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Old 10-06-2006, 01:52 PM
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Question Foods to jumpstart the thyroid?

So im in the process of trying to lose weight...TRYING being the optimal word here.

We reacently found out my dads diabetic (controlable with diet and excersize) And my mums side has diabetice of both types...
So i whent to the doctors explained my concerns.
See ive been in the us for 6 years now.
When i got here i was almost 350lbs, i currently weigh in at 255...yeah 100 lbs! awsome go me, but this past 2 years ive hit a plateau, ive been yo-yo'ing between 260 and 250 for 2 years...
I currently eat aproximatly 1400-1600 cals a day divided into 5 meals,
(dr. says a girl my age should be definatly losing weight on that many calories, so in his opinion im cheating)
Ive tried different foods different methods giving myself more calories, no difference...eating less calories still no difference...the numbers above seem to be where i feel comfortable in the not feeling hungry side of things.

I excersize on an eliptical for 1/2 hour every day, it gets my heart rate way up so the areobic excersize SHOULD be helping.
I also do 1 hour of yoga a day
1/2 hour of bellydancing twice a week (again areobic and toning)
and i walk...EVERYWHERE...i park my car in the furthest spot from the store and walk in, i take the stairs instead of the elevator and instead of a leasurly stroll i kick it up to a hard walk, plus i take the dogs out walking twice a week (ok so i do the walking and they watch the world go by from mommies myaywrap after the first 15 mins lol.)
(id run but due to some injuries i cant!)

then ontop of that during the summer months i work rennaisance faire so im walking round in heavy leather and lots of layers, swinging steal and whips, singing my brains out and eating nothign but fruit all day cause i dont have the time to stop and fruit is both food and water!

I do more excercise than most people, hell i do more excersize than the skinny people i know...
Even when im sat at the computer i do pilates excersizes for the stomach muscles!

(when i lose all this weight im gonna be so toned its insane! i got rocks for stomach muscles under this 10 inch layer of flab!)

So i explain this to my dr. i even bring witness testimonial! and he doesnt belive im doing all this work because if i was id be DEFINATLY losing weight.

Now i should also explain in all of this i lost that first 100lbs by just cutting out the soda, the sweets and walking twice a week for 15 minutes at an up pace...

Anyway, he finally says "well i KNOW its not a thyroid porblem but ill test anyway..."
Results come back in...
"well your thyroid is "slightly" sluggish, oh and your blood sugars up...but neither are at a point where im willing to medically intervein"
WHAT??? i have a slow thyroid which is contrubuting to my severe weight problem PLUS high blood sugar (diabeties early stages) and your not willing to do anything because its not bad enough yet?! your thyroid doesnt magically get better.
So i ask him if he could give me a referal to a dietician and he says "no that would be medical intervention, i do think its a good idea for you to go see a dietician off the insurance though!, your just not far enough along for me to refere you."

(note: im 21 a full time student with 2 dogs and a large number of medical problems other than my weight...i currently dont have a job...where the hell am i gonna find $600 to go see a dietician!?!)

So i end up spurting out to him "ok ill come back when im irreversably diabetic and my thyroid shuts down...i figure THAT shoudl eb far enough along!" and he just looked at me blank faced "well it wont get that far, but yeah thats when we can do something about it with medication!"

*TWITCH*

So i was hoping to switch doctors...but as luck would have it...i dont have health insurance right now because im 1 cerdit short of being a full time student (not one class...one credit, most classes are 2 credits, and you take 6 clases to be full time, im taking 6 classes but my required gym class only counts as 1 credit and they woudlnt let me take anything else to put me over because theres no other classes that have one credit and you can take a MAXIMUM of 12...GAH!) but yeah i dont have health insurance right now so i cant go and see a different dr. about this issue.

At this point its driving me insane.

so knowing my thryroid is "SLUGGISH" im wondering if theres any foods out there known to boost thyroid activity...
Oh and if theres anything anyone can suggest that im not already doing... that would be great too.

i dont drink soda at all, i stere clear of the sweets, and eat meals consisiting of 70% vegatables, 10% carbs and 20% protein (i cant cut out carbs all together as i suffer severe migranes) and i stick extreemly to serving sizes. all meals are weighed and measured!
I tried slimfast, it helped while i was on it but as soon as i stopped and started eating actual meals again (even replacing little at a time) it just didnt work...
Im at the point where even my gyn suggested i try perscription diet pills to see if that helps at all, but my doctor WONT prescribe them and right now i dont have health insurance so cant go off and find a new doctor...
Ive been given both good and bad reveiws of the over the counter stuff like leptopril and trimspa type stuff, but im not willing to spend $40+ on something thats probably not gonna work!

