And the new magic number is……

2.03! Yeah, I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. And while my first reaction was happy  – really, really happy, my second reaction was skeptical. I’ve only been on the up-ed dosage of meds for one month. I had my blood taken in early July, and it was an 8.41. Mid-August, and it’s a 2.03? That’s an awfully big jump for one month. While the number is fantastic (it’s “normal”), I’m not sure there’s anything normal about jumping 6 points in one month. So, that’s where I’m at. I’m not being negative – I’m ridiculously happy; the happiness level was one similar to, I imagine, seeing a positive pregnancy test. It means my body is doing what it’s supposed to be doing, and it means that if I were to TTC right now, my thyroid would allow it to safely occur.

But still. I never expected a 2 at this point. So, here are my thoughts on the matter. First of all, (as if anyone was curious about the specifics) I’m at the beginning of my cycle. Day 7. Cycle is 41 days long, ovulation (at least last month) came on Day 32. So I’ve got a ways to go. I feel like I would like to see where my number is at again before TTC. If I have a 2 or lower again, I’d say I’m good to go. But that may not happen. The problem is this: First, I haven’t gotten a doctor to give me the papers for a blood test within the next few weeks yet. Second, even if I do, it would have to be very soon, because I’d want the results back before Day 32. Third, it took the test 10 days to get back to me. So, with a little thinking ahead here…I’d want the results back by say, Day 30, just in case, and it takes 10 days, so that would mean getting my blood taken on Day 20, and I still don’t have the papers to go take this blood test anyway. Besides, after a 6 point drop in one month, would getting a TSH level of 2 twice in a row mean I’m all set? Just like that? Who knows, it could jump back up 6 points for all I know.

However, if I wait, say, another month or so, which is more realistic medically, I’ll miss this cycle’s ovulation time. The next time (assuming it’s still Day 32) won’t be for another 73 days. And that’s a long time!

So, here’s what I’m going to do: leave it in the hands of professionals. I’m going to call my thyroid doctor, and ask for another blood test. If she gives it right away, great, if she gives it next cycle, I guess I’ll have to deal. Most likely, she will not approve giving me one in two weeks, as my primary doctor didn’t when I called the other day. Then, I’ll call the OB-GYN and ask her if she thinks one low number of 2 is good enough to start trying, or if she thinks I should wait until that next blood test comes in. Whatever she says, I’ll do. Part me of wants to just go for it, but I’d hate to have this 2 be a little fluke or something and my next test is high again – too high to be pregnant.

Of course, this whole thing has to be complicated!

 

My new obsession with blood tests….

Seriously, this “little journey” I thought I’d be on is turning into a a long-term pain in the butt. I’ve decided to use nice language on a public blog. Still don’t have my new TSH number yet, should be any day now.

So, today I decided to give my endocrinologist a call to ask for more blood tests. Currently, I just had it taken a week ago, and then she didn’t give me another test until January. I was hoping to have it done once a month. She didn’t know, at the time, we were planning on a baby in the near future, but I wasn’t sure that if had she known, she would have given me the blood tests more frequently. And I certainly can’t just sit around and wait until January, having no idea if my TSH level is going up or down or what. I can’t live like that – I would literally lose my mind. So, I called. Got her secretary, who told me she can’t just order more blood tests (she can’t?…) and that I’d have to call my insurance company to find out if more frequent tests are covered. That was my first call. Of course, I know that more frequent tests are covered, because in the past I’ve had them every 3 months. Then, knowing that this doctor is kind of lacking in the sympathy and compassion department, I decided to call my primary physician instead, hoping she could get me the blood tests. Why I did this next instead of calling my insurance company, I’m not sure. Because I also forgot that my primary doctor is also lacking in the sympathy and compassion department. I left her a message, and she called me back, letting me know that there’s a reason my thyroid doc picked the duration of time that she did (except, there’s not, because she didn’t know about my desire for pregnancy…). At first I was like, okay, not going to cry on the phone, I’m basically hearing I have to wait until January. She also said that having my blood taken once a month is “excessive” and there’s no need. However, she said that she thinks having ONE blood test prior to January might be doable, especially since I’d be TTC as soon as my numbers are good. But she also said I need to call my insurance company, and that it may not be covered.

