On the 5th May 2011 I find out that I have an ‘under-active’ or ‘low’ thyroid (also called hypothroidism). This post explains the program I embarked on to overcome my under active thyroid.
Read my post: How to support your thyroid
August 2012: I have since learned the following from Dr Steven Gundry
My symptoms (and there are many others): Being overweight and feeling the cold terribly (it is now winter in New Zealand).
I had no idea that my thyroid was not healthy, but once I found out it explained why I find it difficult to release weight (my metabolism was not working correctly).
Program for under active thyroid
The program I was put on involved taking my usual nutritional supplements (advanced quality multi minerals/vitamins, vitamin D3, CoQ10, vitamin C, Calcium/Magnesium tablet, grape seed extract and omega-3 capsules) and adding in Iodral (iodine). Once the Iodral is finished, I have been advised to eat seaweed (add to food, sprinkle on salads) to keep up my iodine levels.
I set a goal to walk for one hour every day using wrist and ankle weights (I did not achieve that every day – more like 4 out of 7 days due to the winter weather and other commitments).
I ensured that I was drinking 1 1/2 litres of water daily.
I avoided products containing soy.
Three months later and my thyroid is ‘normal’.
This means that I now will find it easier to release the 10kgs of fat that has been clinging to my body.
My goal is to release fat so that I can reach a healthy weight by Christmas Day 2011 and then I can wear a beautiful dress I have hanging in my wardrobe, that at present is too small for me.
I am looking forward to letting you know when I have reached that goal.
Update April 2013 – I am slowly getting closer to my goal weight of 64kgs, currently just over 67kgs. I am finding that it very easy to keep to Dr Steven Gundry’s Diet Evolution program. I have dropped a dress size. My ‘wheat belly’ has shrunk. I can wear skirts again because my backside has shrunk! I have heaps more energy and I feel very happy.
- June 2011