I have Hashimoto’s

I have sat here writing and rewriting this post for almost 2 hours because I find it so hard to explain it to the best of my knowledge but so far this is the best I can do…

Mid October I started to take my health more serious, I was always one to shy away from doctors and relied on over the counter medicine but as time went on I felt nothing was working and I think we can all agree WebMD can be scary as hell!

I met with my physician having explained my symptoms; feeling cold,anxiety,hair loss,fatigue,weight gain and my doctor knew right away they were very similar to the symptoms of hypothyroid however she wanted to be certain in order to provide me with the proper treatment which resulted in follow up blood work,going for a thyroid sonogram,referrals and after that was all said and done we had a diagnosis and that is Hashimoto’s Disease.

Hashimoto’s Disease is when your immune system attacks your thyroid and your thyroid is the butter fly shaped gland in the front of the neck which produces hormones which essentially effect very organ system in the body, it controls the speed of your metabolism, it is also responsible for the growth and development of our nervous system and helps maintain our body temperature.

Apart of me felt relieved for the fact that all these symptoms I felt for quite some time were finally validated. But I also felt naive and confused because I didn’t know what Hashimoto’s disease is, would I die from it? Can it be cured? What kind of lifestyle changes would I have to make? And that’s when my mind started racing with thoughts and eager to gain knowledge about this new disease I will become acquainted with.

The short answer is No, I won’t die. I will be taking my synthroid medication to help my thyroid, and yes I will have to say farewell to the late night Drive thru at McDonald’s 😂

I started reading books, searching the internet, joining online communities to connect with others who have also been diagnosed and til this day I still have a lot to learn and a lot of healing but here I am taking one day at a time to make positive changes that will help make a positive impact on my health and life in general.

I didn’t think I would be open about discussing it because I’m still trying to get a better understanding of it all. I realize that it is apart of me and this will be apart of my life’s journey, so as this year ends I am going into 2020 trying to make better of my life.

It’s ok to cry

The past couple of days I’ve had both highs and lows, I am being more productive in my everyday life which is great however I find myself physically exhausted by the evening time and then comes the lows that creep up at night thinking of everything I need to do before tomorrow even begins! Just yesterday I had a cry, a much needed cry, a “I’m overwhelmed” cry and at first I didn’t want to because I thought it will show that I don’t have it all figured out like I thought I did, and that I was somehow weak and to prove to myself I’ve gotten physically and mentally stronger I thought I’d have to suck it up and just let it pass. But I felt this need to cry and need for comfort and I spoke to my better half about it and his reply was “it’s ok, it’s normal and you should let it out, you’ll feel better.” For a second I thought he wasn’t listening to me and probably thought I was talking about flatulence! But there I was crying, and damn it felt good. I think we need to reassure ourselves and those around us that it is ok to cry when we are overwhelmed or overjoyed, it’s an expression that’s meant to be, well, expressed!

We ended the night with pizza and watching our favorite show together and I woke up the next day feeling more at ease. Today I wore some earrings my mother gave to me recently and it helped give me that extra comfort as I happily put them on and kicked today’s ass!

IT’S NORMAL TO CRY! It happens, sometimes we get overwhelmed no matter how big or small a situation may be (it’s not for others to judge the importance of your matter) but it’s totally ok to cry, so if you find yourself in need of it cry it out and get back to being the badass you are!

Happy [belated] Earth Day!

Hello, So I wanted to hop on here real quick to post in honor of yesterdays Earth Day, While majority of the products I use/own are not 100% eco friendly I’m sure we all have products in our home we didn’t even know were green/eco friendly! No matter how big or small we can all do our part in any way we can.

From bamboo chopsticks, glass tupperware, metal straws and recycled glass jars, glass cups,glass dinnerwear and recycling this is some of the conscious ways we are being green 🌎

Happy Earth Day! I would like to know what items in your home have you made green?

30 Day Yoga Challenge

Hi so I’m just checking in on my 30 Day Yoga Challenge that I mentioned I would start in the New Year, you can read more about it here

Today is Day 8: Meditate but I completed 4 days worth of yoga since I was unable to do it on each day as instructed, so while I’m physically exhausted from completing them back to back I am committed to this challenge.

On another note our fur baby Mila had a ruptured cyst and was taken to the vet for treatment and given antibiotics so we were alittle preoccupied with her health the last couple of days but now she’s doing much better.

I hope you are all doing well and sticking through your new year resolutions whether big or small!

Happy New Year!

