Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! Juggling kids, work, life can suck up all my time or at least whatever creative energy I might have had 😉
In my last post I mentioned feeling tired. I was worried that my diet could possibly affecting my thyroid function. I started researching it right away and doing little things to help my thyroid out. I bought some brazil nuts and I’ve been eating a few a day. Brazil nuts are SUPER high in selenium (one nut has 100% of your daily needs!) which helps you body convert your T4 hormone to the active T3 version. I’ve also been taking a supplement which naturally supports thyroid function.
But since I’ve had a lot of issues with my thyroid in the past, I went in to get it checked out- just to cover all my bases. Like just went in, I still have the bandaid on my arm! While I am all for googling symptoms I also really believe in working with a doctor when you’re treading into the deep end. Because otherwise you could just be shooting into the dark and completely missing your target. I’m also checking my vitamin D and iron levels, because in the past I’ve been anemic and deficient in vit. D. I supplement but it’ll be nice to know if my levels are optimal.
I did throw in some high carb days to see how that would affect my energy. Yes, I had copious amounts of butter chicken and may have binged on some Reeses easter eggs! It was super fun eating those foods but it really didn’t do much to boost my energy levels. I know, I know, I shouldn’t be carb-cycling with reese’s.
You’re so right. I guess when I go off the wagon I do it with a gusto. There is a wrong way to eat a reese’s and it involves eating an excess on an otherwise very low-carb diet!
So I’m back on strict keto and doing pretty good. The next thing I want to try out is intermittent fasting. I’ve shied away from fasting because, really; who likes being hungry? I like my food! I don’t like going without it, not even a little bit. However, there are very compelling reasons to integrate fasting. The main being that fasting for at least 16 hours induces a huge increase in your cellular autophagy When your body isn’t working to digest food it can focus on deep cleaning on a cellular level. Autophagy is the process by which your body intelligently kills off weak cells and cleans out the cellular clutter that is mucking up your system. This is crucial for your health. So crucial that it can not be overstated. Our bodies are meant to fast and have breaks from food so that they could function optimally. For everything from healthy aging, to disease prevention, to beating cancer… we need and want regular autophagy to be happening. And fasting is one of the most powerful boosts you can give your body. You want to shoot for 16 hour periods every other day. You can have black coffee and tea but any calories will break the fast. I’m going to try starting my fasts in the afternoon so that I can break them mid-morning. Like from 5 pm to 9 am.
Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!