|Beautiful lilies from my hubs to cheer me up when I received my diagnosis|
For the loyal few who read this blog from time to time I hope you're still with me. When the summer started I had a big list of goals for this blog and my little Etsy shop. But both have been neglected.
It's been a bit of a bumpy ride this summer. Nothing like last summer, so I can't complain much. In late spring I noticed my favorite jeans were getting just a tad too tight and I was growing increasingly tired despite getting a full night's sleep. I just figured I needed to make some minor adjustments to my lifestyle. I cut out sugar and processed carbs, signed up for a Zumba class that I absolutely love and started incorporating even more fruits and veggies in my diet. This did help, but not as much as I had hoped. Instead of getting better, my condition just continued to get worse. I kept gaining weight, I had the attention span of an ant, my skin was dry and patchy, and my hair was thin and lacked luster. I kept trying to eat better and exercise more. I tried different cleansers, moisturizers, and products for my hair. Nothing helped. I was beginning to think that maybe I was just aging prematurely. But something still felt off. I knew it had to be something internal related to either my hormones or my thyroid.
At the beginning of August I went to my doctor for a series of blood tests. It was discovered that I have Hashimoto's Disease. I feel very fortunate that I learned about this while it is in it's early stages. Some people can live with this disease (and all the symptoms I had) for years and not even know it. It sounds strange, even to myself, but I was nearly giddy when I received my diagnosis. I was driving myself mad doing all the things that I know I should do to lose weight and have more energy with no results. I was beginning to think the problem was all in my head and that I just wasn't trying hard enough.
But I still have to work hard to maintain my health. I'm currently on a low-glycemic gluten free diet. It hasn't been as hard to adapt as I first thought. Luckily, I've always been concerned about nutrition and what I feed my family. I don't rely heavily on processed foods or refined carbs for meals. It has been challenging though. Some of the foods that are part of a low-glycemic diet like whole grain breads and pastas, are foods that I cannot have because they contain gluten. And some gluten free foods like gluten free breads and pastas, I can't have because they have a high glycemic index. So basically I am on a reformed version of the Paleo diet with the occasional serving of rice or tortillas. About once a week I try to adapt a new recipe from Pinterest which is actually kind of fun (when they turn out good).
This little hiccup in my personal health has taught me a valuable lesson. I learned just how much physical health and well being affects creativity and spirituality too. It was hard to focus on the things that bring me such joy and peace when my body was such a mess. That alone has been a huge motivator in doing all that I have to do to create an even healthier lifestyle for myself and my family.
The good news is I'm back on track. The supplements that I've been taking as well as the changes in my diet have made a noticable difference. The change is so dramatic that I rarely crave some of the foods I've had to give up. I have more energy for both my family and my business. Which is good, because I've got a lot of great ideas for this blog and new items for the shop.
Take care ya'll