Hello all! I know a lot of you know a lot more than I do. I'm hoping someone can help. How knowledgeable some of you are astounds me!
I started paleo after being diagnosed with PCOS on august 7 2011 and was so excited. I had always been very overweght and my belly had always looked like I was pregnant despite not overeating and exercising for years. So I started paleo. I (female) went from 200 pounds at 5'8" to lowest of 176 in about 6 months. I hoped to keep on going, but the numbers started to go up. I had kept on stalling at 183 and to get to 176 I had to drink 2 shakes a day instead of meals (can't remember the name, but theyre ok for Paleo, vitamin filled) and then a paleo dinner. It is, even after paleo, still a little pregnant looking. Alittle less so, but I still look fat. Size 14, 12 on a very good day.
Then about 6 weeks ago I was diagnosed with celiac, which is fine bc Paleo is pretty much fine for people with Celiac.
I started eating normal paleo food again (not shakes 2x a day instead of food) and now hover between 184-187. for someone who is 5'8, this is WAAAAYYYY too much. Very, very frustrating. I was swimming every day too for at least 1/2 hour and walking for about 40 minutes a day. Most of the fat is around my waist (very PCOS). I've been that way since I was a kid :(
My doctor says my thyroid is on the low end of normal and says this must be why I can't lose weight. he's the first doctor who wants to do something about thyroid. Vitamin D levels are also extremely low. (BTW, I was told a few months ago I might even have MS.) He told me to take one gram of nature throid daily. i started 2 days ago and we'll see if i lose weight or feel better. in the past i was diagnosed with bipolar II (which went away after eating paleo, i'm told bipolar II can be likened to blood sugar highs and lows, which PCOSers have), definitely have been severaly depressed and always have had dry skin. Anemic too (common with celiacs). I dont have lupus or hashimoto's. always exhausted. dry skin.
here are my thyroid #s free T4 1.07 (says range is .83-1.62) free T3 2.9 (range 2.5-4.3) vitamin d - 25.5 (range 32-100) - i know very, very low
I feel like a human lab experiment. I dont know what else I can do to lose the weight. I have grown to hate my body as I have worked so hard for years to see no results. It has adversely affected my social life and self-esteem a lot.
Paleo seemed so promising and now it just seems useless. I do eat a lot of steamed broccoli and cabbage, which maybe slows the thyroid. But I'm supposed to havea lot of veggies because it raises sex hormone binding globulin, which helps flush out testosterone (with people with too mcuh PCOS have too much of). Paleo helped regulate my period so now I get it every 34-37 days. Which still seems not often enough.
I had tried metformin but that's when MS like problems started happening - we though it was becasue it strips you of vitmain b12 but that turned out not to be it. and metformin didnt help me lose weight.
could adrenals be overloaded??? I dont know what else to change or if I should even stick with Paleo anymore, though it seems as though with PCOS and CEliac I dont have much of a choice. should i be a zero carber? but dont i need carbs for thyroid and Sex hrmone binding globulin? i feel like i have no energy. my skin is getting dryer for some reason and i'm more tired and sad than usual lately.
Sample day: breakfast: eggs with onions, brocolli or spinach, butter lunch: lamb with nothing on it, brcolli and peppers and onions dinner: hamburger meat with turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, and a salad with olive oil
Sorry for the whining nature of this post. Really. I am just at rock bottom and I don't know what to do. I want to lose weight for once and for all. And I want energy and not to feel like a walking corpse. I am praying for a break through. Anyone have ANY thoughts? i am happy to answer any questions. I am amazed by how much knowledge some of you have. Thank you