‘Uncategorized’ Category

  1. Super Fabulous Black Friday Deals!

    November 25, 2014 by Heather

    Contactme

     

    Tomorrow at 5 p.m. CST these deals will go live!  I would set a phone alarm if you want anything though because last year the hottest items sold out in HOURS!  I know I’m going to grab some goodies for my Challengers!  Are you in need of a Holiday gift for a friend or family member or do you want to be ready for those New Years Resolutions?  I have some great groups you can join to stay on track this coming year!  

     

    To shop all of the sales click here http://tinyurl.com/Heather-sBlackFriday

     

    Happy Shopping!!


  2. Moving…Not Fibro friendly!

    November 22, 2014 by Heather

    Fibro

     

    So many of you know I moved recently.  I have known for awhile that I’d need to move.  I had gone through a divorce and the house was being sold.  So I started packing boxes here and there.  I figured a box or so a day it would make the move go much smoother.  I guess in a way it did but two weeks after the move, in the new house, I am feeling beat up!  Between the prep of the move, the actual move and now in the house trying to get things situated it has taken a toll on my body.  And let me preface that with saying that prior to the move my health was suffering.  You know, I get asked all the time how I do it, how I manage the Fibro so well.  I do manage it well but that is not to say I don’t have days and times when I too have to tweak things.  One thing I have learned over this Fibro journey is that it is a constant tweaking act.  Do I get frustrated like everyone else?  For sure!  I had gone to the doc insisting that he test EBV, HHV-6, mycoplasma etc. because I know my own body.  And I was not surprised to find out my levels are sky high.  This explains many things and it also explains why this move take an extra toll on me.  I think moving takes its toll on a “normal” person, but add Fibro to the mix and you have a perfect storm.  And I don’t know about you but I’m one of those people that push and push until I break.  I think it’s an adrenaline thing.  I pushed long enough to get through the move and then my body said no more.  I sat down on the couch for the first time in probably weeks last week and I crashed.  I think I napped for two hours.  Forgive my blathering.  What’s my point?  I’m not sure I have one.  LOL  Maybe it would be, don’t be like me and listen to your body better!  But in all reality we do what we have to do to get through it right?!  Now we are in the house.  I’m on some new supplements from my new doctor and I’m hoping to start feeling like my own messed up version of “normal” soon.  

    As always I encourage everyone to be your own advocate.  We know our bodies more than anyone else and if you feel something is wrong push to get answers.  I’d also encourage you to go beyond what a “normal” doctor will do for you.  There are so many things we can do for ourselves and so many root factors that contribute to Fibro that we need to get to the bottom of.  We will never get to feeling better if we don’t take care of these.  Don’t just settle for feeling like crap.  Will we have not so great days?  Yes!  But there IS hope.  Every day I hear from people that feel like crap and do nothing about it.  Take charge.  Fibro does not define you and fighting is the key to feeling better.  

    Now I’m going to roll on my foam roller because I think I tweaked my SI joint again!  OY!

    As always, if you need help managing your fibro naturally I’m your girl.  I welcome questions.  

    Much love!


  3. Tips to living your best life with Fibro….

    October 25, 2014 by Heather

    Living

     

    I’m asked almost daily how I manage to live “well” with Fibro.  I will not sit here and lie to you and tell you that I never have a bad day.  We all do.  But I have a great “toolbox” to pull from when I am having one of those days.  This toolbox does not include meds.  I’m not a huge fan of them and believe they are just a bandaid and do not get to the root cause.  So here are a few tips that I have learned along the way.  This is by no means a comprehensive list and I’ll probably think of more after I publish this post.  

     

    1) Get yourself a functional doctor.  These doctors will do more for you than any regular MD every will.  There are many sites to locate one.  Functionalmedicine.org is one of them.  If you do not find a doctor there please do a Google search or check some other sites.  Just because they aren’t listed does not mean they do not exist.  Sometimes it takes a little digging.

    2) Start on a good quality magnesium and turmeric.  We are typically deficient in magnesium and should be on a good glycinate or malate form.  Quality is key.  Avoid supplements with fillers.  A good supplement regimen is key.  This is a starting point.  I’m on various supplements, including Shakeology, that I use daily.

