Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels and The Hormone Diet by Dr. Natasha Turner. I have not had an official blood test to see if I have real thyroid concerns, but thyroid issues do run in my family and I am a big fan of preventative care. I have contacted a friend who has a doctor that she likes and trusts for me to get some blood work done-- the last "doctor" I went to was my work doctor and a complete and total a-hole who didn't give me an accurate test that I trust. So, until then. . .
I have to tell you, I really feel and see a difference in my body! The products that I have switched to: organic dairy (milk, eggs, coffee cream and occasionally organic yogurt- still trying to find a brand that I like as much as Fage), organic meats when possible, organic produce or local produce, organic coffee, filtered water from my Brita pitcher, organic face and body wash, organic body lotion (vanilla by Jason is JUST DIVINE), and organic deodorant. I am not a huge fan of the deodorant-- I am a sweater!!!
From Jillian's book I have stopped drinking any caffeine after noon. I struggled with this at first because I always made myself a cup of coffee before my shift at work, but I really have grown used to it. As a result, I have been sleeping better at night and I have much less breast sensitivity and swelling in my hands and feet due to PMS. Normally I feel like Violet Beauregard from Willy Wonka ("My daughter's a blueberry!") but not this month. That is awesome.
I don't know if this is all in my head or really a result of trying my hardest to only ingest the healthiest, my whole foods possible. I also feel less cravings for the sweet stuff and the salty stuff. I also have been eating more consistently (especially breakfast) and at more regular intervals. As a result, I am down a pound or two.
I will keep up this "experiment" for another two to three months and see if the organic lifestyle is really the way to go. So far, it is a resounding YES!