Are you a yogurt fan? Do you swoon for Greek yogurt like so many others? Greek yogurt is a current cash cow (pun intended), pulling in a whopping $3.5 Billion allegedly in sales this past year (source). People cannot get enough of it; demand has skyrocketed. Part of that is a belief that this type of yogurt is healthier and better tasting than its plainer counterpart. But there’s a dark side to the unending demand for Greek Yogurt. One that could have a devastated effect on the environment…
Would you be stunned if I told you that my morning routine included shots? Sounds like this healthy girl has a dark secret, huh? But no, I swear, this is an incredibly healthy, daily activity. I’m simply using shots of Coconut Milk Kefir to help support my digestive system.
Here’s how you can benefit from daily shots of Coconut Milk Kefir:
Once upon a time I was a devout processed food junkie who detested the idea of healthy eating. Today I eat healthy all day, every day. I don’t have ‘cheat days’, count calories or worry about my weight, and I never have to say no to dessert. It’s been a complete 180. Becoming a healthy foodie is one of the best things that I ever did for myself. It’s part of my self-love language; my body deserves to be fed with love. And it’s allowed me to thrive with Graves Disease, something I never could have imagined 4 years ago.
I could have made this transition sooner. If only I had known how easy and fulfilling healthy eating could be. I believed that a healthy lifestyle was built on sacrifices, but in actually it’s built on adjustments. There were so many healthy eating myths that held me back for years… that hold many of us back from making the switch to a healthier lifestyle. It’s time we shatter those misconceptions and move forward (with a healthy body and a happy sweet tooth).
Here are 5 Healthy Eating Myths that are Holding You Back:
Welcome autumn! Here come the vast arrays of gorgeous colours, pumpkins, crisp, cool air, snugly sweaters, thanksgiving, Halloween, apple picking… did I mention pumpkins (I’m excited!) This beautiful season graces us for a short time and eases us into the colder weather. It’s a time of change.
But that change can also be hard on our health, as we spend less time outdoors in the sun and move our bodies less. But it doesn’t have to be that way! We can make this season change incredibly positive, especially if you take the right steps to support your marvelous health.
Here are 5 Health Tips to Stay Well this Fall:
We’ve all heard it and we’ve all been that kid rolling our eyes when our mothers said it – “eat your vegetables”. At least, that was totally me. I used to hate them. But things have changed. And I realized just how much recently when a friends statement all but horrified me.
Have you ever been there? Horrified by someone’s innocent words? The words find your ears and you pause, flabbergasted, and go through an entire dialogue in your mind, on hyper speed… all the while smiling politely, knowing now is neither the time nor the place for a retort?
Yea, that was me when I heard my friend say these horrible words: “I hate vegetables”.
Okay, okay… I may be being over-dramatic here. But honestly, I was aghast!
It’s like – Uhm, excuse me? You hate vegetables? All vegetables? That rainbow of plant matter, more various in texture, aroma and flavour than any other food group? You hate all of them?
After an internal back and forth, and some personal reflection, I realized that this used to be me. I used to be on the veggie hate train too. But dude… you seriously do need to eat your vegetables (don’t you roll your eyes at me! :P) So let’s talk about how to make it a lot more enjoyable for ya.
I have a confession – I LOVE seaweed. Like eat 3 packages in one sitting before I realize what I’ve done love seaweed! This time last year, seaweed was a go to snack… I may have cleaned out a few store shelves throughout the summer. I couldn’t get enough… but seaweed and I have since parted ways. While I miss it, I know that our breakup was for the best. Why? Because, while there is no such thing as a perfect thyroid diet, excess iodine is not a good idea.
When it comes to iodine heavy foods, Graves Disease, Hashimotos and Hyperthyroidism do not respond well.
If you have one of these illnesses and/or enjoy iodine heavy foods like seaweed or spirulina, you have to read this:
One of the most common questions that finds me is “what’s your diet like?”, “I have Graves Disease too, what diet should I be on?” or “what’s the best diet if I want to be health?”. And while there are certain things that I think that everyone could do to create a healthy, nourishing lifestyle, I do not believe in any such thing as the “best diet” for everyone, even those with the same disease as me.
So how did I create the best diet for me? And how can you do the same?
Are you concerned about your metabolism? Is your thyroid sluggish? Does it live in hyper-speed? Do you have an autoimmune disease that’s hijacked your thyroid’s control centre and left your metabolism in a lurch? Whether you’re hyper- or hypo-, or just want to keep your metabolism running optimally, there are foods that can play a role! Like goitrogenic foods.
Let’s Talk About How Goitrogenic Foods Affect Your Thyroid Health:
In order to thrive with Graves Disease I’ve completely radicalized my life and created a healthy lifestyle that supported my well-being. I went from a junk food loving couch potato to a health foodie with an appreciation for meditation, yoga and fresh air. I’ve created a self care routine that would have baffled me pre-Graves as well as embraced everything from dry body brushing, to oil pulling, to essential oils and more. My healthy lifestyle revamp coupled with an awesome medical team has allowed me to regain my sense of well-being. I will never look back.
Everyone has the ability to create a healthy lifestyle that makes them feel awesome! But how exactly do you make it last? Here’s my little lifestyle sustainability secret:
Do You Want to Know How I make sure that my healthy lifestyle is sustainable?
I was diagnosed with Graves Disease almost four years ago, and the changes it fostered in my world have been both sorrowful and incredible. One of the most amazing and joyful, healthy changes have revolved around food! My food philosophies have evolved so completely that Sara circa 2012 would scoff at me (whilst scarfing down Tim Tams and guzzling root beer).
But how exactly did I make such healthy changes (and how can you do it too?)