The thyroid is one of the organs that are commonly overlooked. When it comes to our body’s functioning at its optimum ability our thyroid is critical for our hormonal regulation. Just in case you are new here, your hormones control and regulate everything! When your thyroid becomes overtaxed your metabolism, immune system, and overall health starts to fall apart. With that said, it is extremely easy for your thyroid to get burnt out.
There are so many things that play a role in keeping your thyroid happy. Some of the biggest issues that create an imbalance when it comes to our thyroid’s happiness are excess stress, missing nutrients, compromised liver, leaky gut, and adrenal fatigue. This laundry list of health issues is a lot to deal with on its own. However, one of the things most people don’t realize is that they are all connected! This means that more often than not individuals suffer from multiple issues on the list.
What Happens When It All Adds Up?
More often than not, individuals who have developed a thyroid issue will develop more health issues. So for example, let’s say someone has poor nutrition, which in turn leads to a leaky gut. These symptoms will cause excess strain on the thyroid until it gives out. At this point, more health issues begin to pop up until the issues consume everything. A lot of people hear the concept that everything is connected and tend to become overwhelmed. Fortunately, when everything is tied together improving one area helps heal and support the others! This means all you have to do is pick one thing you know you can work on and do it well. In the end, everything will come together as long as you are consistent.
When I work with clients I always suggest starting with nutrition. One of the best things about choosing nutrition is the fact that it is easily controlled, it hits every aspect of your body (we are what we eat), and you get to see/feel results within one month. People often overlook the importance of nutrition and just how powerful it can be at taking back control of your health and happiness.
Entering The Danger Zone
Before we dive in on just how easy it can be to restore your health utilizing nutrition let’s address why you should prioritize your thyroid. Your thyroid issues can lead to hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Grave’s disease, goiters, thyroid nodules, and more. The thyroid has few focused obligations. As such, it struggles to take on any additional tasks that may be pushed onto it during times of stress.
Unlike the liver, the thyroid is unable to heal itself and it is far less resilient. The liver has the unique ability to take on high levels of abuse and still show up for work, and take on even more work than it originally signed up for. While everything is connected every body part has a job and only a handful of organs are able to take on any excess strain that the body may endure. Unfortunately, the thyroid is not one of them. It is extremely fragile and any extra workload no matter how small will cause the delicate balance within the thyroid to break.
Keep It Simple
One of the best ways to help support all of your organs is to detox regularly. Personally, I recommend detoxing using food. In doing so, you not only help your body remove any unnecessary toxins. But you also help provide your body with the building blocks it needs to thrive. The best part is, that it is easier than you may think!
No-Bake Espresso Chocolate Pie
Gluten-Free, Vegan, Serves 8
- 38 full-sized chocolate cookies of choice crushed into crumbs
- 8 Tbsp vegan butter melted
- 1 tsp instant espresso powder
- 1/3 cup arrowroot starch
- 2 Tbsp Cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 2 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk
- 1 cup xylitol sugar
- 8 oz dark chocolate roughly chopped
- 2 Tbsp vegan butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 2 cups coconut cream
- 1/3 cup arrowroot starch
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
Pretreat a 9-inch pie pan with a non-stick option of choice. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the crust and mix until well combined. Press the crust into the pie pan and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together the arrowroot, cacao powder, salt, and espresso. Once combined, whisk in the cream until evenly distributed. In a saucepan, combine milk, sugar, and chocolate. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until the chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of chocolate liquid to the powdered mixture and whisk until smooth. Transfer all contents back into the pot and cook over medium-high heat stirring constantly. Once the mixture boils cook an additional 1-2 minutes or until pudding coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Allow pudding to cool and transfer into the pie shell. Cover pudding and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. In a large bowl whip the ingredients for whipped cream and scoop out onto pudding. Top with chocolate shavings and serve chilled.
No-Bake Millionaire Bars
Gluten-Free, Vegan, Serves 16
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup date syrup
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup date syrup
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 4.2 oz Dark chocolate
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
Line a 9×5-inch baking dish with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients for the crust. Once combine press the dough into the baking dish spreading out evenly along the bottom. Freeze for 10 minutes while preparing the caramel. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for caramel and transfer to the baking dish on top of the crust. Freeze for an additional 10-12 minutes while melting the chocolate layer. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate and oil. Once well-combined pour over the caramel layer and return to the freezer for an additional 5 minutes. Cut into 16 squares and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freezer for 1 month in an air-tight container.
Creamy Rice Pudding
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Serves 8
- 1 1/2 cup Coconut milk full-fat
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 3/4 cup xylitol sugar
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. While rice is cooking, combine sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix well until whipped and smooth. Once the rice is finished cooking, remove the lid and add the milk. Stir continuously while cooking on low heat. Continue to stir for five minutes until the mixture thickens. Once thickened add the sugar/egg mixture. Stir until well combined. Pour into the serving dish and let cool completely. Top with cinnamon and serve warm or cold.
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Gluten-Free, Vegan, Serves 2
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 medium bananas frozen
- 1 Tbsp cacao powder
- 2 Tbsp condensed coconut milk
Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix until desired texture is reached. Top with coconut whipped cream and enjoy!
Get Started Today
Keeping your body free of toxins and free radicals is necessary to maintain a healthy life and a healthy mind. There are tons of foods you can add to your regular diet to help your body with its critical detoxifying processes. If you are looking for a safe and all-natural way to detox your body at home be sure to check out my Balancing Abundance Program. Because detoxing is so important and realistically everyone should be doing it on at least a seasonal basis I have taken the time to put together a program to help you do just that. Here’s the thing, I know working with me one-on-one can seem difficult to get into (due to limited space) and I wanted to be able to give everyone an additional solution that has no limits. You deserve to be happy, healthy, and successful at everything you do so here are some recipes to help set you up for success!
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