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  • Originally posted by emmie View Post
    Fast forward to post-menopause, and all my doctors were concerned about my LDL, which was above the lab range, but nothing to be concerned about, especially because, like you, I have high HDL and low trigs. However, that LDL was actually inflated by my undiagnosed hypothyroidism because I foolishly listened to my primary who kept telling me that my escalating hypo symptoms were 'just normal aging.'
    I think my thyroid has been getting sluggish, though my doctor only tests TSH and while that has been creeping up it is still in the normal range. I have been taking iodine (up to 25 mg) and selenium in hopes of boosting it, and I am feeling much more energetic and warmer. So I hoped that would bring down my LDL, but no such luck.
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    age 56, type 2 diabetes, swimmer
    low carb since 2006 thanks to Jenny, primal since Jan. 2012

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    • Originally posted by Wrenwood View Post
      Mmmm, home-made soup! But it's too damn hot here to even think about making soup. Or bone broth for that matter. I just realized that I almost always put barley into soups - will have to adjust to that when it gets cool enough to have a pot simmering on the back of the stove for a few hours.
      Can't be much hotter than where I live, I live in the South and our a/c didn't work well for several weeks this summer. At one point it was 88 degrees in the house! So glad to have my 78 degrees again. I cook soup year around and use my crockpot a lot. My family is used to it as I have always done that so I could throw in more veggies. Now I also add in my bone broth. I especially want to do that for my 8 year old who is that age where he is exposed to so many diseases at school.
      Last edited by cavequeen; 08-16-2012, 08:47 PM.

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      • cadamsgis, I hope you gave the doggies a tick bath too. Sadly, tiny little ticks sound like deer ticks, which are the carriers of Lyme's disease. Not saying it's inevitable that deer tick bite = Lyme's disease, but it's very likely. Make sure your doctor knows this, the sooner they treat the better I think I've read. Probably should get the doggies to the vet and get them started on treatment too. Or at least find out what your vet recommends.

        I was away for nine days, and now I've been back a week. I got a fancy schmancy pedometer (Fitbit) before I went. Its been very enlightening in terms of activity. Lots or walking/hiking on vacation. At home, I've been a slug again. I went out for a walk last evening though, and was quite pleased that it now seems a lot easier than previously. So, back to more walking (as long as the weather cooperates). I also dropped about 4 pounds.

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        • Hi everybody, I'm new here, and just adopted the Primal lifestyle a few days ago.
          Before I had terrible carb cravings which I'm sure is a common issue here. I started supplementing with GABA, l-tryptophan, magnesium, and a few other things, and for the past few days I haven't had that drive to eat carbs.
          I'm doing this for general better health, and a much needed lifestyle change. I want to enjoy my youth in shape, unlike the past decade of my life.
          I'm turning 17 in November, am 5'4" and weigh 165lbs. I'm going to lose 25lbs, and perhaps more. The lowest weight I've been at this height is around 146, and from that reference I feel 135-140 is a comfortable weight for me to aim for.
          Looking forward to getting to know everybody
          My Primal Journal:
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread65788.html

          16 years old
          5'5"
          SW: 170
          CW: 162
          GW: 140

          Primal since 8/12/12.

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          • Originally posted by golangrok View Post
            Hi everybody, I'm new here, and just adopted the Primal lifestyle a few days ago.
            Before I had terrible carb cravings which I'm sure is a common issue here. I started supplementing with GABA, l-tryptophan, magnesium, and a few other things, and for the past few days I haven't had that drive to eat carbs.
            I'm doing this for general better health, and a much needed lifestyle change. I want to enjoy my youth in shape, unlike the past decade of my life.
            I'm turning 17 in November, am 5'4" and weigh 165lbs. I'm going to lose 25lbs, and perhaps more. The lowest weight I've been at this height is around 146, and from that reference I feel 135-140 is a comfortable weight for me to aim for.
            Looking forward to getting to know everybody
            Welcome! That seems like a reasonable goal for a girl you're height and age. Be careful to get enough of the vitamins and nutrients that you need because at 17 your still growing. Your bones haven't finished yet....... Lots of veggies and proteins and don't skimp on calories......... I'm sure at your age your metabolism is still purring away - so don't go low cal. just eat healthy and get lots of movement in your day!

