Sunday, October 13, 2013

Beginning of my Lifestyle Change

When my husband told me we'd be moving to PA in Feb of 2013, I would have never thought I would have to change my lifestyle a few months later.   I was just a lady, taking a pill for my thyroid, all the while thinking the medicine was fixing whatever may have been wrong with my body.  When that prescription came to an end, I was forced to find a new doctor.  This new doctor would set me on the right path to saving my own life.

I have an Auto Immune Disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.  I did not know this until my new doctor started changing so much in my life.  She encouraged me to read the book "The Immune System Recovery Plan" by Susan Blum, M.D.  She also did an allergy test, finding I showed an intolerance for 7 foods I ate on a regular basis.  I had no idea the food I was putting into my body was harming me to such a bad extent.  Sure, I was that girl that ate Twix bars and dumped Mt. Dew down my gullet every morning of my Senior Year in high school.  I always ate a salad for lunch but poured probably 5 times the amount of Ranch Dressing on that lettuce and sometimes thought I needed more.  That girl is long gone.

Changing my diet has been a tough road, but I am on the course and staying on the pavement for the most part.  As I type that sentence I'm thinking about the upset stomach I've had all day long due to eating some Gluten yesterday and the day before.  I know better... The way I feel right now will help me remember to not put the junk in my body again!  So, when I say changing my diet, it really should say starting a new lifestyle.  A lifestyle without Diary and Gluten.  For a person that would eat spaghetti and ice cream every day if she could, this is a hard change.

Many of my daily meals consist of a mix of salad, (with only one serving of homemade dressing), chicken, pork, grapes, rice cakes, raisins and peanut butter.  Eating around 1400 calories a day and picking up running has lead me to a 50 pounds gone.  GONE!  Off my body!  I would recommend cutting the Gluten, even if you do fine with it!

I feel great most days.  The typical symptoms of the Hashimoto's  don't show up unless I have not eaten properly or skipped a day of running.  Routine does a body good!  That's my moto and I'm sticking to it!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Ashley! I would have never guessed! I am glad your life is on the right path now! And 50 pounds gone is a great amount! you are seriously a great inspiration and I do cherish out friendship - so stay on the right path :D