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  1. Hi! I’m on day 3 and I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis. I’ve been noticing that I’m not feeling any different. I can’t tell if the headaches are extended from what I normally have or if they’re caused by sugar withdrawal. I also am noticing that I haven’t been cranky at all and though I’m having a huge craving for a strawberry mango smoothie, I’m not wanting all the junk I’m usually eating. So here’s my question, will my auto immune disease affect my results in a positive matter? Because I’m feeling like this is beginning easier than anticipated, I’m afraid for the storm that will be coming soon.
  2. I'm coming to the end of Whole30. Overall, I feel lighter and I know I'm slimmed down by the way my clothes are feeling. Unfortunately, I'm still very bloated, which was one of the main issues I was targeting with this program. I've always been active and ate pretty clean. But, I have Hashimotos and these past few years I've been feeling worse and have put on some weight. My bloating has also gotten pretty bad. So, I was hoping to see some positive changes related to that with the Whole30. Do most people with bloating issues see success in these first 30 days? And during my reintroduction period, what other symptoms should I look for besides bloating and gas? I don't really have issues with headaches or ache. Thank you!
  3. dizilizi

    Starting tomorrow!! Jan 7

    I'm starting my 3rd or 4th Whole30 tomorrow. I'm super excited because I need to help my body recover from an Epstein-Barr Virus reactivation, and I am not eating like I should for Hashimotos. Hashi's has taken over my life, I'm gaining weight, I'm exhausted, and because EBV has reactivated, I can't exercise without getting sick. I teach 6th grade. I need to exercise so I can handle the stress in a more healthy way, but even a mile walk wears me out and I have to sleep. Too many miles in a week or one day lifting and I'm in bed for two days. I'm a runner who can't run right now, I've run several half marathons, lots of 5ks, and used to run 12-15 miles/week, so this is really frustrating for me. I am looking forward to helping my body heal, to good sleep, even the crazy food dreams, more energy, and labs that say the virus is dormant once again (I know that may take a little longer). I'm a member of Hogwarts Running Club (yes, it's a real thing, and yes I'm a total nerd). It's a virtual running club and there are several of us who are doing a Whole30 this month. It's a great support system within the Gryffindor common room as we share recipes and encourage each other. At work, I have one coworker who has Hashi's as well and while she isn't eating Whole30, she has started eating a modified paleo diet under the care of her doctor. My family is totally supportive. They have actually been asking when I would be starting because they know we eat better when I'm doing a Whole30. That's probably TMI, but I'm ready and excited. Here we go!! liz
  4. Hi! I was wondering how people who have either eliminated their Hashi's symtpoms, or been able to reduce their synthroid dosage, were able to know that they should reduce/eliminate synthroid? Sorry if I missed a post on this already, I couldn't find one in the forum though. The reason I ask is that my doctor has directed me to continue taking my synthroid while doing my Whole30 (I'm doing it for 90 days this time though - after a by-the-book round of Whole30 earlier this year, my TSH levels doubled, so I felt like this time needed to be longer). I agree with my doctor that it makes sense for me to continue taking my synthroid. I personally get very tired, moody, and at times depressed when my T3/T4 levels are low; it would be way more difficult to stick with an eating regime if I'm super emotional and fatigued. However, I'm wondering HOW they'll be able to test if my thyroid is functioning properly, IF 90 days of Whole30 eating helps to heal my immune system enough? My doctor has made it clear that she will NOT recommend reducing or eliminating my dosage of synthroid without lab work to back it up (she's pretty skeptical of the Whole30 to help heal Hashimoto's. Actually, she doesn't even believe that there's any reason to diagnose Hashi's, as opposed to hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's after going to see a naturopath, who ordered blood work for the antibodies. My doctor does not believe in "holistic" methods, and won't work with the naturopath ). Have others seen their TSH levels drop right off? I'm on quite a low dosage of synthroid as it is (75mg/day) so I'm worried that my TSH levels won't lower enough to warrant a dosage decrease, even if my Thyroid starts functioning better. Have some possibly seen symptoms of hyperthyroidism that prompted a dosage change? Or, do most people just go off of it entirely and see what happens? I'm pretty reluctant to try this myself, as I feel so terrible when my levels aren't right. One of my secret wishes is that I'll be able to live a medication free life. Trying not to get my hopes up, but I have to admit that I want it desperately. Being 24 and told you need to take daily pills for the rest of your life, and there's nothing you can do about it, SUCKS
