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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

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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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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Go metabolism go!

metabolism, bmr, slimbirdy, loose skin, weight loss, losing weightSo just an update on how this ‘Go Metabolism Go’ trial was working for me and what if anything, has tripped me up so far. The original story here.

So I’m about 2 months in and yes I have noticed some changes.

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PUFAs and weight gain.

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You are probably thinking, “what’s she on about now!!”

Well it’s just amazing to me how these things are totally around out there, but they don’t sink into my brain until I am ready to listen to it.

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Conventional dietary advice contributing to the eating angst?

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It is interesting reading, tripping through other people’s blogs and everyone’s responses when it comes to food, eating and bodies.

There are unrealistic ideals in terms of thinness, eating disorders, people who believe one thing bagging anyone else who has a different view, a myriad of ways to eat – paleo, vegetarian, vegan, high protein, fruitarian, bananas only, raw food only, low carb, junk food only, low carb high fat, a combination of the above, eat some things but leave other things out and the whole ‘a little bit of everything in moderation’ camp.

So really to find your way through the murky depths of the many views, concepts, programs and guidelines, there is only one true shining light of guidance for you. And that is…

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Slim Birdy does the Schkinny Maninny

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It sounds like a dance doesn’t it? Or at the very least a fad product in the weight loss world of which you should normally steer clear.

However I am pleased to report that Schkinny Maninny is none of those things.

When I first heard of it, I was totally skeptical. These are the thoughts that popped in my head…

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If you do one thing for yourself this year….

 

happynewyearHappy New Year!

I’m excited again at the start of a new year, it does it to me every time. Not sure why, maybe it’s the holidays and so you are more relaxed and actually have time to think about your life and make plans. Or maybe it’s time to brush yourself off and start again.

What ever it is, I like it!

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But I don’t want to eat that way.

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Chatting to someone on IG who was complaining that she keeps overeating cake, cookies, ice-cream, chocolate and was mad at herself for not being able to stick to the plan she was on.

The plan she followed allowed certain amounts of all this stuff but time after time she would eat more than what was allowed, get mad at herself for doing it, not reach her weight loss goals, feel down and depressed, vow to stick with it this time and found herself back at square one, mad at herself again for doing it again and again.

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