Hypothyroid Guide to Nontoxic Lifestyle

Back in 2012, I reached a point where I was tired of feeling like crap all the time and had basically hit a brick wall with my doctors. Since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2009, I had been on increasing doses of synthetic thyroid hormone.  My blood work was normal, but I continued to feel … Read more

Go Nontoxic to Live Life, Not to Cheat Death

Now that I’ve decided to come home full time to concentrate on blogging, personal training, and Beachbody coaching, I’ve realized there are lots of things I need to do!  Start a garden to save $ on food, make a daily schedule for exercise, work, house cleaning, etc.  You will likely notice that I’ve done some … Read more

The Real Reason I’m so Passionate About Fitness and Nutrition

If you’ve read my bio, then you know that I started this blog because of how much of a difference switching to a non-toxic lifestyle made for me, and that I want to share that information with others.  I’ve been passionate about health and fitness my entire life, but it went from being something I … Read more

Crazy Thyroid Story – Full Version

This is a long story.  There’s some very personal information in here – if that makes you uncomfortable, you might not want to read this.  If you’re short on time, read the short version. In November 2009, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and put on synthetic thyroid hormone replacement.  I expected my symptoms to clear … Read more

Crazy Thyroid Story Outline

This is the short version of my story from diagnosis to removing toxins from our home and being on a lower dose of medication.  This contains personal (perhaps graphic) info, so please bear that in mind before reading on. November 2009:  Diagnosed with hypothyroidism, put on 55 mcg levothyroxine, no improvement in symptoms February 2010:  … Read more

List of Changes I Made

Lifestyle Changes I Made Personal Care/Cosmetics – eliminated: Sodium laurel sulfate Parabens (any form) Fragrance (unless from essential oil) Triclosan Benzene (any form) Hair dye.  Yes, I finally embraced my natural color! Methylhexylcinnimate Petroleum distillates such as Propylene Glycol, PPG, PEG, etc. Fluoride Many others – too many to list them all (I usually check … Read more


My name is Amanda Hodgson. I’m an Army wife, stepmom to a teenage boy, and dog mom to two mixed breed rescue dogs. Cody lives with his mom and visits throughout the year.  Our four legged children are a male Chiweenie and a female Cocker Spaniel/Miniature Poodle/Cairn Terrier mix. Together we enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, … Read more

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