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HI, I have been GF for three months and lost 20 lbs; not totally primal, but close enough! I have Hashimotis and am Hypothyroid and could not lose ONE pound in 8 years, as soon as I went GF; booooooooooom ..it started falling off and not to mention I FEEL TERRIFIC! If you have any type of Autoimmune disorder I highly recommend going Gluten Free - you owe it to yourself to at least try it! It's truly been a miracle for me - energy is back; no lethargic feeling at all...no mid day slump...no sugar cravings (well sometimes, won't like); No longer bloated looking...eye swelling ZILCH NONE....before no one could recognize me! Now I'm getting back to the ME, of long ago..I missed ME and going Gluten Free..I"m back and ready to go kick the rest of that weight's butt ..I"m losing all the weight I gained due to HYPOTHYROID illness..it stinks I wasted all these years not realizing it was as simple as ELIMINATING GLUTEN! Try it ..you will be so happy you did! Peace to all! MK
I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and she suggested at least trying gluten free, if not paleo but for various reasons - stomach inflammation, thyroid, digestion/weight loss. She did NOT say it would fix my thyroid, but she did say it may help me feel better. She also wants me to keep getting my levels checked and continue my medication, but she said that gluten free or paleo lifestyle changes may make me feel better day to day.
I think I am willing to give it a try. I know cutting carbs and processed foods is a good idea but I worry about making things so black & white. My brain sets up this "all or nothing" mentality and leads me to feel like a failure and give up if I break it. Is there such thing as like an 80/20 paleo or gluten free lifestyle?
Again, my doctor did not say it was going to cure me of anything, but if it does boost the benefits of my meds and makes me feel better, I think I am willing to give it a try? Where do I start?!
I've been eating a mostly primal diet (can't give up the cream in my coffee so no paleo for me). I have been feeling great, and I'm seeing results on the scale and in the way my clothes fit.
I've found that I get very different reactions from people depending on how I talk about my new way of eating.
If I say, "I'm on a primal diet and have stopped eating grains, refined sugar, and legumes," I get all kinds of push-back. It's a fad! You shouldn't give up an entire food group. All things in moderation, etc.
If I say, "I'm trying not to eat any processed foods," I get all kinds of applause and encouragement.
Now, both ways of phrasing it mean just about the same thing, but it's all in the packaging (or lack thereof to use a pun).
let food be thy medicine. Let medicine be thy food.
I wholeheartedly agree that good clean eating can "cure" ailments. Check out Anne Wigmore, Charles Majors, Gabriel Cousens, Jordin Ruben, David Wolfe... Changing their diets helped them in immense ways. They are now sharing their methods with others and many more people are being helped.
I don't trust Pill pushing doctors. I am sure there are some out there who are not controlled by the drug companies, but they are hard to find.
i truly believe that my body has the innate intelligence to heal itself and it doesn't need help from outside sources. I also know this opinion is not shared by the general public but I don't care. Cleaning up my diet got me off at least three medications and that is fact. Even my doctor was astounded. Another fact-- I haven't been sick in three years-- no cold, no flu, no digestive issues. When I was eating my old diet-- I had bronchitis or pneumonia every year. I suffered greatly from allergies. My skin wasn't healthy either. My nails were brittle and my hair didn't grow healthy. After about 5 months on my new plan-- my skin had a healthy glow, I had massive amounts of energy, I got much better sleep, and I actually craved greens. So anyone saying that diet cannot change health is misspoken.
Is Paleo a fad diet? No its not. It has been around a very long time. It is just recently that more people are trying it. I consider low fat, low sugar, high protein, low carb-- those are fad diets. I have known people who have been on Paleo for 30 years.
So I am more than glad for the OP.
"My plates have never been so colourful!" I too eat a rainbow every day and I have never been healthier.
I think the Paleo way of eating is a great starting place. I refuse to call it a "diet" because it is a very healthy way of eating that is possible to maintain long term. I honestly don't think it can be replaced by the next fad diet because its just so freaking healthy!
