If you've followed me for awhile or read my most recent post you'll know I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Which is an auto immune disease/disorder where my body attacks itself. My thyroid to be exact, which in turn, has caused hypothyroidism. Which, even when medicated can cause a number of symptoms that make me feel pretty crappy at times. Various material I've read suggests a link between gluten being present in the body and thyroid tissue. The body attacks the gluten but at the same time attacks the thyroid tissue. Even though my body is already attacking my thyroid, I'm assuming the more gluten is present, the more it attacks 🙁 So. To cut a short story long, I think it might be time to jump on the gluten free wagon for health reasons. I've decided that when I'm mentally ready and when I've been consistently taking my medication for awhile that I'll do a two month trial and see what changes I notice. If I was reeealllly keen, I'd do a full auto immune elimination 'reset' diet where you cut out all grains, dairy and other foods then bring them back in to see which ones affect you but I think I'll do it backwards and eliminate one at a time 😂 I follow a few people on here that follow the auto immune protocol in terms of diet and swear by it, I just know I'm not in the right mindset to be trying that right now. #autoimmunedisease#autoimmunediet#autoimmuneprotocol#thyroid#hashimotos#hashimotosthyroiditis#hypothyroidism#health#diet#glutenfree#fitness#nutrition#wellness#fitnessandfood
I have committed to not only helping others but making sure I help myself first 🤗 You can’t pour from an empty cup ☕️ #selfcarefirst
🌱One thing that happened when I got sick with #me /cfs was a massive decrease in my cognitive function
🌱My short term memory was gone and I mean I couldn’t remember what day it was, where I put things (phone went missing multiple times a day), even found the milk in the cupboard one day 😕 •
🌱At first it was really scary and I ended up suffering with severe panic attacks. I still get them but they are less frequent •
🌱I had to do a lot of work in the beginning to overcome the nightmare that this illness brings
🌱One man that gave me hope was @drmarkhyman as he went through a similar thing and I started to implement a lot of his suggestions •
🌱Today I am starting his book 📖 which I purchased from @booktopiabooks •
🌱My anniversary date of getting sick is the 31st of this month and it will be 3 years. It might sound like a silly anniversary to celebrate but for me it just reminds me of how far I have come and that each day I get a little better •
🌱The ME/CFS recovery is possible you just need to know how to go about it and the biggest thing I can recommend for moving past your chronic illness is to first grieve properly for your old life and then work towards celebrating all the small milestones you are achieving everyday. •
🌱3 years ago I couldn’t even read a book and today I get to start a new one ☝️ •
Your chronic illness does not define you!
✨ Morning Routine ✨
Since being diagnosed with #rheumatoidarthritis my morning routine has changed. I used to just run out of the house in the morning with a cup of tea ☕️ now I have to really think and remember what I need to do and take. I have to make sure that I’m eating breakfast, something that will line my tummy to stop the tablets making me feel queezy! Then I have to remember what tablets I need to take, how many of them depending on my symptoms that day and what day it actually is as certain tablets are for specific days...
This morning I took 8 different tablets, including vitamin C, vitamin D, cranberry for women’s health and cod liver oil. I never used to take vitamin supplements, but now, I really need to make sure that my body has everything it needs to get through the day and stop attacking itself 🤦🏼♀️
You can’t see my illness, but I sure as hell can feel it. Remember, think before you speak and judge people as you don’t know what they’re dealing with !
Disappointment, sadness, sorrow, let-down and failure are just a few words that describe how I have been feeling since meeting with my specialist last Friday. Fellow Crohns know these feeling all too well 💜
Update: I had a procedure beginning of July to see if my Crohns was active and got the results about 1.5 weeks later after stressing as they had seen some ulcers and irritation but hoping that was from the prep for the procedure however the biopsy showed that there was no inflammation and that my Crohns was not currently active. I took it that this meant after 2.5 years I was finally in remission even though they started me on a new drug to work alongside my Humira injections. I was so excited with this news and couldn’t wait to tell my near and dear that finally my Crohns was no longer active and I could start focusing on my weight and started to reintroduce some food groups I had eliminated during my flare. Finally there was light at the end of a very dark tunnel 💡 •
I met again with my specialist on Friday last week and asked how my bloods were tracking and she said the inflammation is still there so NO I’m not in remission yet even though from my procedure they couldn’t see anything active. I cried and all of a sudden this sadness, disappointment, gosh so many feelings and emotions took over me and I felt lost again 😞😢
Going to have to pick myself up out my black hole, put my big girl panties on, focus on the present and look forward to finally getting into remission 💜🤞💪 stay tuned
// just a little reminder (to myself, too!) that what you add to your diet is just as, if not more (!!!), important than what you remove. for me, removing sugar (my biggest weakness) & alcohol (less of a big deal) & pizza 🍕 etc (actually my biggest weakness) mattered a lot. but avoiding these things is not enough. I’ve technically been on my diet juuuust fine the last week. I have not been eating things I’m not supposed to eat. not even one bit. but I also haven’t been eating nearly enough veggies, especially greens & salads. & boyyyy have I seen the issues. I’ve had a mild tummy ache on & off the last four days &, I might be psyching myself out, but it kinda looks like my skin has gotten marginally worse again in some spots (at the least, it certainly hasn’t gotten better). my boyfriend helped me make a simple, big, leafy salad (gotta get over the weird mental block) & it was amazing: sooooo delicious (didn’t expect that???), refreshing, crunchy, & I wanted more!! my tummy ache went away shortly after!! so it just goes to show: feed your body the right things!! feed it greens & veggies & fresh things! feed it goodness & healing things (& sure, avoid the bad things, too) & it will reward you!!! ✨✨❤️❤️ / August 14, 2018
I got a tie dye boob tube top for $5 from the ekka show day! 😍 Lucky I did because my skin on my arms, back and chest hurts so bad from the sun today.
