I love this time of year… the holidays are an amazing opportunity to slow down and relax with family, as well as reflect on the past and future. Plus, the new year is always a great time to start fresh!
Over the past few years, my readers, clients, colleagues, team members and family have helped me evolve in so many ways as a human being, healer, friend, leader, bosslady, wife, daughter, sister, and most recently, a mommy to our handsome little #bossbaby!
On a personal level, this year has been one focused on watching my Dimitry grow! It’s been wonderful to see the world through his little eyes — the snow, the Christmas tree, the lights, and of course, all of the gifts. 🙂 He’s been my greatest teacher, encouraging me to slow down, let go, hold on, and focus on what’s most important… and of course, laugh!
I have had quite an awakened year as a student of healing, experiencing and learning how to heal new conditions in myself as well as those close to me…
Before my little one’s birth, I was a busy bee creating articles, recipes and protocols. I did, however, pause my traveling, speaking and consulting plans during most of my pregnancy, and have continued to do so since the birth of my son. After my maternity leave, I edited my new book during his naps.
I also wrapped up quite a few new solutions I had been working on over the past few years and was focused on providing new helpful tools and resources for my readers!
- This year, I released my cookbook, Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology: Nutrition Protocols & Healing Recipes to Take Charge of your Thyroid Health into the world! This project was such a labor of love, and I am so excited to have this resource out in the world, helping people fall in love with cooking their way to better health!
- We continued to enroll people into the Hashimoto’s Self-Management Program, and I’m so proud of the outcomes we’ve been getting! We will open up enrollments again in the new year.
- In May, we re-released the Thyroid Secret program for a free viewing, in honor of World Thyroid Day. It was so exciting to see so many people tune in to this life-changing series and benefit from its valuable information.
- We continued to run our popular Root Cause Reset program! It was so exciting to help thousands of people take back their health through liver support. Many of the Reset members reported that they were feeling better just one week into the dietary protocol!
- We expanded the Rootcology supplement line to include six new solutions. The line now includes 21 high-quality, autoimmune-friendly products, plus Liver and Adrenal Support Kits, so that everyone can have access to the supplements they need to feel better:
- Adrenal Support Kit – This kit was created to support the body’s natural stress response. This is accomplished by providing a combination of herbs and nutrients which are known for helping to regulate the production of stress hormones and neurotransmitters, supporting energy levels and metabolic efficiency, and rejuvenating the adrenals. The kit also contains the beneficial yeast, S. Boulardii, which may be beneficial in counterbalancing intestinal microorganisms disrupted by stress, poor nutrition, and toxins.
- Electrolyte Blend – This is a complete and balanced electrolyte formula to help promote optimal hydration, especially after excessive sweating. It contains potassium, sodium, chloride and magnesium, the main electrolytes found in the body. D-ribose is included because of its importance in healthy cardiac function, exercise recovery and energy production, while taurine helps to regulate cellular electrolyte flow. It also contains vitamin C, along with the synergistic compounds quercetin and citrus bioflavonoids.
- Myo-Inositol Powder – Myo-Inositol supports overall relaxation and helps maintain the proper metabolism of serotonin. It is used for nutritional support of brain wellness and female hormonal health, through its role in healthy liver function. It may also aid in attaining a restful night’s sleep.
- S. Boulardii – This non-pathogenic yeast possesses probiotic activity that supports gastrointestinal health and immune function. This formula contains 500 mg (10 billion CFU) of S. boulardii per serving. This strain does not require refrigeration and has the ability to survive passage through the harsh gastric environment, withstanding high acidity, bile, and heat.
- Carnitine Blend – L-carnitine is an amino acid derivative, and is a naturally occurring compound in all foods. But, significant amounts are only found in dark meats (due to high concentrations of mitochondria). Carnitine Blend also contains acetyl-L-carnitine, which has unique brain-supportive properties.
- Aloe – Aloe is a powerhouse plant with a long track record and numerous studies to support its health benefits – including Hashimoto’s! While I’ve used aloe in the past to support my own gut health, I was thrilled to see the research on its uses for thyroid health, and knew I had to add it to my own supplement line. It has been shown to reduce thyroid antibodies, improve TSH and free T4 levels, support digestion, boost the immune system, reduce the stress response, and provide important nutrients.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to turn my life’s passion for helping people recover their health, into a movement that has created positive change all around the world!
