Breakfast for Those Who Can’t Eat Breakfast

I was faced with a dilemma a couple of weeks ago. My parents wanted to come stay at my bed and breakfast for their anniversary. My dad was going to surprise my mom with the night away. However, the more I thought about it, the more I had no idea what I would cook my mom for breakfast. What do you cook for someone, for breakfast, that can’t eat, eggs, dairy, or any grains. All my normal breakfast ideas weren’t executable. I thought about what my mom likes to eat for breakfast and went from there! Here is a classic southern recipe that you could make for brunch or breakfast!

( See my post: Lets talk about… the Auto Immune Protocol Diet and My Recipe Formats, for information on the AIP diet and my ADDENDUMS)

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Shrimp and “Grits”

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

Cauliflower Grits:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 t Onion Powder
  • 1/4 t Seasoned Salt
  • 1/4 t Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 t pepper- to taste
  •  2 T bacon grease
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  1. Wash and trim your cauliflower head, and cut into bite size pieces. Take half of these pieces and pulse them in a food processor until “grit sized” but big enough to have texture.
  2. Melt your bacon grease in a 6 quart sauce pan and toast your spices until aromatic.

ADDENDUM: If your doctor has cleared you to eat limited spices including nightshades I would include 1/4 t of the following: smoked paprika, chili powder, old bay.

  1. Add you’re cauliflower and toast until slightly caramelized, you’re just trying to add a deeper flavor.
  2. Add the coconut milk and simmer while you cook your shrimp and prosciutto.

Shrimp and Prosciutto:

  • 1.5 lbs of shrimp with the shell on, but deveined
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  •  1/4 C dry white wine, vermouth, or sherry
  • 1 and 1/2 C fish stock
  • 2 T of tapioca starch
  • 6 slices of prosciutto
  • salt – to taste
  • pepper – to taste
  • 1/4 t Onion Powder
  • 1/4 t Seasoned Salt
  • 1/4 t Garlic Powder
  •  2 T bourbon
  1. In a medium sauce pan heat a tablespoon of your preferred oil, I use grape seed.
  2.  Toast your shrimp shells until pink and fragrant, add your shallots and garlic and sauté until softened.
  3. Deglaze with the alcohol of your choice, and scrape up all of the fond of the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the fish stock and let it simmer until reduced by half.
  5. Strain out the fortified stock with a fine mesh sieve and return to the original pot.
  6.  The trick here is to keep reducing the stock until the shrimp flavor does not intensify anymore, maybe a third more reduced.
  7. Make a slurry with the tapioca and add to the stock, let it simmer until thickened like a gravy
  8. You can add an optional splash of coconut milk to make it creamy if you’d like.
  9. For the prosciutto, preheat the oven to 400*.
  10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the slices of prosciutto far enough apart so they won’t bake and stick together.
  11. Bake them until crisp like a cracker, about 5 minutes.
  12. For the shrimp; Heat a tablespoon of bacon grease in a preheated cast iron skillet. add the shrimp in a single layer and sprinkle with seasonings. SEE ADDENDUM ABOVE. Wait until the shrimp is fully cooked, seared, and crispy on one side before flipping to the other. Only flip the shrimp once.
  13. Deglaze with bourbon and FLMABE!

Bring it all Together!

Plate by starting with a pile of “grits”, and make a well in the center of them. In the well, spoon a ladle of gravy. Pile the shrimp on top of the gravy, and top with a prosciutto crisp sticking up out of the “grits”. Garnish with a little chopped fresh chives!

Comment down below if there are any other favorites that you would like me to convert to AIP!

XOXO, Mangia!

Manifest

Manifest:

Adjective:

  1. Clear or obvious to the eye or mind

Verb:

2. Display or show (a quality or feeling) by ones acts or appearance, to demonstrate

  • Be evidence of: prove
  • (of an ailment) Become apparent through appearance of symptoms
  • (of spirit) Appear

Antonyms: Hide, Mask, Deny

Origin: From the latin “Manifestus” through old french to late middle english in the form of Manifest.

