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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

Nut Free Bliss Balls

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We healthy types are a bit bonkers!

(I hear my friends saying “I’ve been trying to tell you that for years!” Bahaha.)

While the heart is in the right place – just trying to be healthy, and help others attain this mystical level of nirvana – this pursuit of health kind of sneaks into extremes very easily, and before you know it, you slip into ‘not healthy’ because of it.

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Holiday eating and accidental Rrarfing (a kind of Carb loading)

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So I’m back from the wilds of Iceland and Scotland!

Seriously, if you’ve ever thought you may like to visit Iceland one day, please do yourself a favour and do it.

It is totally like another planet with variations in landscape that are mind-blowing. You can drive 5 km and see green rolling hills with waterfalls, trees and mountains, then jet black bare volcanic dirt as far as the eye can see, then the jet black dirt has rocks on it, then the rocks have tufts of grass, then it’s these round rocks with fluorescent green thick moss all over them. But the strange part is – it’s one or the other – there is never a mixture. Really bizarre. And ice lagoons, and the black beach with chunks of ice on it and of course the aurora – just wow!

Anyway, to see some stunning photos check out my hubby’s instagram page here.

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‘Nutella’ Cheesecake (nut free)

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As I’ve mentioned before, I am moving away from cakes and slices being made of all nuts because…

  1. They’re hard to digest
  2. They’re full of polyunsaturated fats, which we now know when eaten in excess, mess with a cell’s ability to process sugar (read more here.)

Potential cause of diabetes anyone?

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White Choc Fruity Bites & FYI on Teeth Remineralisation & Phytic Acid

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So since I’ve been eating a little more along the Dr Ray Peat principles, read what that is here. I’ve found that drinking sweetened tea or coffee with honey and not rinsing between, has affected my teeth. A bit of sensitivity and lingering dull pain here and there.

Cut straight to the end – I’ve fixed it – however it started me looking into the remineralisation of teeth.

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Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting

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Full confession: this was not my idea.

I first heard about it on Mummy Made it and because I am currently zoned in on all things icing and frosting at the moment to zshush up my creations, I thought I would explore further.

Google reveals that quite a few knew about this about 5 years ago and I’m late to the party! Better late than never right?

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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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Cherry & Blueberry Popsicles

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What happened to the cherries this year? Hardly any in the stores and still so expensive. Just as well there are frozen options handy at all times.

Have been loving these fruity popsicles (or Icy Poles for the Aussies!) just as an after dinner ‘cool me down’ and little sweet hit.

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