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10-24-2004, 01:58 PM
Welcome - you are among person that have hypothyroid issues - I am a cancer survivor from thyroid cancer for the past 25 years and am learning new things daily. I have learned that as a result of the surgery and the subsequent radiation treatments, my adrenals are also sluggish, thus another helper for weight gain.
The internet has some wonderful research for hypothyroidism, and apparently from what I have been reading, it is now a more common malady for women Being Raw has benefits and I caution you to read everything you can find - the internet is full of info. There is a young lady that lost an enormous amount of weight who went through the same as we are: http://www.shazzie.com/raw/transformation/jaime.shtml I am doing well and am blessed for this.
Ask away - as I follow through on this journey, I am discovering tender mercies daily. I found for me following the Raw diet (I am still not 100% raw) seems to be the way to go. Even with what I have mplented, I have noticed increaded energy, reduce swelling and increaded hair growth. Other have told me to add cocount oil to my diet as it helps with thyroid function. Here is a website that might provide some information - http://www.coconutoil.com/thyroid_coconut_oil.htm
There are some foods that I have been told that I should avoid because they have adverse reactions, eating them raw did not seem to be a problem for me, but since I haven't eliminated them yet, I don't know. I also found that exercise help the sluggish system and also elimination. I haven't done much in the past two weeks because of some scheduled things, but again, the benefits are totally wonderful for a hypothyroid system.
Take care and welcome :)
10-24-2004, 03:08 PM
I believe personally you are on the right track. Detoxing is so differnt for every one. I do agree that in our case that in my case I need to limit the amount of fat because of the toxity in my system.
Although I have lost nearly 2 dress sizes, I had to abandon the scale because it nearly 5 months I have only lost 15-17 pounds. Even the month I was 100% raw, I only lost 3 pounds. I decided the scale was the devil with numbers on it and I didn't appreciate it - so I just left it alone. While for some that may not be realistic - I just ain't weighing.
You may want to review Gabriel Cousens Rainbow Green Diet which is in levels and raw . The Level I may assist you with your goals - it is low sugar, low fat. I bought the book and have reviewed it for use. Since it provides menus- I plan to just follow the menu - because for the next 2 months, I am going to be extremly busy.
When I first started to exercise, I was extremly tired after each session - to the degree that I had to go to bed and just sleep, and after each time, it got better. Don't despair, really, you are doing well, and with time it will change - it just takes time.
10-24-2004, 03:28 PM
Oh yes, I do take medication have been for 25 years. I did not always have the right dosage and sometime, I would have an enlarged heart I take synthyroid however, with my visit next week Nov 5, I am demanding - yes, demanding to take armour thyroid, primarily because I am a slow loser. I also have type II diabetes and thus a dual complications. I want to try armour - cause of the reports I have read and the differences from some of the people I know, both mentally and physically. I keep trying cause somewhere and someday, I will get the right combo! :p
I do feel better though! The board is here, I am here and we can all waltz together. I know raw may not be the be all to end all, but I realize that the changes for me, are helping my body facilitate its healing - I can't ask for anymore. :cool:
10-24-2004, 03:30 PM
I don't have hypothyroidism, but my husband had hyperthyroidism, took the radiation dye pill that was supposed to had KILLED his thyroid gland and given him the reverse, hypothyroidism which in turn, would have caused him to "have" to take the medication for the rest of his life.
But...he took the dye pill and it didn't kill it (by the grace of God). But he did start gaining weight but after we changed our way of eating and he eats mostly raw and some cooked vegan, his weight has come off and is stabilizing.
I also noted that you were said you were 98% raw for 3 months and then 100% for one month...I wanted to ask you if you feel you have really given your body time to:
a. fully adjust to raw
b. totally heal (healing doesn't always happen in a few months or so)
c. balance out your hormones, etc.
I know it's easy for me being on the outside looking in to ask such questions, but I'm just wondering (like SweetLips asked) if your body is done detoxing. I mean, if you're eating raw, then the weight will have to eventually stabilize. Everyone is different and you won't see the results in the same time frame that someone else did. It doesn't seem (from the tone of your posts thus far) that you have a problem with EATING raw...so perhaps making the lower fat adjustment is what you need at this point for a while.
Also, have you considered or tried fasting or juice fasting?
Either way, I do hope you get the results you desire and wish you the best!! Again, welcome!
10-24-2004, 06:52 PM
fightyorke, you do not mention fruit and greens in your diet. These two have been the most important components of my diet. If I don't get either of them, I feel crappy. I love fruit in the morning and greens for lunch. In the evening, more greens and fruit again. I also eat some other vegies. I cannot stand too much fat (too much and I feel lethargic and get pimples). This explains why I eat so much fruit. It is all simple mathematics, one needs certain amount of calories, and one cannot get a lot from vegetable matter.
I have felt just wonderful eating lots of fruit AND greens.
Try banana smoothie:
Blend a small handful of almonds, 4 dates, 1 cup of water and bananas to make about 4 cups of smoothie. Very filling. My kids love it any time of the day.
10-28-2004, 08:36 PM
Hi, after reading your post I was just curious, could maybe cutting the avocados out of your diet for now make any difference?
10-29-2004, 08:56 AM
Welcome! I like your nickname includes the word "Fight". Because fight is what it takes to become free. Free from having our lives controlled by our appetites and slaves to poor habits and health. Prayer and Fight. From reading your posts. I believe you will be nearly if not completely cured with a long juice fast. I saw you mention a lack of mental strength on your part. Its good that you recognize that. If you can pray, then plan and then fight with all you have. You can be free. If you take one month out of your life (30 days) it can change your life forever. Its not fair when one thinks on it. We abuse our bodies for years and just drinking pure fresh juices for 30 days can produce such healing and transformation. But its true. Once your body is clean, avocados won't hurt you. After I did the fast, I actually increased my intake of avocados and nuts and I still am losing weight. The fast seemed to turn something on in my body which causes it to clean itself out and maintain itself. I am just now starting to eat less because I am easily satisfied. My energy level is very high. My mind is clearer and more spiritually in touch than ever in my 43 years.
I also have a thyroid disease (Hashimoto's) and I know how easily the weight goes on!
Here's some links for Doctors - these are doctor's that are Armour friendly (!):
Often in thyroid information they promote that those with thyroid conditions need high protein. Yet, I've never met anyone with a thyroid problem that eats high protein that feels any better. Quite the opposite, in fact.
I too noticed a real lack of fruits and greens in your diet. I understand the fatique stuff too!. Of all the raw combinations I've tried, I find the diet high in fruit and low in fat (10%) is the best for me. I can't believe how much energy I have. I used to have a really hard time in the gym and now I have to hold myself back (I could stay there all day exercising!). I don't necessarily loose weight on raw, but I've lost a lot of inches. I find I'm so much more toned when eating this way. I rarely eat avocados or nuts - I never use oils.
Logging your daily food into www.fitday really helps in understanding how much carbs/fat/protein your getting. I think you'll be surprised how fast the fat can build up. Even the most conservative diet guru's recommend no more than 35% (I aim for 10%).
Hang in there - once you find the regime that works for you, it will all feel right!
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