Fibro Tip: Pause

take small breaks  Fibro Tip: Pause take small breaksI’m writing a series of small tips to help people with fibromyalgia.  This is the first one, so I would love your feedback.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” -Lao Tzu

Do you recognize this vicious cycle: you have a better than normal day, so you try to get caught up on all the things that you have been unable to do.  You may take out boxes, clean out drawers or hurt yourself climbing up and down a ladder.  At the end you are too tired to think, and your body is screaming at you to be still.  It’s almost like it wasn’t worth it to have a good day.

Even though it was terrible to have fibro in the first place, one of the best self-management techniques I have ever learned was born from necessity, and that is the practice of pacing one’s self.

When I was sick with fibro, I learned to not “leave it all on the field.”  Because if I did, there wasn’t anything much left of me for days, and possibly longer.  While there may be a time and place for “leaving it all on the field” everyday life is not one of them.  Going to about 75-80% and then taking a break, will help you accomplish much more over a longer period of time.

Learning to flow with the day and one’s body has served me well, even as a perfectly healthy person.  Even though I have a great amount of energy now (thanks to zeolites and grass-fed liver capsules!), on most days, I take a 20-minute break in the afternoon to meditate and visualize.

If I feel like I’m overextending myself – I stop and assess my situation: do I really, really need to be doing this right now, or will I help myself in the long run by taking a short break now?

Even though interruptions can lengthen projects, self-care is more important than a deadline – which is usually an arbitrary construct anyway.

So the next time you find yourself doing too much, my suggestion is to take little breaks to assess your progress and objectives.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised by just how much is really being accomplished without messing you up in the meantime.

I hope you have found this Fibro Tip helpful, and I would love your feedback.  As always, feel free to reach out to me directly at

Yours in joy and health,


Grounding and Warmth

Technically, Grounding and Warmth are two tips, but together they work synergistically.

Grounding and Warmth groundedHave you ever had electrical work done on your house and saw them put a grounding rod in the ground and connect it to your electrical system?  This is because the earth absorbs electricity – it is actually grounding. Our bodies are an electrical system too, and at rest, a human body can generate about 100 watts of electricity! We can achieve grounding by just connected to the earth, such as walking barefoot.

The fourth tip on the “5 Simple, Unique and Fast Ways to Help Fibro Pain NOW Where Ever You Are” Infographic is Ground with Warmth. For this tip, try sitting in a sunny area barefoot, with your feet touching the earth, for only about 10 minutes – you can go longer if you have the time. Daily practice of this is cumulative and can help in many other ways as well.

I would love to know your results with this tip!  Feel free to contact me at

Yours in joy and health,


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

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 . You can also connect with Leah on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Simple Help for RLS

Try this for RLS relief RLS Simple Help for RLS desperate 2293377 640In my Take Your Health Back Group Coaching Program I am regularly amazed by the people in it.  Not only are they a positive group of individuals focused on recovering their health, but they also teach me about new information that I can then pass on to the rest of our amazing community, like this simple technique to reduce RLS.

RLS, or Restless Leg Syndrome, is a very common coexisting condition with fibromyalgia.  So, after one has addressed things like:

  • gut health (with “The Healing Cleanse” as noted in my free ebook Lose Up to 15 Pounds Without Exercising, Starving, or Stressing)
  • adequate intake of the mineral magnesium, which almost everyone is deficient in (I like this lotion as it does not make my skin itch)
  • and other healing modalities such as stretching and diet, there can still be issues with RLS.

My client says when she is bothered in the evening with RLS she does this mindful meditation technique:  she tenses the muscles in her legs for a few seconds and then releases the muscles.  You may recognize this from different relaxation and meditation techniques.  For a body-wide way to deeply relax, systematically go through muscle groups and tense them up, and then relax them.  I like to start with my face, then move to my neck, down to my shoulders, etc.

In this specific RLS technique, she just focuses on the leg muscles, tensing and relaxing to sort of reset the muscles so that they stop twitching.  If you try this let me know how it works for you.

Are you ready to transform your life?  I have seen amazing results in my coaching program, and you may have noticed some of the success stories people post on our free FaceBook support group, Freedom from Fibromyalgia: Fibro Natural Recovery Support.  Currently, I have openings for about 10 more coaching clients.  If you are interested in seeing if this would be a good fit for you, click here.

Yours in Joyful Health,


What are EMFs? How are they impacting your health?

