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  1. 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
  2. Hi all I was diagnosed with Graves back in 2015 but reckon I had it for 4-5 years! I tried to heal myself without anti thyroid drugs and used (still use) various supplements, herbs and homeopathy! I tried cutting out gluten and eating whole foods including grains but no sugar! I was still getting bloated and feeling ill plus thyroid levels would not budge! At one point my t4 was 98 (Uk). So on discussion with my Dr it was agreed I would take less than the endo wanted me to of carbimazole (which I really did not want to take). So with a very small dose of that (plus homeopathy to manage the side effects) and switching to the whole30 I've managed to come back into range! :)) my TSH is still lagging but that will come! I'd really like to stop the carbimazole soon and wonder if any of you out there have bashed your hyperthyroidism into remission with the whole30 and what your story is? Thanks ! Ps I failed my first two w30s on day 28 and day 21! Today is day 29 for me whoop!!
  3. I'm in tears, here, so please be gentle. I know weight loss isn't the main goal of the Whole30. I know this. I have NSVs a mile long. I'm beyond thrilled with my NSVs. I've been so thrilled with my NSVs that I didn't let my lack of weight loss bring me down. But my lack of weight loss getting really old, now, and I need some ideas or suggestions. I'm was going to post anonymously (but I guess I can't) because I am a huge supporter of Whole30 and if someone were to come across this post who knows me would think I have a beef with Whole30 after all. Which I don't. I recommend it to everyone and brag about it (and all of my NSVs all the time). I know there's gotta be something I'm still doing wrong but I just can't put a finger on it. I started my first Whole30 on 9/1/14. By the end of the 30 days, I felt so amazing I never wanted it to end. (No more numbness & tingling, no more foot drop, MS symptoms, skin cleared up, mood stability, no more headaches, etc ... just to name a FEW.) So I continued with Whole30. I relaxed a smidge on Thanksgiving day and off and on through the Christmas season. I wasn't feeling awful, but I wasn't feeling quite as good. So I started up again with a strict Whole30 on 1/1/15. My husband started his first at the same time. He wasn't feeling amazing by the end of 30, so we continued ... all the way through Lent. I was lax a bit in April and then got back on strict for May & June of last year. Lax a bit for vacation in July and then back on strict Whole30 from August - Thanksgiving of 2015. Started strict again on 1/1/16 and have stayed that way for most of the year. I would say I'm 100% strict for about 80% of that time and 80% strict for the other 20%. I never go back to gluten grains in those off moments and I try really hard to steer clear of dairy, soy, and refined or artificial sweeteners always. My latest strict Whole30 has been since August 1 to date. I think the first knot I got in my stomach recently was the week the kiddos went back to school. Two of the teachers had visibly lost weight. Both of them commented that all they had done was started walking 10,000 steps a day and it really help shed the pounds. I walk 10,000 steps a day! I won't go to bed unless I have at least 10,000 steps and at least 10 floors. I actually average around 12,500. I walk everywhere. I run for about 20 minutes about three times a week. I'm a busy & active mother. I eat a perfect Whole30 MOST of the time (and often in 30+ day spurts). I'm not obsessed with the scale. I don't even own one. But between doctor's visits, I've seen that I've barely lost 10 pounds in the past two years. I haven't lost any pants sizes, either. It just doesn't make sense. I eat two or three full meals a day. I try to eat in an 8 hour window. I have about a palm-sized amount of meat and fill the rest with veggies. I don't do too many of the starchy ones. I use coconut oil, olives & avocado for fats. I rarely snack. If I do, it's an occasional Larabar or handful of nuts or an apple. I've read the books cover to cover and I tell everyone about how amazing I feel. And I DO. I'm so happy to feel so amazing. But I just can't stand still being so heavy. It brings me to tears. It's about the only thing that saddens me once in a while. I have spiritually uplifting practices. I journal. I have an amazing & supportive husband. I'm busy and have much on my plate but I'm not stressed. I just want some ideas. Is there something through all of this that I'm still missing? Do I just need to accept that I was made to be 5'5' and 175#? Any input? Any support? Any advice? I truly appreciate it!
  4. 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!
