When Phoebe Lapine was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in her early 20s, she essentially turned a blind eye to her condition.
Being dependent on a pharmaceutical for the rest of her life wasn't something she wanted to sign up for.
So, over the next many years, she endured insomnia, night sweats, unwanted weight loss, painful stomachaches and fatigue.
Eventually, she found a physician who pinpointed gluten as a major culprit of her symptoms. But, she still wasn't sure what going "gluten-free" would entail, and her physician wasn't very clear on the connection between Hashimoto's and gluten, making the diagnosis even more confusing.
In time, Phoebe took to her condition to her own kitchen. Too many gluten-free products are still "processed junk," and she wanted to create recipes that worked to improve her health and wellness.
Whether you're suffering from an autoimmune condition like Phoebe, or just want to be kinder to your body, a good place to start is at home.
For example, batch cooking on weekends sets you and your family members up for success for the week ahead. The more you can plan in advance, the better. Make it fun by having everyone pull a recipe from which you make your shopping list. You don't necessarily have to do the shopping the same day you cook, either. Little steps like getting your veggies as close to cooking prior to starting can make a huge difference.
If batch cooking seems overwhelming, focus on the "brown bag." Lunch meals can be an easy platform for choosing healthier options, but you're typically only cooking for you, not the entire family.
Listen in as Phoebe joins Dr. Taz to share her personal journey, as well as tips for doing right by your body without giving up your life.
Phoebe also discusses her new book, The Wellness Project, which chronicles how she finally found the middle ground between health and hedonism by making one lifestyle change, one month at a time.