Faith Abbott is a 20-something year old living in Austin, Texas with her fiance and beloved dog, Biscuit. With 5 years in marketing, Faith is a Field Marketing Manager at a tech company by day, and a blogger by night. In 2012, Faith was diagnosed with Graves disease, a form of hyperthyroidism. Without the knowledge of how to be an empowered patient, she lived 7 years feeling sick and weary. Finally, after a pretty bad relapse that left her bedridden, she searched for answers in podcasts, books, blogs, publications, new doctors, therapy, and other practitioners. This is when she found a way to take her health into her own hands. The journey of healing is what inspired the blog. Her goal is to help people advocate for their own health and bodies, learning to listen to their bodies, and ultimately understanding that “feeling good” is possible.
On this site, you will find Faith’s blogs, based on her experiences in healing and managing autoimmune symptoms, fitness tips, wellness tips, and healthy eating tips. You will also find her favorite products that have aided in her journey towards health and the educational resources that have empowered her along the way. Faith is now a lifelong learner, always searching for more, better, and different ways to attain true health through mind, body, and spirit.
What kind of doctors do you currently work with?
I work with an Osteopath for Graves disease management and my supplement regulation, and OBGYN for hormonal regulation, a dermatologist for acne scar healing and anti-aging, a cardiologist to manage my familial hypercholesterolemia, and functional medicine doctor for whole body healing. My doctors are posted on the site for your reference if you are local in the Austin area.
How often do you exercise and what kind of exercise do you do?
Exercise is essential for me to feel good, so I try and do some sort of exercise everyday. If I am having a good week, I will switch between cardio and resistance training. I usually do yoga at least twice a week. If I am having a week where I am really fatigued, I will do yoga most days. I try to listen to my body as much as possible and use that as the deciding factor for what I will do that day.
Where do you grocery shop?
I try and keep my big weekly shop to Trader Joe’s at the Seaholm Power Plant in downtown Austin. It is really cost effective when you are buying organic produce in bulk like I am. For specialty items I go to Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, or Wheatsville.
What dietary restrictions to you adhere to to help with thyroid disease?
I’m always kind of experimenting with this and trying to find new ways to continue to support my gut health, clear skin, and decreased inflammation. However, currently I do try and eat whole foods as much as possible, rarely eating processed foods throughout my week. I stick to organic, and I don’t eat dairy, soy, grains, and very little gluten. If I eat meat, it usually is in the form of really clean, organic chicken or steak.
So, what's next?
Now that you know a little bit more about who I am and what I'm about, head over to my blog to gain a little perspective as to how I approach wellness and the pursuit of a balanced life.