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Posted By Mark Sisson On July 31, 2012 @ 4:03 pm In Health | 1 Comment


In the Making – 07/31/12

Age: 51

Martha’s Goals: “Lose 15 pounds and get in shape!”

Update – 07/31/12: “Weight 2/13/2012 147 (my highest weight was 159)
Weight 7/31/2012 129 (I am 52 years old, 5’5” and I weighed 130 in high school)

I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and am now taking Armour natural thyroid hormones instead of synthroid.

My diet is moving toward a very strict diet for autoimmune disease but I am struggling with giving up eggs, dairy, and nightshades. I mean how do you give up tomatoes in the middle of summer when they are coming right out of the garden? I understood eating primally and giving up grains, sugar, and processed foods but then I am told to give up eggs, dairy, and healthy veggies like tomatoes and peppers and my already limited diet just got smaller. I am hoping to move to the stricter autoimmune diet when school starts back August 20th. I am a high school librarian so I have enjoyed cooking some really great meals this summer with fresh veggies and grassfed meats and eggs from cagefree chickens from a local farmer!!

My bloodwork is showing some improvement, however my TPO Ab thyroid antibodies went up from 163 to 277 so hopefully I can give up the eggs, dairy, and nightshades to see if this improves. My new found love for pastured butter will be SO hard to give up.

Some of my lab numbers: Feb, Mar, June
total cholesterol 228, 224, 221
HDL 71, 90, 70
LDL 142, 123, 145
Triglycerides 77, 57, 28
Vitamin D 33.9, 37.4, 61.7 (I am in the sun alot now!!)

My total cholesterol appears high but this is common with hypothroid patients. They tested my particle size and it measured in the low end under the Risk of Cardiovascular disease so that is why just a total cholesterol number does not tell you the whole story!

All my other blood work is great except I still have issues that require me to take B12.

Finding Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal Blueprint gave me the courage to change my diet and find a doctor that would test all my thyroid numbers in order to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe natural thyroid hormones instead of just testing TSH and giving me synthroid and telling me to come back next year!!

**I have attached a before and after picture. The first picture was taking 8/27/2011 at my son’s wedding and the second one was taken 7/27/2012 in the same dress. I hate I looked so bad for the wedding!!”

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