  5. So I'm starting tomorrow (August 17). This time it's not for 'feeling better' or 'general heatlh' but for genuine medical reasons, prescribed by my GP. Could the motivation be any better? lol! I say BOO! to yeast infections I say BOO! to Leaky Gut Syndrome I say BOO! to hormonal disruptions leading to period disappearance I say BOO! to toxic bacteria in my gut I say BOO! to chronic migraines I say WOOOOOH! to life ‪#‎whole94‬ (12 weeks, to start out ) In addition to the Whole30, I also have to keep carbs to a bare minimum and really limit nightshade and nut intake. My posts might therefore be a bit on the 'expressively low-carb' side I had my perfect pre-W30 meal out with my boyfriend, and I have zero regrets and looking super forward to healing myself and thriving on life and all it's great aspects.
  6. I did the Whole30 eating lots of good cauliflower,cabbage,broccoli,spinach and kale and got more and more tired and cold. After I finished, I found out by accident that all those veg and more are goitrogenic vegetables -- they interfere with the thyroid so if you have low thyroid like I do and even if you are on medication for it, it, they can still make you hypothyroid. So now I am off whole30 I am feeling better. So be warned and look up goitrogenic online and find out what to avoid. I find that it makes the range of veg on Whole30 too limiting, so I am just not doing another.
  7. Hey All: So today I started Day 1 of my #Whole30. However, I just took a glance at my thyroid medicine, I am currently on Methimazole for a overactive thyroid and realized that it contains milk sugar and starch (grains) YIKES! I did call my endocrinologist to determine if they are any alternatives I can take for the next month, I'm currently waiting for a response. Just wondering if they were any other Whole 30ers find any improvements with their health while continuing to take medicine that was not complaint?
  8. So I'm getting very excited about starting my first whole 30, as mentioned in a previous post I am staying at my in laws this week so it is not necessarily going to work to start this week so I'm going to start next week when we return home. It will be the last week of my school summer holidays and hopefully I'll be in full swing by the time I return to school. Also gives me lots of planning and prep time before I start so I'm making notes of my favourite recipes and pulling together a shopping list for some of the things we will need. I really want to do the whole 30 as I've been having lots of issues with bloating and have been asked if I was pregnant due to my 'food baby' belly! I also have an underachiever thyroid so hoping that this will help me feel a little more energetic. I have asked my husband to support me whilst doing Whole 30, well actually I asked whether he would join me and he wrinkled his nose and didn't seem too convinced. He has said he will support me though and try out some new recipes with me...but perhaps with some non compliant additions on his part (he would struggle to give up his tea with milk, and a couple of beers...plus he despises cauliflower rice!!) Now as Melissa and Dallas have said preparation is key so I've actually been practising a few of the basics this week...just made my first batch of homemade whole 30 Mayo, and my first batch of perfect sausages ready for breakfast tomorrow morning! Got hubby (and mother in law) to taste test and his face lit up...he approves. Perhaps it might be easier to get him on board after all. And my MIL asked if there would be enough for everyone for breakfast #smallgains So this week I'm warming up by trying to restrict all non compliant foods so that it will make it all the easier to get started and stay on track with my whole 30 when I start officially next week. I'm so excited about lots of the recipes so really hope this is going to work out for me and I can finally say goodbye to the bloated tummy! And who knows maybe it will go so well hubby will want to try it out for himself!
  9. Introduction - Day 1

    Hello I am excited to start this new chapter just a month before my 27th birthday! I want to feel fantastic as I enter my new year and set a precedent of overall wellness. I decided that sticking to this program would be the best gift to myself. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (an autoimmune condition of the thyroid) 1.5 years ago. Even with a fantastic doctor on my team, it has been challenging, sometimes isolating, and sometimes overwhelming navigating the sea of information and my personal experiences of trial and error. I am certain that lifestyle and diet are the most controllable and crucial factors in living vibrantly with this condition and in general. The Whole 30 program perfectly parallels the lifestyle changes that I seek, so I am excited to be embarking upon this journey with all of you. Have a beautiful day!
  10. Hashi and new to the Whole 30

    Hey everyone, My name is Sonia and I'm 30 years old. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease about 4 years ago. I am just learned about food sensitivities and the Whole 30 program. I'm excited to learn more and eventually start my own journey.
  11. 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!
  12. Sauerkraut Info

    How do I know if sauerkraut actually is the kind that contains probiotics. I bought a large thing of it from a local co-op thinking I was getting a deal. It says "cured" on the front of it, seems to be homemade. Coincidentally, the same day I saw a naturopath who suspected I might have hypo-thyroid. So you're supposed to stay away from fermented cabbage. Arghhh! I don't wanna waste it so I want to know if there's a way I can be sure this is actually pro-biotic before I continue to finish off the batch. I don't want to be eating it for nothing when I'm really not supposed to be.
