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    Bet got a reaction from Selcazare in Hypothyroidism, anyone?   
    If you have hypo from hashis (which is an auto immune disease) you should take the meds. Your thyroid is fighting a losing battle. By they time your TSH is that high, you already have damage to the thyroid. I probably had hashi's for a long time, I was always told my TSH was 'high normal'. Of course I have found that I need to be at about 1 to feel good. I have been on 100 mg of Synthroid for years now. I was finally diagnosed by my gyno when she did a full hormone panel and the antibodies were found. And AI diet can help a lot. And if you have one AI condition, you can get others, so an AI diet makes sense.
     
    As others have said, synthroid for a thyroid patient is like insulin for a diabetic. It's something your body can't make and you need it. A TSH of 4 is high, the new range is .01-3.
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    Bet got a reaction from Lea Mint in Husband/Wife/Spouse/Partner Not With the Program?   
    My husband went for his yearly check up today. He's on several meds for cholesterol and blood pressure. He ran out of his BP meds last week, so hasn't taken it since then. His BP was 130/80, which is a bit high, but much better than it had been before he was on meds. So the doctor is changing that medication. Also, he asked the Dr about stopping the statins, and the Dr was all for it. He's going to stop for 3 months and then get tested. His numbers now are low, but he needs to get his HDL up, it was only 30.
     
    We did a W30 together in October. We are offroading now, but he's permanently off grains, and no POTATO CHIPS!!! YEAH!!! He does travel a lot, so it's hard for him to stick to it all the time, but I think he's doing great. I hope his next check up is a good one.
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    Bet got a reaction from Lea Mint in Husband/Wife/Spouse/Partner Not With the Program?   
    My hubby just texted me a picture of his breakfast. Not too bad, considering he's at a hotel, eggs, bacon and some fruit (no greens unfortunately). But at least no bread!!!!!
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    Bet got a reaction from Lea Mint in Husband/Wife/Spouse/Partner Not With the Program?   
    My husband joined me for my 2nd W30, but he's not 100% compliant. But he has noticed that he has lost weight, so he's psyched. Unfortunately he travels (he's in Philly this week) but he found a Wegmans so he thinks he can stay pretty close to W30. I told him to just make the best choice available.
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    Bet got a reaction from Projas in Whole30 with inflammatory bowel disease   
    Hi, I'm glad you revived this thread. I am a lifelong IBS sufferer, but have recently been told I have Chron's too or instead of IBS, who knows. Anyway, most of my life I just tried to deal with my issues. I went to a doctor early on, but they didn't know that much back then and it was assumed that it was 'all in my head'. Like most of you, I've been to the ER with problems only to be told 'you have gas, go home'. I was doing ok until a few years ago. Stress, menopause and other things took their toll. I went gluten free last year and that helped somewhat. I had a flare last October that put me in the hospital. They said I wasn't obstructed, but it sure felt like it. After that I decided that I needed to fix myself. As long as I had the right tests and follow up, I took matters into my own. First I did SCD, which is a very good healing diet. I stayed on that for months while I felt a lot of improvement. Through research I found out about FODMAPS and eliminating them has been a huge help. I decided to try W30 after seeing it on an IBD board. I was intrigued by the idea of 'resetting' my digestive system. All that I've learned this past year is that the food I eat is directly resulting what happens in my body. Yeah, I may have some genetic issues, but by changing my diet, I can get off the medical merry go round. I am also doing the AI with no FODMAPS.
     
    It's not all rosy though. I was constipated the 2nd week. I think it was the amount of food (more than I am used to ) plus a lot of veggies. It did get better and I felt great. Today though, I had a flare. I think a reaction to some red leaf lettuce. Greens are still a big issue for me apparently. Right now I'm having trouble getting my lunch down.
     
    But I know I will recover. This is the best thing for me. I have 5 days to go, then some reintroduction (never grains or legumes again). Looking forward to some cream in my coffee, a nice piece of chocolate and a glass of wine soon! I will come back to do another W30 after a brief break for a vacation.
     
    Let's keep this thread active for all the IBS/IBD people out there. We need some special help!
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    Bet got a reaction from Lucy2lose50 in Women over 50   
    Hi, I am 55 so this topic is good for me. Of course I would love to lose some weight, but I am concentrating on being healthier. I do know that I must get rid of some of my belly fat to be healthier. I am only on day 6, but I already feel different. I feel a lessening in the frequency and severity of my hot flashes (which means I can sleep better) so hormones are already adjusting. I also have eliminated my sugar crashes by eating larger, more protein based meals and not eating in between.
     
    I am also doing the AI Protocol, so not having eggs, nuts, seeds or nightshades (which I knew I was sensitive to so was avoiding anyway). I am hoping that doing all of this will lessen the inflammation in my body to help with various issues. I am also on anti-depressents, and ideally would love to get off of them, but one step at a time.
     
