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My Commitment to My Adrenals: No Fatigue, Just Sleep!

By Ritamarie Loscalzo


When I work with people with fatigue symptoms, related to thyroid and adrenal overload, I talk about several key things:

  1. Whole foods, fresh diet, high in raw foods
  2. Proper hydration
  3. Omega 3 fat balance
  4. Getting off allergenic and inflammatory foods, including gluten, dairy, and sugar.
  5. Fresh air and sunshine
  6. Exercise
  7. Restoring their adrenal reserve and enhancing detoxification via sleep.

I model the first 6 beautifully. I am committed to being as healthy and vibrant as I can be so that I can be a role model to others.

So why is number 7 so ###!!## hard for me?

I did really well on my sleep commitment the first week of my 30 day challenge.

My adrenals loved me for it, and I warded off a bout with adrenal fatigue by giving myself what I needed.

So why can’t I make a firm and lasting commitment?

I’m backsliding. I won’t even say how late it was when my head finally hit the pillow.

There’s still lots to do…there always will be. Yet I am off to meet my pillow and keep my commitment to me.

I made no commitments today and I kept none. What a deal. Tomorrow is a new day.

I did make myself a quart of green juice to start the day. It was lovely. I also did a great job on my omega 3’s today.  The subject is on my mind, as balancing the immune system was the topic of the week for Balance My Body.

I noticed dark circles under my eyes…not good for a fatigue expert to look tired. Not good for someone who prides herself in looking much younger and having the body of a 20 something year-old to notice signs of aging.

Commitments for Sunday, and the rest of the week.

  • I will get outside and exercise
  • I will make at least 16 ounces of green juice and 32 ounces of smoothie
  • I will get my omega 3’s again
  • I will eat consciously and with gratitude
  • I will…can I say it and mean it…I will…..I will…..go to bed by 11PM…at least Sunday

Please hold me to it. Write me and ask me what time I went to bed. I can’t lie.

Post below and be bold enough to check in and make sure I am doing what I committed to. Sleep is vital for health. Food is great, exercise is great, greens are great…but they will only take me so far if I keep burning the candle at both ends.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


Love, Health and Joy,

Dr. Ritamarie

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  1. mary on March 23, 2010 at 3:35 am

    SOOOO How’d you do last night???? Catch lots of ZZZZZZZZZs?

    Somethings can just be bigger stumbling blocks than others. Hard to figure sometimes. Until I joined this commitment I was struggling everyday not to eat nuts but now I have finally gotten to a point where there are more days that I don’t eat them than where I do. FINALLY! It has been a week Friday since I had nuts and now it is getting a lot easier as I really get the hang of it. Now I just struggle with the conscious eating but taking it one meal a day seems like it could be the start I am looking for here! I conciously ate a salad today for lunch! Not easy- lots of chewing. Chia Pudding was easier but I did it! Feeling good about that! Tomorrow I commit to the same things:
    1-NO NUTS
    2-Eat One meal consciously, appreciatively and chew!

    • Ritamarie Loscalzo on March 23, 2010 at 11:07 am

      Yes, thanks for checking. I was in bed by midnight both Saturday and Sunday nights. Yipee. Slowly I will move it back to 11.

      By the way you are the winner of the blog contest. You win your choice of any e-book on my products page

      email me at drritamarie@drritamarie.com and let me know what you’d like and we’ll send you the link to it. Congratulations on making and keeping yoru commitments to yourself.

  2. berrnadette on March 24, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Wow I LOVE this blog- so much great stuff to check out here Dr Ritamarie- thank you!
    Looking forward to trying the Chia Pudding- enjoyed the video. And ps- you are so pretty and so buff! 🙂

    I’m getting to your challenge late, and I see my BIGGEST challenge is like yours: getting to bed earlier- um- 1am is actually early for me!!

    So here goes:
    1- Bed by 11:30, Journal, and then asleep by 12:15am for the rest of this week.
    2-LARGE green smoothie for breakfast, and then again at dinner. (Pretty good at this already but to good to state to keep it going 🙂

    3- Prepare non-gluten grains ahead of time (so I don’t grab my family’s “glutenized” stuff when wanting a non-fruit/veg carb fix)

    4- Daily quick walk around the hood for 20-30 mins in addition to my reg 30 min daily wkout.

    5- Finish re-organizing/decluttering bedroom and LR closets, so there’s space around everything.

    6- Warm water w lemon 1/2 before eating for digestion.

    Thanks and Best!
    🙂 Berrnadette

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