The other day I talked about some of the fitness changes I am doing in my life, and today I want to discuss some diet changes as well. A few months back I was sent an email from a pr firm asking if I’d be interested in receiving and reviewing The Thyroid Solution Diet book. I immediately said yes. See, for nearly 23 years I’ve had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a form of hypothyroidism. Mine hit me after the birth of my second son and it took a few years for a doctor to figure out what was wrong with me. It wasn’t as commonly tested back then as it is now, so it wasn’t as easily diagnosed. I was told many things before it was diagnosed – such as, “well, you’re a new mom with 2 small children, of course you’re going to be tired”, “some people have hair loss after having children”, and my all time favorite was “get used to it – you’ve had children, you’re going to be tired, you’re going to gain weight.” Luckily I didn’t give in to those answers and finally found a doctor who figured it out.
But that was only the first part of my struggle. Once I finally went to an endocrinologist who put me on the proper medication (for more than 15 years I was on the highest dose of thyroid medication)I began to feel better – many of the symptoms either went away or lightened up. But the one that has persisted for all these years is the struggle to lose weight. It’s been a constant battle my whole adult life. Ugh. I tried more diets and exercise routines than I care to recall and I’d lose a pound or two and be stuck. Saying it is frustrating is an understatement! A few years back my sister recommended I see a different endocrinologist, as mine only treated thyroid disease and not other endocrine issues. But first I asked my existing doctor to do a test to see if I had a certain health issue. Her response to me was – lose weight first and come and see me in about 6 months and I’ll do the test then. Ouch! Needless to say I don’t see that doctor any longer and my new endocrinologist discovered that not only do I have the one auto-immune disease, but I actually have 3 of them. And the weight continues to be a struggle – something I know I will have to deal with my whole life.
When I started reading The Thyroid Solution Diet, within the first few pages Dr. Ridha Arem explains why it’s so difficult to lose weight when you have a thyroid issue – it’s not just your thyroid that is affected – it’s like a whole chain of command is out of whack and he breaks it down to make it all very comprehendable. So many of the things he discusses are what I have struggled with for nearly 23 years and reading this was my “Aha” moment. In this book he not only explains in depth why it’s difficult to lose the weight, but offers menus, a food plan, recipes and recommended foods to boost your metabolism. He also gives us a simple, easy to follow exercise plan as well. My exercise plan is more intense than what his book offers, so I feel comfortable that I’m doing OK on that front.
I admit there are things I find difficult to “swallow”. I’m not a huge fan of salmon for example, but there are many other fish choices along with other meats. And some of the grain and food choices I need to use the alternative suggested as I am allergic to gluten. I’m still trying to break that once a day Coca Cola habit and have gotten better at it, but it still needs to go away completely. Overall, it’s very easy to follow and the foods are delicious! Even if you don’t suffer from a thyroid issues, this is a great food plan to follow.