looking for help from others with hypothyroidism

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jordon2773

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 12:49
I've done Atkins before and had success, and started it again, this is my second week going in the third. Has anyone with hypothyroidism( Hashimoto's) had issues with losing weight? I have been following Atkins induction to a tee, and I've lost 8 lbs but now seem to be gaining back 2 lbs so far and not sure why, im at about 20 carbs a day. any advice? is this normal? I've never gained back weight while on induction? I've never done induction with the thyroid issues, as I was just diagnosed in Jan 2013 and im stable with the dose.

Any advice would be greatly appreciatedSmile !
jellycat

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 13:22
Sorry I don't have any advice I'm experiencing the same problem. I lost 10 and now I'm gaining while keeping my carbs around 20.
messamermom

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 15:27
I was just over on the atkins.com boards and this subject was being discussed. Here is the link:

http://boards.atkins.com/showthread.php?113781-Anyone-Hashimotos-Hypothyroid-patients-doing-Atkins&highlight=Hashimoto
mummydee

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 20:23
I have had a thyroid problem for 40 years... I have been to Naturopaths, Homeopaths and of course all the regular Dr's..a little bit of knowledge gathered from all sources and improved upon as science progresses. I am by no means a professional in this area but what I have learned over the years is that we just have to accept the fact that our metabolism is 'sluggish'... We can take the medication but have to be diligent in our eating habits and exercise more. Stimulate your metabolism with foods that help and aid the thyroid.
Good sources of iodine include sea vegetables such as kelp and seaweed, fresh fish, haddock, cod, eggs, fish oils, onions, artichokes and pineapple.
Selenium is good too. Good sources of selenium include wheat germ, beef liver and kidney, seafood, shellfish, eggs, mushrooms, garlic, kelp, onions, sesame and sunflower seeds and Brazil nuts.
Do not eat raw foods from the night shade group, such as broccoli and cabbage... they have an enzyme that kills the thyroxin you take.. steaming for 1 - 2 minutes kills this enzyme.

Get the right thyroid tests including TSH, free T3, free T4, TPO, and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.

I went from 180 to 130 so it can be done.. Healthy eating, walking, positive thinking. We may attain our goals a tad slower than most, but so what... we took years to get to that weight, it's not gonna disappear overnight.

Stay strong. it's a detour, not a road block!

mummydee

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 21:11
I also might add, that for me, grazing has worked best to keep me from being hungry and shaky.... i try to combine a carb (complex only) with a protein and eat every 3 hours... not a big meal like most are used to but just something. You have to try different eating habits and times with what works for your schedule but you will find something. don't discourage and stick to it... good luck.
mrspackrat

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 07:01
I'm hypothyroid and I found the best diet for me is rich in vegetables, eggs, fish, low-fat meats, good fats (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil--I take a super primrose oil too plus magnesium, Vitamin D) actually many of the foods listed by dee above (nuts, onions, etc). I try and integrate many of the superfoods in all my daily meals. I've also been reading about the night shade food group and have tried to really limit those foods. But, I don't struggle with a diet plan and the only stuff I try and eliminate is refined/processed stuff and sweets. Other than that, I just choose good foods that are good for you. I was at 177 now at 141. I'm fairly happy and feel great about the foods I eat.
mummydee

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 07:22
Congratulations on your weight loss Mrspackrat. Healthy eating worked for you too! I've cut out processed foods for many years and feel so much better, i've now moved on to only organic foods, fruit vegetables and meat and fish., and no gmo'd foods.
As well as losing weight i'm off all medications except the thyroxin and feel 100% better than I was 20 years ago.
good luck to all !
Vero0127

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 10:46
I have low thyroid just keeping checking your blood levels the doctor keeps changing my thyroid medication.
Is hard to loose weight but not impossible. I eat lots of veggies fruits water and more water. My Grandma told me radishes are good for tryroid. I like to eat them with fresh lime juice and red onions as a topping or side salad just a pinch of salt. I love lime juice fresh.
jordon2773

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 21:32
Thanks for all the replies, I should add that my thyroid issues aren't the normal kind beacause im a just over a year out from radiation treatment in the head and neck. I had high doese of radiation to the neck area due to an unknow primary site. I had reqular thyroid levels, until Jan 2013. I don't have any family history of thyroid problems.
Woman Alive

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 22:04
I am hypothyroid and working hard to get fit and lose weight. I watch what I eat and work out. The information on what works well for others as far as diet is a fantastic resource to me. I haven't found a thyroid med that helps me. I feel awful (sluggish, brain fog that is unreal, joint pain, etc) on 3 thyroid meds I have tried so far. Disheartening. I am wondering if I omit the nightshades and really watch my diet and keep up both cardio and resistance exercises, if I could just not take any thyroid meds. Just manage it on my own basically. Anyone have any input/thoughts on that approach?
mummydee

