Living with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Disease submitted by Doris L. Foy
Attention Everyone, Today's post is a heart-felt guest post from Camille Gallinger's older sister, Doris, who recovered her vitality in the midst of Hashimoto's disease.
I had no idea what this meant when I was first diagnosed. I was first told that I had hypothyroidism and through a biopsy I was then diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.
My Specialist didn’t go into detail about what it meant to have this disease. I was just told to stay on the medication to keep it in check. I was really in a state of panic and had so many questions. I immediately called my little Sister and bombarded her with questions...oh I need to mention she is a Nutritionist and in my book one of the best; she calmed me down by telling me I can live with this, maybe even beat it, if I take care of myself.
The disease has many symptoms, including attacks on the immune system; the thyroid becomes inflamed and unable to produce hormones normally, sometimes causing the development of hypothyroidism due to a large number of white blood cells that collect within the thyroid gland.
There are many symptoms: fatigue, weight gain, cold sensitivity, constipation, dry skin, inflammation, joint pain, hair loss, sleeplessness, depression, and hormonal imbalance. As you can see it is not easy to deal with all of the above.
There is great news though...I have found that you can overcome and ease the symptoms and live a blessed life filled with Vitality, a peaceful Spirit and a Zest for life.
For me, having a good Nutritionist in your life and strong Faith is essential.
Food plays a big part and eating healthy is the key. It is crucial to have the knowledge of what foods you should avoid when you are diagnosed with such an ailment. I wasn’t told by the doctor what foods to avoid and what food to add to my life with this condition. My Nutritionist gave me a complete health regimen to follow to recover my Best Self ever.
The main things I had to avoid eating were foods containing Gluten, and let me tell you that was a long list of items I love- bread, bagels, biscuits, rolls, pancakes, cakes, pies, etc. I took a deep breath and took it head on like a soldier for better health. I started to buy gluten free foods; I also avoided dairy milk and started on carageenan-free Almond Milk. I can make a lot of things I like gluten free that are still so tasty. I began to meditate and take relaxing baths for the release of stress and depression. I added more healthy foods into my daily meals such as kale, natural spices and herbs, fish, nuts, avocado, kiwi, protein powders, fruit smoothies, green smoothies, Brazil nuts that fight inflammation, healthy supplements, fish oils etc. Water is so important in all of this, as well as good herbal teas... one of my favorites is Tulsi Tea (also called Holy Basil Tea). It relaxes you.
I just wanted to share that there is Life after diagnosis. It is important to live each day and not just exist. Each day is a new beginning; a new birth and we are blessed to be here.
I have been so blessed to take heed to the advice given to me by my nutritionist. It was life changing; it was challenging work and it is work on a daily basis. It is worth it. I feel more energy, less stress, and my symptoms have decreased tremendously. I focus on being the best me I can be. I choose to be happy. I choose to be grateful. I choose to live.
What we put in our bodies plays a great role in our mental and physical well being. Get your Vitality and the Zest for life back. I did!
Live Life Abundantly!
Doris L. Foy