I met with my Endocrinologist of many years the other day. It’s been YEARS since I’ve seen her, literally. (btw i cannot stand the misuse of the word literally 😳) . I have had thyroid issues since I was 11, my thyroid now is just a piece of tissue in my body being useless. I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis many years back, but it was only until Melissa Hartwig came out with It Starts with Food that I realized there was a way to live with all my issues and feel good.
After baby#2 my hormones are completely screwed up at this point. She’s10 months now and I’ve yo-yo’ed the same 10 pounds all those 10 months. My thyroid levels and hormone levels were just all over the place. So we met and had a hardcore conversation about being Whole30 for life and how PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) actually has literally nothing to do with cycsts on the ovaries, who would have thought?
We discussed my current eating habits, which have been 80%paleo the last 3 weeks and a cupcake or tortilla or some popcorn here and there. Well her advice was to be Whole30 forever. I told her that was impossible because well, life, plus, Whole30 (compared to Paleo) means NO sugar and NO baked goods or indulgent foods -even if they’re paleo.
So I’m taking it slow, sticking to paleo foods, trying not to “cheat” because she says even the slightest non-paleo ingredient will set my metabolism back TWO weeks. Geez, if that’s not motivation I don’t know WHAT IS. So she gave me some tips amd some medication for insulin resistance which is what comes with PCOS and my autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. It was such a big help that I’d already been knowledgeable in this area and that I knew what to essentially expect. Hearing the scientific part was everything for me. I need to know why and how.
Also, if you’re a family member of mine and you’re female, it IS genetic. So it wouldn’t hurt to get yourself checked out ..my daughter may eventually have this too. I’ve already had her thyroid levels checked and as of now her thyroid is fully functioning. Yay!
If you’re feeling tired, sluggish, gaining weight, or just cant lose the weight, if you were a late bloomer in terms of puberty, have delayed menstrual periods (a cycle of longer than 28 days is considered delayed)… it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a full panel of hormone tests.
Include yourself on your own well-being and learn about your own health!
Below are some of the books I’ve read about health that I truly recommend 🙂