Is your thyroid healthy? Really?

A Note From Sara

Hey there ladies and gents!

It’s been FAR too long, hasn’t it? Long story short, MUCH has happened since my last post in early January. I’ve moved back home to Wisconsin from Arizona (yay!), my business now has a brand identity (“the lux”…more on that later! But trust me, it. is. FABULOUS and I cannot WAIT to roll it out for you!), I’ve started taking on clients, AND I’ll be moving into my office space on MONDAY.

Holy shmoley…it’s been a BIG couple of months.

Time to come up for a breath of air and get back on track with posting here. Because, let’s be honest, you guys are freaking awesome and I’ve TONS to share with you! That said, expect a fresh-off-the-press post here every Thursday. Yup, EVERY Thursday. Awesome sauce, right?

Here we go…

Healthy thyroid?

Recently, through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I was introduced to the work of John Douillard. He’s into Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine native to India. And by traditional form, I mean it’s been around for thousands of years. Instantly, I was intrigued. So, I joined his email list.

And sure, I’ve heard that people have thyroid issues. Who hasn’t? But scrolling through his article on the subject was EYE-OPENING…to say the least. In fact, here’s his “Step Two”:

John Douillard’s Step 2: Take the following yes-or-no questionnaire.

•    Are you fatigued or lethargic compared to how you’ve typically felt in the past?
•    Do you have aversion to or intolerance of cold?
•    Does your mind feel foggy?
•    Has your memory declined recently?
•    Do you have an increased need for sleep?
•    Are you experiencing slow and steady weight gain?
•    Are you constipated?
•    Do you have dry, coarse skin?
•    Have the outside thirds of your eyebrows become thinner?
•    Are you experiencing hair thinning or hair loss?
•    Do you have high cholesterol?
•    Is it difficult to get out of bed in the morning?
•    Is it difficult to enjoy life because it takes too much energy?
•    Do the muscles in your arms and legs cramp for no reason?
•    Do your joints hurt?
•    Do you find it difficult to concentrate?
•    Do you just feel “off” and can’t really explain it?
•    Are you fingers and toes always cold?
•    Are you feeling depressed?
•    Do you find yourself cancelling evening or weekend plans regularily because you just don’t have the energy?

All of the above are signs and symptoms of a low-functioning thyroid. If you answered “yes” to 5 or more of these questions and your first morning axillary temperature test is below 97 degrees, you may have a thyroid condition.

Here’s the questions that hit-home with me:

Of course, this isn’t an end-all questionnaire. And just because a person answers “yes” to some of the questions does not mean he or she has a thyroid issue. However, isn’t it interesting?

I’ve yet to take my morning auxiliary temperature (honestly, I’m not even sure I own a thermometer at this point). Add THAT to the list… But the outside thirds of my eyebrows are definitely thinner AND I’ve been shedding like crazy for months and months. Poor Brian. He’s had to unclog the shower drain how many times? (Yes, our lives are glamourous!) Just keeping it real folks… just keeping it real.

Definitely check out John Douillard’s video and article on Home Thyroid Screening. Totally free. Totally worth the time.

Much love,
P.S. And in other news, Carlson Farms will be continuing into the next generation of the family. We’re doing grass-fed beef. The parentals are stoked. Not their words…all the same. Does anyone’s parents out there use the word stoked?


The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine OR the slowest form of poison. – Ann Wigmore


It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this blog post to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it. – SH

About Sara

Sara Hefty (B.B.A. and H.H.C.) teaches workaholic women how to have it all and flourish without burning out, binging or being spiteful. As an expert in transformational health coaching, she holds women accountable for letting go of unwanted weight, being brilliantly nourished, grounded in truth and feeling confident, happy and playful every single day.

As a woman with her own weight loss story, wide-ranging family heritage of cancer, and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Sara’s appreciation for convenient nutrient-dense food, personal growth, inspiring design, financial responsibility, and social entrepreneurship led to her “Pursuit of Ownership: Health, Home, and Legacy” model of heart-on-fire-hot empowered living.

Sara is the founder of PROJECT LUX and She currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with her husband Brian and hound-dog Raja.