Category: thyroid issues

Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe

Stuffed Squash Recipe 

Fall is here and our family is enjoy the fall season of fresh vegetables that are available. Also, the weather and the fall foliage is beautiful this year in East Tennessee. This was our drive through the mountains this weekend. Where we live the colors are spectacular this year. (more…)

60 Day Paleo Food Challenge – Results

60 Day Paleo Food Challenge Results

My 60 Days on the Paleo Diet ended yesterday. And I am still seeing results and changes towards my first goal weight. Here are the current results compared to the last 60 days. (more…)

30 Day Paleo Food Challenge – Results

30 Day Paleo

I finished my 30 Day Paleo Challenge on 9/21/15. I must say it was a very interesting 30 Days. I had times where I was sad I couldn’t eat whatever, but I did manage to stay strong on eating on most of the plan.
After my 2 week post I did struggle with not drinking coffee. I don’t know if it was because I gave up so many other things that I just couldn’t drop it. I am trying again this week to not drink any because I think it does slow down getting better with my thyroid issues. As of today I am 5 days out, so I think I am good now. I am drinking non-caffeinated herbal teas in the afternoon.

My final results were:


8/24/15                          9/7/15                                9/21/15
Waist -38″                      Waist: 36″                        Waist: 35.5”
Chest-44″                       Chest-42″                         Chest- 41.5”
Hips-44″                         Hips- 43″                         Hips – 43”
Arms- L:13″ R”13″         Arms: L:12.5″ R:12″      Arms: L:12.5″ R:12″
Legs- L::22″ R:22″          Legs:L:20″ R:21″           Legs:L:20″ R:21″
Weight: 223                    Weight: 211                     Weight: 210


My overall feeling on this plan is that it works. You have to stay strong though and focus on if you are feeling better not to give into cravings. Have snacks and meals with you if you are at work or outside of home. I am continuing this plan for the foreseeable future. I am going to continue working out and I am not going to add back any foods or food groups I removed. I plan on trying for the 90 day mark and see how I feel. Hopefully I can consider trying some of the items that were taken out of my diet plan. But, I am not any hurry to add them back in. I am just happy to be feeling well 75-80% of the day. It is eye opening what changing your diet can do.

As for my thyroid health, it is up and down each day. My lab results came back as “normal ranges”. But, I still have a goiter and nodules on each side. My doctor said I could try 25mcg of Levothyroxine for two months to see if it helps shrink the nodules and goiter. I asked for a brand called Tirosint, which is supposed to be free of additives. Some pills have milk and other additives in them which I need to avoid. I have been on it for about 10 days, but I cannot tell if it is making a big difference yet. My nodules and goiter change throughout the day still. Most mornings I am waking up and both sides of my thyroid are swollen. It is usually better after I wake up and take my Tirosint. So it may be helping. I will keep updating as things progress and I have a recheck with my Endocrinologist in November. I am just taking it a day at a time, and focusing on
not being stressed each day.

Stay tuned for sample menus and recipes from my Paleo Adventures!

21 Day Fix Review and Results

21 Day Fix Review Paleo Edition

My Review of 21 Day Fix is finally here. I did the 21 Day Fix Program from 8/24 to 9/7. During this time I also started my Paleo Food Challenge. For my meal plan I used the Paleo List I have provided before, with a few changes for the container categories. Before starting, I had been struggling with losing weight and gaining muscle. But, with my dietary changes and the workouts I have been able to see changes in both.

So, what does 21 Day Fix consist of? It includes 7 workouts, food containers, and an eating plan guide.
The workouts included are:

Total Body Cardio Fix
Upper Fix
Lower Fix
Cardio Fix
Dirty 30
Pilates Fix
Yoga Fix
All workouts are 30 minutes and have a nice variety of cardio, weight training, and active recovery days.
 I have completed 2 rounds of 21 Day Fix over the past year or so. But, I did not see any drastic changes. I think for me it was all about my diet. I was eating healthy, but not the right choices for my body. The Paleo changes I have made have helped me get closer to my goals.

The food containers are as follows:

Green-Vegetables
Red-Protein
Purple-Fruits
Yellow-Carbs/Starches
Blue-Healthy Fats
Orange-Seeds and dressings

Below is the Paleo Food List adapted to 21 Day Fix Containers

21 Day Fix Paleo Food List

And here is the PDF version:  21 Day Fix Paleo Food List

 When you start the 21 Day Fix program, you calculate which bracket you need for your daily food containers. Here is the list and how much you get to eat each day. You do get a calculated calorie amount, but you don’t have to keep up with your calories. You just focus on eating your daily total of containers.
21 Day Fix Calories
The pictures below are my 3 week results and also my 2 week weigh in for the Paleo Food Challenge and measurements for both.

30 Paleo Food Challenge

8/24/15                          9/7/15
Waist -38″                      Waist: 36″
Chest-44″                       Chest-42″
Hips-44″                         Hips- 43″
Arms- L:13″ R”13″         Arms: L:12.5″ R:12″
Legs- L::22″ R:22″          Legs:L:20″ R:21″
Weight: 223                    Weight: 211
As you can see by the results, the changes I am making are finally working. I am excited to see where I go after this round. I hope this helps you see the importance of diet and exercise are both needed to make a change. Especially if you are stuck at a certain point or don’t know where to start. Also, a different view on what to eat. I have not been at this weight or lower in 5 years, so I am beyond excited with my personal results and it is keeping me motivated.

Below is a spreadsheet or printable sheet you can use to keep up with your daily container amounts.

21 Day Fix Container Tracker
Here is the PDF version and Excel Version for you to use.
Interested in checking out the full program and information? 
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As we move forward I will be posting a weekly eating plan I used and recipes. I hope this review is helpful for you. Just know that it is only 3 weeks. You can do this and make a change for yourself. I can help with any questions you have. If you are just starting on your journey take each day and week at a time. Don’t be afraid to modify any of the moves. You are still working hard and you will see changes. Don’t use the weights if it is too much, just keep going!!! I will keep you updated next week on my final 30 days of the Paleo Food Challenge.

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