By KRS Edstrom



Dear KRS:
I am coming out of an almost three year slump — breast cancer, death of dad, being laid off job, etc. During this time I did little but “veg out,” consequently gaining a ton of weight (about 40 pounds to be exact). I find myself now wanting to exercise and look great.
I am walking two to four miles every day, doing spot stuff with free weights and I am about to start jumping rope and alternating that with jumping in place on a mini trampoline.
I guess my question is this:  Will the weight come off quickly just by virtue of the fact that I am moving once again (getting a life and a metabolism)? I am already a vegetarian, I am planning to give up all soft drinks in favor of seltzer (and yes, I am also doing 66 ounces of water a day).
Three Year Slump 

Dear Three Year Slump,
I would say your miracle has already begun. Life tends to go in cycles of ups and downs. Buddhists call it expansion and contraction — the natural ebb and flow of life.

Becoming an illuminated adult means learning how to accept both the ebb and flow equally, clinging to neither. You are in an exciting transition period, which I suggest you enjoy versus trying to push yourself too much. You are doing a good job of moving from mourning to joy.

Think of the past three years not as a slump or “veg out” time but as a valuable time of healing. Had you thought in these terms at the time you might not have punished or self-medicated yourself with food. Remember this for the next time.

Yes, the weight will come off on its own with the workout you described. I would skip the jumping activity — the gravitational pull can be a bit rough on women’s bodies. Shift your focus from the 40 pounds to the joy of being alive and realizing the miracle in progress.

Dear KRS:
When I wake up in the morning I am always tired no matter how much sleep I get at night. How can I wake up refreshed?  Also, I get headaches every day. Help!
Sick & Tired

Dear Sick & Tired,
Too many people live for years with uncomfortable symptoms such as yours that significantly and needlessly impair their quality of life.

The first thing I would check into is the possibility of allergies. Spend some effort finding a good allergy specialist (don’t overlook alternative healers) and see what you find out. Many people have mild to moderate sensitivities to everyday environmental substances or foods (wheat or milk, for example).

The good news is that after the substances are removed for a period of time, they can often be gradually reintroduced and tolerated quite well.

Dear KRS:
I am too thin. I am 5 feet 5 inches tall, 100 pounds and 27 years old. I’ve always been pretty healthy. I’ve also been very thin since 2nd grade. I had a blood test that ruled out a thyroid problem. I eat three meals a day and take vitamins.
It’s been suggested that I have a high metabolism. I know my plight to gain is probably senseless to the average woman but I do wish to reach a healthy weight for my size, age and stature. I’ve noticed Alfalfa Tea helped me gain 5 pounds in a week. But I lost it all with the flu. I always seem to stay around 100 pounds, no matter what I do.
Any advice?
100 Pounds

Dear 100 Pounds (or should I say “Lucky”),
As long as you have been medically checked out and feel good, I would readjust the picture inside your head and learn to appreciate what you’ve got.

Meanwhile, if you like, continue with the healthful ways you’ve found to gain the weight (working out and Alfalfa Tea). Skip the medication. Also, if you are a vegetarian, adding some protein may help, if you can handle it.

KRS Edstrom, M.S., is an author, lecturer and columnist. She offers private sessions (by phone or in person) and seminars on meditation, stress, pain, weight loss. Her books and audios offer solutions for healthful, conscious living. For free soothing guided meditations and more information, visit Call (323) 851-8623 or email:

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