on TV! Kinda crazy!! I was so nervous I almost backed out. The night before I nearly locked myself in the bathroom to throw up. Ok maybe that’s tmi?? It’s easy to post pics online, it’s not so easy to go in front of a camera and talk about your story for thousands of people! But I’ve never let fear stop me before and I didn’t this time either.
When I was asked to be on The Full Plate on 13 ABC Toledo, OH, hosted by Rebecca Regnier to share my story about Hashimotos and Paleo, I jumped at it. Definitely not for myself, because I was terrified to do it! I said yes because I wanted to be able to help others. I wanted to tell my story of how the Paleo lifestyle has changed my life in so many dramatic and positive ways. It breaks my heart to see so many people suffering with this disease and countless other diseases that could be helped by living this way.
Just in the 9 months I’ve been Paleo, my migraines have vanished, my joints stopped aching, my brain fog is gone, forgetfulness…forget it (see what I did there 😉), and the extreme exhaustion is long gone! Those are the big things! The list of symptoms I no longer have is endless though.
When it comes to Hashimotos my thyroid health has improved too! My antibodies dropped to almost within the normal range, my TSH is normal and the nodules I had are shrinking. Now I’m no doctor but that’s not small feat!! Currently the only treatment in conventional medicine for Hashimotos is thyroid medication. That will help control your TSH but it won’t do anything for your antibodies or thyroid health in general. I’m not at all saying medication is useless so please understand that thyroid meds most definitely serve a purpose because many people get relief from some of their symptoms with it. However, it won’t do anything to stop the destruction of your thyroid by your own body. Hashimotos, an autoimmune disease, is basically your body “self-attacking” your thyroid and killing it. I was very fortunate to catch this disease early on so I didn’t need to go on medication. I don’t doubt one bit though that had I not switched to Paleo, I’d be on medication at this point. My goal back in January, and it is still my goal, was to save my thyroid from destruction and keep it as normal and functioning as possible.
So how does all this lead to the news show? They asked me to do two segments, one about my journey with Hashimotos and a second one to cook a Paleo recipe. I decided to make something with pumpkin. After all, it’s now fall and just about everyone loves pumpkin things once fall arrives! I ended up creating a Chicken Bacon and Pumpkin Soup. The recipe is on the blog, click here to be taken to it. Everyone that’s tried it loved it! Children and adults alike both asked for second helpings, or if you’re my 9 year old daughter, you ask for three bowls. The link to watch the segment where I demonstrated how to make it is here!
The first segment about my journey to find out what was wrong with me, how I came upon Paleo, and what it’s done to positively impact my life is here. (Scroll to the bottom and look for the video entitled “Thyroid diagnoses changes one moms life“.) I’m not sure how long this video will be available to view so if you can’t find it any longer, my apologies.
When it was all said and done, I was so happy I didn’t say no to doing the show. Rebecca (the host) was so kind and funny and put me at ease. I had so much fun and realized later on how I am teaching my daughters to be strong even through fear, to help others, and that it’s ok to be more than “just a mom” because so often that’s how I describe myself. It was a nice reminder for me that even though I’m their mommy and I don’t work outside the home, I’m also Nicole! I’m a woman with a lot of interests and passion for things in life. It’s good to feed those passions and I CAN do both at the same time. After all, healing from anything requires finding yourself, loving yourself fiercely, finding and igniting the passion that inspires you, and doing the work it takes to get to your goal.
Thanks to all of you for your support and love!!
Here’s a few pics from that day…