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Self-Esteem, Body Image & Disordered Eating

love treeSELF-ESTEEM: Probably one of the more complex topics out there, but I decided to tackle it today based on my own experiences.

I’m a recovering over-achiever, perfectionist, people-pleaser. Constantly chasing the next achievement, I strived for that perfect score in order to receive positive reinforcement and validation from my peers, teachers and parents. I’m sure many of you can relate!

On top of that, I regularly sacrificed my own desires, feelings and happiness to maintain harmony, keep the peace and to be the perfect friend, daughter, student, girlfriend, wife.

I honestly believed for many many many years that this was a really good thing. To be likeable, a hard worker, intelligent girl with a heart of gold. Don’t get me wrong, these are good traits! However, when the motivation for being these things stems from desperately needing that approval and validation from others, then we have a self-esteem issue.

A self-esteem issue can rear it’s ugly head many times throughout our life and in different forms. For me, mine was always brewing in the background of my subconscious and conscious mind.  It drove nearly every decision I made around my social life, my school/uni/work life, and family life. It wasn’t long before this desire to achieve perfection in order to be accepted manifested in an eating disorder.

My Eating Disorder

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natural cures summit

By now I’m sure you know that I’m a bit of a summit junkie. I love free online courses that share new information regarding your health and your life.

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Today, I thought I would share a little bit more information on the Natural Cures Summit, which is on 6-13 October 2014. Speakers include a range of doctors, naturopaths and health experts, sharing their wisdom on natural ways to heal:

  • autoimmune disease
  • arthristis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • leaky gut
  • insulin resistance and diabetes
  • thyroid conditions
  • candida
  • mood disorders
  • lymes disease
  • infertility

Best of all? It’s freeeeee!

Don’t forget to share the summit with any of your loved ones who may be dealing with one of these conditions!

Find out more and sign up today!

a few more thyroid facts

In case you haven’t worked it out by now, I have a keen interest in all things hormonal.

Recently, there was another Thyroid Summit hosted by Suzy Cohen and  Dr David Brownstein. More valuable information for those of us who are looking for ways to heal our thyroid rather than pop another Thyroxine! 

Here are a few of the highlights:

Pills spelling the word help over white background“Your thyroid gland is a sponge for iodine. It produces thyroid hormone. When you take in fluoride, the fluoride displaces the iodine in your gland. And it reduces your ability to produce thyroxin. Fluoride is in about 100 popular drugs!” ~Suzy Cohen, RPh 

This is why it’s really important to invest in a filter for your water

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it’s not me, it’s my thyroid

Last year I was gaining weight at a phenomenal rate. My diet had not changed, if anything, it had improved, as I switched to an all organic diet, and learned more and more about paleo principles. Admittedly, exercise had reduced due to extreme exhaustion and energy issues.

Shortly after being diagnosed with PCOS, I saw a naturopath to seek guidance. She saw my blood work, and suggested that I have my thyroid checked out. Low and behold, my thyroid gland was extremely sluggish (hypothyroidism). I was tested for hashimoto’s, but fortunately no autoimmune disease for me! After taking thyroxine, with minimal impact on my symptoms, only to go to a stronger dose and still not feel any better, I decided to try to heal my thyroid naturally. The medication given to those with hypothyroidism is a synthetic thyroid hormone – T3. It doesn’t actually heal the thyroid, which was what I was aiming to do….

So the past year or so, I’ve been on a quest to learn more about the thyroid gland, and today wanted to share with you Sean Croxton’s The Thyroid Series, which commences in Australia tomorrow. It’s the world first free online Thyroid Health Event, in which you will hear from 12 thyroid experts over the course of a week.

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To learn more and register for free, please click here.

our modern era: why we need to find our roots to fix our hormones

As you may be aware, a common theme of mine is stressing (note the choice of word!) the importance reviving traditional approaches to heal our modern day ailments. Personally, I struggle with hormonal balance, and I’m still slowly, slowly, slowly recovering. I believed I was giving my body the best possible shot through really nourishing food, meditation and yoga. But perhaps there is still a missing puzzle piece?

Life is busy. Ridiculously busy! Watching this amazing video by Dr Libby Weaver will be the best thing you can do for your long-term health today. 18 minutes of pure bliss for your mind, body and spirit.

And thanks to the beautiful Jo for putting me on to Dr Libby!