I hope you had an awesome weekend! I had a fantastic weekend – we just adopted a kitten!!  His name is yet to be determined, actually, we’re kind of arguing about it, but I will fill you in shortly.  My little boy is over-the-moon happy!  I will post adorable kitten pictures on the FaceBook group soon!

Have you ever heard about how your cell phone and your electronicsMobile Phones and EMFs  What are EMFs? How are they impacting your health? mobile phones and emfs can damage your health?  I have heard vague things about this in the past, but I never could pin down what was going on and what I could do about it.  I found out from my friend Risa Suzuki (bio below), with just a few small changes, people can sleep better, reduce sensitivities, and have more energy!

In last spring’s Healing Fibromyalgia – Chronic Fatigue – ME World TeleSummit, Risa talked about home detox practices.  Now she and I are hosting a free webinar next week called “How to Reduce EMFs in the Home.”  In this master class, you will find out what EMFs are, how they impact your health, and tips for reducing them immediately!  This is going to a very information-packed webinar to make things better in your home!  We’ll be doing the webinar live Thursday, Oct. 26th at 12 pm PST, and 3 pm EST.  To register go to

Did you know I used to have PTSD? It was a souvenir from my time in Bosnia. When I recovered my health from fibromyalgia, I used meridian tapping to get rid of the anxiety and PTSD. I still use it daily for everything – good and bad things, and I even have instructions for how to do this powerful tool in my book, Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery.

A few months ago my massage therapist told me about a free resource, Tapping with Brad Yates on YouTube. He has over 700 short tapping videos on nearly any subject you can think of. I’m so impressed with Brad, that when I found out he was coming to Ohio I took my entire team on Friday to see him and learn to do this powerful yet easy technique to clear and strengthen one’s mind. Oh, and now I enjoy seeing fireworks shows again instead of feeling like I’m going to die. If you try it, let me know your results!

Risa Suzuki BIO

Home Detox  What are EMFs? How are they impacting your health? Risa SuzukiRisa Suzuki is the creator of the How to Reduce EMFs online course and programs. Risa helps people reduce EMFs in their homes to fight back against the health effects of EMFs so they can get better sleep, have more energy, and reduce sensitivities or triggers for people who already have health concerns or compromised immune systems.

I’m dedicated to bringing you great information that you can use in your life NOW to improve it.  If there is ever a topic you would like me to write about, please reply to this email and let me know.  Have a beautiful week!

Yours in joy and health,


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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What’s Your Turkey Day Strategy?

Fibromyalgia Thanksgiving Holiday Strategy strategy What’s Your Turkey Day Strategy? Fall Picture e1479915423214Last year I got really real in this post about how much my Thanksgivings have changed.  As we gear up for the holiday this year, and the holiday season in general, my question to my clients has been, “What is your strategy for getting through the holiday?”  We have to take these occasions one day at a time, so let’s focus specifically on Thanksgiving.

Tips to creating a holiday strategy! 

  1. I sincerely hope you have someone to spend this wonderful holiday with.  Some of the loneliest times of my life were when I was a soldier and was away from family during Thanksgiving.  If you are alone this holiday, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
  2. If you are a guest, make arrangements ahead of time to make things easier for yourself.  One of my clients included in his strategy driving separately, so he can arrive later and/or leave earlier.  If you have dietary restrictions, make a dish you can bring, share, and enjoy.  The host will likely be grateful.  (My strategy includes taking Butternut Squash Gratin and an Apple Crisp with real Whipped Cream to the celebration this year!)
  3. If you are the one hosting, accept as much help as you can get!  Let people bring side dishes and desserts.  Let everyone pitch in with the dishes, it’s actually kind of fun.  Dinner may not come out perfect, and just accept that going in (and if it does, you will be pleasantly surprised).
  4. In last year’s post I talked about how hard it was to talk to people about my life when I was ill.  For this year, I have a little experiment for you to try.  Instead of the usual turkey day banter of talking about harsh political differences, interrogating teenagers about what they are going to do with their lives, or listing one’s physical disabilities, try adding these wise suggestions to your strategy:  

Don’t Explain, Don’t Complain, and Be Encouraging.

In Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book Excuses Begone!, he describes how complaining attracts more negative circumstances and people to you.  That to me was pretty clear, and I knew no one liked to hear others complain.  But the big idea for me was the genesis of complaints – explaining.  You see, when you start to explain yourself, you inevitably fall into the complaining trap.  

