“Thyroid is the monster that just transforms your body and health for bad” this was the line that someone told me when I was diagnosed with thyroid. My life was shattered and so was I. I had no clue as to what will I do and how will I deal with the situation. The doctors had started my medication but then popping a pill on daily basis for a disease that was considered to be incurable was heartbreaking.
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The silver lining in dark clouds was the fact that my friend was herself in this situation a few years earlier and had almost cured it through medications. A conversation with her opened my eyes and I realized that it is not a monster but just like any disease that is curable if managed aptly.
What is thyroid?
Thyroid is situation where your body is not making a particular hormone. The doctor will prescribe a medicine to replace that hormone in your body. However, along with medical dosage it will be required that the affected person makes some lifestyle changes. In my case the stance where I changed the way of living I started to feel much better.
The lifestyle changes that I made were as follows:
Watch what I eat- I started to eat clean. Trust me the complete process of clean eating and eliminating the toxins from body was so relieving and had wonderful effect on my body. Clean eating is eating whole foods that are not processed or just minimally processed. I incorporated as fruits and vegetables in their raw format in my diet. Also it is advisable to stop eating junk and deep fried foods. Not only they cured thyroid but also made me look and feel fresher. It will be only fair to admit that I do have my cheat meals but then I don’t enjoy them as I did before. It was a very holistic and natural way to deal with the issue.
Exercise and yoga- being a mom of two, homemaker, wife, and mommy blogger I already had too much of things in my hand. It was overwhelming but then I knew I had to start with active lifestyle and give up the sedentary life that I was living. I was taking care of all chores, working on blogs and tried being a hands mom for my kids but then I was not exercising and this was essential. Therefore I started to walk wherever it was possible, like for grocery, or dropping kid to school or taking stairs in place of lift. Initially it was not easy but the with time I got accustomed and started with a proper yoga regime. Those meditation sessions and breathing exercises did wonders for my health. Not did they improve my health but gave me more energy and calming effect. Also if you can’t go out for a walk there are millions of videos on youtube to start working out at home. I was happy my energy levels shot up.
Maintaining ideal body weight- I don’t have unrealistic expectations from my body weight or shape. After birthing two babies and with thyroid I know what my healthy weight is and I try to maintain that. I have downloaded an app for it. Maintaining healthy weight works great for balancing the hormones. With clean eating and yoga regime I was able to maintain my healthy weight.
Sleep habits- It maybe the most difficult thing to do but the it is also the most important aspect to be taken care off. We tend to have a very misbalanced and wrong sleeping pattern and this is can be disastrous for our overall health including hormone levels. Therefore I try to get undisturbed good eight- hour sleep along with a power nap of 20 minutes during the day.
Thyroid is not something that you need to be afraid of rather fighting it the need of hour and that I did with the above listed lifestyle changes. Giving up on life or yourself because of it would be silly as it is getting common day by day. Many people are getting affected by it from all parts of life but with correct medications, stress free life, proper exercise regime, and correct eating pattern I could resolve the issue and emerge as winner. It is hormonal misbalance disease and nothing more than this. Also please don’t skip your pills without consulting doctors, it’s really very important to maintain harmonal balance despite of having these Lifestyle changes.
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