How isolated do you feel on the autoimmune protocol?

I have said it before and I will say it again. The autoimmune protocol is a challenge. I hate that it makes me feel so much better than a regular paleo diet. Believe me, that was way easier to manage than AIP. I have definitely decided though that it is worth the sacrifices I am making so that I can feel good again.

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Are You on a Diet For Your Thyroid?

Diets.

Low fat, low carb, avoid goitrogens, paleo, primal, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Slimfast, Whole 30, starvation, blood type. The list really goes on and on and on. What kind of diet have you tried?  

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The Importance of Sleep in Chronic Illness

I have been having lots of trouble sleeping over the last couple of months due to a change in my thyroid medication. It has been so frustrating for me but also for my entire family. You know the old saying, “If Mom isn’t happy, then no one is happy”. That could not have been more true for me over the last couple of months. One can only go so long without sleep.

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Thyroid Disease Has a Face and It Is Someone You Know

There is a face of Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism. That face is your neighbor. That face is your co worker. That face is your boss. That face is the person checking you out at the store. 

It is estimated that 12% of Americans have or will have a thyroid problem in their lifetime. Around 20 million Americans have either hypo or hyperthyroidism, 

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Blood Sugar, Thyroid and How They Relate

I have loved sugar my whole life. Who hasn’t really. I grew up having dessert after every dinner we had. We had a steady rotation of chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake (lovingly called crazy cake), apple, cherry and blueberry crisp (made from canned fruit). Standard fare in the 80’s. I became addicted to sugar at a very young age and still struggle with it well in to my 40’s.

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How Important is Your Thyroid?

Insomnia. It comes and goes. It is Wednesday and so far since the beginning of the week I have had one good nights sleep. I am not a spring chicken and not getting good sleep deeply affects me. Foggy thinking. Heavy head. Poor decision making. I have three kids that I take care of largely by myself. My other have travels often for work. 

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The Top Supplements for Thyroid Health

Heart palpitations, weight loss, tremors, anxiety, slow, sluggish, weight gain, cold hands and feet. 

Sound familiar?

Feel like you are going crazy?

In the early stages of Hashimoto’s you can have any of those symptoms. Your immune system is on attack.

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Three Things You Can Do to Combat Adrenal Fatigue with Autoimmune Disease

Just about a year ago I was in the middle of my NTP program. I had just finished midterms and a long intense weekend of learning with my classmates. I wasn’t sleeping well. When I am stressed, usually the first thing affected is my sleep. I was getting maybe 4 hours a night for 3 or 4 days. It took a toll on me. 

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Seven Things You Can Do To Keep Hashimoto's (and Autoimmunity in General) In Check

Thyroid problems, especially Hashimoto’s, are not just a  problem with your thyroid. 

What this means is that the issue doesn’t just exist in your thyroid. Autoimmune thyroid problems are an issue of many systems within the body.  Most people diagnosed with hypothyroidism probably also have Hashimoto’s and many of those people could be undiagnosed. 

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What You Need To Know about Stress And Your Digestion

Things go wrong in the body for a lot of reasons. When we have a health crisis it is not because of chance but because of something real that is going on. There are a lot of different reasons that you can be unhealthy or disrupted. Many things can cause the same set of problems to show up. That is what stress is. 

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Healthy Eating 101

Healthy Eating 101

Last Tuesday was National Night Out (I think it is called something else now) and our neighborhood makes hamburgers and hot dogs for the event and everyone else brings a dish to share. We were discussing hamburgers and a seasoning someone brought that made the burgers tasty. I didn’t have any because I wasn’t sure it was gluten free but I was telling them about making burgers that were half chopped bacon so basically 50% burger and 50% bacon. They are really the most delicious hamburger. Someone said that was funny that someone so “healthy” would suggest eating a burger like that. Just goes to show that people are still soooo mislead by the media about what is healthy.

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What Are The Best Fats To Cook With?

What Are The Best Fats To Cook With?

I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on a conversation I over heard in the grocery store. Two people were talking about which fats were the best to use for cooking. I was shocked, to hear what they were saying. I am so immersed in this world of health and wellness that I am still surprised when I hear people saying that their “vegetable”  (shh…it’s not really made from vegetables) oil is the best.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Autoimmune Disease

10 Things You Need To Know About Autoimmune Disease

1.)  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates around 23.5 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. It is estimated to be at least 50 million people by the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. The reason for this is that the NIH statistics only include 24 of the over 100 known autoimmune diseases afflicting people. 

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20 Ways to Tell Your Blood Sugar Needs Balancing

20 Ways to Tell Your Blood Sugar Needs Balancing

The regulation of our blood sugar is so important to our adrenal health. The two things really go hand in hand. If blood sugar regulation is not working well then you cannot achieve health. It is THAT important. Blood sugar dysregulation leads to oxidative stress. Basically what this means is that there is more free radical damage in our bodies because we don’t have enough anti oxidants to neutralize the free radicals created in our body. 

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Forgiving your body for its betrayal. A story of healing.

This is an extremely personal post and one I tell in hopes of helping someone else. If you have Hashimoto’s or any other condition that has caused you great loss in the past or the present I wanted you to know you are not alone.  I am talking particularly about pregnancy loss. Whether you have had a miscarriage or a stillbirth, like me, you can get through it and come out okay on the other side of it. 

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What is Nutrition Part Four- Carbohydrates

What is Nutrition Part Four- Carbohydrates

Do you really need to eat grains? The great carb debate. 

The final post in my What is Nutrition series is on the ever controversial carbohydrate. Low carb, high carb, no carb, why carbs? That could be a line in a Dr. Seuss book! 

My 9 year old daughter was telling me she was learning all about nutrition from her gym teacher and how frustrated she was about the information she is learning because she knew her truth to be something different.

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What is Nutrition Part Three- Fat

What is Nutrition Part Three- Fat

I was never much of a dieter. I did a low fat diet once or twice in my life but that was it. I tried to lose a few pounds to fit in to a bridesmaid dress so I ate an extremely low fat diet and exercised.  I found myself becoming obsessed with what I ate so that whole diet lasted about a week before I decided that was not a path I wanted to go down. I love food and I hate exercise. Cutting fat out of my diet and counting calories meant I was eating a lot of carbohydrates and hungry all the time. I was miserable.  It took me many years after that wedding to figure out how to eat so my body was satisfied. 

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What is Nutrition Part Two- Protein

What is Nutrition Part Two- Protein

What is protein, how do you get it and why do you need it?

It is important for your health down to each cell that makes up your body to consume quality food including protein. 

What is protein exactly? 

Think of your body as a brick house. Proteins are the bricks that build your house. They are important to and essential for a healthy system.

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What is Nutrition? Part One.

What is Nutrition? Part One.

I invited a friend and her family to our Thanksgiving dinner and she jokingly asked if we were having a Tofu Turkey for dinner. I laughed but inside I was a little irritated. Then I got to thinking and realized she had no idea what healthy food or nutrition meant to me. Everyone has their own idea of what it means to be healthy and what good nutrition is. Everyone thinks their way is the right way. For years I thought I was being healthy by eating whole grains and staying away from saturated fat. Once I learned some of the science behind why I eat the way I do, I realized just how wrong I was. 

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