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Thursday, February 19, 2015

HEALTHY THYROID LADY - MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY, DAYS FOUR AND FIVE




Days 4 and 5 of the 10-day detox and I am feeling GREAT!  I weighed myself this morning and I have lost 6 pounds thus far. Wooo Hooo. I am sure it is mostly water and other “stuff” because I have been going to the bathroom like crazy!

As detox’s go, this one is not that difficult. It is similar to how I eat normally, however I am not always cognizant of my portion sizes. My health coach is holding me accountable by making sure I stick to adequate portions for each meal. She gave me the following as a guide:

From bloodsugarsolution.com: Portion Sizes

Understanding portion sizes is a key component in creating healthy, balanced meals while supporting weight loss. The following are the serving sizes for some common foods:
 
·        Fruit: 1 medium piece, 1 cup berries, ½ cup mixed fresh fruit ¼ cup dried fruit
 
 

·        Starch vegetables: 1 serving = 1 cup winter squash or ½ sweet potato.









·        Non-starchy vegetables: 1 serving = 3 cups salad greens, 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked







·        Meat, chicken, fish: – 1 serving = ½ cup cooked
 
 
 
 

·        Whole grains: 1 serving = 1/3 cup cooked
 
 
 

·        Beans: 1 serving = 1/3 cup cooked or canned
 
 
 
 
 
 
·        Nuts or seeds: 1 serving -1/4 cup or one small handful
 
 
 

 

What I’ve realized during this detox is that consuming whole foods and drinking plenty of water will most certainly satisfy and sustain you.

Healthy Thyroid Lady

Striving for Healthy

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HEALTHY THYROID LADY - WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY - DAY THREE


Day 3 of the 10-day detox and so far so good. Well...Kind of...I
hope I still have a job tomorrow. I wasn’t the nicest person in the
world today. My health coach, the wonderful Gretchen from

Vida.com said irritability for the first few days
could happen.

So I came home and made a delicious healthy dinner...



 

Turkey breast with creamy asparagus sauce (no dairy), Brussel sprouts and sautéed spinach.

 
 

Then relaxed in the bathtub to detox the outside to match what I have been doing on the inside.






 

Detox baths are very important, here is what
healthylivinghowto.com has to say about detox baths.

Toxins are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medications we take and in the water we drink. Toxins cause irritation, harm and destruction in the body if left unchecked.

 
Detoxification is the body’s way of removing and metabolizing these dangerous compounds. It is a process the body does naturally without us even knowing it.  Taking a detox bath, not only boosts our health and well-being, but it also strengthens our immune system and prevents disease.  When metabolic waste from toxins builds up in our body, we get sick. Functional medicine expert, Dr. Mark Hyman, puts it this way, ‘problems with detoxification is one root of illness. If you feel lousy, it’s likely you’re toxic.’ It is important to enhance our body’s ability to detoxify and get rid of the waste, meanwhile minimizing our exposure to toxins. This is imperative for excellent health, as many of today’s modern diseases are related to toxicity.

 
I took a hot bath using this recipe I found on wellnessmama.com

Salt Detox Bath Recipe


·        1/4 cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt

·        1/4 cup Epsom Salt

·        1/4 cup Baking Soda

·        1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

·        Favorite essential oil if desired (I use 10 drops of peppermint or lavender)

 

Ahhhhh I feel refreshed now, will get some sleep tonight and make
my apologies in the morning.

Healthy Thyroid Lady

Striving for health

 

Monday, February 16, 2015

HEALTHY THYROID LADY - MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY - DAY TWO



Healthy Recipe at the bottom of the page

I am sure you are familiar with sweeteners like caramel, molasses, and high-fructose corn syrup but what about HFCS 42, HSH, and Jaggary. They are sugars,imbedded in the foods we eat and I am quite sure it is main reason why I felt yucky on day two of this 10-day detox.

All day I thought to myself, why do I feel so bad, I have made significant dietary changes since my thyroid disease diagnosis, therefore, I considered it to be pretty good – at least that is what I thought - until my health coach explained to me about the many hidden sugars lurking in our food. I was never a staunch label reader while grocery shopping, my health coach, Gretchen advised that if I want to lose weight and keep it off, mindful shopping/eating is what will garner success. She sent me a list of what to look for on labels. Now that I am armed with this list (see below), I will think twice before purchasing.  

For example, one of my favorite Paul Newman salad dressings contains sugar and the sugar is pretty high on the list of ingredients. The yummy gluten free crackers that I have purchased many times at my local “health” food store has various types of sugars in it. Add this all up and it equals to me not wanting to get off the couch today and the stubborn weight I have kept on for years.

