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Gains: Inflammatory Responses, Food Intolerances, Allergies, and Goitrogens

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GAINS
There are notorious foods that cause a gain for many people. Sometimes, this is due to an inflammatory response. Food intolerances and full-blown allergies can also be to blame. Last, but not least, it could be a thyroid issue at work; a certain class of food called "goitrogens" inhibit the function of the thyroid, and if you have thyroid issues, these goitrogens can make any thyroid issue worse.

GOITER AND YOU
Ever wonder why some salt is iodized? It's to reduce the incidence of goiter across America. Particularly, in the Midwest. This issue was occurring because access to iodized food was scarce (fish, for example), and when iodine is scarce in any diet, the thyroid doesn't function so well. Iodine is essential in the creation of thyroid hormone; if there isn't enough iodine, the thyroid has to work extra hard, and enlarges...which results in a large, massive "lump" under the chin. That same lump is the thyroid gland itself, made HUGE. So public health officials convinced salt companies to add iodine to their product so folks would get the iodine they needed, to help prevent goiter from occurring.

GOITROGENS
Some research says the thyroid-inhibiting qualities of the class of food referred to as "goitrogens" are diminished with cooking. Other studies dispute this. If you know you have thyroid issues, I personally would avoid goitrogens even when cooked, as much as is possible. There are two foods on this list that retain their goitrogenic properties after any form of processing and cooking, and nobody debates that: soy and millet.

POSSIBLE CULPRITS FOR GAINS
Typical Culprits of an Inflammatory Response:
-Eggs
-Cabbage
-Tomatoes
-Cow By-Products (Anything that has Casein or Lactose, most Cheese, et cetera)
-Nuts and Peanuts
-Gluten

Foods Associated with Allergies:
-Cow By-Products (Anything that has Casein or Lactose, most Cheese, et cetera)
-Shellfish
-Nuts and Peanuts
-Corn
-Strawberries

Lesser-Known Culprits of an Inflammatory Response:
-Coconut Oil (MCT Oil)
-Almond Flour
-Pork, in all forms (bacon included)

Culprits that Contribute to Thyroid Inhibition/Imbalance:
-All Goitrogens (foods that inhibit the function of the thyroid)
Cassava (it contains Thiocyanate)
Cabbage (it contains Thiocyanate)
Soybeans (and ALL 'Soybean Products' -- this includes Tofu, Soybean Oil, Vegetable Oil, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, and all other soy derivatives)
Pine Nuts
Peanuts
Millet
Most Fruits and Fruit Seeds from the Rosaceae Family (*there are more, still researching which are goitrogenic in this Family)
............Almonds
............Apricots
............Blackberries
............Blueberries
............Cherries
............Loquats
............Medlars
............Nectarines
............Peaches
............Pears
............Plums
............Quinces
............Raspberries
............Sloe/Blackthorn Berry
............Strawberries
Spinach
Bamboo Shoots
Lima Beans
Sweet Potatoes
Flax Seed
Vegetables in the Genus Brassica
............Bok Choy
............Broccoli
............Broccolini/Asparation
............Brussels Sprouts
............Cabbage
............Canola
............Cauliflower
............Chinese Cabbage
............Choy Sum
............Collard Greens
............Horseradish
............Kai-lan/Chinese Broccoli
............Kale
............Kohlrabi
............Mizuna
............Mustard Greens
............Radishes
............Rapeseed/Yu Choy
............Rapini
............Rutabagas
............Tatsoi
............Turnips

FOODS THAT STIMULATE THE THYROID MOST, AND OFFSET GOITROGENS
It's a reality that some of these foods may be unavoidable at one point, for many of us. Here's how you can offset the damage: you can eat things that stimulate the thyroid to balance out any inhibition by goitrogens.

Two things stimulate the thyroid most: saturated fat (from animals) and avocados (which has a high amount of vegetable fat). So, if you find your addiction to broccoli unavoidable... ...then eat a nice chunk of pot roast with it. Pot roast, by nature, is pretty fatty...hence the example. Note: using any kind of fat to offset goitrogenic effects is forbidden in Phase 2; this strategy is only allowable in Phases 1, 3, and 4.

MORE INFO ON GOITROGENS
Here's a great link: http://www.naturalendocrinesolutions...-should-avoid/

NOT A COMPLETE LIST, BUT A GOOD OVERVIEW
This is by no means an exhaustive (complete) list. But you get the picture. If you gain at any point in the hCG Protocol, and you've eaten any of these foods, any one of them may be to blame.

SUMMARY
You know your body best, whether you realize that or not. Pay attention to how you feel as you consume your meals, and you'll be able to anticipate gains and losses as you proceed with not just the hCG Protocol, but for the rest of your life. Getting to know your body and its triggers is perhaps one of the most undersold benefits of this approach to getting your body back in shape.