I have been marinating on my word for 2019 for a while. Some of my other ideas for my word were: Peace, Joy, or Self Discipline. A couple of days ago this word just came to mind, and it has been in the forefront of my mind ever since. Manifest seems to be a pretty straight forward word. It is not used in daily conversation much anymore, but it is still a relevant word. I originally though this word was in my head because 2019 was the year I would “manifest my dreams into reality”, but that didn’t feel quite right.

I started to research, because as time went on, it wasn’t just the word Manifest that was stuck in my head but a phrase. “Make manifest the glory of God”. Like a song lyric, this phrase has been stuck in my head replaying over, and over, and over. “Make manifest the glory of God”. So I started googling. I thought it was a bible verse and I could not get it to come up anywhere. Then, I for some reason clicked on the image search, and up popped the poem I have used as encouragement thousands of times. I read it a Seth’s funeral too.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”

– A poem called, “Our Deepest Fear”, by Marianne Williamson

I can’t take all the credit, this poem was introduced to me by my good friend Bethany. The same Bethany that started us on the tradition of picking a word for the year. It’s funny how things come full circle!

The thing is, when using this poem to encourage a crowd I usually leave out the line, “It’s not just in some of us; It’s in everyone”, because that’s not entirely true. John 1: 12-13 says, ” But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believed in his name , who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God”. See, to make manifest the glory of God you have to first be a child of God, and receive his glory. “But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God.” –Acts 7:55 So I look at this line in the poem with a clause. Yes, the glory of God is in everyone that has received the holy spirit, and we can all make it manifest in our lives, but it is not in everyone because not everyone has the holy spirit.

This isn’t what God was trying to show me when he brought the word manifest to my mind. So I did some more research. In researching I realized that I didn’t really understand what it meant to ” manifest God’s glory”. I realized that even if you have expected the holy spirit you may not be ready to tap into God’s glory. I learned that when you ask for manifestation, you’re asking for two things.

  1.  For God to manifest ( show) his glory to you.
  2. For God to use you to manifest (show) his glory to others.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

-1 Peter 5: 6-11

I want you to marinate on the verse above. Does anyone else see the relation in this verse to my previous post about my reflection of 2018. Last year my word was “determined”. Being determined isn’t a bad thing. However, I was determined for myself, I wanted to succeed in self alone. Last year I had to suffer. I had to see that I am not alone that my family of believers is suffering too. I had to learn to cast my anxieties on the lord. I had to let God restore me so I could make manifest the glory of God that is within me, because the holy spirit is within me. So this year I am asking God to use me and his glory for you, to manifest his glory that you can have in your life. We all have to suffer to be restored.

Are you ready for what’s in store for you in 2019? 

 

 

Please message me with any question you have, I would be happy to share my testimony, talk to you about what it means to accept the holy spirit, and what it means to live a life manifesting God’s glory.

XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress

2018 Reflection

My friend Bethany had started a tradition and shared it with my family a few years back. At the beginning of each year, pick a word that you want to characterize your year. The sad thing is, as I’m sitting here reflecting I can barely remember what my word was for 2018. I am pretty sure it was “Determined”. I wanted to go into the start of 2018 determined to finish what I started in 2017, and to be determined to stick with my goals for the new year. Well, for the first season of 2018 I stuck with my word. I finished out the hardest experience of my life. I graduated culinary school, and made an A on my final project, my capstone. That was in April.

 

After April, well let’s say that June and July were a whirlwind. Graduation, my first vacation with my boyfriends family, the summer trip to Disney with my family, and my first real job out of culinary school. Unfortunately it did not turn out like I had hoped. I was just a tool, my talent was abused and not appreciated. I was under worked because the staff that were on work visas, got prioritized. It was a good experience, I always gain knowledge of the kind of business i want to run in the future, as well of the kind of community I want to promote within my staff. It is very rare to find employers, and a company community with the same values that I have. I probably could have made it through the end of their season, but it came down to a morality issue. I could not work for someone who publicly was an adulterer and wasn’t fired, but his co-part was, because she wasn’t “the boss”.

