Keeping it simple this morning. I’m also contemplating how this was seen as a greedy, lardy and dangerous breakfast to eat during my childhood in the 80’s. The message then was to eat a bowl of cereal with skimmed milk, (in fact sometimes I think it’s still the message)!!!! Low fat high carb all the way! Wow! Look where it’s got us?! I guess because the adverts showed beautiful slim women in a fitted red dresses enjoying their cereal then it must be good for you right??!! #fryup#englishbreakfast#protein#paleo#glutenfree#breakfast#paleobreakfast#hashimotos
I love this picture so much @reclaimersofhealth !!! 😍
Kimberly has got her babies starting young on the CJ 💪🏻🌱💪🏻 They’re gonna have that precious 7 blend stomach acid firing on all cylinders as they grow up and into the future! 😂🙏🏻 #seriouslythough
I love seeing the amazing Muma’s out there caring for their babes with the @medicalmedium information. You’re all so inspiring and it makes me SO happy to see children being nourished so wholly ~ you’re laying the foundation for the next generation of game changers + health advocates 😍
If you have thyroid issues, then one of the roadblocks you have probably experienced is being told that “Your TSH is within normal range so it’s not your thyroid.” Sound familiar?
So what exactly is TSH?
TSH stands for “Thyroid Stimulating Hormone” and contrary to popular belief by many doctors, it is NOT a thyroid hormone.
TSH is a pituitary hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormones which are essential to the metabolic functions of every tissue in the body.
A TSH test does not tell you how much actual thyroid hormones, storage (Free T4) and active, (Free T3) that you have available for your body to use in your blood stream.
The biggest problem with the TSH being the “gold standard” in diagnosing and treating Hashimoto’s and other thyroid diseases is that the TSH reference range is too wide and can actually include people with active thyroid disease.
There was a push to narrow the reference range which would allow more people to be diagnosed sooner, which was later dropped on the advice of the American Thyroid Association.
What this means is that doctors can blindly ignore continuing symptoms of hypothyroidism soley based on the TSH being within “normal range.” This keeps people suffering needlessly for years, going from doctor to doctor looking for one who will actually bother to take their symptoms seriously and look beyond the TSH test results.
What can you do?
Find a Doctor or pay out of pocket to get a full thyroid panel.
This includes: * Free T 4 * Free T3 * TPO (thyroid peroxidase antibody) * TGAb (Thyroglobulin antibody)
TPO and TGAb antibodies are used to diagnose Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the autoimmune thyroid disease.
Remember: TSH is NOT a thyroid hormone and cannot tell you how much actual thyroid hormones you have available in your bloodstream for use by your body tissues and cells.
If your T3 is low, you WILL be feeling symptomatic.
We need to keep educating our doctors to move beyond the limitations of the TSH test to get quicker diagnosis and more effective monitoring of actual thyroid hormones. #tshisnotenough#betterthyroidtesting#hashimotos#autoimmunedisease#chronicillness
More gluten free eats in The land of bread and pasta which was no more healthier than the original but yolo, Gluten Free Spaghetti Cabonara with GF bread roll. This did not agree with my immune system and digestion at all as that noob dude would soon discover on the plane home when he refused to swap with me for the aisle seat, I hope he enjoyed my farts and trips to the bathroom every ten mins as he was trying to sleep lel #marysfatiguedassgoestravelling#glutenfree#pasta#fordaysss#milan#hashimotos#damnmy#IBS
Got tagged for a #sds by @geeketo and a 10 facts by @diaryofamad_fat_woman . So heres my face and heres my stuff!
1) I can laugh like Goofy. Yes I'll show you if you want.
2) I was in choir for 10 years and theater for 3.
3) I have an obsessions with true crime podcasts.
4) Supernatural is my favorite TV show.
5) I like to say Four Year Strong is my fave band, but I listen to more chingy than FYS.
6) I was born in LA and grew up in Spokane, WA.
7) I was a semester away from my teaching degree before I had to leave Washington.
8) I spent a year in Denver and I miss it every day of my life.