Here is the list of sugars in food – So now, when you see HFCS 42, HSH or Jaggery, you will know this is sugar – Ya gotta know who your enemy is ( :

Agave nectar

Agave Syrup

All Natural evaporated cane juice

Amasake

Amber liquid sugar

Anhydrous dextrose

Apple butter

Apple sugar

Arenga Sugar

Bakers Special sugar

Barbados sugar

Barley malt

Bar sugar

Berry sugar

Beet molasses

Beet sugar

Beet syrup

Blonde coconut sugar

Brown rice syrup

Brown sugar

Buttered syrup

Candy floss

Cane crystals

Cane juice

Cane juice crystals

Cane juice powder

Cane sugar

Caramel

Carob syrup

Caster sugar

Castorsugar

Cellobiose

Chicory

Coarse sugar

Coconut palm sugar

Coconut sap sugar

Coconut sugar

Coconut syrup

Coco sugar

Coco sap sugar

Concentrate juice

Concord grape juice

Confectioner’s sugar

Corn sugar

Corn syrup

Corn syrup solids

Corn sweetener

Cornsweet 90

Creamed honey

Crystal dextrose

Crystalline fructose

Crystallized organic cane juice

D-arabino-hexulose

Dark brown suar

Dark molasses

Date sugar

Decorating sugar

Dehydrated sugar

Cane sugar

Demerara sugar

Dextrin

Dextran

Dextrose

D-frutose

D-fructofuranose

Diastatic malt

Diatase

Disaccharide

Dixie crystals

D-mannose

Dried evaporated organic cane juice

D-xylose

ECJ

Evaporated organic can juice

Evaporated corn sweetener

Ethyl maltol

First molasses

Florida crystals

Free flowing

Free flowing brown sugar

Fructamyl

Fructose

Fructose crystals

Fructose sweetener

Fruit fructose

Fruit juice

Fruit juice concentrate

Fruit sugar

Fruit syrup

Galactose

Glucodry

Glucomalt

Glucoplus

Glucose

Glucose-fructose

Glucose solids

Glucosweet

Gluctose fructose

Golden molasses

Golden sugar

Golden syrup

Gomme syrup

Granulated fructose

Granulated sugar

Granulated sugar cane juice

Grape sugar

Grape juice concentrate

Gur

HFCS 42

HFCS 55

High Dextrose glucose syrup

High-Fructose corn syrup

High-Fructose maize syrup

High maltose corn syrup

Hydrogenated starch

Hydrogenated starch hydrosylate

Hydrolyzed corn starch

Honey

Honey comb

HSH

Icing sugar

Inulin HFCS

Invert sugar

Inverted sugar syrup

Invert syrup

Isoglucose

Isomalt

Isomaltotriose

Isosweet

Jaggery

Jaggery powder

Lacitol

Lactose

Levulose

Lesys

Light brown sugar

Light Molasses

Liquid molasses

Liquid dextrose

Liquid fructose

Liquid fructose syrup

Liquid honey

Liquid maltodextrin

Liquid sucrose

Liquid sugar maize syrup

Maldex

Maldexel

Malt

Malted barley syrup

Malted corn syrup

Malted corn and barley syrup

Malted barley

Maltitol

Maltitol syrup

Malitsorb

Maltisweet

Maltisweet

Maltodextrin

Maltose

Maltortritiol

Maltotriose

Maltotriulose

Malt syrup

Mannitol

Maple sugar

Maple syrup

Meritose

Meritab 700

Misri

Mizuame

Molasses

Monosaccharide

Muscovado sugar

Mycose

Mylose

Nigertriose

Oligosaccharride

Organic agave syrup

Organic brown rice syrup

Organic cane juice crystals

Organic coconut palm sugar

Organic sucanat

Organic sugar

Organic raw sugar

Orgeat syrup

Palm sugar

Palm syrup

Panela

Pancake syrup

Panocha

Pearl sugar

Piloncillo

Potato maltodextrine

Powdered sugar

Promitor

Pure can syrup

Pure sugar spun

Raisin syrup

Rapadura

Raw agave syrup

Raw sugar

Raffinose

Refiner’s syrup

Rice maltrodextrine

Rice syrup

Rice syrup solids

Raw honey

Rock sugar

Saccharose

Sanding sugar

Second molasses

Shakar

Simple syrup

Sirodex

Soluble corn fiber

Sorbitol

Sorbitol syrup

Sorghum

Sorghum molasses

Sorghum syrup

Sucanat

Sucre de canne naturel

Sucrose

Sucrosweet

Sugar

Sugar beet syrup

Sugar beet crystals

Sugar cane juice

Sugar cane natural

Sugar hat

Sulfured molasses

Sweetened condensed mil

Sweet sorghum syrup

Syrup syrup

Table sugar

Tagatose

Treacle

Trehalose

 Tremalose

Trimoline

Triose

Trisaccharides

Turbinado sugar

Unrefined sugar

Unsuphured molasses

White crystal sugar

White grape juice concentrate

White sugar

Wood sugar

Xylose

Yellow sugar

 

Whew, I’m out of breathe, I guess this is the reason dieticians say, “If it has more than 5 ingredients. DON’T EAT IT.”

