Samantha Stephenson is a Primal Health Coach and blogger. Her web site, Your Gluten Free Buddy has some great recipes and health information.
Samantha struggled through high school with low energy, poor circulation, headaches and painful menstrual cramps. After having a baby these symptoms steadily worsened until she was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and subsequently, Hashimoto’s Disease, adrenal fatigue and very low Vitamin D.
Using holistic nutrition and primal principles Samantha Stephenson has been symptom free from Hashimoto’s for over a year and now helps others develop the skills they need to take their health into their own hands.
Top Three Lifestyle Tips:
- Always be curious – So many people accept what their doctor tells them and don’t ask any questions about why they have been prescribed a certain medication or how their body works. You won’t be able to live the healthy lifestyle you want unless you start becoming curious about how your body works.
- Simplify your life – So many of us are so frantic and stressed out, trying to do too many things instead of the simple important things.
- Form keystone habits – these are the habits that affect other behaviours in your life in a positive way but may not necessarily be related. For example, exercising every day might make you more productive, leading to promotion and work opportunities. My keystone habits is making sure I get sunlight every day. That helps me sleep better, improves my mood and makes me more productive. Also, every morning I look in my freezer and pick out meat for dinner and set it out on the counter. At dinnertime, I then have thawed meat ready to cook and I’m not tempted to just go out and buy takeaway.
Top Lifestyle Challenge Advice:
- Breakfast foods was my hardest lifestyle change challenge, especially giving up sweet cereal and pancakes. I had to learn to not eat sweet foods in favour of savoury foods in the morning. I make this challenge easier would cook a big meal the night before and the next morning I would just eat the leftovers. That way it was ready to be heated, and I didn’t have to think about what I should eat. It took me a month to get used to it but I never looked back,and I don’t miss my sweet breakfast foods now. I feel almost “lucky” in a way that I got the Hashimoto’s Disease diagnosis, because it forced me to change my habits for the better and it wasn’t hard to change those habits after the diagnosis.
Do You Still Fall Off The Wagon?
- I’m always 100% gluten free and I don’t mess with that because it makes me feel tired and it isn’t fair to my family to be so exhausted. I do sometimes still have sugar but I try to stick to having really dark chocolate to combat my sweet tooth.
Favourite Form of Exercise:
- Since adrenal fatigue I go with how I feel. Lately I have been really into sprinting. I like agility exercises and kettlebells and TRX
- The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy – Mark Sisson
- The Autoimmune Solution – Amy Myers MD
- The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
The Best Advice Samantha Ever Received:
Others will do as you do, not as you say.