My health story – an update

I honestly didn’t expect the response I received to the post I wrote about my 2013 health story – published in between finishing off the Christmas ham and packing boxes for our move to Brisbane.

I’d been chipping away at changes to what and how I ate plus discovering that gentle exercise was not only right for me but could make a difference. And in that five-month period I had failed to realise how far I’d come.

So many readers left comments on that post, emailed or messaged me about changes they too have now made to their health.

I’m all about the baby-steps approach so I’m glad that works for many of you too.

As for the update. If you came here expecting some kind of reporting of a massive kg loss, I’m sorry that’s not what you’ll find.

I don’t own any scales so I can’t tell you what I weigh now or what I weighed after Christmas.

All I know is that I feel brighter, stronger and healthier.

Fire and shine pants and top. Top layered over a Female for Life crop and tank

Fire and shine pants and top* | top layered over a Female for Life bra top and tank

I tell you all this not in a smug way because I don’t feel smug. I just feel that I’ve finally cracked a long-term formula that works for me and my life with auto-immune condition, Hashimotos.

If you read my previous post – and others I’ve written here – you’ll know that my struggle with Hashimotos is a daily one.

Don’t get me wrong, in among all this stronger, healthier, brighter 2014, I’ve still had some down right dodgy days where doing anything has felt like walking through the deep mudflats of Moreton Bay – with mud also sloshing around in my brain.

I completely underestimated how much the move would take its toll on my health. Completely.

What I do know is that the regime and routine I started mid-2013 certainly helped me get back on top of things more quickly.

Like in my previous post, I’m sharing what I’ve been doing health-wise. Anything I mention may not work for you and professional advice is always a good idea.

What I’ve been doing

1. Stuck to the 5:2 way of eating. I started this after reading this book. Not only did it make a lot of sense to me, it’s worked. I don’t crave sweet stuff any more. I crave (well that’s probably a bit strong a word, let’s go with look forward, shall we?) fast days. Particularly after indulgent weekends. The other long-term win here is that it definitely feels like second nature to me. I’ve only missed two weeks since August last year – when I went to Bali last October – and the week we moved. Getting back on track was pretty easy.

Wholemeal Cafe Banana Bread

Wholemeal Cafe Banana Bread

2. Found new sources of real, whole food. I’ve still been ordering my bread and protein pancake mix from the Wholemeal Cafe in Sydney. The bonus is that it arrives quicker than it did now we’re in Brisbane. For takeaways with goodness plus, Botantica Real Food has become a firm fave. This shop produces incredible tasty and healthy salads and all their cakes are gluten (and almost guilt) free. Mr SY shops at the Jan Powers Farmers Markets in the city each Wednesday for amazing farm-fresh local produce, meat and fish. We’ve also embraced Meat at Billy’s as our butcher. Talk about purveyors of fine quality meat. Not far from Billy’s is a great fruit and vegetable shop. That brings down our grocery order – and I do that online – to about every two-three weeks.

Botanica Real Food gluten-free strawberry cupcake

3. (Mostly) limited alcohol to weekends. I say mostly because if there is a special occasion or an event, I take a day’s leave pass from my own rule. It’s a rule I’ve been following for a few years now and I really do notice the difference. The whole Christmas/moving period saw me fall off the wagon for this rule but I got back on. As long as I have a lime and soda close by when cooking dinner, I’m good with it.

3. Made friends with the hills around where I now live. I really had no choice here. When I step outside my home the only way is up. Or down and then up. Talk about good for the legs. I’m walking generally every other day. On Wednesday I walk my son to school as part of the school’s participation in the Active School Travel Program. And if we’re going out for brunch, shop or a coffee, I walk.

Abi & Joseph top and pants from Elsa

Abi & Joseph top and pants from Elsa*

4. Signed up at a new yoga studio. My old yoga teacher helped me find a new yoga studio and I’m super grateful because by signing up for a month’s trial before I left the Sunshine Coast, I was committed to starting again down here. That new studio is Cue Yoga in Red Hill. It’s not been open long but every teacher I’ve had has been amazing and the space is beautiful. I do two classes a week – usually one relax class and one basic. It’s more than two months since I started and the twice-a-week routine has helped me to feel so much stronger. I have muscles I didn’t know I could have and have not been anywhere near my weights ever since.

