Friday Five: Things I wish I’d Known

 

I’ve just completed a dietary cleanse of sorts. And I’m back to feeling myself. Hypothyroidism has consumed much more of my life than I would like to give it credit for the past 11 years, and the reality is if I’d been told a few things earlier in my process I don’t think I’d have had such an intense few years.

Five things I wish I’d known about Hypothyroidism from the beginning are:

You need to see an expert: When I was first diagnosed in pregnancy my doctor was confident she would be able to manage things for me. After she left the practice and a different doctor took over she told me she was also hypothyroid so she’d be fine managing things. I remember after I’d gained weight on Weight Watchers and Slim Fast expressing my frustration. Her response was something to the effect of “well you will always be heavy, it’s just part of the deal, but your numbers are in range!”

When we moved and insurance did not require a PCP I went to an endocrinologist for the first time. He immediately pulled me off my medicine and stated I had not been “in range” ever. I had six vials of blood drawn that day and when within one week of being on the correct thyroid medicine I had lost five lbs, didn’t need caffeine, and no longer napped. It was insane.

Gluten is not your friend: At 2.5 years into my new regiment under the care of my endo I hit a Plato. He was frustrated, I was frustrated and the reality was my thyroid really was in range. I was exercising a lot, but I had gotten pretty lazy about my diet. Although I was staying within my calorie limits Pimento cheese and Naan bread had become a staple.

I met with a natural doctor for a hair analysis consult and discovered I needed to flush my system of gluten, dairy, sugar and caffeine. I was a full blown sugar addict and the fuel I was putting in my body was not allowing my thyroid to function at its optimum. Three weeks into the new diet I was down ten lbs and my endo was thrilled. I wasn’t battling cravings, had plenty of energy and was again functioning at my optimum.

Check out more information HERE on one of my favorite sites.

Stress is not your friend: This one really can’t be stressed enough (get it? 🙂 )  Anyway, THIS ARTICLE does a great job of explaining the science behind things. Essentially the hormones that are created when we are stressed block the thyroid hormones from producing enough of what your body needs.

Even when you are in range you will feel bad if you don’t take care of yourself: All of the above points support this one, but it’s important to remember that it’s not always about taking a pill. Your body will work as well as you eat and exercise.

Hypothyroidism needs to be taken into consideration with every decision: When it comes to scheduling my life I can’t ignore that I need to exercise, have time to clean, sleep and rest. (Sleep and rest are different) If I don’t give myself space to cook healthy, keep up with my kids and the house and complete my work I will wear down quickly. First, I’ll get stressed which will effect things. Second, I’ll rush and rush through the days and exhaust myself. When I’m extremely tired I don’t actually sleep well, which is a cyclical nightmare. In the past few years, I’ve had to learn to say no a lot more often.

Linking up with Mrs. Disciple for #FridayFive

4 thoughts on “Friday Five: Things I wish I’d Known

  1. This. All of this! I have Hashimoto’s, and it’s definitely a battle. In the last two years or so, I’ve come to realize the truth of all the things you’ve mentioned–and I wish I would have known at my diagnosis 14 years ago what I know now! Hopefully someone who’s just beginning their hypothyroid journey will read this and take it to heart!

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    1. Thank you for this comment! I have the same hope for those going through this challenging illness. 14 years is a long time to live with Hashi! I’m sure a lot of information has changed over the years.

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  2. Beth, I cannot imagine how frustrating the early years after your diagnosis were. I am so glad you are here to share the lessons you learned along the way. Ps. Pimento cheese and Naan? Sounds divine! I’d never thought of combining the two. I know you can’t, but I just might….

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