  13. Hi ya'll, I'm starting my first Whole30 *(EK!!!) on Jan 2nd. I've been obsessively reading about it for months now, so I think I've mentally prepared myself for the challenge... I'm really interested in how this could potentially change my life. I have hypothyroidism, so I'm hoping that this will help improve that condition. And I'm not gonna lie... I'd like to lose the 40 pounds I've gained over the last 4 years. I'd love to hear from fellow thyroid sufferers to see if this had any impact on their health. I turned 40 2 years ago, and I just assumed it was middle age and my love for wine... which it still might be... haha Thanks... and wish me luck!
  14. Yes, that's right. 150. I am 5' 9" and was 298 lbs. I just completed my first Whole30 and lost 26 lbs. and enough inches my clothes fall off me. (Didn't get a good measurement on Day 1) Sure, the weight loss is the exciting part. But I also threw away my thyroid medicine, I have boundless energy without my (former) 4-6 cups of coffee a day and my egg allergy is GONE! I had heard my sister talk about Whole 30, Paleo, grain-free, etc. for two years now, and finally decided to do it. I was able to stick to the plan through business travel and a two week vacation at my brother's house. After a few days in between the end of my original Whole30 and a few "off-road" items (I was on vacation!), my second Whole30 starts today from the comfort of my home. 124 lbs to go! I have never been more ready! I LOVE WHOLE30!
  15. What about iodine?

    Okay so I've heard that iodine deficiency can cause thyroid problems and I'm afraid that I am deficient most days. I do not eat fish so basically most days my protein comes from egg (mostly egg white which does not have iodine) and chicken. Since I'm not eating any processed foods or any enriched grains what about iodine? I clearly don't take in enough, I've even tried to forcefully add salt to my meals so I can have some iodine however it just made me feel sick I'm not a fan of salt after all. How do you guys who do not eat fish make sure you're not having a deficiency? Do you take a supplement?
  16. Hi everyone, my apologies if these questions have been answered before - there's a lot of material here and I'm new! But anyway, a bit of background - I've had issues with "mystery aches", indigestion, headaches, nausea, low energy for several years...many of which have been improving since going 100% gluten free a month ago. My TSH level is subclinical (6) despite the other numbers being within range, and my doc doesn't want to put me on meds, thankfully. Unfortunately, he also thinks I should go on a vegan diet and reduce my cholesterol, despite it being within normal range. Anyway, I decided to completely ignore him and start a Whole30. It's day 13 and I'm really enjoying it! So far it's been great, very few issues, barely any cravings...despite this, I keep seeing stuff about an autoimmune protocol, and how eggs are inflammatory (is this true?). Based on my symptoms, am I a candidate for that protocol? I have no idea whether I actually have autoimmune disease, since I'm obviously gluten intolerant but not sure if I'm celiac. I've been eating eggs almost every day, plus nightshades like crazy, and spices. No problems at all, so is there something I should be looking for when I eat these foods? They're a big part of my Whole30 so I wonder if I should be concerned. Hopefully I have nothing to worry about, since I've already removed a lot of foods from my diet! Thanks
  17. Hello folks, I really hope this doesn't sound like a moaning post, because it's not - I'm just trying to get some answers. To give you a quick(ish) background, I was diagnosed with Endometriois, Lipoedema and Thyrotoxicosis (all autoimmune diseases) in my early twenties. The Hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease) was horrendous, and I ended up having Neutropenia as well. After 5 bouts of thyrotixic episodes they told me I would either have to have my thyroid removed or I would have to destroy it through radiation. I didn't want either option but didn't have a choice, so I went for what I felt was the lesser of two evils and chose the radiation. My rationale was that there was a slim chance that a small amount of the thyroid would survive and would therefore be able to produce all the necessary hormones on its own. Unfortunately I was not so lucky so I now have Radioiodine induced Hypothyroidism for which I take a daily dose of thyroxine and have done so for the last five years. The more 'minor', but still troubling issues I have are psoriasis on my scalp, exercise induced asthma, mild eczema, IBS, as well as excessive chest/throat infections (5+ a year) and constant lethargy and exhaustion. I've had a binge eating disorder for most of my adult life and have abused my body by flipping between binging on every carb in sight followed by a rigid and extreme diets (juice fasting, veganism, raw veganism - you get the idea). As a result my weight