5. Found a new GP who specialises in my condition. Oh this is a biggie – and I have Dr Google to thank for this find. I’ve been struggling to find a GP who really understood and specialised in treating Hashimotos holistically. Not since my former GP Scott abandoned me moved to Perth a few years ago have I felt like I’ve been listened. I’ve also been validated in my self-treatment when it comes to managing my condition through lifestyle changes. In fact my new GP highly approves of the fast diet and my yoga and walking routine. He says that anything else would be too much for my immune system. I’ve always had regular blood tests and taken medication in accordance with those results but now we’re working on changing the medication slightly (I’m in the middle of a six-week trial) in an attempt to reduce the degree to which I’m resistant to thyroxine. Once that’s reduced to an acceptable level, we’re going to trial a natural thyroid replacement (something I’m keen to do after a reader commented on my last post about the success she had with it). I’m also taking supplements to help everything along – one to help my adrenal glands and a thyroid one that will help boost my iodine levels that were low. I feel BETTER. Not 100% but there’s definitely been an improvement in the groggy-ness I can feel some days. I won’t publicly link to the GP here but if you are in Brisbane and would like his details, shoot me an email.

6. Found a new Bowen massage therapist. I don’t mention it a lot on the blog but for the past two years I have had a recurring shoulder injury – brought on by the crazy amount of time I spend pounding the keyboard and using a computer mouse. I get very good results from this form of therapy and can highly recommend if you’ve got a pain issue too. My previous therapist, Kristin, got me walking without pain a few years ago after a surf incident. My new therapist, Eva, is a straight shooter who knows her stuff and works to quickly get to the source of what’s causing the pain. She also has a detox box in her practice which I’ve read is great for my condition – I’ve had one session in it and plan to have one with each of my monthly visits.

7. Created time for me. I think for women this is one of our biggest health downfalls. We don’t make time just for us. To be alone with our thoughts. Or a glass of red wine. To book in for a monthly facial. To catch up with girlfriends who fill up our hearts. I’m making a concerted effort in this department. Something that’s made easier this year with Mr SY only having a 15-minute bus trip home instead of a two-hour commute!

Me time: bath, candle and wine

So tell me, how are going with your health in 2014? Made any small – or big – changes? 

* These garments were sent to me for editorial consideration

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  • weebirdy

    Can you believe my sister just emailed me this post? I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it but I’ve also got Hashimoto’s and I’ve just been putting up with my GP and the thyroxine I’m on. My weight is out of control and I’ve got that throid-y face, neck and big gut. So not happy. I need to make changes. So reading your article was the first big step. Let me know if you have heard of a good Sydney GP who ‘gets’ thryoid stuff and the multitude of “issues” that go with it. Thanks Nikki. X

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh wow! I found my GP via googling thyroid specialist GP – give that a go – it’s made a huge difference having someone on board who is willing to help me feel good. Back with him tomorrow after three months so will do another update soon. x

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  • Tamara -My Melbourne Thermomix

    Baby steps are the way to go and make sure you reflect back on the changes you have made. I became a Thermomix consultant four years ago and although we had a pretty healthy diet beforehand the infomation I have learnt and changes we have made since then have been wonderful.

    I also have thyroid issues, though I don’t need medication. In the past few months I am really starting to see the benefits of all the little changes I have made. The most beneficial have been reducing stress and a low sugar/gluten diet with a huge increase in vegetable and good fat consumption.

    I also have a sore right shoulder and think I will try some Bowen therapy. Something that has really helped is starting with a great personal trainer. She has concentrated on developing my strength again – this has brought a huge improvement.

    I take several supplements; fish oils, selenium and include spirulina in my morning smoothie. I also use essential oils as there are several that are beneficial for your endocrine systems; thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, hormones. It is worth looking into these.

    Thanks for sharing your story, its so encouraging. Good to see you looking so great but even better that you are feeling great!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Sounds like you’re on the right track for you Tamara – that is great. I too use and love my Thermomix!

