Updated Labs

I started seeing a new Internist in October of 2017.  Her name is Mary Sain and she is affiliated with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, AR.  I switched because my doctor was leaving her practice and Dr. Sain was recommended by an acquaintance.

During my initial visit, I was told that my thyroid meds weren’t strong enough and several of my vitamin levels were really low.  She increased Synthroid from 200 mcg to 225 mcg and told me to start taking supplements for Iron, B12, Vitamin D, and Folate.

I went back for a follow up yesterday and she told me my labs were looking better – even though I dont feel much better (I am starting to give up hope of ever feeling normal again). With my current dosage of Synthroid, I have to pay for 2 prescriptions because they dont manufacture my dose. I asked her to try something else because I couldnt keep paying for 2 prescriptions ($80!). She is going to try me on Nature-thriod 146.25 and rerun my labs again in 2 months.

Here are my labs:
Ferritin – 34.6 (was 19.1)
Folate – 13.10 (was 7.44)
Iron Level – 77 / % Sat 24 / TIBC 294
T3 Free – 3.55 (was 2.37)
T3 total – 1.2 (was .9)
T4 Total – 12.5 (was 10.10)
T4 Free – 1.6 (was 1.1)
TSH – 0.107 (was 9.850)
B12 – 538 (was 432)
VitD – 37.2 (was 11.9)


AIP Diet – Week 1

This is my first week of the AIP Diet.

Day 1: Monday, September 18, 2017

Breakfast – None

Snack – Banana

Lunch – Pork Rinds

Dinner – Crockpot chicken with kale, sweet potato, onion, and carrots.

Dessert – Skillet apples with cinnamon

Drinks – water with lemon

Cravings – chewing gum


Day 2: Tuesday September 19, 2017

Breakfast – Banana

Lunch – Crockpot chicken with kale, onions, sweet potato, and carrots

Snack – pork rinds

Dinner – tuna and olives

Drinks – water with lemon and green tea

Cravings – chocolate and corn chips

*evidently I already failed at compliance because I didn’t realize my tuna had soy in it or that my tea had caffeine

Day 3:

Breakfast – Bacon

Snack – None

Lunch – Chicken with Kale, Sweet Potato, and Carrots

Snack – Green apple and a few cherries

Dinner –  Chicken with Kale, Sweet Potato, and Carrots

Cravings – Cake and waffles

Day 4:

Breakfast – Banana

Lunch – Turkey, cabbage, onion, and mushroom

Snack – Banana

Dinner – Shrimp and asparagus

Snack – Pork rinds

Day 5:

Breakfast – None

Snack – Banana

Lunch – Turkey, Onion, Cabbage, and Mushroom


Shrimp and Asparagus (AIP Friendly)

Simple easy AIP compliant dinner. Shrimp and asparagus (both on sale and both with coupons!) sauteed with onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, basil, fresh lemon, and a oilve oil/coconut oil mixture. #aipdiet #simplecooking  #healthyeating #dinnertime #blog | September 21, 2017 at 08:23PM

Simple easy AIP compliant dinner. Shrimp and asparagus (both on sale and both with coupons!) sauteed with onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, basil, fresh lemon, and a oilve oil/coconut oil mixture. #aipdiet #simplecooking #healthyeating #dinnertime #blog

For this dish I used 1 small bag of large raw frozen shrimp (Shelled) and 1 bag of microwavable frozen asparagus.


Microwave frozen asparagus for 1/2 the  cook time stated on the package. Drizzle pan with olive oil and coconut oil.  Add frozen shrimp (do not defrost) and partially cooked asparagus to the pan.  Season with 1/2 large lemon (squeezed) and garlic powder, onion powder, and salt – to taste.   Cook until shrimp are done.

Easy, Quick, Delicious, Healthy.

*Nut Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nightshade Free, Sugar Free – AIP Compliant*

The AIP Diet – A new adventure for my health and for my stomach

I have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease, and most people probably know that, because I am pretty vocal about it.  I know the condition is fairly common and often easily treatable, mine never has been.  Even when the doctors tell me that my blood work is “within range,” I rarely feel like myself and constantly suffer from a broad range of related symptoms. More information about my autoimmune disease and my symptoms have been written about in previous posts (and I am sure I will post on that topic again).  However, I do want talk about food and its relation to Hashimoto’s and my health.

I have been on a gluten free diet for several years after discovering that this is often recommended for Hashimoto’s patients. There are lots of articles out there that talk about why gluten is bad, but basically eating gluten makes my body attach my thyroid more than it already is doing.  Here is a decent article on the topic: Gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease.  When eating a gluten free diet, I find that my symptoms are reduced somewhat and that my flares occur less often.

I was doing good as of last year was down to my pre-diagnosis weight!  I was so excited!  Then there was some major stress in my life and my thyroid levels over the last year have been going down and down.  I am up to 200 mcg of Synthroid a day!…my symptoms are all over the place, and my weight is back up to where it was at its highest (pre-pregnancy).

I have decided that something needs to change and I need to try something new.  I am looking for a new doctor and I am hoping to find a Functional Medicine Doctor that my insurance will cover, but in the meantime I have decided to take on the Auto Immune Protocol Diet.

I have been reading a lot about this Protocol and I am very optimistic that I will see positive results.  This protocol is often prescribed by doctors for patients with autoimmune issues and leaky gut.  I have been pulling my information from a number of sources, but my go-to has been Paleo Mom.  She gives a great overview of the protocol here.

What is the AIP diet?

The goal is to detox your system of foods and substances that often cause reactions.  The foods allows and disallowed are easily found online and Paleo Mom has some great reference charts.  This strict protocol is to be followed for a minimum of 30 days (although many people find that they are still symptomatic and need to follow it for longer) and then start reintroducing foods in a limited and specific way.  By reintroducing foods slowly, it should be easy to recognize which foods cause symptom flares.  Foods that cause a negative reaction should be removed and kept out of the eating plan for that individual.  The ultimate goal is to finish on the paleo diet with the addition of limiting food that that specific person also reacts too.

Wish me good luck and strength of will to stay on the AIP wagon!