    3) Get your vitamin levels checked as well as your adrenals, a mthfr test and food allergy profile.   A functional doctor will do this for you. Adrenals are best tested via a 24 hour saliva test.  I’m assuming if you have been diagnosed with Fibro your doc has ruled out anything else that might mimic it, i.e., thyroid, auto immune, Lyme etc.  If they haven’t ask for that too.  And remember our normals are not everyone else’s normals.  Regular people’s normals are too low for us and not ideal.  Always get a copy of your labs.  

    4) EXERCISE!!!  I cannot emphasize this enough.  We NEED to move every single day even if we don’t want to.  If you want to talk about exercise programs you can do from home let me know.  

    5) Practice great self care.  This means listening to your body and having the things available in your toolbox should a flare come on.  Supplements, heat, ice, topicals, foam roller, tennis ball, reiki, massage etc.  are a few of the things I have in my toolbox.  

    6) Find time for YOU.  I swear by meditation.  We need to find something that helps us to destress.

    7) SLEEP!  If you aren’t sleeping your body isn’t repairing itself.  This creates an endless cycle of pain that just perpetuates.  If you’re not sleeping find out why.  

    8) Water and diet are huge for us.  We should be drinking atleast 1/2 our weight in ounces every day.  More if you’re sweating.  How’s your diet?  Processed foods, soda, gluten, dairy, soy are all no no’s for us.  They will create inflammation that will increase pain.  And are you eating often?  We cannot expect a car to run with no fuel yes? Your energy levels will be so much better if we are eating good, clean food often.  Oftentimes, by just changing your diet you will be amazed at how much better you feel.  

     

    These are just a few of the things I can think of right now.  If you have any questions let me know.  And I always love to hear what others are doing to manage their Fibro!


  4. If you don’t have anything nice to say…

    October 3, 2014 by Heather

    Evening fellow fibro warriors!  I know, yet again, I’ve been slacking here.  I guess we all have one part of our lives that we continually slack in.  This would be mine apparantly.  But tonite I say hello yet again and I feel the need for a rant.  Hey, maybe if I have a lot more things to rant about I’ll blog more?! 🙂  

    So today I’m walking the dog and checking my FB page activity when I come across a follower that posted on a post I have up about one of my Fibro fitness groups.  Now I was always taught if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all.  But obviously this person has never heard that.  The post went a little something like this….”you can’t exercise intensely with Fibro.”  The rest of it I don’t remember because I deleted it and banned her.  You know what, you are entitled to your opinion as we all are but to come to MY page and basically call me a liar is flat out rude and disrespectful.  I am living proof that you CAN exercise intensely with Fibro.  So to post that you can’t is calling me a liar and questioning my credibility.  Now is this the first time someone has told me “you can’t have Fibro?”  No.  But it still gets to me every time.  Why?  Because I take great pride in being able to help the Fibro peeps that do take me up on my services and I also take great pride in the fact that I am able to do the things I do with Fibro.  I have worked damn hard to get where I’m at and I deserve some credit for that.  

    So let’s talk about exercise.  Can you exercise intensely with Fibro?  YES!  Does everyone start out there!?  NO!  Will everyone get to that point?  NO!  But CAN you move every single day in some capacity?  Hell YES!  And we should.  Because if we don’t we are tighter, our muscles will spasm more and we will atrophy.  And you know what, the longer you don’t move the worse you will feel when you finally do.  I also heard today someone say their doctor told them they shouldn’t exercise.  Excuse my language but BULLSHIT!  If you were in fact told that then you need to find a new doctor.  Any doctor that knows anything about our condition will tell you to move.  Fibro is NOT an excuse not to move and sometimes I feel like people use it as one.  Can you tell I’m a little passionate about this topic?  