I myself have been having a lot of success eating more primal. Some tubers and dairy, added to Paleo. The amount of vegetables I eat now is phenomenal. My plates have never been so colourful!
My constant joint swelling and gassy bloating are gone and my skin is looking the best it's ever looked.
Let food be thy medicine.
Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 4/27/2013 (09:35)
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Proper nutrition is absolutely a cure for many conditions, including thyroid conditions at times (depending on the severity).
Glad for you OP. :)
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Good for you, finding a way of eating that makes you feel great! I've followed a paleo-ish diet for a while, and I've also found when avoiding grains (especially wheat) I am able to keep my thyroid condition in check. Like coach mentioned, some people with thyroid disease can find success lowering their carbs slightly and increasing protein. Also, there is a higher incidence of celiac disease in those with Hashimoto's thyroiditis ... So if that is the cause of your hypothyroidism then avoiding wheat/gluten may be of benefit.
I know you mentioned it is not a cure, and I agree. However for my particular body, changing my eating habits has allowed me to go off my Synthroid finally and also off allergy & migraine meds (with doctor's approval of course).
I have to agree- with being in the medical profession I would see the medication helping the thyroid levels more so than another "fad diet" so to say. Not to be negative, but in all honestly Paleo is big right now, and in another couple months there will be another "break through diet" that will come along that everyone will rave about. Kudos to you though if you feel great! My sister suffers from hypothyroidism and has had to make significant changes in her life to feel "normal" again.
So glad to hear you have found an eating approach that is working to manage your health and help you meet your goals. I have also found I do better with a higher protein to carbohydrate ratio (I have thyroid disease as well). With a shift in thyroid levels that dramatic, please be sure you are keeping on eye on them and get them re-checked and reviewed again soon, since you may need to have a medication change to a slightly lower dose.
You say you never said it was a cure, but *again* you have made the claim that " it did in fact effect my thyroid levels."
I honestly don't see how that is possible.
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2 4/26/13 12:30 P
I never said it was a cure, please don't put words in my mouth. (although my topic title may have been misleading, as I reread it)
I said that it is working for me and stated how.
While I am still taking my thyroid meds, I feel so much better. Diet does play a huge part in how our bodies perform. And for me, it did in fact effect my thyroid levels.
It's working for me, and I'm interested in hearing from others who have experienced results.
And may I just add I find your post very discouraging - it's one of my first posts and I'm excited about The Paleo Diet (as is everyone else on other types of diets) - and your post was less than supportive. From the boards I read through, when I didn't agree with them I just let them be, I didn't post negativity.
"First 2 weeks into Paleo I had my thryoid levels checked (I'm hypothyroid), I went from 4.5 to .56. "
Uhm. Hypothyroidism is the result of a malfunction of the thyroid gland/inability of the thyroid to produce sufficient hormones.
There is NOTHING about the paleo diet that is going to "fix" the thyroid gland.
I'm glad you have found a way of eating that you enjoy and that makes you feel good, but please, be careful about suggesting paleo or any "diet" as a cure for a medical illness!
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2 4/26/13 11:35 A
I don't see many message boards from those doing Paleo....
I've been doing Paleo for about a month and a half now. And I feel amazing!!!! First 2 weeks into Paleo I had my thryoid levels checked (I'm hypothyroid), I went from 4.5 to .56. The only change being my diet. Amazing! The horrible brain fog that I suffer from - at least 50% better on this diet. Amazing again! And far less fatigue - I have so much more energy!!!! Bloating gone. Sinus congestion gone. joint stiffness gone.
I am never hungry! and I've lost 15lbs.
The diet allows you to 'cheat' but because I feel so good, I have no desire to.
There seems to be a lot of different versions of Paleo out there. I use The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain. I avoid all grains, dairy, legumes, and fatty meats. I ate veggies, fruits and lean meats. I know to some this may seem very strict, but again I really feel so amazing!
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