How to Heal Thyroid Fatigue: Reclaim a Vibrant New You [Expert Guide]

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Part One: Thyroid Fatigue is ‘Just the Smoke’

The chronic fatigue of hypothyroidism is ‘just the smoke’ rising high above the smoldering fire that lies beneath the surface. Said another way, the fatigue of hypothyroidism is a symptom–it’s not a disease. It’s not the defining thing that is wrong with you. It’s just one–of many–surface-level indicators of much larger and deeper problems: ‘the…

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You Do Not Have to Be Good

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Dear One,

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

—Mary Oliver, The Wild Geese

Who among us hasn’t worried about being good enough? Guilty of being ourselves? Shameful for having our own minds, hearts, and ideas about what’s true?

I’ve spent a…

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You Were Born to Heal

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You were born to heal. No exceptions!

How do I know?

It’s science-y stuff, but it’s the message of hope we all search for to end our suffering, to improve our performance, and to deepen our experiences as human beings.

It’s the science of human potential applied to our daily lives:

  • epigenetics,
  • neuroplasticity,
  • core biology,
  • body-mind-spirit integration, and
  • Functional Medicine (the science of…

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We Get Exactly What We Ask For

Dear One,

“What do I need to heal?” (She pleads to God, the angels, and anyone who will listen, as she sits, feeling overwhelmed, eyes closed, in morning meditation.)

“And, please bring it to me in a tangible form that I can understand for once!” (She demands in her uppity way.)


In the next second, her thirty-pound fuzzy canine love-bomb abruptly plops himself in her lap, no permission,…

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The Healing Roadmap We’re All Desperate For

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Dear One,

Have you ever been handed a new food plan? A savvy food plan, just for you, promising exactly what you were searching for? Designed to perfectly align with your unique systems biology? To correct nutrient deficiencies and beautifully address your problems like only food can? (Maybe this plan was even endorsed by a favorite NYTimes best-selling author!)

You take it with you, tail…

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We Heal in Our Own Time

The other day I saw a client who came to me for help with persistent fatigue, anxiety, sleep problems, and trouble losing weight.

As a shy teenager, life was already hard. Then I asked him to do more hard things. Like change his diet, letting go of comfort foods he loved but were directly linked to how he felt. Like getting more sleep, giving up precious time at night when he felt his best and…

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A Heart-Opening Practice


“Keep a green bough in your heart, and a singing bird will come.”

-Lao Tzu

I love this gorgeous quote, and as a bird lover, it blasts my heart right open.

I’m reminded to keep my heart open (the green bough), inviting something magical to cross my path, calling me to see it.

But it’s hard sometimes to have an open heart, isn’t it? It’s a challenge to stay in gratitude and appreciation for…

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How We’re Fooled By What We Can Measure

“We don’t know how to measure what we care about, so we care about what we measure.”

-Richard Tapia

Whoa. That’s powerhouse! And from the mouth of a mathematician!

I think he captures how uncomfortable we are with the uncertainty of our lives (what we care about), so we cling to what we think we know. Isn’t that part of what we get from measuring things? A feeling of certainty? Even if we…

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The Law of Attraction May Not Be What You Think

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I love the idea of the law of attraction.

You’ve heard of it, right?

The “law” of nature that (purportedly) says, “think it, feel it, celebrate it, take action toward it, and it will come.” That we create our reality. That we can manifest our dreams.

Saying those words fills me with hope. They make me feel I can control my outcomes. Direct my life.

And we can to some extent, right? We know this…

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The Not-So-Nice Side of Nice

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I have a problem with nice.

Do you know what I mean?

Those people who tell you what they think you want to hear? How your hair always looks great (even when you know it doesn’t), or how your food is always the most delicious they’ve ever had (even the peanut butter and jelly sandwich), or what you’ve written is awesome (when you know it’s crap).

I don’t need that. In fact, I hate that.

See, I…

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