While I was walking through a field today, I couldn’t help but remember a time when I could barely make it through that same field without feeling like I was going to collapse. When I was first battling my hypothyroidism symptoms, I had days when my energy was totally and completely zapped. One day in particular I could barely put one foot in front of the other because my energy was just gone. It was just a 15-minute walk and I was almost too exhausted make it through.I had absolutely no energy at all.
At the time, I wasn’t sure what was going on with me. I had been misdiagnosed three different times by three different doctors, so I had started relying on my own intuition and doing my own research. I wasn’t willing to be on medication. The medicine itself is a band-aid for the symptoms so it doesn’t truly fix the underlying reason your body is attacking itself, and I wanted to know what was causing this and how I could fix it naturally!
Even though I have incredible energy now, I am still always trying and testing new ways to tap into MORE! Recently, I learned a few things and picked up a couple of tricks that I want to share with you! If you are seriously LACKING in energy, you could be struggling with hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, Hashimoto’s, or something else that is just bringing you down which is most likely causing you to feel super frustrated and irritable.
If you are dealing with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue, I have a couple of tips for you on how to crank up your energy level starting today!
Okay, take a deep breath after reading that one little word and let me remind you that you don’t have to do everything overnight! I know that whenever you are battling hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue or Hashimoto’s, the last thing you want to hear is that you’re going to have to do anything because you’re freakin’ emotionally and physically tired. Your energy is just zapped.
Trust me — even when you don’t feel like it (because in the beginning you probably won’t), you should go for a 15-minute walk. I seriously, seriously advise that you stop trying to work out for an hour in the gym or doing long cardio if that’s what you’re doing because that is only going to make things worse! Check it: Your thyroid mitigates your metabolism so you need to avoid putting your body under any additional stress (which can redone unknowingly by cardio).
2. EAT THE RIGHT FOODS.
The food you eat plays a huge role in your recovery. In my first days of recovery, I discovered that I needed to increase my carb intake and reduce the amount fiber I was eating, bit time! Most people do. I also cut out gluten because there’s a protein in gluten that is basically a thyroid inhibitor which can cause you to feel more tired, have more brain fog, and be bloated (get Gluten Free Fundamentals here) It wasn’t easy at first but now I feel SO much better!
Also, be cautious of certain nuts that you eat. The only nuts that I eat are Macadamia nuts, avocado and coconuts. Occasionally I will eat cashews, but I limit those. Some nuts are far too high in polyunsaturated fats which are thyroid inhibitors as well.
After you minimize stress in your daily life by moving your body in a way that’s not just for physique but for your health (ex: walking, yoga, piyo) and after you change your diet, you’re going to want to focus on restoration. Give yourself 1-2 rest days per week, but on those days you still need to be active. Walking and Yoga are very restorative and perfectly fine to do on your rest days.
4. CREATE A HABIT.
This will actually help to make your recovery more fun! Whenever you begin something new, you might be tempted to start thinking about it as a task, or more work, or something else just being added to your plate. Thinking about it instead as a super fun new way of LIVING will really make it feel more fun, and consequently create a HABIT!
My morning habit includes taking a few supplements (you can find the full list of supplements I recommend at fitrockerchick.com/recommendedproducts) and doing my red light therapy. To make my light therapy fun, I like to meditate while I’m at it. I also spend time with my dogs, get out into the sunshine, and take a walk outside. With my morning habit/ritual, I know I’m doing something good for myself which means I’m on the right path. You’ve got it make it fun, or you won’t stick to it.
Going to bed a little earlier in the evening to regulate your Circadian rhythm is going to minimize stress. I also wear blue light blocking glasses when I use my phone in the evening and they’re pretty sweet — and very Top Gun! 😉
Monitoring and regulating your sleep cycle is a huge part of what I teach the girls in my Thyroid Jumpstart group, too!
Take baby steps and begin implementing these tips as soon as you can and you will notice numerous positive effects in your recovery. Life is short, and I want you to spend every moment that you can feeling like your confident, sassy self!
Try out these tips and let me in know the comments below how they’re working for you!