A long time ago I bought the book Beating Chronic Fatigue. The poor book has been dragged everywhere, up to bed (and then I would fall asleep) back downstairs then I was too busy to open it. I have though finally had the chance to start reading through it.
It was first published in 2010 so it’s relatively newcomer on the book shelves offering suffers a glimmer of hope. The thing that drew me to it (and to buy it) is that it’s written Dr Kristina Downing-Orr and suffered from chronic fatigue. Also the way it is written it’s easy to understand, she doesn’t bombard you with facts and figures and long words that leave you searching for a dictionary every other word.
The book is broken down into three sections
First section is about the basics of CFS, diagnosing CFS, theories about the causes and the true causes.
The second section gives you two options to tackle CFS, the medical option and the nutritional option.
The third section covers managing your lifestyle as you recover from CFS. Things like coping with stress, getting active, getting fit and more.
The section I am interested in the nutritional option as I am not too keen on taking lots of tablets. A lot of it is common sense. Eat well, little and often. But what I like is she explains what your body is going through and why its reacting the way it does.
Im not going through the whole book here but I have started to change my diet after reading the book. I haven’t yet gone the whole hog as I think I will cope better by doing it gradually. The main thing I have done is switch to caffeine free coffee and eat a lot more vegetables and fruit in their purer form.
How am I doing? It will be long process and I am not expecting results over night, but I am feeling better , a lot better. So much so that I am rereading the book to hopefully start get to my goal of getting active again.
I’m not saying this book is THE book to end all books and of course everyone is different but I am learning a lot about the whys and wherefores of the whole CFS thing.