            There --- thats my mothering speech for you! Eat your vegetables young lady!
            1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
            2. Eat to heal
            3. Move to live
            4. Embrace today
            5. Live with intention
            6. Respect my body
            7. Cultivate joy
            8. Find my passion
            9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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            • Bought some fit and fresh containers for my son's lunch. I like that they have the ice pack built in so I don't need to worry if things will keep until lunch as much. Also, I tried my first taste of kefir, just buying Lifeway plain right now. Maybe at some point I will start making my own fermented food and drinks. However, I think I am doing well just cooking and taking care of my family of 5 with my primal meals and homemade bone broths, mayo and dressings. I couldn't find pasture butter so just bought purity ghee and have fish oil on the way, Carson and Green Pastures. My 8 year old caught a really bad virus with high fever so I have everyone drinking bone broth to build up immunities. I like how I am getting in the groove.

              I was able to go off my bp meds! Yeah, me. Now, if that weight would continue to come off that I gained the last year even better.

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              • [QUOTE=cavequeen;931523]My 8 year old caught a really bad virus with high fever so I have everyone drinking bone broth to build up immunities.

                Cavequeen, I don't know what part of Texas you are in but Dallas county is under a state of emergency because of West Nile. We have it in Harris and El Paso counties also. High fever, headache, body aches, flu like symptoms can be west Nile. Please consider taking your 8 year old to be seen.
                Female 55
                Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                • Pamsc-

                  If your TSH is 'creeping up,' you're probably already hypothyroid. When you say it's in the 'normal' range, are you sure? Many labs lists the range as 1.0-5.0, but several years ago, that upper limit was lowered to 3.0. Most thyroid doctors will treat anyone with symptoms and a TSH above 2.0.

                  If your doctor only tests TSH, you should ask him/her to also test T4 and T3. My primary isn't good with thyroid (I have an endo for that), but he tests T4 and T3 for his patients because it's the combination of those three values that provide a doctor with a sense of how your thyroid is working.

                  Also keep in mind that what doctors call "sub-clinical hypothyroidism" is very common. That's when the lab values all seem 'normal,' but the patient has extreme symptoms. That's what happened to me and why it took 5 years for me to get diagnosed. I was so fatigued that I could barely get through a work day, but my labs were all fine. My first endo told me that this is not uncommon, and a good thyroid doctor treats in terms of lab values AND symptoms.

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                  • Originally posted by emmie View Post
                    Pamsc-

                    If your TSH is 'creeping up,' you're probably already hypothyroid. When you say it's in the 'normal' range, are you sure? Many labs lists the range as 1.0-5.0, but several years ago, that upper limit was lowered to 3.0. Most thyroid doctors will treat anyone with symptoms and a TSH above 2.0.

                    If your doctor only tests TSH, you should ask him/her to also test T4 and T3. My primary isn't good with thyroid (I have an endo for that), but he tests T4 and T3 for his patients because it's the combination of those three values that provide a doctor with a sense of how your thyroid is working.

                    Also keep in mind that what doctors call "sub-clinical hypothyroidism" is very common. That's when the lab values all seem 'normal,' but the patient has extreme symptoms. That's what happened to me and why it took 5 years for me to get diagnosed. I was so fatigued that I could barely get through a work day, but my labs were all fine. My first endo told me that this is not uncommon, and a good thyroid doctor treats in terms of lab values AND symptoms.
                    Yes, I understand this. I said something to my doctor and it is clear that she is wedded to the old standard approach to diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism. My TSH was 1.67 last year--I didn't have it tested this year because the insurance has been balky and I figured the iodine would throw it off. She did say my thyroid felt normal. Where I stand right now is thinking that supplementing iodine and selenium may be enough to perk up my thyroid. My energy is noticeably better and I am warmer. My LDL has not gone down, but it has always been a bit high (at least 20 years), so I think that is just my body's pattern. If I decide that I need thyroid medication, I will find a more knowledgeable doctor for that.

