I cannot believe how things have changed in the last month. I have been spending some time in prayer for wisdom, healing, and knowledge to find the answers to heal my body. My prayers are being answered with clarity and I am finding the answers and seeing results.
I’ve literally lost another 10lbs. That’s a total of 30lbs!
Since my last docs appointment I have switched to a bovine raw thyroid supplement, I’ve begun taking thiamine(B1) for fatigue, and B12. In addition to continuing my nutrition on the AIP side of Paleo. I have tested a few foods after being on the AIP over a month now, from occasional (meaning once or twice in a week) basmati or sushi rice, and a few minimal exposures to parmesan in pesto. Neither have given me any noticeable negative side effects. Also I’ve begun limiting my exposure to blue light after sundown and reduced the physical stressors on my body. I have also been taking a better CBD oil by Fairwinds suppliment for inflammation and pain, and over all neuro-protection. Last but most informational, I watched this amazing docuseries by Dr. Isabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP and Hashimotos survivor as well. Seriously if you suffer from auto-immunity you have to watch this. The Thyroid Secret
My inflammation is drastically decreased and my brain fog is almost virtually gone. My joint pain has improved, but I am still working on a few things to help improve that even more. I just had my blood drawn again for my hormone levels and my thyroid function which I will report in my next post.
Success is a 100 little wins!
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.
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.
Ive documented some of the health struggles I’ve experienced over the past and most recently over the year and a half of living here. Last I found that I was having under-active thyroid and hormone imbalance specifically low testosterone. This last follow up my doc checked my thyroid levels and also my hormone levels. Though I was actually put on a very low dose of thyroid medication, my thyroid levels went down even more. This is quite unsettling, as its only been about two month that I was on the low dose. So I can only imagine what it would have been like if I had not been on any hormones. Here’s a list of my symptoms:
Hormone imbalance (low testosterone)
Non existent libido
Unexplained weight gain
Vasculitous (on my shins)
So he’s increased the hormones to triple the dose and also is thinking of doing an ultra sound on my thyroid to see if that can tell us anymore. Unfortunately the waiting is the hardest because everyday I cannot function normally is one more reason I become depressed and plagued with a feeling of failure. I am just praying that he is able to find an answer to some root cause that I can at least learn about and we can attempt to fix. Update in about a month.
Recently I’ve learned another step in the search for the root cause of my health issues over the previous years. This is a two part plan that I’ve begun. I recently read the book “The Plan” by Lyn-Genet Recitas which is marketed as a weight loss book but actually I learned about it through listening to a talk radio health show and heard her discussing the problem of chronic inflammation. I was intrigued because I knew this was a issue I had. I also was interested in finding out if there were foods I had been eating that might be causing inflammation and weight gain. I was right! After doing the initial three day detox eating only global non inflammatory foods, I started the testing phase where I introduced foods each day to see how my body reacted. The premise of the plan is that our body’s chemistry will react to what we put in them and though some diets have great results for some there is no one diet for everyone because everyones body is different. Which is why so many of us try diets that have all sorts of success stories and then it doesn’t work for us. Over time our body’s become even more ‘reactive’ to foods as we get older, similar to allergies that get worse with age. I found this book to have so much of what I was already finding in my research of nutrition and healing and so I was very intrigued and excited to try it out and see what may be causing inflammation and what also may be able to heal ailments that I’ve had. Many of the patients of Lyn-Genet have had the same issue with health issues they could not explain nor cure. But rather ended up suffering and treating symptoms. Many others like myself have struggled with unexplained weight gain that was never a problem and worked doing anything possible to try to loose it.
Myself, I had an average athletic figure until I had my miscarriage and gave up birth control. That is when many of the obvious problems began. Skin issues were the first. Then slowly I gained weight though there was no change in my diet or lifestyle. Then I had more anxiety and depression as well as very abnormal menstrual cycle. I had already been suffering from extreme cramping after my first born but nothing else, so I assumed it was just a natural thing that happened after child birth. I never seemed to have cramps as a young girl. When I went through the hormone replacement therapy with the pellet, my cramping finally subsided, well at least became very minimal so that I didn’t really notice it.
So back to the Plan, after reading into it, and beginning the testing phase I realized that once I got into the higher inflammatory foods I seemed to have a lot more issues and nothing seemed to help this was only two weeks in so I knew there was something not quite adding up. I am excited about doing the plan and I know it will help me to find the foods that my body doesn’t react well to, as I already know a couple of factors that cause inflammation and foods that I have consistent reaction to are apparent. I need to identify the problem however so that I can continue. There is a section in the book specific to the Thyroid, and hormonal imbalance has already been an issue so I’m going to discuss this with my doc.