If only that title were true.
This is one of those posts that I have had written for a few days, but it is hard to talk about and it is vulnerable to share.
If you have followed me for a while, you know that with each of my 3 pregnancies I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you also would know that after I had Kate, (my youngest) I thought it would be the same scenario as the other 2…..that it would go away after I had her.
Well, after a few months of feeling tired…like really really tired, watching my weight fluctuate, feeling overly emotional, off balanced to the point of falling down the stairs once, and just really really tired, I sought the opinion of my Dr. There I heard some life-changing news.
Hypothyroidism is a nuisance…..it sucks……it is something that I don’t like to talk about because I hate letting things that I don’t have control over affect me.
But, in the last 2 weeks, it has…..BIG time!
My levels fluctuate with hypothyroidism and my medication works for a period of time then I need to have it adjusted, but then it takes time to regulate the change which leaves me tired………crabby, cold (yes, it is a symptom, bloated and feeling like I am retaining water, and tired!
One of the hardest parts of dealing with these issues is that a lot of times, I feel like I am in it alone. Don’t get my wrong, my husband is supportive of anything I can do to prevent myself from feeling like this, but once I do, it is hard to snap out of it. I don’t love throwing myself pity parties, but that is exactly what I have been doing. I have been moping around just waiting for things to regulate again so I can feel like myself.
I have been short, angry, sad, depressed, and quite frankly, hard to be around at times.
Yes, I admit it and I know it and now that I recognize it, I am doing everything I can to change it!
Which, led me to a new journey.
The book, “It Starts With Food” has been on my list to read for a long time, but in a way it also scared me, because eating fat has always scared me and I didn’t want to read another book telling me that I needed to include more healthy fat into my daily nutrition.
But, after completing the Countdown to Competition plan with the 21 Day Fix Extreme and having healthy fat in my diet and feeling crummy the last 2 weeks I knew it was time to give it a shot.
I read the book in less than a day.
It fascinates me.
It excites me.
And it is teaching me. (Yes, I am re reading it)
I have been following the 21 Day Fix eating rather closely for almost 2 years, but I am ready to find out more about what the foods I am eating do not just for my muscles or my waistline, but also what they do to my hormones and my brain as well.
One of the statements from the book that has already changed my life “Genetics holds the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.” OMG! How true is that. Sure, hypothyroidism is part of my life, but what I do to help eliminate some of the symptoms and effects is totally in my environment which is in my control! It is time for me to take control.
Another reason I wanted to read this book is because of my sweet Kate. She has such a sensitive tummy. When she consumes simple carbs it is not long after that she spends time in the bathroom because her tummy hurts. I want to help prevent that and find out what is causing it.
We start the “Whole 30” on Monday!
No Dairy, No Grains, No legumes and NO ADDED SUGAR for 30 days!
They dairy won’t be hard for me, the grains won’t even be that bad, and even though I love black beans, the legumes won’t be a problem at all…….but there is sugar in EVERYTHING it seems.
My family eats what I cook, it is just how we have lived since we were first married, and my husband will follow this while he is home, the same with my 2 who go to school, and Kate, well, we are going to play this one by ear. She really loves her fair share of candy. I am committed to a full 30 days of no sugar, but my family will be taking it in stride.
Why the Whole 30 you might ask?
I want my brain to listen to my body, not the artificial sugar. I want my body to know when it is full and to listen more to what it is telling me rather than what a meal plan is telling me. I need to be more in tune to what our family is eating so I can help Kate. And, I want to get my energy level back, as well as start sleeping better (and that one goes for my whole family).
It isn’t a plan to lose weight, it’s a plan to teach your body how to communicate without all of the processed crap we put in our bodies.
I am like ridiculously excited to start on Monday.
It will mean more trips to our local food co-op for some great local and healthy protein sources, it will mean picking out great vegetables and fruits with my kiddos.
It will mean a transformation for sure, like a major pantry makeover, but it will also mean results, a deeper understanding of what my body is telling me and what it needs.
But, it will also give me a better understanding of how to help my clients. How to link certain foods to behaviors and lack of nutrients to things they may have going on.
I am always wanting to learn more and I think this is one journey with will teach me more than I had anticipated.
I am excited to share with you all how it goes. How some of the recipes are and whether or not it is working for my family.
I am excited to see if I can help my hubby see that his 20 oz Mountain Dew that he just brought home for the gas station has 26 grams of fructose that is equivalent to eating 5 bananas, 9 cups of strawberries or 90 cherries! (Maybe I can get him to give it up)
It’s the things that are hard that make us stronger, and yes, my body will get stronger while doing this, but so will my mind and the connection that my immune system has with my brain! I am ready to listen and learn from my body and I am ready to get out of this darn feeling sorry for me-woe is me- I hate hypothyroidism slump that I have been in for 2 weeks!
Stay tuned for my new 30 day journey starting Monday!