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2006

Just after my first pregnancy

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2008

Just after my second Pregnancy

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I dont want to bore you with all the in between.  I have changed my diet a little bit over the years because I was nursing one child with lots of allergies so I did lose some weight in between.  But this next picture is a set of pictures before and after I started the anti-inflammatory diet

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I never really cared to lose weight in 2015 I really just wanted to feel well again.  I don’t have a ton of pictures from long before because I hated how I looked because of all the weight i gained with pregnancies.  Most of this weight loss was in the matter of 3-4 months because most of what I had was inflammation.  My stomach went down a ton.  I always looked 5 months pregnant.

YOUR GOAL SHOULD NEVER BE TO BE SKINNY RATHER IT SHOULD BE TO BE HEALTHY!

THAT WAS MY GOAL WHEN I STARTED THE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET!

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto about 1.5 years ago.  Since then I have drastically changed my diet.  I wasn’t ready to start thyroid medicine thought there had to be another way so I began my research.

I began by joining a group on Facebook which was very helpful.  Join this group it has been so helpful!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hashimotos411/

Hashimoto is so difficult because there is no cookie cutter diet.  What works for one does not work for all.

The only cookie cutter part about Hashimoto is that you MUST go Gluten free and dairy free.  Everything else is questionable.  Should you be grain free?  Should you be Lectin free?  Should you be nightshade free? These questions you need to find the answers on your own.

I went through a diet program that allowed me to remove everything out of my diet and then add things back into my diet.  I know what causes inflammation and what doesn’t.  What makes my stomach feel sick and what doesn’t.  And sometimes I decide that it is worth feeling sick just to have a taste.  You have to listen to your body!

I am due for full labs at my doctors office so I will soon find out how everything is.  I recently had my TPO’s checked and a year and a half ago it was 4 and now it is 1.  Which is kinda a big thing!  They use TPO to measure whether or not you have a thyroid autoimmune disease.  So this is a good finding.  Although Im certain my numbers are still off elsewhere.  Things such as my thyroglobulin antibodies Im sure is still up.  My thyroid antibodies was cut in half when I went gluten free.  So There is definitely proof in the pudding that going gluten free is a MUST! At least to start!

Its hard and nobody knows how hard it is to change everything about your diet.  I can tell you first hand that you can do it.  It is possible!

No more going to parties and eating the junk food.

No more grabbing food at a fast food chain for a quick bite.

No more yummy cookies at the Christmas parties.

BUT TRUST ME YOU CAN DO IT!

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Once you have the diagnosis of Hashimoto it is hard to decide what doctor to go to.  The MD just want to put you on thyroid medicine and some alternative medicine doctors are not as good as others.

Let me go back.  First when I got my diagnosis I didn’t believe my MD.  This MD is a practicing DO (Doctor of Osteopathic).  DOs practice a “whole person” approach to medicine. Instead of just treating you for specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole.  So from the beginning I was at a good place.  I was very fortunate because most doctors would have over looked these labs since I am still in range on my thyroid.  The only things that showed up were thyroglobulin antibodies which were at 32, high dhea and high estrone levels.  It was then that my doctor told me to go gluten free.  So I did.  I went back to recheck to see it going gluten free lowered my antibodies.  It was cut in half! it was now at 16.  I was shocked that it went down that much from just going gluten free.  My DO was definitely on to something.  Then it was just kinda left there.  So now what? I lowered my antibodies.  But then that was it.  The doctor didn’t know why dhea was high and didn’t know why my estrone levels were through the roof.  So I continued on with my life until my dental work began.  (more about dental work and hashimoto here Hashimoto dental work)  That was when I realized I do in fact have Hashimoto. I thought if I go back to the DO then they will want to put me on medicine because I began to feel symptoms.  I try to steer away from medicine as much as possible… unless it is absolutely necessary.  So I decided to got the Alternative Medicine route.

One more note about my DO.  She was like no other.  Most doctors would excuse my labs because they were still within range.  She didn’t.  She referred me to an endocrinologist and told me that I had Hashimoto.  Had I gone anywhere else I probably would have never been told this.  I was very blessed to have found out early on before i even had symptoms.

Going to the alternative medicine doctor I did not know how much it was going to cost but I went anyway.  I have a dear friend that also has Hashimoto and she has had great success at this office.  So I went and found out how much it would cost and boy was it outrageous.  I then had to decide my health or worry about how much things will cost.  So I paid the bill and went with a 6 month program to try and heal myself.  I learned more about myself with this doctor then I ever knew before.  There was a set of labs that he had me do.  Then there was a list of labs that he wanted me to get tested with my MD (h.pyloir, celiac, anca antibodies and asca antibodies).

I found out that my DO was no longer at the office so now I had to see someone else.  I was a little nervous only because I knew my DO would test anything my alternative med doctor asked.  I walked in there and explained to the new doctor that I had been working with an alternative medicine doctor and and wanted to work together with her and him to get on top of my health.  She was ok with it.  So she ran all the requested labs.  I was shocked! I was very thankful but shocked because most doctors would no test because I do not have enough symptoms.

So to answer the question alternative medicine doctor or MD.  I say both! You can use them together to get on top of your health.  MD’s that will work with an alternative medicine doctor are hard to find.  I hear so many stories about people with Hashimoto and how their doctors claim they make up symptoms and won’t run labs etc.  I am thankful where the Lord lead me.

If you are in southern California and want a great Alternative medicine doctor for autoimmune disease Dr. Tony is great!  Click on the link to go to his website.  Dr. Tony Ganem  Honestly i was a little hesitant when I went to the website because it looks like a weight loss program.  I thought to myself … I’m not interested in losing weight! But decided to give it a try anyways!  It definitely is not a weight loss program.   Although the diet you go on you do drop weight.  But lots of the weight you drop is inflammation.