The energetic, active woman you used to be has disappeared.
Right now, you are getting by.
No amount of “win the morning, win the day” mantras will snap you out of your crushing fatigue haze.
You’re chugging coffee like it’s water, only to hit a wall of exhaustion by 2pm.
By the time you fall into bed, you lay there tired but wired as your mind spirals into “What the F is wrong with me?”.
The weight gain refuses to budge… even if you stick to a regimented diet program. Nothing works. It’s frustrating and your morale has disappeared.
Staying present with your kids? Concentrating on work? Remembering which button you’re supposed to press on the damn coffee machine? Forget it. There’s more of a chance of me actually liking the Kardashians.
You long to get back into the gym (and miss the stamina you used to have) but any workout leaves you drained, burnt out and like you’ve been hit by a Ford F-150.
And the brain fog? Heck, you probably forget your own damn name half the time.
Your symptoms are debilitating, guilt-inducing, stolen so many precious moments in your life and taken away your vitality. It’s time to get it back. (I know, I’ve lived it).
Is this really how you want to be living?
I’m tired of seeing strong and capable women
being trapped by their symptoms and excuses
Because while you’re doing #allthethings for your diet, your meds are dialed in, and your supplement cabinet needs its own zip code at this point…
Your current exercise regime is working against your body – and your Hashimoto’s diagnosis.
In fact, I see unhelpful advice being flung around the Internet for women with Hashimoto’s who want to work out.
Here are 3 workout myths I’m calling BS on…
Hours of cardio is best for weight loss
With Hashimoto’s, your body works less efficiently and your muscle utilizes fuel differently.
So cardio is NOT the most effective strategy for changing the way your body looks and is a losing strategy for fat loss. Instead you’ll feel destroyed and sore for hours or even days after – which leads to demotivation because you don’t think it’s working out for you.
Strength training will give you back control of your body AND the strength you need to support your thyroid and shed the extra pounds.
I should only do low impact exercise with Hashimoto’s
Yes, the days of leg warmers and leotards a la Jane Fonda are over. Weight lifting stimulates your muscle tissue. Healthy muscles boost your metabolism which burns more fat (so you’ll be leaner and more toned).
The Real Deal
When done properly, strength training helps lower inflammation in the body, improves the immune system and lowers your cortisol (stress hormone) afterwards.
Pilates, yoga, stretching and just walking alone will not stimulate your muscles enough to make a visible difference to your body. And this is direct advice coming from an actual yoga instructor…
Pain during or soreness after a workout means I need to stretch more
Most of the time pain is caused by certain areas overcompensating because they’re not strong enough. Pain actually means you need to strengthen, not stretch.
Hanging out in downward dog on your yoga mat leads to lengthened muscles, instead of the joint support and stability from strong muscles that you need.
Fact, Not Fiction
Instead you need an active cool-down which will speed up your recovery time, support your immune system, and settle your heart rate.
Unsurprisingly none of this advice worked. So you’re left feeling lazy, like a glutton, and like it’s your fault you’re not losing weight.
But here’s why you’re not to blame…
Your trainer has no experience with Hashimoto’s – yet you’re hoping they’ll be able to work miracles on you
Most trainers don’t have a clue about how to adapt their approach for people living with an auto-immune disease.
And here’s why these workouts don’t work:
You can’t find someone who understands exercise AND Hashimoto’s
Either your doctor doesn’t have a clue about the correct protocol for Hashimoto’s (and gives the bad advice I shared earlier) or your trainer doesn’t understand Hashimoto’s.
So you’re left feeling mentally and physically worse than when you started.
Instead work with a movement specialist who understands your unique roadblocks so you can focus your hard work and commitment into a plan specifically designed for you.
You trying to work out as intensively as you used to
I get it, you want to challenge yourself and return to the level of fitness you had at your best. But, unlike in your 20s, your knees (and thyroid) can’t handle 60-minute HIIT workouts or spin class any more. It’s about finding the balance between exercising effectively without overdoing it and burning out.