You are a free adult.  You do not need to justify yourself to anyone.  You do not have to share your plans and leave yourself open to criticism.  When people know you are ill, they are full of well-meaning advice.  

On the other hand, when people tell you what’s going on in their lives, be an encourager!  I remember once at a family dinner my niece said she was interested in becoming an interior decorator.  Everyone had a comment about how hard it would be, how she wouldn’t be able to get a job, or she wouldn’t make any money, etc.  Although it was well-meaning advice, I thought it wasn’t quite fair to her.  I said I thought she’d make a great interior designer.  She is a very good listener and very observant, plus she has a flair for putting things together.  With training and diligence, who knows how successful she could have become?!  (She wound up pursing other career goals, but her house is gorgeous.)

This Thanksgiving, build into your holiday strategy,  finding out about what others are doing and see how encouraging you can be.   Your words of encouragement might be just the tipping point to help someone.  By looking into others’ lives, it will help you see perspectives beyond your own.  So, even if you have not recovered yet, you may get some ideas about the kinds of things you would like to do once you do.

Speaking of recovery, how would you like for this holiday season to be DRAMATICALLY different?  

How would you like to have not only strategies for coping, but have me personally “take you by the hand” to help you recover?  If you are at all interested, then fill out an application for the Take Your Health Back Coaching Session.  During this special FREE session, we’ll work together to:

  • Create a crystal-clear vision for the ideal life you’d be living with vibrant and vivacious health.
  • We’ll uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your efforts and keeping you sick.

Got Seasonal Allergies? Try this Immune System Booster

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About three months into my recovery from fibromyalgia, I started using Agaricus Gold and it turbo-charged my recovery!  I had chronic, swollen lymph glands under my jaw bone that were so bad, that it looked like I had an orangutan double-chin (not pretty!).

The swelling subsided and that constant scratchy throat feeling went away.  Not only that, but I started giving it to my husband eight years ago for his seasonal allergies.  The first year he still needed the Zyrtec.  The second year he only needed it occasionally.  By the third year on he didn’t have seasonal allergies at all!  They have remained gone all these years later and although he doesn’t take the Agaricus Gold regularly, just when he feels like he’s coming down with something.

This amazing mushroom has been known to have strong medicinal effects:

    • lowering blood sugar
    • strengthening bones
    • aiding in the digestive system
    • reducing blood pressure
    • boost heart health
    • lower the risk of cancer
    • promote immune function
    • ward off viruses, bacteria, and FUNGI
    • reduce inflammation
    • combat seasonal allergies
    • help balance blood sugar levels
    • support the bodies detoxification mechanisms

Improve your bodies’ defense against foreign invaders by enhancing the ability of macrophages, neutrophils and Natural Killer cells (NK cells) to fight a wide range of challenges such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.  Agaricus Gold agaricus blazei mushroom extract is made from the mushrooms that contain the highest level of beta glucans, which are a polysaccharide compound, of all the medicinal mushrooms tested by far.  

You can purchase Agaricus Gold online from Ripples Health Shop.

Get Rid of a Hangover

The Unconventional Hangover Remedy You’ve Probably Never Heard 

hangover remedy  Get Rid of a Hangover hang over remedyI like to drink a little wine, but sometimes even only a little wine will cause me to have a hangover.  So even if you like to drink a little, or even a lot, if you have never heard of this unconventional “cure” for a hangover, then I’ve got something for you!

Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy mainly used for vomiting and hangovers, basically supporting the body to remove toxins.  (Not to be confused with holistic, homeopathy is a type of holistic healing.)  Homeopathic remedies work on the principal “like cures like,” meaning something that causes illness is the same energetic signature that stimulates healing.  For example the remedy for a bee sting is homeopathic bee sting, Apis.  Homeopathic remedies do not contain active ingredients, just energetic signatures, so they do not contraindicate with other medication.  Also homeopathics are very inexpensive especially compared to other medications.  One tube of homeopathic pellets is around $8.  

I originally learned about homeopathy from being involved in the Weston A. Price Foundation, an organization dedicated restoring nutrient dense foods in our diet.  In their quarterly journal, Wise Traditions, the Classical Homeopath Joette Calabrese, writes a regular column about healing with homeopathy and nutrition.  She has an amazing website full of free resources, classes, kits and even consultations.  She is such an inspiration to me!

Although the homeopathic remedies seem to work like magic, they just support your body’s own innate healing.  This remedy, Nux Vomica, like most other homeopathic remedies, work very subtly.   One may find they have a raging headache one moment, get very sleepy in the next moment, or the symptoms just dissolve with nary a memory of their existence.