  • Kerri

    Good on you for making your health a priority…….we women are not very good at it. My family and I have been going through our food journey for about 2 1/2 years (from about the time my two children were diagnosed gluten intolerant) and although we did eat well before, we are now at a whole different level – and loving it. We have cut out most processed foods, preservatives, colours etc, avoid gluten, soy and highly processed sugars, buy spray free or organic fruit and veges and grass fed beef from our local farmers markets (at Kawana), I make most of our food from scratch and I am under the care of a Naturopath following a diagnosis of Pyrolle Disorder. There is always more to learn but it is a day by day thing for us and I am hoping that we are instilling a love of good natural food in our children. I still have to work on the ‘taking time for myself’ thing but will get there eventually ;)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh Kerri, that is some journey you’ve undertaken – out of neccessity but also now for the health of the whole family! I’m sure your children will grow up thinking that natural food is normal – they’ll stray but they’ll be more aware of how it makes them feel when they do I think.

  • http://www.caitlinshappyheart.blogspot.com Caitlin @ caitlinshappyheart

    I am feeling inspired after reading this. I need to increase gentle exercise in my life but have been letting busyness get in the road. Well done on putting you and your health as a priority this year.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh it’s so so easy for busyness to get in the way of forming a habit. I’m so guilty of that. Finding something that fits in my life routine and works for me has helped me keep on track.

  • http://www.mdkaos.blogspot.com/ Mummaducka

    After some interesting blood test results last year- just a couple of elevated areas with sugar and thyroid I’ve made big changes! Grain and sugar free with low carb, high fat- which I think I could do forever! It’s working well for us! slow, but gradual weight loss and I feel great!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Gradual is best for sure Mummaducka. My sugars have always been ok (I think because of a mainly sugar-free low carb diet) – just trying to nail the thyroid stuff to make more of the non-fuzz days. Well done to you! x

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    You look amazing on your health manifesto! It can take a bit of tweaking sometimes to find something that suits. I lack severely on the energy stakes so need to rethink the diet too. Might try the 5:2 diet as the blood type diet was too restrictive for the household shop! Best of luck, you ooze vitality!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      The 5:2 suits the household shop because on those nights I just add in some rice, pasta or potatoes for the boys. So we basically eat the same I just don’t have the extras.

  • http://www.thatsummerfeeling.com Michelle

    Thanks for the update Nikki. I’m just about to start the 5:2 diet. Like you I have hasi’s and I also have pernicious anemia so I find any exercise that isn’t gentle has a detrimental effect on my health. I stopped going to yoga a little while ago as the class times didn’t fit with my work and commute hours but I really miss it. Over the years I’ve learned the hard way that small changes (such as cutting out gluten) add up over the long term. It’s generous of you to share your journey with us. You are looking more fabulous than ever.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      The gluten thing is a big one Michelle. More and more evidence is coming in on that in relation to anything auto-immune related. There are also foods that are gluten free but mimic gluten so our stomachs react the same way. I’m going to get more info about that for the next update.

  • http://www.seanasmith.com/ Seana Smith

    Great to read this Nikki, really encouraging that small and simple steps can make a big difference. Off to check up on that Wholemeal Cafe in Sydney… I’m not game for the 5:2 … or the hills!! But slowly, slowly… might even get there one day.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I have to actually go visit the cafe when I’m in Sydney – love their products!

  • http://allconsuming.com.au/ allconsuming

    It’s just a red hot mess. Hashimoto’s, stress, anxiety and depression. Quite frankly my current health plan is “just get through another day”.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Nothing wrong with that Kim. That’s a whole lot of stuff to work with. I still have those days – hoping to keep decreasing the number of them though. x

  • The Plumbette

    I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling well because you really look it. You’ve had an amazingly busy year last year and also to the start of this year. Thanks for sharing what has worked for you health wise. Sounds like you’ve found your balance with health and fitness. I will bookmark this page for when I need some motivation to get healthier and lose some kgs after my baby is born. I love all your baby steps and will definitely be using a similar approach to my own health.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      You especially need baby steps when you have a new baby – the bubba is the priority x

  • Emma

    Congratulations Nikki on finding the combo of things that make you feel healthy and strong. As someone of a similar age to you I know they are my goals too – there is no down side to either of them. I think it’s a real challenge to find what works and probably more importantly what is sustainable through the different phases of your life. Plus there are the injury / aging issues that you have to begin to work around. In my case that has taken quite a long time to work out the right combination of things to do. I’ve done Pilates for years but more recently I’ve got my yogi back on and my body is loving it. I really need those deep stretches now at least a couple of times a week to keep me functioning. And I love your whole food, nutrient dense approach to eating. Whether you follow the 5:2 regime or just have a couple of days a week tagged for lighter eating, with plenty of alcohol free days, just makes sense to me when we live in times of such abundance.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I know what you mean about our bodies needing that regular good stretch and yes the eating routine is as simple as that – lighter eating and alcohol free days.