I often forget that I have an auto immune disease and that I need to take extra care when it comes to my body.
Whether I wear sunscreen or not, my skin hurts when I go out into the sun. It feels irritated and like it's being peeled off. I actually can't even describe the pain accurately but it's not good.
Being someone like me, who does constantly have to worry about what I put into as well as onto my body, is honestly exhausting sometimes. That's why I am so glad I started my business with @balanced_bellas. The wholefood products are perfectly safe for me because they are 100% healthy wholefood goodness and the meal plans have so many recipes I can use without having to worry about the ingredients because it fits my lifestyle.
I honestly love these products and I hope more people decide to make this change. I know the longer I am taking these capsules, the less likely it'll be that my skin will continue to hurt and itll be because I am fixing my body from the inside out. 🙌💖🎉
I injured my lower back early 2016 (disk bulge 😫) and at the beginning, I saw it as a real curse. I thought, that’s it, I can’t do yoga anymore -I injured myself during a yoga class so my advice is do NOT OVERPUSH in YOGA- , I am going to become unfit, this is a nightmare etc etc.
Yes it was hard to start with. For 6 weeks, I couldn’t stand straight, and my lovely business school friends with whom I was in Miami at that time nicknamed me “the tower of Pisa” 😂 It was a long road to recovery, but I have learnt so much about the human body in the process.
I have learnt that there isn’t such a thing as a back problem. The first issue is we spend too much time sitting down, hence our hip flexors because tight, and that’s what pulls on the lower back. Then, I have learnt to modify my workouts, as you can see on this video. I twist on one side only. Finally, I have strengthened my back and my core as a result of that injury.
So, what this taught me is
1/ that we can TURN ANY NEGATIVE experience INTO a positive. That’s my motto for life btw, otherwise, what’s the point in going through hard times?! 2/ again, YOU CAN NOT OUTSOURCE your HEALTH. The way you eat, exercise is all down to YOU and no one can do it for you. So we might as well care and get on with it 😉
HASHIMOTO BELIRTILERI NELERDIR?
Arkadaslar onemli oldugunu dusundugum bir konuya dikkat cekmek istiyorum. Zira bu konuda insanlar arasinda bir yanilgi oldugunu gozlemliyorum. Hashimoto gibi otoimmun hastaliklar kisinin yasam kalitesini ciddi oranda etkileyen ancak buna karsin yillar icerisinde kendisini size belli etmeden sinsice ilerleyebilen (asymptomatic) hastaliklar. Bu yuzden bir cogumuz da yasadigimiz problemleri yasimiza, yapimiza verip yillarca hayatin normal bir parcasi gibi kabul edebiliyoruz. Ornegin `...yapim boyle cok cabuk yoruluyorum` veya `cok uyuyan biriyim ben`, `cok odem var, sabahlari ellerim gozlerim sisiyor` veya `bugunlerde cok unutkan oldum…!` gibi seyler duyuyor olma ihtimalimiz yuksek. Zira bu asamada genellikle kagit uzerinde (henuz) teshisi konulmus bir tiroid hastaliginiz da olmadigindan, biz hala bize neler oldugunu anlamak icin doktor doktor geziyor oluruz…!
Tiroid arastirmalarinda otorite kabul edilen isimlerin basinda gelen Dr. Datis Kharrazian’in ilk kitabi `Lab Sonuclarim Normal. Neden Hala Tiroid Belirtileri Yasiyorum?` (Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When my lab tests are normal”) basligini tasir (bkz 2. foto). Bence kitabin basligi biz hastalarin durumunu cok guzel ozetliyor. Evet bir cogumuz yillarca yavas yavas ilerleyen hastaligimizin verdigi sinyalleri bir turlu anlayamayiz. Bunun icin o doktor senin bu uzman benim gezer dururuz, ta ki dokular iyice hasar gorup, TSH, T3 ve T4 hormonlarimiz kontrolden cikip TSH tavan yapincaya kadar da (cogunlukla) bize tiroid hastaligi teshisi konulmaz..! Bizler de bu noktada `Tiroid degerlerime baktirdim. Hersey normalmis, tiroid hastasi degilmisim` diyerek evimizin yolunu tutariz. Yaniliyor muyum ?
