Review: The Gupta Amygdala Retraining January – April 2017

When you are told that a treatment is powerful, that it’s revolutionary and that it has helped hundreds of people around the world get their lives back, it’s not surprising to be a little skeptical.  How can someone have magically come up with a cure for Fibromyalgia that my GP hasn’t heard of?

I was given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

Ashok Gupta claims exactly this with his Interactive DVD Home Study Course & Webinar Coaching Series which has been designed to help people recover from illnesses such as ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Electrical Sensitivity and Associated Conditions which he believes stem from the Amygdala.

I spent the first 4 months of 2017 participating in this training course, watching the DVDs, reading the copious amounts of printed material and attending the weekly webinars and have found it incredibly useful.

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Make Fibromyalgia A Disability

Chesterfield-based Adrienne & Leeann Lakin both have fibromyalgia, as do their other sisters and their mum. Both started with symptoms in their late teens, but, as so often happens, it took much longer to be diagnosed.

Under the UK Equality Act, fibromyalgia is deemed as an impairment rather than a disability. So, in an attempt to secure more support, understanding and awareness along with better funding for research and care,  they started a petition to UK Parliament.

I recently had the opportunity to talk to the sisters about the petition and to find out a little more about their motivations, their aims and how we can pitch in and help out with the petition.

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‘The Whole Health Life’ Book Review

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

As part of my own battle to regain my health, I have been trying to look at my health and wellness as a whole package and make improvements to numerous elements of my life though diet, exercise, mindfulness and so on.  I was, therefore keen to review this particular book because it promised to offer a whole health approach to getting healthy, finding balance and living better … and it didn’t disappoint!

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Virtual Running

Anyone who follows the blog will know that I am desperate to be able to run a 5k without stopping … why?!  I’m not really sure, just feel like that is a great physical challenge and one that I could achieve over time. I am kinda stubborn and bloody minded and am determined not to let fibromyalgia dictate what I can and can’t do.

I have tried all sorts of ways to get that 5k including the Couch to 5K programs, but until recently, I was really struggling. The aim seemed like a never ending battle.

It’s well known, that having a running buddy helps to motivate and push you to achieve personal bests, but I don’t really have anyone locally I could run with, and those I do know who run, would run circles around me. That wouldn’t be motivational, it would just be demoralising. So what’s the answer?

Well, I recently discovered virtual running and I am officially hooked! Even my daughter has got involved!

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Are you really sick?

More and more I am noticing that people sometimes dismiss my fibromyalgia and don’t believe that I am actually ill. It can be frustrating, especially as I am trying my best to be well – yet when I am ‘being well’ it seems difficult for people to believe that I am sick at all.

Here are three examples:

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Product Review – Splash Liquid Lipstick

Lipstick. Something I personally gave up with years ago. It lasts for as long as it takes me to walk down the stairs and finding a way to keep it on that didn’t take too long was almost impossible. Until now. As some of you will know from my New Year Inspirations for 2017 I wanted to learn more about makeup so I bought myself a Younique Presenters kit. Their Moodstruck Splash Liquid Lipstick has completely changed my mind about lipstick and for the last week, I have been proudly sporting beautifully, colourful lips.

So what is so different about it?

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New Year Inspirations 2017

I think everyone at some point in their life, creates a list of new year resolutions every January and at some point during February, the resolutions are out of the window. I am sometimes guilty of this too, but last year I managed to stick to all of my resolutions and this year I want to build on that success.

Obviously, my main goal in life at the moment is to feel better and I learned a long time ago that to be better when you have a condition such as Fibromyalgia, you have to approach it holistically and consistently. It’s not just about taking tablets or exercising for a bit. It’s about living a better way of life physically, mentally and spiritually … forever.

So here are my resolutions, or rather my inspirations for 2017.

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The Ultimate Fibromite Christmas Present Guide

As we get ever closer to the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, I am totally overwhelmed by the choices and options for presents. I have been asked numerous times what I would like for Christmas and I genuinely couldn’t think of anything specific. So I started to do a bit of research, looking into things that I might like to receive at Christmas and ended up developing into this very blog post.

So, if you have a Fibromite in your circle of friends or family and you would like to get them something awesome and thoughtful and incredibly perfect, for less than £20, then look no further than this list! Obviously, there will be some female bias, but I have tried to include items that are suitable for anyone. Please also note, that this is not a sponsored post and that all the items mentioned have been chosen because I love them and would like to receive them myself.

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Mindfulness For Health – Week 1 Wild Horses

mindfulness-for-health-introduction-1These are my experiences of the Mindfulness for Health course I recently completed. This article is not a substitute for attending a course yourself and will only give you a small insight into the course and its effects on my journey. The book that supports this course is available to purchase here. For more information on attending a course in Sheffield, see here.

It’s very likely that if you suffer from chronic pain, you have turned your pain into some sort of evil demon that you try to avoid and that you fear. Week 1 of the Mindfulness for Health course was all about reconnecting and making contact with your own body once again. But why would I want to reconnect with the painful body I am trapped within? Why would I want to listen to the pain screaming and actually acknowledge it? Surely ignoring it and denying it was the right thing to do?

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A Letter to Myself

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A letter I wrote to myself on the final week of the Mindfulness for Health course, which Jane posted back to us. It arrived this morning.

Dear Emma,

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life is often difficult, lonely and filled with pain, but it is also so much more than that. Take the time to notice the good and enjoy the pleasant.

The most important message to take from the mindfulness course is to be kind, mostly to myself, but also to others. Accept your limitations, pace yourself, rest, breathe, smile. Remember not to be angry with yourself or feel guilty, it is not your fault. Give others the benefit of the doubt when they are flakey, seem distant or just don’t take your needs or feelings into account. No one can understand your condition or how their actions impact on your health.

Take the time for self-care, meditate, move/exercise, relax, enjoy. Don’t feel guilty for looking after you.

Commit to yourself and your health. It’s important, YOU are important.

Continue to spread awareness and be a positive voice for Fibromyalgia. You can make a difference to your life, and to others. Be strong, be bold, be awesome.

With Love

Emma xxx

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