Focus on Feeling Healthy

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In January of this year, I made the decision to put dieting, calorie counting, purging and everything else that came with my disordered eating/eating disorder to bed. And that was scary.

Body Positive Rachel Thyroid Patient

In a society that tells us everyday that we’re somehow worth less if we don’t conform to a very specific and very unrealistic body shape/weight/dress size etc. this was scary to do. But it’s almost the end of 2018 and I’m pleased to say that I stuck to it and have made so much progress in both my mental and physical health in the process.

Bodies come in all shapes, colours, abilities and sizes, and that’s normal and wonderful! As a thyroid patient, with health conditions that affect how my metabolism works and body looks, I understand that it can be difficult to not panic when you see your body change due to it, but everyone’s body can and will change throughout life; it’s just a part of life. It’s NORMAL.

Dieting, overexercising and other unhealthy habits only make you more hypothyroid and place more stress on your body. Instead of focusing on ‘looking healthy’ by reaching a certain weight or size, focus on ‘feeling healthy’.

For me, this has meant being able to walk further and for longer as the year has gone on, without getting tired. Going up the stairs in my house without being out of breath. Not having brain fog or poor mental health.

I was slimmer two years ago due to my eating disorder but was I healthier? I was tired all the time, had sleep issues, muscle aches and pains… it didn’t reflect how I felt inside.

And remember that the BMI scale used especially here in the UK isn’t perfect. I’m classed as overweight on it but I feel like I’m my perfect weight. The weight my body likes to be and sits at when I feel healthy. Don’t focus on the amount of calories you consume, focus on the nutrients and value of the food. They have the power to do so much! 

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given, but you can also read more here:

Breaking the Obsession of a Smaller You

Beginning a Journey To Body Positivity

Thyroid Patients: Why You Shouldn’t Focus on Your Weight

Is Dieting Making You More Hypothyroid?

Are You Over Exercising and Damaging Your Thyroid?

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Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

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Rachel Hill, Thyroid Patient Advocate, blogger and author, has Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites and has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and also contributed the foreword to Emily Kyle’s The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook.

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