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

  • 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
  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! 


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