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:
I am so excited to introduce you to Em Harding! Em is a student of Holistic Nutrition and Phytotherapy. Her wonderful website is an enticing and inspiring mixture of health, spirituality and delicious recipes! She is a talented, healthy foodie, and one look at her blog or Instagram will have your mouth watering (seriously, this girl has mad skills!). A fellow Graves Disease Warrior, Em is determined to live lovely with her autoimmune disease; I am so inspired by her dedication to her health and her positive energy! I know that she will inspire you too.
April is a beautiful time of year. The snow recedes, the winds die down, warmth sets in and the world is exploding with new life. Spring is a period of rebirth; a time of new beginnings. It is no coincidence, in my mind, that 4 years ago April brought me my Graves Disease diagnoses.
A whirlwind of change had fallen into my lap and, if I’m honest, I sometimes continue to fumble with it like a toddler learning to walk. I move on uneasy legs at times, afraid of the next step. Once that fear surpasses I gain more confidence, increase my stride, eagerly bounding forward… and sometimes I fall on my ass and gain a whole new wave of uncertainty. Lather, rinse, repeat. But such is the life of any individual with a chronic illness. And I thank my lucky stars every day that I am a spoonie who’s had many spoons to spare for the last couple of years.
One of my favourite things about Health-Esteem is that it has allowed me to connect with so many wonderful people! I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a plethora of inspiring individuals – healthy foodies, inspiring yogis, beautiful spoonies and amazing Graves Warriors. I love hearing your stories and talking health and lifestyle with you!
I am so excited to turn the spotlight on to one of my fellow Graves Warriors today. She is a true Health-Esteem Queen! Misty Totzke is an Essential Oils Educator, Health Coach and Business Mentor. She is a ball of positive, inspiring energy! Her beautiful website mistytotzke.com is a mix of Essential Oil goodness, yummy recipes, Graves journey updates and healthspiration.
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?
As most of you know I am Graves Disease Warrior, intent on thriving and living in harmony with my autoimmune disease.
I do this in many ways: by treating myself with the utmost amount of kindness and respect. I love myself unapologetically and make decisions based on what will be best for my health and wellbeing. By eating mindfully; consuming what I believe will benefit my biological functions and support my health. I surround myself with amazing people (thank you, I am so grateful for all of you!). I’ve learned to be incredibly self-aware; when my body shows signs of dysfunction I listen and react accordingly.
But I also have medical help. I have an amazing family doctor and a wonderful endocrinologist that provide me with excellent care.
It’s a delicate and necessary balance. But self care and medical care are imperative if you want to thrive with an illness like Graves Disease. Here’s why:
I had the joy of celebrating my 28th birthday this past Wednesday! I spent some time last reflecting on all of the life lessons the past year has bestowed upon me.
5 days before my 27th birthday I received the unfortunate news that I had relapsed. I was devastated and terrified! But I was also determined to return to remission, accept that Graves Disease was a part of me and thrive in spite of my diagnoses. This past year was about Acceptance and Healing and I have a lot to celebrate as I look back. Today I am symptom free and in remission; thriving and full of joy!
It is a delight to celebrate another year of life. I’m so grateful for every day, all of the ups and downs and the person that I’ve had the pleasure of becoming.
Which is why I wanted to share the life lessons on self care, self love and living with an incurable illness that 27 provided. I think they can help you a lot too.
I am a spoonie! If that word resonates with you, chances are you are too. If you’ve never heard of a spoonie before I welcome you to check out “The Spoon Theory” by Christine Miserandino. Spoonies are Chronic Illness Warriors and the Spoon Theory uses spoons as a metaphor to explain what living with a chronic illness is like.
Having a good day full of energy? You have tons of spoons to spare. Feeling to sluggish that simply taking a shower is difficult? Looks like you’re low on spoons.
These days I’ve been incredibly blessed with plenty of spoons to spare, but I still need to actively make my health my number one priority. I always will.
Any spoonie can attest to being on the receiving end of some frustrating statements. While we know that you probably mean well, your words can be baffling at the best of times and heartbreaking in the worst. It leaves us feeling awkward, isolated and at a loss for words. And so, to help prevent this in the future, here are:
7 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Spoonie
I have Graves Disease… but I don’t have a problem with my thyroid gland. My organ has no deformities or permanent dysfunctions. At this present moment I’m in remission. Without the barrage of autoimmune attacks, my thyroid gland functions perfectly.
That’s because I have an autoimmune disease. My thyroid gland, an organ that I once hated with so much fervor… an organ that I eagerly wanted to destroy… has been beaten up and bruised as much as I have. Graves Disease stole the steering wheel and my thyroid was helpless to stop the joy ride that ensued.
If you have Graves Disease or Hashimotos, here’s why I think you should learn to love your thyroid too (no matter what treatment options you choose).
I survived my first Graves Disease relapsed and I’ve had to learn to accept something – I have an autoimmune disease… and, since it’s incurable, we’ll have to learn to live together in relative harmony.
Here’s why accepting the fact that Graves Disease is incurable was the best step forward: