Authentic Low-Fodmap Lemonade
Authentic Low-Fodmap Lemonade
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: THIS IS A NOT A RECIPE FOR LEMONADE
GIVE ME A BEAT…. BOOM. CHICK. BOOMBABOOMCHICK……
MIC DROPS! OUTTTTT!!!!!
So I’m not a big Bey fan or anything, but man was her beehive swarming today! I saw they even attached Rachel Ray on her hamburger post instead of Rachel Roy! Pretty hilarious if you ask me! Poor Rachel Ray! BUZZZZ!!!
The reason I decided to make a rap about lemonade and the Bey story, is that first of all, I figured that most IBS Sisters have heard about this today. In addition, I had already planned to write a blog tonight about authenticity.
Reese Witherspoon posted on Insta that she loved Bey’s constant fearlessness. This automatically made me think of IBS Sisters. Every Sister I see on Instagram, Twitter, the blog, Facebook, wherever it may be, they are so fearless. We put ourselves out there day in and day out, sharing each other’s stories in hopes that we can help one another. There is nothing more authentic than sharing your meals, lifestyle, ups, downs, mistakes, and especially your personal health information.
I feel like we have a little beehive here at IBS Sisters attacking IBS, just like Bey’s beehive attacked Rachel Ray, I mean Roy! 😉 Now Bey is getting a lot of lash back saying that this might be a publicity stunt because she is a smart business woman. Well, whatever it may be, she made enough BUZZ for herself I’d say! There will always be someone out there, whether it be Beyonce or not, that’s not authentic. They may get away with it for a short time, but people can start to see through inauthenticity eventually! Like Genie says in my favorite Disney movie Aladdin, “BEEEEE yourself!” 🙂
So speaking of putting ourselves out there 🙂 I promised you all an update from my Endocrinologist appointment today! As you know, I have been struggling with my new diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Today, I was blood tested for Hashimoto’s Disease, and will know the results by Wednesday. Depending on what the results say, [he’s almost positive I have this, most hypothyroid Sisters do] he will increase my Thyroid Armour medication, and he said that I should start feeling even better [jumps up and down]. My husband and I discussed how much the low dosage has started to help me so much already! Seriously before that medicine, I couldn’t have had the energy to travel on vacation. And to think about going on a vacation this time last year, FORGET IT! I have came a LONG way! YAY! I asked him a few questions, told him a few things, and he had me sit on the hospital bed and started to listen to my heart, etc. with a stethoscope. He started to feel around my neck, and immediately said, yup, we have a long way to go. We’ll get this blood work done today and we should have your higher dosage by Wednesday. I asked him point blank if he thought I had Hashimoto’s, and he said we’re going to test for it next, but probably. I wanted to stress to you all as well, that this was the FIRST doctor that actually ever touched my thyroid. I URGE you that if you have all of the symptoms that I did, don’t give up on just the blood test. You can read more about that here: Connecting the Dots: Hypothyroidism, IBS, and PCOS. I mean look at this photo, you can clearly see that my thyroid gland is enlarged. Go do a mirror check, STAT!
I asked the Doctor if he thought my hypothyroidism caused my PCOS and he said probably so! Just like I mentioned in Connecting the Dots! I asked him if it caused my IBS, and he hesitated and said no, not really, but all of these things can make your IBS symptoms worse [I’m paraphrasing on this one]. Which kind of meant yeah in my eyes 🙂 I also asked him if he thought when I had lost 15 pounds without really trying if he thought I was hyperthyroid [Graves’ Disease], and he said you weren’t under my care at the time, but I would say probably so. I asked him how it goes back and forth, but he didn’t have a clear answer, he said it just happens. I found this article today though which I haven’t had a chance to read through, but seems extremely relevant: The Link between Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Role for Regulatory T Cells: Endocrinology.
During my appointment, I told the doctor [to the actual day!] when I started to see changes, such as my nails getting less brittle within the first 5 days, which he was very surprised that happened so quickly! I also told him everything else that I saw improving, and what I didn’t see improving. I mentioned that my face looked less puffy, I have a little more energy [could definitely use more], my extremities aren’t going to sleep anymore, my hands and feet are less cold, I still had a hoarse voice, and I haven’t really lost much [3 lbs. with using Plexus and working out and eating clean] weight despite trying very hard. He said he really liked and appreciated how I took a journal, so remember that for your next appointments! I always come prepared with not only questions, but also feedback! Everyone’s bodies are different and they need to hear how the medicine is working for YOU. BEEEE YOURSELF, right?! 🙂 So one positive sign that the medicine is working is that my hair has started to grow back. I had male pattern baldness which I started to see even more of when I received the BHRT pellet [sore subject for me!], and after taking the Armour Thyroid, I have seen it start to grow back. And not only that, I’m not losing half of my hair every day 🙂 That’s always a good sign! But I am blessed with a lot of hair, thank you God!
This was all balding and it’s starting to come back in, yay!
So next steps, wait for that call on Wednesday! I’ve never seen someone so excited in their life to find out about a potential disease! I have a feeling I’ve been dealing with this a lot longer than I even think. We all get used to our threshold, for example pain, energy, and we’re not really sure what it even feels like to feel GREAT! Of course we have our version of great, but you get the picture! If a pill a day for the rest of my life is all it takes to feel truly GREAT, sign me up! I pray that this gives you hope to never give up when you know something is wrong with your body! You know it best!
I hope you enjoyed this post of Authentic Low-Fodmap Lemonade! 🙂 Have a great rest of the week, Sisters, and remember, always BEEEEEE YOURSELF! <3
XOXO, IBS Sister