I’m certainly a bit overly sensitive about this whole thing, and I realize that, but I’m simply looking for a little compassion from a doctor! I’m just shy of 27, I’m supposed to be a healthy person here, and I can’t just wait around!!….Then, I called my insurance company. She said that my blood tests are covered 100% and they are unlimited, which is great news….ONLY if done out of medical necessity. She specifically said, “I’m sure no one does this, but you can’t just have a blood test done…just because.” So now here’s my fun for tomorrow: Convince slightly cold Dr’s. #1 and/or #2 that they should send me more blood tests out of medical necessity. Is it a necessity? Well, to me it is. But medically, it’s probably not. I already know that my up-ed dose of Synthroid is going to take 2 to 3 months to fully kick in. But it’s for my piece of mind – I need to see that number dropping, however small, to know that this super-healthy diet I’ve been attempting and my shallow levels of patience I’m forcing upon myself are worth it. I did tell Dr. #2 that, and it didn’t seem to matter. I’ll leave a message for the thyroid Dr. again tomorrow, and hope that she can understand a patient’s “need to know”. I just need to know. It’s that simple.

The waiting game…

It’s been about a week since I’ve last posted, and though I normally have really enjoyed doing this for myself, I have been feeling like there’s not much to say that falls under the category of good news. All along, I’ve liked to write because I like keeping track of this whole journey I’m going through. That said, that usually only happens when I feel that the journey will swing into a positive place!

And right now, it’s not. So I took a hiatus. On Monday, I got my blood taken. I crossed my fingers for a TSH level under 8.41, and I still haven’t gotten the results back. It should be here very soon. Unfortunately, though, I have a bad feeling about it. I’ve had lots of hives lately, back to my legs and arms, which hasn’t shown up there in months. I’ve been taking more antihistamines than I have in a while, as well. I had to take a week off of that low-carb, low-sugar diet last week as I visited my grandparents and then hiked Mount Washington, which required granola and dried fruit and other things I wouldn’t normally eat. So I chalked up my hives to that. However, I’ve been back on the diet this week, and with the hives continuing, I’m struggling to find the motivation to continue. I’m still making good choices, but without the previous feelings of security about it. How do I know this is even going to matter in the process of lowering my TSH? What if I could be eating endless amounts of pasta, potatoes, ice cream….but that still wouldn’t be healthy. No matter what, I suppose this is good for me, as it would be for anyone. But I’m getting kind of sick of salads and nuts. Bleh. I caved and added a banana to my protein shake the other day – delicious. I officially can’t get rid of bananas, no matter that they’re filled with sugar and carbs. They’re here to stay!

Completed my last cycle and am starting a new one, number 4 to be exact. We will see if a pattern shows up compared to the last one. Maybe by the end of the next cycle…..I’ll have a low(er) TSH level! Eventually, my body will do what it’s supposed to do at this age, right?

Diet? What diet? The story of hives…

I feel like I’ve started over. All that hard work last week, down a couple of pounds and feeling great, and I ruined it over the past 3 days! That’s what staying with your grandparents will do.

I went to Maine for a few days to visit my grandfather and his wife. It’s up in the middle of nowhere, with a huge forest and a beautiful lake as its backdrop. We played cards, I read an entire Jodi Picoult book (“Nineteen Minutes”), and we ate. Jolene is from Alabama, and all of her cooking is rich and fattening, basically. I had all the things I wasn’t supposed to – pasta, bread, fruit, and dessert (2 brownie sundaes, cookies, and strawberries and whipped cream over shortcake). It was absolutely delicious, and I really couldn’t say no. Sure, I could’ve had smaller portions of the dessert, but I wasn’t about to make myself a whole new dinner. It would be borderline insulting, and plus, it’s delicious! So I ate it – all of it.

Now, while there’s nothing wrong with letting loose once in a while and indulging in the foods that I’ve always loved, and if I had to do it all again I probably wouldn’t have made any different choices, it really wasn’t worth it. Why? Well I gained the pounds back, was bloated and uncomfortable, and my hives came back.

