Hellooooo! Happy Hump Day! I’m doing that popular happiness-is-a-choice thing and choosing to be happy, even though yesterday I found out that I’m pretty deep into adrenal fatigue, have a suppressed thyroid, heavy metals in my system, and significant inflammation to boot. Score! But no, really, my health is not in a good place right now. I guess I’m one of those people who everyone thinks is so healthy until it turns out I’m actually not. In an effort to be completely honest on my blog, I will tell you I’ve felt unhealthy for quite some time. I follow a healthy lifestyle, which has lead people to believe that I must be healthy, but just because I eat well and exercise does not make me the epitome of health. Quite the contrary, as I just told you my adrenals and thyroid are both shot.
For a while now I’ve lived with extreme fatigue, debilitating anxiety, and numerous other physical and emotional problems. Over time, my tooth enamel has increasingly eroded, my hair has worn thinner, my digestion has not been peaceful, my energy and overall feelings of strength have dwindled, I’ve experienced lightheadedness, and my capacity for stress and work has decreased dramatically. I don’t remember when my symptoms started; all I know is that they’ve been steadily increasing, and are now at an all-time high. I also haven’t had a menstrual cycle since going off the birth control pill ten months ago.
My doctor (a specialty doctor, not my conventional GP) had me take a urine test as well as a hair mineral analysis, so that we could get an accurate idea of what is going on. That’s how we found out that I have pretty severe adrenal fatigue, an underactive thyroid, inflammation, and the presence of heavy metals.
I’m taking multiple supplements to support my body in its journey back to health, but these supplements are not going to do the job by themselves. My diet and lifestyle are going to play a huge part. As you know, I already live pretty healthily, but this is more specific than that. Some “health” foods are not healthy for everyone. There are a lot of foods I have to avoid now that people with normal adrenals and thyroids can eat just fine. It’s making me sad to see some of my favorite foods on these lists, but my health depends on my willingness to stick to my prescribed course of treatment. (If you’re curious about what I’m currently avoiding, look up which foods worsen adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism.)
After coming home from my doctor’s appointment yesterday, I wanted to make something soothing for myself. The day before, I found this recipe from Ricki Heller for an Anti-Inflammatory Latte. Since inflammation is now officially a real concern of mine, I thought it would be the perfect thing to make. You can click the link above to go to Ricki’s recipe, or follow my instructions below. I used lite coconut milk for mine, and subbed raw honey for the stevia. I prefer the taste of honey to that of stevia, and even though I should be minimizing sugar, I don’t have to cut it out entirely. Honey and coconut milk go so well together. Whether you’re looking for a caffeine-free drink to warm your insides, a remedy to fight inflammation, or even just something to tame your sweet tooth, I highly recommend this wonderful concoction Ricki has created. It’s gold. (Literally.)
I didn’t strain mine, partly because I was too lazy and partly because I wanted to drink the ginger pulp. I didn’t mind the little bits of ginger and rosemary in my latte (I guess I’m used to weird health nerd stuff), but I poured my mom a small cup, and she said she would have rather had it strained. Haha! Next time I think I’ll strain it. I also just realized how unattractive my latte looks in the photograph below, mostly due to lack of aforementioned straining. (Sorry for not doing your awesome drink any aesthetic justice, Ricki.)
1 cup canned lite coconut milk
1 cup water
Heaping 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Heaping 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
About 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
Few pinches dried rosemary, crumbled between fingertips
Raw, organic honey to taste
Combine all ingredients, except honey, in a small pot on the stove. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Immediately turn heat to low, and let simmer for five minutes. Turn off the heat. Stir in desired amount of honey. Strain (or don’t) and pour into a mug or mason jar. Enjoy!
Makes 2 small or 1 large serving.