Thursday, 7 March 2013

Too much ebb and not enough flow

It's a beautiful day out there. The surfers on the beach are many, the joggers are plenty. Sydney splashed in and out of the sparkling water. It's a really beautiful day – did I say that?

But I can't be faffed.

I want to roast the meat bones that have been sitting in the fridge ever since they were delivered. I want to get stuck into the garden and while away a couple of hours. I want to do something with the bag of organic tomatoes that I bought so cheaply. I want to tidy and clean... No, I don't want to clean, but it needs to be done.

I want to walk with Sydney on the beach instead of slumping down on the sand and watching her do all the running about. I want to get through the day without desperately needing to nap at 10am.

I also want, so so much, to retreat to a place where they do all the shopping and bring you my-kind-of-food while you nap at the water's edge.

But it's not happening.

I'm tired. I'm always tired. I am blessed with children that rarely wake before 7am. I get 8 hours most nights. I eat pretty well, and yet....

I've always been envious of other people's energy – nothing else, just their vitality. I want to feel lively all day every day, not have a few bursts here and there and suffer afterwards.

So, I'm trying to sort it. I sat and watched my red blood cells on a screen yesterday, doing things they shouldn't be doing.

There's talk of thyroid function, and low iron, and liver something, and leaky gut whatever.

I need more blood tests.

Now if I can somehow drag these heavy legs of mine and get into the car for a tour of another local school.

But I can't be faffed. Will you go instead and tell me if it's any good?

21 comments:

  1. sitting here on the couch with the flu trying to pay some bill sbut distracted and barely able to focus on reading blogs, surrounded by a messy house and zero energy so I kinda know where youre at. Outside of flu 8 years of bad sleep and other health niggles too (glandular fever.....low iron etc) so know that low in energy feeling.

    Astraforte, good multivitamin, lots of water, sleep, nutritious food, exercise and juices have been helping lately (well when dont have the dreaded flu that is....I do feel this one is not lasting as long as previous. Into Day 3 or 4 and feel a bit better than last few days I am hoping on the mend).

    All the best with finding what is going on for you and getting well and back to your vital self

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    1. Thanks Michele, good advice, and I hope you're on the mend now. What is astraforte?

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  2. Vanessa, can I recommend my naturopath? She will help, I promise. Go gently x

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    1. Thanks Jodi. I'll see what my naturopath can do based on these blood tests and fingers crossed she'll be able to pinpoint the issue - or issues! But I'll definitely keep yours in mind if I need extra help. x

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  3. I am seeing an acupuncturist for many of the same things that you described.
    I have low iron...I am taking Swisse supplements for that as per my doctor.
    And thyroid problems run in my family...whist I don't actively have a thyroid "problem" I believe that my function isn't quite right.
    Anyway, I have been going to an acupuncturist for about three weeks now and I think I am feeling better. I have been taking the supplements for about the same length of time so maybe it is the added iron. Or a combination of the two.
    Either way, I feel slightly more vibrant and I definitely feel like my energy is more constant throughout the day...no more burst followed by a period of feeling decidedly flat.
    I also think that just making up my mind to actively do something about feeling blah as made me feel less blah!
    Good luck!

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    1. Yes I suspect I'm very low in iron too, which my naturopath says can't be rectified with diet alone - that's to say a good supplement is needed to bring it up and then a good diet will maintain that level. And I'm afraid I'm not good with needles, so acupuncture has never appealed - even though I had some acupuncture in the UK. Thank you for dropping by. x

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  4. Oh dear Vanessa. I have been there. It is just SO common for women like us who try to do way too much.

    I would love to share some thoughts with you - perhaps when we catch up soon? Emma (The Nutrition Coach) is also a wonderful resource given her understanding of physiology and endocrinology. Its about working at a cellular level and not what traditional

    My top tips to start to feel a little better......don't try to do too much. Is there anything that stresses you? - If so stop doing it, as much as possible (i know easier said than done but try). Epsom salt baths (for both the relaxation and magnesium). Early bedtime no later than 10pm. EAT - pro-metabolic if possible and frequently. I need at least 6 meals per day. My fav is stewed apple and cream and also Emma's "blood sugar replenisher" to ensure you stabilise blood sugar (super important_- freshly squeeze say 3 oranges, add little sea salt, honey, equal parts milk and some collagen/ gelatin (the collagen is great as dissolves in cold water) and shake it up ( I like to use thermos) - I sip on this in the morning after breakfast and one before bed.

