Tuesday, June 2, 2009
No sugar, no wheat. Never ever would I have thought I would be a gluten-free, sugar-free girl. Did I mention never? Bread and tasty baked goods are a fine reason for living. Of course I tried to limit how much I ate and exercised intensely to counteract this passion. And I wish I didn’t have to use the word “try” here, but if the shoe fits….
But times change and sh$t happens. Namely, you might wake up one day and have a thyroid problem. You know the kind of thyroid problem that runs you into the ground. The kind that makes you feel like a burnt out cigarette that has been stubbed out into a very dirty ashtray. Sorry, but the analogy works. The kind of thyroid problem that makes you gain weight on a diet of 1200 calories and 2 hours of exercise a day. When you have that kind of thyroid problem all hell breaks loose, physically and mentally.
I did see an endocrinologist. One does not want to self-diagnose even if you had the energy to think straight and study up on the various thyroid problems. In a nutshell our whole hormonal system is very complex and can be a bear to regulate and get working to an optimal capacity.
I won’t bore you with the details of my medical diagnosis, but let’s just say, I was offered some standard care and therapies to fix my thyroid. One of them being to nuke the thing with radioactive iodine and hope that it doesn’t completely kill the bugger. No thanks. If I can avoid being on medication the rest of my life, I will.
I chose me. I will say this again and again, I am not conventional. And this bleeds over into how I treat my body. I got the info, I compared my options and I decided that I could tackle this problem and fix it myself. I believe my body is more than capable of this task. And later I will elaborate on the details of this healing.
* Disclaimer: This is my situation and not everyone has the options to do this, some people MUST be on thyroid hormones.
I am a couple weeks into the process and a big part of this is a nutritional supporting program. And that means no gluten, no sugar.
Guess what? I feel amazing. I mean really Amazing. I thought I tolerated starchy carbs pretty well and maybe I did in the past, but since this thyroid stuff, getting off the wheat and sugar has been the biggest jump in my road to optimal health.
I am also doing the P90X program, which is tough even if you are in tip top shape.
It has been a very challenging 6 months and I feel I have turned the corner.
And my abs are back! I haven’t seen them since this thyroid problem started.