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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS and me!

Sometimes I feel like IBS is the soundtrack to my life.  It is always there in one form or another, and I am always hunting for a way to turn the volume down.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of those things that nobody seems to have a definitive solution for and it is exacerbated by long-term illnesses like fibromyalgia and diabetes.  Medication that you take to solve one thing seems to make it worse, so it is a constant juggling act.  For me this is the hard truth when it comes to painkillers and anti-inflammatories I need to take for arthritis.

Warning:  This is a post with a bit TMI (too much information) but I hope it will help my fellow irritable bowel syndrome sufferers.

It isn’t all doom and gloom though

A few things have helped me to deal with IBS.  The first one is simply accepting that it isn’t going anywhere.  It isn’t ever going to go away and I simply have to deal with it.  Anyone who suffers will know what I mean when I say that sometimes I simply don’t want to go out because of it.  Sometimes I am literally curled up in a ball with tummy cramps.  Don’t even start the constipation and diarrhoea.

I have however found some products and techniques that do help, and they help so much that I really wanted to write about them.

doTERRA ZenGest Oil

This little bottle of magical goodness has actually changed my life.  To give you an idea of how much, imagine this scenario.  I always have a little rollerball of Zengest diluted with fractionated coconut oil around me.  I roll it on my tummy and then massage it in a clockwise direction.  This is literally the most soothing thing ever.  The cramps simply dissolve.  It is also great for constipation.

On the odd occasion I lose it.  It rolls under the bed, or the sofa (I actually have two on the go). You have never seen my so energised trying to find it.  I literally go to pieces because I know that it is my little lifesaver in a bottle.

doTERRA Zengest has a unique blend (sometimes called the tummy tamer blend) and contains the calming properties of Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway. ZenGest can be diffused for its liquorice aroma, applied topically to the abdomen, or taken internally.

doTERRA Peppermint Oil

Another little roller bottle (I dilute the pure oil to use as a massage oil) that I have at my side all the time.  I often layer the two together for the ultimate relief.  Peppermint oil has been a favourite of mine for many years and I have used it for a number of different purposes from calming anxiety, clearing my breath, a simple pick me up and more.  My son, as a child called it magic oil.  It is also mighty for tummy troubles, and can be added to a cup of hot water for an instant peppermint tea – and we all know that is perfect for bloating and that full feeling.  (Note:  not all oils can be taken internally, but this one is OK) .

Peppermint oil has the added bonus of clearing your airways and freshening your breath.

Prune Juice

Yes, although I am super grateful for the difference the doTERRA products are making in my life, another new addition that is helping is old-fashioned prune juice.  A small glass every day is helping to keep me regular and that in itself gives me the confidence to manage my IBS life better.

doTERRA Lemon in lots of water

Hydration is vital – especially when you are taking as many medications as I am.  I try to drink up to 2 litres of water a day.  On the advice of my friends Mike and Sinead at West2Wellness, I started adding a few drops of lemon oil to my water jug.  Not only does it taste delicious, but it is a great internal cleanser.

Last but not least ….

doTERRA Terrazyme

This is a supplement created by doTERRA containing digestive enzymes as well as other goodies.  It supports healthy digestion and metabolic processes.  I pop a pill or two especially when eating a full meal.  It is a little like sending in the solution before the problem.  I am pretty sure this is helping my weight too.

I always think long and hard before writing about any products on my blog.  I need to know that they work for me and be sure that the information is worth sharing.  I have been on a huge health journey over the past year (more about that soon).  I have made doTERRA oils and supplements a part of this journey for the last few months and I can honestly say that these little bottles of goodness have quietened the IBS soundtrack.

I get my products (which are conveniently delivered to my door) from Mike and Sinead at West2Wellness.  They have their own health stories which continue to inspire me.

If you are suffering with Irritable bowel syndrome and want to chat about it or get any advice, please feel free to message me or get directly in touch with West2Wellness.

Thank you for reading my IBS story.