    So that’s my rant for this evening.  If you feel the need to call me out be polite and do it privately.  I would give someone the same consideration.  To do so on my public page is flat out rude and uncalled for.  I do believe that this person has some unresolved issues and I was the closest victim to her wrath.  Maybe she’s having some issues managing her Fibro.  Then ask for help.  Don’t take it out on the person that IS trying to help.  Or I do believe that some people want to be sick.  It’s sad but true.  It sucks to be sick.  I wouldn’t WANT to be sick.  Regardless, those that call me a liar or refuse to believe I have Fibro are so worth the wonderful people I have come in contact with.  Those are the people that make the bashings all worth it!

     Till next time my friends!  Give me something to rant about and maybe I’ll write sooner! 🙂


  5. If it doesn’t challenge you…

    July 23, 2014 by Heather

    …it doesn’t change you.  I read this quote today shortly before speaking with a fellow Fibro person that was not ready for a change.  Shortly after that I saw this…

    image So here follows my rant….

    In the business I am in it frustrates me when I see someone that NEEDS to make a change but is not willing to do the things they need to do to get there.  But alas, you cannot want something more for someone than they want it for themselves.  You can provide the direction, offer the support, and hope they see it for themselves.  I never turn these people away.  i support them in other ways because I care and because I know some people take longer.  Do I want to smack them around a bit!?  Sure!  But that’s not recommended in today’s society.  ;). 

    So my question for you today is simply, are you ready for a change?  Do you need to make a change?  Because if your diet sucks you will never get control over your Fibro.  If you’re not exercising you will always hurt.  Muscles that don’t move are tight.  Tightness causes more pain.  Move!  In some capacity, everyday!  Many of you know I’m not a fan of meds.  If you’re taking a bunch of pills that have nasty side effects how do you know what are med side effects and what is Fibro?  Repeat after me.  Fibro meds are not meant to be used long term.  There are so many natural alternatives.  Be your own advocate, seek them out and do your research!  I hear so many times people aren’t eating.  Then in the next sentence they tell me they have no energy!  Would you expect a car to run with no gas?  And how’s that water intake?!  Most people aren’t hydrated. That’ll cause all kinds of unwanted symptoms.  

    This post may be a slap in the face to some.  But I write it because I care and I want people to feel better.  Sometimes it’s so simple!  Can it be scary?  Sure!  But what’s the alternative?  Feeling better is so worth the initial uncomfortableness.  If I can go vegan and gluten free, survive and thrive you can do it too!  Reach out if you need or want help!


  6. My stomach acid sucks…

    June 30, 2014 by Heather

    Do you suffer from heartburn, GERD or digestive issues?  Recently I was told that my stomach acid sucks and that I needed to supplement with betaine HCL.  I wasn’t aware that if your stomach acid isn’t sufficient than you can have digestive issues, absorption issues, bloating etc.  Who knew?!  So I started on the betaine a couple months ago.  I think it’s working but was recently diagnosed with a bacteria in my digestive system so now I’m on antibiotics for that.  But if you suffer from heartburn or the like it is more than likely that you have not enough stomach acid vs. too much.  And this is where antacids come in.  They don’t work because you are actually making the problem worse by reducing whatever stomach acid you did have.  So give it a whirl.  Our stomach acid decreases as we age so it’s not a bad idea to start it anyway.  The supplement is relatively cheap and worth a shot if you suffer from any of the things I mentioned above.  Make sure you get one with pepsin.  Let me know how it goes!!


  7. Romaine and Pear Salad with Sherry Walnut Vinaigrette

    May 28, 2014 by Heather

    Romaine and Pear Salad with Sherry Walnut Vinaigrette
    Serves 4
    This salad was so yummy I could have polished off the whole thing myself!
    Write a review
    Print
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    20 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    20 min
    Sherry Walnut Vinaigrette
    1. 2 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar
    2. 1 small clove garlic, minced
    3. 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
    4. 1/2 tsp dried basil
    5. 1/2 tsp sugar
    6. 1/2 tsp salt
    7. 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    8. 2 tbsp walnut oil
    9. 2 tbsp olive oil
    10. 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
    11. 1 or 2 ripe Bosc pears, cored and chopped
    12. 1/3 cup toasted walnut pieces (toasted in 350 degree oven for about 5-10 minutes. Watch closely)
    Instructions
    1. To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, combine the vinegar, garlic, tarragon, basil, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir in the walnut and olive oil until well blended. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, pears and walnuts. Drizzle on the dressing and toss well to coat. Serve immediately.
    Fit With Fibro http://fitwithfibro.com/

