In 2006 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I felt sluggish and exhausted all the time. Whenever I'd eat something, I had to to take a nap. I was given a bunch of hormones that were supposed to help me feel better and as a matter of fact, I did. I was told that for the rest of my life, I would have to take those meds. So I believed them. I mean they are doctors who go to med school, they should know, right?
I finally understood where my issues with my weight were coming from. I am a foodie, I love to eat and you could see that: from the excess weight I was carrying to the very bad acne I was suffering from. I remember when I was a teenager and I was trying all different kind of diets but none of them would really work. I always wanted to be as skinny and thin as my class mates but no matter what I did it never worked. Thus, being diagnosed with hypothyroidism felt like the answer to everything I had to go through during puberty. I know had a diagnose and a solution.
I was hoping and waiting for my body to change but neither weight loss happened nor did my acne disappear.
So, I started to do some research on my own. What I found was amazing. However, it was the opposite of what all these doctors that I had seen had told me. Fast forward to end October of last year, I decided to make a change: I had read different papers and studies on hormones and nutrition that I wanted to try living without these hormrones and taking my nutrition more serious than I ever did before. I had read different books on diet, nutrition, and metabolism, was good at meal prepping and was making the right choices at the grocery store yet I did not feel that I had fully understood the effects of what a proper and balanced "diet" could do for you.
Struggling with a basically nonexistent work-life balance made things even harder. My sister then introduced me to Dr. Michael Greger's "How Not To Die" a book on discovering the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease. In his book, he examines the top causes of premature death and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches. His work is divided into two parts. Part one includes 15 chapters on the leading causes of death and how certain foods may help to prevent, treat, and even reverse those illnesses.
Part two then talks about what to eat, drink, do and why. He divides that part into the different food groups and things that make up a well-balanced and healthy "diet". He gives the perfect assistance and examples to help us integrate everything that is necessary in order to achieve a healthy life. As many studies have shown and proven amazing results when it comes to cutting and avoiding certain foods , Dr. Michael Greger promotes a whole-food, plant-based nutrition, too. I do not want to give away too much, but if you want to learn about the power of food and what good it does to your body when you make the right food choices, I highly recommend buying this book and learning about the power of a whole-food, plant-based nutrition. It will change your life!