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The Path To Wellness Isn’t Easy

How many tines do you feel like for all your good intentions and healthy changes to behavior , you’d like to feel a bit more happy or healthy or have more well in your #Wellness goal?

Well, you’re not alone.

Why is it that despite all the meditation , eating healthy, exercising as best as you can especially if your suffering from chronic pain or a chronic condition , eating kale making smoothies and protein shakes, you seem to spend most days feeling run-down and uncomfortable?

For me that’s Hashimoto thyroiditis.

Plus my adrenals are fatigued making my already slow thyroid work even harder. It just gets so tiring.

I miss that none stop energy I had. I was able to work 8-10 hr days come home get dinner , clean our pool with my husband, have a small patio garden, clean the house , shop etc…..

Now I am exhausted after I do some errands and ride my recumbent bike for 15-20 min.

Again I’m told it’s the Hashimoto

I get sick of mixed messages one Dr. says one thing and the other says another.

I have been told I don’t eat enough. I have been told I eat to much

Drink more water – yes this one is true and I’m working on it.

Eat this

Don’t eat this

High carb

Low carb

Eat your greens , don’t eat your greens

I just get so sick of it .

I know how to eat healthy, I never really ate horrible. I gained weight first after my mom died. Because food soothed me at the time. I was grieving. I knew I wasn’t eating how I should back then.

After working through that and trying to exercise nothing.

Still tired , still carrying a few extra pounds

I tried Atkins and it was just for me more meat than I cared to eat.

I tried a few other things and same ok same ol.

A few year ago I bought some dvds and worked hard and I mean hard.

So hard I tore my meniscus leading to osteonecrosis in the knee that already was a pain in the ass by having osteoarthritis.

And I won’t mention how bad spondylolisthesis pain is.

I have always been a veggie lover. And I prefer veggies.

You’d think switching to plant based would have blasted any fat off me sine it’s been a year plus.

Nope I lose 5 here 10 there then gain 2 back. Over and over.

Again I’m told it’s my Hashimoto

I’ve had hypothyroidism for 20 years and the levothyroxine always made me feel like crap.

No one ever listened when I told them this. I remember telling my Dr. I feel like my body is fighting against me. Most of just looked at me.

Here I was right my body was attacking me.

That’s Hashimoto – I found this out maybe a month ago.

Finally I feel vindicated !!

Even before I went to plant based I didn’t eat horrible.

Sure 1 night or 2 was fast food but not the golden arch kind. Fast food to me meant I was not cooking. I would buy baked fish or on occasion a good spaghetti dinner.

It was going to decent restaurants ordering dinner.

Yes I know they have a shit load of salt in them. But that can’t be the only thing keeping this damn weight on.

Maybe someday these restaurants will get with it and cut their salt by at least half.

And then there’s adrenal fatigue

So what is Adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a potential result of not eating enough and or not eating enough of the “right” foods and the hormone imbalances that creates. While many people don’t fully understand it, the theory is simple it will make you feel tired.

I learned all this from my Naturopath and the Registered Dietician I see.

‘Adrenal fatigue is also a big topic  which comes from calorie restriction for too long throughout the year.

‘Calorie restriction is fine for short periods of time but unfortunately people are looking for body fat loss 12 months a year and the body hates that. Your body is smart and will adapt, so goals become very hard to reach in that state.’

Now What is Hashimoto?

Hashimoto is a condition that arises when the immune system attacks – and damages – the thyroid gland.

Over time, the thyroid gland, which straddles your windpipe at the front your neck, becomes unable to produce enough thyroid hormone so it becomes under-active.

As one of the primary functions of thyroid hormone is to keep your cells – and you – active, if you have insufficient amounts of the stuff, your body will slow down.

Say hello to tiredness and tighter fitting clothing.

“Hypothyroidism is a slow burner and it very easily can go undetected, and often misdiagnosed as depression.

Hashimoto cannot be cured but, symptoms can be managed with medications, designed to rebalance the levels of thyroid hormone in the body.

