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I remember the 6 months or more of diagnosis only too well. Everything else must be ruled out before a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be given. That means a lot of tests, a lot of specialists and a lot of prodding around! In the early days it’s easy to get caught up in the ‘why’…. Why did this happen to me? What caused this? What have I been doing wrong? Soon you are way too exhausted to bother about the ‘why’ and focus is only on survival…. How do I get better?
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Whether you have decided to limit or restrict it completely, going dairy-free has its pros and cons. For some of us it becomes an obvious choice because our bodies just decide to stop tolerating it in mid-life…. or perhaps we never noticed previously how much of an adverse effect it was having on us. One things for sure, it is hard to give it up completely. Sometimes only cheese will do!
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I remember as a child going to ‘the honey house’ with Mum (a house on the outskirts of Christchurch that sold honey from the garage) to buy a huge jar of fresh honey for on our toast in the mornings. The aroma, the creaminess, the golden colour…. little did we know that we had some pretty special honeys in New Zealand, with some pretty amazing health benefits too.
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It’s still a couple of months off here before the sun begins to make its presence felt and, rather than thinking about staying warm, we turn our attention to staying cool. I’ve found over the last couple of summer seasons that I’ve been a little anxious about the sun; trying to be sun smart while still enjoying the amazing health benefits of brighter, longer, more relaxed days.
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There are times in your life when you lose the plot. You forget how wonderful you are and how amazing life is. This can be for a short time while faced with a specific challenge, suffering the winter blues, or losing your way with regards to career and purpose…. or it might be for a much longer time, it might have become ‘routine’, it might feel like you can’t snap out of it or pull yourself up out of the black hole of despair and self-loathing. Sometimes the journey through menopause might be the catalyst for such thoughts and feelings, for beginning to doubt everything and wondering what’s next, or the on-set of health issues that are not straight forward to resolve.
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A quick and healthy banana bread is a great recipe to have up your sleeve. This one is no guilt; with no sugar, butter or white flour. It uses coconut flour and coconut oil. The mixture is lovely and moist. Arrange a cut banana on top with a light glaze of maple syrup to make it look extra special…. and adding dark chocolate pieces to the mixture will satisfy your sweet craving (is it just me or is banana and chocolate a match made in heaven!)
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The years can sneak up on you. One minute you’re 30 something, the next minute you’re noticing some odd things happening with your body and wondering if this is ‘the change’! It’s meant to be a transition from one phase of womanhood to another. There’s an assumed expectation that certain events have led you here…. that you’ve successfully traversed the womanly journey through wifehood and motherhood. And now that you’ve seen your kids grow, you’re body moves you into the next phase… one that can be a little more about you now that you’ve got time on your hands.
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