Thursday, July 18, 2019
After reading about side effects of the meds, which include:
changes in appetite, weight & menstrual cycles,
with no relief whatsoever, I decided to take my health into my own hands & find a holistic way. I experienced most of those "common side effects" & it did NOT make sense to take a pill that CAUSED that! Those were worse than the symptoms of hypothyroid/hashimotos before getting on meds 20 yrs ago
So, w/ an approach solely based on nutrition & fitness, I changed my diet, added a few things I read up on, changed macros & w/in a few months, I was feeling great! At the same time, I also stopped taking all thyroid meds prescribed to me
Needless to say, I was nervous when I was due for my first blood test to check levels after that but I couldn't wait to see results .
Well, I can't say I was surprised when, for the first time EVER, all 3 (TSH, T3 & T4) were NORMAL RANGE! My dr couldn't believe it & neither could I because for over 20 yrs, I dealt w/ constant changes in prescriptions that never solved the problems
My hashimotos lead to irregular periods, infertility, anxiety, depression, puffy face, hair loss, weight gain, memory lapses, constipation, dry skin & so much more. I was tired of getting NO relief from those symptoms &, to top it off, more negative side effects from meds
This is now my 3rd blood test checking thyroid levels that came back NORMAL RANGE across the board! At almost 43, I now have more energy, regular monthly menstrual cycles, a healthy digestive system, improved skin, tons of energy, controlled weight & look/feel 10x better than I did in my 20s & 30s
So, if you're battling the same, don't give up. If you need help, reach out. I would never tell ANYONE to get off meds prescribed by their doctor, that was my own choice, but changes you make can have a positive impact on you that you may feel better even while on your meds. Then you & your dr can determine your best path
So, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), send me a message on FB (Ellie Perico) or text me (818-632-6969) and let me help YOU get off those meds and feel better too!
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
😍 When you're craving something sweet & chocolatey, try making this healthier version of a typical brownie sundae which can go for over 1000 calories at some restaurants 🍫
This is a great example to show that you can still incorporate sweets into your regular diet without getting off track or bingeing. Healthy eating definitely doesn't have to be boring and you don't have to give up your treats!
This is a Death by Chocolate Paleo Blender Brownie by Delicious Obsessions topped with 1/2 a serving of sea salt caramel Halo Top ice cream + 1/2 a serving of chocolate PB2. Add extra water to the PB2 to make it more of a sauce. Below is the recipe for the brownie! Enjoy!
1 cup mashed banana (about 2)
2 tsp. vanilla extract (I buy my vanilla extract here.)
2 tbsp. coconut milk or coconut water (I buy my coconut milk here and my coconut water here)
½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips* (I buy my chocolate chips here.)
1 cup cocoa powder (I buy my cocoa powder here.)
¼ cup honey (I buy my honey here.)
½ tsp. baking soda (I buy my baking soda here.)
Preheat oven to 355 and grease a 9x9 inch baking dish.
Place everything in blender except baking soda and puree until smooth.
Pulse in baking soda and spread batter into prepared dish.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until knife comes out clean.
Let cool for about 10 minutes before removing.
* Depending on the type of chocolate chips you use, there can be a lot of added sugar in them. I prefer to use Lily's brand chocolate chips which are only sweetened with stevia and erythritol. Some people have used an unsweetened dark chocolate bar that has been chopped in place of chocolate chips and then added a little extra stevia or sweetener of their choice to off-set it.