has yo-yoed wildly up and down to the point where I have gained and lost 100lbs+ over and over again. Anyway in August last year I started yet another fad diet (called Lighterlife in the UK) which is an extremely low carb and low calorie diet that is a 100% meal replacement - yes, you don't eat any food. Healthy huh??? Anyway I lost 5st (70lbs) between August and the end of December but although I was loosing weight my health started to get worse and worse (nausea, vomiting, constipation - it was delightful.) I decided to stop the diet because even though I was loosing weight I was so sick, and I also started to eat meat again after being a vegetarian for the previous 7 years! I had gone veggie believing it was better for my health, but have never been more sickly, so figured that maybe I needed meat to be healthy again. Anyway after the fourth visit to my doctor in as many weeks, she diagnosed me with gluten and lactose intolerance. BEST THING EVER! I have been 100% gluten and lactose free from 15 January this year, and have been 95% Whole30 since. I started on the autoimmune protocol (no nightshades, eggs, tomatoes etc.) which I followed for the first 50 days or so and then slowly reintroduced eggs, tomatoes etc. As I said I am mostly Whole30 all the time, with the rare exception of a small glass of bubbly at a wedding, some dark 85% chocolate on occasion. It is difficult as I still suffer with my eating disorder so this is very typical of my 'restrictive' phase of my binge cycle. However, because I am eating low carb, and no sugar my cravings and compulsions seem to have almost gone. Many of my symptoms are hugely improved. No more vomitting or nausea. No more IBS (or very minimal discomfort), better quality sleep, better skin. I couldn't change this way of eating even if I wanted to as I feel so much more human, I wouldn't want to go back to feeling how I was before. However after 14 weeks of eating whole, fresh foods I am still struggling with the following; Lethargy/exhaustion - although I am feeling more rested and have made a real effort to get at least 7-8hrs sleep every night I am still feeling low on energy. I long to feel full of vitality but this hasn't happened yet. I must also add though that I am not getting out and moving my body much. Partly a combination of the exhaustion and some old sports injuries (knee, ankle and back), plus when I did kettlebell training recently it left me depleted for the full week following. I'm not quite sure what to do about this. Psoriasis - it has hugely improved, it is not as red or angry or anyway near as painful, but it has also not gone. Weight loss - I am still loosing but it has slowed down to a crawl, from about 14lbs per month (pre W30) to only 14lbs in the last four months since starting W30. I am not eating any starchy tubers or fruits, and very low carb with good quality grass fed meats and organic veg, nuts, coconut milk and oil. Whilst my focus has totally changed from being about weight loss to becoming healthy, loosing weight is part of that equation as I probably still have somewhere in the region of 40-50lbs to loose. Sore throats - whilst I have only had one throat/chest infection since I started this which is a big improvement for me, I often have a consistent although low-grade sore throat. I do take thyroxine and sertraline (anti depressant) along with vitamins (magnesium, cod liver oil, probiotics and glucosamine). It's hard to know if the vitamins make any difference as I started them at the same time as starting W30. If you managed to read through this whole post, well done!! Sorry that wasn't exactly quick or quick(ish)!! Anyway, any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks CaveGirl
  18. Sweating? Chills?

    Hey all! I'm into day 10 of Whole30 and so far it's all good. EXCEPT, I started having bouts of SERIOUS sweating and some random chills (not directly after the sweating). Anyone have any experience with these? It's so odd.
  19. Hypothyroidism

    I'm asking this question for my mom (promise!) who is seriously considering the Whole30 challenge. I just finished mine, and she was amazed at my results. I'm actually continuing with this lifestyle because I feel so amazing! Anyway, back to her... She has hypothyroidism, and she has been told the last 10+ years by her doctor that her thyroid basically doesn't function. He said she needs to keep taking a strong dose of Synthroid--I'm guessing to help prevent cancer?? She very recently had her thyroid levels checked, but she wants to do the Whole30 challenge. My question is: if she continues taking the same dose of her thyroid medication while on the challenge, will she be able to tell that it has helped when she goes back after the 30 days to get them checked again? She is really hoping to at least reduce the dose she has to take, but she's under the impression that she'll never get to get off of that high of a dose because of what the doctor has told her for so many years...
