KShannon

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About KShannon

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  • Birthday 04/06/1955

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    Female
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    University Park, Maryland
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    Gardening, knitting, reading
  1. KShannon

    type one diabetes low blood sugars

    I'm a T-2, and I haven't had much problem with lows on the Whole30, but when I did my first one in August I was also doing a low-iodine diet for three weeks of it for some medical tests. On the days my sugar would really tank, I would slice a half an apple and dip the slices in almond butter. That really helped bring my sugar up without sending it crazy high.
  2. KShannon

    Constipation - Please help!

    MAGNESIUM!! I suffered from terrible constipation after having my thyroid removed in March of 2012. For 18 months I was miserable. I tried everything from daily laxatives to enemas. Then when I started my first Whole30 in August someone on the forum here mentioned Natural Calm magnesium supplement, then I heard about it again at the Whole9 Seminar in September. I bought some and started taking it - working up to a heaping tsp in water at night and in the morning. By day 3 I was worried it wasn't working and that's when I upped it to the max recommended dose. Starting on day 4 I have been completely regular, going daily without pain and without any backed up feeling. It has truly been my miracle cure. And if you get the unflavored "original" it is Whole30 compliant. I get it on Amazon. It's about $13 cheaper for the large size than in the stores. http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Vitality-Magnesium-Calm-1x16/dp/B000GJOZWE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1383838663&sr=8-2&keywords=natural+calm At this point if someone wanted to take it away from me they would have to pry the jar out of my cold, dead hands. Seriously. We all like to laugh at the "regularity" commercials. But it's only funny if you've never been chronically constipated. It's a mineral that our bodies need anyway and it's not a drug. It's a win-win.
  3. KShannon

    Hypothyroidism

    If your thyroid's not functioning, or if it's been removed, you have to take synthetic thyroid hormone. The most widely known is Synthroid. I had thyroid cancer and thus a thyroidectomy in 2012. Since your thyroid regulates your metabolism it's function needs to be replaced. Synthroid doesn't prevent cancer, it replaces the hormones that your thyroid used to put out. I did my first Whole30 in Aug/Sept without any problem. Actually, I did it in conjunction with a low-iodine diet that I needed to do to prepare for my last round of radioactive iodine body scans. I did lose 6 pounds during my Whole30, but it did not cause a need to change my dose of Synthroid, even though that brings my total weight loss to 55 pounds. I had a ton of bloodwork done along with the scans at the end of it and it didn't change the dose needed at all. My understanding is that the dose of Synthroid has more to do with the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) that your pituitary gland produces in response to thyroid cells in your body. If thyroid is gone or not functioning, the pituitary gland responds accordingly. Unless there is a change in the amount of thyroid cells, or in the amount of thyroid hormone being produced, there's no need to change the dosage of your med. It doesn't really have anything to do with weight.
  4. KShannon

    High blood sugar

    I'm a Type 2 diabetic. In the two years since changing my eating - first Atkins, then discovering The Primal Blueprint, now the Whole30 - I've gone from three diabetes meds twice a day down to one and my A1C is currently 5.6. My goal is to see if I can get off that last med and control the diabetes with diet and exercise. I've been using myself as an experiment of one and using my meter as my gauge. If I eat a sweet potato, or even a half one, my fasting sugar the next day is in the low 100s. If I eat fruit of any kind, even low sugar fruits like berries, my sugar will be in the 110s. When I leave the fruit out of my diet entirely, within three days my fasting sugars are in the high 80s to low 90s. That's how it works for me. I'm really reactive to fructose.