  5. PhysicsHippie

    Round 4 starting 1-2-17

    Hey ya'll! I just wanted to post about my fourth Whole30 starting January 2, 2017!!!! I did the first three rounds of Whole30 earlier in the year, around summer-time, pretty much concurrently. I had a couple days in between (had a glass of wine, not going to lie) and went back to eating healthy. I lost about 30 pounds, saw a large improvement in my athletic performance, and saw many changes in my overall attitude towards life and food. Looking back, I don't think I was quite ready to go off of the Whole30 rules since I still didn't quite understand my relationship with food. This time, I'd like to take more time to focus on that aspect. When life started getting a little more chaotic and I thought I had my eating habits under control (I'm a binge eater, especially under stress), I started deviating more and more from healthier eating habits. I would eat really well for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner... and then I'd start snacking later at night. I didn't do as horribly during Christmas as I usually do, but I want to get myself back on track in 2017! I'm trying to make my goals not about losing weight... it's really difficult. I want to feel healthier, have more energy (my hypothyroid has really been flaring up with all of the unhealthy eating), eat healthier when I'm on the road for work, and I'm hoping to inspire my boyfriend to eat healthier as well. He's been having a lot of trouble with his weight lately (now that his metabolism is slowing down), and he has expressed wanting to lose the weight and be healthier again. I want to inspire him and help him change his habits. I think it will be better for the both of us to do this as a team, but I know he's not ready to commit to something as drastic as a Whole30 quite yet. At least I know from last time that he LOVES the food! I'm nervous that I will be out of town for work, working 12+ hour days, for two weeks in January. I'm starting to set up a plan and figure out how to get the healthy snacks I need for that time. Luckily, the work is in Florida (I'm from Wisconsin), so I'm hoping there will be plenty of fresh fruit, veggies, and fish! I ordered the new Whole30 cookbook and Melissa's new book on Amazon yesterday and I'm super excited to try some tasty new meals!
  6. I was just diagnosed with hashimotos disease . It is autoimmune and I've read so many places that foods can be triggers to autoimmune responses so I'm diving in! Also nervous because I've struggled with hypoglycemia my whole life and it's going to be a rough start! But I've been feeling so bad with hashimotos I am willing to push through!
  7. togirl

    Starting up in Toronto

    Hello, I just started yesterday and I am not sure I have eaten that much food in one sitting in a long time. I am 51 and about 2 years ago I started to put on weight. I was about 3 years into HRT treatment for menopause and I also have Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism and Colitis. All that being said, I felt generally healthy, went to the gym every day with good workouts (spin, bootcamp, yoga) but the weight just kept piling on. Last October I switched from the standard hypo thyroid meds (synthroid) to a natural desiccated thyroid along with a T3 med. Those of you that follow the Stop The Thyroid Madness protocol would know what I am talking about. After a summer of eating and drinking, I knew I needed a reset, and so I am here. Day 2 today and so far it is fine. I am 100% following week 1 from the book. Looking forward to this journey!
  8. I'm starting an Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) Whole30 (and possibly 60 or 90) to see if I can get my inflammation down. I have Hashimoto's and haven't been able to wear my wedding ring for the past 8 months due to swollen fingers. I'm in the Army, so part of my job is to stay in shape and meet height/weight and it's been getting harder the past few years. I'm currently stationed in Korea, so it is more difficult for me to find the most highly recommended foods, but I'm managing. I actually did quite a bit of preparation the past month to include weaning myself off of coffee, trying to eat down some of my pantry so as to not have to throw away eggs and milk and such, and cooking some Whole30 recipes to get a feel for it. I'm excited to see if I can still change after not ever really worrying about what I've eaten for the past 39 years.