    Oh and forget broccoli, kale and the likes while you have any thyroid issues. Seriously bad news.

    x

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    1. Epsom bath salts out of the cupboard and ready for tonight's bath, check. Early to bed, check. Just bought some delicious raw cream for the stewed apples, check. I'll work on more meals and Emma's blood sugar replenisher. Thanks so much Natalie. We'll have so much to talk about when we do catch up!

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  5. Wishing you lots of energy Vanessa. I can so relate. I've found acupuncture helpful when I feel like I can't manage my energy through my diet alone. I need to get back into a morning yoga routine - cause that helps me too.

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    1. Thanks Tricia - I'm also looking into a yoga class. x

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    2. our studio is moving back to Terrigal Vanessa...let me know if you would like more info. As for popping over for a school visit and tea...email me, anytime suits x

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  6. Hi Vanessa, feeling lethargic sucks. I love how everyone has their 2 bob's worth- so here's mine (offered gently of course and with a chuckle at myself): I love kinesiology and acupuncture for their helpfulness. If you're interested I do know a couple of good local ones.I also love love love herbs. I can also give you a review of the school my boys go to if that would save you some effort :) deep down at the cellular level I hope you're all sweet. Take care xx

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    1. Thanks Nic. I love kinesiology too - my chiropractor does a bit of applied kinesiology on me when I have my adjustment. And yes I'm always up for hearing parents' reviews of schools - yes please. Drop me a line. I'm been around three different schools so far, but because we're not originally from this area, I'm relying quite a lot on word of mouth. Thanks again Nic.

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  7. Oh Vanessa, that sounds really tough. Fatigue/lethargy is so trying...
    Sending you lots of love.
    Ronnie xo

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  8. Hi Vanessa, I hear you on this one. I have been feeling like I have been living in quicksand! Chinese herbs have been the answer for me. Lots of great suggestions and support here, isn't blogging great for that sense of community and understanding between us mamas. I have also let go of feeling like I constantly need to be 'doing' all the time and to my absolute delight I am finding that because I am resting more when I do decide to tackle a task I do so more efficiently because surprise surprise I am rested! Oh and the other two cents worth I will add is to stay hydrated, something I have not been particularly good at and since I have started alternating glass of water, glass of chlorophyll, glass of cool nettle tea something so simple has made a big difference. I wish you well and feel free to compare notes anytime xx

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    1. Yes it's really great Nikki this sense of community - I agree. Thank you Nikki for your suggestions, I will definitely try the chlorophyll and nettle tea. x

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  9. Oh Vanessa sorry to hear this. It is so lovely to see all the helpful comments and support. A great example of a real sense of community showing support! I understand fatigue..having post viral fatigue (though these days I'm trying not to hang on to a label too much I'm trying to approach it as more a break down in balance and harmony of my whole system). I'm a big fan of kinesio, and know that meditation is good, once you find the discipline to actually practice. Sending you lots of healing x

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  10. Those are very wise words Natalie. A good and positive way of looking at it. And yes, finding the discipline isn't always easy with children. I'm working on it, though. Thank you. x

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  11. How are you doing, Vanessa? Upon reading your story, I see that you may have iron deficiency, right? Have you tried vitamins such as ferrous sulfate? Or have you tried taking chinese medicines? I would suggest you to try some, but make sure you consult with a certified physician first before doing so. By the way, acupuncture really is helpful. There are some pressure points in our body that when pressed, will help regulate blood flow effectively.

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    1. Thank you Shavonda. Yes I am very low in iron. I'm taking a number of supplements now and will be writing a post on this very soon to share my experience. I know lots of people who benefit from acupuncture but I'm uncomfortable around the needles. I struggle to relax at the best of times so whatever therapy I choose needs to tick that relaxation box to start with! On that basis, I usually dismiss acupuncture. I used to take Chinese medicine when I lived in the UK, because someone was recommended to me. Here, I'm going down a different path. Let's hope they all end up in the same place!

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