9) I look so Seattle, but I feel so LA-A-A
10) I have sick obsession for Thai and Vietnamese food.
PLASMAPHERESIS: Also known as Plasma Exchange or PLEX. This is my latest treatment being performed in an effort to remove the unhealthy antibodies damaging my brain & body.
Through one lumen of the Hickman Catheter my blood is drawn out & processed through the machine & my bad, bad plasma is separated from it. It fills that large rectangular bag in the back. Through the second lumen, 3500 ML of purified, donor albumin is returned to me via 7 beautiful glass bottles. That’s the product of a lot of blessed donors! This healthy albumin is full of friendly antibodies which overtake my system, even stomping out bad antibodies still left over. The process takes about 3 hours. It’s involved, it’s exciting, & it’s helping!
Side note: the nurses can tell what your diet is like & what medications you take by the color & clarity of a patient’s plasma! 😳🤭😬 The plasma don’t lie😂
Normal side effects are mild to debilitating fatigue. Yesterday my exchange was performed at a faster rate which caused severe nausea, weakness & a nagging headache. I was pretty 🤢 for about 24 hrs but much better now!
I had my “loading doses” in October. Yesterday was my 1st maintenance exchange which will continue indefinitely, once every 3 weeks. If improvements continue to build, I’ll be able to reach that goal of better quality of life & potential remission!
This treatment, with a 3g kicker of CellCept, gives me a fighting chance & I want to do right by those donors. Body, let’s do this!💪🏼 #AutoimmuneEncephalitis#BrainyBabe#Warrior#TiredWarrior#Lupus#Sjogrens#Hashimotos#RheumatoidArthritis#InflammatoryArthritis#ClusterEffed#Destroyers#FightingBack#ChoosingMyBattles#PLEX#CellCept#Onward#CityOfHope#LiquidHope#AngelDonors#ThankYou ❤️
I’m so thankful to have a husband who knows which direction to point me in. I just need to remember His plan is the right plan. I’ve been seeing a doctor who is finally getting to the root cause of why I’ve been feeling so awful. I’m definitely a girl who needs a plan and I have one. It’s just feels overwhelming sometimes and that’s why this sweet text from my hubs was so perfect 💙 I know I’ve got this and I need to remember to slow down and practice patience. #godsplan#healthy#patience#rise#hashimotos#healthjourney#selflove#chictribe#integrativemedicine#strength
There are three main test for your thyroid and each can help identify different factors. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
1. Blood Testing - Is the most convenient and can be used to diagnose hypothyroid and hyperthyroid. As well as uncover autoimmune diseases such as Graves and Hashimoto’s Disease.
2. Ultrasound - Used when a person does not have detectable antibodies in the blood. Also change of thyroid tissue and nodules can be found. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
3. Biopsy - Thyroid cells are removed from the thyroid gland and are used to determine if thyroid nodules are benign (noncancerous) or not.
What an amazing evening with Tia Maria Montemurro. I had the privilege of meeting this amazing woman last night to talk about Thyroid disease. Tia Maria's journey with this condition was one you would want to hear, nearly costing her her life. Thankfully she's overcome this condition and living medication free today. As a Wellness Coach and Thyroid expert, her story is one I see often. There is an estimated 20 million Americans that are walking around with some form of thyroid disease today. Our Live talk last night, was one many women need to hear. My message was to bring awareness, and share with women who are struggling with this condition, the choices that we are making today can greatly depend on the outcome and state of your health. Through knowledge, you can create this change. My mission is to guide you and empower you in helping you find the root cause. Thank you for joining our Live last night!I hope the information has given you great value.