Did you know 75% of people with Hashimoto are lactose intolerant? some people also find that avoiding gluten can help.

Well I meditate to help manage stress , I cut out daily and I am working on the gluten free area. Some days are harder than others.

A few ways I’m learning to alleviate Hashimoto symptoms through diet.

1. Support the thyroid -This means stripping your diet back to basics – Reduce your consumption of caffeine, sugar, alcohol and refined carbohydrates, which are common triggers for thyroid problems.

2. Avoid Soy

Steer clear of soy products such as soy sauce, tamari and miso,” even the fermented, organic and non-GMO types. “They can impact your cell receptors and disrupt feedback through your hormone system.

3. Eat greens in moderation

It might sound counter-intuitive but, when it comes to thyroid problems, these act as goitrogens this means they interfere with the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland and, therefore, the production of thyroid hormones.

“I’m a big fan of green veggies so don’t feel like I can never have them,

I enjoy vegetables in the brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower, some kale and Brussels sprouts) cooked well rather than raw, as heat inactivates the goitrogenic compounds.

Other foods to watch out for? Soybeans, millet, strawberries, peanuts, turnips and watercress.Everything I love.

4.Time to love my Adrenals

High cortisol (which is pumped from the adrenals) is directly linked to lower thyroid function so managing stress levels is essential.

5. I take a probiotic every day.

6. I am a flexitarian so I will eat meat or fish 1x a week.

So I have learned meditation, qigong, I love walks in nature and time switched off from social media. People actually get pissed off at me when I don’t respond right away!! I mean really ?! I also practice deep-belly breathing every day.

I am still tired just not totally exhausted.

I just want to feel better get this weight off because that will help my bone conditions also.

I hate feeling like this. I’m sick of feeling so tired.

I’m a happy person who likes to stay busy.

I shouldn’t feel so tired by 3pm

I get frustrated because I am sick of carrying this extra weight around.

My Naturopath feels I’m biking to hard. And suggested I slow the pace down and go longer.

So I bike longer slower , I like it better. I’m not as tired afterwards.

So tweaking more things.

I hope someday I find that sweet spot that revs up my thyroid helps the adrenals and I can feel great and get this fat off my ass once and for all.

I will continue to eat mostly plant based. The other benefit it has is it’s helped my bone pain . I still get it just not 24/7

I do love to meditate and I also enjoy qigong.

One day at a time is all we can do.

Well here’s to wellness!!

Have a great day.

Deb Andio

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Bones

It still looks like winter out in NE Ohio today even though it’s

07 April 2018.

This is what I woke up to . But I also woke up to pain as well. I mean every bone in my body hurts today.

It’s weird hearing the birds of spring singing away while there is a fresh 3 inches of snow on the ground.

Still be chilled to the bone during winter and now spring is bad for the bones , very little sun, less exercise outdoors, and the drastic swings in the temperature are also painful. One day it’s rainy and 50 today it’s snowy and 30.

I try to stay moving in spite of the weather by riding my recumbent bike.

But I would really like to get outside and breath some fresh air.

On average Ohio has 60 sunny days a year and about 90 partly sunny days a year ( I think that’s a bit high as well)

And Orlando Florida has 233 sunny days a year. That’s a big difference.

No wonder why we have to take vitamin D supplements here.

I’d still prefer to get my vitamin D the natural way.

Less sun means that your body is making less Vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced when sunlight hits the skin and triggers a series of chemical reactions to produce Vitamin D.

People like me in northern latitudes with less year round sun exposure have to be very mindful of the fact that our bodies do not produce this essential vitamin in large enough quantities. In order to counteract the lack of sunlight, more Vitamin D supplements should be consumed during the winter months in order to keep the bones healthy and strong.

A healthy balanced diet will help you build strong bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life.

We need sufficient calcium to strengthen our bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium.

Poor bone health can cause conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis and increase the risk of breaking a bone from a fall later in life.