 

The third chapter of my year started when I started at the 1889 White Gate Inn, my current job. Here, I am a head chef and kitchen manager. I run the entire culinary operation for this Inn. The menu planning, budgeting, shopping, executing, and all the extras in between. This job allows a lot of freedom, which is wonderful. I took this job because of the title. Not because I needed the title, but because it would set me up for my future. Working under the title of head chef/ kitchen manager for over a year will look great on my resume. It will open up the doors to having corporate management positions that offer a better salary, benefits, and a more family friendly schedule for when I’m ready to start a family later in life.

 

Then everything kinda fell apart. Work is not as free and fulfilling as it used to be, but I’m still determined to make it a year there at least. I wish that was the worst of it, but it’s not. My mom got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. You may be wondering what that has to do with me. Well, when mom got diagnosed she realized through researching that I was exhibiting most of the Hashimoto’s symptoms as well. So then I had to play a waiting game, when I finally decided on a new doctor to be able to diagnose me, I was told that the earliest appointment I could get was three weeks away. So I waited. When I finally had my appointment, my doctor was reluctant and rude when I asked to be tested for the TPO antibodies, but I was determined. My results came back relatively okay. As of this point I do not have Hashimoto’s. However, I am at risk for having it, and I may have had possible adrenal fatigue as well. So, my marching orders were to  de-stress. To keep my cortisol levels down and to reduce my anxiety. A few weeks later I am taking a walk with my boyfriend and henry, our pup. I had been doing yoga, I had been diffusing and using essential oils to help balance my stress. I was actively working on letting things go, not worrying about things outside of my control, and not taking so many things as a personal offense. I was determined, I was happy. Then I get a call, that my best friend has died. Then I learn that he didn’t just die, but he was murdered. I love on his family, I speak at his funeral. I am afraid. I am afraid to let myself grieve, because i’m afraid that my body won’t be able to handle it. At the same time I feel like I can’t grieve because I don’t feel like he could really be gone. He was supposed to be on his way home in a couple of weeks, just in time for my birthday. I turned 21 this year. I am officially an adult. I had an amazing birthday. I got to spend it with all the people I love. My Mimi and Pap, my parents and my sister, my boyfriend and henry, and my boyfriends family. I felt so loved, so happy, yet so sad. The rest of the year seemed to go by in a blur. Christmas is my favorite time of year, but this year it seemed to slip up on my and sneak away too quickly. I don’t know if I quite lived up to my word of the year, I definitely was not determined about my health goals for the year. I am ready to leave 2018 behind. As it went on I can tell i’ve slipped further into a depression, unhealthy eating habits, and my cortisol levels are back up. I have a lot of unfinished business to work on in 2019, and I hope you all are ready for what’s in store.

 

This is what I learned in 2018.

  1. Don’t set goals you aren’t actually determined to meet.
  2. Don’t take anyone in your life for granted. They chose to love you, and chose to be apart of your life, so be grateful.
  3. Get a dog.
  4. Food won’t always make you feel better.
  5. It’s okay to not feel like listening to music, it’s not okay to stop others.
  6. You can not get through this world alone. If you don’t have a support system, find one.
  7. God is still the same, today, tomorrow, and yesterday.

So, stay tuned for my next post. I will let you know my word for next year. Any guesses?

