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Month: February 2022

Ep 009: How does stress and blood sugar affect your thyroid?

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 12pm Central Time – The 3 Steps to Reclaim Your Thyroid Health and Crush Your Fatigue w/out Crazy Dieting or Beating Yourself up at the Gym 

 

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I keep talking about root causes and underlying issues that affect how our thyroid functions. Today’s episode discusses my experience with nerding out on wearing a continuous glucose monitor and the black and white information found with regard to stress and blood sugar. This all taxes our bodies more and causes more stress which can affect how your thyroid functions, converts thyroid hormone and, therefore, can affect how you feel and function when stress and dysregulated blood sugar is left unchecked. It is time to start addressing how life situations can affect how you feel in addition to everyday stressors. Don’t discount them and understand how to work with things that get thrown at you. Start a mindfulness practice, work on sleep improvement, and take midday breaks. Change what you’re doing now that amplifies the stress that is coming your way.

Ep 008: The 5 Stages of Dealing with Hypothyroidism

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 11 am Central Time – The 3 Steps to Reclaim Your Thyroid Health and Crush Your Fatigue w/out Crazy Dieting or Beating Yourself up at the Gym 

 

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STAGE 0 – something is up; feeling tired, maybe a little anxious or sad in specific situations; maybe it’s harder to lose weight or maintain your weight; swelling in your hands/face/feet. You start to think you lack motivation, will power or are lazy.

STAGE 1 – more fatigue, more depression, more exercise, reduce calories. Possibly starting some habits of disordered eating. Reduce more calories, you get sick more easily.

STAGE 2 – we seek out help; told we’re normal not realizing your full thyroid function hasn’t really been tested. You’re told you’re just getting older and you should relax. You should get used to this. But there’s meds for x,y,z symptom so carry on…

STAGE 3 – you’re still struggling but worse now. You have more of everything – depression, weight gain, stress, maybe have a baby or some other major life stressor, poor stress management, cravings increase, maybe dx’d with clinical depression, autoimmune conditions or really poor gut health.

STAGE 4 – you bring yourself back in to a healthcare professional. You finally get a diagnosis! YAY! You can take a pill for it. All is good…until it isn’t.

STAGE 5 – You’re sick and tired of being sick and tired and decide to work with someone like me in the Thyroid Reset Method.

How Can Nature Improve Your Thyroid Health?

Nature is powerful medicine—one that supplies us with many of the essentials we need for healing and overall wellness. By simply getting out into nature, we can improve many aspects of our lives, including our thyroid health.

If you’ve been feeling fatigued, overwhelmed, stressed, and unable to manage your weight or your emotions, one of the first moves you can take is simply stepping outdoors. Shifting your lifestyle habits to allow for time in nature can be beneficial for your hormone health, along with mental wellness.

Below, I explain some of the ways you can elevate your thyroid health by incorporating the great outdoors into your daily routine.

Get Your Vitamin D

When temperatures are freezing, it might not sound appealing to venture outside. However, even 10 or 15 minutes spent outdoors in the sun can do wonders for your vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D, which needs to be absorbed through the skin, goes a long way toward improving your thyroid health as well as balancing your immune system, among other benefits. This is why it’s so important to get out into nature all year long whenever possible.

Enjoy Mindful Moments in Nature

In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to get caught up in all of your responsibilities, spreading yourself thin and never being fully present in each moment. Getting outside has a way of forcing you to be mindful as you take in the sights and sounds around you.

To practice mindfulness in nature, be proactive about using your senses as you walk or hike. Even if you’re just strolling through your neighborhood, mentally note the things you can see, hear, smell, feel, or even taste. Maybe pack a picnic with your kids and make a game of it—or try it as a solo activity from time to time.

Be Mindful of What You Listen To

If your walk is an exercise in staying present, that means it’s not a way to catch up on your calls, texts, or the latest true-crime podcast—which, by the way, isn’t exactly the best way to unwind and alleviate stress.

Instead of feeding anxiety with thoughts of death, destruction, or your long list of responsibilities, try playing some peaceful music or a guided meditation. If your mind tends to wander, the gentle background noise will help you stay present.

Notice the Details

As you’re out and about in nature, take pictures of anything you notice while engaging your senses. It could be a tiny raindrop on a leaf, the intricacies of a snowflake, or the petals of a beautiful flower. Maybe you catch a squirrel running up a tree or a cat lounging in the grass.

Over time, you’ll gather quite the collection of pictures. What things were you drawn to? What did you find interesting? Over a period of months or years, you’ll see what types of things caught your eye in nature.

Be Curious

As you investigate nature, you’ll come across things you’ve never seen before. It could be an unusual bird or maybe a plant you’ve walked past 100 times.

So what do you do? Get curious! Look things up. What did you see? Why was it there, or what is its purpose? You can always download an app that identifies plants and animals in nature, or journal about your experience and let your mind wander.

Clean Up

Masks, water bottles, wrappers, and other garbage tend to accumulate in nature unless someone picks up the trash. Make a point of taking along a small trash bag and collecting any trash you see on the ground.

