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One month on eating mainly Primal, thyroid issues, trying to see results

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 26, 2013 at 7:18 AM

I'm wondering if there's anyone here who may be able to shed a little light on my situation. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in about April 2011. But in going on thyroxine I've faced a whole bunch of other problems. I already had a problem with shallow breathing, it used to make me hyperventilate in half marathon races. But going on the meds added about a min per km increase to my pace, as I just couldn't breathe well at all. I've slowly got some of that pace back, but my breathing is still much worse, and got worse with med increases.

I've hardly been able to lose any of the weight I had gained, in spite of counting calories, so a month ago I tried going primal. It wasn't a hard transition for me, and I feel really good on it. But I've hardly seen any change in my weight. Also I've gotten a really itchy scalp and dry skin again, which is how I reacted when I had my last thyroxine increase, but eventually settled down.

I know some people say not to have nuts, but I find them such an easy addition to my diet. Do they really need to be avoided if you want to lose weight?

Sorry this is long and complex.

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on January 26, 2013
at 07:10 PM

I think it was based on TSH. I'll see if I can find my latest results and see what they tested. I don't understand all of how thyroid problems work. My doctor has been pretty useless. I think I should be able to lose some weight if things are working ok, so clearly they're still not.

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on January 26, 2013
at 07:44 AM

I usually eat between 1500-2050 cals per day, but I'm also pretty hungry most of the time.

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on January 26, 2013
at 07:41 AM

Meat of some sort, and nuts for breakfast (on the advice of my PT, see Charles Poliquin) then a protein shake after my workout- either strength training or a run- lunch is usually a salad with some chickpeas, tuna and avocado. In the afternoon a mini frittata and a homemade larabar, meat and verges for dinner. I'm a personal trainer, so I'm pretty active, I weight train 3 x wk and I'm now running 4 x wk as I'm training for a half marathon.

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on January 26, 2013
at 07:24 AM

What does a typical day of eating look like for you?

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on January 26, 2013
at 06:42 PM

How was the hypothyroidism diagnosed? Was it on the basis of TSH? You need a complete thyroid panel including free T3, free T4, and rT3, plus testing for both antibodies. Then treatment should be focused on the root cause of your hypothyroidism. Most doctors do the shot in the dark approach which may not help you. Take a look at Stop The Thyroid Madness for an eye opening look at the subtleties most doctors (including many endocrinologists) don't address. Chris Kresser also has som3 good thyroid info on his site.

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on January 26, 2013
at 07:10 PM

I think it was based on TSH. I'll see if I can find my latest results and see what they tested. I don't understand all of how thyroid problems work. My doctor has been pretty useless. I think I should be able to lose some weight if things are working ok, so clearly they're still not.

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