I’m tired, but not in that ‘my eye-lids feel like sandpaper’ way, more in that ‘I’ve done a day of manual work’ kind of way.

Today I woke at 6:15AM so I could Skype with my Buffalo-based homeopath (there is a 14 hour time difference.)  Me waking in the 6’s voluntarily is unheard of as I am the very definition of “Not a Morning Person.” 
Sally Williams has been treating me on and off for the last 18 years, since I was a teenager with Graves Disease. I swear by her and by homeopathy and I only have a vague understanding of how it all works. If you can bare it, I will try to explain in my own words:

Basically homeopathy is vibrational medicine, just like acupuncture is, but instead of relying on our own body it uses vibrations found in naturally occurring elements. It works under the premise “like cures like,” which means that if those substances were given in higher doses, they would actually cause the ailment they are meant to be curing. It treats each patient as unique individual and addresses not the symptoms but rather the cause of those symptoms (I recommend doing some reading, very fascinating.)

All these years later and I’m still using homeopathy to help with anxiety, depression, muscle, skin and digestive and sleep issues.
The timing of the appointment was perfect for this week and our sesh went really well. My new remedy is in the mail, I cannot wait for it to arrive so I can get a good night’s sleep.
The only disadvantage to using homeopathy is that sometimes coffee can antidote a remedy (not caffeine, just coffee) so I have to steer clear of one of my all-time favorite beverages.
Nothing compares to coffee. It’s like a warm hug and simultaneous kick in the ass. When I’m struggling for energy, coffee is such an easy solution. Never fear, I have found a substitute. A poor cousin though it may be, at least it takes away my morning coffee jones.

Coffee Substitute


  • 1 bag Roast Dandelion Tea
  • 1 bag Black Tea

Cooking Directions

  1. Steep both tea bags in boiling water until nice and dark. Then add milk and sweetener. It is not coffee, but at least your eyes will be fooled! Enjoy.
Believe it or not, after such an early start I had enough energy to hit the gym at 9:30 for a class. Lavinia is currently fighting her nap while I write but for once I don’t feel like taking a nap of my own.

Maybe this week, as busy as it is, might just be enough to jolt myself right out of that slump and back into a healthy routine. One more day, stay tuned!

Have you done something healthy today? I’d love to hear about it.

Author: dawnrieniets

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3 thoughts on “Take Charge of Your Health: Thursday #mindbodyweek

  1. I'm learning so much about you! I love that you've been using homeopathic remedies for so long – and had no idea you had Graves disease! I need to learn more from you about stufffffff.

    P.S. I've never been a coffee drinker. My body pretty much won't tolerate the caffeine, so I have to rely on food and exercise, which work pretty well for me. 😉 When I didn't do good food and exercise, I wish I could have used the coffee! One thing I always say is that my sensitive body has saved me of 2 things – coffee and pain pill addictions. I couldn't become addicted to them even if I wanted to. lol

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 8:18 pm
  2. I should write more about my thyroid 'adventures.' It was a long difficult road, especially dealing with it as a teen. Now that I had my thyroid removed I'm technically hypoactive so I need to maintain the proper does of replacement hormones. I think it makes my body really sensitive to abuse. When I don't get enough sleep, eat well or exercise I crash really hard.

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 11:43 pm