The Perfect Diet – Small Easy Changes That Create Steady Weight Loss
I recently started taking my temps and they are actually on the high-ish side, while I do have symptoms of hypothyroid. It comes down to this. Human nutritions and healthy diets. Oh and I have also been trying to raise my body temps and have seen similar results as you have Ann Marie different protocol, but still results!! Published on October 1, Recently, I returned to the diet I was eating when I first found real food and Iconsciously added properly prepared grains and more pulses back into my diet and have seen my cycles regulate, my sleep improve and my waist-to-hip ratio improve. I not only curbed a lot of my overeating with this book, but it also helped me deal with the underlying depression and sadness that was causing it in the first place.
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And since insulin resistance was mentioned by Erin, I also think it somewhat irresponsible to suggest that eating more carbs could be the answer for someone with a thyroid imbalance. It is diabetes in the making for certain.
Especially for women moving into middle age, whose metabolic systems are beginning to flag as part of the aging process. I would be careful ramping up on carbs at middle age, especially if you are trending from a lower-carb plan. A common understanding of nutritional science and common sense about metabolism tells me this could be a recipe for diabetes. Too many people blame GAPS for being low-carb, when that was their own decision.
At the same time, high carb is not for everyone. Most people with broken metabolisms and that is far more of us than we think need to be low carb for healing, and then can return to regular amounts of non-grain, non-processed carbs. Some of the very lucky can recover metabolisms and even guts to the point where they can tolerate properly prepared grains again.
If that is typical for you, you are woefully deficient in protein and fat-soluble vitamins. It actually sounds like a great day for a sugar addict. Many problems attributed to low carb are actually from lack of emphasis on plenty — PLENTY — of broth, ferments, and organs. Others are from lack of attention to circadian rhythms, cortisol, steroid hormone status, or iron status.
Jaminet does NOT concur that you could eat waffles instead of organ meat which is what thyroid is, after all. I think your excitement at feeling better may be getting the best of your rational thinking right now.
Jaminet said that, too: There are plenty of cultures who have thrived on carbs other than rice and tapioca starch. I do not believe there is one perfect diet for anyone. It does look, from how you wrote it, like there is a good possibility Jaminet supports your contention that gluten can help fertility. The whole article could lead to some very ill conclusions if the reader takes the info only from what she reads here. The balance is in the middle. My youngest, conceived when my husband and I were a month shy of 40, was a one-shot deal.
We know that, because one or the other of us had been out of town for 5 weeks, with one little one day break in the middle of it. We were both eating low carb, Traditional Nutrition-style at the time grassfed, organic stuff, but no grains, potatoes or sugars in any form; vegetables and fibrous fruits. When I go over my own limit, I bloat up with water overnight.
I feel like I have the flu. That will happen the very night I eat over my limit. Obviously you have a very high limit. The science out there says if you reduce your carbs to nearly none, and then gradually increase them by 5 g. This is actually what the original Atkins recommends. Some of the really good doctors besides Atkins who not only research but have plenty of field observation are Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades, Dr.
There are several more, but reading the websites and blogs of these doctors is quite an education. This bothers me too. Just my two cents.
I am a very passionate and enthusiastic person. I do believe low carb is a fad. There are a LOT of people online these days saying that everyone should be low carb. I might disagree with you on occasion though! I noticed on your Gaps Myths post you quoted Paul Jaminet in the following: Some people will thrive on very few carbs, and some will wilt like a flower on that very same diet.
It requires experimentation like you are doing and an open mind. I said that if low carb is working for someone, they should keep doing it. The bandwagon comment is addressing the low carb craze that is proliferating on the internet. People have become terrified of carbs. Thank you so much for sharing this. Mmmm, almost sounds too good to be true. Thing is, your body changes from minute to minute, day to day, month to month especially women. We have so many issues being blamed on foods which are probably more an issue of body imbalance or hormone imbalance, etc.
Some can be corrected by foods, yes, but some cannot. I see so many people who are taking drugs for things which could be easily fixed by just listening to your body.