  • http://www.styleandshenanigans.com/ Vanessa

    Loved reading this post and so pleased you are feeling well. You look fabulous too which is a great benefit to boot! x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Vanessa – the feeling bit is a big one for me! x

  • http://www.redcliffestyle.com/ Rachel from Redcliffe Style

    You are an inspiration Nikki! I know you have inspired me to smarten up my diet. If I don’t do it now, when will I. I’ve been reading the book on my iPad. Great read! Thank you, Rachel xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      We all get the call to smarten up throughout our lives … I’m hoping this is for life now for me. It seems to have fitted in nicely x

  • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

    Oh Jen, I loved reading this. Love how you’ve found some things that work for you and fit your lifestyle. Well done xx

  • http://www.lifestylefifty.com/ Johanna

    I think you’re an inspiration Nikki and totally applaud you for sticking to your guns with what works for you and sharing your journey. You offer us a real way of achieving things in our own lives by offering advice on what works for you, along with suggestions for us (readers) which is never dictatorial or preachy. For someone who admits to being in a fog due to your auto immune condition on some days, you are remarkably successful both in life and keeping fit and healthy – as the title of the book goes: “I Don’t Know How She Does it!” Really I don’t. Keep up the great work.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’ve just lived with this foggy state for so long that it become second nature to just get on with things and do it Johanna. Life’s too short. I’m not dying but I’m happy to explore new ways to help make me feel better on a daily basis. Thank-you x

  • Karen

    Dear Nikki,I have had Hashimotos for 14 years now ,the last two with a GP who is treating my symptoms and not my blood tests .I too tried the natural thyroid medication ,but it didn,t suit me, you have to try things though I did better with T3 synthetic medication.I have also have been on adrenal medications and I haven,t looked back. The only thing was ,I still couldn,t lose weight until your post on the fast diet !Thank you! I have lost 6 kilos ,and 4 inches around my waist and will continue to stay on this diet .Thanks again I really thought that I was going to have to give up on the weight loss at 45 years I had given up hope .You inspire me so much ,Thanks for your blog it has changed my whole outlook on life.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh Karen, I’m glad that you’ve had a great GP to work with you on this and I’m glad you’ve had success with 5:2. I’m currently (and have been for years) on a mix of T3 and T4. The natural one contains both in the same tablet but at a set amount. It wouldn’t work for me yet as I’m resistant to the thyroxine. Will see how it goes and happily back out if it doesn’t suit.

  • Marianne

    Well Nikki, once again you inspire me. After your last post on health and fitness, I took a serious review of myself. At the beginning of this year, my weight had crept back up to an uncomfortable level, and it was affecting my sleep, focus and mood. I signed up for an 8 week health challenge in my area, and have recently completed it … 7kg lighter, and a heck of a lot stronger and smarter about how to treat my body than I was before. I love that you are making decisions for yourself based on what works for you, not what everyone else is doing, and that you are doing it at your own pace – the fact that the results speak for themselves in your posts and photos is an added bonus. We are about to enter the stressful moving phase – we have 7 weeks until we relocate to Brisbane and I am determined to keep taking care of myself through the packing and phone calls, so that when we get to our new home I won’t feel as though I have to start from scratch! Thanks so much for sharing such a personal story – it’s lovely to hear a story about making it work for you, instead of about wonder pills and diet fads and dropping dress sizes in a day (like lots of other places on the interwebs try and feed us!).

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes, you won’t find that here – I can gain a dress size in one day – so anything I aim to do (and I’m far from perfect) is all about that end result of how I feel. The stronger, smarter stuff you talk about above. Good luck with the move. It was tough but happy now.

  • Michelle Mac

    Well done Nikki on your achievement. I always look forward to seeing your weekly workout gear pics and this week’s one definitely highlights how far you have come. You have inspired me to take a good look at my health and fitness and set some goals. Baby steps is definitely the way to go, I have read the 5:2 book and keep telling myself I need to do it so you know what? I’m going to start next week. Thank you for your inspiration x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      You’re welcome Michelle. That first step is the biggest of the baby steps!!

  • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

    I do – they’re my friends but for some reason missed these. Getting now!

  • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

    I feel confident in trialling under a GP’s guidance Julie but I do feel it’s worth a try. We have to get my resistance levels sorted first as it won’t work at all the way they are at the moment. So sorry that happened to you – would have been terrifying. The GF thing was a big change I made several years ago and haven’t looked back.

  • Jay – Moodie Foodie

    Love the baby steps approach. Every time I’ve gone at something in a big way, it hasn’t worked. Baby steps rock! 3 years ago I had a back injury that has slowed me down considerably. Gone are my runs, my fitness classes (that I adored) and my yoga. Now I walk and do aqua jogging. It’s about finding what works in a new situation isn’t it? As for food, I’m a moody emotional eater so really need to keep tabs on that. I’ve walked around the 5:2 diet for a while now not being game enough to limit myself so much for the 2 days but also concerned about telling myself that the gloves are off for the remaining 5! With my penchant for burgers and lasagne it might not be a good idea:) So great to hear that you’re feeling good xo

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh yes, it’s about accepting the situation and finding something that works for you. If you don’t it’s so easy to do nothing! LOL re gloves off and burgers and lasagne!! It’s not for everyone but the surprising thing I’ve found is that I don’t feel as hungry on those other days at all. I just eat my normal, healthy whole food, gluten-free meals.

  • http://www.abeachcottage.com/ abeachcottage

    very inspiring to hear :-)

    I have also recently made lots of changes, it’s very interesting how little changes make a huge difference to overall wellbeing, I’m also big on baby steps in all areas of my life, it’s the only thing that works and I stick to. As you know I started yoga too recently, even in a few short weeks I am seeing huge changes mostly in how my body feels stronger which feels sooooo good – I’ve also found muscles I didn’t even know where there. Hello pigeon pose I heart you xx

  • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

    That bloody shoulder! So glad to hear you’re feeling a bit more chipper x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Not surprisingly, shoulder injuries like this are becoming some of the most common injuries. Determined to keep on top of mine xx

  • Laura

    Nikki, how do you go with fasting and taking medication? I’m eating less than optimally because I’m so shattered and foggy (what a vicious cycle!), but there is no way I could take my meds without a decent meal.

    Love the idea of a holistic Dr. Mine is a little more conservative, but was open minded enough to have me trial Low Dose Naltrexone after I shared all the reading on it I had done. Still early days but I am excited to see if it impacts on my CFS/FM/Coeliac etc.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      My meds don’t need to be taken with meals Laura so that’s something you’d have to keep in consideration, I think. In fact mine work best when taken 20 mins before eating. I’m glad you’ve been able to convince your GP to look outside the square – good luck!!

  • Kellie Anderson

    You look fantastic, Nikki. Well done on finding what works for you.
    I might have to email you shortly for some advice. I’ve had a few issues lately with tiredness and aching arms/ legs (see my facebook profile) and very much over it. Dr hasn’t been a help at all and gave me a script for anti inflammatory medication (which I haven’t had processed). Today I am working from bed as I feel so bad :(

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      That’s one of the major symptoms that I’m very lucky I don’t get so much – just inflammation when it’s hot and humid. I would Google for Thyroid GP in your area. That’s how I found mine and I was more determined after reader comments on my December post.

  • http://www.memybestandi.com/ Memybestandi

    Totally agree lifestyle changes need to be slow, soft and seady, otherwise the feel stark and prohibitory and they won’t last. I’ve a similar shoulder / computer related issue going on and never thought to try Bowen therapy. Accupuncture was next on my list to try, thanks Nikki

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh those damn shoulders! I did try regular massage therapy but it didn’t produce the same results. Now, through monthly appointments I’m trying to keep on top of it before it gets debilitating as it has done in the past.

  • Samantha Keogh

    So glad to hear you are feeling good about your lifestyle changes and therefore feeling better in yourself. You look great.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks so much Samantha – it is about how I feel getting out of bed each days.

  • Maxabella

    You look absolutely fantastic, Nikki. Well done! x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Maxabella, I feel better!

