If you've been following me on Pinterest at all lately, than you've seen lots of different healthy recipes ending up on your news feed.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease about four years ago. This is a condition where your immune system attacks your thyroid gland, which is part of your endocrine system. This gland is not just a random thing by your Adam's apple, it actually produces hormones that coordinate many of your body's activities. This disease makes you feel tired and fatigued, have an increase sensitivity to cold, muscle aches, pain and stiffness in your joins, a puffy face, and several other symptoms. When my naturopath diagnosed me with this, her suggestion for treatment was to adopt a gluten-free diet. I did this for a while and honestly felt really great and even lost some weight, but I slowly let myself eat more and more gluten.
In the past, I've eliminated certain foods or specific types of foods, but that just seems to make me crave those even more! So after seeing a few posts a friend of mine had made about some diet changes her and her husband were making and how well it was working for them, I decided it was time to give it a try! For the past month, Dan and I have been working together to do more meal planning, be more active, and really watch what we are putting in our bodies. Many of the recipes we've made and that I've pinned are paleo. I've developed a love for spaghetti squash, which I had never even tried until about a month ago. We've been finding all new ways to make the same meals we love, but in a much healthier way. Whether it's using cauliflower instead of rice, almond flour instead of white flour, or spaghetti squash instead of pasta, the meals that have been coming out of our kitchen are delicious and guilt free!
The first few weeks have been a trial period, and we've had some days where we fell off the wagon, but so far we are each down about 5 pounds, by just making some simple substitutions in our diet. We've eliminated gluten and are really trying to add in more fruits and vegetables. I'm so happy with how I feel overall and that I'm starting to see a change. I'm hoping that with the addition of the 1800 minute challenge, that I'll really see a difference in how I look.
I'm looking forward to sharing some of the recipes we've tried and loved with all of you! So far we've found quite a few keepers including Chicken Fried Rice (Cauliflower), Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, and Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies. So be sure to check out my pinterest and check back here for some really tasty guilt free recipes to help you make some little changes towards a healthier you!