Like iodine which people are afraid of because of the modern medical industrial complex leading you down the garden path. I read often, but rarely comment. Just wanted to encourage you. Just a real food person. I do TRY to properly prepare all our whole grains.
I am 44 and expecting a baby in May. Connie, Congrats on your baby. I love news like this! It gives me hope. Thanks for writing this post. I would up my intake of fruit and sweet potatoes, and added white potatoes back into my diet, and felt much better. But always something would nag at the back of my mind that I needed to cut out the fruit and potatoes…and the cycle would start all over again. I decided to listen to my body just before Christmas.
Satisfied by food for the first time in months, and not rushing to fill my cravings with more jerky or coconut milk or roasted meats. I love all paleo foods, they are real foods and satisfying for the most part, but I found I was just not feeling great eating that way.
I got pregnant shortly before Christmas with our third baby, and the usual morning sickness rendered most food unpalatable to me shortly after the New Year started.
Clearly, if eating like that was satisfying me, I was doing something right. Paleo hardcores would say I am doing the equivalent of soothing alcoholic shakes with a drink. I just know that eating a high amount of carbs and including grains has satisfied my appetite for the first time in a long time. I use WAP real food principles to cook our food, no longer shy away from flour or thickeners when making sauces or browning meats, and am perfecting my long-abandoned sourdough baking skills.
With LOTS of butter! Ann Marie, I just love you because, with your suggestions, I have made my biggest strides in recovery. But returning to carbs has been an absolute blessing from above! I have struggled with my temps for years. At one point I was put on Cytomel to bring them back up. Which it did, but as soon any situation made me falter, my doctor upped my dose to bring them back up.
I ended up being hyperthryoid, so he took me off cold turkey. I later found out that stopping thyroid meds that way can be deadly. Needless to say my temps absolutely plummeted. In retrospect, I have suffered with adrenal issues for most of my life, but that situation started a complete down-fall that I am still trying to recover from today.
When I burned out to the point of total bedrest, my new doctor took me off everything. He told me to limit my carbs because it would be too energizing to my adrenals. No sugar, no fruit, no caffeine, no alcohol and especially, no wheat. He said it clogged the thyroid. I felt like it would have been easier to graze on the grass in my backyard.
While I finally got off of bedrest, I am still house-bound three years later. I was so frustrated! I felt schlumpy, fat and like a potato. Well, Ann Marie to the rescue!! When I read about upping my carbs to bring up my temps and feel better overall, it made total sense to me. So I set off to eat, and eat, and eat and this is what is happening to me 2 weeks in…. Have I gained weight? Before my adrenal crash I was a size 6 when I was on Cytomel and hyperthyroid, I was a 2.
I blew up to a 12 while on bedrest. It WILL happen and if eating like a pig will move that process along, then how fun is that? I wish I was on a cruise!! What I have noticed is that within days, my temp was up. My BBT on day 6 was 98!! By 9 am I am even a bit over I feel better although the first few days I felt like crap, but I kept eating because I knew it was the physiological changes happening in my body.
My energy is returning. While that may not sound like a big deal to you, this is huge for me. My family says I seem better and I look better. In only 2 weeks! I am going to ride this out and see what happens, but for now I am really impressed! And BTW Ann Marie, my husband wants to kiss you because since he has been having a bit of sugar before bed, he has slept the entire night through without having to pee.
He says it has been years since he has had a solid 8 hours of sleep without having to pee. There are so many doctors out there giving terrible advice. WTF does that even mean!?! And I laughed at this: We limit and restrict and get so crazy with our diets that it seems so ridiculous and hard.
YAY shopping in three stores and cooking for three hours! We were not fat or even plump. A girl who was a size 6 was absolutely Ethiopian. Men like a body with curves, not bones. Besides, curvaceous women are much more suited to bearing children.
Search it on the web or read a book about body shapes. Those curves and even those padded hips are there for a reason girl. D- I live with an Italian man, so believe me, I get what you are saying.