You should be able to get all the nutrients you need for healthy bones by eating healthy.

A good diet is only one of the building blocks for healthy bones, we need physical activity and a little bit of weight lifting.

Food for Strong Bones

A healthy balanced diet will help you build strong bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life.

You need sufficient calcium to strengthen your bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium.

Poor bone health can cause conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis and increase the risk of breaking a bone from a fall.

Requirements

Adults need 700mg of calcium a day. You should be able to get all the calcium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

Good sources of calcium include:

• milk, cheese,yogurt eggs and other dairy foods

• green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and okra, collards,asparagus, artichokes , peas.

• soybeans

• tofu

• nuts

• fish like tuna and salmon and also fish where you eat the bones, such as sardines and pilchards

Although spinach might appear to contain a lot of calcium, it also contains oxalic acid, which reduces calcium absorption, and it is therefore not a good source of calcium.

It is difficult to get all the vitamin D we need from our diet and we get most of our vitamin D from the action of the sun on our skin.

Winter and early springs temperatures can bring on a gloomy mood, sending your body into chronic stress and that triggers the production of cortisol . Cortisol destroyer of bone

Clouds the mood buster.

So yes I can’t wait for sun and warmer temperatures

Warm weather improves more than just your mood.

It turns out that warm, sunny weather actually boosts brain function in multiple ways. The study found that the more time people spent outdoors in the spring, the better their memory, cognitive function, and mood.

So I am anxiously awaiting spring to finally arrive. My bones will be so glad when the weather gets warmer.

At least the Sun is out today.

Just remember if you have bone problems take care of yourself and eat healthy.

I will probably have a heating pad on my knee later but for now I am just going to try and keep busy.

And enjoying the beautiful winter/spring day hopefully for the day until next winter.

#Osteonecrosis

#Osteoarthritis

#Spondylolisthesis

#BoneHealth

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Privacy and Facebook To Delete or Not Delete

 Facebook and Social Media

 No one is thrilled with  Mark Zuckerberg  and  Facebook’s epic fail to protect our privacy and our data, to me his apology was just a script. And enough isn’t being done to protect it. I think there should be an easy way to delete your  posts , like a delete all post button. Same with pages we like, instead of having to go to each  one , have that list pop up and just place a check mark then a delete. The set up they have now just doesn’t work well.

For so many  they like a page , take a quiz on who you were in the year 1500 or play a game and never think twice that their privacy is now being invaded.

Some place ads on facebook and they trust all their information is safe.

Being a patient leader and running several information pages is an honor and big responsibility, running a private support   group, where many share things that only others with the same condition would understand  , is an even bigger responsibility, and this recent breech  left me frustrated  by this mishap  as I take such great pride in protecting the members privacy , their feeling and thoughts etc… And here the founder dropped the ball on every member of facebook.

Learn to be on social media responsibly

Whenever you open any app on Facebook, you should know it will ask you for your  permission , Allie or not Allie notifications etc. Even the games on fb have started doing this as well, and in a much more discreet way.  So If you click play or agree to the terms without reading over the terms, it is likely that app has already taken your data.

Most  games  on Facebook will have a statement like your friends will be able to see that you play etc..

Check and adjust your privacy settings and account settings often change your password regularly.

While in the settings, go to the App category  there is a list of the apps you may have logged into using Facebook. Click each one and it will reveal how much info you shared. You will be surprised.

Some of these apps or websites have the right to take your friends list, timeline posts, photos, email address and more.  Any information that is made public on your profile can be taken without  your consent. The worst part is, if you want to get back the data the company has already taken, you’ll have to contact them directly. Facebook plays no part. Now that is some crazy stuff there.

So as  long as you have a Facebook account active, there will always be a chance your data could be taken. Analytics companies may already have your information, but for anything new in the future that you want to keep private, the only 100% effective solution is the delete button.