You need a training plan that is designed for women living with Hashimoto’s, and allows for extra recovery time and the right number of reps for your body.
You’re doing the same workouts as those who don’t have an autoimmune disease
Stop wasting time with methods that weren’t designed for women with Hashimoto’s. Our bodies work differently. So if you try to lose weight using the same tactics as everyone else…you’re gonna be disappointed with the results.
Understand how to work with your body so it can heal – and you can get back your strong, healthy and vibrant you.
Your body needs strong, stable muscles…and you won’t build them from yoga, pilates or walking.
Hi, I’m Dr. Emily. And I know exactly how you feel.
In this photo of me with my son Elvis, I’m smiling.
But I couldn’t have been in more pain.
I was at the darkest depths of Hashimoto’s — having constant flare-ups and totally exhausted.
The couch was my best friend. I was working out, but the weight just wouldn’t come off. Then I started gaining more weight. I felt like I was barely holding it together.
But doctors claimed my symptoms were the result of being a first-time mom.
I suffered for 18 months, and it was too long.
But you don’t have to.
Eventually I discovered I had Hashimoto’s.
Instead of letting my diagnosis define me (and give me the excuses I wanted), I was determined to ditch the ‘poor me’ mentality, find a solution, feel healthy and get strong AF.
Today, my Hashimoto’s is in remission.
My TSH is within an optimal range. My blood tests have not shown thyroid antibodies. And, for years, my lab work has shown a clean bill of health.
Now let’s get one thing clear: I am not special.
I didn’t pay for expensive specialists or high-end technology resources.
I followed a simple roadmap to guide my workouts.
I lifted weights. And I did the work.
Over 14 years as a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, I’ve used this same approach to help 1000s of women thrive with Hashimoto’s. Overcome crippling fatigue, pain, and injury. And get back to feeling like themselves again.
And I know if we can do it, you can do it.
I want you to know that you are seen. You are heard. And there is hope. And most importantly, you can get strong AF without injuring yourself.
I’m sharing the exact methods I used to feel strong and confident without the fear of set-backs, injury or feeling reduced to my diagnosis…
You’ll get them all in my 6-week course Thyroid Strong, created specifically for women with Hashimoto’s.
Quite simply, you can feel like you did before your diagnosis.
Or, dare I say it, before you had kids.
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Imagine how it would feel to take control of your Hashimoto’s and get results like these
“Dr Emily Kiberd makes wonderful modifications. I have Hashimotos and Rheumatoid arthritis and have some limited mobility in my elbow and have knee pain. I feel stronger and never thought I’d be swinging or deadlifting kettlebells. I was skeptical at first cause I really love cycling, barre and Pilates. But felt like I was always wired after or felt horrible for days. This has been the perfect balance for me.”
“I feel so grateful that I found Emily and this program. Before starting this program, I felt physically so weak and desperate because I tried to do what everyone suggested and what was most familiar to me, like yoga and long walks, but everything left me feeling weaker. I was a bit worried that Thyroid Strong would be too much for me and I’d end up at bottom again as I had never lifted weights before, but I started to feel stronger! I kept my muscle! I had more energy! I felt sooo happy, relieved and actually hopeful that I can have a strong functional body again. I love working with Emily because she is easy going, welcoming, inclusive and open. I don’t feel an ounce of judgement, instead I feel she offers nothing but support, understanding and hope.”
“Before Thyroid Strong, I had three different personal trainers during a 6 year period. I was looking for help to break a plateau in weight loss. I heard Dr. Emily Kiberd on a podcast and I thought this may be what I need. I drew a line in the sand and said that the Thyroid Strong program will be the last program that I will buy. At first I thought, ‘This is too easy’ but a day after the workout I could feel like I really worked my muscles well. I’d recommend this to anyone with thyroid issues!”
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“What sets Emily apart is her drive for greatness! It oozes from her pores. She walks the walk and talks the talk. She lives and breathes movement.
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