XOXO   

Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup

Dear Readers,

This, perfect for fall, soup will leave you feeling satisfied in more ways than one. It is hearty, warm, and layered with flavors. It’s a Jamaican twist on a fall classic, and a crowd pleaser for sure!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Total Active Time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 8 Side Portions/ 4 Main Portions

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of butternut squash
  • 1 leek (white and light green part only)
  • 1 T of Avocado oil
  • 2 T of Jamaican Curry powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t celery salt
  • 1/2 t Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 t white pepper
  • 1 32 oz box of chicken stock
  • 1 14 oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 14 oz can of coconut cream

Method:

  1. Peel and seed butternut squash, then cut into 1/4 in cubes. To save time, some stores have precut butternut squash. The reason I cut it into such small pieces, is for reducing the cooking time.
  2. Cut the dark green tops off of your leek but save them to make stock (recipe coming soon). Cut the root bulb off the other end and slice lengthwise. Make sure to rinse your leek really well. They are grown in sand, and there is nothing worse than crunching down on a piece of sand in a creamy soup. Finish by slicing them in half moons once rinsed.
  3. Heat the oil in a 8 qt soup pot. When the oil is hot, add the leeks and caramelize them. Once caramelized, add the spices and butternut squash, toast everything together until aromatic.
  4. Add the chicken stock and scrape any fond off the bottom of the pot. Let the soup come to a steady simmer. Simmer until the squash pieces break apart easily, about 20 min.
  5. Take an immersion blender and blend the soup until most of the butternut squash pieces are smooth. Now add the can of pumpkin and coconut cream. Blend again to desired consistency. Just like with potato soup some people like chunks some don’t!
  6. Check a final time for seasonings, and add any extra salt or pepper.

Crockpot method:

  1. Caramelize leeks and toast spices then add to your crock pot with the squash and chicken stock.
  2. Set and forget, on low for at least 2 hours.
  3. Finish the soup the same way as above!

I served this soup with some herb and lemon roasted chicken thighs. It’s also a great pairing for a fall quiche and salad!

I hope fall is everything you’ve been hoping for!

XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress

About Hashimoto’s Symptoms

Dear Reader,

When battling Hashimoto’s, most of the information you read about symptoms are dealing with strictly Hypothyroidism symptoms.  However, because it is an autoimmune disease and not just a Hypothyroidism disease, you can experience both Hyper and Hypo symptoms depending on what stage you are at. When your body is initially attacking your thyroid, a lot of thyroid hormones that are stored can be released. This causes an influx of stimulating hormones, which makes your body over work itself and exhibit Hyperthyroidism symptoms. Over time, your thyroid can become deadened from being attacked by the antibodies. It won’t be able to produce enough hormones, and the stored up supply has been depleted by the Hyperthyroidism. Even when most of these symptoms are under control by your treatment regimen, you can still have flare-ups. Flare-ups can be caused by stress, eating something that can trigger the antibodies, being sick, not listening to your body telling you to rest, not maintaining self-care, or not maintaining your supplement regimen. The most important thing is to listen to your body. If you’re feeling stressed, make more of an effort to relax. If you are starting to feel fatigued, don’t exercise and don’t over do it. Take a nap, go to bed early, take a day off from work. Maintaining your bodies peak efficiency with your disease should now be your number one priority. Hashimoto’s doesn’t have a cure, but we can enter remission if we become in tune with our bodies, trust our specialist, and think positively.

I am adding an extra column so that you can check off the symptoms you are experiencing, as well as tally up what kind of symptoms at the end. Knowing which kind of symptoms you favor can help identify what stage of the disease you’re in.

Symptom Category Are You Experiencing this Symptom?
Fatigue Both
Mental Fog/ Unable to Concentrate Both
Memory Loss/ Forgetfulness Hypo
Sensitivity to Cold Hypo
Sensitivity to Heat Hyper
Sudden Increase in Weight Hypo
Extreme Weight Loss Hyper
Resistance to Weight Loss with Diet and Exercise Hypo
Feeling More Fatigued After Working Out, Instead of Energized Both
Low Libido Both
Constipation Hypo
Diarrhea Hyper
Bloating Both
Depression Hypo
Irritability Hyper
Anxiety Hyper
Dry Brittle Hair Hypo
Hair Loss Hyper
Peeling and Brittle Nails Both
Dry Skin Both
Puffy Face/ Inflammation Both
Goiter on the Thyroid Both
Infertility Hyper
Heavy Periods/ Irregularity Hypo
Light periods/ Irregularity Hyper
Rapid Heartbeat Hyper
Slow heartbeat Hypo
Irregular heartbeat/ PVCs Both
Muscle weakness Hyper
Muscle stiffness Hypo
Moving Joint and Muscle pain Hypo
Total Symptoms Hypo:                     Hyper:             Both:

