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  • Here's the most informative site I've found on Hashimoto's, the link talks about the causes:
    Primary Cause of Hashimotos | HopeForHashimotos

    As far as feeling "better" on the diet goes it's hard to tell, because I caught a cold last week and my sinus is really blocked which is interfering with my sleep, resulting in my being tired all day. I've been on the diet for 11 days now. The other thing is that I wasn't feeling any acute symptoms, mine are low grade and chronic: feeling cold, very dry skin, thinning hair, puffy eyes, low libido, low energy, belly fat. These are the kind of symptoms that will be slow to change. Many with Hashi's are constipated, I'm not, I think that may be due to the fact that I take magnesium daily.

    This weekend I'm going out of town with 2 friends so it may be difficult to stay on the diet. I'll just have to do the best I can.
    Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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    • Count me in the over 50 group. Nice to have some company!

      @UrbanForager - great link to info on Hashimoto's. Wishing you the best of luck on this restrictive diet while you resolve the problem. Hope that you're able to find healthy foods that makes you feel wonderful while on your trip.

      While I'm fortunate in that I don't seem to have it, it seems like a preventable condition. I realized a few days ago that the sea salt I'd switched to doesn't have any iodine in it, so I'll find one that does. It would also seem to lend credence to regularly taking minute doses of vitamins and minerals rather than taking mega doses as they seem to be counter productive.

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      • I'll be 50 in 6 1/2 months. Can I play?

        Interesting reading about Hashimoto's. I was diagnosed about 14 years ago. I don't know what I'd eat if I had to follow that restrictive diet!!! Yikes! I don't drink caffeine anymore. Does anyone else's body ache if they drink caffeine? I had body aches for YEARS (started about the time I started drinking coffee in high school--go figure!) and discovered about 10 years ago that it was caused by caffeine. But the other thing I experience is general lethargy, so on some days I DO drink caffeine and put up with the aches because I don't have any get up and go. I can remember specifically about three times in my adult life that I felt physically completely well and energetic. One was while I was a student in Japan. Makes me wonder what I was doing differently (diet was certainly different). I recently made a post titled "Where's the energy?" asking why I didn't seem to have the energy surge other people have when going primal. I'm assuming it's sleep related, but I think I'd have to sleep 10 hours a night, something that isn't possible.

        I'll shut up now. Looking forward to getting to know you amazing Primal women!!!
        Ann of the Jungle's Primal Blueprint Journal:
        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread78155.html

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        • Hi Ann of the Jungle! The room seems to be filling with great primal women. Passing over a few virtual Primal Truffles.

          Caffeine doesn't seem to give me any aches and pains, luckily those went away with the grains. Caffeine from any form other than chocolate does give me breast cysts, so I drink only uncaffeinated products and have been cyst free for about 10 years.

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          • Wow, lots of new folks. Nice of you all to join us.
            Forager, that Hashimotos site you shared is very informative. Thanks. I am not done with the videos yet but have learned a lot.

            Ann & Patti, I drink a lot less coffee than I used to, but mainly because I find it makes me tired shortly after drinking it. I feel like I want to have a nap shortly after a cup. I do so love the taste though, especially with rich, whole cream. Half and half seems watery now that I have been using whole cream for so long.
            I haven't noticed any more aches than usual from coffee. Grains and PUFA's are my main inflammation triggers.

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            • Classic, thanks for the welcome! That's an interesting reaction to coffee. In the evening I do feel sleepy after coffee, but attributed it to the late hour. I'll have to pay closer attention to my reactions. My decaf espresso is laden with heavy cream and honey, but today starts a month of going honey-free. When I felt a little anxious at the thought of doing this I knew it was an issue that it would be wise to address. Baby steps.

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              • Yeah, I get sleepy during the day but if I drink it after 4PM I cannot sleep at night. Isn't that weird? That really puzzles me. I have always had opposite responses to medications that are known to stimulate or make one sleepy. When I was a kid I used to take speed to help me focus and concentrate (calm me down) but that was before all the treatments for ADD came out. I guess I was an undiagnosed ADD person.

                Good luck with the getting off the honey in the coffee thing. I sometimes take a teaspoon of honey at night if I am having a hard time getting to sleep. It works most of the time and I am snoozing away in no time. I read about that some place. I think it was in a paleo site.

