I want to take the time to thank all of you for following my blog, sharing your thoughts and being a part of my journey. I am so incredibly grateful. Connecting with you is humbling, beautiful and therapeutic. I take comfort in knowing that I am not alone as I venture through life with Graves Disease.
I am so excited to announce that I bought a domain and have moved Health-Esteem to a new home – www.mshealthesteem.com. If you’re already a part of my amazing tribe of lovelies here, don’t worry! Your subscription has been carefully packed up and moved along with all of the content on this site. And if you’re not part of the tribe, please join us! I have so much to share with you and look forward to hearing about your journeys as well.
See you on the other side.
All my love,
Thought of the day: I am grateful for the people who inspire and support me and humbled by their stories.
2015 has been the year of change. The challenges of 2014 tested me in ways I never imagined and ultimately left me shattered. But in examining the pieces and lovingly patching myself up again I have learned that I love my vulnerability. I often tell myself that I am a warrior – I can storm any battlefield that life brings my way and I know that I will emerge victorious; albeit a bit scarred at times, but victorious none the less. And I have focused on that victory; that feeling of growth and satisfaction throughout all of life’s hardships. This idea brought me comfort. But with the year of medical scares and terrifying encounters I came out more wounded than glorious. For the first time in a long while I felt overwhelmed with doubt regarding my future, my capabilities, my health and my values.
I hope everyone is having a lovely spring! I’ve been enjoying the lovely walking bridge almost daily, welcoming the sunshine and the soothing sound of the river. Does it ever feel nice to be back in sneakers again, roaming the roads with no worries of snow obstacles or sneaky ice patches. Read the rest of this entry
Spring is here! I feel it in the air. We experienced at bit more snow this week, dampening our hope for spring momentarily (winter in Atlantic Canada was crazy this year!) but the warmer weather seems to be back in gear! And what better way to ring in the spring than to make your own healthy ice cream!
An ice cream maker is a great investment for anyone who harbours a sweet tooth and wants to satisfy it in a healthy way. I love creating new flavours with my fiancé. It feels so good to savour your own crazy creation.
Let’s put a spin on an old classic and create some Strawberry Lavender Ice Cream. Read the rest of this entry
I have some great news! I am in remission once again. My Graves Disease has settled down and I feel incredible. I still have my beautiful thyroid and I am medication free! The first time I went through my Graves Disease battle I learned a lot. As difficult as this journey has been it has changed me in ways I could never have imagined. From my diet, to my outlook, to the way that I treat myself, I am, in a strange way, grateful for the changes that this experience has fostered. This time around was different, of course, but I still managed to learn a lot from take two of my Graves Disease journey. Here are a few things that I learned this time around. Read the rest of this entry
I am a huge animal lover! I grew up with some wonderful pets, worked as a Zookeeper Apprentice in my teen years and even spent quite some time working in the field of pet nutrition. These days I have a few beautiful fur children and at the end of a long day I love a good snuggle with my cat. There is no comparison to the joy that animals can bring into your life. But did you know that your little bundles of fur (or scales, or whatever else) are actually amping up your health and potentially adding some extra years to your life? I know… MIND. BLOWN! Read the rest of this entry
I had the flu recently and it knocked me off my feet. Fevers, aches, chills and fatigue took over. On top of that I had some Graves Disease symptoms that I haven’t felt in over a year, and I was terrified. After some tests, I received bad news – my Graves Disease is back. We caught it early (my doctor thinks the flu caused some thyroiditis that led to some intense symptoms – they’re mostly gone now) but of course I was initially devastated. Read the rest of this entry
There are many building blocks to good health. A great nutritional foundation is certainly one of them, but it doesn’t end there. You are what you eat and drink, but you are also what you think. Our thoughts have the ability to build us up or knock us down. They also have the ability to support or hinder our health. It is so important that you are mindful of the way you think, especially when it comes to what you think about yourself. Self-love is one of the healthiest things you can do for your beautiful body. But it’s not always the easiest. Read the rest of this entry
I have some exciting news! Nature made caramel! That’s right – there is an amazing, health-esteem promoting plant that has an incredibly sweet, caramel like flavour. The universe wants you to have your raw cake and eat it too!
Once you have a taste of lucuma’s incredible sweetness there is no going back. This delicious superstar is native to Peru. It’s their most popular ice cream flavour, beating out North American favourites like vanilla and chocolate. Not only is it a uniquely delicious taste adventure, it has some awesome healthy nutrients to offer as well. Could life get any sweeter? Read the rest of this entry
Every Saturday my fiance and I have a ritual. We call it “Adventure Saturday”! We wake early and begin our adventure by heading to the farmers market. Then we spend the rest of the day exploring our city and the surrounding country side discovering new things every week. Needless to say, I always look forward to Saturday.
I adore going to the market. It is an incredible, romantic place. I have fallen in love with an amazing juice bar, homemade salves, beeswax candles and shampoos, and have had the opportunity to get to know farmers and buy from people I trust. This is incredibly important to me. I view every dollar I spend as a vote and I do my best to make my vote count. Read the rest of this entry