                    Is it enough to just go by symptoms? The easiest way to learn more would be to pay for a fT3 and fT4 test without going through my doctor, but I am not yet convinced to do that.
                    Last edited by Pamsc; 08-18-2012, 03:56 AM.
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                    age 56, type 2 diabetes, swimmer
                    low carb since 2006 thanks to Jenny, primal since Jan. 2012

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                    • Hey new here to this forum although I have been creeping around for a while!! I am on week four or so of going primal again!

                      I have lost 3-4 pounds but most of that came off during the third week! I am still fine tuning here and there to see what foods help me or not! I love to workout!! I do two days of strength and two days of running, one day of sprints or a brief HiIt video!

                      I do have a question, do you guys track your calories? I have been ranging around the 1500 mark but I wonder if I need to eat more to sustain my workouts?

                      Thanks

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                      • Originally posted by cinico View Post
                        I do have a question, do you guys track your calories? I have been ranging around the 1500 mark but I wonder if I need to eat more to sustain my workouts?
                        You can track your calories, and I do find it helpful in the beginning or when I get hung up on something, but for most newbies, it kind of freaks them out. It looks like way too much to them. But if you are going into it knowing that you might need more calories, I think it might be helpful for you.

                        I really like LiveStrong. They've got a Daily Plate that has a great database and a super easy iPhone app too.
                        Durp.

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                        • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                          because at 17 your still growing. Your bones haven't finished yet.......
                          Not that I want to discourage your good advice, but is this really true? I reached my full adult height by age 13. Staggering height of 5'3", I know, but I never grew anymore ever again, except for outward.


                          Originally posted by Pamsc View Post
                          Where I stand right now is thinking that supplementing iodine and selenium may be enough to perk up my thyroid.
                          I went your route. I've been tested for low thyroid activity since I was 16 years old and I always fell in the low normal range. It's likely that I've fallen within that newly shifted boundary. I've always had poor cholesterol numbers since starting to be tested at around age 19. I've always complained of feeling cold and sluggish, like pushing my life through molasses. I've never qualified for thyroid treatment because of my lab results. So when I started this diet I decided I would take things into my own hands and supplement iodine. I, too, felt warmer and better. I really honestly think it helped. I kind of randomly stopped taking it (and all the other supplements I was taking, too.) I think my thyroid works great now. I have no tests to prove anything, but I feel good so I am not going to worry about it anymore.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • [QUOTE=Pedidoc;931530]
                            Originally posted by cavequeen View Post
                            My 8 year old caught a really bad virus with high fever so I have everyone drinking bone broth to build up immunities.

                            Cavequeen, I don't know what part of Texas you are in but Dallas county is under a state of emergency because of West Nile. We have it in Harris and El Paso counties also. High fever, headache, body aches, flu like symptoms can be west Nile. Please consider taking your 8 year old to be seen.
                            Thank you for the suggestion. We did take him already and it's a summer virus that we have in the area, ando something, the doctors tested him for flu, strep and eliminated West Nile as he didn't have rash and some other symptoms of West Nile. He is much better now back to normal. The doctor said the would probably feel sick for at 10 days to 14 days but he was fully recovered on the 6th day.

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                            • That's great. I'm glad he's better!
                              Female 55
                              Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                              Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                              With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

                              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                              • 1st day back at work full time after a summer off, My DH thought that it might be nice to set his alarm for 5am and then let it go off for an hour and then decide he doesn't need to be there as early as he thought. I think I may kill him now! lol

                                At least I planned ahead and have some sausage kale soup ready for tonight for dinner and just need to finish slow cooking some carnitas up for Tuesday. It was nice to wake up with a flat stomach and pants that fit looser. Trying to convince myself to eat something for breakfast so I won't be tempted by whatever carb stuff they have at work. I made a big breakfast for my kiddos and woke them up so they can get back on schedule to start next week.

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