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It’s Not About Willpower…

Eliminating grain and dairy will help you heal your Hashimoto’s, but willpower isn’t going to keep you from noshing on your favorite treats. Today when people see me saying no to cheese or other former delights, I often hear, “you have such willpower.” But, it has nothing to do with willpower.

Resisting cheese boils down to the very same thing that causes someone else to eat it, despite knowing it’s contributing to an inner health storm (for those of you with Hashimoto’s or similar conditions). I witnessed this a couple of weeks ago. A colleague with an autoimmune condition was told to cut grain and dairy out of her diet to help eliminate pain. As I sat across from her at dinner, she explained she “tries” to eliminate them as she ordered a meal with grain and dairy. In the next sentence she said she’s going to see yet another specialist to try to help eliminate the pain she’s experiencing.

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You’re Not In Charge of Me, MTHFR

Were you thinking what I was thinking when I first heard MTHFR? Well, in this case MTHFR means Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase, not the swear word that I occasionally love using. But I’ll admit…if I have to have a gene mutation, having one that is nicknamed after one of my favorite profanities is pretty amazing.

I learned about this lovely acronym about a year into my journey of healing adrenal fatigue and Hashitmoto’s hypothyroiditis (autoimmune). Markers in my blood panel showed that I inherited two MTHFR mutations that were potentially contributing to the conditions within my body.

I knew my lifestyle and choices had contributed to my health issues, and I also knew I had the power to change those. Learning about MTHFR left me feeling disempowered. What the EFF was I supposed to do about genetic mutations?

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Life as a Foodie with Food Intolerances

Several years ago I was told to cut gluten out of my diet related to hormone issues. As I look back on the journey, it is filled with highs, lows, struggles and laughs. Today I’m going to share a few patterns that make me laugh (now), a few tools that saved my sanity, and how this turned from feeling like punishment to feeling like a gift.

Let’s start with the early-stage patterns that make me laugh…

  1. Buy everything with a gluten free label that I see.

For a solid couple of months I bought crap that I hadn’t consumed in YEARS. OMG, Trader Joe’s has gluten free Oreos! YESSS!!! It was an exciting new world realizing there is actually SO MUCH gluten free stuff out there. Except I think I actually gained weight and felt no different from eating much more processed food than I had in years.

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What is Hashimoto’s Hypothyroiditis? How do I diagnose Hashimoto’s Hypothyroiditis?

Although I was working hard to heal my body, I was missing giant pieces of the puzzle without having a full diagnosis of Hashimoto’s hypothyroiditis. Because my doctor didn’t complete a full thyroid panel, I was aware that I had hypothyroidism but unaware that I had Hashimoto’s. Since Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease, there were key behavioral interventions that could have helped me that I wasn’t doing. Once I integrated them, I felt huge improvements in my health.

Let’s start at the beginning…what is Hashimoto’s hypothyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s hypothyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that results in your body attacking its thyroid gland. Under attack, the thyroid isn’t able to produce enough hormones for the body. What really caught my attention is that seven out of eight people who have Hashimoto’s are women!

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What are symptoms of hypothyroidism? How do I diagnose hypothyroidism?

Experiencing and diagnosing hypothyroidism

Today I’m going to share everything I wish I knew about symptoms of hypothyroidism as well as the how to diagnose hypothyroidism. Since I knew so little about this disease, I didn’t know the right questions to ask, the right people to see, and the right protocol to follow. Had I known some of this, it would have led to less stress and a quicker healing process. I don’t want you to experience any unnecessary stress or delays in your healing journey, like I did!

As you may have read in my last blog, after being told I was a specimen of health by my PCP and corporate health coach, but knowing deep down something else was wrong, I had my acupuncturist run some blood work. Sure enough it came back as hypothyroidism. From that point it was exactly a year and a day until I got a full diagnosis, including Hashimoto’s hypothyroiditis (more coming on that soon), started working with the right doctor, and started making progress healing my hypothyroidism.

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Why can’t I lose weight?! Living with adrenal fatigue, leaky gut and hypothyroidism

My journey through adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, and hashimoto’s hypothyroidism

It’s embarrassing to admit now, but before the words adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism meant anything to me, and while my body was in crisis, I was criticizing it for being a little bit fluffier than usual. Why couldn’t I lose the extra few pounds? I’d always been able to with some diet modifications and exercise. So I downloaded a visualization meditation to lose weight, which makes me gag even writing that given what I know now.

Of course there were other signs that something was off…my heart would randomly race at night for no reason. I’d wake up exhausted, have no energy during the day, and be wired late at night. My nails were brittle and cracking, which they never had in my life. A chunk of hair in the back of my head became extremely curly. I developed food sensitivities.

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