A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism with four large goiters on my thyroid. I was put on medication and was told to come back in three months. I went back in two instead because of some serious side effects I was experiencing. I was retested. My goiters had shrunk, but they found both the antibodies for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Unfortunately, the medication they had put me on had dumped me from hyper- to hypothyroidism. This would be the beginning of a horrible cycle. Meds would be used to solve one extreme only to send me over the edge to the other side. In May, I began doing my own research. I sought out natural remedies. I started talking to people about different whole food diets. I decided to embark on a rather extreme diet change. I probably wouldn’t recommend it to most people.
Note: I am not a doctor. BUT I was under the care of five doctors. I had my blood drawn six times over the course of four months. I was being closely monitored and was told specific things to be aware of and what to do if and when such things happened. I say this to assure people I wasn’t doing this alone. By the way, my endocrinologist wasn’t on my side going into all of this. My oncologist and regular doctor told me as long as my labs stayed steady or improved, they’d support me.
So what did I do? I cut out nearly all processed foods, all sugar (including fake sugar and the thirty words for sugar I didn’t even know were sugar), diary, grains, most fruits, most root vegetables, carbonated drinks including water, and nuts (I don’t drink alcohol but if I did, it would have gotten the boot too). I could basically eat 4 ounces of high quality meat and lots of green and leafy vegetables. And I could drink water or pure tea or coffee. That was pretty much my diet for the first couple of days. Then, I began to do a water and bone broth fast. This was the hardest part but apparently a needed part. I was thankful I was off from work. The side effects were pretty brutal. I don’t think I even realized exactly how much “junk” I was consuming a day. I suffered from a pretty nasty headache. I was fatigued. I was drained. I snapped at people. This part of the diet was a mixture of fast days and days you could eat. Two weeks of cleaning out my system, and cleansing my palate if we are being honest.
By week three, I was feeling like a new person. Energy levels had improved. Cognitive levels had improved. My headache was dull and bearable. My skin was softer. My hair started to shine again. My body stopped aching. Positive things were happening.
I wasn’t perfect. I made mistakes. Then I’d feel awful and I’d be reminded of why I should stick with the diet, and I’d go right back to doing whatever I was supposed to be doing.
Six weeks in, I knew this was working. I felt so much better. I couldn’t believe it!
Recently, I’ve been able to add some things back into my diet. I was able to add berries which I tolerated just fine. I was able to add diary, which is hit or miss. Some things I handle okay and other things make my stomach hurt, so I’ve cut them back out. As I add in, I only add organic, whole foods back in not anything canned, boxed, or processed. This week I was able to add nuts back in, but I haven’t tolerated them except for Brazilian nuts. I’ve been allowed two of those a day since the beginning and I still eat those. I can have natural oats this week, but I haven’t tried these yet. I’m not sure how I will respond to them.
I’m not ever supposed to really have sugar. On special occasions a few times a year in small quantities is all. This seemed impossible whenever I started. Yesterday, I took a bite of my daughter’s cookie and had to spit it out. It was disgusting, so maybe its not as impossible as I once thought.
I can tell you that food tastes very different now. I like things I didn’t used to like. I don’t crave foods as much as I used to. I don’t feel the need to eat all the time. I’m no longer a grazer. I eat quality foods over quantity of food.
In three months, my labs are nearly normal across the board. My thyroid disease is almost considered in remission. I think by my next appointment it will be. I feel so much better physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’ve lost twenty pounds and several inches all over my body. I’ve proven to myself the mind is powerful, very powerful. My skin and hair look great. I feel amazing. I have a piece of me back I lost somewhere along the way.
I don’t know if this will heal my thyroid forever. I don’t know if I will get to be off thyroid medication for the rest of my life. I don’t know if this will keep my cancer from coming back or another kind from creeping into my body. BUT I know I’m feeling so much better, so it’s all been worth it.