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  • #16
    Have you had your thyroid checked? I've been primal for 3 yrs, I lost 23 lbs in the first few months and then nothing. I didn't mind too much because I only have about 10 lbs. at the most I could lose, except that the weight is all in my belly. Without going into too much detail I was finally recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's. Changing my diet: low carb high/ high fat, intermittent fasting, calorie restriction did nothing to change my weight. In fact it may have done more harm because my TSH shot up during the time I was tweaking my diet, I also went on progesterone cream during that time which is like adding fuel to the fire for Hashimoto's. Check your TSH level if it's high check for Hashimoto's.
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    • #17
      It's been a few years since checking TSH. It was normal then, but if I can afford it, I would like to get a more comprehensive thyroid test especially since other things in the axis is unbalanced.
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      • #18
        Momto3, I'd make it a priority. Depending on the lab the reference range can vary. Also there are plenty of people who have hypothyroid symptoms even when their TSH is normal.

        As far as the cost goes we sometimes get lab work done at this mobile service: Heart Watch IV. I just got a card in the mail and it says they will be in Santa Rosa on June 11, 10- 1 at the Whole Foods in Coddingtown Mall. Thyroid test is $40.
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        • #19
          Wow! Thanks! I will look into it. Better than the $200 I was looking at. Thanks again.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
            Momto3, I'd make it a priority. Depending on the lab the reference range can vary. Also there are plenty of people who have hypothyroid symptoms even when their TSH is normal.

            As far as the cost goes we sometimes get lab work done at this mobile service: Heart Watch IV. I just got a card in the mail and it says they will be in Santa Rosa on June 11, 10- 1 at the Whole Foods in Coddingtown Mall. Thyroid test is $40.
            You know what? I just looked at my Kaiser test results and had my TSH tested just in February. It was 1.26. The range is .10-5.5

            This seems within a good range, right? I don't have much hypothyroid symptoms. Sluggish metabolism, some days I get some fatigue, but its usually when I get to bed late. The only other symptom I have are vertical ridges in my nails, but they aren't brittle.
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            • #21
              Looks interesting, but probably not sustainable for me. I like food too much, especially food with lots of spices and different, complex flavors. I think life would not be worth living if I couldn't eat good food.

              Not sure if you've seen this (anecdotal evidence from 2 people who have tried it): Whole Health Source: Losing Fat With Simple Food-- Two Reader Anecdotes

              This thread has reminded me that I need to get my free T3 and T4 tested. I hate how they don't include that in standard tests. What's the point of testing TSH levels without free T3 and T4?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by serenity View Post
                Looks interesting, but probably not sustainable for me. I like food too much, especially food with lots of spices and different, complex flavors. I think life would not be worth living if I couldn't eat good food.

                Not sure if you've seen this (anecdotal evidence from 2 people who have tried it): Whole Health Source: Losing Fat With Simple Food-- Two Reader Anecdotes

                This thread has reminded me that I need to get my free T3 and T4 tested. I hate how they don't include that in standard tests. What's the point of testing TSH levels without free T3 and T4?
                Yes. I saw that article. Thanks. I hear you on the thyroid test. For just TSH is $40, but to get all the others tested it goes to $149-$220. Geesh.
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                • #23
                  If you just get free T3 and T4, it's $94 here: https://www.directlabs.com/Default.a...en-US&tabid=55

                  I should have gotten T3 & T4 when I got the test in April. Er! I wasn't paying attention and didn't realize that the test I ordered didn't include free T3&T4. Now I'm wondering if I should get the complete thyroid panel, which is more expensive. I don't want to get free T3 & T4 only to realize that I also need total T3 and reverse T3.

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                  • #24
                    Yeah. After listening to a talk by Chris Kresser he mentions reverse T3 so I think I want the full thing.
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                    • #25
                      I can never do it. I can never accept non tasty food. In fact, every time I cut out treat foods I end up overeating and gaining weight, because I am never satisfied. Feeling ashamed of enjoying food - and I still experience sharp guilt and shame for liking fruit because it's tasty- is probably not the healthiest thing.
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                      • #26
                        For me it is all about carbs. If I eat less than 50 a day I maintain, if I eat 100 I gain. If I need to lose I little I eat zero. But I also exercise seven days a week, lifting three, sprinting one, racquet ball one, walking two with an occasional bike ride or paddle tossed in.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Momto3 View Post
                          Yeah. After listening to a talk by Chris Kresser he mentions reverse T3 so I think I want the full thing.
                          Do you know where I can find the talk you mentioned? Thanks!

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                          • #28
                            It was part of the SexyBack Summit put on my Sean Croxton. (sp?). Chris was talking about the thyroid/adrenal/ovarian axis.

                            Low carb worked for me initially I think because I had more to lose. I've come a long way in gut healing and I am so thankful for that. I've got some pretty hard set hormone imbalances that I am working with.

                            I am only looking to do the Simple Paleo for 1-4 weeks. More as an experiment. I am actually thinking of combining two similar approaches. Simple Paleo plus a way of eating to support the thyroid. (Fast Metabolism Diet)

                            I am not recommending any newcomer to primal to try it. It does seem brutally boring. Not what you want when you are first starting the lifestyle transition.

                            This is my experiment if you are interested. I plan to start Mon. June 3
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                            • #29
                              Thanks! I would be very interested in your results.

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                              • #30
                                Oh. I'm using the mobile app and just attached a photo. Sorry about that. Hopefully it will come through soon.
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