Hypothyroid, not yet medicated, but need to feel better?

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s) is the most common autoimmune disorder in the world affecting more than 10% of females and 2% of males causing hypothyroidism with fatigue, weight gain / difficulty losing weight, infertility, constipation, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, swelling and more.

A study was completed on women in their 30‘s whose lab tests were showing a slowing of thyroid function because of Hashimoto’s but they were not yet bad enough to need medication – medically these patients are said to be ‘sub-clinically hypothyroid’ (Nordio & Pajalich, 2013).   It’s important to acknowledge that whilst lab results may not have not declined enough to support medication the person could be experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of a slow thyroid (Davis & Tremont, 2007). Continue reading “Hypothyroid, not yet medicated, but need to feel better?”

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Healthy, delicious, fast lunch

Keeping on track with my 2016 goals gets hard when I’m time poor!  What I need is a quick and healthy meal to help me stay alert, calm and full throughout my busy afternoon while lovin’ my liver.
Challenge accepted!
Carrot & Beetroot Salad (with thanks to Everyday Cookbook)
Recipe:
1 carrot
2 beetroot (raw)
½ green apple
¼ red onion
Blitz together in food processor / Thermomix 3 secs (speed 5 for Thermie lovers).
Dump into large bowl & take 1 serving for lunch. Cover tightly and enjoy the rest with dinner.  I don’t find I need a dressing with this salad as the beetroot, carrot, apple and onion all get very moist when you process them together.
This salad is paleo, AIP (autoimmune paleo/protocol), thyroid friendly, Mediterranean diet friendly, low calorie, low fat… let’s face it this salad should join the UN it crosses so many different diet boundaries!
I add a tin of Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon to this meal to boost the protein, calcium, essential fatty acid content and most importantly for me personally balance my blood sugar levels so I stay energised and calm all afternoon!
wild alaskan salmon_sonia mcnaughton naturopath herbalist
I drain the tin into a sink and with a fork mush the bones into the salmon flesh so they become one with the salmon.
Making the salad and adding the salmon takes only a few moments so really most of my 5 minutes is spent cleaning up!  I rinse the food processor bowl and drain it on the sink and pop my leftovers in the fridge.  I also had time to spare to take a quick pic & upload to Facebook 😉
For more quick and healthy lunch ideas check out my Facebook page: SoniaMcNaughton.Naturopath or make a time to see me (02) 4968 2157 at Mayfield Medical Connection.
Do you have a healthy ‘go-to’ lunch idea you can make in less than 5 mins? I’d love to hear it!
Cheers!
Soniax

Eliminating triggers to overeating

So I made a commitment to myself to go “sugar free”.  I’ve tried before but radically underestimated how deep my food addiction was and failed in the early stages.  This time I’m employing the very best science has to offer looking to the evidence for high quality research on weight loss.

Weight loss is a complex equation that has many variables; scientific research tells us it is not as simple as calories in and calories out.

I’ve learnt unearthing personal triggers for overeating is vital. On my journey to wellness I’ve had to be searingly honest with myself and recognise healthy but simple sugars are the “gateway drug” of my addiction.

Sugar-addiction-life-cycle-I start with a couple of dried dates, add a banana, then it’s an raw cacao power ball – not so bad hunh? An hour later I’m obsessively thinking about raiding the kitchen when I get home from work to bake a cake, gluten-free, coconut/almond flour combination.  Sound healthy to you?  Well according to the blogosphere avoiding highly processed sugars via these foods should be  encouraged – no donuts were murdered in the pursuit of my health 😉

Continue reading “Eliminating triggers to overeating”

Energy-Boosting, Craving-Busting Snacks

Busting Cravings
Busting Cravings

Do you find you are looking for something to pep you up to get through the day?  Is the diet coke / coffee and chocolate afternoon snack more than the occasional go-to food?

I was talking fatigue and craving-busting strategies with my gorgeous friend Leah who is a mum to 2 active boys (3yo & 18months), a professional singer

Leah & Luke
Leah & Luke

with a busy performing schedule and a part-time student.  Leah was asking me for snack ideas that were portable, affordable, healthy and most important of all helped her juggle all her daily balls…. challenge accepted. Continue reading “Energy-Boosting, Craving-Busting Snacks”

Fighting Fatigue, Boosting Energy

Feeling fatigued is a wide-spread problems for about 20% of our population who possess so little energy their exhaustion interferes with their ability to enjoy a normal life (9).

Are there evidence-based solutions that boost your energy that don’t leave you crashing and worse-off?

The simplest, natural treatment for fatigue is rest and sleep. Sadly this solution is often not possible or effective in cases when the lack of energy is caused by an underlying health problem, medication, or chronic long term stress (9).

Thankfully there are a wide range of solutions that are effective, affordable and easy to implement.

For a quick overview of the fatigue busters check out the mind map below.  For more detailed information I’ve included the evidence-based rationale behind each of the strategies. Continue reading “Fighting Fatigue, Boosting Energy”