For the sake of the land, the neighborhood, and Mother Earth herself, it’s a good feeling to leave nature better than when you found it.

The Benefits Are Manyfold

The goal of walking in nature isn’t to break a big sweat or work toward a specific calorie burn. Rather, the point is simply to spend even 15 or 20 minutes engaging in an activity that will calm your system, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and reduce anxiety over time.

By engaging in outdoor activities with mindfulness, you’ll be doing something soothing and restorative for your body. You might even be spending more time with friends or family as you get outdoors together.

There might not necessarily be a direct correlation between time spent outdoors and thyroid health, but ultimately, all of these cumulative benefits will help your thyroid function better.

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What Is the Best Protein for Thyroid Health?

If I could impart one tidbit of wisdom about thyroid health to my audience, it would be this: If you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, the deficiency can wreak havoc on your thyroid function. Made from amino acids, proteins are your body’s building blocks—fueling essential bodily functions and the production of antibodies and hormones, including thyroid hormones.

And the thyroid affects every cell in the body.

Considering how vitally important protein is for proper thyroid functioning, I wanted to spend some time discussing the best proteins for thyroid health. Through my research and personal experimentation with different kinds of proteins, I’ve found that there are two basic types of proteins to consume in order to enhance, improve, and optimize thyroid functioning.

First and foremost, don’t buy the cheapest thing at the local big-box store. Unless you’re confident that the product doesn’t contain questionable ingredients like additives and fillers that could negatively impact your health in other ways, you don’t want to buy your proteins based on price alone.

Grass-Fed Protein

This leads me to the first type of protein to include in your diet: I recommend grass-fed/grass-finished beef protein containing no antibiotics, no hormones, and no other additives as one of the best types of protein for thyroid health. This type of beef protein is available in a protein powder and should be free of common food allergens that are used as fillers, such as corn, soy, and wheat.

Vegan-Source Protein

Vegan protein powders, made from pea protein, are another source of protein I like to use. Because pea protein has a low reactivity for most people, there are generally no issues with sensitivity to it like you would see with, say, soy or whey protein. Indeed, because they’re not dairy-free, certain whey proteins can be highly inflammatory—despite their widespread promotion by fitness professionals. It can trigger blood sugar surges and spike insulin, which are also factors for people dealing with thyroid issues.

Product Recommendations

The following products are those that I personally use and recommend—I’ve done the legwork to identify what works and what doesn’t in terms of thyroid health. Of course, feel free to conduct your own research to find which of these products, or any others, work best for you. Check your nutrition labels to make sure you’re getting high-quality protein with minimal ingredients; if you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is, that’s a sign of a poor-quality protein.

PurePaleo

A beef bone broth protein, PurePaleo comes in unflavored, chocolate, and vanilla. These simple flavor options differ from some of the crazy flavors you might find on store shelves—which likely contain unhealthy additives that can negatively affect your thyroid.

PurePaleo contains no artificial sweeteners, nor anything that’s inflammatory or that can impact you negatively. If you’re looking for a bone-broth protein, start with the ones that are the cleanest possible like PurePaleo. Depending on the flavor you chose, PurePaleo contains between 21 grams and 27 grams of protein per serving.

OptiCleanse GHI

The second option I recommend is OptiCleanse GHI, which, for me, is kind of the full deal. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other ingredients that are anti-inflammatory and support gut health and detoxification.

OptiCleanse GHI comes in convenient single-serve packets of 10, making it easy to grab on the go or portion out your protein. It contains 26 grams of protein per serving—plus, it tastes amazing!

Protein Powders Help You Meet Your Protein Needs

If you’re looking for an easy way to fulfill your daily protein needs, both of the above protein powders are solid options. You can mix and match the two in different flavors, or even mix the two together.

As you’re working toward your daily protein intake, strive to include 4 to 6 ounces of protein at each of your three meals a day, plus a snack with 2 to 3 ounces of protein as needed. Let your body guide the way for you with regard to how much protein to consume at each meal.

And while it’s always best to eat real, whole foods, clean protein powders can be a great way to up your protein, improve blood sugar and stress on the body, and help your thyroid function overall. If you’re purchasing any of these protein powders, be sure to use code ROCK10 at checkout to receive a discount.

PUREPALEO

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Ep 07: Top 5 Issues Thyroid Patients Deal With and What To Do About It

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Tuesday, Feb 15, 2022 at 3:30 pm Central Time – The 3 Steps to Reclaim Your Thyroid Health and Crush Your Fatigue w/out Crazy Dieting or Beating Yourself up at the Gym 

 

Get YOUR copy of the Rock Bottom Thyroid Treatment:

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Today, we’re talking about the top 5 issues thyroid patients deal with on a day to day basis. It can be so frustrating and feel so daunting and hopeless. I talk to many who have just given up and succumbed to the mindset of “this is my new normal.” We’re told we have a new normal which equates to feeling fatigued, gaining weight, having gut issues and feeling depressed and anxious. And, we’re told it’s fine because there are meds for all of that! And, most of us have tried all of them at one time or another. They rarely work in the long term. 

