Today we are answering the question, “I have hypothyroidism, will the Freese Method help?”
This piece is specifically for women who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or are on either Synthroid or it’s generic version levothyroxine.
The Goal is a Stable TSH
The ultimate goal of thyroid treatment is get a stable TSH. TSH is thyroid stimulating hormone and it’s the most commonly checked lab. It’s the hormone that your pituitary sends to your thyroid to send out more T3 & T4.
Most thyroid issues are autoimmune issues and need to be treated with medication.
Hashimoto’s in particular is caused by inflammation that basically causes too much thyroid hormone to be released until it basically peters out and now you're left with a thyroid that can’t keep up. So you need to take Synthroid or the generic version levothyroxine for sure.
You should have your TSH checked often until you find a stable dose that...
Today, we are going to talk about our Thyroid, the gland, the hormones, the mystery.
Because 1 in 8 women will develop a thyroid issue in their lifetime and our thyroid plays a large role in our metabolic health.
So it’s a big deal. And one that’s shrouded in conspiracy over testing and treatment and full of misinformation.
To answer the question, “My metabolism seems broken, could it be my thyroid?”
We need to understand what the thyroid is, what it does, and how it could go wrong.
What is the Thyroid?
Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits in your throat. Your thyroid takes the iodine you eat in foods like iodized salt, seafood, and dairy and makes two important hormones called T3 and T4.
We want T3 and T4 to not go too low or get too high in our blood. To help make sure they stay in the perfect range, your hypothalamus and pituitary glands in your brain, sense your blood levels and communicate with your thyroid to maintain perfect T3 and...
Today, we are going to do a little mini-metabolic assessment and help you see if you are indeed suffering from a damaged metabolism and if The Freese Method would ultimately fix your weight problem for good.
As a clinical dietitian, I love a good assessment. Because if you can get a good assessment, then you create a good differential, and then you can start to formulate your best plan forward without wasting a bunch of time or energy or money on stuff that doesn’t apply or matter to you.
Like supplements or working out 6 days days a week…. or protein powder.
Metabolic damage is a real. It can be measured. It can be assessed on a spectrum of severity. It’s not just a hooky name I came up with.
You also may be curious about how The Freese Method program is different from say... Weight Watchers or Noom or whatever and if it’ll work for you, right?
You’re reading this piece because you want to lose weight and nothing...
Top Tip #4 in my free guide to Turning Back the Clock on Your Metabolism is to ruthlessly block sugar from entering your mouth.
Sugar is being exposed for the metabolic toxin that it is and always has been. Sugar is behind most of our current weight and health woes that we've erroneously blamed on salt, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
Everyone is starting to agree that sugar is bad and many of us have started to try and eat less sugar.
While that may seem simple, it's not exactly easy.
If you've tried and failed to get sugar out of your diet, you know how hard it can be.
If you've tried to go sugar-free and found it nearly impossible, take heart, your battling a broken metabolism, not just the cookie.
That's right, your sugar cravings are the perfect storm of metabolic damage and brain chemicals and can be hard to beat with willpower alone!
Let's unpack why we crave sugar and then of course, what to do about it so you can finally kick that nasty toxin to the...
In high school, I used to carry around snack boxes of raisins and eat them throughout the day to keep my energy up. In college, I would drink 3 to 4 high-sugar coffee drinks during class to stay focused and make up for poor sleep. When I had young kids, we had snacks in the house, in the car, in the diaper bag, and in my pockets!
I used to proclaim, almost like a threat, that I needed to eat at least every two hours or my blood sugar would drop too low.
Needless to say, I was a snacker and had no idea that my need to snack was actually a warning sign that my metabolism was not working properly.
After all, we are told to enjoy "healthy snacks" throughout the day to keep our metabolisms burning and to prevent overeating at meals.
But here's the truth: there is no healthy snack.
The raisins, coffee confections, and Cheerios were not just unhealthy, they were masking a bigger metabolic health issue.
In the last post, we discussed the symptoms that my client Cindy had that pointed her to realize that she was suffering from a broken metabolism.
But how did Cindy's metabolism break in the first place?
What causes metabolic damage?
In the simplest explanation a broken metabolism is a break down at the cellular level in your ability to use carbohydrate (glucose), protein (to a tiny extent), and fat (fatty acids) for energy to produce ATP, most likely due to insulin resistance.
This can mean your cells don't burn food energy well, your cells don't store it well, or your cells can't get the energy out of storage well.
For example, if you eat a muffin and you have a damaged metabolism due to insulin resistance, your body will release a surge of insulin, more than what is normally needed, to drive the sugar from the muffin into your cells to burn for energy.
With metabolic damage from insulin resistance, your cells are already full of sugar. Like an overstuffed suitcase,...
Cindy was convinced there was something wrong with her.
In her career as an Administrative Manager at a law firm, she excelled. She had successfully raised three beautiful kids into tax-paying adults and enjoyed spending her weekends with her fit and trim husband.
But as she got dressed each day, she was plagued with the nagging shame that something was wrong with her.
Cindy had steadily gained over 30 lbs in the last ten years, especially after menopause, and she couldn't figure out how to get it off.
When she was younger she could lose some weight by watching her portions and showing up to an extra exercise class or two a week.
But that wasn't working now.
And there were signs that things were getting worse.
She went to have her thyroid checked and she learned that her fasting blood sugar was high and her good cholesterol was low... but her thyroid was normal.
She needed more sleep than she used to and woke up groggy every day. Her coffee intake was steadily...