I wrote this piece especially for the chronic illness community.
As of course I am blogging everyday in the run up to Christmas with little hints a tips along the way.
Spend a day.. looking over all your gifts get organised and don’t be rushing on the last minute.
You have time now to add, shop or order more in time.
And being wrapped and ready can only lighten the stress load.
I know, I know the last few days have been a struggle.
My white blood cells have dropped below normal again but the great news is my ATL levels have dropped from 69 to 42.
So even though I have been quite poorly in the last few days and my immune system is being challenged but my liver is recovering and flushing out the nasties.
I am struggling at the moment.. but we all have to keep as positive as possible.
I am trying to inspire chronic illness suffers to use their skills to create beautiful gifts for loved ones. Give a gift with a story.
As when you are at your lowest and pain levels are high you feel useless.. the black sheep. A waste of space. Hospitals don’t inspire us to gain skills and hobbies and in the outside world alone it’s easy to allow our mind to tell us we are worthless.
The festive period is tough and can increase the feeling of being worthless.
We are left out of events, or have to miss, we aren’t asked, invited or considered. We can’t go out shopping around so our gifts are limited to what we have access too.
That is why I am trying to inspire you all and help others too, use their skills. Distracting them and giving them a purpose.
Everyone has a purpose - we are on this Earth for a reason.
Sometimes we just need a little reminder or push in the right direction.
If you have any gift ideas - please share!
Sparkle in your own way!
People may discard you, forget you.. but as long as you believe in yourself you are unstoppable and will shine.
You are an angel- brought from heaven.
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.