My Newest Tool for Relaxation

What’s the big deal with de-stressing? One of my concerns with Hashimotos is stressing my adrenal glands which produce several of their own hormones, but they also control the release of cortisol hormone produced in the pituitary gland. You may remember from school that cortisol hormone is associated with the fight-or-flight response. We learned that at some point, right? Continue reading My Newest Tool for Relaxation

5 Favorite Green Beauty Moisturizers

In college my two besties used homemade deodorant and I never gave it much thought as to why they did. Fast forward several years when a colleague shared with me the Environmental Working Group‘s website and I was confronted with how major corporations add toxic chemicals to personal care and household products. I was floored and angry.  I immediately started making my own laundry detergent, deodorant, window cleaner, and various other products. At that time, being natural/green was still largely reserved for earthy types, so I descended upon all the blogs to try new concoctions and recipes. Continue reading 5 Favorite Green Beauty Moisturizers

What I Learned From Grieving the Loss of My Health

If this sounds dramatic, it is: on October 14, 2014 I lost my health. After an intense month of wide-ranging medical symptoms, I finally hauled myself to the doctor’s office to receive the news that I had been dreading: I had type 1 diabetes.

Two weeks after the diagnosis I sat in a week-long diabetes clinic that taught newly diagnosed T1Ds the ins-and-outs of managing the disease. I distinctly remember the diabetes educator commenting on my stoic demeanor and how she was concerned that I was not processing my diagnosis. I felt defensive towards her comment, like “back off lady – you don’t know me!”  When the conversation came up later that week about how people grieve the loss of health I was already tuned out. Continue reading What I Learned From Grieving the Loss of My Health