Here’s a background on my hives, and how this entire thyroid topic came to be in the first place:  About 4 years ago, I was packing for a vacation when my body broke out in hives. They lasted the whole vacation, and we couldn’t figure out what I was allergic to. Within months, I saw an allergist, who treated the hives with an abundance of antihistamines, which worked, but I ended up having to take them 3 times a day (when each pill should last 24 hours). The problem was still there. It eventually spread from my body to my lips, where they would swell up so badly that I couldn’t even talk. It was frankly dangerous, because if those hives in my face moved to my throat, it could hinder my breathing. It was like a 2-year panic attack. Finally, I had a blood test done, which revealed a whole mess of anti-body issues. I couldn’t even explain them all to you, myself, but what I do know is that my TSH levels were really high (unfortunately, I don’t remember the number, but I’m pretty sure they were in the high double digits) and I tested positive for a whole mess of auto-immune issues, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and rheumatoid arthritis. As for the arthritis, it doesn’t mean I have it right now (and I don’t, or I couldn’t have trained and ran that marathon…) but there’s something in there that suggests down the road, I could have it. Or lupus, which I’m just going to rule out myself right now! It is very common that when you have one auto-immune disease, you have multiple. My allergist continued to treat the hives, but with new knowledge that I wasn’t allergic to anything – it was one side effect of what was going on inside.

This part is confusing – even with the thyroid problems as they were, at the time, my TSH levels were swinging back and forth on their own, from hypo to hyper. When my doctor checked them, they happened to be “normal”, but of course they were just in the middle of moving. So I didn’t take any thyroid medication for a long time. In fact, while the levels were normal, my hives went away (this is how I knew, for sure, the issues were connected!). I enjoyed my wedding and honeymoon, and months after, with no medication whatsoever. My allergist said they would come and go.

What does this have to do with eating carbs and sugar? Well, two April’s ago, May and June were a stressful time. I ate badly, exercised very little, and was stressed out. Therefore, it was no surprise that I had hives all last summer. I started training for the marathon, and I kept wondering why I was so sluggish and not losing any weight, after running 40 miles in a week. My TSH level was high again. High enough, in fact, for my primary doctor to schedule me with an endocrinologist, who finally prescribed Synthroid. By last fall, the medicine had started to work, my level came down, my hives went away – and I also had started eating healthy. Coincidence? I didn’t think so. But I had a chance to try it out again. In December, my TSH level was normal (too bad I wasn’t TTC). Then, this past May and June, I formed the same bad habits. May and June just aren’t my months! Again, out of stress, I ate badly and didn’t exercise. I felt my skin start to tingle underneath, as it always does when I have hives. I had to start taking antihistamines again. I had a bad feeling my TSH level was high again (showing hypothyroidism), and sure enough, almost a month ago, I had my blood drawn, and my TSH level was 8.41. I was put on a higher dose of Synthroid (88 mcg) and was told I couldn’t TTC. And here I am today – finally recognizing that in my body, I believe there is a link between stress, bad eating, not exercising, hives, and my TSH level. And with a high TSH level, I can’t do anything about getting pregnant. The level needs to be around 1 or 2. So I’ve been trying everything I can to be healthy, because it’s that important to me. Which is why the way I ate the past few days wasn’t probably worth it. Then again, it’s hard to turn down your grandparents. So, I picked it back up again this morning…

Starting a new diet in the summer = bad idea

I made it through the weekend, but just barely. We went to a wedding at the Cape, and I love the Cape, and its food. Sitting in a ton of traffic meant we were starving for lunch, and wanted seafood, but also had a wedding to get to in a few hours, so there really wasn’t time to drive all over the place for a healthy lunch. I still managed to make a decent choice – broiled shrimp, instead of its signature fried seafood. And I got rice instead of fries, and I barely ate the rice at all. Even with my better choices, though, I got halfway through the shrimp (which was covered in butter) and felt pretty disgusting. After only one week of this new diet, I was surprised how my body rejected anything that wasn’t good for me. At the wedding, I happily ate a protein-filled dinner, but instead of wedding cake, they did gourmet cupcakes – and I can’t turn down a cupcake. Especially this one. So I ate it, and I really didn’t feel all that guilty. There was a lot of sugar in it, obviously, but I felt okay.

Yesterday I managed to find us a healthy breakfast burrito place, (The Corner Store in Chatham, if you’re wondering) and had a nice veggie and egg burrito. I also was able to have a big salad for lunch. Then, my biggest downfall – after hours of traffic and what felt like the longest drive of my life, we got home after dinnertime last night, without having had dinner. I wanted nothing more than to lay on the couch, so making a salad from scratch was out of the question. We didn’t have any meat defrosted, either. So I decided, just this one time, to have an easy meal – a bowl of whole wheat pasta with jarred sauce. This morning, I’m paying for it. After everything that was off my new diet this weekend, it was the pasta that made me feel the worst.