Ive even been looking into the lapband/gastric bypass, but just cant afford it...

im at my witts end...
all i can think of to keep me out of a weight induced depression is "at least my dogs dont care if im fat!"

im also lucky because i have a very small group of frineds and none of them are skinny and all of them are very supportive...
But for my own health, i dont want to be sick with diabeties.

I need to loose another 95lbs to be at a healthy weight for my height, id currently right now be happy getting under 200...(55lbs)

any help woudl be greatly apreciated...
and thanks for letting me rant!
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Old 10-06-2006, 02:57 PM
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Did the Dr. says what your thyroid levels are? Ask for the lab results. I have Graves disease and have been batteling my throid for a long time.

I am not sure what he means by sluggish. Do you have low TSH levels or normal TSH buy low T4. I also remember that many of the thyroid meds make you feel worse not better, which is why many Drs are reluctant to prescrib anything.
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:35 PM
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It sounds like you are doing the right things!! Here are a few ideas to try:
  • Avoid Aspartame, which may contribute to hyperthyroidism.
  • Detoxify mercury and metals, specifically dental mercury.
  • Stabilize adrenal function, especially people with allergies and stress
  • Use Hormone-Free Meats
  • Avoid Iodized salt. Replace it with Celtic salt, Japanese salt, or a good quality sea salt.
  • Add seaweeds, chlorella and algaes to your diet.
  • Increase your consumption of coconut, whether the nut meat, oil, or milk.
  • Eat more fish and flax seeds to increase fatty acids.
  • Consider food's effects on antibody levels, and be very aware of potential food sensitivities that can disrupt the endocrine system.
I've also read that eating lots of Flax is good (in the seed or oil). I mix flax seeds in my baking (bran muffins with flax, any cookies I may bake) it is suppose to be a health booster. Also, increase dramatically your water intake - drink 2L of water each day to flush. I can't see where you are going wrong with all the exercise you are getting - but the flax really works well (look that up on the net - it's very very very interesting what flax can do for your body). Good luck! Best wishes - I know it's tough to lose and I have such little faith in our medical systems.
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I'm both Type 1 diabetic ( insulin dependent) & I've had hypothyroidism (low) since the age of 11. The 1 thing I've heard is no soy products. Wow you've done so great already Good Luck
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Old 10-08-2006, 01:43 AM
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Kiffany: he actually didnt explain what he meant by sluggish, once i get helth insurance again i will be finding a different dr. becasue he just brushed it off. i asked what "sluggish" was supposed to mean and hes like, oh its nothing to worry about right now then told me my blood sugar is high...but again thats nothing to worry about either...he just brushes me off...

Maxi: im gonna try the flax seed, i also had a friend suggest apple cider vinegar to help flush the system.
Already avoiding aspartame as im Highly allergic. have a problem with the fish too (allergies...joy) will try the coconut though...

Alisha: thanks, i didnt know to avoid soy, i dont eat soy often anyway but its another thing to keep in the back of my mind.

Thanks, its been hard so far, mabe the worst is knowing it will only get harder this last 95 lbs...but im determined...
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I didn't know about soy until recently either & I don't eat alot but they're are lots of suplements that have soy in them nowdays.
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Oh, I should mention another thing - sometimes when you are losing you will hit a plateau - where you will be the same weight seemingly forever before you begin to lose again. Keep that in mind; also, try not to put tooo much stock into the scale, try to go by how your body feels, how you are sleeping and how your clothes are fitting. When you lose as you get closer to your goal, your clothes will begin being too big (and you will have to go shopping ) and as you exercise and start to build up muscle, remember that muscle weighs more than fat so the scale may not always indicate that you've lost. Hope that makes sense...?! You are really doing well!! Keep up the great work, you are going to be feeling great in no time - then you can dump your doctor!!
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