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Posted: 05 Jul 2013, 04:34
WomanAlive: try going to a naturopath, I was working with one who had me on drops to stimulate my pituitary gland which secretes the hormone for the thyroid. I had reduced the dosage of thyroxin by over half. But life situation made me move across the country and I haven't started with a new one again.
Try taking kelp pills and eating dulce or anything from the sea to get natural iodine which feeds the thyroid. There are many different levels of thyroid disease and i don't know where you are at, but i wouldn't not take the meds.
I have found that since eating healthy and no processed foods I have eliminated all the aching joints, and other medical problems i had.
Do all you can naturally then get your blood tested and see where your levels are at.
good luck.
Vero0127

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Posted: 05 Jul 2013, 07:45
Good Morning

I have tyroid and as you say is hard but not impossible just make sure you do your blood work at least every 6 months. I had it for many years and the Doctor does changed my dosage of cyntroid I was 1.75 now 1.50. I eat very healthy 6 days a week. I take a day off and eat what I like but not super high calorie or junk food. Lots of fruits and veggies watch bananas- pinaple and Mango I love this fruits but I slow down. Raddish my grandma told they were good for tyroid ?? Good Luck and one day at the time.. Have a great day Very Happy Vero
Woman Alive

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Posted: 05 Jul 2013, 16:34
Thank you mummydee. The naturopath suggestion seems like a good direction for me to go. I want to eat healthy, make sure to avoid processed foods, avoid night shades and work out for a few months and then get my blood work done again to see how I am doing. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but my last blood work showed moderately slow thyroid. That is how my Dr characterized it. I am hypo thyroid and I have calcifications in my thyroid that are being watched and I have biopsies done about annually. I used levothyroxine for a while (that's the med I was on the longest). 1.6mcg if memory serves me. That was the last thyroid med I tried. I felt worse on the meds than I do without. That is why I was thinking I will eat healthy,remove processed foods from my diet as well as night shades and keep up good work outs. Then I'll see what my blood work shows at my next blood draw in early Sept. I do find I am able to maintain my work outs and healthy eating without the meds as they made me feel so awful. I am quite hopeful that a going to a naturopath will work out well for me.
mummydee

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Posted: 07 Jul 2013, 08:32
I was interested in the relationship of Radishes mentioned by Vero.. found exactly the opposite according to the articles i read... here's just one of them.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/518524-radishes-the-thyroid/

and yet on another page, radishes are included in the foods that are good for thyroid function because they contain iodine,
Foods that stimulate thyroid function include molasses, egg yolks, parsley, apricots, dates, kelp, dulse, garlic, seafood, radishes and prunes. Eating radishes is a specific in Russia for treatment of hypothyroidism.

Like everything else. Moderation..
mummydee

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Posted: 07 Jul 2013, 08:36
It's best to take thyroid medication on an empty stomach because some foods (particularly those high in fiber) can interfere with absorption. Certain drugs and supplements can interact with thyroid medication as well, especially if you take them at the same time of day. These include aspirin, calcium, Coumadin and other blood thinners, estrogen, iron, psyllium and other fiber supplements, and certain antacids. You shouldn't have any problem if you take your thyroid medication two hours before or after taking any of these drugs or supplements.
seekingbuddh...

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Posted: 07 Jul 2013, 17:49
thx to mummydee for sharing those info about thyroidism.
Vero0127

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 08:26
Thank for the Information.. I have hypo tyroid Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
mrspackrat

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 08:36
Jordan has hashimoto's disease so she should be careful about consuming iodine rich foods. For some people, iodine or iodine-containing products may worsen autoimmune thyroid problems like Hashimoto's and Graves' disease and it will cause enlargement of the thyroid/goiter. Before increasing iodine, you should really get a test to see if you have an actual deficiency.
Vero0127

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 08:49
I agree check with Doctors first before you do anything... Thank God there is something for tyroid back in my grandmothers days there was not much medication for people with tryroid.. My fathers mother turn into cancer and my mom mother did alot better.. Have a great day Thanks for the information
Clueless101

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 18:25
Eat enough, keep calories high enough so as to not suppress thyroid function any lower. Don't drop to 1200 cal a day try to stay higher. Flax meal added to my diet along with olive oil has helped me. The mono fats help me lose and I don't get cold and sluggish as bad. Get plenty of rest. That has helped me the most. Rest when you can and stay calm. Hope it helps, all those things helped me. Smile
I am following Nutritional Ketosis. It is a very inflammatory way of eating. I cannot say for positive sure it is the only factor but my goiter has reduced and is nearly gone. I have had it for 11 or 12 years. I am not on any meds (no insurance). I have been eating this way since October, I am slowly losing weight.

Cheryl Smile



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