Welcome to Day 1 of the Thyroid Healing Challenge! Today is the day we start taking charge of our health — by taking care of our bodies. This week will give you a taste of how. Day by day, we will learn how to tune into our bodies and calm the autoimmune attack and inflammation that cause our symptoms.
Each day, I will introduce you the steps that my clients and I go through to heal our bodies. I refer to them by the acronym ENRG – because can’t we all use more energy when we have hypothyroidism?
Day 1 Notes/Journal Prompt: What is Your Why?
Self-care is a critical part of healing our bodies. It starts by tuning into your body and giving yourself the permission and space to heal.
In your journal or notebook, take five minutes to focus on this prompt:
What is Your Why? Why do you want to heal your body and get rid of these symptoms? What inspires you on this healing journey?
“Because I feel terrible” or “I hate these symptoms” may seem like the obvious answers. And they are important. But try to dig deeper. Think about how would you feel if you weren’t sick. What could you do that you can’t do now? How might your future be different when you are well?
Try to identify at least three reasons why and write a few sentences about each. The journey to healing isn’t easy, especially in a world that is so very sick and discouraging. We each need to identify WHY we’re willing to try a new way of eating and living to get healthy.
These are the motivations that will keep you going when the going gets tough.
Day 1 Self-Care Activity: Guided Meditation
Today’s self-care task is to listen to a healing meditation. Our minds have a profound effect on our health and can either heal us or keep us sick. That’s not just a nice idea–there is a ton of science to back up the power of meditation to help us heal.
Here is YouTube link to one that I love, which is specifically focused on thyroid healing. Find a quiet place and get comfortable. You can sit or lay down. It’s just ten minutes but it can have a big impact.
Thyroid Healing Step 1: Eliminate trigger foods
The “E” in ENRG stands for “eliminate”. The first step in getting rid of the awful symptoms that plague us is to stop doing things that trigger our immune systems. When our immune systems are triggered, we get inflammation throughout our bodies and a more aggressive attack on our poor thyroids.
Think of it like trying to empty an overflowing bathtub with a cup–if you don’t turn off the water, you’re not going to be very successful.
So what are the triggers that cause our immune systems to overreact? Unfortunately they are the very things that are common in the Western diet: gluten, soy, dairy, grains. All of these are both irritating to the gut lining when we eat them and triggering when they ‘leak’ into our bloodstream.
This week is your opportunity to feel what it’s like to remove those triggers from your diet. But this lifestyle is about healing, NOT deprivation! Tomorrow, we’ll talk about all the delicious NOURISHING foods and ingredients we’re adding to help our bodies heal.
Meet me in the Facebook Group!
I’ll be around the Facebook Group all day and will host a Facebook Live at 7:00pm EST to go more in-depth about today’s Challenge activities and to answer your questions.
How did the first day of the challenge go? The meditation? Have thoughts or pictures of your meals to share or questions for me? Post them in the Facebook group!
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- Don’t worry if you can’t find an email. All Challenge emails, materials, etc. will be available on this Archive Page shortly after they are sent out. (Please do not share this link with anyone who hasn’t joined the free challenge.
- It’s not too late to join! If you know of anyone who could benefit from this Challenge, then can still register here.
Here’s to a happy, healthy you. See you online!
Coach Danielle Meitiv, M.S.