Although homeopathics are not my area of expertise, I use the 200c strength remedies as often as possible.  I like this brand for Nux Vomic 200c.  I’m new to this so this may not be the most accurate thing to do, but I find them to work faster.   

If you would like to learn more about homeopathy I suggest you check out a couple of resources.  The book I use in my home is Homeopathic Self Care.  It’s so important to me that it is one of the books I would never lend out.  I often find this book next to the display of homeopathic remedies at the health food store.

I am not a practitioner, I just let people know about what’s working for me and others.  If you would like professional advice, I very highly recommend Joette Calabrese.  

Here are the Unconventional Hangover Remedy Steps:

Prevent a Hangover

  1. Drink plenty of fluids, but not just plain water before, during and after alcohol intake.  (If all you have is water, add a pinch or so of unrefined sea salt, such as Celtic or Himalayan, to each glass.)  Other beneficial fluids would include milk, broth, beet kvass or even herbal tea.
  2. Do not use homeopathic remedies within at least 10 minutes of having anything like coffee, mint (toothpaste), eucalyptus, or menthol.
  3. Before bed take 3-5 pellets of Nux Vomica 200c under the tongue and let dissolve.

If You Have a Hangover

  1. When first arising take 5 (more) pellets of Nux Vomica 200c under the tongue and let dissolve.
  2. Take another 5 pellets every 2 hours until symptoms fade, up to 4 doses.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids listed in #1 above, and stay away from items listed in #2 above.
  4. If you are so sick that you are vomiting and having the dry heaves and can’t keep anything down, here’s a trick.  Put the pellets in a small jar with some water.  Put the lid on and shake the jar about 10 times.  Dose yourself by putting some of this water on a spoon and put that under your tongue, just enough to not cause you to vomit.

Additional Steps

When I was in the Army, our Saturday morning run was often referred to as a “beer run.”  It helped heal the damage Friday night beers inflicted.  The reason seems to be because oxygen to the brain really helps a hangover.  So consider going for a run or a brisk walk.  If you can’t do that consider this:  lay down and take 30-40 deep breaths.  (Inhale all the way using your stomach, stop for a second with your lungs full, exhale out all the way, and stop for a second with your lungs empty.)  This can make you a little off-balance so you need to be lying down.

Do you have any hangover strategies?  Please share in the comments.

My wish for you is to have a joyful, healthy and safe holiday season!


The Fibro Lady


6 Tips for Going Out this Holiday Season


Going Out This Holiday Season? Make the Most of Holiday Parties…

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I admit, I am truly blessed.  I have recovered my health to a degree most people never dream of.  I am now healthier and more vivacious than most “normal” people. Now that I am back among the living, I really want to make up for lost time, I really want to make the most out of my opportunities.

For my 20th high school reunion, I could not attend because I was basically bed-ridden and being over 100 pounds overweight, I was embarrassed about how I looked.  When I was invited to my 30th year high school reunion I was super-excited.  I went all-out: I got a nice dress, and fixed my hair and makeup special.  

At the event I made sure I talked to everyone, took plenty of pictures, and had a spectacular time.  What’s interesting is a lot of folks there did not even know my story, they were just blown away by how healthy I looked.  

I am sharing this accomplishment with you to let you know that anything is possible, even recovering from an “incurable” illness.  

I also hope that you take care of yourself this holiday season. Here are some excellent ideas for getting the most our of holiday parties:

    • Choose to only go to holiday parties and events that bring you joy.
    • Make sure you get plenty of rest on the day of the event.
    • Delegate as much cooking and cleaning as you can if your event is at your house (I really simplified my home so that I could clean it myself in about 30 minutes, thanks to the help of The Mess Mender, Polly Giblin.*)
    • If they are only going to have low-quality, processed food, bring your own or eat before you go.  No one will probably even notice.
    • Careful with all the sweet goodies and alcohol, they can cause flare ups of symptoms.
    • Lastly, remember, you don’t have to attend every “drama” you are invited to.  

What are your tips for surviving and even thriving during the holiday season?  Please share them on the Facebook page

(*Polly Giblin, The Mess Mender, will be one of our speakers in our upcoming FREE event The Healing Fibromyalgia – Chronic Fatigue – ME World Tele-Summit.  Click here  to register to learn more about it!)

This holiday season I wish you all the joy in the world!


The Fibro Lady