As someone who has dealt with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis for over a decade, I’m all too familiar with the unpleasant symptoms that can come with a thyroid imbalance. I’ve always been extremely health conscious, so the diagnosis that was presented to me years back came as quite a shock!
While it’s long been commonly known that thyroid issues can affect weight and metabolism, did you know that depression, heart disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menopausal symptoms, muscle and joint pains, irritable bowel syndrome, or autoimmune disease could actually indicate a problem with your thyroid?
I didn’t. I also did not have any of the other “classic” signs, such as weight gain or lackluster skin and nails. I simply didn’t feel quite “right”. (I did, however, have frequently cold hands, but had this as long as I could remember.) Normally very energetic, I was able to continue my exercise routine and healthy diet. It was more a feeling of really having to “push” through it all, and feeling a little big of “brain fog.”
Working as a model for many years, I assumed that vegetarianism was the best option for maintaining my weight easily and with the least effort. It’s also how we were raised. Additionally, I engaged in regular fasts, in which I drank nothing but juice and broth for 2-3 days every month. Looking back, I believe it’s quite possible my rigorous workouts, combined with lack of certain nutrients in my vegetarian diet, may have contributed to this now-epidemic auto immune disease.
Upon diagnosis, I immediately began working with a skilled naturopath, incorporating grass fed meats and wild salmon back into my diet. Previously a fan of abundant amounts of tofu, eliminating that also seemed to help. (Some studies have found soy inhibits thyroid function.) I began low dose Armour Thyroid, which contains all of the thyroid hormones, instead of the commonly prescribed Synthroid, which only provides T4.
I now thrive on a diet consisting largely of vegetables, some fruit, nuts, and lean protein, as well as several high quality supplements. I eliminated gluten entirely several months ago, as many studies point to a strong correlation between gluten and poor thyroid function. I’m pleased to say that I feel better than ever! I will continue posting recipes that I use and swear by, and look forward to hearing your feedback regarding on this topic, Dear Readers!
For more detailed information on thyroid health and how it could be affecting YOU, please see Dr. Mercola’s article at