The 3 Fastest and Most Cost-Effective Ways to Learn Essential Recovery Skills for CFS / ME, Fibromyalgia, and MCS

Become a master in regaining your health and happiness by learning from an experienced mentor.

Become a master in regaining your health and happiness.

When you and I came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, we had to face the hard truth that the actions, thoughts, and beliefs that, prior to our illness, allowed us to feel happy and healthy were no longer working.

In order to regain our optimum health and happiness we needed to—and may still need to—adapt to our changed bodies. We have to relearn how to take good care or our “new” bodies and live happily in them.

The best way to do this is to learn from an experienced mentor.

There are lots of ways—many of them free—to learn from an experienced mentor. In this lesson I will share with you my experience on how to make that learning journey as easy, swift, and enjoyable as possible. [Read more…]

How to Conduct Experiments to Improve Your Health

Different people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia respond to different treatments, and therefore the best strategy for you to discover the treatments that will help you get better is conducting experiments.

I’ve created step-by-step instructions on how to skillfully conduct an experiment, each step complemented with a real-life example from an experiment I’m currently conducting on improving my sleep.

Have a look. I’m confident that you’ll be glad you did.

If you master the the art of conducting experiments, you’ll have a rock-solid foundation for improving your health and happiness step-by-step, experiment-by-experiment.

Let me list just a few of the many CFS-related challenges that I’ve overcome by conducting experiments:

  • being unhappy with my life
  • brain fog
  • inability to exercise

The approach has been so successful for me that I don’t even have many health challenges left to experiment with!

It’ll take about an hour of your time to work your way through the lesson. You might want to do it in multiple sessions to stay within your energy envelope.

Here is the link again: How to Guide for Conducting Experiments.

I’d love to hear what you think. Please send me an email or leave a comment with your thoughts and concerns.

Nutrition, Diet, and Food Sensitivities — The Ultimate Guide

Woman Doctor offering a Green Apple for CFSOne article is not enough for me to help you integrate all of the important aspects of nutrition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia into your life, but it’s enough to give you an overview of what areas you may want to look into — now or at some point in the future. Also, I’ll share with the the best sources for in-depth information on those particular areas.

Below is a list of questions that you’ll want to know the answers to at some point in your recovery journey. I’ll use this lesson to answer them for you.

  1. What’s the ideal diet to support my recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia?
  2. I have so little energy! How can I still make sure that I’m able to prepare and eat healthy food?
  3. How can I discover whether food allergies are contributing to my symptoms? How can I identify what foods are causing problems?
  4. What’s the deal with nutritional supplements? Should I buy them and, if yes, where?

Let’s cover answer these questions in the order listed. [Read more…]

The Pros and Cons of CFS Support Groups

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Should you join a support group?

Contact with other people who have CFS can counteract isolation and provide you with a sense of community, moral support and with valuable information. Self-help groups can also be a great way for you to help others, which in turn boosts your self-esteem.

At the same time, some support groups can be constraining. Some people who have attended meetings say that the suffering of the other people in the room is hard to handle and that people are complaining too much.

Will attending a support group be helpful to you?

Read this article to learn about the pros and cons of conventional support groups as well as the not-so-obvious support group where I found my happiness. [Read more…]

Prognosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – The Ultimate Guide

This article is also part of a comprehensive free e-course that I’m teaching on the fundamentals of regaining your health and happiness. Learn more about the course and sign up for free.

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How to plan your future when you have ME/CFS?

Will you fully recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia?

A full recovery is, unfortunately, not certain when you have one—or both—of these conditions.

However, what is certain is that you can very much improve your situation.

What’s more, you can be as happy as, or even happier, than before you were ill—even if you don’t belong to the group of patients who make a full recovery. And I don’t mean the “pretty-happy-for-a-sick-person” happiness. No. I mean real, unconditional, no regrets, “life-is-as-awesome-as-it-can-get” happiness.

I’m aware that this last statement might be hard for you to believe at this time, so I’ll prove and explain exactly what this means for you as part of this lesson. [Read more…]

Winning Free E-Course starting Feb 27: Fourteen Essential Pieces of Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

I am excited to announce the winning e-course that emerged from the choose your course poll.

And the winner is *drumroll* 14 Essential Pieces for Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

My enthusiasm increases every time I think about all the great ideas

Learn what you need to know to reach your full healing potential.

and techniques I’ll be teaching you. To see what’s in store for everyone who attends this free e-course:

Click here to read what the course can do for you and reserve one of the free seats.

To celebrate this new venture, I’ve decided to add some exciting bonuses:

  1. Three Group Q&A Calls where I’ll answer all your questions and coach you through your difficulties.
  2. Working periods where we’ll meet in an online meeting room and work together on the action items from each lesson.
  3. A free 45-minute one-on-one consultation where I help you discover the most important next steps in reaching your full happiness and health potential (limited to thirty consultations, first come first served)

Why did I add these bonuses? First, I see teaching this course as a great opportunity to establish myself in service of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) community.

Second, these bonuses give us the opportunity to interact more, which will help me build the best course possible.

Third, I’m committed to you getting great value from this course. I hope that you’ll be so excited about it that you’ll shout about it from the rooftops of your city.

Read about the course and reserve your free seat.

Hope to see you in the free e-course :),


From Being Sick to Being in Service – About Johannes and the CFS Recovery Project

Welcome to – we provide free information, satisfaction-guaranteed courses, and one-on-one coaching to help people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia regain their happiness, functionality, and health.

