you feel a cold coming on – Cold Calm
    2. If you feel the flu coming on – Oscillococcinum
    3. If you feel nervous or anxious – Calms
  7. Meridian tapping for dealing with toxic people and situations (described in detail in my book Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery)

Be sure to tune in to our free monthly Hope Army Webinar on Monday, Dec. 22th at 7 pm EST. My guest, Victoria Smith, Holistic Therapist, will be discussing more strategies to deal with the Season of Pain so that this year you can look forward to holidays!