My point was that I had been a size 6 my entire life except after pregnancy and after my adrenals crashed I ballooned up in no time. It seemed like the fewer carbs I ate the worse I felt and the more weight that came on.
It baffled me because I was no longer having a mocha and a muffin from Starbucks several times a week. I was no longer having my nightly cocktail. It was meat and veggies, meat and veggies and enough water to fill a lake. Its a hard pill to swallow when you are accustomed to being a certain size all your life. Right now it is the least of my worrries; I just want to feel better. If It makes my hormones level out then I am all in.
There are no babies in my future. But I agree with you, a woman with a little padding is so much hotter than someone stick thin like Angelina Jolie.
She is a beautiful woman in desperate need of a burger!! Women who buy vintage clothes or sew from vintage patterns have to keep this difference in mind. I too did GAPS and was eating way too low carb. For the first 6m or so I felt great…then everything went downhill. Huge improvement in my mental state. My OCD is a lot better. My anxiety is better.
My mood overall is better. I have gained a few much needed pounds. Oddly enough I find that I tolerate wheat quite well, but not really starchy things like corn, potatoes and rice. I feel satisfied after I eat. Thank you for being so open and bold about your journey. It really helped me be brave enough to try something new. I thought GAPS would cure everything for me. I would be very suspect of all this metabolic typing stuff. Butter is healthy, veggies are healthy, meat is healthy, raw milk and cream is healthy, eggs are healthy.
Pastured chickens and their eggs, grass-fed beef, etc. Some people cannot afford to eat that way and thus become discouraged and start eating out of a box or a can again. Maybe once they are used to eating REAL food, they will make a concerted effort to cut down on treat items and junk foods, and put their money towards better quality.
Real food, no matter what quality you have to start with, is still better than food from a box or a can. So those are not good choices. Is your BBT lower on average than the temps you cite? Also, you indicate a stable temp is better, but I thought it was natural to see cyclical variation rising after ovulation, high during the luteal phase, then dropping again…? She is referring to seeing a chart that does have proper hormonal shift at the right times, but is otherwise fairly smooth.
With adrenal fatigue, you will always see jagged, mountain peaks all over the place, chart. Sometimes so bad, it is hard to see the thermal shifts when they do occur.
Stable temp is better but you will see a rise after ovulation. Here are my thoughts. Food has become a religion for many people based an faulty facts.
There is DNA, environmental factors, stress, physiology, lifestyle to look at in every single person. There is Paleo, Primal, The Blood Type Diet, the Dukan Diet, Slow Carb and everything in between and people are stressing themselves out so much about what to eat, how much of what and when to eat it.
I have heard you should only have fruit in the morning before you eat anything. But that to reduce the insulin shock to your body sugars should be consumed with protein and fat. Or you should avoid sugar all together. The list is endless. I personally am allergic to gluten and do better on less grains, but my husband is like you he is also Italian and his body does not do well on my kind of diet.
Oh and I have also been trying to raise my body temps and have seen similar results as you have Ann Marie different protocol, but still results!! So congrats to you! I hope soon we can both be congratulating each other on conceiving! I love your post, Jenn. I think we worry far too much. Of course, coming off of the SAD diet I was very ill. I think just in doing that people make VAST health improvements!
Thank you for putting this out there. While you might expect to get a lot of flack for this post, I think you will get a lot of appreciation too.
I have had a similar experience with carbs. Went low carb 3 years ago and lost 80 lbs. Plus I had new issues of depression, anxiety, fatigue. Low carb was a really bad idea for me even though I was very overweight and I kept carbs at 60g a day.
If I up the carbs, even if it is still relatively low carb, I put on weight. Not really sure what the heck to do now really??? On GAPS now, which has helped other things so looking into increasing carbs. When I get to goal, I plan on monitoring myself closely, but allow controlled amounts potatoes, rice, more fruit.
I current eat some of these foods in small amounts each week not daily. I know they make me nuts mood swings, bloating, weight gain, lack of interest in sex or being physically active, joint pain, compulsive overeating, and the list goes on.
