5 Things to know if you're Hypothyroid




3 years ago I woke up with a noticibly big lump ON my throat. I was only 25, we had recetly moved to Nebraska, I was training for a half marathon and although I was healthy, and feeling otherwise okay- my doctor agreed that something wasn't right, so I went to see an endocrineologist and she tested my thyroid. After all, thyroid issues run in the women in my family. The test came back conclusive; I had Hypothyroidism. My doctor put me on medication (Levothyroxine), and had my lump biopsied. The 2 nodules I have/had came back 'suspicious.' So I now have to get them measured each year make sure they are not growing in size. So far, we are in the clear for EVERYTHING execpt being hypothyroid. I cannot tell you how many women I coach who are in the same boat. Women who struggle with their thyroid and thyroid horomone levels.


If you are frustrated with your body because of your thyroid - YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

In fact, 25% of women struggle with their thyroid in some degree. Can you believe it??


Here are a few tips to help you on your journey, along with 20 foods that can help support your thyroid:

1. You need more rest. If you have hypothyroid from Hashimoto's, your immune system is hyper-alert. This means your body is in a near constant state of fight-or-flight. For this reason you can be easily overwhelmed and worn out. You will probably need more rest between workouts and more rest throughout the day. That's ok. Give your body what it needs. Pushing through only sets you up for a big crash later. 2. You can easily eat too much, but also too little. The challenge with being hypothyroid is that weight gain is often a side effect. Our metabolisms are slower which means we don't lose weight as easily as others and we also gain it more quickly. If you are eating a few more calories than usual, you will put on weight pretty fast. However, you can also eat too little and cause your body to hold on to fat, because it is already in that constant fight-or-flight mode. What this means is, for those of us who are hypothyroid, we must be diligent about not missing meals but also not snacking between meals or eating more than we need to. 3. It is harder to lose weight but not impossible. Yes, if you have Hypothyroidism, it is going to be harder to lose weight. It can feel hopeless, but I promise it isn't. You can lose weight, just know it is going to require more diligence than it might for someone with a healthy thyroid. You may have to count calories, and you are going to need to workout regularly and move your body daily. Many of us who are hypo must do cardio to lose weight, while healthy individuals may be able to rely on strength training alone. Patience is going to be most important for your weight loss journey, as it will also likely take longer than expected. 4. Exercise can sometimes make things worse. As I mentioned earlier, if you have Hashimoto's your body is in a constant state of fight-or-flight. Exercise creates this same response and releases cortisol, your stress hormone. Ideally, your cortisol is raised during your workout, then lowered as you rest and recover. However if you're working out too hard, for too long or too often, your body may not be able to recover and your cortisol may stay elevated. This can make you feel fatigued, sore, achey and swollen. Be sure you're listening to your body and choosing lighter, shorter or less frequent workouts if needed. Its all about being mindful. 5. Diet and exercise are a band-aid on an axe wound if you're not properly medicated and checking your levels. When you're Hypothyroid and the scale seems to climb just when you look at food, it can be natural to focus on dieting and working out to try to lose weight or at least stop the weight gain. However all the exercise in the world and the most stringent diet won't be effective if you're not taking your medication properly and being sure to have your TSH, T3 and T4 checked regularly to be sure they are in the optimal range. Normal and optimal are two different things, so be sure to educate yourself and talk to your doctor about the proper tests and how you're feeling. If you're tired all the time, gaining weight, have brain fog, get constipated, etc., it is likely your levels are not in an optimal range. Be your own advocate and push for testing and medication if needed. At times dealing with my hypothyroid can be frustrating. There are moments when I feel defeated because my body seems to be fighting me all the time, especially when it comes to recovering properly. However, I know there are things I can do to work with my body and illness that help me to feel better and have fewer symptoms. Hypothyroidism isn't hopeless, but it is a challenge. Understanding your body's unique needs can go a long way towards looking and feeling better. Know that if you need someone to vent to about your battle and frustrations through hypothyroid, I am here for you. In the meantime...here are some awesome foods you can use to help support your thyroid. XO - Britt



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