Is Thyroid Balance Overrated? Destination vs. Process
When you receive back from your doctor a TSH that’s, say 2.6, how do you feel? Honestly, that TSH makes me feel like I got a C+.
I retrace my steps for the past 6 weeks, searching for the culprit. Did I eat soy? Too many damn brussel sprouts? Eat breakfast too soon after taking my Armour? Am I not on my game with selenium, zinc and copper? I’m guilty somehow and somewhere, and I just need to identify it, weed it out of my life.
Enough. It’s bloody exhausting. It’s making me un-balanced to think about how I got un-balanced. If the labs are only half the story, and how I feel is just as important, how ‘bout paradigm shift?
Today, my lovelies, we’re taking a page from the Danielle Laporte Lesson Plan. She considers balance banal and deadening.
Balance. The term makes me feel bloated and late for my own party. Balance. Stressful. Low-fat cheese. Walking shoes. Small Talk. – Danielle Laporte
I have no interest in living a balanced life. I want a life of adventure. - Chris Guillebeau
Thyroid adventure. I like the sound of that. I think that invites jagged peaks and valleys, and rarely is perpetual smooth sailing.
Danielle Laporte considers balance as helpful as the concept of original sin – you can never get it right.
Maybe what’s more important is to bounce through the times of imbalance, which is… what, 99% of the time? Perhaps use those times to learn, gather data, recalibrate toward what works for you, but rather than grasping, crazed-eyes-on-the-prize – the elusive place of perfect TSH and perfect free T3 and reverse T3 – let’s linger and savor the learnings from the imbalance. Enjoy the process rather than obsess over the destination.
Here’s Danielle again:
If you want to do great things, striving for balance is a losing game. I don’t think remarkable artists, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, or generous souls set out on their journeys with the aim to be measured and harmonious. Meeting your potential is inherently full of tension. Trying to be balanced about it is onerous and futile. Fuhget about it. Put balance on pause. – Danielle Laporte
So why do we stress about the out-of-whackness of our thyroid? Is it some moral compass for whom we are as people? I’d say you’re so much more than your thyroid numbers. Let’s try to distill out the meaningless things that aren’t helping the journey to euthyroidness, and enjoy the ride more fully.
In the end, the quest for balance is bogus. Love your burdens. Love them hard. And when your loves knock you down or your weak ankles trip you up, stop worrying about balancing – ‘cuz you’re not – and bounce. - Kelly Diels
If you want to work at nourishing your thyroid nutritionally, join our next Gottfried Hormone-Balancing Cleanse virtually on March 24, 2011, via webinar live at noon PST. Webcasts will be available for download if you miss the live version. Go here for more info: http://bit.ly/GetYourCleanseOn
The way the thyroid operates is a very complex biochemical system, and I often oversimplify much of it to make it more accessible. If you have questions, please post them in the comment section. Thank you!
Written by: Dr. Sara Gottfried
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