Another Change in the Works…
It’s not like I haven’t made a few changes over the past two and a half months. I’ve actually made several. I decided last night that I’m adding yet another one to the list. One I’m actually more apprehensive about than any of the others. Except maybe the electronic cigarettes (and I am really hoping those cravings go away soon because it still seems harder than it was the first couple of weeks).
This change is coming about because I got bored one night and checked out what was available on Hulu. There was a documentary that sounded interesting called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I figured it would be along the lines of the ones others have done about fast food restaurants…but I was wrong.
The gentleman starring in the documentary is named Joe Cross, an Australian who weighs in excess of 300 pounds…and has an autoimmune disease (that I can’t pronounce, spell…or even recall the name of). He compares it to having chronic hives. And he’s going to come to the United States, drive across the country…and do a juice fast all the way. For sixty-days. Nothing but vegetable and fruit juices to sustain him. No meat, no fat, no fast food, no french fries…just freshly juiced juice. You can watch the film at his website, Reboot Your Life, for free.
Sorry, I wish I could find one you could watch on the blog, but there isn’t another one. I think it would be worth your time to see if you’d like to watch the documentary though.
Long story short, he dropped a lot of weight…and he’s off all medication (including Prednisone) because his autoimmune disease seems to be gone.
Curious, I started Googling ‘juicing and hypothyroidism,’ and was quite stunned by some of the things I discovered. That radishes…a goitrogen…are among the most beneficial foods you can consume for your thyroid health (hyper and hypo) was most surprising.
Dr. Mercola claims that when we have enough of a sulphur (his spelling, not mine-he’s a doctor) compound found in the radish circulating in our bloodstreams, the thyroid is less apt to over- or under-produce detrimental hormones. He states that a steady diet of radishes and radish juice can benefit us, and recommends juicing carrots or cucumber, celery, radishes, and lemon, adding a dash of powdered kelp or dulse for a boost of iodine if you wish.
An article on Hub Pages impressed me the most though. What this woman had to say lined up with most of the other information I found last night. And so I decided, before I ever got to her juicing recipe, I was going to do whatever she had done. I expected to start spending a small fortune on fruits and veggies, but I’m desperate enough to feel better, it would be worth it.
Her recipe, though, shocked me.
4 radishes, juiced; low sodium V8-to taste; hot sauce-to taste (she uses Tapatio brand); and cayenne pepper to taste.
That’s it. She does this twice a day, has lost weight, feels great and…after several months…is off all thyroid meds. She stresses the importance of working with your doctor and to not stop your meds.
Well, I have an appointment on June 7th so I’ll talk to my doctor about it then (or not). But I’ve decided to start the ‘radish juice’ this weekend…twice daily until my next appointment in mid-August. I’m not even going to ask her to change my Synthroid to Armour until August.
Am I looking forward to this? Nope. I’m not all that fond of radishes. A little diced in my potato salad is more than enough for me. But I’ll do what it takes to be energetic again, and if this can help, I’m willing to hold my nose and give it a go for the summer. By the time October rolls around, I should know whether it’s helping or not.
I’ve also decided to do some ‘regular’ juicing once or twice a day, maybe add some ice and turn it into a smoothie. And who knows. I might even be willing to give Joe Cross’ juice fast a try. Probably not for 60 days though. But you never know….