Kerry x

 

Kerry xx

The Art of Giving to Yourself

Over the festive season there is a lot of giving going on, but how much are you giving to yourself?

In January it is time to give yourself gifts and feel true gratitude.

If we don’t fill up our own cup, we will eventually become depleted and not be able to give to anyone at all.

This is not only about gifts that come wrapped in shiny paper with ribbons, I am also talking about the gifts that cannot be wrapped.  The gifts of time, indulgence and those that do not have monetary value.

The Little Book of Hygge

For Christmas I was given The Little Book of Hygge – The Danish way to live well by Meik Wiking.  This is published by the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.  My grandfather was from Denmark and I am entranced by this idea and how Danes find happiness.  I am sure I will be writing more on this subject this year, but for now I wanted to quote the book regarding giving and gratitude.

Wiking speaks of hygge in terms of giving yourself and others a treat.  ‘It is about savouring the moment and the simple pleasures of good food and good company.

‘It is giving the hot chocolate and whipped cream the attention it deserves. In short indulgence.Hygge is about the now and how to enjoy the moment and make the best of it.

‘More than anything, savouring is about gratitude.  Gratitude is more than just a simple thank you when you receive a gift, it is about keeping in mind that you live right now and allowing yourself to focus on the moment and appreciate the life you lead, to focus on all that you do have and not what you don’t.”

He confirms that evidence-based studies show that practising gratitude has an impact on happiness.

The Art of Giving to Yourself – January Challenge

As a January challenge I am going to give something to myself every week – and perhaps take it through 2017.  I would love it if you would join me on this challenge.

I have put a quick list together of gift items you may consider:

  1. I recently visited the Seabreeze Beauty Clinic in Oranmore (very close to where I live). This is a wonderful oasis of calm.  The staff are friendly and welcoming and the treatments I had were sublime.  I am definitely going back for one of my gifts to me.  In January it might be small – a manicure perhaps, but I have a whole lot more on my wish list.  The day spa includes a wonderful relaxation room, seaweed baths, a sauna and of course all the wonderful treatment rooms. (This was event organised by the wonderful ITWBN)
  2. A good book and a big cup of tea. There is nothing quite like a good book.  I read on my Kindle a lot and you can pick up a great read for as little as 99c.  I subscribe to BookBub and find out about some great deals.  Why not make yourself a jumbo cup or better yet a pot of tea and give yourself a full hour to sit quietly and read.
  3. Time out to simply be. We live in a world where everything is rush rush.  I am not the worst but I remember when I was working full time and there simply wasn’t time to be.  Why not book yourself a holiday day (or take a Saturday or Sunday). If you can’t do a full day start with a half day.  Tell your partner and family you are having a me day and do exactly as you want.  It may sound selfish but it really is important.  But refuelling in whatever way suits you best you will be in a far better place to be the best you can be.  It may be a day shopping, or going to the gym.  It is a day for doing what you want to do and answering to only you.
  4. Have tea with a friend. I love a good chat – and if it is accompanied by tea or coffee and cake even better.  Taking an hour or two out of your day won’t cause stress, I promise it will reduce it.
  5. Take a class. I teach craft classes and I think I get more out of the class sometimes than the students.  Putting yourself in a situation where you are in flow is so good for the soul.  Although I am tired, I am also energised after a class.
  6. Eat well. I am a few kilograms up after Christmas and despite loving all the yummy Christmas treats I don’t feel great.  I intend gifting myself with some lovely meals.  I will make them, set the table and sit down and eat them.  I will savour each bite and know I am giving my body a gift.
  7. A good magazine – or if you can afford it a subscription. I love the Psychologies magazine – it is my one monthly indulgence and it feeds my mind as well as being a great read.  No matter what you choose – choose for you, and of course feel free to indulge in a cup of something while you read.

 

The most important thing – according to Hygge is to savour your gift to yourself.

If you would like to join me on this challenge I would love to hear your ideas and how you get on.  Feel free to comment here or on Facebook.

Thank you for reading.

Kerry x

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