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    krenzel16 got a reaction from kayten in How to know if Whole30 has helped Hashimoto's symptoms?   
    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
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    krenzel16 got a reaction from kayten in How to know if Whole30 has helped Hashimoto's symptoms?   
    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
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    krenzel16 reacted to Artistcam in Type 2 Diabetic - What "Good" foods should I avoid?   
    Hi,
    i am a T2 diabetic and I agree with everything krenzel16 said. 
    Test after your meals to discover what works for you.  Eat to your meter,
    Some problem foods for me are fruits such as apples, pears, and bananas and plantains. Also starchy veggies such as sweet potatoes, white potatoes and winter squash. Cooked tomato sauce also can up my blood sugar reads.  I have found that I can eat a very small portion of these starchy or sugary foods in an otherwise low carb meal but cannot eat a normal sized serving.  Non starchy veggies are ok.  Be aware that very large portions of protein can also spike blood sugar in some people.
    Quantity counts.  Suggest checking carb counts of your favorite recipes to help you decide on portion size that works for you and if you can eat it at all. Spaghetti squash and acorn squash may pose a problem or they may be ok in a smaller portion  Testing is the only way to know how meals work for you.  
    Also, read labels for any prepared food you eat.  Sugar in many forms is a sneaky ingredient in the most innocent looking foods  
    Good luck.  
     
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    krenzel16 got a reaction from jmcbn in Type 2 Diabetic - Blood Glucose Tests Day 1?!?!?   
    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  . . . 
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    krenzel16 got a reaction from jmcbn in Type 2 Diabetic - Blood Glucose Tests Day 1?!?!?   
    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  . . . 
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    krenzel16 got a reaction from Karma Way in 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 
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    krenzel16 got a reaction from Karma Way in 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).
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    krenzel16 got a reaction from Herz51089 in 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.