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).
Travel is an exhilarating, awesome experience. But it can also be frustrating and stressful if you have digestive issues and it can be easy to fall off of the healthy habits train. With good planning you can travel like a Health Esteem Queen.
Here are some of my go to healthy travel tips:
Sometimes, no matter how well intentioned we are with what we put into our incredible bodies, we still have indigestion. Many of us have a sensitive stomach and the pain that comes with that can be unbearable.
I’ll admit that tummy troubles are something that I’ve had an unfortunate amount of experience with throughout the years. I have a sensitive digestive system (I think I angered the food gods in a past life), and while I honour my body with an array of well-intentioned nutritious choices, every so often it is not pleased with my offerings. And man does it ever suck when you’re stuck with an unhappy digestive tract.
So, fellow health esteemies, how does one soothe an angered sensitive stomach? Are there natural ways to ease the pain? Of course there are! Here are some of my favourites:
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:
I have some great news! I am in remission once again. My Graves Disease has settled down and I feel incredible. I still have my beautiful thyroid and I am medication free!
The first time I went through my Graves Disease battle I learned a lot. As difficult as this journey has been it has changed me in ways I could never have imagined. From my diet, to my outlook, to the way that I treat myself, I am, in a strange way, grateful for the changes that this experience has fostered.
This time around was different, of course, but I still managed to learn a lot from take two of my Graves Disease journey.
Here’s how I navigated my Graves Disease relapse as positively as possible:
I had the flu recently and it knocked me off my feet. Fevers, aches, chills and fatigue took over. On top of that I had some Graves Disease symptoms that I haven’t felt in over a year, and I was terrified. After some tests, I received bad news – I’m experiencing a Graves Disease Relapse.
We caught it early (my doctor thinks the flu caused some thyroiditis that led to some intense symptoms – they’re mostly gone now) but of course I was initially devastated.
But after a couple of weeks of soul searching, I am not surprised by my diagnosis. Here’s why (and what this Graves Disease relapse is teaching me)
There are many building blocks to good health. A great nutritional foundation is certainly one of them, but it doesn’t end there. You are what you eat and drink, but you are also what you think. Our thoughts have the ability to build us up or knock us down. They also have the ability to support or hinder our health. It is so important that you are mindful of the way you think, especially when it comes to what you think about yourself. Self love is one of the healthiest things you can do for your beautiful body. But it’s not always the easiest.
Graves Disease has taught me so much about healing and self-love. In order to heal I had to be honest about my needs, listen to my body and sometimes seek help from the people I love. I also had to become comfortable with the idea of being selfish. Learning to be selfish was incredibly difficult for me. The word itself conjures up a negative image.
But I have come to realize that being selfish is not only healthy, it is necessary, and I think that you should try it too.
I love to end the day with a relaxing bath and a good book. It’s a wonderful way to warm up, wind down, and spend some time alone with your thoughts. Baths have always been my go to relaxation ritual; something that nourished my mind and my spirit. However, there was a time when baths were also a completely unhealthy ritual. Before my health-esteem journey I bathed in a disgusting overload of bubble baths, soaps, oils, fragrances and more. Imagine how horrified I was when I discovered all of the unhealthy chemicals that I had been soaking in for hours at a time.
According to the EWG, on average, women use approximately 12 products per day, containing around 168 unique ingredients. Some of these ingredients might not be the best options for your health. In fact, 1 out of every 24 women are exposed to potential reproductive and developmental toxins through our personal care products. Definitely not something I want to add to my relaxing bath routine.
I was initially perplexed. How could I turn my favourite self-care ritual into something that also nourished my body? That’s when I discovered that I could create my own bath products, and have complete control over what I’d be soaking in for hours.
Here are 3 of my favourite relaxing bath recipes.
What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemon water!
Lemon water is how I start every morning. It’s a daily ritual rich in hydration, vitamin c, and let’s be honest, delicious lemon flavour. I drink a tall glass of room temperature water with the juice of half a lemon first thing every day.
You may be wondering why this simple task is a daily must for me. Here are a few reasons why I highly recommend you try it.