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Do you do this too?

Please tell me you do this too… I recently started a new gut healing protocol; so far so good, I haven’t had any processed sugar or natural sweeteners for the past 5 days. Happy dance, woooohooooo! Wow. Except, not wow. I’ve done this before and it pretty much seems to be the same each time.

I say to myself, “one more cookie, one more peanut butter cup, one more piece of dark chocolate with sea salt…” I’m noticing a chocolate theme, hmmm. I tell myself, I’ll start fresh tomorrow. Then, what happens? I get a little bit stressed or a little bit (okay, a lot) tired and I cave and have “just one more” whatever the chocolatey sugary treat is. God bless my husband too who has learned to ask “Am I supposed to discourage you from this right now, or just leave you alone?”……

Well, it’s August. I’m at the very tail end of Gut Thrive and overall feeling less fatigued on a daily basis and better in my belly after eating. My relationship with sugar and treats has changed. I now eat very little fruit, and things like cake may be a once a month treat. I made a double layer cake for my daughter’s birthday in July. It was a nice cake and I ended up pulling from 5 different paleo recipes. I felt that cake after eating it! I felt it enough to decide then and there that it is NOT worth it to continue eating sugary treats like I was before I started Gut Thrive. I’m more interested in eating to live; to live this life God has granted me and do something worthwhile that will help people who are just like me.

If you’re curiosity has been piqued by this Gut Thrive in 5 I’m doing, you can find more information at The Whole Journey and also through this free webinar.

Cheers to a happy gut! Send me a message if you’re wondering how to get a happy gut :o).

What is Hashimotos Thyroiditis?

Last year someone I admire greatly told me to be a “connector”. The writing of this blog; in this blog, is my humble attempt to do just that. I want to connect you to your health. My hope is that as you read you discover that connecting what you learn to your spirit, your body, and your mind-is a path to wellness. I want you to join me on this journey to health, this road to wellness.

For me, wellness doesn’t necessarily start with eating organic corn chips from Trader Joe’s and chocolate covered sea salt and turbinado sugar almonds. A couple weeks ago I let myself get too hungry and then combined that with a trip to the wonderful world of TJs-not a good idea! In the past, I have avoided eating grains (wheat, corn, rice, quinoa, oats, etc.), nuts, and chocolate, among other foods, because I truly feel better not eating those foods AND my antibodies go way down when I don’t eat that stuff.

“What are antibodies?”, you ask.

People with autoimmune diagnoses have antibodies . I’ve got them to my thyroid, called Hashimotos Thyroiditis or Autoimmune Thyroiditis. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos six years ago. It has certainly been a journey learning about this autoimmune disease and I learn something new about it on a weekly basis. The link above goes to Dr. Izabella Wentz’s website which is a fount of fantastic information about Hashimotos. I highly recommend you check her out. Another great site¬†with more information can be found here¬†.

Hashimotos is an autoimmune disease/disorder in which your immune system attacks your thyroid gland. Contrary to what conventional medical doctors believe (huge generalization-I’m not trying to step on toes here, I promise) Hashimotos is not a thyroid issue, it is a body wide or systemic issue because there is an immune response. Dr. Alessio Fasano, a leader in the field of celiac disease, talks about a three legged stool where autoimmunity is concerned. One leg is environmental factors, one leg is genetic predisposition, and the last leg is intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut”). Please stay tuned for more about leaky gut in coming weeks. From my own research, I understand autoimmune diseases can be put into remission through diligence in self-care, diet, and by modulating stress. My next post will dig deeper into Hashimotos specifically-symptoms and what tests to ask your doctor for.

In my own experience having an autoimmune disorder is a bummer. It is frustrating, sad, fatiguing, and it makes me angry sometimes, BUT…I have a growing faith in Jesus Christ. That faith is what keeps me going, gets me up in the morning, and ultimately, I feel God has led me into writing this blog to bless others who are asking questions about their health. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” May you find God’s glory on your journey.

Thanks for reading!