I have tested on the borderline of normal for whatever basic and useless measurement they normally go by. Not enough to ever get any treatment except once when I was a teenager I got thyroid pills. I took them for a while. I never noticed any difference, not that I would have known what to look for back then.
Originally Posted by Nonni
This has been my primal experience:
1. I started on a low carb version of primal. I also started taking iodine. I know that is controversial, but I read something somewhere that made it sound like it would be safe. I found potassium iodide at the store and started taking it. I got up to something like 24mg a day or something, I forget. I never noticed any effects with it. Later I found iodoral online and got that. It has both iodide and iodine. I took that for a while. Never noticed anything with that, either. By "noticed anything" I mean I never felt different, I never felt revved up, I never felt ill, weight didn't start falling off or anything. A lot of people will tell you taking iodine will hose your thyroid. Well, if I hosed my thyroid it hasn't made any difference.
2. I took dessicated porcine thyroid for a while. Again, never noticed anything. I figured it couldn't hurt. Maybe it would tell my body what to do. Maybe taking it would show me what it felt like to have more thyroid hormone coursing through my blood. Never noticed anything and some say these pills have any thyroid hormone removed anyway. I didn't take them very long.
3. I also took Vitamin D, ate at least weekly liver if not more and daily salmon with the skin and bones. Made sure to get some sunshine on my skin each day, too. This I did notice something. It made me feel good, healthy, happy, vital, energetic.
4. The weight I had came off pretty quickly just with eating a low carb primal diet, maybe once a week I did some 23 hour fasting but eventually gave it up because it made me really super cold. Just a bit of walking and hiking for exercise was enough.
5. After the weight loss stopped, I eventually quit the supplements. I generally don't like supplements. They seems like a waste of money but YMMV. I'll take the Vitamin D if the weather has been crappy and I'm starting to get sad. I've kept the weight off just with eating primal, and exercising something close to what is recommended by Mark, but significantly lazier.
6. I started lifting weights and that has been excellent! It has revved up my appetite but it's okay because I can eat BIG! I eat big and I eat more meat and potatoes than I used to. The body comp change has made me look better and feel better about myself. Recently I started an Olympic weight lifting class and doing these jumping lifts seems to have jolted my body into giving up a little more fat.
I honestly do not know if I had a thyroid problem. But I do feel like what I did was helpful to me. I do not feel cold as much as I used to. That could be the peri-menopause, though. I feel a lot healthier and more energetic than I ever did. I never jog or do slow cardio like that anymore. I hike on the weekends because I enjoy it, but other than that, I take a pleasant stroll in the sun or go lift some weights and that's about it for exercise. I eat as much as I can, too, but it's mostly just meat, sweet potatoes and vegetables that I eat big on.
There's some guy who is doing a series of blog posts on another website. He wrote the gutsense.org website. I hate the reveal everything a tiny bit at a time and leave everybody hanging without actually giving them the answer you promise method of sharing information so I haven't followed it beyond the first couple posts. Basically his theory is that women need to be especially careful to get as nutrient dense foods as they possibly can. In our modern world we don't physically work hard enough to allow ourselves to eat enough calories to get enough nutrition for a healthy body. So we're caught in this place where we have to eat less than we actually need. So better make everything count. This makes sense to me because of how I responded so well (improved health, vitality and energy) to the Vitamin D, the liver and salmon.
So the tl;dr; is that what works for me is to:
- eat the most nutrient rich foods possible: meat, liver, salmon with skin and bones, daily sunlight on my bare skin, leafy greens, seaweed salad, grass-fed fat/butter, real olive oil, no calorie counting, when faced with a choice choose the most nutritious option
- weight lifting to build a body that can demand and handle eating large quantities of food so I can get enough protein and vitamins from food
- eating BIG on meat, veggies and sweet potatoes and not so much on little treats like wine and chocolate
Sorry that was so damn long.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2