As a person with Hashimotos, which is an autoimmune condition having to do with the thyroid, I have found that gluten really affects my condition and energy. If you have any autoimmune conditions, it’s well worth it to try removing gluten from your diet completely for 3 months. HCG is what actually got me to have the self control to actually do this. 2 or 3 weeks of being gluten-free won’t cut it folks- I tried it. Apparently the gut lining takes 3 months to heal from inflammation- so trying to reintroduce gluten before that time won’t tell you much. That proved true with me. The first time I tried to remove gluten from my diet, it was tortuous and I only lasted about 3 weeks. After reintroducing gluten (if you can call it that- it was more like just giving in to the “give me some real cake now!!” feeling I had), I didn’t notice “squat” as far as side effects go. Didn’t seem to affect me. So I figured gluten wasn’t part of the picture for me and that the gluten-free train was being ridden a bit too hard by the different health sources out there.
Being on HCG Injections for 6 weeks and then p3 for another 4-6 weeks (I chose to stick to p3 longer) meant that I inadvertently went without gluten for 3 months. It was easier to do this time since in the process I lost almost 30 lbs and making that huge change in my body really felt worth it. When I tried eating a normal sized portion of gluten again following this period……well lets just say it felt as if my intestines were literally on fire. It was excruciating. I’ve had this experience about two more times since that first one after eating gluten, so I know it wasn’t a fluke. Wow. I made a discovery- my body does not like gluten! I have stayed away from it ever since.
So, if you have an autoimmune condition, you owe it to yourself to try going gluten free properly, for the full months. It’s not easy to do, I know! I wasn’t able to successfully do it myself until I went on the Diet. It worked out perfectly- lose a bunch of weight and go gluten free at the same time.
Another thing I wanted to mention is regarding thyroid meds and the protocol. Most people who are hypothyroid take t4 meds like synthroid. I take something very different- t3 meds, one brand known as Cytomel. Cytomel or T3 is active thyroid hormone- it’s like taking your metabolism in a pill. When I take the pill, it immediately works as usable thyroid hormone in my blood stream. Being that it’s so powerful, I started to wonder if taking my t3 while on the protocol could have a caused the seeming excess muscle loss I experienced only on my first round. I am doubtful of that now in retrospect because my subsequent rounds of the diet plan I lost a high percentage of fat on the Diet, while still taking my Cytomel/T3. I’m not sure I’ll ever be sure what caused the muscle loss on Round 1, or if it was preventable at all. I did have quite a bit of coconut oil on Round 1 (I no longer recommend this), and I included the coconut oil calories in my 500 calories a day, so I was taking in very few other food calories that first round (which I also don’t recommend!). This could very have caused some uneccesary muscle loss.
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