    I know I have to start exercising. Maybe some nice walks and weight training for a start.
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    Bet got a reaction from I'veGotThis in GERD   
    Hi Caryn, I suffered from GERD for a long time too. I don't think GERD is a problem, but a symptom of other issues, mainly bad diet. I now know that I had IBS/Chrons and Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth as well as GERD.
     
    I found HCL with Betanine supplements very important. I know I had low stomach acid because I was very low in b12 (it's hard to digest) even with taking an oral supplement. If you were a vegetarian, it's very probable that your stomach slowed down the production of stomach acid because it didn't need it. So you will probably need to supplement for awhile at least. Also, if you have had low stomach acid/GERD, you likely have some bad bacteria overgrowth in your system. The bad bacteria thrive in a lower PH environment (h pylori even turns off the acid producing cells in your stomach to make it more hospitible for itself). Having an acidic environment in your stomach is nececessary to kill and pathogens that you ingest.
     
    With GERD, it seems like you have too much stomach acid. But you have too little, you can't break down the food fast enough for it to move to the small intestine, and it builds up gas in the stomach, which can cause any liquid to reflux into the esphogaus. That's why you feel the burn. It can also come about from eating certain foods that loosen the sphincter between the stomach and esphogaus (chocolate is one). Also you can have a hiatial hernia or be overweight/pregnant and that can exacerbate the GERD. PPIs make you feel better, but if the underlying issue is too little stomach acid, they can only make things worse in the long run. I still had reflux while on PPIs, but it was more alkaline (I could taste the difference) and I found that strange.
     
    As long as you are sure you don't have an ulcer, you can take as many HCL tablets as you can handle without getting a burning sensation. I was taking 6-8 with each meal that had protein in it. Now I'm down to 2-3. I rarely have GERD any longer, unless I eat too much too fast. I also found that helping digest my food made my whole system run better. It will take longer than 5 days or even 30 depending on many factors.
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    Bet got a reaction from jshizz in Is my body telling me AIP   
    I have hashis (AI Thyroiditis) Sjorgens ( AI causes eye and mouth dryness) and possibly RA. When I did my first W30, I did the AIP version because I knew I already had a sensitivity to tomatoes (but I didn't realize the other nightshades). After 5 days, this awful pain in my elbow disappeared. I had injured it and then had tendinitis which kept getting worse. Now, I'm not allergic to eggs, but had been eating them every day because I had already given up grains. So now I avoid them as much as possible. Maybe just taper off the nightshades. I love peppers and eggplant. But I realized that after eating them I had issues. Eggplant actually turns my mouth numb. I never ate raw tomatoes because apparently I had a reaction when I was little and my mother put the fear of God in me so I never had them again. I've eating cooked tomato sauce without issue, but have mostly given that up.
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    Bet got a reaction from Carlaccini in Heal my Gut   
    I would cut out FODMAPS, many cruciferous veggies are FODMAPS and cause bloating, gas and constipation. Also veggies like onions and stone fruits are also FODMAPS and can cause similar problems.
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    Bet got a reaction from SpinSpin in Garden over run by cucumbers!   
    I love them with just some oil and salt & pepper. some balsamic is good too. I've read that cucumbers are high in silica, which is great for joint health.
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    Bet got a reaction from MeGA"gardener" in Coffee Sugar Dragon   
    I read a trick to put a pinch of salt in with the grounds to cut the bitterness. I have tried it and it seemed to work. I use coconut milk, but it's not as sweet and creamy as  1/2 and 1/2. I never put sugar in my coffee, so I guess the 1/2 and 1/2 was sweetening it.
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    Bet reacted to Melissa C in give into one craving?   
    Thank you everyone!!! It was semi drastic, but I hopped in an Uber with a La Croix and went down to the lakefront/Millennium Park and walked for 30 min, listened to symphony and made a couple of new friends....came home to my salmon and zucchini and I'm good to go. Man, that stunk. I think it's hard when you think you are over the worst and you get blindsided. Thanks again!!! 
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    Bet got a reaction from alexasaurusrex in Hypothyroidism, anyone?   
    I would try a functional doctor. I'm lucky I do well on just Synthroid and most endos are reluctant to prescribe anything else.
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    Bet got a reaction from Tom Denham in Potatoes...and arthritis?   
    What Lulabelle said, white potatoes are nightshades and can cause inflammation, especially if your arthritis is the auto-immune type. Other nightshades are tomatoes, eggplant and peppers (not black pepper). Also tobacco.
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    Bet reacted to Loulabelle in Potatoes...and arthritis?   
    White potatoes are nightshades which are thought to aggravate arthritis. Are they something that you would normally avoid? 
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    Bet got a reaction from jmcbn in Tendinitis-Improvement after Whole30?   
    I'm not an athlete, but I do suffer from chronic tendinitis. I had a lot of issues with my PTT and did physical therapy for that and that helped. But I also gave myself tennis elbow pruning trees. The initial injury wasn't bad, but it stayed for months and was getting worse and worse. At times I could not lift my arm at all or hold a cup of coffee in that hand.
     
