6 Simple Swaps For A More Plant-Based Lifestyle. There are so many fun, delicious, and healthy ways to use plant ingredients in your everyday routine. Use nut milk in your favorite morning rituals. But there are so many amazing nut milks out there that you’re definitely missing out on if you haven't tried this simple swap. This may surprise you, but a lot of supplements and vitamins contain animal products. They’ll add that little sweetness to your oatmeal or chia pudding without adding any animal by-products. So next time you make a smoothie, experiment with some vegan protein and see what you think. Try sprinkling them on your favorite salad for some added sustenance. Want to go plant-based but worried you’ll miss your favorite dressing? After all, living your healthiest life should be more about mindfulness than time and effort.
The thyroid is a tiny gland in the neck whose overproduction or underproduction of hormones can cause a host of problems — including Graves’ disease, hyperthyroidism and the little-known Hashimoto’s syndrome. Here, four men and women speak about thyroid disease and its impact on their lives.
Do you or does someone you know have a thyroid disease? Tell us about how you manage your condition.
After Treatment, Reaching Out to Others
Sharon Barbour, 48, Palo Alto, Calif.
Sharon Barbour, a legal secretary, woke up one morning with puffiness under her eyes. She went to the doctor thinking it was an allergy, for which her doctor gave her a prescription. Then, Ms. Barbour began to have worse symptoms, including anxiety, tremors and gastrointestinal issues. A new doctor ran a series of tests and determined that Ms. Barbour was suffering from an overactive thyroid, a condition called Graves’ disease.
Ms. Barbour didn’t like the side effects associated with anti-thyroid medications, so she chose to undergo radioactive therapy. In this treatment, a patient swallows a pill containing radioactive iodine. Since the thyroid processes iodine, it takes up the radioactive material as well, causing parts of the organ to die off.
Ms. Barbour found that educating herself about Graves’ disease and its treatment options helped her find the best strategy for managing her condition. She soon became a volunteer for the Graves’ Disease Foundation, where she answers questions posed by other patients on the foundation’s online message boards.
Ms. Barbour takes synthetic thyroid hormone daily to compensate for her damaged thyroid. While it is something she will have to do for the rest of her life, “most of the time, I’m not thinking about it at all,” she said.
Staying in Tune With Her Body
Dana Smith, 49, San Francisco
Dana Smith, a research scientist, began to have cold-like symptoms in 1998. One doctor prescribed allergy medication and sent her home, but when her symptoms did not…