Two years ago I was working with Matt Stone via email messages. I had lost a ton of weight I since got pregnant and had a baby, hence my overweight now and was struggling to stay below I applied his carb suggestion and I gained 10 lbs in one week! I know I was supposed to even out eventually, but it was mostly depressing and triggering cravings, overeating, etc. Usually Ann Marie, I find your tone to be calm, cool and collected even if your positions can be a bit all over the map as you experiment and this lends credence to your writings.
I think this is unfortunate because you clearly have so much of value to share with us all; not the least of which is your willingness to bravely act as our collective guinea pig! In the grand and cosmic scheme of things, how important can it all be? It certainly would be more fun. I think this is great advice for all of us, Annie.
Trying to do it right now with my life actually…. Check out the website www. There is plenty of scientific proof and reason to keep track of your insulin levels. Insulin resistance is a HUGE problem in this country, and its link to heart disease, diabetes etc.
Squash, sweet potatoes, veggies, fruits are plenty enough carbohydrates to fuel yourself on. Not to mention plenty of healthy fats. I am not saying this is for everyone, but for me, it keeps my blood sugar nice and stable, no ups and downs in hunger and I do not have to eat every 2 hours.
But of course, just my opinion: Let me also add… eating Paleo to lose weight may not be the right intention. I do not eat that way to lose weight, as I am at a perfectly fine weight. I feel as though people need to get out there and exercise, get active and fuel themselves appropriately. If you get in tune with your body, you will feel the subtle clues it gives you after you eat a particular food. The diet mentality is the problem…. My husband and I did low carb last summer.
I do think we benefited in eating more protein and wonderful vegetables but it is a hard lifestyle to maintain. I would catch myself dreaming about the good old days of bread,rice,fruit and feeling defeated if I indulged.
Basically the French eat slowly,savor the food and stop when they get full. Of course the food they eat is real and full of lovely richness,but they eat bagettes too. Maybe what is needed is to calm down,get out the good china,light the candles, gather the family,give thanks and taste and enjoy the meal. Sort of what Julia Childs used to say, I think. And I heartily agree. We need to take some time, slow down and give ourselves a break from all this food craziness.
Diet is important, but jeez louise, you want to have a life too! Sometimes our bodies are pretty smart! I did lose weight rapidly, but I was a hag. I decided I was happier in poor health and that I could not possibly live like I was long-term. So, I switched to a traditional diet of good fats about half if my daily calories come from good fats.
The very hour I added carbs back in my mood soared. And I kept right on losing weight and I did not feel deprived; I felt great. I have no idea what the science is behind my experience, but I know that I have kept off that 40 pounds for over two years without fear of carbs or good fats.
Thank you for the great post. I originally went low-carb to counter hyperinsulinism, which I had for years due to a major sugar addiction. Keeping insulin levels lower helped but then I went too low-carb, bought into the Paleo diet big-time. What happened over time is I would try to stay low carb, but at least once a week I would end up going on uncontrollable binges — would try to keep them to nuts, nut butter lower-carb items but would make myself sick!
I had serious depression, hair falling out, no energy, painful joints, no libido, etc. The best thing that ever happened to me was when I recently read The Schwarzbein Principle. And the importance of balancing insulin and glucagon.
I feel so much better, my mood is better, I have more energy, I can work out again, and my bingeing has completely stopped — but i have gained a little weight, which she says is normal if you have screwed up your metabolism. But she says it will even out in time. At least not for now. As someone recovering from a lifelong food and eating disorder, taking the balanced approach, giving my brain the fats it needs, having moderate protein, and including a measured portion of carb at every meal, is making a big difference.
I am starting to think I might actually be able to feel like a normal person if I stick with this way of eating! Thanks so much for a great post!
My binge eating finally ended doing a leptin reset a la jack kruse. Point being, I binged like you did on low carb, but binged a lot worse on high carb. I take no medications. After doing Paleo for a few months, I noticed that my eyes and mouth started feeling really dry. When I bought Dr. I added sweet potatoes and rice in minimal amounts although I tend to eat sweet potatoes more because I gain weight when I eat too much rice and my face gets super puffy.