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Hi, I’m Johannes

My name is Johannes Starke; I am the founder of the CFS Recovery Project and a professionally-trained health coach for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and related conditions.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and me

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome hit me in my first year of university: It began with me coming down with what seemed like a cold about once a month, especially after I did strenuous exercise. After a few months cognitive symptoms, some would refer to them as “brainfog,” and other symptoms slowly crept in.

Soon I felt horrible and was no longer able to study, sleep well, engage in fulfilling conversations, or do any of the other things I used to enjoy. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome forced me to drop out of college and move back home; I felt like I was living through hell on earth and wanted it to all end during the worst six months of my illness. The only reason I didn’t give up was my love for my family. So I decided to press on, giving myself two years to regain my health or at least learn how to enjoy life again. [Read more…]

The CFS Recovery Project Manifesto


What is the CFS Recovery Project all about?

If you came to this page to quickly download the manifesto, click here.

What is a manifesto? According to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, it’s “a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer”

That’s exactly what this manifesto is: the CFS Recovery Project is outing itself, claiming what it’s all about.

Here are two reasons why this is exciting for you:


  1. The purpose of the CFS Recovery Project Manifesto is to help you discover how the CFS Recovery Project can make your life better. Since CFS Recovery Project is all about helping you regain your health and happiness, the manifesto is about that, too. Depending on what recovery approaches you’ve already tried, the manifesto outlines what parts of the CFS Recovery Project you might want to look into, so that you can reach the next level of recovery.
  2. You can leave your mark! The CFS Recovery Project is a baby. Since it’s in it’s infancy, you can dramatically influence the direction in which the CFS Recovery Project will be developed. Leave your mark by reading the manifesto and sharing your thoughts about it by sending an email to [email protected] or by posting a comment on this blog.

Claim your copy of the manifesto now by clicking this link.

I hope the manifesto will serve you well, and I look forward to hearing what you think!

Signature Johannes Starke
Johannes Starke, founder of the CFS Recovery Project


How to Transform Loneliness or Sadness into Peace and Joy

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Make this Christmas a happy one.

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Just the the thought of how my family and I gather around our real-candle-lit Christmas tree with songs, love, and stories makes me happy.

Although I love Christmas, my first Christmas after coming down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was tough. The feast of love triggered in me difficult emotions, such as sadness, loneliness, and feelings of loss.

Why do difficult emotions come up on Christmas?

Participating in the Christmas celebrations requires a lot of energy. It’s not uncommon for sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia to have our internal energy run out even before the first course of the Christmas meal ends. As a result, we might notice a light headache set in, and our general level of fatigue worsens.

In order to cope, we really should rest for a few minutes—but it’s painful to retreat from the life and laughter of our loved family. The first minutes in our room on our own can be overwhelmingly lonely. We miss our family and, to make matters worse, we now fully feel the symptoms we were able to drown out with excitement and laughter when we were still with our family.

Also, if you’re like me, you have a very clear idea of what your favorite Christmases have been like in the past, and what this year’s celebration should look, feel, and—Yum!—taste like.

However, because of your symptoms (such as fatigue or pain), reality doesn’t quite live up to your expectations. In my case, the joy of Christmas was marred by my usual tired and wired feeling and brain fog (in fibromyalgia, this is often referred to as fibro fog). Our traditional Christmas meal, “Heringsalad”, still tasted as good as it used to—but  my stomach no longer tolerated it.

In short, we remember how awesome Christmas used to be and we miss the good ol’ times. As a result, a feeling of loss is triggered, which can add to the loneliness or sadness.

Release difficult emotions and experience peace

Knowing how difficult Christmas emotions can be, I want to share with you a guided meditation which I’ve created to support you in releasing negative emotions and transforming them into a feeling of peace and well-being. I hope it will allow you, after only 20 minutes of deep rest, to rejoin the Christmas celebration with renewed energy and joy.

Free Guided Meditation

Access the guided meditation here. If you can, shove it on your iPod, so that you have easy access to it when you need it most.

Tip #1: Don’t wait until Christmas to begin releasing and transforming negative emotions. Just as a sailor needs to learn sailing before he faces a storm, you want to be practice with the guided meditation in calm waters, before facing a storm of difficult emotions.

Tip #2: If you liked this article, you can ensure that you won’t miss any future goodness by signing up for my free newsletter here or in the orange box below.

Merry Christmas!!!

Surviving Christmas Craziness When You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia

Have you ever felt guilt and disappointment rear their ugly heads during the holiday rush?

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Christmas craziness can exacerbate symptoms in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

We want to make it really nice for our loved ones. We want to use Christmas as an opportunity to thank our caregivers and network of support. We want to show how much they mean to us by giving them a delicious Christmas dinner, a home-made present, or a thoughtful card.

And yet, we often can’t.

I remember that when I had severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  it was already hard enough to get through a normal day. Often, during the holiday season, I just didn’t have the energy to make my presents beautiful, thoughtful, or special enough so that they could live up to my high expectations.

And I felt lots of ugly emotions about it. I remember feeling resentment, disappoint in myself, and sadness. It was difficult to deal with.

Luckily, on my recovery journey, I’ve come across a simple practice to deal with this.

If you ever get down on yourself during the Christmas season, I believe that the simple technique below, adapted from world-renowned healer Byron Katie (or ‘Katie’ as everyone calls her), can make a big difference for you. It can show you a way to work through some of the difficult thoughts and emotions that can get triggered during the pre-holiday season. [Read more…]

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