  9. I am on day 25 of my first round and I am still struggling with constantly feeling hungry. Background on me: I am 2.5 months post partum for my second baby. With both pregnancies I had gestational diabetes, but it cleared up immediately after delivery. With this pregnancy I was diagnosed with hashimotos (hypothyroidism) and I am on a low dose of medication for it now. I wanted to do the Whole 30 to kick my dessert addiction, get energy and hopefully loose some inches So far, I have the energy, but that's all. My pants still fit the same and I still want sweets. My real struggle is I hardly ever feel satisfied after a meal- I am constantly hungry and because I am nursing I don't want to not snack. I have been eating things like olives, hb egges, guacamole with veggies or apples with almond butter for my snacks. Here is my question- how do I know that I am hungry vs just wanting to eat? I have been checking myself with "would you eat a cucumber/carrots/chicken dinner right now?" And almost always the answer is yes. I only don't want to eat when i'm uncomfortably full- is nursing really driving that or could it be an auto immune thing? I'm a little perplexed on why I don't see results - I for sure thing that I am eating enough (sweet potatoes with two meals usually) I have also recently picked up more physical activity (running & light weights)- I crossfitted through my pregnancy, so I have
  10. I am Stacie and I am a Hashimoto's Thyroiditis patient. I take Amour thyroid as well as a pill box full of daily hormones and supplements. I have been 100% gluten free for 2 years. I started the Whole30 on April 5 in hopes of getting to the next level of health. I have been following my doctors instructions to the letter for 2 years and I do not feel well at all. I am better than I was before but I just know this level of health is not all there is for me. There has to be more. I ride a constant roller coaster of a few days of OK energy and mental clarity and then I crash for weeks at a time. I am thankful for the few days of wellness that I have but just know I can get more. Looking forward to finding that missing key and hopeful Whole30 will help me!
  11. Hi guys!! I would like to introduce myself and tell my story as quickly as possible. On day 16 of what I thought was my Whole 30, I realized that while my diet was much cleaner, I had been consuming sneaky added sugars and dairy in some of the foods getting me through the day (I'm talking about sliced turkey containing added sugar and scrambled eggs containing milk from my local work cafe next door). It got me thinking about what else I may have eaten thinking it was Whole 30 but actually wasn't. I want to do this right. So...tomorrow, knowing that I need to be extra alert about the ingredients in what I am buying, I am starting over with Day 1. Despite my setback, I still feel optimistic and happy that I know I can do two weeks without sugary treats and that I am out of my bread and grains reliance. I already feel better, but I want to feel my best, so tomorrow is day 1. I have also been living with a Hashimoto's diagnosis for about two years, so if anyone else is battling thyroid concerns, let's connect. The gluten-free aspect is amazing for thyroid patients. My two weeks of mostly-Whole 30 has helped me to feel a lot better already, but I look forward to reaping the real benefits and eating completely clean. Let's connect! Happy Whole 30 everyone! Good luck to all of you. -Jessica
  12. Hi all, I'm really wanting to embark on the Whole30 plan soon, but I am feeling confused and overwhelmed in terms of where to start. I have Hashimoto's, as well as IBS symptoms and a high measured marker for IBD. (I also have joint pain and stiffness, heart palpitations, and an amoeba that is considered non-pathogenic but probably not doing me too many favors!) In reading the section for autoimmune conditions, as well as the one for IBS/IBD, it seems that each of those have more specific recommendations in terms of more foods to avoid. I'm not sure what would be left if I eliminated all eggs, nightshades, beef, lamb, nuts & seeds, FODMAPS, AND coffee!! Maybe I could do them in stages? Like, begin with the IBS/IBD protocol (especially since my GI symptoms are making life really difficult right now, and autoimmune healing needs to begin in the gut anyway), and then move into the more autoimmune-specific protocol after 30 days if I can get my GI symptoms to improve? I don't want to over-complicate this, but I would love some guidance, and would love to not keep eating foods that are irritating to my gut. How do people decide what to prioritize? Best, Rachel
