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How to Empower Your Healing Story (A Manifesto)

We All Have a Healing Story

We all have a healing story, don’t we?

Fatigue and chronic illness are stories.

Recovery and failure and pain are stories.

They may be stories someone else wrote and handed to us. Or perhaps they’re stories we created ourselves to wrap our minds around fatigue and suffering and disappointment.

This is how it is. This is how it will be. This is my truth. This will…

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How to Empower Your Healing Story (What are Stories?)

Introduction: Claim Your Healing Stories

We’re Stuck

If we didn’t get stuck, we’d all be healed, wouldn’t we?

Low energy, chronic illness, burnout, depression—you name it. We don’t ask for it. We don’t want it. And for many of us, we know exactly what to do. How many times have we started out on those changes that we know are absolutely perfect for us?

So, why don’t we? Why don’t we just…

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How to Empower Your Healing Story (By Reimagining These Five Stories)

Change the Stories that Get You Stuck

Just look at us! We’ve come so far! The pieces of our savvy, personal self-care plans crafted so brilliantly just for us—by us—are coming together.

But, wait… many of us have been here before. How come we can’t make our genius plans work? Why can’t we get through the starting gates or pass the finish line?

That’s right—we’re stuck.

Why, with all our…

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How to Empower Your Healing Story (Rewrite Your Failure Stories)

Deconstructing Failure

The Conundrum of Things Not Working Out

It starts like this, doesn’t it? We feel the terrible sting of disappointment because things are not turning out as we hoped. Our expectations are not met. A door slams in our face and we feel devastated. Or, in spite of working really, really hard, our savvy plan seems to go nowhere.

Then what?

You know where I’m going here,…

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How to Empower Your Healing Story (Claim Your Emotional Genius)

We. Must. Feel.

Look at those words again. And again. Let them sink in. We. Must. Feel.

How do you feel as you read them, think them, say them?

Numb? Indifferent? Super-charged? Emotional?

Whatever you feel—honestly feel—is one-hundred percent okay. We have complicated relationships with our feelings. We shame and blame ourselves for having them even though they’re here to keep us alive…

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I’m Not Feeling Better: Is it Failure? Or is There More to Do?

the three tack rule of healing, Functional Medicine

“This food plan isn’t working for me.”

“This treatment has done absolutely nothing.”

“I thought I’d be feeling better by now. This is a failure.”

 

Do these “failures” sound familiar?

Healing can be so hard. And can take so long.

What if you’re working hard? To recover your energy and wellbeing? To get your life back? And you still struggle?

Have you failed? Is your healing strategy a…

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How to Treat Chronic Fatigue with Energy Nutrition (2019)

Energy Nutrition is Essential to Chronic Fatigue Recovery

Energy nutrition is absolutely essential to heal chronic fatigue no matter what the underlying causes.

Your grandma was right after all: “You are what you eat.” Literally.

The constituents of our food—each individual protein, fat, carbohydrate, and molecule we ingest—become our proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and the molecules that run…

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How to Heal Chronic Fatigue with Beautiful Natural Sleep

Why Sleep is a Non-Negotiable Key to Chronic Fatigue Resolution

Sleep is powerful medicine and one of the absolute keys for sustainable resolution of chronic fatigue.

Energy restorative sleep can’t be hacked, passed over, or substituted for. Few aspects of self-care are as necessary to our healing and energy as good sleep.

Sleep allows us to power down, repair, replenish, and renew, providing…

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13 Beautiful Natural Sleep Solutions for Chronic Fatigue

Introduction: Good Sleep is Essential to Chronic Fatigue Resolution

You now know that sleep is powerful medicine and absolutely a non-negotiable part of chronic fatigue resolution. It is a key player for all sufferers of chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). 

This is good news because sleep is a part of your lifestyle that you get to control. There may be problems with sleep that…

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How to Heal Chronic Fatigue: Your Beautiful Energy Roadmap

Say Farewell to Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue is not your destiny.

You may feel fatigued. You may have been fatigued for a very long time. You may look good but feel rotten and searched for answers but found none.

In spite of your suffering you may have been told, “there’s nothing wrong with you,” leaving you despairing with no solutions.

Know this: that’s just a story. A story that your…

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