  8. Walnut Salad with Quinoa

    May 5, 2014 by Heather

    Walnut Salad with Quinoa
    Serves 2
    One of my Coaches posted this recipe in our Challenge Group! YUM!
    Write a review
    Print
    Ingredients
    1. 4 cups chopped spinach
    2. 2 cups chopped kale greens
    3. 1 cup cooked quinoa
    4. 1/2 cup shredded carrots
    5. 2 tbs walnuts
    6. 2 tbs raisins
    7. 3 tbs balsamic vinegar
    8. 2 tbs mustard
    9. 1 tbs honey
    10. Depending on what else I have lying around I'll sometimes add broccoli, avocado, red cabbage, roasted potatoes, etc. To mix it up.
    Instructions
    1. Mix all together and enjoy!
    Fit With Fibro http://fitwithfibro.com/

  9. 3 Bean Vegetarian Chili

    April 7, 2014 by Heather

    3 Bean Vegetarian Chili
    OMG this Chili was awesome! I added extra beans and omitted the tofu from the original recipe. I also omitted the hot sauce. Super Yum!
    Write a review
    Print
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr
    Total Time
    70 hr
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr
    Total Time
    70 hr
    Ingredients
    1. 1 medium onion, chopped
    2. 1 medium green pepper, chopped
    3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
    4. 2 tsp olive oil
    5. 1 tsp cumin
    6. 1 tsp hot sauce, or more if desired
    7. salt and pepper, to taste
    8. 1 15oz can red kidney beans, drained
    9. 1 15oz can pinto beans, drained
    10. 2 15oz can garbanzo beans, drained
    11. 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
    12. 2 14oz cans tomato sauce
    13. 3 medium carrots, sliced
    14. 2 1/4 tablespoons chili powder
    Instructions
    1. Saute the first four ingredients over medium heat. Add the cumin, salt, and pepper, and saute until crisp and lightly browned (10 minutes). Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 45 to 55 minutes.
    Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
    Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
    Fit With Fibro http://fitwithfibro.com/

  10. Harvest Minestrone Soup

    February 11, 2014 by Heather

    Harvest Minestrone Soup
    This is perfect for a cold chilly day. It makes a bunch too and freezes great!
    Write a review
    Print
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    40 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    40 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1 sweet onion - medium diced
    2. 2 celery stalks - medium diced
    3. 3 carrots - medium diced
    4. 2 tablespoons olive oil - or enough to cover the bottom of the pot
    5. 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
    6. 2 cups fresh zucchini - medium diced (about 1 medium or 2 small)
    7. 2 cups green beans - cut in 1 inch pieces
    8. 1 bell pepper - medium diced
    9. 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
    10. 2 28-ounce cans of water
    11. 1 15-ounce can of cannellini beans
    12. 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas
    13. 1 cup quinoa
    14. 2 cups kale - stems removed
    15. 1 teaspoon turmeric (or to taste)
    16. Pinch of red pepper flakes
    17. Salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Place a large stockpot over medium heat and add the onions, carrots and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes or until softened.
    2. Add the garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes and cook for about one minute or until garlic begins to color.
    3. Add the zucchini and the green beans, season with salt and pepper, add the turmeric, stir and cook for about 3 minutes.
    4. Add the tomatoes and the water, raise heat to high and bring to a boil.
    5. Lower the heat to medium/low and allow the soup to gently boil (uncovered) for about 20 minutes.
    6. Add the quinoa and cover for 15 minutes.
    7. Remove the cover, add the kale and the canned beans (more water if needed) bring back to a gentle boil and cook for another 5 minutes or just until the kale is tender.
    Adapted from Mind Body Green
    Adapted from Mind Body Green
    Fit With Fibro http://fitwithfibro.com/