I knew something was wrong. My ability to push past a wall of exhaustion was getting more and more difficult–but this was no ordinary fatigue. Sometimes, I felt drugged, the weight of my eyelids had become so heavy.
After several rounds of tests, everything came back “normal,” though I felt anything but. Besides the extraordinary tiredness, I experienced other symptoms: an increase in hair loss, including my eyebrows and eyelashes, weight gain that I could neither stop or reverse, a constant sense of being wired and tired, a knot on the left side of my neck, shifting moods, as well as a mental fog that often felt like a blanket over my brain.
I Googled the symptoms, and the patterns repeatedly pointed to one potential source of my symptoms–the thyroid. I started seeing doctors.
The thyroid is the small, butterfly-shaped organ that powers our metabolic and endocrine systems, enabling our bodies to process the fuel we give it, while providing the energy, strength, and endurance we need to function. For someone tending and growing a dream, a sputtering thyroid spelled disaster, especially when my tests came back in the “low normal” range, meaning I was essentially on my own when it came to treatment. This is where being an an avid reader and author proved to have undeniable advantages. Research is an important part of the nonfiction writing process.
After reading numerous books on the thyroid, researching online, and praying for solutions, I put the pieces together and created a thyroid protocol for myself. One of the foundational pieces would be a change in diet–the benefits of good nutrition cannot be overstated when tending your dreams.
For ninety days, I allowed my body to rest and reset. I did this by not pushing myself physically, and removing six key items from what I ingested. About halfway through, people took notice. You should have seen their faces when I answered their common question. They’d say, “You look great. What are you doing?”
I laughed every time I answered. “No gluten, no caffeine, no sugar, no dairy, no soy, no alcohol, no fun.”
But besides taking toxic food and drink out of my diet, I added many good things in. Whole, organic vegetables and fruits, lots of water with fresh lemon or lime squeezed in, and after careful consideration, (I’m a living donor with only one kidney, so I have to be very careful about what I take), select adaptogens. I’ll tell you about those another time.
The results were nearly miraculous. Not only did I shed some serious pounds in those ninety days, but I felt better than I had in years. Because I had reinstated good nutritional practices, I was ready to pursue my dreams with renewed passion and purpose. Even my doctor was impressed and wanted to know every detail about my protocol.
Here’s the thing, you may not struggle with a disease or disorder, but still be held back by poor nutritional habits. Don’t let your dream take a backseat to immediate gratification. Your mind and spirit will thank you, as will your body. Are you ready for a reset?
Do you fuel your body, mind, and spirit, or throw destructive junk into your tank? How do you overcome dream-dipping fatigue?