Happy Friday everyone and happy LAST DAY OF SCHOOL to all my teacher friends 🙂
I had a busy day and used my trusty old crock pot to get a jump on dinner and save some time.
I have some news. I am choosing to share this with everyone to explain and document some of the changes that will hopefully be taking place in my life.
Over the past few weeks I have had many ups and downs. I have tried my best to keep my blog mostly positive but I know my negativity and stress can be read between the lines and in my sarcastic remarks. Between the hives, the emotions, and the stress, I am happy to finally have an answer and hopefully put a stop to my madness.
As I mentioned previously here on Savor Life’s Flavors, I have had thyroid issues in the past. Well the results of my blood work came in and I have officially been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. The doctor is not 100% sure if the hives were related to this diagnosis but they at least got me into the office and lead to the discovery. Crazy huh? For those who are unfamiliar, here is a little background on what this means vie the Mayo clinic
What the Thyroid glad actually does:
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain important hormones. Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the front of your neck, just below your Adam’s apple. Hormones produced by the thyroid gland have an enormous impact on your health, affecting all aspects of your metabolism. Your thyroid gland produces two main hormones that maintain the rate at which your body uses fats and carbohydrates, help control your body temperature, influence your heart rate, and help regulate the production of protein. Although this process usually works well, the thyroid sometimes fails to produce enough hormones.
- Sensitivity to cold
- Weight gain
- A balanced diet
What This All Means for Me:
A slightly different lifestyle.
- Watch what I eat
- Take a pill everyday
- Cut way back on caffeine and alcohol – they both strongly influence the absorption of thyroid medications in the body
Silver Lining? It should eliminate my anxiety, mood swings, and random panic attacks. (Nolan is especially excited about this.)
I am not going to lie, I was terrified when I found out. I understand there are far worse things, but the thought of having to take a pill everyday to ensure my body functions properly scares the hell out of me. There is also a common theme among hypothyroid patients: weight gain. I am going to have to be VERY aware of what I put into my body now and really focus on using food as fuel and not fun. There are also several foods that I should avoid or at least limit.
Here is a nutritional guide according to My Food My Health:
A diet for hypothyroidism should include whole foods rich in iodine, niacin, riboflavin, zinc, as well as vitamins B6, C, and E. These nutrients naturally support proper thyroid functions as well as overall good health and vitality.
Foods To Eat:
- Green Tea
- Brown Rice
- All soy products
- Raw broccoli
- Raw Spinach
- Canola oil
This is certainly not going to be an easy overnight change, but I plan to do everything possible to improve my health and prevent further damage.
After my doctor appointment yesterday, I was planning on hitting the gym to relieve some stress but it was such a beautiful day that I made a last minute decision to go to Cushing instead. I obviously had a lot on my mind so I zoned out and 5 miles later I called it quits. I have not run this much in a long time and I know I will be sore tomorrow but it was just what I needed to clear my head.
Post workout I made an executive decision and got my second Subway sandwich of the week. They are just so good and so cheap!
6 inch ham and cheese on wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, peppers, onion, pickles and cucumbers. Since it’s avocado month at Subway, I had them put a dab of fresh guacamole on there too 🙂 I also crunched on these:
I had never seen these before but there are only 75 calories in the whole bag and no fat which isn’t bad at all! I took my dinner and headed over to the ball field to watch my brother Brian pitch. Free fun 🙂
I cannot wait for summer. This is probably how most of my days will end 🙂
What is one food you could not eliminate from your diet?