If you missed the Live lastnight you can still catch the recording on my Facebook page @inspired by mimi
#thyroid#facebookliveevent#LivewithTiamaria#healthylifestyle#thyroidwellness#iinhealthcoach#awareness#health#feelgood#hashimotos#liveevent#auto -immune #wellbeing#wellnesswarrior#thyroidwellness#coaching
I know a lot of people think my bootcamps focus solely on fitness and nutrition. Y’all, for me it’s so much more. It’s about self love, it’s about emotional growth, it’s about learning to love yourself in every single stage. We are all constantly a work in progress. There is no such thing as a perfect body. I strive to instill this in every single one of my girls doing this with me. I have to work every single day to make sure my insecure mean girl doesn’t resurface and start tearing me down again. She tried to show face tonight. I’ve been sick and struggled through my workout tonight with modifications and lighter weights which isn’t my normal. In the back of my mind I could hear that little voice starting to say “You are weak. You will never be good enough.” And you know what I did? I told her shut the hell up and kept pushing. But it took a lot of work to get to that point, but it is possible. No one should live in constant self loathing. Let’s grow together. ❤️
This time of the year (and semester!) is really stressful, and lately I've found myself feeling down and frustrated. Every tiny mistake I make threatens to take me captive in fear and disappointment, a lot of times I give in to feeling bad about my own existence, and overall, I just feel so weak and inexperienced that it's all I can do to hold the tears on most days.
The Bible says the joy of the Lord is my strength. Even though I don't feel joyful or strong, even though it doesn't feel right to choose joy when I feel so icky.... I choose joy. Why? Because no matter how I feel right now, I know God's got a plan for my mess. I know I'm not alone because God loves us so much He died to be with us. So, even though it goes against everything I've been feeling lately.... I choose joy right now. I haven't always, and I may never again, but right now I choose joy and I choose Jesus, and I choose to trust that He's got a far better plan for me than I could ever imagine.
We are so loved, friend. Let's bask in it.
Opie: I’m free! This evening I got to go to @petsuppliesplus to help my girl pick out treats for my siblings! Not only did I find the perfect mini treats for them, but I found drool-worthy big boy treats that had my name written all over them. My girl’s thinks with Piper’s service dog training that it is important to give me my own special Opie time too, so that I don’t feel left out or forgotten. I always love sitting in the car while they run errands, but with a lot of my seizures being triggered by stimulation my girl has avoided taking me to any pet friendly stores. Today I went to my first pet store since my seizures started and it was a major success! I did tricks, shopped for toys, worked on my obedience, and picked out plenty of treats. All in a days work for Opie the retired service dog(or couch potato). #opietheservicedog#servicepuppiper#retiredservicedog#canineepilepsy#servicedogintraining#blacklab#dogsofthemitten#dogsofmichigan
Brain food for an afternoon of assignment writing 🙃🧠🐟🍃
Loads of veggies + protein + fat + fermented veg = the perfect meal.
I’m feasting on a tin of @kingoscarau sardines (my fave), a couple of tbsp of homemade sauerkraut, a turmeric fried egg (inspired by @wellnesswithvic)(I wasn’t going to have this but I cracked the shell while getting other ingredients out of the fridge so had to use it 😅), and stir-fried zucchini, broccoli and kale with garlic, @meadowmarrowbonebroth, nutritional yeast, onion powder, and s&p, all sprinkled with hemp seeds ☺️
There’s not a lot that a perky booty workout can’t fix! 🍑
I retired this leg/booty workout from phase 2 and soooooo stoked to dive until phase three! Why?! Because it’s a leaning phase and I’m a little more fluffy than I’d like! Gonna use these extra carbs for good (or gains) vs evil and see what I can shred out before Christmas! Because ain’t nobody got time to wait until January 1st to start working on their goals! Start NOW! #whatareyouwaitingfor
I don’t like posting too many food pics here (see my story for more), but I found out today that last Saturday was, indeed, my last farmer’s market of the season. The market will be open Saturday. I will grab Thanksgiving goodies from the farm I work for, but there isn’t enough for them to stay out the entire time.