Go to your profile page and click the  dots next to View Activity Log. You will be given the option to click view as  it automatically shows how public your profile is. Anything you see on there is available to everyone on the Internet. Friends ,  pictures, city ,school , relationships if it appears on the View As public  that mean everyone can see it . So be careful use caution.

 

Am I ready or going to delete my FB accounts?

Nope , it is a very useful tool especially if raising awareness. And let’s face it many companies and media sites spy on us. Based on likes what we buy it’s the price of being online

It’s important what I do for the support group I have and pages I run.

Many depend on my group for support and friendship.

An unbreakable bond between others who have the same disorder or disease as you.

My fb pages provide great current information. We uplift people, we provide hope when some feel as if there isn’t any.

I would be doing more of a dis-service by deleting those pages and groups.

And I as well as my administrators and moderators have worked very to hard to get the platform on Avascular Necrosis-Osteonecrosis-Osteoarthritis-Hypothyroidism- out there especially Avascular Necrosis/ Osteonecrosis.

Where very little information or support is available.

I seen on Facebook in the Help Center that this was addressed and I think they will do better.  See Below here is what was and is written in fb help center.

We’re investigating all apps on our platform and conducting a full audit of any apps with suspicious activity. If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we’ll ban them from Facebook. You can also edit the privacy and settings for your apps and games.

Protecting your privacy is at the heart of everything we do at Facebook. We need to do more to safeguard your privacy, so we’re taking action on potential past abuse and putting stronger protections in place to prevent future abuse of our platform.

Notifying you if an app misused your data. Moving forward, if we remove an app for misusing data, we’ll tell everyone who used that app. We’re also building a way for you to see if your data might have been accessed through “thisisyourdigitallife,” the app that sent data to Cambridge Analytica and violated our platform policies.

Making it easier to manage the apps you use. We already show you what apps your account is connected to and what data you’ve permitted those apps to use. Going forward, we’re making these choices easier to find and manage by showing you a tool at the top of your News Feed.

Turning off access for unused apps. If you haven’t used an app within the last 3 months, we’ll remove the app’s access to your information.

Restricting Facebook Login data. We’re changing the way login works to reduce the data that an app can request without app review. Apps can only request name, profile photo and email address. Requesting any other data will require our approval. As we focus on implementing these changes, we’re pausing app approvals. We have a responsibility to protect your data and are committed to protecting your information and making our platform safer

You can see it for yourself  in the help center.

I am hoping  facebook ,  will come up with new ideas to make life on it easier and less time consuming when you want to delete things or unlike pages.

And as with anything else clear your history, cache daily. Keep your browsers updated.

You can also search and log in in what is called incognito.

And I am just grateful that they at least are doing something.

privacy

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Reasons Why The Cold Weather Can Affect Your Body

As we finally approach the end of winter the pain has probably began to increase in regards to spondylolisthesis, or any other bone or joint problem.

I have been blessed to have several bone issues.

Bone pain is always worse in winter and long rainy cool spells.

This may just be some odd coincidence, but I believe there are a few possible factors for this increase in the cold months.

Pay attention to the following reasons and see if you also have experienced any of them.

If you have or if you do feel an increase of pain with the cold weather, try to make a few adjustments to combat the following possibilites.

1. Cold weather leads to lazziness.

For me personally, when I sit around more often than not I get extremely tight in the hips and low back area.  I lose stability and strength in areas that are crucial for maintaining good health and providing relief for my low back.

I don’t always want to be active because besides having spondylolisthesis, which alone is so painful I have osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis.

I guess it’s the universes way of saying hey Deb your bones are jacked!

When the temperature drops, those outdoor activities disappear and unfortunately they are replaced by lots more sitting.  Sitting is not good. Our bodies were not meant to sit. Especially if it’s hours at a time.

Daily walks long or short are replaced by computer activities. 

Many other outdoor activities are replaced by sitting and watching them on TV. 

Solution:

I try to stay active as much as possible considering I have several bone issue challenges

Trips to indoor malls , the library, or bookstore , museum Instead of sitting is best.