I’m speaking not only from a professional standpoint here but also from a personal one. My story starts with being undiagnosed for several years and then eventually being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My thyroid was removed and I totally thought the meds would make everything better for me. While I’m grateful they keep me alive, the thyroid meds alone didn’t keep me living.

 

So, let’s get to the Top 5 Issues Thyroid Patients have to deal with in order to function in life and what you can do about it.

1. Fatigue. This is the kind of debilitating  fatigue that only a thyroid patient understands. You can be SO tired that it hurts. I can only compare it to some of the phases of pregnancy…and try dealing with pregnancy fatigue on top of a thyroid condition? Not fun.

2. Weight Gain. Honestly, weight is a major issue people come to me for and something I’ve been frustrated with most of my life. I completely get it. But you may be surprised to learn that most people who come and work with me or join my programs care about this issue but it is typically secondary to wanting to feel good.

3. Poor Gut Health. Most people I work with have major issues with acid reflux, constipation, bloating, diarrhea or fluctuation between all of them. They take OTC meds to mitigate some of these symptoms. What I see a lot of the time is people not even knowing feeling bloated ISN’T normal. They think it’s normal to not go to the bathroom for days at a time just because this has been their experience for years. It is common for thyroid patients to have poor gut health in part because they typically have low stomach acid which makes absorption of their nutrients much less efficient.

4. Depression/Anxiety. I don’t think I’ve worked with or talked to anyone who has a thyroid condition who doesn’t feel some level of anxiety and/or depression. It seems that most live in one or the other but often it can slide between a continuum of anxiety on one side and depression on the other. Now, we all know there are times in life when we have reasons to be more anxious or depressed. What I’m talking about is long term, chronic feelings of depression and anxiety. Like fatigue, it can also be debilitating.

5. Aches & Pains. This is something I’ve only dealt with a handful of times. Unfortunately, this is not the same thing for many thyroid patients. I’m not sure the exact mechanism behind this but it results in pain in the feet, knees, muscles, as well as headaches. What I see clinically and biochemically is a cluster of nutrient deficiencies that stem from some of the other information we’ve talked about today. People with thyroid problems often have so much inflammation that comes from the types of foods we are eating, medications we may be taking, the alcohol we may be drinking – maybe to combat the stress and anxiety we feel, and those deficiencies I just mentioned. This is in addition to our thyroid glands probably not being optimized functionally speaking. This leads me to the action part of this episode…

 

What you can do about it…

 

The first thing you can do about dealing with one or all of these issues is to find someone who actually gets what this all means, has maybe actually dealt with these symptoms themselves, and looks for the root causes behind your issues. The term “root cause” probably has gotten so watered down by now that we don’t pay attention to what that really means. It’s basically how I work with people…My background is in Biology and Nutrition and it only makes sense to look at the cellular level for the causes of the issues mentioned above. When I work with people, I maybe don’t explain all the details of what we’re doing to restore their health. What I mean by this is I have a process, a method by which I help people restore their health…they may feel like this looks like eating a certain way (and it can) or taking certain supplements (and it does) but while we’re moving through this process, we’re also dealing with balancing your stress management system, how your body deals with sugar, and decreasing inflammation in your body. Often these things aren’t hard or expensive, but if you don’t know what it is or why it’s important to your overall thyroid function, health and wellness, you probably aren’t dealing with these issues properly. So, before you dive into the next quick fix or fad diet, I’m going to suggest you try these three things first. Start with one, work on it for a bit and move on to the next…It is simple. Sometimes, it’s not easy. My Thyroid Reset Method was designed for people dealing with these issues. But let me break parts of that method down here:

 

1. Deal with your ability to handle stress. Add mediation to your life in whatever way that looks like for you. Learn to de-stress throughout the day. Plan it into your day like you do eating lunch or scheduling a dental appointment. Make a list of things that bring you joy and pick one each day or week to make a part of your life. And do it. You need to check out from the busyness of life, drama on social media, or things that pop into your inbox you think you NEED to deal with NOW.

2. Move from eating processed foods to whole foods as much as you possibly can. The SAD is truly just sad. It is full of chemicals that wreak havoc on your health and moving towards foods in their whole state is going to be much more restorative to your health and life. Start small by making one meal per day a really good, quality meal. Example, if you eat a drive through breakfast, replace that with something you prepare at home that is made from whole foods like eggs, spinach and other vegetables. Start with where you’re at and start with the meal/snack that could use the most help in terms of moving towards more whole foods composition. This will help you with energy throughout the day and will help your body absorb quality nutrients rather than struggle to get the nutrients from low quality foods.

3. Eat balanced. What I mean by this is that you need to eat macros in balance. Start by making sure you get ample amounts of protein at each meal – 25-30 grams. Add some veggies and healthy fats to your meal and you’re set. By doing this, you’ll be optimizing your nutrient intake that fuels your thyroid and body, you’ll be creating satiety for your body which will help with energy and for making healthy brain chemicals for leveling out mood, and you’ll be balancing blood sugar so you avoid the swings in mood and stress that this causes biochemically and manifests as cravings and irritability in your behavior.