How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Andrea Beaman, Thynspiration
Today, I’d like to acquaint you with a woman who has used nutritional methods to heal her thyroid disease. I think it’s important to read stories like this; we don’t tend to hear too many positive outcomes for thyroid disease. I don’t think her healing is through some freak coincidence, though I also don’t mean to imply everyone can heal their thyroid disease as she has. I try not to make generalizations like that, or discredit the hard work we’re all already doing to keep our health in check. I think her story is hopeful, and she really had the worst of it — many different incantations of thyroid disease. Her message, in my opinion, is very inspirational (or, thynspirational).
You may recognize the name Andrea Beaman, or at least her face — she was a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef. Diagnosed at the age of 28 with hyperthyroidism and a goiter, which later evolved into hypothyroidism, and Hashimoto’s Disease, Andrea used nutritional methods to heal her disease(s).
Her background in Macrobiotics, she advocates eating a whole and unprocessed diet, which includes grass-fed meats and dairy, candida-fighting foods, various grains (both gluten-free and some gluten-filled), and nuts and seeds, fruits and tons of veg. She hosts two shows on the Veria network — a television cable channel dedicated to natural living, where she gives viewers nutritional ideas and recipes to aide in calming their physical ailments, and is the author of The Whole Truth: How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health, And You Can Too! — a memoir in eating and healing. She currently hosts classes in the NYC area for nutritional ideas for thyroid health.
Here are some links and resources to read up on. Gather from them what you will, and as always, with your discerning eye:
- Interview with Top Chef’s Andrea Beaman on The Healthy Apple
- Andrea on the candida epidemic
- Don’t Believe The Hype About Thyroid Disease
- One on One with Top Chef Alum Andrea Beaman
- Basil Magazine: Flavor of the Month: Chef Andrea Beaman
To conclude this week, I’d like to ask a favor of you all. Whether you’ve been following this column and Dear Thyroid since near its inception, or whether this is your first or second week reading, I want to hear from you. Each week, I end this column with a “Until Next Week, Love Always, Liz; Have a question, comment, story, love letter, or rant/rave to send me?: Liz@DearThyroid.com”. And over the past few months, I have received some of the nicest and most uplifting personal health stories from you. Off the top of my head, I can recall an email from a Dear Thyroid lady who shared with me that her fatigue, moodiness, cravings, and insulin levels came into check once she omitted grains from her diet. Another woman recently emailed to tell me that after ten years of probiotic therapy, there are no remnants of her (non-thyroid-related) autoimmune disease. I love hearing these things because no matter how “big” or “small” the success may seem in relation to the vastness of disease, these steps forward are all important and all worthy in my book because they make us feel even just a little bit better. And when we feel a little bit better, the quality of our lives becomes a little bit better.
I’m not looking for miracle cure-all stories. I just want to hear about any nutritional or lifestyle choices that you’ve made that you can tell are helping you feel better — be it something you read on this column that prompted you, or something you discovered on your own. Whether it be something so big as your blood sugar stabilizing, a significant weight loss, or less and less depressive episodes; or something else like the ability to think clearly, without brain fog, enjoy a conversation, or sleeping through one single solitary night to get a full eight hours. Maybe your skin cleared up, maybe your joints aren’t achy anymore, maybe you can take a shit where you couldn’t before, or maybe you stopped shitting as frequently so you can go out to dinner without worrying where the hell the closest bathroom’s located (or, if you’re anything like me — worrying about participating in “normal” activities like going to the movies, or getting a coffee with someone because you know you’ll need to pee every twenty minutes and will end up feeling dehydrated). I won’t use your name, if you prefer anonymity.
Also, How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass will be taking a little hiatus until the first week of January. We’re all busy this time of year — traveling, eating, spending time with friends and family, and I’m no exception. So please savor this week’s article and links, and enjoy your holiday season!, Let’s all come back refreshed and committed to happy, healthy lives the beginning of next year (2010).
Until Next Week,
Have a question, comment, story, love letter, or rant/rave to send me?: Liz@DearThyroid.com