Sunday night I took half of my NatureThroid because I had forgotten to take it during the day. I took it right before I went to bed and found myself wide awake at 1:30 in the morning. I never went back to sleep. This has been a regular pattern in my life for the last couple of months. I don’t want to commit to doing anything I don’t have to for fear I won’t sleep well and then won’t function well as a result. I just can’t take not getting a good nights sleep.
My thyroid has been sluggish for at least a year. Higher TSH (the highest it has been is around 7 so not terrible but I still don’t feel optimal), normal T3 and lower T4. I had been doing everything right or so I thought. Turns out that even though my consumption of sugar is not much at all I STILL have trouble balancing my blood sugar. My problem is that I just don’t eat enough and I have fallen in to a vicious cycle.
Because I have to cook everything from scratch. I am currently following the Autoimmune Protocol to see if I can help my body function better. Being on the Autoimmune protocol means you are cutting out all grains, nightshades (peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants along with some other more obscure things that I probably wouldn’t eat), eggs and nuts. What I am left with eating is really a lot of great for me options including fish which I hate. Never have liked fish and when you are on such a restricted diet you are left with having to make everything from scratch.
I don’t have the energy to do that. So, I don’t eat much at all. I could. There are lots of really wonderful things I could make but my energy is next to nothing. My storage iron or ferritin is low which doesn’t help. I don’t have pernicious anemia. My B12 is fine. I think my energy problem is related to me not managing my blood sugar as I said before. I also have a gut feeling I am living with a heavy metal burden due to a mouth full of amalgam (mercury) fillings from childhood to adulthood. I had all my fillings removed (safely) and replaced in 2014. The vapors from amalgam fillings are breathed in by you when you eat or drink anything and that mercury can accumulate over the years. So I have a liver very busy with heavy metal removal and blood sugar balancing with no time to make sure my thyroid hormones are being converted.
Enter AIP as my last resort. I didn’t want to do it. I had done it for three weeks last April when suggested to do so by my chiropractor. I went to him for his thyroid protocol which did nothing for me at all. He put me on the Repairvite diet for three weeks and said I was fine and if my energy didn’t come back he didn’t know what to do but check my thyroid again. The only thing he did that did help me was put me on oxygen which was much needed. With low iron and low blood pressure I was in need of some oxygen. I did enjoy that but other than that, seeing him for 6 months regularly (3x per week for a month and then weekly after that) did nothing at all for my thyroid. Nothing.
I am tired of spending money on people who do nothing to help me feel better were my thoughts for a long time. Then I started thinking. Do I want to be sick? I keep calling myself sick. My thyroid isn’t working right so I can’t do this. I can’t eat this, I can’t go here. I had become my disease. I don’t want to become my disease. Do you? It sure seems easier to identify with having hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s than it does to stand up and put out in to the universe that I just don’t want to be sick anymore.
I am not saying that will make everything better but if you change your thoughts about all the crappy things that come with being hypothyroid and having hashimoto’s maybe your life will change too?!
You may be tired and have no energy but don’t make that who you are.
Your hair might be falling out but don’t make that about you or this disease.
Your joints ache? Feel the ache and get up and do something anyway.
Don’t let hypothyroidism and hashimoto’s take over. Don’t let it get you.
I would be in a lot worse shape than I am had I not taken control of my life and what I could do to minimize the effects of this “disease”. I let it have full control over me the nights it kept me up, even this past weekend when I was up from 1:30 in the morning on. I vowed that day not to let it take control of me like that again.
Gosh, my stomach was growling when I woke up at 1:30. I didn’t eat much the day before. My body was hungry and it was letting me know. That is where I was going earlier with the whole AIP thing. I didn’t have anything prepared to eat. That is the biggest mistake you can make when making changes in your diet. You have to be prepared and I wasn’t. I didn’t have the energy to do it. That was the problem. I let the “disease” take over and tell me to just lay around and do nothing, or sit on social media. That is so much easier than making some food to eat.
When you have Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism you HAVE to make changes to your diet. It is a must. It is easier to ignore that fact though and continue on with the same old ways. If you want to feel better and minimize those days when it takes full control over your life then you have to make changes. There is no magic pill. No potion. No one sized fits all answer for your problems with this “disease”.
You can take control of your life and how you manage your chronic illness. Don’t let it manage you!
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