So, today’s dinner: an ode to the market. 😂 I had the black bean soup frozen in the freezer from a while ago. We defrosted it and poured it on top of a baked sweet potato. 🍠 There are beautiful roasted zucchini with mushrooms from my meal prep day and melt-in-your-mouth mustard greens on the side. 😍
This dinner took me about 10 minutes of prep time tonight because so much was already done. Meal prep is not a joke, y’all. Freezing leftovers occasionally is a fantastic idea. Making all of this on a day like today — ain’t nobody got time for that. 😂
I love you, market produce. You will be missed. Goodbye until I see you again...well, on Thanksgiving, but then not until May. 📆😭
Getting back to the #pushpullgrind for my #mentalhealth . Leaned out a bit more and with dedication and progress can now see the long head of my triceps curving under the delts. Its the little things.💪🏻👋🏻
This is me the morning I was released from the hospital, don’t I look good?!?!🤕 I was hoping that when I awoke that morning, that my double vision would be gone. It wasn’t. The doctors didn’t have any answers for me. In fact, my discharge paperwork said something along the lines of “this will resolve within 7 days.” It didn’t. They gave me a gauze eye patch and sent me on my way.
While I was at the hospital, I had two CT scans, a regular one and then another with iodine contrast. Not only was I exposed to radiation twice (so not good for the thyroid), but I was given a mega dose of iodine. If you don’t know, iodine is a very controversial topic in thyroid health, and I’m sure having a mega dose of it to try and get my brain to light up on a CT scan didn’t help my thyroid situation. At the time, I had no idea what “contrast” even meant. I couldn’t even see straight, so I just let them do what they said, they were the doctor’s after all… All they told me is that it would make me feel like I was peeing my pants – that was the only thing they were right about! 🤣 That can’t be good lol!
At the end of it all, they couldn’t determine anything from the CT scans so I was sent back to Denver to see a neurologist a few days later. I had an MRI (again with contrast but this time gadolinium). The verdict came out and I was diagnosed with 4th cranial nerve palsy. I was told that I may or may not recover. No one acted very optimistic, my future looked grim. But, deep down I knew that they weren’t right and that I would heal. I just had to dig a little deeper, which led me where I am today in my thyroid health...
I love working out! No matter how tired I am. Even if I needed a nap after it (I haven’t yet) I would still do it. It just feels great, not only when I’m done. Before and during. It just makes the world look better, feel better, be better. #workout#legday#thursday#thursdaymotivation#grateful#awareness#paleo#hashimotos talking about which, I’ve been reading exercise is bad for hashimotos!!!??? What???!!!
Thank you to ALL who donated toward our 1st Annual Legendary Thanksgiving!
Swipe to see the real essence of this team😂
We had a BLAST shopping and will be taking all the goods in the morning to the Lancaster Youth Bureau! #giveback#payitforward#wegmans#thanksgivingdinner
19 weeks, wasssssup!!!!!!!!!! 🤰🏼
Currently always hungry, always thirsty and my belly is really starting to POP! I'm pooping like a champ (other mamas know the pregnancy struggle 💩), only have indigestion when I eat certain things, have been able to add back in a ton more protein without gagging and am overall feeling REALLY good minus a few aches and pains now and then. This pregnancy is SOOO different from my previous two.
We go for our 20 week ultrasound on Tuesday and I've been feeling like something isn't going to be normal pretty much since we conceived. I don't know why. I'm not stressed or anxious about it, it's just a feeling. BUT...I'm preparing for any news we might be told (and who knows maybe baby is perfectly healthy!), and trusting God's plan regardless. I feel so fortunate to be pregnant, to carry life and to have this experience again... so no matter what I just feel so thankful.
I can't wait to know gender so I can start planning and buying clothes and getting things ready...and to PICK A NAME! That's my favorite part. 💙💗 We have six names picked out and I'm just so stoked to give this baby his or her name to bond with for the next 20 ish weeks!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes you need to shake things up, am I right?
On Monday, I’m starting 2 new things: workout program AND following a simple mindset change with my food.
•can’t workout •don’t enjoy working out •want to ditch the diets •need to change things up •want to learn HOW to eat •want to still enjoy food
Then this NUTRITION focused program is for you.
Join me and feel AMAZING going into the holidays. ❌ no hiding in those pics ❌ no giving up
Bonus is the WORKOUT 🏋️♀️ is EXTRA CREDIT 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 I’m taking 🔟 NEW ladies on this journey with me!
