In my recent travels, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow Hashimoto’s warrior and fellow Hashimoto’s 411 Alum Leanne Ely. She told me how she was able to reduce her thyroid antibodies from the 3000 range to below 100, lose weight and start feeling better after many years of struggling with Hashimoto’s!
I am so excited that she agreed to share her story with my readers! I’m a firm believer of focusing on success stories to create more success stories!
I hope Leanne’s will inspire you!!
Leanne’s Hashimoto’s journey
Leanne was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2003 after gaining 30 pounds in 3 months following a traumatic event that resulted in panic attacks and insomnia. Like many of us, her doctor only tested her TSH, nothing else! He wanted to put her on Synthroid, but she asked for Armour instead (she got lots of push back from the doctor of course, but eventually got her way).
At first, a low carb diet, working out hard and eating every 3-4 hours worked, and she lost the 30 pounds, plus an additional 22!
Another autoimmune condition!
She thought she was doing everything she was supposed to be doing until in 2009; it happened again…weight gain, round face, feeling sluggish, brain fog, plus she had a raging case of rosacea (another autoimmune condition)!
Most cases of hypothyroidism are due to an autoimmune attack on the thyroid, and eventually, the thyroid gland is not able to make enough thyroid hormone. Most conventional doctors will only give patients thyroid medications sending them on their way. The patient will think they are doing everything they need to be doing, but unfortunately, many people will continue to get worse or go on to develop a new autoimmune disorder such as Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Rosacea, if they don’t address the autoimmune attack.
The right diagnosis…
Leanne finally decided to take charge of her own health when she finally saw a great doctor–Alan Christianson, NMD (an amazing doctor and one of my co-hosts of the Hashimoto’s Institute). Dr. Christianson diagnosed her with Hashimoto’s in 2009. Leanne was shocked. He recommended going gluten free, dairy free, changed up her medications and saved her from her downward health spiral.
Lifestyle changes for autoimmunity…
Following Dr. C’s Recommendations, plus taking it a step further and going Paleo–made all the difference in the world for Leanne! She also started hanging out with Dr. Terry Wahls (who reversed her multiple sclerosis through nutrition and functional medicine) and really up leveled her vegetable consumption (yes, a juicer was involved), learned to manage stress (a little better anyway!) and her TPO levels fell from over 3000 to just under 100 (95 to be exact–30 is “normal”, the lower the levels, the less aggressive the autoimmune attack) within a year of implementing the Paleo diet!
Today, Leanne feels great! She radiates warmth, beauty, and energy. Although she’s not 100% where she wants to be (reversing Hashimoto’s is a marathon, not a sprint!), she feels that she is well on her way!
Leanne’s advice for other Hashimoto’s patients
“If your doctor says there’s no difference between Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism so why test, RUN for your life! You don’t get your life back by treating only the hypothyroidism; you have to face the fact that you have an autoimmune disease that just happened to target your thyroid. That’s a big differentiator and needs to be respected and treated as such. :-)” -Leanne Ely
Paying it forward…
Eating a Paleo-like nutrient dense diet can make a tremendous difference in one’s health. I’ve seen this happen in myself and many of my clients. But changing to this type of diet can be so intimidating. For me, it took almost 6 months to go Paleo, even though I had heard of the many benefits of this type of diet. Six months of lost time. When I eventually went “Paleo,” the diet really turned my health around.
Leanne was so inspired by the impact of the Paleo diet on her own health, that she authored a book called Part-Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo Without Going Crazy because she wanted other people with autoimmune conditions to have the opportunity to incorporate this healing diet into their own lives!
I love Leanne’s book because it makes the transition to the Paleo diet really easy. If you are thinking about going Paleo (it’s so worth it!) this book will be an excellent tool for you. No need to go to Cross-Fit or get obsessive about it. Leanne breaks down the diet If you’re already a Paleo veteran, you won’t be disappointed either. The book is filled with tasty, original recipes you’ll enjoy making and eating!
The book has 125 mouth-watering recipes, as well as meal plans, shopping lists, and my favorite… make-ahead Paleo freezer meals (so you can do all of the prep work in one sitting and stock your freezer with nutritious meals when you don’t have the time to cook). She has mastered the “assembly line concept” for getting the most meals for your time.
Yes, no more slaving away in the kitchen! Hubby and I have tried some of Leanne’s make-ahead meal plans and were able to make Paleo meals for the whole week in two hours. It was awesome. A side bonus was that we only had to clean our kitchen once!
Best of all, you’ll find most ingredients in the cookbook at your local grocery store or Trader Joe’s!
Leanne Ely is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, New York Times Bestseller and author of 7 best-selling cookbooks, so you know that all of her recipes are going to be amazing! My favorite recipes: Paleo Cioppino, Creamy Sweet Potato Soup (perfect comfort soup for colder days).
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