Posts by Phoenix

Entrepreneur, Creative Artist, Writer, Fitness and Nutrition enthusiast, Veteran, Patriot, Military Wife & Child of God

Pizza and (root)Beer

Tried this amazing recipe from the arsinal of http://www.grazedandenthused.com

It is a homemade AIP Paleo Chicken Pesto Pizza.  Loaded with Pesto, shredded chicken, olive bar olives, roasted artichokes and Truffle Sea salt.  It was so simple to go to a local store with a great variety of natural and organic and specialty foods to get the ingrediants I did not already have on hand. You can find the recipe here Chicken Pesto Pizza and I made it in less than an hour including the flat bread crust.  It was amazing and I’m so glad I found it, since I’ve been on the AIP its been difficult to watch others eat typical weekend dinners like pizza and such.  Not that I have a problem with eating steak and Salmon or grilled chicken instead of Pizza, but sometimes you just want Pizza!  So I found an option.  And I gotta say its better than most normal pizzas its more flavorful and rich.  The crust is delicious and slightly doughy and still crispy on the outside.

AIPaleo Chicken pesto

In an effort to heal my gut and help me with digestion during this process of healing.  I have been trying lots of probiotic foods and drinks like this.  I have found that Humm kombucha is so far my favorite for fruity flavored kombucha, because I really cant stand the taste of regular kombucha.  But  I decided to try this one while I was shopping at my local Natural Grocers, and I liked it.  I figured if I sipped it while I walked and I didnt like it, it was a less then 3dollar cost to give it a go.  But I REALLY liked it! So I bought five more.  It gave me a little treat because it tasted like my dad’s homemade rootbeer, and yet I know that it had the benefits of the probiotic, organic, gluten free (soda).  So glad I took the chance to try it. It was a treat.

Kombucha Rootbeer

Medicinal Update

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Here it is. It has been a slow process since I have a hard time reading a book in my hands vs. listening to books.  However as I’ve been on this self healing journey, I am getting further in my book “The Root Cause” and learning a little more about the Dr.’s research and even self experimentation.  According to “The Plan” which I read last year those who have low thyroid function need iodine.  So as per the advise of Lyn Genet, I started taking Kelp.  However I found out recently that this is a hypothesis that is widely spread by some in the nutrition community and it is not backed by testing and scientific facts.  Therefore as I am willing to try things, but never convinced until I see facts and results that prove the test to have a result that is consistent and sustainable.  I am skeptical of many nutritionists who learn a few things about some test that showed results in some people and then try to say that is the truth for all.  I am just as skeptical of doctors who live by the bible of their medical training and the practices handed down by generations before them, which sometimes prove to be founded in truth, but other times result in false assumptions and flawed medicine.  Therefore, I am removing the Kelp from my regimen to test the results without, and to actually test my iodine levels with a urinary iodine test before continuing with any method to reduce or increase iodine in my system.

That being said, I am increasing Selenium for the time being which counteracts the over consumption of iodine in food and other sources.  An abundance of iodine without a correlating amount of selenium will actually make matters worse for the thyroid.   also found to contribute to digestion issues that are found Crohn’s, celiac, and IBD, according to Dr. Isabella Wentz (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause, 2015) The Hashimotos:celiac or even mild gluten-intolerance dance is so common among us who suffer that it is finally becoming noticed among those in the community of people discussing and sharing stories about Hashimotos online.  Low levels of selenium is part of the equation and I would even say it is one more tentacle of the monster that becomes this cycle of symptoms vs. cause.  The major benefits of selenium are that it facilitates the conversion of T4 into T3 which is one of the problems with the thyroid in Hashimotos; and it protects the thyroid from the oxidative damage from dangerous levels of hydrogen peroxide that occurs from excessive iodine. As well Selenium, reduces anti-thyroid antibodies and so I am testing the effect on my body and will be visiting with the doctor this week to get new lab work done.

The thing is, the more I understand it, iodine, what Dr. Wentz refers to as a “goldilocks supplement” meaning that there is so much conflicting data on the occurrence of iodine in thyroid disease because if it is too high it causes severe problems, and if it is too low it causes other extreme symptoms.  So until I have that test done, I will be staying away from supplementing with iodine.

I’ve replaced the daytime adrenal supplement with a nighttime supplement, as I still have symptoms of adrenal imbalance.  I’ve also re-added milk thistle (for liver health), and switched to a new digestive enzyme.

As well I’ve decided to add magnesium to help me with anxiety, fatigue, energy, and helping to reduce kidney stones, and increase DHEA.

I will be updating again after my labs are back, as I am looking into alternative thyroid therapy that Dr. Wentz discusses rather than the Synthroid I was taking before.  I found that some of my thyroid symptoms did return after the Synthroid was out of my system.  But the benefit was so minimal that I wish to try an alternative medication to bring my thyroid levels to normal.

I am following her book very closely and taking the steps to test and treat and I am now officially on an auto immune paleo diet as well to further reduce inflammation.

