*** 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. ***
Week 18 was fairly normal.
- Sleep terrible.
- Digestion not great, even with supplements for assistance.
- Voice particularly croaky.
- Sight very blurry. There is something called Thyroid Eye Disease. It’s uncommon, I am convinced I don’t have that, but interesting nonetheless when there are so many symptoms associated with one condition.
I’ve maintained my new eating regime to the letter. There have been many times when my mind has just teased me with a ‘what if?’ question.
What if you had one coffee?
What if you had some nuts and seeds?
What if you ate crackers?
I appreciate that all of these things are normal foods. Fine to consume and not at all baddies. However I am to avoid them for 3 months, and I am only 4 weeks in. So that’s not a great attempt if I blow it now. So I stayed on the straight and narrow.
I’ve tried quite hard to make sure that I mix my meals up with a veggie meal, a meat meal and a fish meal each day. The other bit is always much the same. Salad leaves, kale, spring onions, celery, usually an avocado or some beetroot. Doused in olive oil and salt and pepper. Given the heat, it’s all been fine. I’ve not missed anything at meal times, it’s when I’m driving or between meals that my mind wanders.
This week I’ve walked fewer days but more mileage when I have. I’ve been breaking my boots in for the Three Peaks Challenge in September. I am walking for Younger People with Dementia and had to get new footwear as my other shoes were a touch too small.
I ran out of digestive enzymes this week, something that Janie has asked me to take with each meal. Given the lack of regularity with my digestive system I am not sure they are working. I had asked Janie about a supplement called betaine and pepsin which is also helps with digestion. She advised not for now and so I left my stash untouched. When I realised I was out of the others I decided to throw caution to the wind and take them anyway. They’d either work or not.
With these tablets the dosage is individual specific and you build up your dosage over several days until you get certain symptoms of excess (heartburn, warm feeling in the stomach). I took two with my dinner cautiously and didn’t have any symptoms so decided to increase the next day.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and hypothyroidism both have symptoms of low stomach acid making digestion a difficult and energy demanding process. Most auto-immune diets are based on animal protein and veggies so this combination whilst it may be healing isn’t great for digestion. So I felt it was a good option to try. I will see how I get on with increasing the dosage as recommended and confess my sins to Janie later.