This is the link to Dr T’s article where he talks about these five things as they relate to Fibromyalgia. In truth, it is excellent advice for ANY chronic illness and I wanted to share it. Sometimes we get so caught up in this or that treatment, we lose sight of the basics. I think it’s especially ironic to run across this at a time when I’m working on reducing sugar anyway……Encouragement from the Universe, maybe? God’s little pep talk?
The majority of this information is from Dr. T’s site and I’ve added the information pertaining to other chronic illnesses. Addressing these key things can improve quality of life RAPIDLY!!
1. Exercising too much, too little or too erratically
Chronic illnesses create an energy deficit so you can only exercise to a point. If you exercise to exhaustion, then you’ll stay that way for days, due to “post-exertional fatigue”. Be
careful to avoid exhaustion as it can discourage you from moderate exercise which is crucial to your health. I started out five minutes at a time–seriously. Each week I would increase by five minutes. When I made it to a daily 15 minute workout, that’s where I left it. Sometimes I’ll add in a walk or two–weather permitting but I’m exercising enough to feel better & less stiff but not enough to wipe me out.
2. Know When to Say “No”
Being the “yes” person leads to exhaustion, frustration and resentment–and those are just the high points! Doing and taking on too much, especially when you’re feeling pushed by others is a major stressor. An increase in
stress can cause an exacerbation of symptoms and that isn’t good for anyone involved. Try saying “no” more often and don’t explain yourself and apologize. You are entitled to take care of yourself and can’t allow others’ “wants” to compromise your wellness.
3. Not Listening When Your Body Tells You it’s in Pain
Widespread muscle or joint pain the most dominant symptoms associated with many
chronic diseases. When you feel pain, remember that that’s your body’s protective system signaling you that something needs attention. Don’t dismiss the pain or try to “play through it.” Instead learn how to manage pain using a comprehensive approach. Dr. T’s SHINE protocol is an excellent choice for Fibro management. The S.H.I.N.E. Protocol can guide you systematically through the five key areas that you need to address.
4. Eating Excessive Sugar
Eating excessive sugar (especially in sodas or fruit juices) can severely flare fibromyalgia by worsening adrenal exhaustion and Candida/yeast overgrowth. Eat a high-protein diet and substitute Stevia or Saccharin for sugar. Sugar-free ice cream with Splenda and sugar-free chocolates with maltitol are also okay (in small amounts). Dark chocolate can actually improve fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms!
5. Not Getting Enough Sleep
It may seem counter-intuitive, but people with fatigue-related illnesses, such as
fibromyalgia (and most other chronic illnesses), often get too little sleep. Getting eight to nine hours of good quality deep sleep each night is critical to eliminating fatigue and pain. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, see Sleep and Insomnia to learn about nutritional support, sleep habit changes and medications that can help you.