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I am so glad you have found a great GP and your new lifestyle changes are working for you Nikki ,You look wonderful,it great when everything in on track.I would be keen to try a natural thyroxine replacement as I do worry about the long term use of thyroxine I have been on it for over 15 years!
    I went to a rheumatologist as you know but she couldn’t help me other than saying I have global osteoarthritis and have inherited it from a maternal great grandparent,but I suppose it was a good thing I went to her she said I was fit and healthy otherwise but it has bought to light a big problem with my neck,I have had a X-rays a CT scan and now need an MRI that is tomorrow night as my hand and arm swells to a huge size when I sleep or if I lay down,it seems I have an impinged nerve in my neck and my C6/7 are very worn out.My GP has told me if the nerve is impinged i will have to have an operation,not what I was hoping for but I I don’t i will lose the use of my arm and I don’t want that to happen!So no exercise for me at the moment as my neck is very delicate.I have upped my mediation sessions for chronic pain and I have incorporated more raw foods into my diet as well.I am glad you are taking time out for you Nikki we only get one body and we gave to listen to it ,I am a big believer of listening to your body,thank you for sharing your journey Nikki!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh Lisa, you don’t need that at all. I’m glad that you have coping mechanisms in place to get you through. xx

  • http://samanthastone.com.au/ Sam Stone

    You look great and also sound great. This has obviously had a positive effect on mind and body.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Hashimotos is not fun when it’s ruling every day Sam – to have some sunshine from the cloudy-ness and fogginess of my mind is a good thing!

  • http://bigwordsblog.blogspot.com bigwords

    Nikki you’re looking so happy and healthy. xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Bianca – I FEEL it! xx

  • Jess

    I recently started reading your blog and I’m really enjoying it, and you DO look fantastic compared to older photos so no wonder you feel amazing!

    Today, however, you have nearly lost me by guiding people to the 5:2 diet. It has been consistently voted by every dietitian with any shred of credibility as the worst diet out there, for a variety of reasons that can be found all over the internet (google: ketosis). How many women are now going to try this diet because they’ve seen it on your blog? And how many of those women WON’T consult their doctor, or properly research it first to find out about the side effects, such as insomnia, mood swings, nausea, dehydration etc?

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that you have found something that works for you – but a little bit more responsibility is required when recommending items to do with people’s health, which is way more complex than items of clothing. Perhaps a link to a website that compares pros and cons so people can make up their own minds?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Hey Jess, you might have read above and in the previous post I did that I say this is good for me and that professional advice is always a good idea. Everyone is responsible for their own health and exploring what works for them. My GP has backed the 5:2 and also he recommends to other patients – that’s professional advice, yes?!

      Unfortunately for me the normal eating routine as prescribed by a dietician does not work for me – I’ve been there with a very good one – who eventually put me on meal replacement shakes. Something that was not sustainable. My current way of eating most definitely is.

    • Cindy

      Sorry Jess, but have to put a spoke in your wheel here. Nikki has already stressed that she is not giving advice to anyone just telling her story and her long time readers are fully aware of this.

      I also want to heartily endorse the 5:2 diet. I have had an underactive thyroid condition for nearly 10 years and this is the ONLY diet that has ever worked for me, (10kgs lost 12 months ago and kept off). Most people here are fully aware of how to research anything to do with their well-being.
      Regards
      Cindy F

      • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

        Hi Cindy – that’s SO great to hear. I don’t think anyone without an under-active thyroid truly understands how hard it is to even shift one kg – but so, so easy to put on. x

    • Kerri

      Hi Jess and Nikki, I have been listening to Radio National’s program Life Matters where they have been comparing the 5:2 diet and the Paelo diet in their series Losing It. They have discussed the science behind each with and individual’s experiences of each regime (as I write in WA they are just discussing the Paelo). I think it has offered a well balanced view of each reviewing the ideas and research behind each of them. The first program can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/diet-series/5316034
      By the way Nikki you look terrific and it’s good to hear you feel that way also

      • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

        Thanks so much for sharing Kerri.

      • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

        Thanks so much for sharing Kerri.

  • Linda Jenkins

    Nikki – this is really speaking to me today. I have put alot of things on hold for me the last 2 years to enable some family members to achieve some big goals. They were completed on Sunday ,so now I really want to focus on looking after me. I didn’t have the mental or physical strength and time during this period so you have given me some great ideas to move forward. So glad your plan is working for you.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh Linda, that just some times is the way. The important thing is to realise when you’re ready to act. I think you have to be in the right head space to do so.

