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.