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 re-vamping of the blog, and I’m posting three times per week. One area I know I need work on is sticking to that daily at-home work schedule when I know I don’t have to be anywhere or fear losing my job or not meeting a specific deadline. One way I plan to combat this is by teaching live PiYo classes after I get certified next week. Saying that seems surreal! The closer I get to living my truth, the more free I feel!
Another very important thing that I had to do was to really think about what my mission is. After some soul searching and analyzing, I was able to determine my very specific purpose. My mission is to provide customized lifestyle plans both online and in person to people who are struggling with hypothyroidism from a place of personal understanding in a nonjudgmental environment.
Hypothyroidism brings with it unique challenges that are best understood by someone who has experienced them. Often those of us with the disease have been misdiagnosed, misunderstood, dismissed as crazy, and judged by others for our lack of motivation, which is often perceived as laziness. My experience with implementing nontoxic changes in my own life has given me a unique perspective on helping others do the same.
Personally, I’ve not had the best experience with traditional doctors as it relates to this disease. One doctor pat me on the knee and said, “oh you’re fine” after describing all my symptoms to him (I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism less than a year later by a different doctor who actually ran a blood test). Another doctor told me that he didn’t think I had hypothyroidism, that I was simply depressed and needed to see a psychologist (depression is a symptom of the disease I had already been diagnosed with!!). And yet, he prescribed my thyroid medication but refused to run a blood test, despite me telling him I was newly diagnosed and not yet on the proper dose (I switched doctors immediately of course). Another doctor told me that this was a relatively benign disease, and didn’t understand why I was so upset when describing my symptoms to her (my birth control pill was interacting with my thyroid pill which was why I was so emotional!). The next doctor I went to spewed statistics at me, treated me like a number, and thought it was a good idea to take me from 75 mcg to 125 mcg (increases should be gradual, not practically doubled in one fell swoop!). The medication they put me on made things much worse, so I decided to research what I could do to improve my life. Most people with hypothyroidism have dealt with this type of mistreatment from medical professionals, which is why so many of us turn to “alternative” practitioners. This was definitely the case for me. A wealth of information was readily available, so why on earth do so many doctors know so little about this disease?
There are many doctors who mean well and really want to help, but their knowledge is often limited to anatomy and pharmaceuticals. Nutrition courses are not a requirement to finish medical school! Personally I find this appalling, because so many diseases can be reversed with diet and exercise alone. Please understand I’m not shunning modern medicine or saying that all doctors are bad. I truly believe that most doctors really do want to help people, and modern medicines are useful in certain scenarios. At the same time, I believe that the mind body connection and so-called alternative therapies have tremendous value as well. You could say that I believe in integrative medicine. Lifestyle modifications should ALWAYS come before prescribing medication, except in the case of acute conditions.
There’s no reason why a person should have to settle for only surviving and not being able to live. That’s why I decided to opt for a non-toxic lifestyle. Not to cheat death but to live my life! Since implementing dietary & lifestyle changes, my quality of life has improved dramatically. If I hadn’t made these changes, I’d still be going to work, coming home and doing absolutely nothing while my poor husband tried to do everything. Now that I feel better, I have the energy to live and follow my passion in life! When I tell traditional medical professionals about all the changes I’ve made and how much they’ve improved my life, they don’t seem to believe me. You know what? I don’t care! What I do care about it how much better I feel. In my heart I know I did the right thing. Now I see a Naturopath in addition to my traditional doctors. She absolutely sees the value in the changes I’ve made, and has even recommended a few more.
Why go nontoxic? To live life, not to cheat death! Low levels of exposure to toxins that accumulate in the body can add up to long term damage to many systems, not just to the thyroid. Whichever system is affected, it reduces quality of life. Quality over quantity, I always say! While the information I post here was found because of my hypothyroidism, it can help anyone. The problem with many of the synthetic chemicals used in our environment today is that they affect people in so many different ways. Many of them have been linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, allergies, and many more. That is why I felt the need to start this blog – not only to help people struggling with hypothyroidism, but anyone who simply wants to be more health and environmentally conscious.
The takeaway? Switching to less toxic products is beneficial to everyone – you’re helping yourself and the planet by making the switch. The only ones that will not immediately benefit are the companies who make toxic products, but they will adapt to the market for consumer demand. If consumers demand safer products, companies will make them.
In the end, the world will be a better place when we all go nontoxic. As always, thanks for reading!