  • Petra

    It’s great to hear of women trying things to improve their health, or medical conditions they have, and that the “things” make them feel better. I’ve just sold (and moved in with in-laws) so am feeling my CFS flaring up a little. Plus it’s 2 years since my dad passed today, so I’m feeling a little emotional. However, you’ve reminded me (thank you!) that I need to concentrate on myself and what works and doesn’t work. Again, glad you’ve found what works for you – and a great G.P. too!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’m a former CFS sufferer Petra … I think it’s all been related over the years – from glandular fever, to CFS, to auto-immune thyroid condition. Days like today do hit hard. Thinking of you xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’m a former CFS sufferer Petra … I think it’s all been related over the years – from glandular fever, to CFS, to auto-immune thyroid condition. Days like today do hit hard. Thinking of you xx

      • Petra

        Nikki, have you ever written any posts/articles on CFS, and how you “manage” it?

        • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

          I haven’t Petra – it was a lifetime ago – getting pregnant with first baby “cured” me. Up until it was a holistic GP who helped me manage it with acupuncture and vitamin injections.

  • LKBLouise

    Nikki,
    Awesome work, such an encouragement to me (and I’m sure others) to read your progress That said, a little bit of a look back at your #everydaystyle posts on instagram shows how great you’re doing.
    My progress is not as obvious as yours and yet, I’m so excited by my results. Found myself a Naturopath, I’ve been prescribed supplements that are contributing to my feeling of wellbeing, I’m sleeping better, lost some cms, I’m told look heaps better. There’s still kgs to shed, but that will come.

    The other decision I took, was to ‘be with’ some of my life issues for a few weeks and to STOP nagging at them………….. that’s going great too
    So, dear, dear Nikki………..loving your leadership in this area……. you are greatly appreciated by me (and others, I’m sure)
    L oooxxx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Stop nagging at life issues – I love that Louise. We do get in the way of ourselves so much, don’t we? And great work with finding a naturopath that can help you on your path. x

  • Stephanie

    You’re looking radiant and even more beautiful! Well done Nikki

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’m FEELING good Stephanie, thanks!

  • Josie

    You look great Nikki. I have made changes by limiting alcohol to the weekends too, being more careful with what i eat and exercising 5 days per week. I also went to see a Naturopath and have been taking some supplements that have made me feel so much better and have made the juggling of full time work and 3 young children feel more manageable. My head feels less foggy and i have lost a bit of weight. I am going to look into the 5:2 way of eating as well.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      How good is it to feel less foggy? That’s a big one for me. Good luck with your health changes.

  • Johanne Taylor

    I really noticed how well you looked at the moment in comparison to a link back to an older post the other day. (Hope that sounds like the compliment it’s meant to be?)
    I too have adopted the 5:2 way of eating and restricting alcohol to weekends. I’m feeling great, my clothes are fitting better, and I have had a few people tell me in the last week I look either younger or just well rested (without them knowing what has changed).
    I’m travelling to Asia for 10 days for work from next week, and this is my first challenge as there is generally a fair bit of client socializing on these trips. My plan is to try to be as mindful in my eating as I have been since starting this way of eating- and to listen to my apparently shrinking stomach when it says “enough”!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I feel better Johanne so thanks … and I’m glad that you’ve found 5:2 works for you. At least you’re travelling to Asia where there are good food choices. I wouldn’t try and do a fast day but just know you can the moment you get home!

  • http://www.theannoyedthyroid.com/ sammie@theannoyedthyroid.com

    Great post, Nikki, you look amazing and it sounds like you feel as good as you look! It’s great that you’ve found what works for you. After reading your posts last year, I was inspired to try and cut back on gluten especially since I found out that it can reduce the absorption of thyroid meds, something I’m pretty dependent on since I lost my thyroid! I’ve also got right back into running and although I don’t look any different, I feel fantastic! After all, it’s all about healthy habits!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I haven’t had my thyroid removed Sammie but it doesn’t work as it should – medication is the only way and I’ve been highly resistant to one for many years so hoping to switch that around. I’m glad you’ve thought about gluten!

      • http://www.theannoyedthyroid.com/ sammie@theannoyedthyroid.com

        I’d love to know how you go with the natural thyroid replacement, Nikki. Sounds like it could be a real game changer! I’ve done more than think about gluten, I’m mastering the art of making gluten free bread and am making a concerted attempt to cut it out of my diet!

