One little test.
One of the biggest differences between my life now and a few years ago is my energy level.
I remember a time where I was so lethargic that I didn’t want to get out of bed. My blinds were always closed and I made every excuse not to go out and be social. The very thought of going to the gym was something I never thought I could get into. I used to see people out for runs and I just couldn’t understand how they did it or where all of their energy came from.
Was I really this unmotivated? Was I just lazy? Was it depression? What was wrong with me?
I didn’t think I could make a change and I think that’s because I didn’t understand what was wrong. It became an issue when I was younger and my mom noticed that I was very low energy so we went to the doctor to get some blood work done. The test results soon came back as Hypothyroid which means I have an underactive thyroid.
Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland, this means that the gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. People are diagnosed hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood.
When your thyroid hormone levels are too low your body’s cells can’t get enough thyroid hormone and your body processes start slowing down. As the body slows you may notice that you feel colder, you tire more easily, your skin gets drier, and you become forgetful and depressed.
Hypothyroidism is the condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain hormones which upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in your body. Your Thyroid gland controls your body's cell use and energy from food, a process called metabolism which affects your body’s temperature, your heartbeat, and how well you burn calories. If you don’t have enough of the hormone your body processes slow down. Meaning that your body produces less energy and your metabolism becomes sluggish. This can make you gain weight and feel exhausted, for me it made me put on weight and it made it very difficult to lose that weight once I had put it on, mostly because I didn’t know what I should be avoiding when it came to my diet.
The more I researched the condition and the more I understood the reasons why I was feeling the way that I did, the more I wanted to learn about how I could get my energy up and feel better!
What you eat can interfere with your treatment and some nutrients can influence the function of your thyroid gland.
Here are some foods to avoid or limit when managing hypothyroidism:
Everything that I thought was good for me actually was not.
As a Nutritionist it’s funny how many people say “Kale must be your best friend” actually no it isn’t very good for me unless it is cooked!
It just goes to show how not everything that is healthy is good for everyone and I would suggest that anyone who has any of the symptoms described above go to get some blood work done to test their thyroid, it’s a simple blood test for TSH.
Sometimes you need to really do your research and not go on what you think is healthy or what is trending. The most common part of my job is debunking nutritional myths and also helping people eat what is right for them and their body type and taking all health conditions into consideration as well as health goals and personal taste!
I was never really told what to stay away from I was just told to take a pill every day to regulate my thyroid and that's what I did until I was in my mid-twenties and did my homework andit turned out that things I was eating on a regular basis turned out to be very bad for my overall health.
I have changed it all naturally through my diet and now my energy is through the roof, I wake up early every morning without an alarm and hit the gym. I feel like I always have so much energy and it is all thanks to my understanding of my health condition and how to treat it through food. I have also kept in pretty good shape by making sure that I boost my metabolism which is super important for anyone with hypothyroidism.
If you do have an under-active Thyroid a few tips to rev up your metabolism would be to:
• Up your Omega 3’s
• Drink Green Tea
• Lift Weights to build muscle
• Do some light cardio daily
• Go Organic when possible ( clean 15 and Dirty Dozen)
• Lean Protein will do you good
Now that I have learned what is right for me I feel amazing and my energy is where is needs to be to sustain my busy lifestyle.