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Are you Spent?

Posted Aug 31 2010 5:57pm

Before I dive back into the world of Clean , I’ve decided to try out another program. Spent/Revive * is a six-week health and wellness program designed to address the concept of adrenal fatigue. The term Spent refers to the state of exhaustion many people experience after prolonged periods of unhealthy eating habits, poor or insufficient sleep, and constant stress. Before long, we are running on empty, relying on prescription drugs or stimulants such as caffeine to keep us going.

The Spent/Revive program was designed by Dr. Frank Lipman, found and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where Dr. Junger also practices. Since the two are colleagues, it’s no surprise that the programs contain some similarities. But where Clean is a three-week dietary detox, Spent/Revive is a six-week program designed to restore balance through diet, sleep hygiene, and stress-relieving practices such as yoga and meditation.

Dr. Junger briefly mentions the concept of Spent in Clean, and I identified with several of the symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
  • Ongoing fatigue that is not relieved by a good night’s sleep
  • Extreme sensitivity to cold or tendency to feel cold in environments where others do not
  • Tendency to bruise easily
  • Feeling light-headed when getting up from a lying-down position
  • Trouble focusing or concentrating

Six weeks may seem like a long time, but Spent/Revive is broken down into daily tasks, which Dr. Lipman refers to as daily beats. Each day, he gives you one component to add to or remove from your current routine. It may be eliminating something from your diet, or it may be changing a sleep habit. He also says you can work at your own pace if certain elements are easier or harder for you to adjust to.

The first daily beat is removing processed sugar from your diet. Since I’d already finished 10 days of Clean, I was already ahead of the game on this one. In fact, aside from that half a pastry at Panera , I haven’t had any sweets, cookies, or baked goods since Colorado. Pretty amazing, considering I used to always have some sort of dessert after every meal. But now, some fruit or a small piece of dark chocolate — which are both allowed on the Spent/Revive program — does the trick nicely. In fact, I’d have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself that, in giving myself a license to indulge, I opted for cheese and crackers instead of donuts or cookies.

Though I haven’t read daily beat #2 yet, it involves reinventing breakfast by making smoothies — something I’ve been doing for a long time. So I’m off to a good start, but I’m going to wait until after my Florida trip this weekend to officially begin the program. Will return with updates!

*Dr. Lipman’s book was originally titled Spent: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again . It has been re-released as Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again . I have the original copy. I don’t know if the content differs at all from the rerelease, but I would advise getting the updated version, since some of the online resources he refers to seem to have changed.

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