    • Lisa Mckenzie

      Sammie that is very interesting I did not know about gluten affecting thyroid meds I will look into it as I had a thyroidectomy 16 years ago for Hashimotos and multinodular goitre it was going to cut off my airways if I didn’t have it removed and have been dependent on thyroxine since!

      • http://www.theannoyedthyroid.com/ sammie@theannoyedthyroid.com

        Lisa, that’s what I heard from my friends in Canada. A lot of them have gone gluten free since their surgery and by all accounts have felt much better for it! Thyroxine is now my new best friend!

  • merilyn

    morning nikki, you are looking trim, taught and terrific … that’s for sure!
    I have had the opposite thyroid condition [over-active ... called grave's disease] which has reared it’s ugly head many times through my life.
    seems to be all burnt out now after menopause. all good, no scales in this house either, no alcohol any more! decided a few months ago … feel better for it might be able to salvage a few more brain cells … love it!
    a little tonic water with sparkling mineral water seems like a gin and tonic!
    sometimes a tiny bitters in my lime and soda … unlimited creative possibilities to explore … always in a special glass with ice seems festive!
    practiced yoga for over 20 years, it is all in the balance and plenty of time-out sessions are essential to one’s health and wellbeing … this blog is good for all of us as an interactive space to care and share … lovely! enjoy today m:)X

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh Merilyn, you have to watch your condition even more closely but it makes sense that you may not have it after menopause as these things are all hormonally related. And good on you for giving up alcohol altogether – I agree about the nice glass!!!

  • Adrienne

    Hi, Nikki, I noticed that you looked more svelte in one of the dresses you were wearing earlier in the week, a shorter red or orange one. Glad things are working out for you!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Adrienne

  • Kate McMullen

    Such a sensible approach Nikki, well done! I think everyone can take something away from this post to incorporate into their own routine!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Kate – that’s the idea – what works for me may not work for the next person.

  • Annie Reuss

    I hear you sister! Can also report I’m still on a similar track, as we discussed, and I am feeling much better too. Doubt we will ever wake up feeling fabulous every day … but the better days are way more than the bad ones now. We should catch up again soon xxxx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh yay Annie, so glad you’re going well as well. I’d like to think that I will have days that I do wake up with energy … optimistic I am … and yes, catch up soon x

  • Reannon Hope

    I’ve noticed how great you are looking Nikki & I’m really pleased to read it’s not because of some crazy fad or unattainable routine. Everything you do seems quite achievable & something that can be done long term. I also love that you’re not all preachy & you explain this works for you. Not everyone is the same but lots of what you’ve shared is doable for all of us. :)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      No fads don’t work for me, I needed to find something sustainable and something that still allowed me to live my life. xx

  • Dianne

    You look amazing Nikki! I discovered hot yoga at the end of last year and I love it. I also go twice a week and have gained amazing muscle tone with so much less effort than other workouts. Also visited a Naturopath who has done amazing things for my health (too much to go into here) by addressing the cause of issues. Regular green smoothies and healthy food all help too. Keep up the great work Nikki… you inspire women in more ways than you know.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks so much Dianne and I’m glad you’ve found a formula that works for you! Hot yoga is not good for my condition but normal yoga has been amazing.

  • http://www.shoppegirlsstyling.com/ Vicki | ShoppeGirls Styling

    Nikki you look amazing and well done. I have an Aunty with Hashimoto’s and she was the first person ever diagnosed with it and is in the history books. Keep up the great work.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh wow Vicki. She would have unknowingly helped a lot of women who came after her.

  • Kathryn

    Hi Nikki, well you certainly look healthy and trim! It’s good to find your own balance of exercise isn’t it? I’m Brisbane born and I think I know the area you live in. I like to walk around the headlands near where I live now, and I dabble in yoga at home. Walking along the boardwalks and beaches is good for my head as well as body. My daughter has started to attend yoga down at Moffats Beach, imagine that setting! I commented y’day but it hasn’t shown, maybe I forgot to press enter? I bought a kimino/capey thingy at Cotton On for $20 and while it doesn’t have the luxe feel I thought it would be a good starting point for a shortie, so I can see if I feel ok wearing it. I’ve been off work since Tuesday, this flu has grabbed me and given me a really good shake, off to my gp tomorrow, can’t get in until then. Time for a proper check up. Have a good day, Kathryn

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      So important to find an exercise balance that helps you feel good. It took a lot of bad experiments for me to get this point but I’m so glad I have got there!!