Your questions answered, 29 April, 2017

Hi everyone

Here are your questions answered in this episode:

  1. I am on thyroxine for underactive thyroid, how do I go about reducing the medication?
  2. Is protein bread ok to have?
  3. I lost 9 kg, but the other 5 kg won’t shift. What do you suggest?
  4. I am going to Russia, what do I do about taking glutamine, vitamin C powder etc?
  5. I lost weight the first month, and stalled the second, my fats are lower than they should be. How do I increase them without increasing protein?
  6. I just realised inflammation can effect weight loss. I have made some adjustments, what else do you suggest?

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From: Jenine
Location: Victoria, Australia

Hi Christine,
I’m VERY new to LCHF and so far I love it. I obvioulsy haven’t seen any results as yet, but I’m enjoying the food and I love to cook and cooking this way is great. My question, however is – I have an under-active thyroid and I am on Thyroxine (100mg) each day and when I had my levels tested late last year they were in the perfect range. I have been on medication for about 6 years which was after the birth of my child. Obvioulsy I would like to be rid of the medication but I’m wondering how I go about doing this. Is this something that I just continue to take and see or do I go off the medication and then get my thyroid levels tested after a period of time. It is well controlled with the medication but I’d rather be off it. I just wasnt too sure which way to go and if it would be demtrimental to go off it straight away?
Thank you. If you can point me in the right direction that would be awesome. Thanks.

Christine’s answer:

That is a great question.

LCHF (especially the keto version) naturally boosts thyroid function. What generally happens for those on thyroxine is that LCHF starts improving their thyroid function, and if they are being monitored by the doctor and tested regularly, the doctor then starts reducing the medication and then stopping the medications once levels have normalised.

When we test thyroid, we don’t just test TSH, we also test free T3 and free T4, which gives us a much better picture of thyroid function. Most doctors also test these two parameters if someone has underactive thyroid, so hopefully you have those test results as well as TSH. We like to see T3 and T4 in the top third of the healthy parameters listed on the test.

From: Carolyn
Location: QLD, Australia

Would this be ok to use/make?

Christine’s answer:

I actually get a lot of questions about this.

This is fine for people who are not sensitive to nuts or seeds. If it causes bloating it should be avoided. Also, it is best to include foods like this after the initial keto phase (I advise avoiding nuts and seeds in the initial phase to get blood sugar, insulin down etc).

From: Kerrie
Location: Qld

Hi Christine, I have just completed your 12 week program and it has been wonderful. I have lost 9 kgs and still have 5 to go but they won’t shift. It has been 4 weeks now and no movement even though I think nothing has changed. What do you suggest?
Also I am going on a trip to Russia, Italy and the UK shortly and I’m not sure what to do in relation to the Glutamine and Vitamin C powder and the apple cider vinegar drink. How can I keep taking it when away as I don’t want white powder in my suitcase lol.
Is there glutamine and Vitamin C tablets as well as coconut oil tablets?

Christine’s answer:

That is so great to hear! Well done!

Firstly, did you check your insulin and thyroid at the beginning of the program and did you check it again at the end? If so, and if it was elevated, did it come down to 5 or less? That is the first thing I would look at.

Also, have you stayed keto since finishing the program?

If you email me your results, I can take a look at it all and see what is happening and make some suggestions.

With the travelling, yes, it can be a bit concerning having white powder in the suitcase! I don’t worry about the apple cider vinegar, but I do try to find lemons as soon as I arrive somewhere, and I just have a lemon a day in my water. I do tend to take a small bottle of coconut oil with me and I just pack it really well so it doesn’t break and if it does that it can’t ruin anything. Coconut oil is really useful when travelling because it is antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial. So if you pick some sort of bug up, it is likely to kill it before it takes hold. You can get some great vit C tablets. I like the orthoplex zinc and vitamin C lozenges, they are great for travelling, and the zinc also helps prevent us picking up colds and flus. You can buy glutamine in tablets so that is another good option, or buy a small container of the powder. If it is unopened when you take it, generally there won’t be any issues.