Thank you for reading, and I hope that this list, and “worksheet”, can help you identify your symptoms. If you have many of these, take them to your doctor and have them run a blood test for TPO levels! If you are already diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, let me know in the comments what symptom(s) you struggle with the most. Also, what have you identified that can trigger a flare-up, and how do you manage them? As always, if you have experienced any symptoms that I may have missed, let me know! I will add them to the list!

XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress

Let’s Talk About…. Doctors

Dear Reader,

Let me start by saying that general practitioners, are generally not going to be an expert on auto immune diseases. It is not their fault. They have too many patients to carve time out to focus on an individual case. They are also just general practitioners, for the most part they don’t have the knowledge on rare and persnickety auto immune diseases. This is why they try to refer you or suggest that you look for a specialist. With that being said, you should not have to push your doctor to find out what is wrong with you, or push them to run further tests. This is why I believe that it is best to, once diagnosed, seek help from a specialist to have target personal care. Every case of Hashimoto’s is personal. My mom and I don’t have all the same symptoms, and we may not have all of the same flair triggers.

(Disclaimer, I am not a doctor and I can not diagnose you. However, I speak from personal and factual experience and strive to provide credited information.)

Now, Hashimoto’s is an extremely common misdiagnosed disease. I urge anyone diagnosed with Hypothyroidism to have their thyroid peroxidase antibodies checked by their general practitioner. If your levels are above average then you most likely have Hashimoto’s Disease.  You may be asking, how did I know that I had Hashimoto’s? I will have another blog post about common symptoms and what Hashimoto’s is. I plan on having a whole ” Let’s talk about…” series, for people recently diagnosed, think they may be misdiagnosed, or think they might have Hashimoto’s. The goal is early preventative care. If not diagnosed and treated into remission early, Hashimoto’s can develop into more serious auto immune diseases.

Okay! Back from that tangent! Doctors! We need them, they are the experts! I have taken it upon myself to search out and vet various Hashimoto’s specialist from all over the US. I urge any of my readers to send me the specialists they have worked with, and their testimonial, and I will add them to the list. For each specialist, I will try to provide what treatments they offer, as well as any patient reviews. The first step to remission is finding what treatment will work for you! I tried to find specialist centers all over the US, but was not super successful. However, the specialist my mom and I see, helps patients nation wide! Here is what I found:

  1. Carolinas Thyroid Institute: Gastonia, NC

Dr. Steven Roach is the specialist of The Carolinas Thyroid Institute. He is a North Carolina State Graduate and offers a Functional Medical approach. His goal is to work with the body and he offers nationwide treatment.

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Here is a screen grab from their page on Hashimoto’s. https://www.carolinasthyroidinstitute.com/

2. Atlanta Endocrine Associates: Atlanta, GA

The doctor at the Atlanta Endocrine Associates is Dr. Isaacs. His primary form of treatment is thyroid replacement therapy. He has 114 reviews averaging 5 stars.

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https://www.atlantaendocrine.com/

3. Red River Health and Wellness

Red River Health and Wellness has 6 locations that treat Hashimoto’s: Scottsdale Arizona, Albuquerque New Mexico, South Jordan Utah, St. George Utah, Henderson Nevada, and Boise Idaho. A quote from their page reads,” We seek to identify the specific triggers that may be causing flair-ups”.

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https://www.redriverhealthandwellness.com/diagnoses/hashimotos-disease/

4. Los Angeles Integrative Medicine: Glendale , CA
The treatment center at Los Angeles Integrative Medicine has a very targeted approach. The start by diagnoses through testing the patients TPO levels. The treatment process can include: Hormone Replacement, Herbal Remedies, Diet, Cyrex Lab Test for Food Triggers, Stress Reduction Training, Balancing Digestive Bacteria, and Regulating Blood Sugar Levels.