So I learned that lesson. I also realized something else, one week after starting this low-sugar, low-carb diet: my cravings for food are gone. It may be because the food I’m eating isn’t crave-worthy in my opinion, but I also think it’s because of what’s in the food I’m eating. For the first time in my memory, when I’m eating a protein-filled meal with veggies and I get full, I stop. Easily. And leave food on the plate. That’s, like, unheard of for me. I always used to eat so much I’d feel sick. But there were always carbs on the plate. Likewise, when having rice the other day, I wanted to keep eating it, even after I was full. It’s like there’s this pull towards carbs, and my cravings go nuts. But when I’m barely eating them, they aren’t there towards other food. I also lost almost 2 pounds just last week. And I had more energy. Oh, and my signature bloating after big meals (I always look a couple months pregnant after eating dinner) has also disappeared. I look just the same after I eat as I did before, and I point to carbs as the culprit. Seriously, this was a good idea.

But the fact that I had to start it in the summer was poorly planned, though I guess I didn’t have a choice. This summer is the busiest summer my husband and I have probably ever had, with a fun trip of some sort every single weekend, filled with promises of carbs and sugar. Tomorrow I’m going up to Maine for a few days to visit my grandparents, which is like torture for someone on this kind of a diet. I’ll have to make my choices carefully, remembering how last night’s pasta is making me feel this morning. If I don’t, my body will let me know.

 

Week 1 complete – can I have ice cream now??

Well, I made it through one week of this thyroid diet I’ve put myself on – and by one week, I mean one work week. I have a wedding to go to tomorrow night at the Cape, one of my favorite places in the world, and I’ll be damned if I can’t have a bite of wedding cake, and ice cream from Sundae School the next day. I have to say, today I’m in a bit of a downer mood.

The issue is not that I’m not pregnant yet; it’s only been a few months. The issue is that I’m an otherwise-healthy almost 27-year old, and I’ve been told I can’t try to conceive a child for the foreseeable future. That, and to hopefully hurry the possibly years-long process along, I’m putting myself through a food change. Now, I’m not eating crazy things. Salads and lean meats – isn’t that what everyone’s supposed to eat? But I’m really trying to stay away from sugar (Stevia is a miracle), and limit myself to one helping of carbs a day, or every other day. Today, we had Bulgar wheat with our dinner, and two days ago, I had a half a piece of whole wheat bread (my husband made), with cashew butter and a little cinnamon. Monday, I had steel-cut oats for breakfast. Other than that, the rest of all my meals have consisted of protein, vegetables, and dairy. What have I got to show for it after 5 days? A drop of about 1 1/2 pounds (mostly water weight, I’m assuming) and a digestive system in shock. So far, every day I’ve felt like I can do this, and tonight I’m feeling like I shouldn’t have to.

Last October, my husband and I ran our first marathon. We both did horrible, but finished. We vowed to someday do it again, the right way, and improve our times and confidence. This October, I was hoping to be pregnant. Therefore, I’ve been taking a leave of absence from distance running, and just hitting the gym instead for the past few months. I figured I’d celebrate my first child by running the marathon again. Tonight, my husband suggested that we now sign up for the race this October, and the thought of it bothered me. I’m being completely selfish, I realize. My immediate thought was, “No, I’m not training for this marathon.” By signing up, training for it, and running it, I’d be basically admitting to myself that Plan A didn’t, couldn’t, happen. This Plan B would be way crappier. By not signing up, training for it, and running it, while my husband does (he has every right), and watching him that day, I’d be reminding myself that I hadn’t moved on from the last marathon, hadn’t improved my time, hadn’t proved something to myself, and was waiting around for something that could be a long time in the making – literally. Blah.

I imagine the advice I’ll get is to run it. I might feel great after. But there are 2 things to consider: 1) With all the stars in alignment and a miracle thrown my way, I might get pregnant before then. 2) Training for a marathon is no little task. I wish I could wait until that day and just run it, but I can’t. I’d have to start now, with long runs in the hot, summer sun. Every run would be that reminder of my Plan B.

