I’m Still Here

In March I told you I was taking a break from blogging for a while. I needed to step away and refresh myself and take time for me and my family. But that was only part of the truth.

It’s been a couple of months of non-stop stress, between work, family, home and health issues. My life is no different than most of yours – we’re all balancing life! But I vowed to myself at the beginning of the year that I need to put my health on top of the priority list, and I just can’t push my health aside any longer.

Over the past year I haven’t been feeling very good. I’ve gained weight, I have low energy, I’m not just “tired” it’s more like chronic fatigue tired. I feel sluggish, my brain feels foggy and overall I just kind of feeling blah. 

doctor with female patientAfter meeting with a new doctor who specializes in women’s health and hormones I felt encouraged because she was really listening to me. I felt like I might finally get some answers. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago with Hypothroidism or “under active thyroid” and was taking medication. But then just a few weeks ago I got the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s attacks the thyroid, decimates metabolism, fries adrenals, fogs the brain, and makes everyday functions a battle.

It was kind of a relief in a way to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Finally, I had an answer as to why I feel like total crap! And I’d been living with this disease for who knows how long???

My doctor is changing up my meds and the next step is I need to focus on nutrition. Reducing antibodies cannot be achieved solely through medication, the primary focus has to be on diet and stress management. I signed up for a six week online course to teach me how to ease into the Paleo AutoImmune Protocol (AIP). AIP is a stricter version of Paleo diet. The key components are:

  • Gluten free
  • No Eggs
  • No Dairy
  • No Seeds, Nuts or Legumes
  • No Grains
  • No Alcohol

Sounds fun, huh? Not!

But I am ready to feel better, lose weight, and live life so I’m going to do my best. Initially, I thought about some kind of diet challenge, but then decided against it. Every time I seem to do one, I actually do worse with my diet than if I just did my best daily. I do want to lose a considerable amount of weight, but my goal isn’t to lose x pounds. My goal is to do the healthy habits that I know work for my body to lose weight. That way, the job isn’t over when I reach my goal weight.

Wish me luck, I’m gonna need it!

P.S. Take my story as a friendly reminder to take care of your own health. You’d never dream of having your child miss her yearly physical, yet moms do this all the time. 
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