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The Full Thyroid Panel & other blood tests – the easy way.

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As readers of my ramblings know, I am interested in my health, that’s why I read about it, write about it and see how things work for me by testing it out and gauging how I feel.

I can also measure if things are working by taking temperature and pulse, see how my weight is tracking, how energetic I feel as well but sometimes, you need a blood test to reveal more – like your cholesterol levels, iron levels, B12 levels and things like that. And only then, it reveals a complete and more accurate picture of what’s really happening in your body.

Hands up all those who have a cooperative doctor who will 100% test everything you would like to test? Or who doesn’t try to talk you out of it or have an argument about why you don’t really need it.

Hmmm… perhaps let’s not go there.

But what if there was a way that you could test anything you wanted to test, whenever you wanted to test it?

Awesome I would say, because then you could take your power back and schedule tests annually for example to see what impact your lifestyle changes are having. Or just really confirm if your suspected health issues are anything to worry about at all.

Well totally by accident, I came across this new service that does exactly that!

It’s called i-screen. Which is short for Intelligent Screening.

They have a range of bundled tests available like full thyroid panel (hello reverse T3!), adrenal check, gluten sensitivities, general all over check and more.

If you would like another test added to a bundle, you just contact them by email and they will give you a quote.

They identify the blood collection centres with which they are affiliated, so you just find one near you and have your blood taken. Then in a couple of days your results are available on an online account you set up – so you have access any time!

Also they have a panel of doctors who give some recommendations based on your results. How cool is that?!

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So of course I was interested in the Thyroid panel to give another perspective on my temperature, pulse and many other symptoms pointing to Hypothyroidism.

The blood collection centre was really close to home which was great and one other thing – some tests like reverse T3 seem to indicate additional charges – however these are already covered in your fee with i-screen. If the person taking your blood tries to tell you there are more charges, be reassured in the knowledge that i-screen has this covered and they will be charged and not you.

So here are the results:

TSH – Score: 1.5 – given range 0.4 – 4.0

Free T3 – Score: 4.6 – acceptable range 2.8 – 6.8

Free T4 – Score: 12 – acceptable range 10 – 20

Reverse T3 – Score: 171 – acceptable range 170 – 450

Prolactin – Score: 8 – acceptable range less than 20

All markers are well within range, which is awesome (the lowish ones are supposed to be low) and it’s not surprising because my increases in temperature over the past year were also an indicator that this is likely to be the case.

Boy though, I wish I had done this testing when I first discovered my super low waking body temps of 35.2C! It would have been fascinating to see the changes.

Prolactin is a test normally in the estrogen-testing panel, however I specially requested it for a particular reason. I will elaborate more in another blog post too why this particular marker is important in relation to cancer for me and my family history.

So next time your doc says ‘no you don’t need that test’ or they refuse to give you a copy of your test results – as a new doctor did to me earlier this year – at least now you have somewhere else to turn to keep your health on track. Brilliant!

Power on!

Kristy x

 

Dieting, weight loss, health and what I’ve learned this year…

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It’s been a big year.

A big shift in beliefs around food for me, and what it actually means to be healthy.

Here are the big clangers…

– There is no one-way of eating that suits everyone – knew this, but still a key point.

– Sugar and carbs are not the cause of diabetes, it is more likely to be the over consumption of polyunsaturated fats – which are in nearly everything!

– Nearly every type of diet has a bunch of people whose health became worse afterwards. (Vegan, Paleo, Low Carb etc )

– Eating a large amount of veges is not necessarily health giving. (Bloating, cellulose, oxalate and PUFA overload anyone?)

– More is not better – of anything. (We’re looking at you water and kale!)

– Dairy is not necessarily bad for you.

– Low carb diets may cause long term issues like hypothyroidism for some (like me!), because the whole approach activates stress hormones to process food, which eventually breaks down your body

– Beyond gentle, progressive movement, exercise is actually a stressor for the body and adequate rest and appropriate refueling is critical not to damage the thyroid, metabolism and more

– Looking good, being thin, muscular or fit does not necessarily mean you are healthy.

– So many people are still struggling with their health and weight despite following mainstream and some alternative recommendations perfectly.

Moving forward…

So as for me, I am still tweaking my way with my diet, now inspired by Dr Ray Peat – where the focus is long term, optimal health – especially for your hormones and ramping up metabolism.

