Food has been an integral part of my life since the day I was born. I come from a family who planted a garden every summer, went to farmers markets, and went foraging for mushrooms and dandelions. We had our own fruit trees in our backyard, and ALWAYS cooked from scratch. We never ever ate out, or ate processed food, we weren’t allowed to. We were always encouraged to eat healthy. So my foundation was off to a pretty good start, and I am very grateful for that.
Most of my healthy eating dissipated once I moved out on my own at the age of 20. Oh no, I had to cook for myself, what to do. Eating out and packaged foods became a trend mostly for convenience, not for pleasure. That’s when the digestive issues all started.
Here I am below in my early 20’s, a healthy weight but major digestive issues brewing on the inside.
I was constantly bloated, constipated, had gas and had abdominal pain. I was lucky if I had a bowel movement once a week. Yes once a week! And when I did go, it was accompanied by intense pain. Doctors told me I had IBS. I did everything they told me to do and nothing seemed to help.
I became pregnant with my daughter at the age of 26. I picked up every book imaginable regarding pregnancy. I did everything I could to create a healthy environment for my daughter to live in. I quit smoking; I took vitamins and ate a healthy diet. Despite my efforts I still had digestive issues, felt like dog poop, and was gaining weight rapidly, very rapidly.
Here is a couple of pics of me 3 months pregnant.
In March of 2008 I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Alyssa. My pride and joy. I looked at myself in the mirror one day, and started to cry. I didn’t even recognize myself anymore. I was bloated beyond belief; I went from 118lbs to a whopping 192lbs. I had gained 74 pounds during my pregnancy. I have never ever reached that weigh before. I was depressed, my back ached, I was tired all the time, still had digestive issues, I started to lose my hair, I looked and felt like a disaster. I thought I had post partum depression, so I went to my doctor and he said to lose the weight and I’ll be fine. I knew there was something off, but didn’t know what. So I decided to see a naturopath. She told me I had hypothyroidism. What? Hypothyroidism… really?! I did not see this coming. Not sure what to do or expect from here.
My daughter and I in Sept 2008.
So I booked a full physical with my family doctor just to confirm this diagnosis. He too confirmed that I had Hypothyroidism.
He had ordered me to do a radioactive test to see if I had any goiters, as he suspected I had one. I asked him what this testing entailed and I was not a happy with what I heard. I basically had to steer clear of my 3 month old daughter for a week because of the radioactive chemical in my body would leave a residue on anything I touched. Wow, what to do, what to do. I had an uneasy feeling as he was filling out my requisition.
So I went home and this is what’s running through my mind…
- This radioactive treatment is not happening
- My daughter needs me
- Reroute-find an alternative solution
There was no way this was going to go down. I was breastfeeding and was the primary caregiver. So I went back to my doctor and explained this to him and asked for an alternative treatment. He basically told me the only other option was to destroy my thyroid and take synthroid for the rest of my life.
Is this guy serious? At this point I think he’s absolutely crazy. I told him there was no flipping way that would happen and that I would find a way to eradicate my illness naturally. So I’m on route to my naturopath thinking there has to be another way. My gut was telling me there was another way, there had to be…and there was.
My Naturopath tells me this condition can be healed, but can only be done by myself. She basically said you alone have to do it, but you don’t have to do it alone. She gave me the tools I needed and guided me on my journey to healing which I am forever grateful for.
I completely changed my diet, took homeopathic remedies and herbal supplements to support my thyroid. I did colonic hydrotherapy once a week for 10 weeks straight. I worked on empowering myself and changing my way of thinking. I started doing affirmations and reading books written by: Louise Hay, Wayne, Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and ect. It was a tremendous amount of work physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
Here I’m almost back down to my normal weight. 15lbs to go!
Fast forward to a year and half later, and I’m feeling great. I was at a healthy weight of 120lbs, my energy levels were back up, my hair was growing back, and I felt incredibly amazing. So I went for my regular testing to see how my thyroid was doing and she said, I had healed my thyroid, as it was not showing up in the testing. I can’t tell you the happiness I felt the moment she said that. I allowed my body to do its thing and heal naturally without all that nasty funk that doctors push on people.
Here I am, a year and a half later, Hypothyroidism free and at a healthy weight.
I was so inspired by my transformation that in 2010, I decided to go back to school to study nutrition. Not only to benefit myself, but also my family. I studied at the institute of Holistic nutrition and graduated with honours in Applied Holistic Nutrition in 2012. Taking that course changed my entire life! I am so grateful for that experience, and I am constantly learning and growing on this journey.
Today I am 33, at my normal weight, feel healthy, happy, alive, and well. So very grateful to have a healthy beautiful 6 year old daughter and partner who both embrace my health journey.
I hope my story inspires you to lead a healthier lifestyle and help empower you as an individual. You can come here to learn, grow, teach, inspire, and to find some really simple & delicious, recipes.
With Love and Gratitude,
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