Nutrition is a passion of mine, with an interest in organic and old fashioned home cooked meals for over 20 years. I believe in the relationship between good health and nutrient dense whole foods.
If I stopped right there, you might say, “yup, she’s passionate about nutrition so she’s probably got her health all together.” Oh, but wait until you hear the rest of my story. You might just relate.
About 6 months before my 47th birthday, I had this plan of losing 20 lbs a year for the next 3 years, to make it easy sailing when I approached menopause around 50 or so. Boy was wrong! Found out a few months later I was already in menopause. No, no, no . . . I hadn’t lost the weight yet! And I certainly wasn’t prepared for the hot flashes.
Not much later, during the annual visit with my Nurse Practitioner, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid. She was great – she not only “fixed” my hypothyroid with meds, but also put me on bio-identical estrogen and progesterone creams. I was like a new person! For awhile that is . . .
A year later. Sigh! My Armour thyroid meds simply weren’t enough. The miserable symptoms had returned. If you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroid, you can relate; freezing cold all the time, losing handfuls of hair every day, extreme fatigue. But my lab tests were “normal”!
I was frustrated and desperate. With a little internet research, I started buying additional Armour from overseas. Ever so slowly I dosed up until I found the balance needed to eliminate those nasty hypothyroid symptoms. (Kids, don’t try this at home!)
When I informed my Nurse Practitioner, she ordered thyroid tests again. Sure enough, my lab tests showed that I was overmedicating myself. However, I continued at the higher dose for several years, because I simply couldn’t function without it! I tried several times to reduce the meds; the fatigue was so overwhelming I missed several days of work.
While enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy course I was completely captivated by what I learned about hormones, insulin resistance, adrenals and thyroid, since I was suffering from all of them. Oh boy, was that an eye opener! Turned out most everything that I had been doing was causing long term imbalances. Because of what I’d learned, I slowly weaned myself off of the hormone creams.
Additional testing revealed that I have Hashimoto’s auto-immune thyroid disease. After reading “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal” by Dr. Datis Kharrazian, I stopped treating my thyroid as “simply” sluggish and started treating it “naturally” for what it is – an auto-immune disease. Not many months later, I was completely off of the Armour thyroid meds!
I now support my adrenals and my thyroid with diet and a few professional supplements. And I’ve learned how to modulate my immune system to keep the Hashimoto’s from flaring up.
(Disclaimer: these were my results, others’ results may vary).
Ok, so why am I telling you my story? For the women who are struggling through their menopausal years, I can relate. For those who are struggling with their hormones, I can relate. For those who have weight issues or insulin resistance, I can relate. For those who have thyroid issues, I can relate. For those who have gluten intolerance, I can relate. For those who have auto-immune diseases, I can relate. And for those who have adrenal stress, I can definitely relate.
And I’m here to help!
Want to learn more if I can help you? Contact me to schedule your comprehensive Health Consultation. It’s totally free! By the end of our hour together, you can decide if what I provide can be of benefit to you.