Lo and behold, my dry eyes and mouth went away. I agree that everyone is different. We are all on an individual journey.
Some people need more carbs than others. Some people thrive on meat only. To each his own! Although I have added back grains rice , I keep a close eye on my portions, as I have a family history of diabetes and also had gestational diabetes while prego with my three kids.
Thanks so much for this article! Thanks to you I found Matt Stone a few weeks back. The worse I felt, the less carbs I ate…thinking this would help. And guess what…I felt better! I think it also helped that for the 1st time in forever I was able to spend 10 minutes making, eating and cleaning up from breakfast instead of the normal 30 minutes for eggs, sausage, etc.
Therefore I was able to actually leave for work on time without being totally stressed out. As the co-owner of a small business with my wife , father of a month old daughter and soon-to-be father of a son, I have better things to do with my life and energy than stress about whether or not Caveman Carl would permit me eating a pizza and drinking a beer not her with my wife on a Friday night.
Thanks again and preach on! Thanks for your posting on this. I too fair a lot better when I increase my carbs. I am 49 and very athletic. I found paleo late and decided for the next year to beat myself over the head with that stick. I actually got worse, was having sub clinical hypo symptoms and AF putting on weight and feeling worse. My theory, its fine for a lot of younger women that havent had their hormones screwed up for one reason or another, but us older and hormonally fragile women, we need to tread carefully.
I am still a bit wary of carbs but I do eat more ie gms or so a day without a problem and feel so much better. My reverse T3 kicked up about 18 months ago, so I am on a low dose of T3, which tbh, isnt doing enough BUT most of the time my basal body temp is above 98 since I started taking it and lately during ovulation and the last half of my cycle I will see I still have a lot of damage, I have no control over my body comp, I used to have a lot of muscle definition till about 3 years ago, and even though I do my intervals and practice vigorous yoga I can no longer influence that to any degree.
If I over eat just a tiny bit, I will gain weight no problem. My sleep is way better now and I think that is because I eat more carbs. I doubled my caloric intake in October. Some, but not a lot. Since I upped the carbs in Jan, the temps have really come up and my period is starting to regulate. Which leads me to robert what the role of contraceptives might be in all of this — an artificially induced state of elevated sex hormones that could disguise the harmful effects of VLC diets….
Well, I can say this much. Several years ago, I went low carb and lost 30 lbs. I eventually got tired of the diet and was missing my carbs so, I added them back in. I slowly gained the weight back. Fasting is ONLY for healthy people. So, I fear that going low carb and IF caused my adrenals and thyroid to fare even worse.
I also was tired a lot. I did eat lots of honey and fruit but was still on the couch every day with fatigue. Fast forward again, and I thought I would attempt a Whole I made it to 14 days before cracking and adding back in raw dairy only to feel immediately better, only to follow that with grains again. Everyday on the Whole30 I felt completely drained, tired and starving!
I was eating and thinking about food all. And I was eating lots of fruit and sweet potatoes. This past summer I thought, screw it! I had more energy and was exercising even! Despite exercising and feeling great, I still gained a little weight over the summer. Over analyzing what we eat, depriving ourselves, not enjoying our food, and denying cravings I believe is far worse for us.
I can say, that I do feel so much better when at least eating potatoes, rice, sprouted corn tortillas, and sourdough bread. I think people might think you are overdoing it with the carbs right now, but you are RRARFing, and that is meant to be done for only about 30 days.
Also when you have been low carb for so long, your body is probably just trying to catch up. People really need to focus less on their weights and more on their health. Our hormones are responsible for storing and releasing fat. Hot chocolate sounds good.
And my nanny just went to the store to buy some tapioca for pudding. I could not agree more with this: I was going to mention that but forgot. I did the same thing, paleo and I. F, twice a week for a month. I felt ok while I was doing it, it was easy in fact, but I know in retrospect it did some damage. I had been under stress for a couple of years, my adrenals were giving out and my thyroid was going under.
