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TW: Mental Health, Body Image, Disordered Eating
If only gluten-free doughnuts were easier to find…
Tired of warring with my chronically ill body (hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, chronic fatigue etc.), instead of focusing on always trying to lose weight by dieting, I’m just trying to give my body the love it needs to get better.
Don’t get me wrong, doughnuts are certainly not a part of my daily meals (in fact, it’s been over a year since I last ate one) but I wouldn’t turn one down because of wanting to lose weight anymore.
The message on my vest is still relevant. I just want to be happy. I’m focusing on nourishing my body instead, with healthy foods and the nutrients and vitamins it needs with treat foods included, instead of restricting calorie intake in an unhealthy, obsessive way – like I used to.
I also have a post scheduled for a few weeks’ time about how dieting, reducing calories and carbs can even make you more hypothyroid. Read it here.
As the thyroid gland is responsible for metabolism, many of us experience weight fluctuations, but I am more than my weight and you are too. You’re chronically fabulous.
I initially posted these images on my Facebook and Instagram page and then decided to share the message on my blog too, as overcoming my eating disorder has been a big part of my thyroid health journey.
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I’d be interested to know whether others feel disordered eating/eating disorders are linked to their chronic health conditions. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a board member for The American College of Thyroidology and The WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and many more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. She has authored two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.