Yesterday, we kicked off the Thyroid Healing Challenge and the response has been INCREDIBLE!
Nearly SEVEN HUNDRED PEOPLE are registered. Our Facebook group has grown to 382 people and more are joining by the hour. Last night’s Facebook Live had a great crowd with great questions and a lively discussion about thyroid hormones and testing.
How did yesterday’s challenge activities go for you? Did you notice any changes in your energy or symptoms after meals? When you did the healing meditation? Did you write down your why? Of course, it takes time for things to really change, but tuning into your body is the best way to discover exactly what you need to do to heal.
Don’t worry if you weren’t able to jump in yesterday – you can start today!
Day 2 Overview:
- Day 2 Meals: Try a few of the yummy healing recipes and, if you have some, last night’s leftovers can work for any meal!
- Day 2 Notes/Journal Prompt: 3 Things I Value About Myself
- Day 2 Self-Care Activity: Go to Sleep Early
- Thyroid Healing Step 2: Nourishing with Healthy Fats & Protein
- Meet me in the Facebook Group & Facebook LIVE @ 7pm EST: I’ll focus on thyroid medication options & answer your thyroid health questions.
- Challenge Links, Archives, etc.
1. Day 2 Meals
Did you start your day with lemon water? Something else? What’s the plan for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Have you tried any of the snacks?
Take pictures and post them in the Facebook group under the Day 2 thread!
2. Day 2 Notes/Journal Prompt: Three Things I Value About Myself
In order to heal, you need to believe that you are worthy of the time and energy it will take. That may seem obvious, but have you been acting that way?
Have you been taking the time you need for relaxation and sleep? Saying no to things that wear you out and yes to the changes that will help your body recover? Made it clear to the people in your life that you need and deserve support for your healing efforts?
If you answered no to any, or all, of these, you’re not alone.
Change is hard and asking others for help can be even harder. The first step is to believe–really believe –that you can heal and that you are worth the effort it will take.
Write down three things that you value about yourself. Describe each in a few sentences. Add an example or two showing how you exhibit the qualities or characteristics you listed. Take the time for this, for yourself. It is really important to the healing process.
3. Day 2 Self-Care Activity: Go to Sleep Early
How often do you stay awake past the time you start to yawn? Keep scrolling through TikTok for ‘just five more minutes’, then notice that an hour has past? Read a few more emails? Watched just one more episode on Netflix?
If so, you’re not alone. Many of us feel like the only ‘me time’ we get is in the evening, after the kids have gone to bed or the day’s work is finally done. So we stay up late doing all the things we couldn’t do during the day. And sacrifice our sleep in the process.
Experts call this ‘revenge bedtime procrastination’. But the irony is that we’re not getting ‘revenge’ on anyone but ourselves. And our health suffers.
Tonight (and as often as you can this week) make a point of going to bed one hour earlier than usual. If you have trouble winding down at night, try setting an alarm for an hour before this early bedtime. Turn off all the devices (they give off blue light, which mimics sunlight and suppresses melatonin production), and sip a cup of tea or a half teaspoon of Natural Calm magnesium citrate in warm water.
Then head to bed. Even if you end up lying in bed, your body is resting and you’re reprogramming it to get ready for sleep a little earlier.
4. Thyroid Healing Step 2: Nourish with Healthy Fats, Proteins, & Healing Foods
The suggested recipes for this challenge are high in healthy fats and protein, much more than in the Standard American Diet. For those of us who have been bombarded with messages about the “dangers” of fat, it can be hard to embrace eating like this.
You may be surprised to learn that the so-called “conventional wisdom, or “what everyone knows” is not based on science. Yup, the advice that your doctor gives about how to “eat healthy” has more to do with the politics of the food industry than actual knowledge about what the human body needs to thrive.
Fat is not only safe but CRITICAL for health, especially for those of us with thyroid problems and adding more dietary fat to your meals can help you lose body fat. Paradoxical, I know, but true.
Fat is a very efficient fuel source for your muscles, and especially your brain. Healthy fats like avocado, olive, coconut and animal fats make you feel full longer and give you a steady source of energy, avoiding the highs and lows that come with carbs. Relying on fat as a primary energy source has a powerful antioxidant effect, which lowers systemic inflammation.
Protein is essential for healing injuries, including our damaged gut lining. Adding more protein to your meals helps control hunger hormones. Protein is also critical to synthesizing hormones as well as neurotransmitters. Eating protein helps you build and maintain muscle, which lows your risk of many diseases and helps to boost your metabolism.
Animal products are the best sources of complete, easy-to-digest protein. Plant proteins don’t come close and come from sources that are triggering to your immune system: eggs, soy, dairy, grains, and beans.
How did Day 2 of the challenge go? The writing exercise above? Have thoughts to share or questions for me? Post them in the Facebook group!
I’m in the Facebook Group most of the time 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. I’ll also talk about thyroid medication options and why we might choose one over another.
6. Challenge Links, Archives, etc
- If you haven’t already, join the Facebook group.
- 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, they can still register here.
Here’s to a happier healthier you. See you online!
Coach Danielle Meitiv, M.S.