Wow! It has been a while since I have updated my blog. Lots going on around here. Busy going up to Brenham and also helping out the kids who now live over an hour away, but at least they will be 20 minutes from us when we move to the new house this fall. We will be 1.5 hours from our other daughter in Sugar Land. We are in the midst of packing up a lot of the house and taking some of the furniture and the packed boxes to storage so we can stage the house and get it on the market by mid-June. Yeah…it makes me tired just typing this.
Leon and I just celebrated our 44th anniversary today and we went to our favorite (really my favorite) restaurant, Taste of Texas. They have awesome steaks, salad bar and I can have my favorite veggies and top it off with a great cup of coffee.
Okay, I am going to be downright honest about what is going on with my health right now. This blog is about my journey to wellness. Back in January I hit the wall with my blood pressure (82/67) which all stemmed from my thyroid (T3 and T4) being too low (hypothyroidism) and my TSH was too high. My cardiologist knew what it was and told me to have my thyroid tested. I was waiting on results so when it came back low (T3 and T4), my primary upped my meds. We re-tested this month and it was still low but my TSH was dropping so she upped my meds again. When I tested in late January, I was still losing major hair. Praise God, that has slowed way down. My eyebrows were thinning out and they have grown back in.
All during this time, it played havoc on my way of eating, my weight and my blood sugar. I didn’t eat any grains or starchy foods, but I was hungry even though I was eating my fats. I found myself way over eating my protein. In the midst of all of this, I had gained back 10 pounds of the 75 which I had lost. No!!!! I knew it had something to do with my thyroid. I had a link pop up on my Facebook page by a doctor who specializes in treating thyroid, so I started reading her website. I had also bought a Kindle book which I highly recommend, "Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know" by Mary Shomon.
First, I found out that I was taking my thyroid medication and my hydrachlorithiazide and my supplements all wrong! Argh! Also, during this week, one of the admins in the Reversing Diabetes group made a post that hit home for me with the thyroid which sent me into research mode. Part of her post concerning me, “ The first rule of thumb is to keep medicine about 2 hours away from supplements and vitamins because many of the chemical components can often bind to each other. Once a medicine is bound to another chemical, the medicine is no longer able to be absorbed or used by the body - meaning it can be a waste of money and effort if your medicine is not available for its intended purpose. Injectable meds are NOT impacted by this "rule". So you can take your iron pill at the same time as your insulin.
Many people with diabetes also have hypothyroidism and are prescribed Synthroid, Armour or Nature Thyroid. All thyroid medications bind very easily to other chemicals, especially calcium and caffeine. If you've been prescribed a thyroid medicine, you should also have been told to take it ONLY on a completely empty stomach, with no other food, drink or medicine for at least 30 minutes. If thyroid medicine binds to calcium from your milk or caffeine from your coffee, it will not be absorbed and utilized, resulting in low thyroid levels and continued symptoms that interfere with life. If you opt NOT to do this, your TSH will creep upward sometimes, even when T3 or T4 may remain normal or low normal.”
Also, as I read through the information in the book I purchased, I found out that all the good keto veggies that are cruciferous are not good for me raw. I can eat them steamed, but raw only inhibits the thyroid. Who knew! Not me!
Next, the raw walnuts that I have for a treat every evening are taboo unless they are roasted. So pretty much everything I have been doing as far as my thyroid has been flushing the medication down the toilet.
Also, when my thyroid meds were upped in February, I would go from freezing to feeling like I had been shoved in an oven. It has only gotten worse since upping my meds again, but according to what I am reading, it is normal for this to happen. My body temperature in the mornings for years has been 96.3 to 96.7. So I am hoping I will see 98.6 temperature levels very soon and this will even out. This is not fun!
My blood sugars have been running 100 to 115 in the mornings since this all happened in January. I also had gained back 10 pounds and I had lost 75. So now I am really going back to square #1. At least I have more energy and my blood pressure is not tanking like it was.
At the end of this blog, I will post a bunch of links regarding the thyroid to read or watch, but for now this is what I am doing to deal with the thyroid and getting back into the swing of things with eating low carb high fat/keto.
And just for accountability, I will try to post a weekly update on measurements and weight, but will post daily (starting immediately) my food list and macros. I was doing great until I “hit the wall” in January.
Here are the different links I found on my thyroid issues. There are many more, but these are the ones that opened my eyes.
Low Thyroid Diet.com
Whole New Mom.com
Thyroid Pharmacist.com (The whole Blog is excellent!)
Top Hypothyroid Diet Tips
Why Are My Thyroid Hormones Not Working?
Until next time! Mimi has gone Keto and is loving it! No turning back!
Please note! I am not giving any medical advice, but only sharing what I have experienced on my personal journey to wellness. Check out my links page for websites, books, and videos that are posted for educating yourself on reversing diabetes and the ailments that come with it. These are links, books and videos that I personally glean from often. I am always trying to educate myself on being healthy. Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.