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http://www.naturopathicdoctoroffice.com/hashimotos-specialist-glendale-ca/

I hope this information is useful to you, and that you find a specialist that you feel comfortable with!

XOXO,

Hashimoto’s Heiress

About the Author

Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to get to know me a little better. I hope that my website is able to be a great resource for you!

Background about my family:

I am a daughter to two amazing parents. They both have chosen to dedicate their life to better education for teachers and students. My father is an assistant principal for an intermediate school. My mother is an outreach director for a non-profit organization called, The Science House. They are constantly working to serve others, which inspired me to serve a community worldwide. I also have an amazing little sister in high school.  She is extremely intelligent, logical, empathetic, and I strive to have her calculated wit.

I am two years in to dating my amazing man. He is a plumber, a fisherman, and an amazing guitar player. We also have a little mountain fiest named Henry James, or as we lovingly refer to him, Poopy James. Henry loves to roll in anything smelly, which is how he earned his nickname.

We are a Disney loving, loud laughing, mountain living, good eating, kind of family.

Legacy Photo
This is the most recent picture of us all together! It was taken about 3 years ago, we aren’t very good about having family pictures made. Can anyone else relate?

My Man, and Henry James

Background about my education and career:

I am a recent graduate of culinary school! I have and associates degree and a degree in culinary arts. I love everything about the hospitality industry. I have been in the industry for 8 years. At the age of  13, while I was in high school, I starting interning at a local restaurant. It was an experience I would recommend to any high schooler thinking they would be interested in starting a career in hospitality. It gives you a glimpse of the stress, responsibility, and devotion that the industry requires. ” If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”! It is true in so many aspects. Hospitality is one of the most physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding jobs, and I love every bit of it. Right now I am a Culinary Instructor for a non-profit called Aspire Youth and Family. I am specifically involved with their program Kids at Work!. Kids at Work is a diversion program for at risk youth that are apart of the juvenile justice system. I love my 9-5 job as it provides me the opportunity to serve my community through serving my communities youth.

Background about my health:

In August 2018, my mom was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. An autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack your thyroid. When she learned about the symptoms and the common misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism, she quickly started to talk to her mother, and me. My mom’s mother, developed a tumor on her thyroid resulting in her having to get part of her thyroid removed. This is a common symptom of un-properly treated Hashimoto’s. My grandmother’s TPO levels were never checked, she also may have Hashimoto’s

In 2015 I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), generalized anxiety disorder, and depression. At that time I was placed on birth control, metformin, prozac, and sleeping pills. I have reduced my prescriptions to just birth control. In October of 2018, I decided to be proactive about my mother’s diagnosis and have some blood work done. What I found was bittersweet. I do not have Hashimoto’s currently. However, I possible adrenal fatigue, which is a pre-Hashimoto’s symptom. I have low free T3 levels and low T3 uptake levels. This means that I am having a hard time converting T4 into T3, and my cells are not absorbing T3 either. My adrenal response and my T3 levels go hand and hand. Cortisol, which is the product of an adrenal response, can block the receptors for your T3, this causes fatigue because your cells are not receiving.

In summary, I do not have Hashimoto’s but I more than likely have the gene since my mother has it, and because I am already exhibiting some early thyroid symptoms. I have an opportunity that a lot of people with Hashimoto’s don’t have. I have the opportunity to prevent this disease. I could choose to live extravagantly, ignore my stress levels, and eat whatever I want, but I won’t. I have the chance to hopefully prevent this gene from ever turning on. I also have this chance to support my mother, and journey along side her. We are both working towards preventing, or remission of Hashimoto’s. To do this we are both researching, partnering with a specialist, and digging in to all-things Hashimoto’s.

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Me, Momma, and Mimi. We had just gotten rained on. We were headed to Ohana, at the Polynesian Resort at Disney, for dinner!

Thank you for reading XOXO,

Hashimoto’s Heiress