*** This blog is not to be prescriptive nor give you advice, merely to show you my way of navigating true health in a jungle of advice and pharmaceutical pressure. Please do your own research, ask your own specialists or contact those I have used if you wish to find out more about your personal condition and symptoms. To your very best health. ***
It’s been a week of discovery, intuition and remembering.
I am not expecting there to be massive leaps in improvements week on week, but this week was definitely one that has seen me bring pieces together to complete my picture a bit more.
If this was a jigsaw (and we know you always find the straight edges and do the border first, right?!) then I feel my border is nearly complete.
The week was already one of some self-decided excitement. I had a follow up call with Janie booked and I’d placed some weight of importance on this. I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but it was probably something to do with the huge list of questions I had for her that I’d been saving up. I was probably secretly hoping she’d say I could soften the eating plan a little, but following our conversation she said to keep at it for another 2 months or so.
I’m fine with that. It’s not a surprise. My digestion and bowel health is definitely improved from where it was when I first met her in May, but it’s nowhere near sorted. The improvement is from the use of natural herb supplements to keep peristalsis going, and the ultimate goal is to get back to the body managing on it’s own. I am not there yet.
We spoke about what foods I can take the Three Peaks challenge next month. And whilst I know that fuelling myself for 24 hours is more important than what I am eating, I am keen to see how I can manage as much as possible without too much deviation.
So far I am planning on using the pre-cooked pouches of rice or quinoa that I can add some protein to. Coconut based bars or chunks. Cold baked sweet potatoes, fruit and coconut oil.
Things that are currently off-plan that I will be taking along are medjool dates (for my celebration at each peak), some nuts or nut based bars and maybe some rice cakes. Get me and my extravagant ways!
Janie mentioned a couple of other ways to see some improvements in how I’m feeling. She referred me to a lady who specialises in kinesiology. She is very busy and I am not seeing her until November and also a new tranche of supplements to support both the gut and the thyroid over the next few months. I ordered those today.
I started to re-read a book I read a few months ago this week. ‘Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal‘ by Dr Datis Karrazian. It’s such a fabulous book. So well researched and coming from a different approach to normal GPs.
He talks a lot about Hashimoto’s in there and I’ve seen case studies in the book that I missed or skimmed over before that have given me a few more straight pieces for my jigsaw border.
He refers to the fact that many women are diagnosed with thyroid issues during or after pregnancy as their immune system is already challenged and this is when things can flare up. Even though I knew this it wasn’t until I read a case study about a woman losing her hair in clumps after her baby was born that I suddenly remembered that after Laura was born (baby 1) my hair fell out a lot too. I had longer hair then and it became really rather thin. I of course didn’t think much of it, but I do remember being a bit concerned about it at the time.
It was also whilst I was pregnant with Laura that I had my first signs of dermatitis herpitiformis (wildly itchy rash on buttocks, elbows and knees). The GP had no idea what it was, and I’ve mentioned already in the blog, that I didn’t figure it out until about 5 years ago when Laura was 20, that it was gluten causing it. This memory was a revelation this week. I am quite sure that I switched my auto-immunity gene on in 1993 when Laura was born. I also think that what’s kept any main symptoms at bay for most of this time is my diet.
I went gluten free in about 2002 and have been mainly GF ever since. Dr Kharrazian talks so much about giving up gluten in his book for Hashimoto’s sufferers that I am sure this kept me healthy’ish without noticing I had Hashimoto’s.
Before I went gluten free I did have other thyroidy symtoms like digestive problems, hair loss and extreme tiredness. I remember feeling so tired at work after Sophie was born that I could barely keep my eyes open. I was only 25 so it was out of character. But I put it down to being a young mum with two under 2 years and plodded on.
I feel quite excited that I got this in place this week. I’ve been hoping to find some answers to where this all started and I think this is as good a place as any.
I also invoked my witchy powers this week and summoned out of the blue a thought that has led to a great find.
I was driving between camps on Thursday just musing on the neurodevelopment exercises I am doing for Niki. Some of them are done passively and so Mr Strickers has to rock me by pushing my feet for 30 seconds each day. I was musing on the rocking and repetitiveness of it and I suddenly thought of rebounding. You know, the little mini-trampolines? I thought ‘they’re pretty rhythmic and repetitive, I wonder if that’s something to look into‘.
Later that evening I randomly Googled ‘benefits of rebounding’ and came up with this article. It was all very positive and then as I read through the 20 points, I was stopped in my tracks by point 12. “12: Tones the endocrine system, especially the thyroid, to increase output“.
I immediately searched for benefits of rebounding and thyroid and came up with this article. That also made my heart skip a beat as she mentioned improved eye-sight, “the rebounding motion stimulates all internal organs, moves the cerebral-spinal fluid and the aqueous fluid within the eyes (many people claim improved eyesight), and does wonders for the intestines.” All along I’ve been sure that my blurry eyes aren’t age related. This could be the answer!
So suffice to say we now have a new toy in the house 🙂
Meet my little rebounder! I’ve used it three mornings so far and have built up from 15 minutes to 20 minutes first thing in the morning. I am excited that this may help me to see some difference. That’s what I am after at the mo. Something that makes me feel all this ‘stuff’, the food, the supplements, the reading, the consultations are working. Let’s see!
This week in summary
- Sleep has been terrible at night time, but I am getting enough by having naps in the day. If I can manage 4-5 cycles (see Nick Littlehales book) this is good enough for now.
- Last week’s exposure to barley grass left me with not just an itchy face bur full dermatitis herpetiformis outbreak. I am so over these now! I must, must, must read the damn labels.
- Digestion has been unreliable but looking at ways to improve gut health now all the prep work with Janie has been done.
- Mood has been fair to middling. Overwhelm has been high this week, but I’ve taken it in my stride and done what I can and been happy with that. I’ve also noticed that I have been a bit more productive each day so that’s a small change which is very welcomed.
- The temperature has dropped this week and I am c.o.l.d! Started to have warmer meals than my piled high leaves.
- Been bouncing and added it into the morning routine, dropping the walk in favour of the springs.
Will report in next week with next instalment!