  13. Hi, I'm 28 years old, have always been active and have eaten "well" for most of my life, and for the last 3 years mostly paleo with some brief interludes of carbo-loading. I was diagnosed in my early 20s with hashimoto's thyroiditis and PCOS, though for some reason I haven't had the tell-tale PCOS symptom of being overweight -- just on the heavier side of healthy most of the time, and it takes enormous effort/discipline to lose weight at all. After several inexplicable months of diarrhea, I was finally diagnosed with Collageous Colitis a couple of years ago (a form of irritable bowel disease that is auto-immune related, although there's not a lot of research on this particular subtype yet). I was on a steroid for a while but got off of it about a year ago, as I don't have to "go" multiple times a day, just once, though the consistency of my (sorry y'all) poop is very soft, but not straight diarrhea usually. I'm on day 24 of my first whole 30 and have enjoyed the experiment for the most part. Though my clothes are definitely fitting looser and for the most part I've come to manage hunger (maybe I should call that cravings) and anxiety far better than I was before I began, the symptoms from colitis have not improved a bit. I'm imagining I should be avoiding nuts, eggs and nightshades entirely for this reason, but I've felt so limited anyway it is hard to wrap my mind around taking these things out completely. Anyone else out there have similar diagnoses and the same/different results? Any input is appreciated, even if it's telling me to get over it and do the AIP. Thanks!
  14. Hey there! I'm starting my first Whole30 March 30th. I have Hashimoto's and have eaten a paleo diet before, but I've strayed from it since I stopped dancing ballet professionally and became a little "freer" with my life. I don't eat gluten still and avoid sugar, but I am looking forward to the positive changes that will come with this challenge. For me my goals are to get control over some not so great eating habits and cravings--mainly sweets (paleo mug cakes, chia puddings, still healthy but in moderation) and snacking in the evening. This is more about the emotional journey than anything else--not looking to food for support or as a "reward" of sorts. Wish me luck!
  15. I am new to the forum. I have had local support through my whole 30 and have been able to stay on plan. At the end of 30 days I decided to continue, but add the auto-immune protocol since I did not have the result of increase energy or pain relief. I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's and have had it a long time along with some Arthritis and Bursitis, so I wasn't too surprised. On the auto-immune plan, the only thing I have not eliminated is eggs. I will eliminate them starting Monday. I drink plenty of water, have been going to bed early to get plenty of sleep. I still need to add regular exercise. I sit at a computer all day for my work and I know I don't move enough. My major concern is that I still have frequent acid reflux. Could the eggs be the cause? They never previously caused reflux. (I should probably add that I had been taking the anti-inflamitory drug Voltarin for a couple of years, plus 40 mg prescription Omeprazile a day, to make it so I could take the Voltarine.) I stopped all my meds except thyroid for the Whole 30. I did taper off, but I guess not well enough because I have only begun to have less reflux recently.) Has anyone else had similar problems and found remedies? Ginger tea eases it some, but aloe has not helped. Second, the last few days I have been experiencing constipation. Not horrible, but I got used to being very regular. I haven't changed what I am eating. Lots of organic vegetables, a little organic fruit, clean proteins, filtered water, and of course the eggs, local organic uncaged eggs. She calls them happy eggs since the hens get to stay with the rooster. Is constipation a common cycle when cleansing the body while having an auto-immune disease? I don't expect medical advice, just wonder if anyone else has dealt with this and what I might do to help it. Thanks, Mary
  16. I've been trying to decide if I want to do AIP now, or wait until January, I'm better doing whole30, but not great and not really weight loss. If it takes 90 days before reintroduction, that would take up my birthday and Christmas. Keeping whole30 compliant when eating out, etc, isn't always easy so I'm thinking it might be easier to wait til January?
