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How I Simplified My Life as an EP

© 1999, by Kathy Geryk

I am a 35 year old married mother of two young children, ages 4 and 6. I also own and publish a monthly newspaper in our community for parents. Needless to say, between trying to juggle the pressures of family life, and a demanding deadline and press schedule -- I started to take myself and my health for granted. For example, I wasn't watching what I was eating, or eating on a regular schedule. I was also not getting enough sleep. Most nights after I put the kids to bed I would go to work on my computer.

All of my life I have had a "sweet tooth," but I started to rely on sugar as a way to boost my energy level throughout the day. Soon, I was in a vicious cycle of not getting enough sleep, using sugar, and not being able to go to sleep, using sugar, etc. Finally, my body paid the price. Last year (Christmas of 1997), I blacked out in a restaurant. At first, I was embarrased, and thought that it was due to the one drink that I had had. Instead, I found out that I had abused my body to the point where I now had a blood sugar problem. The sugary drink that I had choosen (a frozen strawberry daquiri), combined with an empty stomache, had caused my blood sugar to drop to a point where I passed out.

Being diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) was the wake up call that I needed to change my lifestyle. I now no longer take my health and well-being for granted. I try to make sure I have six mini healthful meals a day, get at least 6 hours of sleep a night, take a multivitamin, and exercise to cope with the stress of my life.

Although I sometimes "fall off the wagon" and reach for sugar when I know I shouldn't, I am doing a much better job of making myself a priority. Let's face it -- with my lifestyle, I can't afford to be sick!

Kathy Geryk is a newsletter publisher, and can be reached by Email: [email protected], or by Phone: 860-684-6183.

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