I've been meaning to start a blog for such a long time. It's ridiculous that it's taken me this long, but I'm so happy that I finally took the initiative to start it! I can't wait to share recipes, workout routines, helpful products and supplements, insightful research, words of encouragement, my frustrations, and successes with you all. I am truly giddy with excitement about this blog, and I hope you are too! If not, I will try not to cry myself to sleep tonight...
Anyway, my story is a long one, and I will tell it in bits and pieces on my blog so as not to bore you. There is also more about my health history in my "About" section. I have a habit of being long-winded, and my health journey provides me with the perfect opportunity to write a novel. So, I will exert as much willpower as possible to avoid writing too much! Unless of course you struggle from insomnia and need someone to put you asleep, then I'm your gal :-)
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in August of 2014, and ever since I've been working to get better and heal my thyroid. It hasn't been the easiest task, considering I am a full-time graduate student in a pretty demanding program, I teach, and I am an academic advisor. But, I have learned to put my health first and my work second, because in my opinion, being healthy should be a priority!
During my winter break I decided to start doing the autoimmune protocol diet. I have embeded a link so you can check it out for yourself if you'd like :-) Think of it like the paleo diet except restricting some more food groups/foods that can cause inflammation and irritation to your system. I cannot put into words how helpful this diet has been, but let's just say that my acne is nearly gone, I've lost a lot of bloat and water-weight, my face doesn't look similar to a balloon, and I just feel more at ease. I couldn't recommend this diet enough.
The hair is another story, but I'll get to that at a later date. I like to compare it to the Charlie Brown Christmas tree so I can find humor in how bad my hair is!
Another resource that has been super helpful is Sarah Ballantyne's (The Paleo Mom) book The Paleo Approach. I have been learning A LOT about autoimmune diseases and how to get them into remission. For me, I love to learn what is going on with my health and why I should enact certain changes, otherwise I am less motivated to stop eating jars of almond butter per week or to quit having a glass of wine here or there ;)
Currently, I am about a month in with the autoimmune protocol diet and will start the reintroduction stages in a few weeks. I'll definitely write a post about that in the near future, since some of you may have no idea what the heck I am talking about.
This will be a learning curve for me in the beginning, so I hope you will put up with me through the trials and tribulations of making this blog a success. If you're a blogger and have any suggestions or insights, feel free to leave a comment :-)
Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a lovely day!
Anyone doing anything empowering on this Monday?