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                • Wow, I hadn't been here for a while, and find LOTS of new members and posts! HI, all! I've just started a "Primal/Paleo on Facebook" group and was recommending our little back here. We may get MORE new members.
                  Last edited by Kate Ruckman; 06-22-2013, 12:09 PM.
                  Best--
                  Kate

                  Still Craving Pterodactyl--my Primal Blueprint blog

                  70 is the new 50--without the hot flashes!

                  Goals: Feel good, be stronger, and hopefully kick that arthritis in the backside! Oh, yeah, and losing more weight would be okay, too.

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                  • Glad to hear from you Kate. I look forward to hearing new voices here.

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                    • Thanks, Classic, we have a nice little group already, some old hands and some just interested. I started it last week and we have 63 members! I hope some find their way here, lots of good information.
                      Best--
                      Kate

                      Still Craving Pterodactyl--my Primal Blueprint blog

                      70 is the new 50--without the hot flashes!

                      Goals: Feel good, be stronger, and hopefully kick that arthritis in the backside! Oh, yeah, and losing more weight would be okay, too.

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                      • Hi all! I'm 58, definitely post menopausal. Started easing into PB last year, August, 2012, when I decided to start WW but wanted to do it with whole natural foods, grainfree and (nearly) dairy-free. At 5'7" and 189 Lbs I really wanted to get healthy, rid myself of some aches and pains and IBS issues. I had been eating low carb for years, but weight didn't budge; hence the decision to start WW (online, since the meetings pushed too much processed food and "free" fruit). I had also been to a natural physician to balance my hormones for about two years and was on bio-identical progesterone, estriol, and very recently, testosterone. I started WW, eating protein, lots of veggies, and using the rest of my points for fat - coconut oil, butter, MCT oil, or olive oil. I kept my protein portions relatively small, but got in my 90-100 grams a day. No cheating on weekends, no alcohol, no cravings. Well, I have trimmed to 142 - almost at my 139 goal. I think the key was getting my hormones balanced - I can't recommend it enough! I finally have the energy and drive to do some weight training which is slowly getting me more toned. Sorry so long - wanted to get my experience in there!

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                        • Welcome MarieD! Lot's of us here are dealing with similar issues. It's a great thread for discussing issues that are particular to our
                          time in life.
                          Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                          • Originally posted by secret agent girl

                            What else have you gals done that's made a good difference in getting excess weight off?
                            I am doing great & losing my last few pounds in ketosis. Here's my blog post about what I eat/supplements:
                            What I eat. - Sondra Rose: Happy Mind
                            Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
                            Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
                            Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article

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                            • Secret agent girl, before you start changing your diet you may want to look into your hormones and test your thyroid.
                              Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                              • Originally posted by secret agent girl
                                Would like to hear about the hormone balancing...how did you discover they were out of whack, how do they know what and how much you need to take, and is there some point at which you quit taking them?

                                I knew the were out of whack since I was having hot flashes and feeling pretty rotten. I could not lose weight - I would lose a little and then gain it back - I felt like the fat was glued to my thighs and butt. I've always exercised - fairly irregularly though, plus had a long commute and sedentary desk job (I'm a financial analyst).

                                Your weight loss is very heartening! Did you exercise much?

                                Exercise did not seem to play a major role in my weight loss. I started exercising more consistently and noticed I would lose more during the weeks I exercised 2-3x, but I was losing consistently most weeks - not rapidly, but 1-3 lbs a week.

                                I eat pretty decently--good foods, almost nothing processed, and pretty low carb. I'm not losing weight though, so I think I have to become more strict about what I eat, and maybe measure for a while.

                                I started weighing and measuring and it was key for me. As I said I joined WW, just because I like using the point system for tracking - but I stayed in ketosis most of the time. Unfortunately I have to restrict my portions in order to lose weight, even when eating clean and low carb - I'm not one of the lucky ones. I especially needed to cut back my protein portions - I have a big appetite and love all forms of protein, particularly beef. I upped my non starchy veggies so I was eating the, with every meal. Drank my water. No sugar, no starch, no alcohol. But until the hormones kicked in, I couldn't produce results. My doctor started me on a little testosterone in late summer 2012 and that seemed to help me re-shape my pear-shaped (estrogen dominant) body. Once the weight started coming off I was heartened and couldn't believe it to be honest. I have gone from a size 14-16 pants to size 8 now. I started tracking my food in August, 2012, so about 10 months ago. I'm still tracking my food and I weigh myself 1X / week.

                                What else have you gals done that's made a good difference in getting excess weight off?
                                Good luck - I hope my experience helps you - believe me it I can do it anyone can do it.

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