The guys that advocate I. I actually looked on line at the time to see if there were any contraindications about who shouldnt do it, and I didnt see any so I went ahead. In retrospect I should have known better. Both are paleo oriented, more so Brad, whom wrote a book about I. F without ONE mention about who should and shouldnt do it. I thought that was kind of irresponsible. I feel best on a traditonal foods broth, organs, ferments low-carb diet but I do provide potatoes, bananas, lentils, rice, and sprouted bread for my family.
I would like to eat higher carb but when I do I feel blah and get sick more. I am still very fertile with thick hair and have healthy babies eating this way. Price found, there is a wide range of ways to eat and be well in the traditonal foods context! A few days ago, I was sitting on the couch, trying to think of what to do for dinner. I could barely move, I was so tired. I was freezing cold.
An errand I really needed to do got me up and out the door. I got some burgers and fries at In N Out and when I got home, I had a lot more energy and was able to put my kids to bed for the night.
And my energy has been a lot better. Hopefully, my hair will stop falling out and I can regulate my temps pretty soon. Gosh I can SO relate to that! Interesting article — I have been going back and forth on the carbs issue too. I know, you write it and you can write what you want. I find them at Goodwill all the time for a buck!
Still—yes, they eat fruit; yes, they eat tubers; NO, they do not have pancakes for breakfast every morning. Michael Eades has an answer to your complaint about hair loss, if you were ever interested enough to look it up.
Could be you have downregulated some enzyme past the point of no return. I became severely hypothyroid when I was eating lots of grains on a regular basis.
I was starting to trend toward vegetarianism, so my soy consumption was up, but not horrifically so. I blame a lot of factors for my hypothyroidism, but low-carb is not one of them. My hair is not falling out, nor is my sex drive in the toilet. My hair is growing lush and lustrous, my sex drive is high, and while my temp has not yet risen above I eat mostly Primally now, have lost a few pounds doing it, too, and I feel great!
Please understand, Ann Marie, that there is a big difference between grain-free and low-carb. If what you are doing works for you, then great! Heather Soy will absolutely cause hypothyroidism. Just getting off soy and stopping the vegetarian diet would very likely cause your hormones to improve. I blame years of stress and adrenal fatigue. Soy is just one piece of the puzzle. I was diagnosed with PCOS. Was told by MD and naturopath the way to go was low carb.
Did it, lost loads of weight… Problem fixed?? This coming from a total left brain here. Human beings are quite arrogant to think we do.
At least the traditional cultures learned how to eat properly by trial and error never really knowing why. But we have lost most of that now.
For me weight loss and sanity means restricted carbs: I do have fruit or some sweet potato a few times a week, but in very small portion. But there is NO way I should be eating starch at every meal. Modern grains and gluten are just plain dangerous for many people and I know that includes me. I have not read your comment yet — just squinting at it with eyes half closed because I can sense that it is nasty. This sentence stands out at me like a flashing neon light: Do we remember what NICE means?
He gained weight earlier like over a year ago recovering from a poor diet. Ack, how crazy is that?! We need to eat that way. In one study, rats put on rotation diets showed significantly less damage from lectins than rats fed soy proteins continuously.
Because the rats did nearly as well with the rotation diet as they did on a steady diet of high quality, low-lectin feed, the take away message is for us to eat a richly varied diet and to reduce repeated exposure to all lectinrich legumes, especially soybeans and kidney beans.
Did you read my post? Recently, I returned to the diet I was eating when I first found real food and Iconsciously added properly prepared grains and more pulses back into my diet and have seen my cycles regulate, my sleep improve and my waist-to-hip ratio improve.
My point is this: Most of the people whodo well on these diets are cutting out refined oils, refined grains and refined sugars. Those are the big ones. Most of the people who do well on these diets are cutting out refined oils, refined grains and refined sugars. Let alone trying to get a black and white nutritional program that works for every person everywhere. There are guidelines, but no magic bullet.
