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Celiac, Pcos, Hashimotos, Insulin Resistance

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Hi Everyone! So as I understand it, many of these run in clusters, and apparently they have for me <_<

It's taken a toll on my body, and I can't seem to lose weight for the life of me. I admit, I am getting frustrated.

The only thing that helps, I have found, is Weight Watchers. So, I have once again joined WW in an attempt to become healthy - in totality!

I get so frustrated with the yo-yo'ish ness of struggling with my overall physical health, especially because weight and body image has been an issue for me ever since I can remember.

I have been completely recovered from an eating disorder for about four years now, and once I began recovering from the eating disorder, my body went haywire and the diagnoses came tricklin' in one by one.

Certainly ironic that someone who struggled with food and weight for so long, now deals with food and weight on a different level, daily :huh:

Anyone else in a similar boat? I guess I'm just looking for some like experiences.

Some times I find it seemingly futile to be healthy when so many things seem to be against me.

It's exhausting.

But I am determined to get there :)

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I cant help with the weight thing sorry, but just wanted to let you know that I also had Hashimotos (dont have a thyroid anymore!) and have recently been diagnosed with Insulin Resistance and Gluten Intolerance. I've just gone Gluten Free (6 days now) and I seem to have lost weight already. This could well be due to the fact that my Diarohea (sp?) has actually INCREASED since going gluten free though?!! I'm hoping this is just a withdrawal phase I'm going through and that things will calm down soon!

Hows the weight loss going? Any luck yet?

Hi Everyone! So as I understand it, many of these run in clusters, and apparently they have for me <_<

It's taken a toll on my body, and I can't seem to lose weight for the life of me. I admit, I am getting frustrated.

The only thing that helps, I have found, is Weight Watchers. So, I have once again joined WW in an attempt to become healthy - in totality!

I get so frustrated with the yo-yo'ish ness of struggling with my overall physical health, especially because weight and body image has been an issue for me ever since I can remember.

I have been completely recovered from an eating disorder for about four years now, and once I began recovering from the eating disorder, my body went haywire and the diagnoses came tricklin' in one by one.

Certainly ironic that someone who struggled with food and weight for so long, now deals with food and weight on a different level, daily :huh:

Anyone else in a similar boat? I guess I'm just looking for some like experiences.

Some times I find it seemingly futile to be healthy when so many things seem to be against me.

It's exhausting.

But I am determined to get there :)

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I hear ya!

I am simply amazed at how many diagnosis that seem to be associated with all of this and reading your post and your sig was like looking at myself!

I had an eating disorder when I was a teenager, which has me thinking if this ED was simply sparked by all of this since the things you crave the most are the things you are most allergic to! Carbs!

I had 2 high risk pregnancies, one I almost died from. I have diabetes, psoriatic arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis), TMJ - in fact, it was my TMJ specialist who looked at me holistically to help figure this out.

He recommended that I try the Atkins induction diet for 2 weeks. I felt AMAZING and lost weight almost effortlessly. I got all caught up in what my goal weight should be in order to calculate my carbs and that's when he kindly told me "it's not about weight loss, it's about an elimination diet". From there, I realized I must have been allergic to wheat and corn.

From there I had several 'contamination' issues to confirm this and based upon my body's response, then tons of research, I am now in the process of being diagnosed with celiac.

re: weight loss - it's an individualized thing. I am a fitness professional and have coached 'biggest loser' teams for the past year. Simply put- you have balance out energy in and energy out. Calories and exercise.

If WW works best for you, then keep going! I like WW for the support that it offers and the weekly weigh ins. That accountability is most important, esp. if you've had eating disorder issues in the past. Some people feel that WW is too difficult to follow and too easy to 'cheat'.

Personally, I really liked Atkins. It makes sense to me. The basic concept is that your body is always burning carbs and in order to start to burn fat, you have to significantly reduce the amount of carbs. The first two weeks, induction, you are given 20 - 30g of carbs per day- which is about 2 - 3 cups of salad, or 2 cups of salad and 1 cup of veggies per day. Pretty much all the protein and fat you desire - but be intelligent in your food choices. Don't go for high saturated fat every day- that's just too much for anyone. Everything in moderation. Choose healthy fats and proteins.

You have to exercise. Period.

In order to reach the 'moderate' level of exercise, you must engage in 30 - 45 minutes of voluntary activity for a minimum of 4 or 5 days per week. That means that the walking around you do at work, while it still burns calories and keeps you active, it is not considered 'exercise'. Find something that you enjoy and will want to keep doing. Also, the full 30 minutes does not have to be continuous, you can break it up into 10 minute increments, but for best results it is better to do a full 30 minutes all at once. Gradually build yourself up to 45 minutes and 5 days per week.

I teach yoga and pilates. I LOVE to do Zumba... love to dance.

Do what makes you feel good.

A few more important things to note: don't weigh yourself more than once a week (you can fall into that easily and recreate your eating disorder). Measure yourself in multiple areas and focus on inches lost rather than weight lost. A lot of times you will not see pounds come off but the inches fall off much easier. To keep it simple, measure around your ribcage (like where you bra strap goes), your waist (at the belly button) and your hips (the largest part). You can also measure your arms (halfway at the upper arm) and your thighs (halfway at your thigh).

Focus on how GOOD you feel above everything else.

I hope this helps.

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