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Gluten Free Diet for Chronic Fatigue

I've been eating on and off gluten free for about 2 years. It wasn't when I stopped eating gluten that I noticed the biggest difference, but when I reintroduced gluten after not eating it for several months. When I woke up the next morning my muscles were stiff and sore and I felt bloated and…
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Yoga for Chronic Illness: Corpse Pose

I only bought it because I was desperate. “Power Yoga for Happiness” was only $14.99, and I had just wasted almost $300 on a cleanse that did absolutely nothing except leave trails of strange protein mixes all over my kitchen. Yoga seemed like a better investment in bringing back some of my energy. I tried…
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The Danger of Classifying CFS as a ‘Physical Illness’

Rantings of a psychology major "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you have a convincing enough cough, and put a warm cloth on…
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The Highly Sensitive Person

“All virtues have a shadow.” ― Elaine N. Aron, The Highly Sensitive Person A book review of the Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron: I was first introduced to the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) by Elaine Aron back in 2009 when I was a patient at the environmental health clinic. I was, at first, skeptical when my…
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One Month of Mindfulness: You’re Hardier than you Think

Photo Credit: h.koppdelaney via Compfight cc At the beginning of the month, I began a mindfulness challenge. It was quite simple: do three things mindfully every day. I began imagining myself sitting Zen like on top of a rocky mountain, reaching enlightenment and spreading my healing wisdom to my fellow chronically ill bloggers. It was…
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The Chronically Ill’s Prayer for a Job

Based on 'A Mothers Prayer for Her Daughter' by Tina Fey First Lord; nothing too stressful, may neither the words ‘fast paced’ nor ‘competitive environment’ grace the sentences of the job description. May I be respected, but not valued, for it is the value that brings the extra hours every Friday evening, not the respect.…
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How to Trick Your Dinner Guests into Eating Gluten Free

I hate dinner parties. This may come as a shock to some of you, because I do love eating, and I do like socializing (when I am not hermitting), but I have so many weird dietary restrictions that I usually end up getting a lot of weird looks and coming home hungry, or giving in…
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30 Day Mindfulness Challenge

I almost got stuck on a mountain yesterday. As the sun dauntingly sank lower in the sky, and my legs wanted to give way beneath me, I willed myself to carry on. I had to. There was no other option. My boyfriend and I silently regretted our decision to climb the highest mountain in England,…
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How to Travel Stress Free

I have just finished a 12-month journey around the world.  There were times when I felt like I had all the energy in the world; I could climb a mountain, go for a run, wander for miles around town. And other times when I felt exhausted and became prone to taking quick naps on the…
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