I haven’t been able to do my favorite outdoor activity hiking since I was diagnosed with osteonecrosis in my knee 4 years ago and I miss it terribly. I hope someday I can get back to it. I have faith.

One of the main things I do is to stay disciplined with my daily workouts well I call them workouts.

I stay as conscientious as I can of how much I sit and try hard to not sit for long periods of time.

Yes there’s days I do but mostly I don’t.

When I work on the computer, I try to get up every 15 minutes or so even if it only involves a quick hip stretch or movement.

No matter how cold it gets outside, I try to stay as active as I can by replacing old outdoor activities with new indoor activities that involve movement.

This has really helped me to avoid cold weather setbacks with my back and often my knee. But don’t get me wrong I still will get some bad days it’s just not everyday or all day.

The worst is when we have long days of extreme cold or that dreaded all day rain that chills you, the back hurts the knee hurts and the entire body hurts .

Sometimes it’s exhausting.

But I try to keep somewhat busy.

Thank goodness for my recumbent bike.

Some days I just do a mile 1-2x a day and that’s ok. Other days I do 3 miles 1-2 x a day.

2. Cold weather can lead to poor eating habits.

Just like in the first example, when you sit around more and become lazy you usually begin to eat poorly. 

Often times shear boredom leads to bad eating habits. That bag of chips or chocolate cake that you usually would ignore in the summer begins to work its way back into your diet.

The cold weather months typically cause people to put on a few more pounds. 

I haven’t put on weight but I can never seem to lose it no matter what I do……thanks hypothyroidism

For many holidays do not help either.  Large amounts of sitting around and eating during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are often to blame for excess pounds.

This leads to a snowball effect of being lazy.  You sit around more which creates the sense of boredom. 

Many people replace being bored with the feeling of hunger , I used to do that.

You then overeat causing the body to feel lethargic and lazy and the cycle continues.

Before you know it you plow through a box of cookies and a bowl of ice cream while you sit and watch six hours of re-runs of your favorite TV show.

Talk about creating a perfect storm!

The entire body then becomes inflamed at least for me it did.

So I changed

I stopped most not all of the processed snacks.

I started eating more plant based but I am not a vegan as I do have fish or chicken 1x a week and eggs a couple times a week.

My pain level dropped a lot but I feel healthier still waiting for the weight to fall off.

The sitting and excess weight reduces the ability to move properly which could create instability, weakness and eventually painful spondylolisthesis episodes.

These habits take the place of the activities you are used to in the warmer months wher you spend more time being active and not thinking about food.

Solution:

I tend to fight this cycle by paying close attention to what I eat and I’m learning to drink-extra water.  I find that providing my body with plenty of water helps to fight those boring food craves. 

This in combination with staying active helps to keep away the extra cold weather added pounds but more important the inflammation that throws pain scale off the chart.

3.Cold weather makes working out and exercising much harder.

I find that when the weather drops workouts tend to become much harder.

Those quick trips to the park or walk in the plaza get harder when you have to scrape ice off of your car for fifteen minutes. It’s a pain to put on 2 layers of clothing just to stay warm on your way to the store really sucks.

My daily workouts are crucial to staying pain free. Without them my body gets weak, tight and doesn’t move the way it should. IPain is quick to follow.

Mentally I do not let myself get down or lazy. If the temperature is freezing outside I stay in and ride the bike more do gentle stretches.

More often than not if I feel like skipping a workout and I just tell myself to replace the workout with a good warm-up and stretch, I get through the stretch and I am suddenly motivated to workout. That workout that I wanted to skip then turns into a great stretch and workout.

I just know when I have pain or have no pain I feel better when I am moving . I can’t do many things I used to but I can learn new ways.

I have noticed that when we stay mindful and not become stagnant in my life i feel better.

And for that

I am grateful

Here’s some stretches I do to help my spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis Exercise

How I get the kinks out

Shoulders and Back

Hmmm love these guys.

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