Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hashimotos fluffiness .. booo hiss !

  Let me just be honest and say,  I have had the hardest time getting on track. It's like I decided to let loose and now I am sitting her going what did I do to myself.     I keep getting on track and then falling off of it.   I know it has to do with me just wanting to be like everyone else.  I want to be able to eat whatever I want and be able to work it off.    I have been keeping up with my workouts,   despite having to take some time off due to hip flexor and IT band injury. but even at that I still managed to turn into one big marshmallow fluff.        

I had noticed my fluffiness creeping back on slow and steady, expanding just like Marshmallow's do they spread and puff.   My stomach looks like a big Marshamallow puff, and while you might think I am exaggerting or that I am being hard on myself, well pictures speak 1,000 words and this is where I see it the most.   How I let myself get this this point I don't know,  I know better, but hey sometimes we want to live life to the fullest right !     As upset as I am, I have  decided to use this feeling as my starting point.  I have been monitoring what I have been eating ,and have gone back to cutting out gluten 100% .     Believe it or not,  within just a couple days of being gluten free my fluffiness has started to subside.    Don't get me wrong, I am not completely fluff free but  it's a start.   

I must keep on track, and  I know I will be going out of town very soon, and will more than likely engage in naughty eating habits, but I am only going to allow myself to enjoy myself while there and then come back and get right back into the swing of things.        

You may wonder why I am being so though on myself and is it really necessary to cut out certain foods, well the answer is I truly don't know.  I do know however , that I see  results when I don't eat gluten.  My energy level is better and I have less fluffiness.    

 I am not saying to run out and go purchase all kinds of gluten free items and eat processed foods.  I am saying what we should be focusing on is eating as much unprocessed foods as we can, and those foods more than likely would be gluten free (for example: vegetables and fruit).    I think just from my personal experience, I have determined that in order for me to eliminate some of the side effects of having Hashimotos,   I must feed my body the best nutrients I can.  I think in order for my body to get these nutrients, I need to make it easy for my body to not have to shuffle through the junk.     

I am obviously no expert in the area but it makes sense to me. Those of us with autoimmune disorders such as Hashimotos are already having to fight our own bodies, so why make our body fight against things that are considered "foreign"  when we can perhaps help our body.

I know this isn't a cure, but it won't hurt to try.   Unfortunately, I haven't come across much medical evidence in regards to the gluten and Hashimotos connection from the "Traditional" medicine standpoint, but I have seen information from the Holistic standpoint.   I personally believe there is not one single answer, and we have to do what we feel is best for us.        

So on that note,  I hope that next time I blog about fluffiness it's that I have reduced it and not increased it again!     With that, I hope everyone is doing well, and keep your head up. We are all fighters and together we can do this!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Just a little update :)

Time to get posting again.    I finally finished my 3rd degree, and now I am on to figuring out what to do next.   I am taking a little bit of a break, and plan to look into some PhD programs.  Yes, I am addicted to school, I don't know why but I am.  I guess I figure might as well just continue to learn and learn and learn.   Maybe I am on a path of being over educated, but it never seemed to hurt anyone or did it?

  My last post was in regards to eating gluten free and trying out a new medicine.  Unfortunately, the natural thyroid pill (Armour) for me made my heart race too much.  I did feel like it helped me with losing weight, but I finally decided that I just couldn't tolerate the palpitations.  I am back on synthroid for now.   I do feel that eliminating gluten was very helpful, although recently I have fallen off the wagon and just can't seem to get back in control.   I almost feel like it is an addiction, I know I shouldn't have it but continue to eat it.     I guess it's all just part of being human we fall  and stumble and have to get up and get back to it.     I kind of feel like it's back to square one, but I know I can do this.

I have increased my running again, and been working out pretty consistently for the past several months.  I have grown stronger physically and mentally. I am surprised and how much I have been able to push myself to do.     I have learned so much about my physical and mental strength.  I still have my doubts and still worry that I will be in the middle of a task and just conk out of energy. One things for sure is that I know have something to reflect back on and say , hey if  I can flip a tire and lift heavier weights I can certainly walk or run more than 3 miles.   I do have to say that working out in high intensity has increased my stamina, helped me lose inches, gain confidence, and just made me feel better.     

I do have some goals in mind that I need to get started on:
1) Get back on track with my eating (you can work out all you want but if you aren't eating right than it's contradictory.)
2) Start studying for GRE
3) Look into PhD programs
4) Get back to blogging
5) Figure out how to get my own business going in my field.    

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