Hello, if you’ve been a long time reader or new to my blog, I welcome you and thank you for reading my blog ❤️

Well first off let me say that WE DID IT!! We made it thru the year and are now ready to embrace the New Year. I wonder what 2019 has in store and what challenges,changes and adventures are coming in the days ahead.

One could only hope for the best right?!

As the year ends we consciously reflect on our life the year before and make changes and well wishes we want to manifest the upcoming year and from a personal perspective 2018 wasn’t the best nor worst but rather, content. I am looking forward to creating and hopefully successfully completing the goals I have set for the new year starting with a 30 Day Yoga challenge I signed up for. I have done a similar 30 Day Yoga Challenge by Adriene Louise (Yoga with Adriene) last January and have physically and mentally seen results which is why I jumped on the opportunity to sign up for her 2019 Challenge. It’s free, done in the comfort of your own home, promotes overall wellness, and perfect for any beginner(like myself) or advanced yogi so who wouldn’t take advantage of such a great opportunity?!

If you’re interested in joining in on the 30 Day Dedicate Yoga Challenge you can follow along on her YouTube Channel and Download the 30 Day Dedicate Calendar to keep track and follow her on Instagram here and FWFG Yoga Community where you can connect with others joining in on the challenge.

Cheers to another year!!

*btw this is not a sponsored post this is a recommendation based on my own personal success with the 30 Day Challenge.

Fat Bomb Recipe

Ever been on a diet but had the urge to devour a whole cake or a box of cookies? Well we can rejoice knowing there’s a snack called Fat Bombs and it’s great for those who are looking for a low carb snack to satisfying your sweet tooth and wont throw your diet routine out of wack. Fat Bombs have the ability to keep you feeling full until your next meal or as a after dinner snack.

I found the recipe here Almond Butter Fat Bombs it’s very easy and you only need 3 ingredients!

* I like to add toppings like cacao nibs or sweetened coconut flakes for extra flavor.

Happy Be-lated New Year

Hi everyone I hope you all enjoyed or survived the holiday season 😉 and were able to spend the New Year with those you cherish. I went upstate with Marcin to get away from the city for some needed R&R and actually fell asleep around 10pm but I was woken up but my enthusiastic mother yelling Happy New Year, I couldn’t believe I slept through the countdown, I feel like such an old person!!

I put forward my best intentions for the new year a week in advance for instance I wanted to make health/fitness a priority by signing up to do a 30 Day Yoga Challenge, I am currently on day 6 and feeling good about committing to something that will help nurture my mind body and soul and guide me to a healthier lifestyle on a physical and mental level.

Anyone else sleep during the countdown?! What resolutions have you set for the New Year?

Setting The Tone For 2018

My new year resolution is to be physically active which is why I am excited to take on a 30 Day Yoga Challenge via YouTube hosted by Adriene Mishler, it starts January 1st 2018 and signup is FREE! If you are interested in signing up you can find out more information here and follow her on Instagram

*this is not a sponsored post, I am not much of a yogi nor professional but I do enjoy breathing and stretching exercises as they have helped me personally cope with anxiety. I have followed along with numerous videos by Adriene and feel they are helpful,calming and fun.

Will you be signing up? If yes or no what are your new year resolutions?

Thank You Very Matcha 

The weather is getting warmer in New York so obviously cold beverages and other cold indulgences are the way to go. It wasn’t until some time ago last year standing in line at my local cafe wanting to disperse from my usual mocha latte my curiosity introduced me to a Matcha Latte, and I’ve been liking it every since.

Matcha is packed with antioxidants, and what does antioxidants do? They help prevent aging,fight against infections and chronic diseases. So why not get this power house packed in any foods/beverages I consume.

Japanese Matcha Slushy (almond milk) from Vivi Bubble Tea 
Vegan Matcha Tea Ice Cream from Van Leeuwen 

Matcha Latte from Brooklyn Ball Factory

FDA Bans Antibacterial Soaps 


FDA bans antibacterial soaps, though we may think antibacterial soaps are effective there has been no scientific proof in fact some research suggest that antibacterial soaps contain ingredients that may do more harm than good, one of them being Triclosan which is used in most antibacterial and antimicrobial products. It breaks open the cell walls of bacterial which kills them however it takes several hours to be affective. Washing hands with plain soap and water is obviously the most crucial and effective way to avoid spreading germs however if you use hand sanitizer the CDC (Center For Disease Control) recommends the hand sanitizer contain atleast 60% alcohol