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Jenn R

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  1. Thank you for your suggestions. I drink ginger tea almost every day and it helps a bit but not much. The thing is that I try to avoid medications that affect brain chemistry. But I have no problem trying natural supplements. I forgot to mention. I take garlic and it seems to help to some degree. I do eat a fair amount of spinach. I tried eating more, but it made me nauseous. The reason why I eat iceberg lettuce instead of romaine is because it's lower in fiber. I try to eat the darker parts because they have more nutrients. Also, is romaine safe to eat? (wasn't there a recall because of an e coli outbreak or something?) I really don't like nuts, otherwise I would definitely add them to my diet. I just really don't like the way they taste. My thyroid is slowly getting better. It's stable and I feel a lot better than I did before I was put on medication but my FT3 and FT4 are still very close to the bottom of the healthy range at this point.. My doctor says that overtime my thyroid hormones will get closer to the middle of the reference range, which is considered more optimal, but it's going to take some time. Hopefully this will fix my gut issues idk.
  2. Thank you for the suggestions. I tried eating corn, brown rice and black rice but they're relatively high in fiber compared to white rice and my body tends to react. I do eat white potatoes (occasionally also purple and brown) and remove the skin (I limit myself to 1 medium potato per day because even that's relatively high in fiber). Occasionally I eat raspberries, but I limit myself to 10 per day. I eat strawberries every few months but my body doesn't really tolerate them well because they're relatively high in fiber. My body absolutely can't tolerate tofu or beans (I love tofu and beans so 😞 ). I need lots of protein because I work out a lot and the types of workouts I do build a lot of muscle and strength. I tried eating less protein but my body wasn't happy, especially after working out. Most of my gut difficulties are caused by SIBO, which based on what I've been told could definitely be related to hypo/Hashimoto's. I was diagnosed with SIBO 5 years ago. It tends to go away when I take Xifaxan and then always comes back a month or two later. I tried going on a low fodmap diet but it did absolutely nothing for me. The only thing that's worked for me so far has been a low fiber diet (and/or SIBO antibiotics). I often take butyrate because I've heard that a long term low fiber diet can cause colon cancer and that butyrate can help reduce the risk.
  3. Thank you. As far as carbs go I generally eat about 2 servings of white rice/white rice pasta, 1 medium potato without the skin (potato skins have too much fiber) and grits. I often add rice cakes with avocado or honey on days on which I work out. Here's an example: Breakfast: - Rice grits (no fiber) + skim milk + a little bit of sugar and salt. This is a relatively large meal. Lunch: - 1 medium potato, no skin - Chicken breast (no skin) - no seasoning other than salt. Roughly 1 piece. - Iceberg lettuce (2 ish cups) - 4-5 cherry tomatoes, - Avocado - 1 ts - Olive oil - 1 ts or 1 tsb - Ketchup Dinner: - 1 egg + 3 oz egg whites + spinach + 3-4 cherry tomatoes - White rice/white rice pasta - 2 servings (1 cup-ish cooked) - Avocado - 1-2 ts Snacks: - 4 cups of Mott's apple sauce (or 2 cups + 1 peach or 2 cups + 1 orange). Mott's apple sauce contains 1g fiber per cup (I try to avoid eating real apples because they're relatively high in fiber). - Lots if zucchini (zucchini is relatively low fiber and high in potassium and magnesium compared to other vegetables). Occasionally, I'll eat a little bit of broccoli or brussels sprouts (I love these vegetables but they're so high in fiber 😞 ). - Chicken broth - 0-2 cups - Herbal tea + sugar* Workout day - additional snacks for days on which I work out: - 3-5 rice cakes + 2 ts avocado + salt (sometimes I also add honey) - Some days I also drink skim milk + whey powder (usually before or after relatively intense 2+ hr workouts) *Note: I have to have at least a little bit of sugar every day otherwise I get really hypoglycemic (eating too much sugar also makes my sugar level drop so I have to balance it) Sometimes I go over 20 grams of fiber because it's really hard to eat less than that and my body really doesn't like it.
  4. Yeah, that's why I hardly ever eat whole grain foods. I generally eat fiber free & gf free grits in the morning because everything else (e.g. cereal, protein bars, etc) contains fiber.
  5. Thank you. The thing is that I need complex carbs in my diet (because I work out a lot, for hours at a time).
  6. Rock climbing and gymnastics definitely work my abs. A strong core is an absolute must for both.
  7. This isn't a joke. People actually die from starving themselves. The fact that you didn't die at BMI 13 before doesn't mean it won't happen if you do it again. Even if it doesn't kill you, this can cause serious health problems (e.g. heart rhythm irregularities, kidney problems, etc). Some people feel perfectly fine until something happens and they end up in the hospital with permanent damage (or worse) because they've been starving themselves for so long.
  8. Jenn R

    What is the minimum weight to survive for each height?

    But it's only temporary. I don't think 3% is healthy long term.
  9. Jenn R

    What is the minimum weight to survive for each height?

    Your BMI is very low at 126, so I'm not sure how safe it would be for you to lose weight. If you're a guy I think 10% body fat is the lowest you can be. If you're a girl you' probably want to get it up to 18%+. But again, your BMI is already very low.
  10. I don't think 95 lbs would be healthy for your height. You're already very skinny.
  11. Jenn R

    What is the minimum weight to survive for each height?

    Some people have serious health problems at a higher BMI than that. Anything below 17.5-18 can cause issues. Under 16.5-17 people often begin to show serious signs of malnutrition. But I think it depends more on body fat percentage than BMI. Someone more athletic/muscular will likely start showing symptoms of malnutrition at a higher BMI.
  12. Yeah, I don't know how safe that would be... My body weight tends to be around 18.5-19.5. A BMI under 18.5 is considered underweight right? I could try to keep it at 18.5-19. Do you think that would help? If my setpoint is lower because of my thyroid am I still getting the same longevity benefits as other CRONIES? I play volleyball and do gymnastics (bars and floor) and rock climbing. I also do pushups every day and pullups 1-3 days per week. These sports and exercises work my upper body, lower body and core, don't they? Do I need to add more upper body, lower body and core exercises on top of that? I think I'm polo-vegetarian. I eat only chicken and turkey (I don't eat fish or red meat).
  13. Jenn R

    98.6 F (37.0 C) is old school

    My body temperature is generally around 95.5F-97F. It used to hover around 97.5 before I had Hashimoto's.
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