Healthy Thyroid Lady
Striving for healthy.

Tonight’s dinner:

 

 

Turkey meatballs and tomato sauce over zucchini squash

Turkey meatballs

I made the turkey meatballs by combining the turkey with chopped pecans (very fine used a mallet), basil, garlic and egg. Pan fried in olive oil.

Tomato sauce

Four vine ripened tomatoes

Half of an onion

About 2 cups of Low-sodium chicken broth

Fresh Basil and oregano

About 2 tablespoons of minced garlic

About 5 blueberries

About 5 raspberries

About 10 small walnut pieces

Cooked all in a pot for about 1 ½  hours on low then mixed in the food processor. Returned ingredients to pot and cooked for about another 30 minutes.

Zucchini

Peeled zucchini. Put the zucchini in the veggetti. Put the spiraled zucchini in a small amount of boiling low-sodium chicken broth for a few minutes, then pour zucchini in strainer.

This is a yummy dish


Sunday, February 15, 2015

HEALTHY THYROID LADY - MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY





Whew! Day one of a 10–day detox/blood sugar reset is just about over. My health coach, the sweet Gretchen from www.vida.com is AWESOME.  She is helping me lose 20 stubborn pounds that just will not go away. Losing weight when you have hypothyroidism seems near impossible, so I solicited the help of a health coach. She sends me recipes, words of encouragement; we do weekly video chats and is ready and willing to answer all my questions.

The Plan – What I can eat for the next ten days:

OILS:

Coconut

Olive

Flax

Sesame

Grapeseed

Avocado

 

Herbs/Spices

 

Parsley

Thyme

Basil

Rosemary

Cilantro

Oregano

Chili Powder

Mint

Garlic

Fresh Ginger

 

Nuts/Nut Butters (raw is preferred for all nuts):

 

Almonds

Cashews

Brazil Nuts

Macadamia Nuts

Walnuts

Raw almond or Cashew Butter

Extra Virgin Coconut Butter

 

Seeds:

 

Chia

Flax

Hemp

Pumpkin

Sesame

 

Fresh/Frozen Fruits:

 

Avocado (yes, it is a fruit)

Blueberries

Strawberries

Cranberries

Kiwi

 

Vegetables:

 

Spinach

Cucumber

Romaine Lettuce

Watercress

Assorted Peppers

Assorted Vegetables for Stir-Fry

Assorted Vegetables for Salads

 

Meats/Fish/Tofu:

 

Firm Tofu

Eggs

Chicken

Turkey

Shrimp

Salmon

Canned Salmon

Snapper Fillets

Tilapia

Trout

 

Miscellaneous:

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Gluten Free Tamari

Low Sodium Vegetable Broth

Low Sodium Chicken Broth



 
Supplements Instructions:

 

-        Take a high quality multivitamin and mineral and a vitamin D3 everyday with breakfast.

-        With breakfast and dinner, take omega 3-fats, magnesium, alpha lipoic acid, biotin, cinnamon and green tea catechins.

-        Take up to 1200 mcg per day of chromium polynicotinate.

-        Before each meal take 2 to 4 capsules ofglucomannan fiber (PGX). Be sure to take this 15 minutes before you eat, and drink a full glass of water with it.

-        An optional probiotic.

 
 


 

 

My meals for today -  2/15/15

 

Breakfast - Walnuts, one egg and avocado slice. (My health coach kind of frowned on the portion size. She said I could have added a cup of berries and even another egg)


 
 
 
Lunch - Salad with carrots, hemp seeds, sautéed shrimp, spinach, scallions and romaine lettuce. 
 
 

 
 

Dinner - Almond crusted trout with pico under a bed of sautéed kale. With cucumber drizzled in olive oil and vinegar.

 
 
I feel like I have conquered many symptoms of this dreaded thyroid disease except for the weight issue. It is my "white whale" but I think this time I will be successful...fingers crossed
 
Healthy Thyroid Lady
Always striving for good health