From: Cheryll
Location: Queensland. Australia

Hi I have been following LCHF for two months and in the first month lost and the second maintained. I have looked closely at what I have been eating and my carbs are very low, fats are about 50g short, but protein has been high by about 10g.

My concern is that to increase my fats it will also increase my proteins, where should I focus? Or is there something I am missing.

Thank you

Christine’s answer:

Before I answer your question about the fats, the most important part of the equation is the carbs. Are you keeping those around 20g? Most people have elevated insulin, and we find this is the most common reason for a stall, it is really hard to shift the weight if insulin is still up. If you look back at my recent videos, I talk about it in a lot of detail in my weight loss specials.

With the fats, you don’t have to increase your protein to increase fat. I find the easiest way to increase fats is to add butter to meals. The other way is by adding a tbsp coconut oil to yoghurt, which is very beneficial to health as well. I try to have one of those daily. I melt the coconut oil (if it is solid) and then whisk it through the yoghurt until it is smooth. That way, you can’t even tell it is in there. And I find that much more pleasant than taking it on a spoon.

From: Deborah
Location: Queensland Australia

Hi Christine,

I just wanted to share with you my epiphany. As I have written to you previously, my weight loss is stalled at about 13-14 kg. I have felt pretty unhappy about it especially since my sister has lost 42 lbs (19kg) pretty quickly and we are both on this WOE.

Anyway, Ive read all of your books, have been doing this for well over a year and although I will never go back to my old ways, I still can get “down” regarding the weight loss.

Now, for the epiphany.

I’m sure you have said this in one way or another in your books, but obviously it didn’t register with me at the time.

I bought the Ketogenic Cookbook as you have referred to because you know the authors. It talks about generalized inflammation of the body and how this can impede weight loss. Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather! I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in the late 80’s but they couldn’t identify what it was. Recently I’ve been told I have Palindromic Reumatoid Arthritis. The significance here is my elevated C-Reactive Protein. It should be around 1 and mine late last year was 12! Its like a light bulb moment for me.

I know that lchf lowers the inflammation in the body which of course I am already doing.

But, now that I have this awareness regarding my particular situation, I have come to the conclusion that I have to take it much further. So, I’m taking turmeric capsules, glutamine powder, and vitamin C powder every day. I may need to increase in the future but will see how I go. In addition I’m thinking that I really must ensure that I get the fat in, which I struggle with at times. Also, as indicated in your books as well as the Ketogenic Cookbook, I am tweaking
what I eat to be very low in carbs, even lower than the 20g. For example, I have discovered, that I’m very sensitive to carbs, including almond meal and cauliflower.

My plan is to monitor things closely. I feel I’m getting closer to the answer for me. However, I have trouble getting blood ketones over 1-1.2 by late afternoon. My blood glucose is fine, fasting is 3.9-4 and after eating maybe 5-5.1.’

Anyway, I wanted to share with you what I’ve discovered for myself. If you have any other ideas or suggestions, I’d be very eager to know.

Thanks for all you’ve done to help us all become happier and healthier.

Christine’s answer:

Yes, inflammation can be a real issue and it will help a lot of other people in the fact that you brought this up.

Tumeric is a perfect idea for the inflammation, along with keeping the carbs very low. Almond meal causes issues for me too, so I generally avoid it unless I can use activated almonds (I do better on those), but it is good to avoid anything we are sensitive to. And, it is best to avoid almond meal in those initial stages when we are getting our inflammation and insulin down.

There are also some other supplements we could recommend to get on top of the inflammation, but it would be really useful to do full blood work to see exactly what is going on in the body first if you are open to doing that and having a consultation with Caitlin.

Your blood sugar is superb! Ketones at 1 and 1.2 is not too bad, but will likely get stronger if carbs are kept consistently very low. Anyway, it definitely sounds like you are on the right track with everything, so well done!

And thanks for sharing that.


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