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Try protein for energy boost
I find that I have more energy if I
eat protein-packed foods. These include chili, or a combination of hamburger and
spinach. Protein-rich foods at breakfast time (including yogurt or a soy milk
smoothie) are especially good; they help keep me going much better than a
high-carbohydrate breakfast such as cereal.
A reader in Pennsylvania
Allergy pill helps with
Having suffered from
CFIDS for 11 years, I have tried many different
strategies and aids to help me sleep. Trazodone helps, but not enough.
Last summer, after cutting the grass, I took one-half tablet of generic
Actifed (an antihistamine used for allergies). I noticed that I felt drowsy and
relaxed. I decided to try taking one-half tablet at bedtime.
The difference in my falling asleep and staying asleep is significant. Many
dollar stores carry this item at 24 tablets (48 doses for me) for about a dollar
a box. Thatís about four cents a dose! Both my pharmacist and my medical
professionals see no harm in taking this medication and it is much cheaper than
allergy drugs such as Claritin.
(Editorís note: It is always advisable to check with your physician before
taking any new medications ó even over-the-counter varieties. They may cause
unforeseen interactions with other medications.)
Keeping the beat helps with exercise
Sticking to an exercise
program dramatically relieves my muscle pain in the medium to long term. But
exercise often exacerbates symptoms in the short term. I found a way out of this
dilemma by buying a heart rate monitor. I quickly figured out what heart rate is
safe for me, and the monitor beeps when I reach it ó telling me to slow down.
I now can exercise regularly with few adverse reactions, have regained a
substantial amount of fitness and energy and have very little muscle pain. Itís
best to consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program, to make
sure that what worked for me will work for you, too.
Heart rate monitors come in a variety of styles, including wristwatch types
and chest straps. They are relatively inexpensive (less than $100 for many good
units, with some as low as about $25) and easy to use.
Water bottle keeps daily fluids flowing
I use a 32-ounce, Nalgene
lexan wide-mouth loop-top bottle as my daily water container. It simplifies
life: if I fill it twice within a 24-hour period and drink the water I know Iíve
consumed the equivalent of eight, eight-ounce glasses.
These bottles are completely leak-proof and come in a variety of colors. I
take at least one with me everywhere. They have a very secure, handy carry loop
attached to the lid, which is useful when carrying multiple items in the house,
or on the way to the car. Theyíre virtually indestructible, and can be washed in
the upper rack of the dishwasher. I have found them at Campmor (800-226-7667, or
www.campmor.com) for $7.50 and under and at other backpacking/outdoor
They also make great inexpensive presents!
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