So, it was left that I’ll attempt to train with my husband, and when it gets a little closer, I can make my final decision…I’ll keep you posted.

As a side note – I just wanted to thank those of you who read this, both those of you I know and those I don’t. Sometimes I just put it all out there, more as a venting device, and then I remember that I have readers. 🙂 By the way, if you do read my blog, but haven’t signed up to it yet, go to the top right-hand corner of the page and put in your email. You’ll be an official “subscriber”!

Apple Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter….

Well it’s Day 3 of this new diet, and I woke up this morning with hives – the kind I used to get a few years ago when my thyroid was all out of whack. Hopefully it’s a coincidence. That said, a few weeks ago I read an article saying stopping or starting a high-fiber diet will result in the move of your TSH level. I just don’t know in which direction. After a few more days of healthy eating, hopefully my body will adjust.

What am I eating? Well, a lot of vegetables, meat, nuts, and dairy, mostly. It’s a good time of year to start this, because the produce is fresh, and I can pick it up from farms in my area. So, yesterday I stopped by an organic produce stand and bought peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and squash. I like the idea that what I get from the farm is what I eat for dinner. The zucchini and squash with garlic, salt and pepper, and mozzarella cheese was actually quite good. I feel like salads could get pretty boring (I have it for lunch, and a small one with dinner). But I’m trying to add things to it that I love, like black olives, avocado, fresh mozzarella cheese, etc.

Due to the fact that I’ve basically dropped carbs, and certainly anything junk-foody, I don’t really have to worry as much about the fat I’m getting from the dairy or things like avocados or nuts. It’s really not that bad!

Also, we made a trip to Whole Foods yesterday and spent a lot of money, but hopefully on things that will last a while. Peanuts, of all the nuts, aren’t really that good for you, and the peanut butter that you find in the grocery store is loaded with sugar, so I purchased a few kinds to try; specificaly almond and cashew butters. Apple butter is just a treat…

For breakfast I had a little bit of this sprouted grain cereal by the company Ezekiel. It’s very good for you, but tastes like nothing, so I added a little bit of Truvia sugar. According to all the research I’ve done in the last few days, artificial sweeteners are pure chemicals, which is what I’m trying to avoid. But Xylitol and Stevia are natural sweeteners, so I have a green light on using them when necessary. This morning in my cereal, it was necessary. I also bought Stevia in liquid “drop” form. My green tea that’s so good for me will not be to my liking plain, so maybe a few drops of Stevia will help.

My husband is excited to make things from scratch, as he is still having carbs to his liking, but wants to make them really good for you. So, last night he made a loaf of extremely healthy wheat bread, with pumpkin, sunflower, and flax seeds in it. He’ll use it for a turkey sandwich for lunch. I also gave coconut water a try, as an alternative to water. It’s not wonderful – it tastes sort of like diluted juice. But it was a nice break.

All of a sudden we have cupboards filled with all-new things. Hopefully we’ll find at least a few we really like, and can become a permanent fixture in the house.

We are also close to joining a few CSA’s (a farm share). Unfortunately, it’s late in the season to sign up for them – most require payments by early spring. I’m still calling around, though. Basically, the produce CSA we join won’t be too far away, as I would go once a week to pick up the harvest. However, the meat/dairy CSA will be a further distance away, as there aren’t many around me, and it’ll keep in the freezer for a long time. Once we officially join, I’ll let you know. Until then, I’m just trying to support my local farmers (and buy organic, when possible) by buying produce around me.

Taking my TSH level into my own hands….Day 1

Well, my busy weekend is over, and now that it’s Monday, I’m back to thinking about my health. In about two weeks, I’m due for my next blood test to see how my TSH level is doing. Last checked, it was an 8.41. My doctor has advised not TTC until the number is between 1-2. Over the last two weeks, since the last blood test, I’ve been thinking about how I want to try controlling my diet in order to do whatever I possibly can in order to bring down the level. Now, over the next two weeks, I want to try and implement that plan.

As I’ve said before – I started this blog a few days before finding out I could no longer TTC until my thyroid levels were in check. I never thought I would be focusing so much on diet and being healthy. Nevertheless, with the goal of conceiving, I’m willing to do whatever it takes. I originally was hoping for followers wanting to learn more about conceiving in the healthiest way. I ended up with some doing that, but others wanting to know more about my thyroid diet (which is, in summary, eating really healthy – something anyone could certainly do).

