My thyroid has been the bane of my existence for years. I have both Graves and Hashimoto's and had to get my thyroid radiated in 2011. A decision I sorely regret, but unfortunately cannot go back and undo. I had an old school doctor I trusted, who led me astray.
Luckily, I now have a fantastic endocrinologist who treats me by symptoms rather than just numbers. He also looks at both my T3 and my T4 levels which is vitally important for finding the right balance in thyroid health. Instead of being on just Synthroid, I'm on meds that control both hormone levels that can be tweaked individually. For more info on this approach check out Thyroid Balance by Glenn Rothfield MD. It is one of the most helpful books I've found to understanding proper thyroid function.
Unfortunately, I'm currently in a really bad stretch of thyroid health. As we all know, autoimmune health is a constant journey. It is often very much affected by different life stages. I'm postpartum and still nursing which is making my thyroid levels completely wonky. I've changed Synthroid doses three times in the last six months and am now on the highest dose I've even been on in my life. I'm also at the highest weight I've ever been besides pregnancy.
All this says to me is I need to be more vigilant with my nutritional support measures. I've followed an anti-inflammatory diet in the past. (I've dabbled with a Paleo regime on and off for years.) I've also given up sugar more times than I can count. But I'm going to be honest here. Even though I'm a health coach and have a nutritional background myself- I still fall victim to the trappings of sugar and dairy. It's almost worse for me now because I KNOW better. However, it's still difficult sometimes to find the will power to follow through. With two young kids, one who barely sleeps, it's easy to fall into bad habits.
I've done a lot of reading on habit forming behaviors. (I'm a HUGE Gretchen Rubin fan). So I know I'm an Obliger and I am also beginning to realize I have to be an Abstainer rather than a Moderator. This is usually where my problems occur. I'll be doing great with following a sugar-free regime and then I allow myself to cheat for a special occasion or something and find myself completely falling off the wagon with it being that much more difficult to get back on again. Gretchen has identified this behavior in herself and says this is why she now has to Abstain entirely if she ever wants to follow through with healthy dietary habits. At least I know I'm not alone...
So here we go folks, back on the wagon again. To support myself in regaining my thyroid health I know I need to Abstain from sugar and focus on avoiding Inflammatory foods. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
With gratitude- Joyana