  20. acne and hair loss

    so ive pretty much completed my whole 60. im still experiencing acne like crazy! im also noticing my hair falling out more than usual. I have symptoms of pcos. im just wondering if anyone has done the autoimmune protocol and if it has helped with either acne or hair loss. I am eating enough. I lift weights about 4 times a week to gain weight, which I have been! I eat the whole 30 meal template four to five times a day, depending on if im still hungry. However, I still have acne and hair loss has gotten worse! Has anyone tried the autoimmune protocol for this and had any success with it? im losing hope:/
  21. Thyroid removed

    Hi. I am doing my first whole30. I am on Day 4. I had my thyroid removed in Dec 2011 because of Hashimotos Thyroiditis. It had grown so large it was obstructing my airway. I have had difficulty regulating my TSH levels ever since. I decided to do Whole30 to see how my diet and nutrition might be affecting my med balance and how I felt. As part of my regularly scheduled follow up dates I saw my doc on Wednesday, day 1. I am currently taking 200 mcg of synthroid daily. My TSH level came back 7.33! I'm so frustrated. I know I've got more medical work to do with this. But, my question is should I keep going with the Whole30 or wait to their is more control of my TSH. Will I be able to feel, better, get more energy, and find out what foods cause a reaction for me? Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks, Dawn
  22. Hi everyone! So I started my whole 30 back on March 9th, but I restarted 8 days later after I realized I had made some mistakes the first week - the sausage I bought had sugar, I was chewing gum, and then on the 17th (after 8 days) I was miserable and ate a bunch of sweetened coconut. So I restarted, and have been doing well ever since in terms of compliance. However, I'm having some issues that are troubling - first, I keep having mild headaches. Nothing too severe, but really annoying. Second, I am not sleeping well. I used to sleep amazingly well before the whole 30, but now although I appreciate the ability to get up early, I'm waking up at 4am and tossing and turning for two hours. Third, I don't think I have lost any weight. I know this isn't about weight loss, but that is a huge incentive for me to do this. I've also been having some digestive issues. I hate talking about that department, but before whole 30 it was like clockwork. It is driving me bananas to not know what's going on or when! A few sidenotes - I am hypthyroid, and I wonder if doing the whole 30 may have knocked my dosage of Armour out of whack? Also, I've noticed in the past 1-2 weeks I have been upping my fruit consumption. I'm going to cut that back. I also cut way back on eating nuts after reading the forum. But I wondered if the fruit may be causing some problems - I realize that it is triggering my need for sugar and want to fix that. Any advice would be really appreciated!!! Thank you!
  23. Summary: I have concerns about potentially needing to change my dose of thyroid medication A few years back, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I am very active, had not noticed weightgain, etc, but I had been very fatigued and my appetite had plummeted. My doctor was quick to do a blood test, and I have been on a very low dose of synthetic thyroid medication since (75mg of levothyroxine). The medication is very inexpensive, and I have never really questioned alternatives. That said, I do understand the importance of keeping these hormones in balance. Specifically, if the dose is too high, this can be very detrimental to bone density as well as obvious things like sleep patterns. If hormones and metobolism changes accompany the diet shift during the whole30, am I putting myself at risk by continuing to take my medication? Has anyone else had this experience and needed to change dose/stop taking meds alltogether? Sincerely, Kristina
  24. I'm in my second (back to back) Whole30 and am eating spinach almost daily, as well as kale, cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, etc. Recently the issue of goitrogens has come to my attention. A search on this site did not bring up any discussion of it, but I'm guessing this must be discussed from time to time. This is what I came across on another site: "Goitrogens are chemicals that prevent your intestines from absorbing iodine. Chemicals classified as goitrogenic may also inhibit your thyroid function directly by slowing the production of thyroid hormones. According to a 2002 article in the journal "Thyroid," foods high in goitrogens, such as raw spinach, can increase your risk of developing thyroid disease, but they have not been shown to directly cause it. Other risk factors include pregnancy, low iodine consumption and poor health." (http://www.livestrong.com/article/517401-does-raw-spinach-affect-the-thyroid/#ixzz28dGzKuhO) I certainly don't want to bring on thyroid problems, but so many of the veggies contain these gloitrogens. --twodrifters
  25. Hi all, for the hypothyroid people out there, I am curious to know the effect Whole30 has had on you. I am on just a low dose of levothyroxine. It has helped my symptoms quite a lot and some others have disappeared since I started Whole30, such as dry skin/eyes. Overall I feel much better, aside from the past few days. I'm on Day 26 and the past few days I am feeling the fatigue and charlie horse-type leg cramps characteristic of more symptomatic times. One possible explanation I have considered is the timing of medication. I understand that you're supposed to take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This hasn't been a problem for me in the past because pre-whole30 I was not a breakfast eater. I have since gotten in the habit of eating first thing in the morning like you're supposed to, right after I take my medication - maybe it's affecting the absorption? Thyroid medication-takers, how does your medication fit into this picture? I am interested to hear your solutions.