10 Signs You Are A Spoonie - Chronic Illness Warrior.
June 11, 2017
So many of us suffer in silence and push through. It is time to understand if you are a spoonie and then accept that fact to begin to teach yourself to pace. Being less hard on yourself in the process.
Are you a spoonie?
1. Comfortable clothes is what you look for, looking good often takes a back seat.
2. Taking a shower drains you & is a massive achievement.
3. You take more pills than you have fingers.
4.You have aches and pains in places your can't explain. Constantly. I'm fine is an automatic phrase.
5. You struggle to keep your eyes open during the day. Yet suffer from severe insomia during the night.
6. A wild night is staying up out of bed past 11.
7. You can't go with the flow.
8. Some days you can do lots and others you can barely move.
9. Symptoms can suddenly increase or descrease.
10. Managing pain becomes a job.
People with a full bill of health do not fully understand how difficult life becomes when you are plagued by pain.
Everyday we are faced with new challenges and are faced with finding solutionsquickly to get through the day.
We didn't ask for this nightmare.
At first people will often give you the whole 'roll of the eyes' attitude when you first begin to express your pain or cancelling arrangements.
Please don't judge and be flexible. We really can't help it and we would do anything to be like you.
Going and rolling freely through life.
Do you remember the spoon strategy?
So you have 10 spoons for the day. Everything you do uses up spoons - an elevated number if for example there is more exercise within it.
A few examples;
- Driving: 4 spoons
-Cooking: 3 spoons
-Cleaning: 3 spoons
-Work at a desk: 3 spoons
-Shower, getting dressed, doing your hair etc: 2 spoons
So pace your day and try to keep your spoon level to the recommended 10.
See how you get on, let me know how you get on.
Happy Monday all,
I hope you have a blessed week.
Love and peace
Feeling sluggish and rubbish when you have woken up? Get boosting up on bananas the more the better - they will help settle your stomach, boosting digestion, they are a mood enhancer, they will give you the energy you need and keep you full. Buy my book for banana receipe ideas.
Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN.
Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.