We recently sat down with Jenny McCarthy, functional medicine doc Dr. Jo Feingold, and GR’s Executive Director Candace McDonald to get their self-care tips for fellow mommy warriors.
Below are some of the top highlights and advice from our chat:
What’s one supplement would you take for better focus and energy?
Dr. Jo: For focus, B12 would be the best one. Ideally, injectable.
I’m a single mom. I have a child with autism. How do I prioritize myself?
Dr. Jo: We have to realize that if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of our children. You have to make a little bit of time. Sometimes it doesn’t even take a lot of time. Sometimes, it can be just 15 minutes.
Candace: It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be consistent.
Jenny: I remember when I was knee deep in the diagnosis and it was like the world stopped. The only thing I remember being able to have is 1 hour a week — and that one hour a week, to window shop, was EVERYTHING. It literally was medicinal. Find that one hour.
Diet — What can we do as moms?
Dr. Jo: Classically, The gluten-free, casein diet is the one out there that is the best one to do. However, you also need to be sugar-free. Go back to what we were 500 years ago. Keep away from anything that’s processed.
But, when time is of the essence, even these mommy warriors grab some ready-made foods.
Jenny & Candace’s favorite clean grocery store picks: Ian’s chicken nuggets and Applegate Farms sausages.
What are the benefits of hyperbarics (aka HBOT)?
Dr. Jo notes that it’s great for inflammation, both for our kiddos and for us! One of the noted benefits is sleeping through the night! You don’t function well if you don’t sleep through the night.
Following HBOT for Jenny: I’m clearer thinking. My joints don’t hurt as much. That’s a really great treatment option.
What kind of literature do you recommend I read to learn more?
Dr. Jo: Generation Rescue provides a lot of information.
Candace: There are a couple of great sites. One is mindbodygreen — they cover the whole approach. A couple of doctors that we love are: Dr. Amy Myers, Dr. Will Cole, Dr. Mark Hyman. They’re really focusing on women’s health too.
What are some of your self-care rituals?
On Jenny‘s List:
- My ideal is getting into the HBOT chamber 1-2 a week.
- Another ideal is getting an vitamin IV 1-2 a week. When I’m in NY, I always come to Dr. Jo. I get IV for myself (nutritionals, detox agents, inflammation reducers, etc.).
- Staying on top of my diet, which is a gluten-free, dairy-free diet.
- I don’t smoke anymore.
- The new drink I came out with has no sugar in it, so I feel okay about that! Momma needs a vice here and there.
- And working out — 30 minutes! I need that blood moving. I need that heart pumping.
Dr. Jo: I workout almost every morning.
Dr. Jo’s favorites are hopping on the treadmill, doing light weights (5-10 lbs), and laughing a lot (to relieve stress).
On Candace‘s List:
- My Tracy Anderson workout! I noticed that for me that’s my mental sanity. That’s my escape.
- 10 – 15 minutes where ever I can find it a day of reading a book — an actual book. (Check out what books she’s obsessed with this month)
- And then, I love to take baths!
Jenny also got her mercury levels down, which she noted helped with mental fog, healing rashes, and getting yeast levels down!
How do you ensure you do get some sleep?
- A melatonin spray
- 2 Calm & Relax tablets
- And no phones allowed in the bedroom!
At the top of their list for self-care tips & treatments:
Dr. Jo: Diet, maybe not as strict as your child, but eat healthy. That will help with everything. Joint pain, concentration, sleep, etc…
Jenny: Working out! It’s the most inexpensive to do. And stay positive!
Candace: Mindfulness or meditation. 3, 5, 10 minutes — whatever you have a day allows you to handle whatever life throws at you.
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