Greetings MDA! I have been a lurker reading everything I can find on the internet since January, but now I need to connect and receive feedback and accountability which is hard for us hypothyroid folks who like to be hermits.
I am 54, and started Intro GAPS in January when I suddenly couldn't eat anything without severe stomach cramps and migraines which were centered in my spine. I lived on homemade stock and boiled veggies. After the first week I started making fermented vegetables and yogurt from raw milk. I started taking aloe vera and drinking cabbage juice on the assumption that my stomach issue was an ulcer. My stomach progressively improved, and I realized one day that I hadn't taken Advil in over a week. I started taking expensive refrigerated probiotics, but they make me bloat, but I finished the bottle.
By the end of week two I was very hungry and started eating the BAB. I ate all day for several days until I stopped being hungry. I gained a few pounds, but I believed I needed to get past the craving thing. Once I felt too stuffed to ever eat again, I started a more reasonable plan. During this time I also got the flu (the real one with fevers and all) as well as the carb flu. I took Epsom salt baths and it helped tremendously. I did have to give up coffee due to the ulcer, which was easier than I expected since I drank straight espresso in quantity. I kept up the BAB, and added a BAS at lunch. I wasn't always hungry for the lunch, but generally didn't eat it until 2 or 3 anyway. I chose not to skip lunch because I often don't get home from work until after 7:30.
In the third week I started a Leptin reset. A couple nights I have had to eat a late dinner, but kept it light. I turn down the lights and sleep like a log. This is a new experience. I have even begun to wake up with my mind fairly clear, and get out of bed willingly. I wanted to do CT as well, but couldn't work it into my schedule. My daily commute is 30 to 50 minutes one way, so I stopped wearing a coat and started turning on the A/C in my car during the commute. My hands and face get pretty pink, but it gets easier. My reasoning is that in a cold climate, humans usually get cold hands and feet when they venture out into the weather while trying to keep their core from freezing. I do believe this has kick-started a higher metabolism for me.
I am hypothyroid and borderline diabetic. My family has diabetes and high blood pressure, and fibromyalgia. I am probably the healthiest of them all, but I gave up bread, potatoes, grains and rice long ago. But not chocolate. :-).
I have had two apples and some blueberries in the last month, but no other fruit. This morning at an event I ate three slices of melon and regular bacon with sulfites and sugar in it. During the last week I have had cheese at least three times. I did not feel good after the cheese, and today I have joint pain and a headache. I used to get headaches from sulfites, so I always buy uncured bacon. I am not drinking milk anymore, but I do put a spoonful of homemade yogurt on my food sometimes, and I love raw kefir.
I have lost some weight (don't have a scale) and my clothes are getting loose. This is impressive since the only way I could lose weight in the past was on hcg. My top weight was 185, but I was at 165 when I started in January. My goal weight is 135, but I would be happy if it were less. Hmmmm, I also drank a little coffee this morning, and I know it is an inflammatory, so may be part of the pain I am feeling. It used to increase my pain level in the past. Oh, and I have taken to putting gelatin in my soups or teas. It helps my hormones and my sleep like nothing else ever has.
My treats are bulletproof peppermint tea, frozen homemade yogurt with pumpkin and cinnamon and nuts, or a mug of heavy gelatinized homemade broth with a big scoop of yogurt and herbs.
My goal is to establish a lifelong regimen of nourishing food and stress reduced lifestyle. My new employee remarked the other day on how relaxed I seemed when we are faced with a huge amount of work with a looming deadline. I smiled and sipped my fat tea.
Thank you to all of you who have contributed to this site, and thanks to Mark! You are turning my life around so that I can be fruitful and joyous!