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Letter from the Editor: Living Well

Letter from the Editor: Living Well

I believe that living and loving are action words that go hand in hand. Living well is not possible without loving deeply – especially when it comes to loving yourself.

In the spirit of honesty, I have decided to share with you my recent health discovery. After a lifetime of feeling random symptoms, I finally found out there was a reason. I have Hashimoto’s Disease – an autoimmune disorder that causes my immune system to attack the butterfly-shaped gland in my throat, the thyroid. Although autoimmune issues do not have a “cure,” there is a protocol to “manage” your symptoms, which has everything to do with diet and vitamins.

Since beginning this journey, I have learned an unbelievable amount about food and nutrition – and especially about the products produced in our country. How often do y’all read the actual ingredients instead of the marketed propaganda on the label? I encourage you to start for the sake of your future self.

I was never a big cook, but now I spend many hours in the kitchen making all my own meals. I’ve also been experimenting with baking and thank goodness I finally figured out pancakes! I used to be all about eating something quick and easy, but now I am all about fueling my body with something real and delicious. Learning how to make yourself, and your health, a priority is extremely gratifying.

Yes, my diet is strict right now until I find out what my body does and does not like, but the effect it’s had on my overall health has been life changing. All I know is the universe was looking out for me when I read that I could have coconut, honey, and sweet potatoes. Understanding and defining personal good health is certainly a process, but the feeling of finally figuring it all out is priceless.

Love yourself enough to not only learn how to live well, but to live your very best!


One response to “Letter from the Editor: Living Well

  1. As I surfed in search of new publications for my writing, it was serendipitous that I came upon Sarah Elaine’s “Letter from the Editor: Living Well.” I, too, have Hashimoto’s and have had this thyroid disease for more than 30 years.
    It took awhile before I found an endocrinologist who convinced me I was tackling Hashimoto’s with the wrong meds. After taking pig thyroid for years and often feeling sluggish, he persuaded me to try an alternative.
    “Why?” I asked.
    “Because you’re not a pig,” he replied with a shrug.
    I felt as though I had morphed into a character in a children’s book, but I listened.
    Now, before breakfast each day, I take not only levothyroxine, but also liothyronine.
    This might not work for everyone, but I’m much happier.

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