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Health Update and AIP Prep

Yesterday was THE doctor’s appointment. I have researched and learned over the last three years about my thyroid and what could be the cause of my problems. I was ready for my appointment. I was prepared for a doctor with no personality, because I was warned about that by everyone who knows him. I wasn’t prepared for a rude doctor that was unwilling to listen.

He walked in assuming that I only cared that my neck looks fat, just like every other male doctor has done. He mocked me because my blood work is fine, and obviously my thyroid is not the problem. I asked him about the possibility of Hashimoto’s, and he said he would do an ultrasound and know immediately if that was it or not. He slapped it down on my neck in one spot and said that the previous radiologist was incorrect in their findings and mine was just fine- only a few little spots. He told me I didn’t need to see him again and to bark up another tree as to why I don’t feel well. So, big help. Big jerk. I’m glad we spent money to see him for 3 minutes.

I don’t trust his conclusion from the ultrasound considering I have had two in depth ultrasounds, and both drew the same conclusions. He put it in one location and declared they were wrong. The only reason I started “barking up” the thyroid tree is because I was told my thyroid was chronically diseased. Maybe it’s not my thyroid. Maybe something else is wrong that is unrelated to my thyroid. But, something IS wrong. It is NOT normal for someone my age to feel so lousy and have hormones so messed up that menopause is near. I refuse to accept that. I know that autoimmune diseases can cause your hormones to get out of whack, so it could be something farther down that path. I don’t know the answers. I do know that I’m not going to give up on feeling well.

I am going to continue with my plan of starting the Autoimmune Protocol next week. I know that I will feel better once I get going. I’ve been preparing by purchasing a lot of the items that get used frequently. Some of those are:

coconut flour
coconut butter (coconut manna)
coconut aminos
coconut milk
Wild Planet tuna  (for easy meals)
Flaked Coconut
Coconut chips (snack)
AIP “ketchup”
AIP “BBQ”

 

I’ve also been planning what I will eat for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner along with snacks in between. Snacks are NECESSARY when eating this way, or you will starve. Prep work is necessary in order to succeed. If you wake up without a game plan or food prepped, you WILL fail. I learned that the last time I did this diet. This cookbook has two four week meal plans if you want to make it extra easy on yourself.

It is NOT easy. It requires a lot of work and patience. It requires working through a two week detox period where you feel MISERABLE from going off of sugar and all of the garbage that your body has become addicted to. It requires being an adventurous eater and being willing to try new things.

 

My 30th birthday is next month; only 29 days away! (What?!) I am thinking that this Raspberry Coconut “Cheesecake” is what I will be eating. Yum!

 

If you are searching for answers. Don’t give up. Not every doctor will LISTEN, so find one that does. Find a support system that will cheer you on. I’m cheering you on.

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