Medicine cabinet

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Almost completely pharmaceutical free (except allergy medicine)

So I’ve been reducing and removing traditional prescription drugs to do continue the goal for complete cleansing of my body of toxic and depleting substances.  I’ve found wonderful substitutes for many of the medicines and I am pleased to also say that though there have been a few recurrences of some of my hashimotos symptoms I been successful in reducing and removing almost all of them.  So here are the herbal, natural, and vitamin medicines I am taking to serve the purpose of self healing and treating while I find the root causes of my hashimotos symptoms.

I am also happy to say I have officially hit the lost 20lbs mark in my fitness pal, and though it has taken about 6 months I am very happy that I finally am seeing loss that is sustained and not yo-yo’ing.  I have begun fasting more regularly, and with the reduction of carbs, and removal of gluten again I am pleased that I have seen no flair ups of my digestion issues or bloating.  I am happy with the success I have achieved with finding self healing and weight loss, and I am continuing on the road to my goal of full remission.  I am taking it slower now and trying not to get too discouraged as I know it is a long road for many who have hashimotos and it is difficult.  If anyone else is suffering along with me, follow hypothyroidmom.com and check out Isabella Wentz’s book the Root cause.

One more thing, I still take the tincture that I was given and will finish it off, but I will not be getting more.  As well I still take the digestive enzymes and the probiotics.

Ciao

Hiatus from the keyboard(sort of)

So I’ve been gone a while and I want to explain… since I last wrote we’ve moved, the kids are in school and I have gone back to school for my MBA.  So needless to say I’ve been limited for time, due to school work.   However, I had a clear answer to prayer while crying out to God on my knees for an hour….a couple of months ago. I asked him among other things what he wants me to do with my talents and ambition. he said “multiply your talents” the following day I received a call back from one of about 10 schools I was looking into for my plans to go back in two years and after he told me to do it now, I was both caught off guard but pleased because it was going to speed up my journey. So here I am on Christmas break after two and half months back into school, sitting at he local indoor trampoline park with the kids. I thought it would be the perfect time to update. This may mean I am not as active however I will still be updating my health journey.

Ciao

Bio Hacking part 3

I recently come to the conclusion that I should test a few foods that I had not tested before. I unthoughfully stopped eating wheat products and replaced them with gluten free options a couple of months ago.  As of a couple of weeks ago I was going over my resources and wondering why I was not having a great deal of success in loosing weight if I was removing a food that was a common trigger for hashimotos patients.  I was having better results with my gut and symptoms of lower gut bloating and idegestion. So I got all of my resources together and started to dig. I realized that I had increased my carbohydrates dramatically when I started eating gluten free because I felt safe eating the gluten free baked goods. I didn’t realize I was actually eating more gf-breads and such than I had been before going gluten free. I thought because I went gluten free that the indegestion and bloating was getting better. However I realized when I looked at the other factors that I had increased digestive enzyme simultaneously. So needless to say I had a period where I actually stopped all of my thoughts and focused solely on lowing sugar even if I was still having an occasional wheat product.  Since then I have done some fasting to reset my metabolism and restart my efforts to focus on more portion control and reducing sugar to try and regulate my insulin levels.  I am not depriving myself of anything just refocusing, exercising and hydrating more.  Finally I started to see results again and the more I told myself, I am allowed to have anything just not all day everyday. I also re-read a great motivational book “reshaping it all” by Candace Cameron Bure, and finally read the “Skinnygirl rules for getting and staying naturally thin” by Bethany Frankel.  The great thing about both of these books they are both teaching natural health through eating right rather than dieting. The hashimotos makes my situation unique because of the symptoms that come along with it, they cause me to have a difficult time doing normal things and so it has been a battle of taking herbs and spices and finding what works, what makes a difference for me!  Hashimotos also makes nutrition an issue, because there are some common triggers as I mentioned earlier like gluten.  My focus has been to start by exercising more regularly each morning, before the kids get up for school, and eliminating breads until I have reset my sugar levels.  Then my plan will be to introduce only gluten free items for a week once per day, to test. Followed by a similar test with wheat products to test. If I see the digestive issues return I will then know that the wheat does react in my gut. The key will be to limit the breads so that I do not mess in my sugar levels again.  I am happy to say I have lost 15 pounds and kept it off for at least a month. I am going slow and steady to get into a routine and be consistent with my sustainability of my nutritional intake.  I have also quit synthroid and began taking a high content cinnamon and a turmeric supplement to impact inflammation. This was a recommendation from a friend who also has hashimotos and has seen massive results in reducing inflammation through her limitation of sugar and taking these two anti inflammatory supplements. I will update my medicine list in my next post. One other thing, I forgot to mention that my allergy test did show a very mild reaction to all of the main ingredients to gf baked goods, so I will proceed with that in mind, as the allergist explained it simply means that I should not live on those ingredients, because then I will trigger more reaction. It’s better to build up tolerance with small consistent doses.

Hacking & Healing part 2

UPDATE!