Which is a challenge for each of us to figure out what is best. Plus, the bottom line for me, more and more, is to live life, be happy, smile, enjoy my food, and live passionately. I got too dogmatic mostly in my head at the end of GAPS, but for the most part I was able to embrace it like a friend and take what was best from the diet.
But they are just food. We can be friends: This is really inspiring! I have also had many successes by adding more carbs to my diet. Meeting Matt Stone changed my life! It helped my digestion get better and my nervous system to feel calmer, and my hands to feel warmer, but reading this makes me think perhaps I have not added enough carbs.
My temp is still the same in the morning at I am going to up the carbs even more. I gained weight, but am mostly not completely unconcerned about this; just want to heal the hormones! Thanks for this great post! Thank you so much for this post. Like you, I like Mark Sisson but I find it really difficult to be like him…especially as a 53 year old post-menopausal woman. PS — I had a baby at 40…and my friend had a baby at 43…it will happen! So that sounds good to me! I like how you wrapped up your post with the comment from Jaminet.
The bottom line is that everyone has to design a diet that suits their body the best. When you eat right for your body, you know it because you feel great. Here is a great link for all of my fellow Weston A Price eerz. Reading comprehension has gone by the wayside, that is for sure!
This post could be condensed as follows. Assess, by taking you temps to see if it helps. There was a big focus on grains and that was a big part of their diets. If everyone can learn to ditch the experts and listen to their bodies their health would improve. Everyone is different listen to your cravings and eat real, whole foods. That is all you need. My husband is turning 50 this year and has gained unwanted weight around his middle over the last year or so.
Maybe he could benefit from more carbs? You can make a sweet sourdough recipe, that contains nutmeg for flavor. Then cut out the shapes you want. Bake after rising, then dip in butter right out of the oven then roll in a a mix of raw sugar and cin. I found this post very interesting.
I tried everything I found to lose it, but nothing worked. I switched to dessicated thyroid and felt better still, but no change in my body. I lost almost 10 pounds the first month. I tried eating wheat bread traditionally prepared , and gained 2.
I went back to grain free and dropped it. I then experimented with rice again, traditionally prepared. Back to grain free the next week and my weight loss was back to my average just over a pound a week. My blood work has improved a great deal, and my thyroid scores have finally stabilized whereas in the past I had to have a dosage increase annually.
So, I was surprised that it had the opposite affect on you. I think this really goes to show that you have to learn your own body and figure out what works for it, despite what may or may not work for others. I think this is exactly what my wife and I were experiencing.
I am excited for you— I know people and family who have had children at 43 and 45 without any complications. I was excited to see your post! I know it works for some, not for me. I also remember having very low temperatures on these diets. There were many cultures that he studied that ate ample carbs and low protein. And as we know, high protein diets can cause a whole host of problems with long-term effects. I also got pregnant on the first time and had no issue with milk supply, etc.
Once I had my son, I boosted up my carbs even more and I not only lost all the weight within 9 months but am now thinner than I was before being pregnant. Glad someone like you, who has a lot of influence, is sharing this perspective. I also know that Dr. Again, I admire his willingness to be honest and change.
I laughed so hard at that video you posted. I even showed it to my nanny so she could try to understand me better. Of course, she is from Slovakia so she did not get most of the jokes. I remember going to my first WAPF chapter meeting. We had a hoot making it, and I love to make people laugh. And, sista, we have to laugh at ourselves, cuz some of this stuff is just crazy… crazy good, but still a little crazy: Ok, the Mercola stuff… yeah, very interesting… I knew there was some fishy things going on when he started doing all of these speaking engagements with Mr.
I remember reading that he is now down to eating meat only a few times a week. And hey, YAY for at home waterbirths!!! From one natural mama to another, I loved the issues you highlighted!! Not to say that stuff is nonsense? Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with our culture of sarcasm that I get confused about the message, LOL.
No way, that was you?? My sister showed me that recently as it reminded her of me, ha, and it is one of the most hilarious vids I have seen in a looong time! What caught my eye was the fat. Pre-ovulatory temps can be a full degree lower than postovulatory temps.
