Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hypothyroidism - Even when levels are ok something just isn't right

Over the years I have struggled with my thyroid. At about 15 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was put on a medication, Thyrolar. I felt pretty good when I was on that Thyrolar, but unfortunately they stopped making it. For awhile I was able to get a local pharmacy to compounded their own version and I was able to stay on it for a bit longer. But after some time I couldn't afford to purchase it anymore. Since then my family dr switched me to Synthroid and then Levothyroxine (the generic for Synthroid). After switching I noticed a slow but steady decline in my health and have progressively developed issues that even my healthy eating and exercise can't do away with. Anxiety, irregular periods, thinning hair, tired all the time (even when I get A LOT of sleep), Raynauds, and the list goes on. 

Since my blood work levels have been fine, my dr assumes then that I am fine. Even when I have issues related to my thyroid I am just handed another prescription to mask my symptoms and not given a real solution. I am not looking to take a bunch of prescriptions and I don't want to just settle for ok. Since my doctor is no longer in network for my health insurance I figured now is the time to switch. After some research I have found a local in-network endocrinologist and I am hoping he will listen and try me on another Thyroid medication. 

After lots of research I have found that there are more options then just the two my doctor would mention and less side effects associated with them. With all the reviews and similar patient stories online I am pretty set on trying a new and more natural medication for my thyroid. I am truly hoping that this specialist will listen and be willing to try something new. If he isn't  I have a naturalist in mind, that one of my upline coaches recommend. This doctor isn't in-network but if it improves my overall healthy it will be worth it. 



Other then my thyroid issues I have been focussed on making me happy and improving my nutrition and fitness. I have been following the 21 Day Fix to a T now and am waiting on the 21 Day Fix Extreme to come in the mail. 

There wasn't much new in the terms of recipes but I am working on a new popper stuffed chicken recipe for my low calorie side. This week though I am sharing a good but oldie. This recipe I found off of KevinIsCooking.com and rotate regularly. It is even 21 Day Fixed Approved and puts a nice spin on veggies. 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lb of brussels sprouts, cut in halves
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp of honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Coat thoroughly. 
  3. Transfer the brussels sprouts to the baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes until caramelized.
  4. Place the brussels sprouts back into the bowl. Add the remaining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey and toss until coated evenly. Taste and season with sea salt if necessary. Serve and enjoy! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

21 Day Fix Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken & Skinny Buffalo Dip

I have yet to see where I am at with my results for Brazil Butt Lift. In all honesty it has been hard sticking with that program because my heart just isn't in it. Although I think it's a great and effective program I'm just not all that into it and I need to do what makes me happy. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to trim down their lower half but I will be going back to my favorite hybrid of programs (21 Day Fix, Les Mills Combat & Pump, and Turbo Fire) until I get the 21 Day Fix Extreme in the mail. 

Speaking of the 21 Day Fix Extreme, as of Monday it has officially launched and I am beyond excited to start that program. I had such great results with the first one that I can't wait to see what kind of results I will get with the extreme version. I should get the program within the next weeks but won't offically start the program until February 16th. I will be starting a special challenge group for anyone who is interested in starting the 21 Day Fix so if you are interested in joining this group please feel free to e-mail me at resolutionslimdown@gmail.com. 

This week I was able to create two recipes, a 21 Day Fix Recipe and also a Low Calorie Recipe as well. For the 21 Day Fix I had been hungry for Fried Chicken so I decided to created a baked version but with a crispy crunchy coating that would fulfill my craving. 

21 Day Fix Baked "Fried" Chicken

Serves 1. 1 serving equals 1 red, 1/2 yellow, and 1 teaspoon

Ingredients
  • 1 chicken breast (boneless skinless) 
  • 1/4 Cup of Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs - seasoned
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree. 
  2. Place the olive oil in a small bowl and the breadcrumbs in a second small bowl and place to the side.
  3. Tenderize the chicken breast with a meat mallet and leave whole or cut into strips if desired. 
  4. Dip the chicken in the olive oil, coat both sides, and then transfer the chicken over to the breadcrumbs and coat the chicken with breadcrumbs. 
  5. Place the chicken on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. 
  6. Bake chicken for 25 to 30 or until golden brown. Enjoy
With the Super Bowl on Sunday I was craving some Game Day food but didn't want to completely ruin my healthy eating so I came up with a trimmed down version of my favorite party food - Buffalo Chicken Dip. Minus the cream cheese this recipe could even be fixed approved so swapping the cream cheese for an additional 1/2 cup of plain fat free greek yogurt would do the trick. 

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

Serves 16 (1/4 cup). Per Serving: 49 calories, 3.1g fat, 3.5g protein

Ingredients
  • 2 cups pre-cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1/2 pack of 1/3 fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt Plain
  • 1/2 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Franks Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons of Ranch Seasoning Powder 
Instructions
  1. In a crockpot combine all ingredients and mix well. 
  2. Cook on Medium heat and periodically stir until hot. Enjoy