Claim your spot now and be entered into
A RAFFLE for a special gift from me!
Drop your FAVE FOOD EMOJI to get the details 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 *must not be working with a coach already 😊
One jar down...now which to open next—>passionfruit or original recipe 🤔 if you are looking for a conscientious/clean/paleo chocolate spread. THIS IS IT! I randomly found it on display @marketdistrict and keep coming back for more. Just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth along with some healthy fat (✔️ and ✔️)
Mothering a five year old who only slows down to sleep.
Adjusting to corporate life.
Navigating massive lifestyle changes for my thyroid health.
Feeling burdened by new layers of grief that had previously been clouded by much larger layers. Imagine that.
Prayerfully retreating internally to let God bring old unspoken dreams to the surface.
Diving headfirst into owning what I allow in my life.
Saying “NO” and not feeling guilty about letting others down.
Reimagining how to reach and support more people in their pursuit of health.
Feeling ultra aware that in my pursuit of wholeness, I only want to be authentically ME. And that I’m not for everyone!
Thankful. Tired. Alive. Well.
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What’s been going on in your life friends?
How many times have you started and then given up on yourself?
I had 5 video clips cut for moments in tonight’s workout where I wanted to give up. Then I realized there wasn’t a collage with enough spaces for them all. The one on the bottom is the move I told myself at the beginning I wouldn’t make it through. .
The funny part, I didn’t give up once. I did not max out in this workout. I pushed myself the full 30 minutes without taking any extra breaks. .
I preach about consistency.. consistently because it is honestly the key to this journey. You’re going to miss workouts or eat like crap, but you can’t sit and wallow in it - you need to keep on moving. .
If you have 25 minutes in your day to work on yourself (let’s be real. Everyone does.) message me and let’s get you started. .
Brand new group starts on Monday. We’re going to be crushing goals, mental and physical ones.
Cooked and blended soups, and nothing else. There was a period of time when that is all I could eat. It was just after my second round of SIBO treatment with Rifaximin, and I was on a protocol to help eradicate any remaining bugs. I was still experiencing severe bloating, daily abdominal pain, and I was hardly digesting my food. It was about 18 months after all of my health issues started in late 2014, and I remember thinking, “is it going to be like this forever?”
I know many of you can relate to that feeling, whether in digestive issues, autoimmunity, weight management, or something else.
I felt stuck there for a long time, and one day I decided that I needed to do something about it. I changed my mindset from “am I ever going to heal?” to “I trust the process,” and this simple (in theory, but not in practice) shift alleviated a lot of stress and worry in my day-to-day. I gave my body the space it needed to start to heal, with the help of some new recommendations and interventions, and over the following months, I started to see change.
My digestion still isn’t perfect, but I’ve come a LONG way. Every time I get discouraged about feeling bloated, or having to be mindful about the dietary changes I make, I try to reflect on how far I’ve come. A plate like this would have been out of the question just two years ago, and now it’s a staple for me.
So, if you’re feeling stuck, you’re not alone, and there is opportunity for change. I want to hear from you in the comments: what victories have you seen in your health? What can you do or eat now that you couldn’t in the last? And if you’re feeling stuck, I want to hear that too. Sometimes just vocalizing it can make a big difference in being able to start to change that feeling.
I know everyone has their own definition of what freedom looks like in their life as well as what being healthy is but can we all agree that our freedom comes from the same Source, one Source?
Living free for me these days is not accepting or leaning into the symptoms that the enemy tries to shoot my way when it comes to my thyroid/adrenals. You have the authority to rebuke them and the wisdom to also know you still need to steward your body well.
Getting free is one thing but staying free is a whole other thing.
Living healthy for me looks like no restrictions or schedules. Meaning, eating well for my body and moving my body however it feels like moving that day.
You are free to move. You are free to eat how your body feels best.
What does freedom look like for you?
P.S Have you joined my Living Free, Living Healthy Facebook group yet where I go live and share even more about health and fitness? Click the link in our bio!