Let’s Talk About…30 Days to Healthy Living!

In my post about PCOS I talked about how Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living, and how it was a big role in how I treat and manage my PCOS. Here is the run down of what the 30 days program is, and why it specifically works for me, and what it can do for you!

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you?

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A lot of them sounded like me, when I was first introduced to the challenge. Specifically: bloating, brain fog, muscle aches, anxiety, acid reflux, inflammation, overheating, blood sugar imbalance, decreased metabolism, PMS, headaches, sugar cravings, chronic fatigue, depression, inability to lose weight, mood swings, and weight gain. Most of these boil down to the hormonal imbalance and the fact that I wasn’t caring for my body the way I should. I was dieting, but I was also still pumping my body full of toxins without even knowing. Anything your body can’t use is considered a toxin.

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So what is the 30 Day’s to Healthy Living Challenge?

  • A 30-day whole foods clean eating program.
  • A system to equip people with the tools & knowledge to implement life-long health.
  • A rest for the liver and kidneys to maximize function.
  • An elimination program to help uncover food sensitivities.
  • A weight loss jumpstart.

Here is a quick run through from Dr. Tanda Cook!

If this sounds good to you, then I want to make sure you know what this program is NOT:

  • A deprivation diet
  • A fast
  • A liquid diet
  • A water weight diet
  • A lose weight fast diet

So what will you get?

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  • 2 bags of Protein Shake (60 servings)
  • 2 boxes of Herbal Detox Tea (60 servings)
  • 2 boxes of Fizz Sticks (60 servings)
  • 1 box of Digestion Plus (30 servings)
  • Then chose 2: Greens Balance, 7- Day Cleanse, or Fiber Boost

Now what will you have to do?

  • Follow the program as outlined, using all of the supplements you receive
  • Eat every 4-6 hours
  • Have one clean and green meal a day either for lunch or dinner
  • Stay active in the Facebook group, where you will get your meal plans, grocery lists, and all questions answers
  • Take before and after pictures to document your progress for yourself
  • Keep an open mind about how your relationship with food may change

Results?

I just really didn’t realize how much of a funk I was in…. this weekend was the first weekend in a long time where I felt myself again. I got to spend Saturday with a friend for life Lilli. I also got to have an amazing business meeting Saturday morning and share the freedom that working an Arbonne business can bring. Then on Sunday I got to meet with my new team member Autumn and her daughter and plan for her to meet her goals for August and share the joy. Then Sunday night Jake and I went and had a date, and sang and danced and just felt free.

The thing that finally sparked how much had changed was driving home from our date I had a car concert. Music blaring, windows down, singing at the top of my lungs… even with a headache.

When you struggle with a hormonal imbalance like I do, I don’t want to go out and see people, I feel crazy, but I also feel fatigued, I feel like a burden to those I love because I don’t feel fun. I couldn’t even have car concerts because I would have sensory overload and just shut down…

I was pushed to see all of these people because of Arbonne, and because I made a commitment to reach my goals and promote to district manager this month. But the joy that I feel now, the joy that you can see on my face is because of the Arbonne Clean Eating Challenge. I am balanced, I am alkaline, I am not pumping my body full of things that don’t serve me and my purpose. I have the energy and the desire to see people again!!! I am just so unbelievably grateful. I haven’t felt like this since summer of 2017, and I am so so so grateful to feel and be free from what was weighing me down.

(Excerpt from my Facebook post after my month on the Clean Eating Challenge, my before and after is below)

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So what can you expect?

  • You can expect to have more energy and feel better than you’ve felt in a long time.
  • Average weight loss can be anywhere from 5-14 lbs for women, and 12-20 from men.
  • Finding  food sensitivities you didn’t know you had.
  • Resolved gastro intestinal issue like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, acid reflux, and indigestion.
  • Resolved sleeping issues, falling asleep easier and staying asleep.

Where will you be in 30 days if you keep going the way you’re going? Are you ready to change your trajectory?

 

Lets talk about… the Auto Immune Protocol Diet and My Recipe Formats

I realized when posting my recipes that two issues were raised. One being, that most people were not understanding when I was putting in optional ingredients into my recipes that were not strictly AIP. The other being, that a lot of people weren’t quite sure what AIP means.  This post should clear everything up! 

Let’s first begin with what is AIP. AIP stands for Autoimmune Protocol. We don’t know a lot about Autoimmune diseases. What we do know is what is happening when you have one. Your body basically becomes confused from being under stress, and this can be from a variety of different causes.  Your body then starts to attack itself in a state of hypersensitivity, where it can’t tell the difference between foreign invaders and your healthy tissue. This causes a lot of inflammation, which can lead to severe gastro-intestinal distress. The AIP diet is one of the first steps doctors will recommend or require in your healing process. The AIP diet is an extensive elimination diet. The target is to reduce all foods that could potentially cause inflammation, or mimic inflammatory foods. Now, there are many interpretations of this diet. The main thing I realized upon my research is that most people don’t take it a step further and get  food tested for their specific irritations and flare triggers. This doesn’t matter in the midst of a flare up however. If your body is having an autoimmune response, you should go back to the full restricted diet, in the midst of a flare up, your body has a hard time differentiating.

Below is the list of foods that should be eliminated when starting the AIP Diet:

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This list is taken directly from my Mother’s specialist for her Hashimoto’s.

Let’s now talk about the way I write my recipes. First and foremost, I am a chef! So my number one priority is whether or not my recipe tastes good. I believe in building flavor where ever I can in a recipe. With that being said, I am my mother’s chef as well as a chef to all. I accommodate dietary limitations on a daily basis for my students, as well as accommodating my mother’s AIP restrictions when I cook dinner for her on most nights. Part of my mother’s treatment was getting tested for food triggers. So we now know what are hard no’s for her diet, what things she should limit, and what things she doesn’t have to limit anymore. Like I said earlier in the post, the main thing I realized upon my research is that most people don’t take it a step further and get  food tested for their specific irritations and flare triggers. This doesn’t matter in the midst of a flare up however. If your body is having an autoimmune response, you should go back to the full restricted diet, in the midst of a flare up, your body has a hard time differentiating. So when writing my recipes I write them with options. From now on I will make sure that all recipes are written with the hard restrictions first, and then make addendums  based on what I would add if you have found your specific dietary triggers.  I hope this post has cleared up your questions about the AIP diet as well as any questions about how I write my recipes!

As always, comment down below any questions you have!

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