From Hashimotos’s to health coaching

‎”I have noticed that as people improve their health, they become empowered to pursue the life of their dreams – the life they came here to live.” – Joshua Rosenthal, Founder and Director Integrative Nutrition This is just amazing where the healing process had taken me. There I was. Sick, tired, and sick of being tired. And here I am – so thrilled about my new energy, health, and my new life. This is what happened. About a month ago I woke up, and as always I started scrolling through Facebook updates. I saw some random post from Institute of Integrative Nutrition – IIN (where my health coach Rita Bord graduated from) and this is when it really hit me – why don’t I use my newly found passion about healing and foods, and learn more about it? I can help spread the word around to those that really want
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Labs & feeling better than ever

It’s been a few months since I blogged, and there is so much I want to share. Where do I start?First and foremost, a brief update on monster Hashimoto’s. The monster has been destroyed! Or so I’d like to believe. My last few lab results showed minute amounts of antibodies, which, according to my doc, means I have no Hashimoto’s to worry about. I don’t think it’s a fluke, because the amount of antibodies have been consistently going down since I began my lifestyle and diet change. Here is my results over last 9 months: September 2011 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab  308 Antithyroglobulin Ab                111 November 2011 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab  200 Antithyroglobulin Ab                 68 January 2012 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab 87 February 2012 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab   58 Antithyroglobulin Ab                  31 March 2012 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab     37 Antithyroglobulin Ab                
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Now and then

It’s been awhile since my last update. But I bring very good news. My last thyroid and antibody test showed lowered TSH level to 2.5 (from 3.9) and both of my antibodies were in 20’s (down from 300 and 200). Overall, it has taken me about 6 months of treatment/lifestyle changes. I’m very thrilled and my doctor said the results are amazing. Now I just have to continue with whatever it is that I have been doing to keep my progress. I’m so glad I didn’t go on thyroid medication, despite my doctor’s urging at one one point. I’m so glad that I decided to stick it out and be patient. My labs also showed improved levels of vitamin D and iron. Other than my lab results, I do feel positive changes in my overall day to day being. I am not as groggy when I wake up in the
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Stopping gluten and dairy “cold turkey”

My initial  Hashimoto’s diagnosis came in June 2011, when thyroid antibodies test came back positive. I don’t know how long I had it, because they were tested for the first time ever. 2 antibodies were measured, and the lab results showed they were in the 60’s. To have a diagnosis you must have positive antibodies. Some say when antibodies are under 60, then you shouldn’t worry too much about them killing you.So I wasn’t extremely too worried, because I had no idea what Hashimoto’s was just yet. Hubby and I went on Honeymoon to Paris in July and ate lots and lots of crepes. Who doesn’t eat crepes in Paris, right?! Seriously, we must have eaten 2-3 crepes each per day . (You will learn the significance of crepe eating a bit later) I came back and got tested for food intolerance and it turned out I was intolerant to
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Supplements

One thing that I made clear to Dr. Nikol who was my main treating provider, that I really don’t want to go the medication route to fix thyroid. I learned from various sources, is that once I start on the meds, my thyroid will eventually stop working because it would become accustomed to medication doing all the work in producing thyroid hormones. Of course, I was also concerned about potential side effects. So we agreed that we will first go the supplement/healthy lifestyle change route. And then if absolutely necessary, will try the medication (which local pharmacy compounded mix of T3 and T4). So Dr. Nikol started me on the following: -Thyroid Support Complex by Pure Encapsulations for thyroid (includes vital elements for thyroid functioning) -Vitamin D3 (I started with 10,000 i.u., then lowered to 5,000 i.u.) -Iron Supplement for anemia (taking Ultimate Iron by Enzymatic Therapy – very gentle
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Other aspects of treatment

When it comes to treating Hashimoto’s, I seriously believe that one must treat their WHOLE body. One must also treat their mind, soul, and relationships to a healthy state.I read a review of a book on Amazon by some guy who said he was able to get rid of Hashimoto’s through Ayurveda.As it happens, I just met Rita B., who teaches and practices Ayurveda, and also teaches integrative nutrition. Isn’t it amazing, how meaningful events take place at certain times, and if you pay attention, you can get a clue! If you are not familiar with Ayurveda, it’s an ancient view and approach to health that focuses on balancing your mind, body, and soul through things like nutrition, meditation, improving your relationships, etc. So I started working with Rita to improve my life through Ayurveda. One of my goals was balanced nutrition, which I seriously lacked. So I began to
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Looking for Answers

I’m lucky, because I come from a family of “health freaks” – my parents are very much into healthy lifestyle and I think it rubbed off on me. They aren’t fond of mainstream medicine, however, and neither am I (Pharmaceutical and Politics dominated world) . So I didn’t even bother with mainstream medicine, where they would immediately put me on something like Synthroid and tell me “Hashimoto’s isn’t something that’s treated or cured”.You don’t want to cure Hashimoto’s? – fine! I turned to Integrative / Functional Medicine, which is much more progressive than mainstream, and actually combines Eastern and Western approaches. I also snooped around Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda, which as you will later read, had also helped my recovery. All this research gave me hope – just what I needed.People who know me also know that I am very pro-active. So I did a lot of reading, researching, and
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Hashimoto’s: finally diagnosed

I started my journey back to health in August 2011. It’s 6 months later, and I want to capture everything I did to get me to my new healthier life today, before I forget. My journey has not ended, and never will, in getting healthier. But I’m at a much better place now. How it all started: I married my amazing husband in June 2011. At the same time I also got a new and wonderful PPO insurance, which paid to run certain tests that HMO wouldn’t cover and doctors wouldn’t order (even when I asked), and also to see really good doctors (such as those that practice Functional Medicine). Thanks to these tests, I discovered that I have Hashimito’s Thyroiditis and my thyroid was acting up, actually, it was too slow. So I was told I had hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroditis. Diseases that affects many many women in our society. Well,
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