Basically this means keeping away from:

Polyunsaturated Fats,

Grains,

Limiting Meat consumption (not that I eat meat but for those who do)

…and eating easily digestible food such as:

Fruit,

Fruit-like Veges, (Zucchini, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Pumpkin)

Root veges, (Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes)

Seafood,

Dairy,

Coffee,

Eggs,

Bone Broth,

Gelatin,

Honey,

sometimes White Rice (the only grain that doesn’t damage the gut)

and any fats are Butter, Ghee or Coconut oil.

Most who follow Ray Peat’s philosophies have all put on weight, as the focus is on healing the body rather than weight loss. However those who have managed to achieve both have reduced fat intake to do this.

So the big focus for me in the last 6 months, was to get my daily fat intake lower.

After being on low-carb for so long, where fats were basically unlimited, this wasn’t so easy. I’m aiming now for about 20g per day, which is just enough for any fat-soluble vitamins to absorb.

In a day this looks like – one teaspoon of coconut oil, one teaspoon of butter (5g each) and whatever fat is in my lskim dairy or seafood. I’m limiting eggs to about 3 a week as they are mostly fat too and white fish is limited to 3 times a week.

It’s working so far and I’m feeling leaner and more energetic than I have for a long time.

So if you are still struggling out there, perhaps look to the processed/takeaway food and especially polyunsaturated fats you’re eating, you just may find the gold you seek!

Onward to an awesome 2018 and healthy, happy you!

 

Kristy x

Chocolate Caramel Chews

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By the time you read this I will be in the wilds of Iceland, just spellbound by my surroundings and marveling how great it is to be alive.

Leading up to the trip, I’d been trying a few new slices and fudges, but I either managed to eat it all before taking a picture, or misplaced the recipe.

Just a little distracted by the impending adventure no doubt!

So in the meantime, here is one delicious chewy bite, where I managed to keep it all together.

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Kayla Itsines – BBG – thinning hair & stretch marks

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So interestingly, after my last blog post – Does low carb dieting making your hair fall out? – all over the news in the same week, there was this confession from workout queen Kayla Itsines:-

“My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair,” she wrote, adding that her grandmother and her mom have thin hair as well, and that there is a family history of female pattern baldness. “I can see my hair getting thinner and thinner the older I get.” See articles below.

Health.comTeenVogue.com; Cosmopolitan; FoxNews.com

And in most of these similar stories, the reason given for it is Female Pattern Baldness that runs in her family. The message of being happy and proud no matter what your issue is commendable. (I learned long ago that worrying what other people think is a waste of a happy life.)

So far so good.

However then in another two articles, there is a mention of hypothyroidism….

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Does Low Carb/Keto eating make your hair fall out?

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So I went to a new hairdresser last week, my last one is great but is a 40 min drive away and in Brisbane traffic, it ends up being an hour and a half round trip! The new one is 5 mins away, so it was worth a shot.

However I’m always a bit apprehensive trying a new one as you get to know your hairdressers, they become like friends – so it’s always… Will you like them? Will they like you? Do they do a good job? Do you like the salon and the rest of the crew? Does it all smell like chemicals in there? Do they leave you alone or talk too much? Does it cost 4 times more than you thought it would?

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Making slim your lifestyle

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Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

So I was chatting to a social media follower, let’s call her Betty and we got to talking after she commented on one of my posts where the theme was ‘I walk because I hate running.’

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Potato Shortbread Cookies (Gluten free, 4 ingredients)

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Since I’ve discovered that heating nut flours like almond flour etc actually increases the oxidisation of PUFAs (poly unsaturated fatty acids) in them and kind of makes them toxic (eek!), you can understand why I’m not so keen to continue making up recipes with these nutty flours in it.

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The switch from very Low Carb to Pro Metabolic eating Part 2 – The OUT list.

saladleavesSo last post I detailed all the foods I’m including in my diet to eat in a pro metabolic way, if you need a refresher of what they were, then click here.

Now here is the ‘perhaps they are not as healthy as we thought’ list.

Some entries may shock you as they did me… approach with an open mind…

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The switch from very Low Carb/Keto to Pro Metabolic eating.

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Ok, so I’ve mentioned a few times now that I have changed how I am eating.

The reason:

…my holy grail – low sugar and low carb – stopped working for me and the weight started to pile back on!

Oh no!

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What I’ve learned… was mostly wrong!

happyny2017It’s been an eye opening last 6 months for me on the healthy food front!

I’ve discovered a whole different angle of nutrition based on nourishing, healing and nurturing your body. It supports healthy hormones, regulates your blood sugar, encourages repair and rejuvenation and is basically everything you need for a super healthy body, fast metabolism and easy weight loss/maintenance.

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