Are you ever just over it? Simply tired of trying to hard to be healthy, worrying about the BPA in plastics, the heavy metals in your fish, the gluten in your salad dressing? Are there days you just want to say I QUIT!?
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to be “healthy” especially when there are so many different definitions of healthy. For those of us with thyroid problems, it seems like the list is never-ending. There is always a new food that is goitrogenic, another supplement that we need and endless opportunities to “practice reducing stress” all while we read yet another thyroid book and make appts to get our blood tests done.
Well, today it’s time to do it. Simply quit. Not forever, but for today. Choose a few things that won’t be detrimental to your body and do them (or don’t do them). Today, it’s time to stop those mental wheels. It’s time to focus on something new, something totally different. Close the tab on your computer that has thyroid-something-or-other-research information. Spend your time outside (or if it’s raining like it is at my place) do some yoga or start a new craft. Create your own personal stay-cation and get away from the thyroid/health-craze.
There is such a thing as being too obsessed with healthy things. It’s called being orthorexic (yes, it is a real thing). Basically, when you can’t enjoy life anymore because you’re too concerned with being healthy, you’ve become orthorexic. While I always encourage people to do their own research & upgrade things in their lives, there is a point when it consumes you. You have to let it go once in a while. Maybe today you eat some raw broccoli (because you just love it, even though its goitrogenic) or you have almonds that havent been skinned and blanched, all the while knowing your thyroid won’t like it. Ya know what? It’s okay. If you are stressing yourself out over how bad almonds are for your thyroid, do you think its worse to just eat some almonds or be stressed about it? Yep, you guessed it, the stress is worse. If you continually go into “freak-out-I-can’t-eat-that” mode, you’re creating a toxic internal environment in your body. Guess what? Your body has enough of that! Esp. if you have an autoimmune thyroid problem! The last thing it needs is more stress.
So take some time off. Set your brain aside and be bad today (or this weekend). Don’t go overboard; you know which things you must do and which things you can get away with. Do the little things that will make you feel good that won’t really cause harm, like skipping your supplements for a day or eating some cookies (probably best to keep those GF though since it can take 6+ months to recover from eating gluten). Sure, the sugar isn’t great for you, but sometimes you just need a break.
So go, be bad. Just for a little while. You can get right back on track tomorrow.
Today, let it go.