Therefore, I’ve decided to make a new category for my posts, over towards the right side of the blog. When I’m only writing about my thyroid and this diet, I’ll put them in the “Thyroid Diet” category. When I’m only writing about TTC (in general), the posts will go in that respective spot. They will all show up as the main part of the page, but if you’re looking for something specific, feel free to head towards the categories. Of course, sometimes, they may overlap.

Okay, on to today’s focus – my new diet. When I say diet, I don’t mean eating less. I mean the other sense of the word – what I eat.

When I was in kindergarten, I recall my teacher asking us to draw a picture of our favorite foods/meal. It was hung up in the hallway and my parents saw it at Open House. It was a huge pile of spaghetti with tomato sauce and an ice cream sundae. Since then, nothing has changed. I’m in love with carbs – pasta is my favorite, but any will do: cereal is a weakness, and fresh bread? Forget it, I can’t stop eating it. It’s become somewhat of a “personality trait”, but my close friends view me as being mildly obsessed with dessert. Once, at work, we had fresh cannolis brought in for some special reason. I have no excuse, but I recall eating as many of them as I could in a 20 minute period. I literally could eat ice cream until I’m sick. There have been many occasions in my life where I have eaten so much I have felt sick (which is disturbing, really).

I’ve always known how all of this really isn’t good for me, and I must have heard 50 million times how lucky I am that I’m not severely overweight. I “must have good metabolism”, I’ve been told. The truth is, I am lucky, but I have gained weight over the years. If you didn’t know me and saw me on the street, you would think I look pretty average. But knowing I have this thyroid condition, and the kinds of foods I love to eat, I can only wonder what my true weight is (and should be) if I stuck to eating foods that were good for me. Every Monday morning, I’ve said to myself, “Okay, I’m starting fresh today, eating healthy, etc.” Everyone laughs because that motivation is gone by Wednesday. But this time it’s different.

This time, I can’t TTC. I have a limitation on my daily life (ha) because of my health. I haven’t been told by a doctor to change the way I eat, but then again, I’ve never told my doctors how I eat. I mentioned last week that I met a girl who has hypothyroidism. She changed her whole diet around, and started seeing a holistic doctor (I’m not there yet…one step at a time), and she got down to her body’s healthy weight and her TSH level came down. She was the reason I decided to begin this plan right away. I borrowed some books and materials from her today and started reading.

At the same time, my husband and I have been talking for a long time about wanting to eat more organically and making sure the animals we eat were humanely treated. We haven’t really known how to start the process, but now with my motivation to eat well, and his Ironman training plan he just started, we’re on board, together, to tackle all of these goals. Over the weekend, I was getting my hair done for a wedding I was in, and I had a lengthy conversation with my hair stylist. She eats completely organically, and she introduced me to the concept of farm shares.

So, with all of this new information in mind, here is what I’ve learned in the past few days:

My new diet is basically a diabetic diet, with the goal of keeping my blood sugar stable throughout the course of a day. How do I know I have low blood sugar? Well, every single day around 4:00 pm, I become so tired and draggy that I basically can’t do anything. As a child, I recall laying on the couch, falling asleep until dinner was ready. Now, if I must be awake, I drag myself through that horrible time period, and immediately after eating dinner, I’m like a brand-new person. Why am I choosing to eat less carbs and sugar? Well, for the past 2 years, my TSH level has spiked around May/June. When I think about it, May and June for the past 2 years were really stressful, for various reasons. It’s also the end of the school year. I’ve found around those months that I don’t have time to exercise much at all, and the treats brought in to my elementary school are numerous…and they’re hard to resist when stressed. All of that bad eating, with little exercise, and both years, my TSH level was up. I don’t think it’s a coincidence, I think it’s a sign. My body is not meant to eat all the junk it loves. It’s just not good for me.

My new diet entails:

A ridiculous amount of vegetables. Not all are created equal, but I’ll save that for a future post. Potatoes, corn, carrots….those aren’t the best for what I’m trying to do here.

Protein is key. This particular plan focuses on animal protein (chicken, pork, fish, beef), but beans are good, too. The problem with beans is that they are also a starch, and too many starches aren’t good. So much for trying out vegetarianism! Nuts are a wonder food in this plan.

