My Thyroid Journey

I have had hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s disease for the past 20 years – give or take a year or two.  I have decided to take the bold step and heal my thyroid.  I bought Andre a Beaman’s book, Happy, Healthy Thyroid.  I listened to her as a speaker in my Health Coaching classes.  She really didn’t resonate with me at all.  I questioned whether it was even possible to heal your thyroid after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.  There must be something that she is not eluding to that she was able to do it.   I was totally skeptical.

Then suddenly, I started seeing others that were able to heal their thyroids.  I wondered how this was possible.  I bought Andrea’s  book and found out she wasn’t far off from my own personal struggle.  I decided there and then I was going to heal my thyroid.  I currently take supplements from John Douillard’s LifeSpa and he had a thyroid support supplement that I looked into.  I took myself off of my T3 medication  and put myself on this supplement.  I ran out of Cytomel once and  I felt the effects.  This time, I was prepared to deal with whatever came my way.

I was a little sluggish and felt out of sorts, but not really bad.  After about 3 months my body adjusted and I felt fine.  I have my energy back……

I made some changes to my diet – I am making my own bone broth and drinking almost daily – I forget a lot of times and when I remember it is too late at night to be drinking anything (I get up enough to pee, I don’t need to add insult to injury).  I am eating mostly organic.  I am eating more of what is in season in my neck of the woods.  I am putting a small bit of seaweed into each meal to get natural iodine.  I am taking a mineral supplement – not a multi-vitamin, just minerals like selenium, magnesium, zinc – the ones your thyroid needs.

I have stopped eating “goitrogenic” foods.  These are foods that contain compounds that can make it more difficult for the thyroid to create its hormones.  Mostly, these are raw cruciferous vegetables – brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale.  Now, how many of you eat these daily – adding them to smoothies???  Yup me too –  not anymore.    Eat is fine to eat these, but they need to be cooked properly and in moderation.  Same thing with gluten.  Gluten is considered goitrogenic, but it does not affect me in a way that I need to be gluten-free, so again, moderation.

I went to my doctor for my annual physical and he was totally on board with my wanting to try to do this.  He did say, it is very hard to do, but he is on board.  He scheduled my blood test, and told me he would need to schedule another one in 6 weeks. He did say that he is not skilled in things like this and has referred me to a Integrative Endocrinologist that would be the best person to work with.  He dropped my Synthroid level down so now we can see how I am going to adjust to this new medication level and I am still making changes to my diet.  My appointment with this Endocrinologist is not until March, 2017.  So, I have plenty of time to continue to make my own changes and see what works for me.

Until next time,

Lesley

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