In an effort to help heal my thyroid induced frustrations, my doctor recommended that I read Dr. Amy Myers. She has two books out about the thyroid and autoimmune disorders: The Autoimmune Solution, released in 2015, and The Thyroid Connection, released in 2016. I decided to start with The Thyroid Connection for two reasons: 1) it has a newer release date, and 2) it was currently available at my local library. Yes, I am that desperate to get this crap figured out.
I’ve read through the first part of the book, and it was nice to see confirmation of a lot of information that I’ve absorbed elsewhere. Probably the biggest thing that differed from past books I’ve read on Hashimoto’s, or autoimmune disorders in general, is that it comes with a 28-day plan fully written up with recipes and supplements all organized and easy to follow.
Let me just interrupt myself for a minute and be real with you. I’ve already admitted to not taking care of myself like I should have been. But what I failed to mention is why. Sure, I could blame it on motherhood, a busy life, or even on mom-guilt. But those reasons wouldn’t be truth. I stopped – yes, stopped as once upon a time I had this stuff down to a science – at first because of those things. But I stayed stopped due to fear, uncertainty, and plain, old laziness. It’s hard to eat right. It’s hard to eat in a way that others don’t believe in. It’s hard to eat in a way completely different from your children and husband. It’s hard to continually be your own advocate. But it’s also hard to function when you don’t feel well. And because it is so hard, it is helpful when someone else provides a straight forward plan for you to follow. Now, back to the main point!
In basic terms, Dr. Myers plan is like many others I have read, following the basic AIP principles (AutoImmune Protocol – an eliminate style diet developed to pin point immunity triggers in sufferers. Basically, an allergy test for the food you eat and how they affect your body). Gluten free, diary free, egg free, processed free, plenty of supplements added (Yes, all of that – see how it can be so daunting?). The recipes in the book, though, are easy to follow, and the ingredient lists don’t seem too outrageous – for the pallet or the pocketbook.
After looking for my phone that was lost in my had for the third time that day, I decided the time for thinking about starting on the 28-day plan was over. I sat down, compared eating plan to recipes, read through the supplement requirements, and made my shopping list. My husband and I are both going to follow the recommended meal plan (my cute hubby does not have thyroid disease or an autoimmune disorder, but does have an interest in supporting me and getting healthier). I will also be doing my best to follow the supplement protocol.
Before I end, I would like to say that I am under a doctor’s supervision during all of this. I had a blood test for my levels during my last appointment, and standing orders for a return visit in 8 weeks. My doctor is also who directed me towards a plan such as this, so I am going to do my best to follow it. I’ve also put links to both of Dr. Myers books below, plus another book that I use frequently as a reference when it comes to understanding my disorder.
Wish me luck!