Now, December is when I begin to think about resolutions and goals for the new year.
I hope that you’re taking some time this season to think about all of the ways you’d like to grow into the best and truest version of yourself in the new year.
Here are a few of my goals and resolutions!
My Goals and Resolutions for 2020:
- Take some more time for me and my family, until it feels right… to focus on snuggling, healing, and having fun. I love my work and I love to travel, so I thought I would want to jump right back in after the birth of my son, but that has not been the case! I can’t bear to be away from my little baby bear, and I’m having so much fun enjoying our home life with my hubby (we used to love traveling together)… So you likely won’t see me speaking at any major conferences in 2020, but I may just appear on Facebook live or host a webinar during one of Dimitry’s naps!
- As far as my health goes, I’m a work-in-progress at the moment. Pregnancy, nursing and many months of broken sleep have affected my own health — last year, I had a big loss of overall muscle mass. The 40 lb weight gain + lack of sleep + lack of exercise had led me to lose a lot of muscle… But the right supplements + lifting and chasing a toddler helped me get some of those muscles back. 🙂 If you’re in the same boat, I’ll be writing a bit more about regaining muscle in 2020, so be sure to look out for this!
- My brain was also suffering from some major mama brain (despite having optimized thyroid hormones, my usual go-to). Luckily, catching up on sleep and some additional protocols helped there too (I’ll share more in mid-2020 in my Adrenal Transformation Program. In the meantime, you can check out my newly released brain fog article based on my new learning and appreciation of brain fog, lol).
- Create more helpful supplements! Stay tuned and let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see. 🙂
- As I mentioned earlier, I have had quite an awakened year as a student of healing… I’ve learned all about how to heal several conditions: lactation failure, ulcerative colitis, food sensitivities, muscle tone, mitochondrial function, chronic fatigue and eczema, to name a few… I’ve also learned new protocols for pregnancy, nursing, babies, and rapid symptom resolution. I have high hopes of sharing what I learned in deeply researched and fact-checked books in the future, to ensure that no stone is left unturned — but for now, I may start with a few articles. Anything in particular I can cover?
I also wanted to share some articles I’ve written in the last year, to support you in overcoming Hashimoto’s.
Here are some of the most popular articles of 2019:
- How Avoiding Soy Can Benefit Hashimoto’s
- How to Succeed on a Thyroid-Friendly Diet
- How Veggie Enzymes Can Help You Feel Better After Meals
- Solutions to Increase Low Libido in Those with Hashimoto’s
- Can Vegan Diets Help Hashimoto’s?
- Why Hashimoto’s Requires a Root Cause Approach
- How Your Gallbladder Affects Hashimoto’s and Fat Digestion
- Common Beauty Procedures That Are Compromising Your Health
- Using a Ketogenic Diet with Hashimoto’s
- How Aloe Vera Supports Thyroid Health
- Are Dental Amalgams (Silver Fillings) Your Root Cause?
- Top Herbs for Hashimoto’s
- Black Seed Oil and Hashimoto’s
- Brain Fog and Hashimoto’s
I often interact with readers on Facebook and Instagram, so if you’re haven’t visited my social media sites, I encourage you to do so! They’re a wonderful place for sharing tips and interacting with the Thyroid Pharmacist community.
It’s been an honor to serve you, and I hope that these resources have been helpful on your journey. If you have had an AHA moment or success story from any of them, I’d love to hear about it!
To continue supporting you, here are some things I’ll be covering in 2020:
- Lithium – friend or foe for your thyroid?
- Muscle wasting in Hashimoto’s
- How to use carnitine for thyroid health
- Solutions for constipation
- Using electrolytes
- S. boulardii for gut health
- Understanding Graves’ disease
- Copper toxicity
- How to reduce TSH naturally
Do you have any insights on the above topics, or is there anything else you’d like me to write about? If so, let me know in the comments section of this article! And let me know if there’s anything else you want me to cover, such as specific symptoms, specific root causes, or specific solutions you may have heard about or experienced yourself!
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