After evaluation and trying out the calorie restriction part of my plan, I’ve decided that I had more success with the South Beach modified diet using a higher fat intake for ketosis to help my insulin resistance.  In addition to modifying SB by increasing fat, I am also using a GlutenFree SouthBeach cookbook.  After reading Isabella Wentz article concerning how to loose weight with Hashimotos and a couple of other hashimotos books and articles, I felt that it was probably best not to cut calories as it may exhaust my thyroid instead of encourage healthy thyroid hormone balance.  I am also going to go back to my doc and ask to run my blood again to see what my thyroid and hormone levels are to see if we can find a different thyroid medicine to try as I have not seen any improvement since I’ve been on the thyroid medicine.

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So, the steps I have taken thus far to deal with my hashimotos and surrounding symptoms.  As mentioned in my previous post I was put on thyroid replacement and my thyroid ultrasound result was sent to a diabetes and endocrinology clinic where the hashimotos was confirmed.  Unfortunately while I was searching for answers I came across many others who had similar experience with their doctors and even the specialists.  They were told that the Synthroid (thyroid replacement med) was the answer and that the thyroid would just get eaten and then should the symptoms change they will re-evaluate the treatment should thyroid levels change.   So as you might imagine when I heard this very typical answer from the specialist I went to, I was very disappointed.  Not only did the doc not seem too worried about the hashimotos, but he also told me the symptoms were not connected.  But I knew they were.  Since the research I had done confirmed my suspicion that my symptoms were related it also prepared me a little for what I would experience when I went to see the doc and he was not so motivated to help me.  Honestly the only good thing that came out of the appointment was that I found out I was insulin resistant, which I also found out is common among hashimotos patients.  So basically he told me that was what I needed to address and put me on Metformin, and told me to diet and exercise.

My new symptoms:

  • Hair loss
  • Abnormally dry skin
  • Indigestion & acid reflux
  • constipation (prior to first step to healing)
  • Plantar Faciitus

Previously noted symptoms:

  • Hormone imbalance (low testosterone)
  • Lethargy
  • Non existent libido
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Skin problems (acne)
  • Vasculitous (on my shins)
  • Forgetfulness
  • Emotional instability
  • So I’ve since then gone to a rheumatologist for my Vasculitus who told me to keep working on anti-inflammatory lifestyle I told him I am implementing.

I’ve also seen a new holistic doctor and she has recommended some natural medicinals and I am also working with a nutritionist at her office for moral and motivational support through my diet and exercise.

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Above is a picture of the map of cause and symptoms created by Dr. Wentz, which helps to target root cause and treat.  The first steps I’ve taken toward healing, to address symptoms and multi-system attack at all angles:

  1. Removing gluten from my diet completely to test intolerance(this has virtually reduced all symptoms of constipation and almost all indigestion issues)
  2. Due to the insulin resistance I was instructed to Increase fat intake for a ketogenic effect and using 310 nutrition meal replacement when I do not have time or need a quick easy meal, as well as metabolic exercise using alternating large muscle group weight lifting.  This is an effort to get my insulin resistance under control and with the Metformin use I hope to continue steady weight loss with out rebound.  So far I’ve been successful in loosing weight in the past month and two weeks since focusing everyday on my diet and exercise.
  3. Taking a custom tincture containing the following:
    1. Ribes – Blackfoot Indians used blackcurrant root (Ribes hudsonianum) for the treatment of kidney diseases and menstrual and menopausal problems. Currant root and seeds are high in gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA). GLA has been clinically verified as an effective treatment for pre-menstrual syndrome.
    2. Rosa – for addressing a number of mental and emotional ailments
    3. Birch – for infections of the urinary tract and kidney, as well as hair loss, joint pain
    4. Tilia – for digestive help and inflammatory and antioxidant support
    5. Goji – for antioxidants
    6. Ginger – for digestive and anti-inflammatory properties
    7. Petitgrain – for acne, fatigue, and stress
    8. Lavender – for anxiety, and neurological health
  4. Taking Norwegian Kelp supplement for iodine supplement for thyroid function
  5. I began taking a ultra Adrenal complex, which almost immediately gave me a boost in energy.
  6. Increasing use of digestive enzymes to facilitate better nutrient absorption
  7. Within the last week I’ve begun taking CBD oil (Cannabidiol) with these medical properties and effects of those properties.  My main goal in using it is for the whole body anti-inflammatory effects as many of my symptoms are a result of widespread inflammation.  It has also been found to be helpful for those with auto-immune diseases like mine.
    Antiemetic Reduces nausea and vomiting
    Anticonvulsant Suppresses seizure activity
    Antipsychotic Combats psychosis disorders
    Anti-inflammatory Combats inflammatory disorders
    Anti-oxidant Combats neurodegenerative disorders
    Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer Combats tumor and cancer cells
    Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant Combats anxiety and depression disorders

    Disclaimer Note: Cannabidiol is non psychotropic and does not have THC which is the chemical that produces the “high” experienced from smoking Cannabis.

So far I am noticing some positive results.  I am seeing some changes in my body as well as  generally feeling better on a day to day.  I have seen some great results with my dietary changes, however I still need to test more foods that I suspect may be causing some problems because of sensitivity.  Thanking God and Prayer for healing and knowledge of the answers to my healing and understanding are still the number one method of seeking answers and healing.  Praise God in these times of trial.

Shabbat Shalom beloved