Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Underactive thyroid

Sorry for the delay. The little one started school last week and with the battles between getting him to get on the bus and eating more veggies, I was too drained to write. But back to my “problem”.

I have an underactive thyroid which is medically called hypothyroidism. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Your thyroid gland produces two main hormones, thyroxine (T-4) and triiodothyronine (T-3). They maintain the rate at which your body uses fats and carbohydrates, help control your body temperature, influence your heart rate, and help regulate the production of protein”. In short, it controls my metabolism and affects my hormones. Since mine is underactive, I would say it is on a permanent vacation.

I am now on a synthetic hormone which reverses its effects. However, I do not want to stay on this for the rest of my life. I am currently looking for a natural solution so if anyone has heard anything, please let me know.

The “good” thing about my two conditions is that I HAVE to lose weight. Considering that my thyroid is affecting my metabolism, I really have to watch what I eat. Combined with the fact that I have diabetes, watching what I eat is now a norm for me. Did I realize something was wrong with me? Yes but I attributed to giving birth a year ago; I thought I was simply in a rut. I can truly say that it pays to go for your annual visit on time instead of pushing it back continuously like I did.

Now I have a longer road to travel back to health….but I am okay with that.

Friday, August 20, 2010

10 Diet Disasters

According to this article, there are 10 ways to ruin your diet.

10. Overeating away from home
9. Not reading labels
8. Eating too fast
7. Denying yourself your favorite food
6. Guilt over mistakes
5. Putting too much "weight" on the scale
4. Not exercising enough
3. Emotional eating
2. Thinking of your diet as a diet
1. Letting one mistake start you on a downward path


Thoughts?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

How good is your diet?

I ran across this article while researching about my thyroid. It reviews the pros and cons of over 60 diets.

Enjoy!

Diets A - Z

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gathering Information

For all of those who have been following me for a while, it is a known fact that I have a problem with sugar. I crave it and I cannot get enough of it. I have always been “drawn” to it since I was small. Diabetes runs in my family so that should have been a clue for me. Usually I was able to control my cravings by eating fruits and just ignoring it. It was not until after my first child that the craving really started to kick in.

Over the past year or so, I have tried detox plans to wean me off of artificial sugar sources but that did not last long. I think recently I even spoke to the fact that this was a real problem for me. Now that my doctor has confirmed that I have a problem, I have gone into overdrive with learning about Type 2 Diabetes and how to control it.

My doctor is giving me 3 months to lower my A1C from 7.6 to at least 7. She wants me to rely mainly on diet and exercise because she had to put me on medication for my thyroid. I went right into action by contacting a support network and finding a dietician. Upon initial research, this type of diabetes can be controlled.

I was given a lot of information from my dietician and will probably have to psend a whole day making sure my menu meets the required allotments. Here are some of the websites she directed me towards. I will talk about my thyroid tomorrow….sigh…

http://www.shapeup.org

http://www.mypyramid.gov/

http://www.diabetes.org/

http://www.fitday.com/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Medical Consequences

Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes AND an inactive, underperforming thyroid. I forget what the actual medical term is.... I am still in the process of trying to come to grips with this.

I have many thoughts about this and will post tomorrow.