Reflections: Part 1

I remember when I was younger, like a teen to early 20s, I had basically accepted that I would always be overweight. I would always have stomach discomfort. I would never not want a nap. I would always need this pill (which will not change). Living a “normal” life and slimming down was not in the cards for me. That was that. I had hypothyroidism. I told myself I couldn’t do this or that because of my hypothyroidism. It was a crutch. Yes, it’s real, but I let it define me.

When I decided to live a life with more structure and higher standards for myself, I was excited, but also scared. I was scared I was going to fail myself. I was worried about my sugar addiction, which was very real. It can be challenging. In fact, when I open the freezer, there’s a 1/2 gal of Blue Bell ice cream sitting there staring at me and I just have to walk away. Do I feel sorry for myself? No. I could totally get a bowl and eat some. I’m choosing not to. I don’t want to do something that will ruin every effort I put into making myself healthier.

Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t believe in cheat days. Not for us with thyroid disease, especially. Why? Here’s an example: You cut all these inflammatory foods and you’re several weeks in and you’re starting to feel better. However, let’s say you go to a birthday party and treat yourself to a piece of cake and ice cream. It’s an innocent treat. You deserve it, right? But, it’s going to backtrack you so badly! Not only will it make you have really bad symptoms because of the gluten, sugar, oils, etc., you now have to restart your body’s healing process. All that hard work you put into getting rid of inflammation and toxins is wasted.

If you have hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Disease, you have probably come across a time in your life when you struggled with multiple symptoms and weight loss was nearly impossible. I’ve been there. I know that feeling of the world being seemingly against you. It doesn’t make you feel very empowered.

Try to put the power in your hands. Yes, we have thyroid problems. Yes, it’s hard. But I’m still encouraging you to take charge of how you feel. Thyroid Disease does not go away. Taking your pill every morning (or night) will not fix everything. To really feel fully functional (and dare I say great?), you need to be proactive. Work with what you have. Research and research some more. You also need to advocate for yourself. Find a doctor who will work with you, not just write out a prescription and that be the end of it. Ask for a FULL thyroid blood work panel, not just TSH, and learn to interpret your results.

It’s so important that you do this for yourself. Feel free to leave any questions or comments. It’s my #1 goal to support you!

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