Dairy – but only good dairy. Organic, whole, and raw when possible. If the dairy involves lots of sugar, that’s not good dairy.

That’s about it!! Now, grains can be added in (and with my habits, they will be). However, I’m sticking to whole grain stuff. Again, another post, but buying wheat bread from the grocery store is probably not whole grain. Rice, potatoes, pasta – even if it’s whole wheat, it has to be very small amounts. Starting this diet out at first, I really can’t have much of that at all. After a few months, I can add in a little bit. And I will. Fruits – well, if you’re going to have sugar, it’s better in a fruit, but it’s still sugar. With my focus on equalizing my blood sugar, fruit needs to be a very once in a while occurrence.  Berries are rated high, apparently, which is good because they’re my favorite in the summer.

There are so many more little details about this, like what types of nut butters are good (not peanut butter) and what oil should be used. But for now, especially if you’re looking to give this a try, just remember protein, vegetables, and dairy. If you wonder where you’re going to get your starch….they are in many vegetables.

So, because I’ve not had time to get to Whole Foods and stock up as of yet, tonight’s dinner is simply going to be: chicken breast (marinated, grilled?), some kind of cooked vegetable (perhaps spinach), and a side salad. That’s it.

For dessert…I will enjoy my sugar-coated calcium gummy supplements….pathetic.

Believe me, this isn’t easy for me. Literally all of my favorite foods are banned. And I LOVE fruit.  It’s not Atkins – it’s not “eat bacon all you want”. But it’s healthy for those with blood sugar and thyroid problems.

Now, my brain is thinking a lot about organic food and meat from animals that were treated humanely. This is all a lot of information, and it’s overwhelming, but if I’m going to do it, I want to do it right.

With regards to organic food – when I say “organic”, I mean without harmful chemicals. Many people don’t really know what “organic” means ( I didn’t) and when they see the word on a package, they assume someone out there designated that food totally healthy for your body. It doesn’t work that way. To be absolutely sure you’re eating “pure” foods, you need to know what’s in it, and where it comes from. Last night, I looked at the back of my husband’s light Miracle Whip. There’s got to be at least 15 ingredients, and half of them aren’t food. If there’s that much junk in there, it can’t be good for you. The same goes for most of what is currently in my cupboards.

My husband says he and I will be eating the “17th century diet”. That is, only what was available back then (no neon-yellow cheetos) and without as many chemicals as we have now.

At the same time, we are really disturbed by what we hear about the way cows and chickens are treated at some major corporations. I’ve not watched “Food, Inc.” yet, but I’ve heard it’s disturbing. Did you know that many chickens are given steroids and chemicals so they give bigger cuts of meat? They are so ill-proportioned that their wings are too heavy to fly, so they can’t move. All of what I’ve heard is so ridiculously disturbing, and it’s why I wanted to try being a vegetarian. However, it seems like meat is what my body and thyroid need, so instead, I just want to make sure I have grass-fed beef, free-range chickens, etc. Now, I know some will say, “What’s the difference? You’re still killing an animal.” I get that, really. And in some ways, it’s true. But if you are going to eat meat, wouldn’t you rather it be at a place where the animals were fed decent food, lived a humane life, and died in a humane way? I would. And really – don’t you want to know where your food comes from? These are all the questions I’ve been asking myself.

Now, my hair stylist told me she eats all organic food, including meat (she says Harvest Land, at BJ’s, is a good company), and she invests in a farm share. After finding out what this is, I’m all about it, and I can’t wait to join.

A farm share is where you pay a given amount of money for a whole year, or a specific season, to a farm near you. Every week, you can go to the farm and pick up whatever they have just harvested. This means 4 things: You get fresh food weekly, you know where you food is coming from, you know what chemicals are on it (if any), and you’re supporting your local farmers, who are in desperate need of your support with all these huge corporations dominating the industry. I never knew about this, and my closest Farmer’s Market is open on Saturday mornings, when I’m typically exercising. This is awesome, and I wish I knew about it sooner, as it’s probably too late in the season to join.

So, with my new foods in place, I now want to look into owning a farm share, so I know where my healthy foods are coming from.

This post was long (sorry!) but now that I’ve given out my new information, I can focus on specific parts of it in the future. Now, to the grocery store…