Fleshing Out My Plan
Back in December my doctor told me I should just accept that my life was what it was…and I should just get used to it. At first I was ticked off and determined to prove her wrong. That lasted for about a month, until a schedule change seriously impacted my already sleep-deprived life. Being even more exhausted than I usually am, I started feeling more than a little depressed and hopeless, wondering if the doctor might be right.
I’m not sure what happened a few days ago but the rebellious part of me kicked up a heck of a fuss and I decided I was not going to accept that diagnosis.
Yes, it’s sounding like I have some sort of disease. I don’t even know what hypothyroidism is classified as, nor do I care. I just know it impacts my life in almost every area because of the relentless fatigue. The Synthroid prescription that’s supposed to make everything better isn’t cutting it.
And so I’m finally ready to take the doctor’s advice and increase the nutritional density of my diet, though she suggested it for another reason. Obviously (to me) the best way to do that is by increasing my fruit and veggie intake. The only problem is, I’m too tired to invest any time in healthy cooking and food preparation, so I had to come up with another plan.
What is that plan?
Two fresh fruit smoothies, an apple with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 cartons of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil, and at least 1 serving of powdered green superfood every day. In addition to that I will continue taking at least 2 grams of vitamin C, a B-complex, B-12, melatonin, and a few other supplements. I also want to increase my water intake to help flush toxins out of my body.
I would not add a sweetener to this, but other than that, it looks really good!
No, I’m not going to stop eating real food. I expect to have anything I want for supper. This will ensure that I get in the six meals and snacks every day needed to get-and keep-my energy levels up. At least I hope things will work out that way.
I experimented Wednesday night with a smoothie-and learned what I’m not going to do again. If I’m going to add a heaping tablespoon of psyllium husk to the shake, I won’t be using a whole banana. The texture leaves a bit to be desired. But I think that including fiber is important. First it will help keep me full longer. It will also increase my fiber intake-which has been seriously lacking with the quick and simple meals I’ve been preparing for too long now.
It’s hard to keep from getting excited about all of this, even though I’ve barely begun. When you feel as bad as I have for as long as I have, this seems like it could be the light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel.
When the energy starts picking up (soon, please!), I intend to start working out in the pool a few days a week and putting some miles on my treadmill again. Maybe I’ll even start back with Pilates, though I have a love/hate relationship with that program.
Anyway, at this point I plan on posting on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Not sure if anyone else but me will be interested in my progress, but maybe some readers will chime in about what works for them. Until next time, when I hope to have some real news to report, take care and feel better.