The reason being that estrogen, early in our cycle lowers our temp slightly while the egg matures. Once the egg is released, the corpus luteum produces copious amounts of progesterone which warms our body for the possibility of conception think incubator. If 5 or more temps throughout our cycle are below Great article by the way! My only criticism of this very enthusiastic post is the language used along with all that is low-carbing. You called it a fad and a bandwagon within two sentences!
Where did it go?! Did it swing away on a fanatical pendulum and start taking coffee enemas with its friend Master Cleanse? Highly offensive and, dually, self-discrediting? Also eat dairy with no problem. Weight loss has been slow but steady. I understand that it may seem like high everything, carbs,etc. I can go all day now — gardening, running errands, working, whatever — instead of feeling like I need to rest on the couch.
I totally believe that you were hypothyroid back then. My musing is just that you took big doses of iodine without any sort of gradual adaptation, causing a hyperthyroid time, followed by a reactive hypo which is well documented phenomenon in the medical literature.
This probably coincided with the time that low carb started to suck for you. Low carb always sucked for me. This was according to labs not just my feeling. It does not help everyone. At the time, Dr. Cowan did not seem very positive in general about taking iodine. Please email me if you are interested in talking more about it.
I just wanted to share my experience. We did GAPs a couple of years ago and life circumstances made it impossible to keep doing it. We were doing it for about 9 months. Anyway, my oldest daughter has also always shown signs. I felt a lot better there, I am not sure if it was because it was so warm or what, but physically I felt better there.
Anyway, we went on GAPS and all of our thyroid issues went away. Well, not quite all, but close. Then we went off of GAPs and eating bread and pasta and such thyroid issues again, plus a lot of other health issues. So we are back on GAPs again, only been for about a month. Admittedly, we eat a lot of fat and meat, but I always make sure that there are peas, or carrots or squash in our foods. I did that last time too. I much appreciated your post about GAPs myths. Now, some people maybe do feel better that way and that is fine.
Again, there is no one diet for everyone. I am hoping that we will do GAPs better this time, mostly have some control over how we go off of it, by properly preparing our grains and starches. I hope that will help. We will have to see. But I guess I just wanted to post that not low carb GAPs was working for us and has actually improved our thyroid issues even though I am sure our carbs have gone down from what we were eating.
Well done Anne Marie. So I am the same — under the influence of Matt Almighty I have increased drastically my consumption of carbs and seen good results health wise. The reliance on antibiotics and the loss of fermented food plus the pill for ladies certainly explain why our gut flora are in bad shape and why we now suffer from candida. GMO are gonna make it worse. However for having suffered from it myself it never made sense to me to link carbs and candida as carbs nourish ALL bacteria — good and bad.
If you starve the bad guys by going low carb then you also starve the good ones. It can be called recovery and the only way to sustain such system is to be low carb all year long with the problem it brings. Basically candida are watchmen in our blood; they are part of our bodies but will multiply and cause problem when blood sugar stay elevated for too long. But the real mind-blowing part is what follow: Even the good ones. So candida would not be an illness linked to too many carbs but to eating too much fat with the carbs!
The more fat you eat with carbs, the longer blood sugar will stay elevated as they slow down the assimilation of glucose.
This is actually exactly why the WAPF folks recommend us to soak our carbs in fats and it might be very counterproductive! And to prove it I did their experiment — going all carbs for a few days starch and fruits only with almost no fat. My candida symptoms withdrew in 24 hours!
If they reoccur I go lower on fat and it works every time. The good folks of the WAPF do an incredible work but they also have personal views. They buy the link between insulin resistance and too much carbs, which is not proven and not a WAP theory. Sure enough traditional people were eating animals fats but not ALWAYS soaking their boiled sweet potatoes in sour cream, butter or bear fat.
Saturated fat from pastured animals is really healing…and it is essential for brain, heart, hormone, gut and joint health. Healed guts are essential to overcoming candida. And fat is excellent.