    I did my first W30 partly because I read that it may help with tendinitis. I have hashi's (auto immune thyroiditis), so I decided to do the AIP W30.  5 days with out eggs and the pain was GONE. I used to get this hot searing pain when I took a shower in the morning and went to lift my arms to wash my hair. I was in the shower and actually winced from habit when I noticed my arm did not hurt.
     
    I had gone paleo a few months before that and was eating 2 eggs for breakfast every morning. I don't completely avoid eggs, but they are not a staple in my diet. The pain has not returned. Just something to consider.
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    Bet got a reaction from jmcbn in Tendinitis-Improvement after Whole30?   
    I'm not an athlete, but I do suffer from chronic tendinitis. I had a lot of issues with my PTT and did physical therapy for that and that helped. But I also gave myself tennis elbow pruning trees. The initial injury wasn't bad, but it stayed for months and was getting worse and worse. At times I could not lift my arm at all or hold a cup of coffee in that hand.
     
    I did my first W30 partly because I read that it may help with tendinitis. I have hashi's (auto immune thyroiditis), so I decided to do the AIP W30.  5 days with out eggs and the pain was GONE. I used to get this hot searing pain when I took a shower in the morning and went to lift my arms to wash my hair. I was in the shower and actually winced from habit when I noticed my arm did not hurt.
     
    I had gone paleo a few months before that and was eating 2 eggs for breakfast every morning. I don't completely avoid eggs, but they are not a staple in my diet. The pain has not returned. Just something to consider.
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    Bet got a reaction from jmcbn in Tendinitis-Improvement after Whole30?   
    I'm not an athlete, but I do suffer from chronic tendinitis. I had a lot of issues with my PTT and did physical therapy for that and that helped. But I also gave myself tennis elbow pruning trees. The initial injury wasn't bad, but it stayed for months and was getting worse and worse. At times I could not lift my arm at all or hold a cup of coffee in that hand.
     
    I did my first W30 partly because I read that it may help with tendinitis. I have hashi's (auto immune thyroiditis), so I decided to do the AIP W30.  5 days with out eggs and the pain was GONE. I used to get this hot searing pain when I took a shower in the morning and went to lift my arms to wash my hair. I was in the shower and actually winced from habit when I noticed my arm did not hurt.
     
    I had gone paleo a few months before that and was eating 2 eggs for breakfast every morning. I don't completely avoid eggs, but they are not a staple in my diet. The pain has not returned. Just something to consider.
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    Bet got a reaction from llissa in Start date Aug 1   
    Breakfast day one. Coffee with coconut cream/milk. homemade pork patty, 2 slices bacon, bok choy sauteed in avacado oil and some pre-baked sweet potato with cinnamon.
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    Bet got a reaction from LissFish in Dirty Thirty "Roundup and Ride"!   
    1st day, adjusting to coffee with coconut cream/milk. Breakfast is homemade pork sausage, 2 slices compliant bacon, bok choy sautéed in avacado oil, a few slices of pre-baked sweet potato with cinnamon. I know that's probably a lot of fat, but I'm in adjust mode and I need something to make up for all the sugar I had been ingesting!!!! Coffee is growing on me.
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    Bet got a reaction from LissFish in Dirty Thirty "Roundup and Ride"!   
    1st day, adjusting to coffee with coconut cream/milk. Breakfast is homemade pork sausage, 2 slices compliant bacon, bok choy sautéed in avacado oil, a few slices of pre-baked sweet potato with cinnamon. I know that's probably a lot of fat, but I'm in adjust mode and I need something to make up for all the sugar I had been ingesting!!!! Coffee is growing on me.
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    Bet got a reaction from llissa in Start date Aug 1   
    Breakfast day one. Coffee with coconut cream/milk. homemade pork patty, 2 slices bacon, bok choy sauteed in avacado oil and some pre-baked sweet potato with cinnamon.
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    Bet got a reaction from llissa in Start date Aug 1   
    Breakfast day one. Coffee with coconut cream/milk. homemade pork patty, 2 slices bacon, bok choy sauteed in avacado oil and some pre-baked sweet potato with cinnamon.
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    Bet got a reaction from LissFish in Dirty Thirty "Roundup and Ride"!   
    1st day, adjusting to coffee with coconut cream/milk. Breakfast is homemade pork sausage, 2 slices compliant bacon, bok choy sautéed in avacado oil, a few slices of pre-baked sweet potato with cinnamon. I know that's probably a lot of fat, but I'm in adjust mode and I need something to make up for all the sugar I had been ingesting!!!! Coffee is growing on me.
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    Bet got a reaction from RochelleKK in Compliant Eye Supplements   
    I just posted the same thing! I am looking at supplements online but most have soy or sunflower oil.
     
    I did just find this one...
     
    http://www.vitacost.com/source-naturals-zeaxanthin-with-lutein-10-mg-30-capsules
     
    Anything in a soft gel is going to have oil in it, most likely soybean oil. So stick to capsules.