Because it seems to have perhaps to have stopped working for me. Its very odd. I've been doing it for 4 months, and it worked so gloriously for the first month, and now is less and less. I didn't start doing it just for weight loss, as I'm not really chubby, but did lose a bunch of weight, despite eating meat and eggs and vegetables all the live long day, as a result of being so hungry 24/7. I also concluded that I had had allergies to grains and dairy, as I instantly stopped waking up with puffy eyes. But I gradually gained the weight back for no apparent reason, and stopped being so wonderfully hungry all the time. And now I'm waking up with slightly puffy eyes again.
I've now tried every iteration of the Paleo diet, as I have Hashimoto's, but cannot regain how effortless it was at the beginning. I hate to abandon hope, but I have no more ideas! Initially I was a very zealous convert, as nothing has ever had that much effect on how I looked/felt. Has this happened to anyone, where one day Paleo just stopped working for you?
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on March 07, 2012
at 07:34 PM
If you are still eating eggs, you haven't quite tried everything. The below is Robb Wolf's autoimmune protocol, you can find in his faq. It means limiting basically every form of lectins and other irritants, so no nightshades, no dairy, no legumes, no grains. (I may be missing something.)
Emerging research has made clear the link between Neolithic foods (grains, legumes and dairy) and autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and a host of other less well know conditions. Many people have found significant improvements in autoimmune disease by eliminating the Neolithic foods and building a diet around nutritious Paleo options. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease we highly recommend you start a Paleo diet and let us know what your results are. To give your body its best chance to heal we recommend that you initially limit the following foods:
Tomatoes & eggplants
Peppers, including bell peppers and hot peppers
Spices such as curries, paprika, and chili powder.
Some of these otherwise Paleo-friendly foods have been shown to be problematic in individuals with autoimmune issues. We recommend you fully remove not only these foods but also all Neolithic foods (grains, breads, potatoes, beans and dairy) for at least a month to see if they pose a problem for you.
I'll be honest with you man. Its been the same way for me in a lot of ways. I used to wake up every morning with crippling stomach pain, and going paleo fixed that. Its still gone, but my stomach has been getting a bit worse, or symptoms are becoming more apparent, and I'm pissed haha. I wanted to be done with the stuff. I've moved on now to eliminating fermentable sugars by eliminating FODMAPs. I don't know if this will be the end, or the fix all, and it probably won't be. Nutrtiion has to grow and shift with us as we move through life.
Also don't lose hope with this initial step back. The body is far more complex than we will ever realize, and perhaps this return of symptoms is a freak accident that will be gone in a month's time. As hard as it is for us to fathom, I'm sure the bodies cycles work just as much daily, as they do weekly, monthly, probably even yearly. Its a chaotic system, there is no predicting it. So lets move with it, and see where it takes us.
(Also a potential hypothesis for the worsening of the symptoms again, is that when you went paleo, your body had the chance to heal. In healing, it started to use up stores of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals. Now you may be depleted in those again, and the body can no longer heal.)
I'm a big believer in the fat soluble vitamins. I think that is our main modern deficiency given the quality of our meat and the lack of organ meats in our diets. You may want to investigate a supplement for Vitamin A (preformed retinyl palmitate), Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2 (as MK-4, menatetrenone), and Vitamin E (as tocopherols and tocotrienols). I take a fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend from green pastures, but I'm not sure if there would be potential irritants for an autoimmune disease.
Doing some quick research there does seem to be correlation between vitamin d receptor polymorphisms and Hashimoto's. Hashimoto's seems to affect the body's innate processing of vitamin D. Some suggest it could be harmful, others that it could help. From what I've read on the synergistic effects of the fat-soluble vitamins, just taking one can be detrimental, but taking them all together will usually be helpful. Take this with a grain of salt. I have absolutely no qualifications other than a hobbyist. I would try the dietary approach first. Fat-soluble vitamins will boost the immune system and this may be the exact opposite of what you want to happen.
Also be careful about supplementing iodine. From what I've read, its a mixed bag. Sometimes it can exacerbate Hashimoto's, other times it can help. I assume you are already getting regular blood tests, and if not, you may want to start that, especially if you experiment with supplementation.
I wish you luck. I'll probably keep poking around in this area, and I'll come back here if I come up with anything.
on March 07, 2012
at 06:23 PM
It sounds like your issue is Hashimoto's, not Paleo.
You picked the best diet for it, but don't listen to the "low carb kills thyroid" folks. That's a mistake on their part.
on March 07, 2012
at 07:37 PM
Well.. look at it this way- What's the alternative? Going back to SAD? Paleo could only be helping. Things might be a lot worse if you quit.