  17. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, an autoimmune strand of hypothyroidism, over 7 years ago as a teenager, and have also been struggling with IBS for the past two-ish years. I start my first Whole30 in a couple days, and am excited to follow the program! Some of the research I have done on my conditions, and various doctors have mentioned that sometimes greens like broccoli, spinach and kale, and seed-based oils can impair thyroid function and/or absorption of thyroid medication. And, yummy as I find them, these types of items has caused GI issues for me in the past. However, I noticed that the greens aren't restricted on the auto-immune guidelines in the book, or the IBS/IBD section (if they're cooked). I know that you can find every side of an opinion on the internet, so started to feel myself second guessing some of the original research I found that says to avoid these foods. I'm also taking into account the fact that GI issue often do tend to get worse before they get better. Looking for others who may have the same or similar conditions, and what their experiences were with foods they avoided and left in for their Whole30's. Thank you in advance for your input!
  18. I'm about to launch on my second whole 30.. my first was almost two years ago and I wish I would have stuck with it because I wouldn't be in the predicament I'm in now. After losing 110lbs a few years ago with weight watchers and exercise I have gained 65lbs this past year despite a lot of exercising and attempted healthy diet. I have a bit of a sugar addiction and find it easy to binge since I was so restrictive before when losing all the weight. I developed the above conditions after losing my weight and have struggled ever since. I have worked out 4-6x a week since 2010 sometimes even more however, recently my conditions have worsened (Hashimotos, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue) and I came down with a nasty case of shingles. I recently cut back my exercise (for the past three months) and only do a ladies cross fit gym 2-3x a week. I am so exhausted and am wondering if the exercise is causing extra stress which is causing flares within my immune system. Would you recommend keeping my exercise program while starting the whole 30 or taking a break and just focusing on the food portion until my body has recovered?
  19. Hello everyone! I am going to begin my Whole30 journey tomorrow. I should follow the Autoimmune Protocol, but I am going to ease into it (AIP next go-around). I have Premature Ovarian Failure, Hashimoto's Disease, and Psoriasis. I have recently gone through two episodes of Pericarditis and have been recently diagnosed with Lymphocytic Colitis. The reason for my post is because I am hopeful that the LC is a misdiagnosis, and would like your thoughts. Also, i need advice for my journey around fruits and veggies. For three years I have eaten no corn, soy, dairy, gluten or preservatives. I also ate few grains (cooked rice was about it). I lost about 80 pounds and felt pretty good. However, my weight loss was stagnant and I knew I could feel better. So, I decided to go VEGAN! I was never much of a veggie eater before, so I thought it would be tough. I ate ONLY beans, nuts, seeds, veggies and fruits for 1 month. I felt fantastic! I lost 15 pounds and felt like I could maintain it forever. In week 5 I got VERY sick. Diarrhea 7x a day. My doctor told me I needed to eat rice and chicken to get better. I did get better, but anytime I ate something healthy (a carrot, an apple) I would get sick again. So, I began eating mainly meats and starches (rice bread, rice cereals, flax seed brownies, etc). I have gained 35 pounds since May! It seems as if I cannot "bind" without some sort of starch. When they diagnosed me with Lymphocytic Colitis, they said that white blood cells were coating my intestines and colon. What I am wondering is...could it be that I caused some damage when I overloaded my system with fiber, and my body is trying to heal? Also, since I am sensitive to fruits and veggies, I was hoping to find suggestions for my W30 journey to ensure I get enough good nutrients and fiber. Any help, support or encouragement you could offer would mean the world to me. Annie
  20. Anyone experience this? It seems to be worse after drinking kombucha or black tea. Is it a detox symptom?? I'm thinking about taking dandelion root to help with detox, see if it improves, at all. Also thinking of switching to yerba mate for mornings, and making my kombucha with rooibos after this batch runs out.