I’m joined by Dr. Carolyn Stone, a licensed naturopathic physician, to discuss her foundational recommendations for people with Hashimoto’s. She shares her interpretation of the animal-based diet, explores the benefits of resistance training, and talks about how to handle stress with more resilience.
Diet is one of the biggest topics surrounding Hashimoto’s, so I wanted to get Dr. Stone’s take on everything from veganism to the carnivore method. We discuss the common misconceptions people have when it comes to strength training and explain why building muscle is crucial for your thyroid health. She breaks down her training style and highlights how resistance training has improved her overall health. Dr. Stone also touches on potential treatment plans for adrenal dysfunction and explores the connection between tissue hyper-mobility and autoimmune disorders.
Dr. Carolyn Stone
Dr. Stone is a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Arizona and owner of Stone Naturopathic. She has a passion for helping women with thyroid disorders who are looking to get their life back. She was tired of seeing women brushed off by their health practitioners or given unnecessary treatments and thus made it her mission to serve these women in the way they deserve. Helping others return home to their true selves is her ultimate goal.
Dr. Stone’s Diet Recommendations
Gut health is a critical piece of treating autoimmune disorders. Dr. Stone has been trying out a mostly animal-based diet recently and has seen amazing results. While some vegans and vegetarians might have to work harder to reach certain nutrient goals, it’s not impossible to adhere to a plant-based diet with Hashimoto’s. Dr. Stone provides some clarity around fiber and the gut microbiome, particularly as it relates to bloating and digestion.
The Benefits of Strength Training
Most people hear from their doctors that they should get more low-impact movement in, like walking, yoga, and Pilates. There’s a misconception that picking up weights or getting your heart rate up is going to hinder your healing. The reality is that having lean muscle mass improves your insulin sensitivity, helps stabilize your blood sugar levels, improves your resting metabolic rate, and reduces pain. Building muscle is also one of the best ways to naturally convert T4 into T3.
In This Episode
Dr. Stone shares her Hashimoto’s journey. [ 1:31 ]
Dr. Stone talks about her experience with following an animal-based diet. [ 5:50 ]
Dr. Stone unpacks the pros and cons of following a plant-based diet. [ 8:52 ]
Dr. Stone describes the benefits of strength training. [ 11:57 ]
Dr. Stone shares her advice for how to be more resilient around stress. [ 14:04 ]
Emily asks Dr. Stone, “Why is muscle important for my thyroid?” [ 20:37 ]
Dr. Stone takes listeners through her workout routine. [ 22:25 ]
Emily asks Dr. Stone, “What would you tell the maybe the more sedentary women listening?” [ 28:33]
Dr. Stone talks about how to address adrenal dysfunction. [ 34:41 ]
If you’re not well taken care of, you can’t do anything for anybody else. [16:50]
I know for myself, strength training has been critical to getting my Hashimoto’s under control. Without that, I would not be where I’m at today not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. [19:56]
Just get your body moving and build muscle. I don’t care how you do it, just make it happen and be consistent. [30:27]
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- How Dr. Stone’s thoughts on nutrition have changed over the years
- Ways to improve your response to stress, like setting and maintaining boundaries
- Where to get started with investigating your nutrient levels
- Dr. Stone’s thoughts on health and wellness gadgets
- A look into Dr. Stone’s gym routine
- Different treatment plans for women struggling with adrenal fatigue
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