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Before Going Keto – Try This!

Diet, Lifestyle
Maybe at this point, you are thinking about trying the keto diet out for yourself.  Have you read about what you can do before going keto?  You may be feeling positive about your future and believe you are ready to take the plunge.  If so, that’s great! Go for it! If you are a bit more hesitant, here is my advice on some smaller changes you can make before going keto, or even deciding if it is right for you. Tips to try before going keto Eliminate Sugar from your diet [caption id="attachment_990" align="alignright" width="300"] Keto fruit pizza![/caption] Start with sugar.  First the big stuff, like sugary beverages and sugar-filled desserts.  Pay special attention in the morning and monitor your energy levels.  Later you can start reading labels and finding…
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Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations

Mindset
Harsh rays of sunlight are scratching at my eyelids, begging to be let in.  I squint trying to lift the heavy lids and figure out where I am at.  It doesn't feel like my pillow or my bed, and my window faces West. I'm never harshly woken like this in the morning. It's a hotel, and the "blackout curtains" they boasted about on their page do not reach the ceiling.  It must be nearly 7:00 am anyway, so its time to wake up. Even on vacation, I don't dare sleep in and disturb my circadian rhythms.  That would send me crashing into a cycle of narcolepsy symptoms that I don't like dealing with.   I can read all the tips for wakefullness in the world and work on my sleep…
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Give Yourself Permission to Rest

Give Yourself Permission to Rest

Mindset
How many of us feel guilty when we can't do all that we think we should do? Why put yourself second? I don’t think you have to have an illness to have this experience. Whether it’s commitments at work, with your friends, or with yourself, sometimes you just aren’t up for what you have planned.  Most of us tend to cut out what we planned to do for ourselves to not let others down. Self-Care Benefits Everyone But if we don't take care of ourselves, we won't be at our best to do our jobs or to be a good friend.  PWNs (People with Narcolepsy) may be able to relate to this scenario: You go out with your friends when you are too tired. Later you have almost no recollection…
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Gratitude Shifts Your Mindset

Gratitude Shifts Your Mindset

Mindset
Using gratitude to help manage your mindset can really have a huge impact on how much narcolepsy affects your life. What you focus on you feel If you don't believe me, try this exercise. [caption id="attachment_830" align="alignright" width="300"] Image by 1388843 from Pixabay[/caption] Take a moment to think of the worst day in your life, close your eyes and really visualize that day and feel the emotions you were feeling.  Stay there for a minute or two.  Open your eyes and notice the physical sensations in your body.  You may have clenched your fists, hunched your shoulders, or tightened your neck. Now think of one of the best moments in your life, where you felt a sense of accomplishment or pride for example.  Let yourself stay in that emotion for…
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Inspired by Narcolepsy While in Myanmar

Inspired by Narcolepsy While in Myanmar

Personal Story
I've been inspired by narcolepsy.  It has forced me to change the way I live, move past the trivial, and dive into what is meaningful.  I have spent the last five years traveling and I was inspired to start this blog while visiting Yangon, Myanmar. Why Myanmar? I came here to visit a wonderful friend, and to start a journey through Asia.  I started to realize how amazing it is that even with all that I have been through with Narcolepsy, I'm able to be here today.  Instead of letting my diagnosis drag me down, I've actually become inspired by narcolepsy. I don't want this blog to be about me though. I want it to be about how YOU can also fulfill your dreams. How? I use a myriad of…
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