What happened?

When I started having symptoms I didn’t know what it was, what to expect, what to do. I was a rower for 10 years, a whole decade. I came from a small country and ended up in the top 10 in the world, and I wasn’t ready to give that all up. Above all I had to keep my diet for lightweight category, and all I could think of was sleep. I was tired all the time, it didn’t matter if I slept for 5 or 15 hours, I felt the same. Told my coach something wasn’t right, so we did some tests. You could figure my shock when I first heard about the hypothyroid disease, and if that wasn’t enough the lady doctor mentioned some Hashimoto guy?? So many questions opened in my mind, and I wanted some answers. The lady doctor wasn’t helpful enough, she was just blabbering about the stress being the trigger, it runs in the family.. I’m the first one, and about that stress, I had a pretty rough past act I unfortunately experienced (if you ever get violated, tell someone about it, don’t make my mistake and build everything up inside). And everything was followed with a breakup, and that was it, I was done.
He was also a rower, so we spend a lot of time together. You can figure out I wasn’t ready to return to my normal life so easily, I reached my rock bottom. So then came my new friend, Hashimoto. I was depressed, all I did was sleep. But I wanted to forget everything. So I started working at a Cocktail Bar/Night Club and stopped hanging out with my friends (it was a huge mistake, but I needed it in that moment). Since I had to stop rowing I was lost, it was my life, and now I didn’t know what to do with my time. The main reason why I stayed in my hometown for college was to continue rowing (looking at it now I just smile and nod, I’m not regretting it but often find myself wondering what would’ve happen if I left).

Lets return to my new friend, he was a tough one, always wanted my undivided attention. One year passed and I started gaining weight, due to my sudden non activity and compulsive eating. It was this years birthday that woke my senses after I saw a picture of myself and what I’ve become, gained 25 kg, especially after my father died one year ago. So you can see, my life was a bit complicated, but I wasn’t ready to give up.

On 23rd of March I vowed to start eating healthier. It was a great advantage to be a former lightweight rower for years cause I had a general picture of what I have to do. Next phase was research- about the disease, foods to eat and which ones to avoid. You can find A LOT of articles, but not many that can help an athlete (ok, a former one, but I promised myself I will return to sports after I manage everything). I even posted a few questions on several fitness sites, but no answer. I was ok with that, internet is a big resource, and I was dedicated to change my life. The first and most important thing is you need to figure out whats good for you, out of all the things you’ve red. I made a table of foods I’m allowed to eat, divided in groups, and I made the same table with foods I’m not allowed to eat (just in case someone asks me). Now the tricky part comes, you can’t find everything in your supermarket, and on top of that, food recipes for thyroid patients are almost nonexistent. But I wouldn’t let that stop me, again, a lot of googling, reading, selecting, meeting new people with the same problem. So I started to make my own recipes, I’ll share them with you, don’t worry.

That’s the main reason I started this blog, so I can help someone else ease the burden, save time and nerves. I’m always here to listen.


Few recipes to end your week

Being on a diet is painfully hard, I am being honest. Constantly thinking about your calorie intake or macro values. And on top of that you do not know what to eat, even though you’re the one doing grocery shopping and preparing every meal. And living with Hashimoto is unnecessary bonus.

I have 2 easy recipes which can be considered healthy but they are not gluten free, still learning about that (because it is believed when avoiding gluten it helps with hypothyroidism).

1. Chicken soup and risotto with mushrooms and chicken

Making homemade chicken soup is simple. Take a large 5l pot, add 2 chicken thighs and legs (prewash them first with cold water), 1/4 of celery root, 2 medium carrots (skin peeled), whole onion (it doesn’t matter which one), one garlic clove, parsley leaves and/or it’s root (whatever you have). Fill with water to the top, season with salt and pepper, bring to boil and then simmer on medium heat for 1 or 2 hours, until chicken softens so much that meat starts to fall off. Strain by transferring the liquid to another pot leaving all the big peaces in the strainer. Place the pot on the stove, high heat, cut the carrots and parsley into small pieces and add to the pot. Season again if needed. And that’s it. You can also add small soup pasta if you want, but I try to avoid this and drink my soup from a cup.

2. Ok, now that we have our soup let’s make some risotto. You can do it in 2 ways, mix all together right away or prepare the sauce and rice separately, your choice. I took the 2nd way because I prepared the sauce the day before because I need to balance work, cooking and training (exhausting). Not every risotto is made this way, it depends on the ingredients. This is chicken risotto and we are using chicken soup.

Cut mushrooms into halves and again into halves so you’ll get 4 small pieces. I do it this way because I don’t like mushrooms and if I’m eating them it’s better if there are smaller pieces. If you ask me why are you eating something you don’t like, my answer is simple: I don’t like vegetables at all but I eat them because it’s healthy, simple as that. Then fry the mushrooms on a bit of olive oil on medium heat, season with salt, until they lose all the water and become smaller and more brownish. Add the cooked chicken (from the soup) and combine. Then add 2 cups of Greek yogurt and 1 cup of mileram (like sour cream). Stir so it doesn’t burn, seasoning it with a bit of black ground pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder. After 3-5 min you’ll see the mix has thickened, add the parmesan cheese and combine. Set aside.

In another pan add vegetable oil, medium heath, stir in 1 cup of rice. I used long grain rice, just bought basmati rice and will try it next time, and will let you know. Once the rice has been frying and start to stick a bit to the pan, add 1 cup of soup and stir. Once the water has evaporated repeat the process for about 3-5 time, add another cup of soup and stir until it evaporates. Rice will begin to get volume and be a bit sticky. Then, once the last cup of soup is done, add your mushroom-chicken sauce and stir until all combined. You can always add a bit more parmesan cheese 🙂 And that’s it.

Have a smaller portion. Do not get full, ever on a diet 😦 And eat this for lunch , dinner needs to be more light and not after 7 pm. Soup is great for dinner 🙂

Next time I’ll show you have to make mashed potatoes and cabbage with beef patties.

First step

Ok, here it goes, February 25th 2018, weighting 94 kg with only 167 cm height. My target goal: 60 kg, so I have to lose 34 kg in one year. I need to change my eating habits and walk every day at least 3-4 km, sometimes 7-8 km and sometimes run. I shall not eat after 7 pm, nor will I eat fast food. Everything I eat needs to be maid by my hands, always vegetables on the plate (and I really hate eating those, but have to). Limit the intake of white bread, pasta, rice. Drink lots and lots of water, let’s start with 2l a day for the 1st month then go up to 2.5l a day for the next two and then 3l a day next 6 months. Will that be enough water? Let’s say it will. What else, what else… Oh yes, 8h of sleep every day and please do try to wake up early ever day (for me that means before 6 because I usually wake up at 6:30). Make my bed every morning and brush my teeth 2 times a day, make a habit and ensure the ones you already have. I need to find a company for my walks… Noted on the list. Good night and good luck.

  1. First step done 🙂