Diyecegim o ki eger vucudumuzu iyi tanir ve dinlemeyi bilirsek aslinda o bize birseylerin yolunda olmadigini gosteren sinyalleri -cok uzun sure once- vermeye basliyor. Dolayisi ile Hashimoto’nun teshis surecinde yasadigimiz degisimleri/ `belirtiler`i hic hafife almayalim lutfen..! Hashimoto’nun insan hayatini zorlastiran cok sayida FIZIKSEL, DUYGUSAL ve RUHSAL belirtileri var. Bunlar arasinda en fazla one cikanlar soyle; (devami 👇)
Left vs. right.
On the left... you see a girl who has been torn down for years, has hated the way she looked and felt. A girl who wakes up every morning with aches and pains only your 70 year old grandmother could relate to, when I step out of bed I sound like a box of Rice Krispies. Every single one of my joints hurt on a daily basis, plus my attitude was bad. I spent so many years doubting myself.. but here’s to the girl on the right.. On the right.. you see a girl who was 15 minutes away from changing her life forever. I chose to take control of my life, and I will continue to do that everyday from here on out. I cannot go back to where I was mentally or physically. July 31st, at 211 lbs my body was breaking down. I couldn’t run because my knees were shot, my back and ankles hurt 24/7. Enough was enough.. I’m becoming happy with what I see in the mirror, the person I am becoming mentally and physically. I have seen so many changes even this early on.. and I want to leave you on this.. don’t be so hard on yourself, there’s no reason to put yourself down. Love yourself. Treat yourself like a human (@sarahhhrae). You deserve that love and to be your OWN DAMN CHEERLEADER!! ❤️
Lets talk SWEAT - The main ways we eliminate toxins from our bodies is through our bowels, our urine and our sweat! Our sweat draws all those creepy little toxins out of your body through your skin and the bacteria on your skin helps ferment those bad boys away. One of the reasons you feel great after a sweaty workout! However, conventional deodorants work by using a gazillion chemicals to clog your pores and mask the smell of the fermenting. Sounds counterproductive right? Well it is! With so many great natural deodorants on the market, its easy to make the change! I dont always feel like making my own so tried and tested, here are some of my favs 😊 @moogooskincare @twenty.8.essential @blackchickenremedies and @nopong.deodorant
Ps this is not an affiliate link, just my genuine desire to spresd the word! Be well mummas xxx
❗️We•Are•Back❗️I thought it was time to introduce myself. My name is Maddie & I’m the founder of autoIMmune AWAREness. I had to take a little break to take care of my own health so I could come back stronger, ready to connect, educate, & share with this incredible community! I myself have had ulcerative colitis for nine years. I created autoIMmune AWAREness after I was diagnosed with enteropathic arthritis two years ago. In college at the time, a mentor had asked me, “Is there any group on campus to talk to (regarding autoimmune health).” I chuckled to myself & said no. Months later, autoIMmune AWAREness was formed as a way for those battling autoimmune disease(s) or navigating diagnosis to connect, provide support for loved ones, & educate others on the multitude of ways autoimmune diseases and/or conditions affect those living with them. I have & am continuing to collect your stories. Thank you for your willingness to share YOUR story. I felt it only right to share a bit of mine. @autoimmune_awareness #autoimmune#autoimmunedisease#disease#autoimmunewarrior#autoimmuneawareness#autoimmunedisorder#autoimmunewellness#autoimmunediseaseawareness#seetheinvisible#imaware#awareness#aware#spoonie
🌅☀️🌊 One of the things that I’m discovering with my autoimmune issues is that too much sun exposure has me aching the next day. One of the ways I’ve been fighting that is to have some floating/swim time in the ocean. I’m not sure if it’s the sea salt or being weightless, but
the water has been so warm these last few weeks, it’s making swimming and body surfing into wonderful ocean detox sessions as opposed to brisk “refreshing” icy plunges that have me running out after 10 minutes.
On Saturday it had my entire energy levels changed and recharged for the positive. That I was with great people also helped. 🙌🏼 Also, I can’t get enough of these beach sunsets!
Cosy bedroom goals from @inessenceaus.
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Today was a day of healing and that’s exactly what we did. I can’t think of a
better way to heal the mind and body than a day on the lake, soaking in the sunshine with the people I love more than anything ❤️ August 14th you were a great day and one I’ll cherish forever. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
How did you heal today? 🧘♀️ •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
I love how in the second pic my husband and I were totally preparing for the other one to push them in 😜 PS. I won 😝#lupuswarrior#vitamind#lakelife#boatlife#lupus#autoimmunedisease#autoimmuneprotocol#autoimmunefighter#holistichealing