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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Giving (it) Up


For some time, I've been toying with the idea of self-treating (in addition to my doctor prescribed medication) my hypothyroidism.

Despite years of adjusting my Synthoid dose, I'm still not...well.

Since my thyroid quit working, I've gained (lots of) weight (and been unable to get any of it off), found myself with all sorts of physical problems (skin, hair, pain), and of course; I'm tired all the frickin' time.

I've seen specialists, had enough blood drawn to sate a thirsty vampire, but I still feel like complete and utter crap.

So, I've been doing some research for ways to 'fix' things at home. There are all sorts of alternative therapies that perhaps, down the road, I will try.

But the one thing I keep seeing is a list of foods to avoid.

I keep trying to avoid the list!

But I'm thinking it's time to give it a try. I'm faced with another (stinking hot) summer without my cute, small, clothes.

What is it I'm so afraid of?

"Avoid refined foods, sugar, dairy products, wheat, caffeine, alcohol"

Some of that's falls under 'no problem' for me. I never drink alcohol or coffee; I think I have pop once every three or four months. I drink mostly herbal, non-caffeinated, teas.

But...sugar, dairy and wheat?

This could be a real problem.

It's one thing to prepare our carnivore/vegetarian meals. But to figure out how to keep Matt happy, but not eat breads or cheese myself? Bleaaaah.

Still, something's got to give. I'm tired of being tired. If not eating dairy is going to help me, well then...I suppose it's worth a try.

Lord, give me strength!!

14 Thoughts for food:

At 10:20 PM, Blogger CameraDawktor said...

Can I make a suggestion? Don't give up all three at once, you may give up if its too hard, specially cause you like to cook!

Give up the easiest one first and cut back on the other. Give yourself a few weeks or until you've semi adjusted, then go for the second.

Just a guess, but you may notice the biggest difference in your energy after going off sugar. Be good about it, you may notice such a difference that if you have a tiny bit you'll notice the change in how you feel right away.

Good luck girl, when I was off sugar I would eat dates as my treat, not exciting but they helped my sweetooth.

Good luck! Please keep us all posted on this!

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hey, thanks!

I've read about giving them up gradually, and individually.

I'm not crazy about doing this...and I've decided to wait till the weekend, so I have plenty of back-up/fill-in food handy!

I will definitely keep you posted; promise.

At 1:36 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

As a fellow cheese lover I thought I would let you know about almond cheese. I found it at Wild Oats while I was troubleshooting for some food allergies (turns out it was not food but sunless tanner, so I get to pick white or cancer). If I recall correctly it only comes in a "cheddar" variety but it tastes pretty good and melts well too! Good luck!

At 1:56 AM, Anonymous ostwestwind said...

I had these problems when I lived in Berlin, back to the containing iodine air at the Baltic sea and eating sea fish and using iodised salt the problems are gone rsp. minimized. I love dairy and it is a good calcium source. I think you should omit refined foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol. And if you use whole wheat, you can eat it.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Nabeela said...

Oh Stephanie, I hope you get well soon....do take care of your health.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Vineela said...

Hi Stephanie,
Take care of your health.
I tagged you for meme when you recover post meme on " missing moms most 10 food items"
get well soon.

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Becky; thanks for the tip! The prospect of soy cheese turns my stomach. I have no issues with soy milk, but cannot abide the 'cheese'.

White or cancer, huh? That sucks!

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Ulrike; thank you! I didn't know about whole wheat being ok. That's somewhat comforting.

As for the rest; I get so very little sugar in my diet as is, I'd almost have to go looking for it to cut it out! I don't drink or consume caffeine, but refined foods could definitely be a culprit.

I mean, I hate the thought of giving up dairy. It's the reason I'm a vegetarian, and not a vegan!

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Nabeela, thank you! I'm doing what I can...

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Vineela, thanks!

And I'm not 'sick'; it's more of a daily drag, so I will get to that meme...promise!

At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Helpful Links For Growth said...

stephanie, i've loved reading your blog and im sorry to hear that you have thyroid problems..i agree with the poster above that said to cut back on all 3 gradually, or to eliminate 1 first, then the other 2 and not try to eliminate sugar, dairy, and wheat all at the same time. that might make the process a lot easier for you.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

HLfG; thanks for the kind words.

I haven't quite decided what to give up first, but I'm definitely not going to quit everything at once!

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Niki said...

Yes, that would be really difficult, and expensive too because buying substitutes for those things always costs so much more than the real thing. But hopefully you'll finally start to feel better. I can understand how you feel; I've been going through similar health problems. I've just given up work for 2 months to focus on my health and happiness. 2 weeks ago I joined Weight Watchers and I've already lost 4 kilograms!! But I'm really determined to do it now, and I've set aside a whole schedule for it!

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Good for you, Niki!

I've been meaning to get back to you...will do that soon, promise.

I can't wait till this three week trial is over; next Monday is the lats day. I keep thinking of all the things I want to eat when I'm back on dairy!

Keep up the good work...4 kilo in 2 weeks is impressive.


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