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  1. krenzel16

    Graves' disease

    Update - my sister had an appointment with her endocrinologist, and per her doctor, she "no longer has Graves." No antibodies. She is very glad she didn't get her thyroid removed!
  2. krenzel16

    Pete's Paleo meals

    I've been getting Pete's Paleo for a few months, and they are delicious. They list all the ingredients on the package, and they are all Whole 30 compliant.
  3. krenzel16

    Type 1 Diabetes

    If you have type 1 diabetes, do you have thyroid issues as well? That may be accounting for the weight issues.
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    Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe(s) Needed!

    Here are two of my favorites: Butter Chicken from One Lovely Life Enchilada Chicken Stew from PaleOMG
  5. I have Hashimoto's, and I would never stop my Synthroid. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease where thyroid tissue has been destroyed. Eating a Whole 30 diet may reduce the antibodies and prevent future damage to the thyroid, but, based on the thyroid tissue that has already been destroyed, I think you will need Synthroid (or thyroid replacement) for the rest of your life. I am like you and don't believe in taking medications. But I know I need the Synthroid. If you try to lower it on your own or stop it, I think you will feel very tired and depressed. You can see if the Whole 30 is helping by testing for antibodies. I think you will see them decrease -- which is a good thing. For most people on a conventional diet, over time, their antibodies will increase, thyroid function will decrease, and they will need more and more Synthroid. Good luck
  6. Hi Pappy Paul, I'm a type 1 diabetic and have been doing a Whole 30 type diet for two years. It is great that you feel better (me too), and I think if you look at your post-meal blood sugars (one and two hours after meals), you will probably find that is where you are having the biggest difference. There are some things that are okay for Whole 30 that I've found I can't have. Bananas, unfortunately, are one of them (and I loved the Elvis burgers from Well Fed, but had to give those up). I think, if you do post-meal testing, you may find the sweet potatoes tend to spike blood sugars as well (I have given up many sweet potato recipes as well). I see you are having a lot of the Sweet Potato Chili from One Lovely Life. There is another recipe from her site, Slow Cooker Butter Chicken, that is lower carb that is really really good that may be a good substitute. Blood Sugar 101 by Jenny Ruhl is a really good book for Type 2 diabetics. According to her research, if your post-meal readings are below 140, you have a good chance of avoiding diabetic complications. She also mentions which foods are good for diabetics. Generally, fruits and starchy vegetables will raise blood sugars (though they seem to be the staples of many Whole 30 recipes). Once you go off the Whole 30, you may find that full-fat dairy is very satisfying and low-carb. Good luck!
  7. krenzel16

    Favorite Compliant Slow Cooker Recipes?

    My favorite slow cooker recipe is the Chicken Enchilada Stew from Paleomg We have it every week during winter
  8. I am a type 1 diabetic, and I mostly follow the Whole 30 diet (for about two years now). I almost never eat fruit, as it will spike my blood sugar, and particularly not bananas. At my diabetes education course, they showed a small banana, and that is about 25 carbs (!). At diabetes education, they advised 30 - 45 carbs per meal for a female, and I try to stay under 30 carbs for my meals, but you have to find what works for you. The fruits you mentioned - banana, pineapple, and apple - are definitely fruits that will spike blood sugar. Blueberries and strawberries would be better, if you want to eat fruit. A lot of Whole 30 recipes include things like sweet potatoes that, as a diabetic, I definitely steer clear of. I think part of Whole 30 is finding foods that work for you individually and foods that don't, and, as a diabetic, you will find that fruits and starchy vegetables are best avoided. If you are interested, there is a good book called Blood Sugar 101 by Jenny Ruhl that may be very helpful. She discusses foods that raise blood sugars as well, so you may find that list helpful. She also recommends testing your blood sugar an hour and two hours after a meal and then you can find the foods that don't work for you (sounds like you are already doing this and finding that bananas and pineapple may not be the best). Being on the Whole 30 diet has helped me reduce my A1c into the "5% club" Best of luck to you on your journey . . .
  9. krenzel16

    Type 1 Diabetes

    I'm 38. My overnight basal was around .5 - .55 before I started the Whole 30. I didn't do the Whole 30 to lower my blood sugar either. I just wanted to feel better (stomach issues). But it has not only helped with stomach issues, it has really helped my blood sugars, not just making them lower but also more stable (I used to bounce between 30 and 250 like all the time). Studies show diabetic complications begin with blood sugars over 140, and now even my post-meal blood sugars are usually under 140. It is crazy when so-called nutritionists say this diet is bad for diabetics. It's the best thing I've done for my health.
  10. krenzel16

    Type 1 Diabetes

    I've been Type 1 diabetic for 20 years and been doing Whole 30/Paleo for about two years. My A1c has dropped from 6.8 to 5.8, and I feel much better (fewer lows, which leads to fewer highs). With more stable blood sugars, I feel a lot (!) better. I eat three meals a day and around 30 carbs at each meal. I had a big problem with lows when I first started. I carry packages of Juicy Juices with me at all times. The small ones that have exactly 15 grams of carbs. That is what they taught me in diabetes education - if you are low, have just 15 grams of sugar then retest in 15 minutes. If you are still under 70, have another fruit juice. Otherwise, the 15 carbs should be all that you need. (Note: it seems like you already know all this I have an Omnipod as well, and it has helped me a lot in managing lows. I have found with the new diet, I am prone to lows overnight, so my basal rate overnight is actually down to 0.25 (and I still just woke up with a low!). Overall, my insulin needs have been cut nearly in half on paleo.
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    Graves' disease

    Also, I wanted to add, my sister gave me her lab results. For her two tests prior to going on paleo, her TSI tests (antibodies indicating Grave's disease) were 493 and 555 (the lab range shows anything over 140 as being marked high). She just had her antibodies retested (after about a year and a half on paleo), and they are down to 221. So they are still high, but much better
  12. krenzel16

    Graves' disease

    She has been on a paleo-like diet for about one and a half years (we do eat dairy but mostly follow Whole 30). I'm not sure how long she has been in remission, but she is completely off Methimazole and has been for awhile. She sees an endocrinologist for Graves (and also diabetes) and they test her antibodies maybe once or twice a year. She is very glad she ignored the medical advice to zap her thyroid. Graves disease is an autoimmune disease, not a thyroid disease, so it's the immune system that needs to be addressed, and the best way to support your immune system is through a healthy gut with a diet like Whole 30 (IMO).
  13. krenzel16

    Graves' disease

    My sister has Graves and has been completely off her medication (in remission although she still tests positive for antibodies) for years while on a Whole 30 (paleo) style diet. Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? is a good book about another autoimmune thyroid disease, Hashimotos, but the author (Datis Kharrazian) talks a lot about nutrition, which would be applicable to Graves as well. If you have an autoimmune thyroid disease, he says that the immune system, not the thyroid gland, is the target for therapy. Going gluten-free is one of his first suggestions. He also talks about the importance of the thyroid in general. Most of the "experts"/doctors want the easy fix (to just get rid of the thyroid); my sister rejected that course and she is much happier now still having her thyroid!