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Updated October 9th, 2012 at 12:30 PM by GonnaLoseIt

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  1. Newjulie's Avatar
    Thanks for the great info! I react to every one of the foods on the list but I do eat some of them only bc there seems to be nothing left to eat! Even finding a simple protein shake without egg, or soy is daunting enough. If we dont have Casein either, i dont think there is one to use. Probably why I dont do well when I have them.

    SOY is another BAD thyroid food and is in EVERYTHING. Even things that you would not think about --- or that didnt contain it before--- all of a sudden, there it is. You have to keep reading the ingredients list every time you buy. I dont know who is getting paid off to include SOY in all our foods but I wish I knew how to make it stop.

    I have an ultrasound tomorrow bc I have nodules that have increased in size. When I take HCG, it affects my test results so I am hoping since I have been off it for a month, I will do better this time.

    Are you taking thyroid meds? if so what are you taking and how do you feel?

    thanks again!
    Updated September 10th, 2012 at 12:42 PM by GonnaLoseIt
  2. GonnaLoseIt's Avatar
    I know! Soy is horrible. Although I didn't organize the list of goitrogens in level of badness (which is where soy is listed, because it's a goitrogen/thyroid inhibitor), if I was to list all goitrogens from worst to best, soy would be tops as THE worst, perhaps the most insidious thyroid inhibitor out there. It's bad stuff.

    As for who is getting paid to have soy in all these foods....Monsanto was the biggest proponent of getting soy into our food supply as a cheap source of protein. They're an agricultural corporation. They funded a lot of the studies you hear people reference now, studies that tout soy as a "health food." Meanwhile, soy is in formulas for babies, flooding their little tiny systems with enormous amounts of estrogens -- shooting their estrogen levels way off the charts -- and messing up their little systems far beyond any form horomonal balance. Ever hear of "early development syndrome"...? Much of it has been attributed to the amount of phytoestrogens (soy is a plant-based estrogen, which is what "phytoestrogen" means) in their diet. Soy in baby formula is perhaps the worst of all soy-based offenses.

    I'll eventually dedicate an entire blog entry to soy, and its excessive use in everything. And....list how Monsanto was the biggest proponent of getting soy re-classified from "non-edible, feed only" food to a one that wound up being classified as "digestible and safe for human consumption." Soy is not digestible. And consuming the huge amount of estrogen within it is far beyond safe.

    Quote Originally Posted by Newjulie
    Thanks for the great info! I react to every one of the foods on the list but I do eat some of them only bc there seems to be nothing left to eat! Even finding a simple protein shake without egg, or soy is daunting enough. If we dont have Casein either, i dont think there is one to use. Probably why I dont do well when I have them.

    SOY is another BAD thyroid food and is in EVERYTHING. Even things that you would not think about --- or that didnt contain it before--- all of a sudden, there it is. You have to keep reading the ingredients list every time you buy. I dont know who is getting paid off to include SOY in all our foods but I wish I knew how to make it stop.

    I have an ultrasound tomorrow bc I have nodules that have increased in size. When I take HCG, it affects my test results so I am hoping since I have been off it for a month, I will do better this time.

    Are you taking thyroid meds? if so what are you taking and how do you feel?

    thanks again!
  3. GonnaLoseIt's Avatar
    And....I hope everything works out with your test results, Julie! That sucks. I'm not on thyroid meds; I would be, if I didn't do this protocol -- hCG has saved my life, when it comes to my thyroid working better! No joke; everything is "in synch" far more than it was before. It's AAAMAAAZZIINNNNG. I was slowly approaching hypothyroidism before hCG. I'm beyond happy that I DON'T have to take meds after all the wonderful work hCG has done, saving me from ever being truly hypothyroid. Hallelujah!
  4. Newjulie's Avatar
    oh Sweetie --- I am so happy for you. I truly am. And I have to apologize and thank you for your gracious response. Being HypoT, I miss things sometimes and I didnt even see that you DID list SOY as in Soy bassed products.
    I wish more people esp mothers would be more informed about the effects of it in the food supply for children. I was so outraged when I found out that they had placed soy in most baby formulas. And the efffects on little boys can be far worse than little girls.

    But heres the thing... when we finally find something that actually WORKS to our benefit like Atkins or HCG, it is ridiculed and pushed aside as voo doo by the media and the AMA and finaly by our friends and families so that we may feel (at least I did) that we have to hide what we are doing or continue to hear all the negative squawking. I wish there was a way to let everyone know how fabulous this stuff is and I also wish there was a form of this to take for maintenance. (if you do find something like that for sale, please send me a PM!) Most of us have struggled with excess weight and the negative health that comes with and a lot of us will have trouble maintaining bc of the damage to out systems.

    Thats why I am truly so happy for you to have found this early enough to avoid futher health issues.

    Take care and best of health!
  5. GonnaLoseIt's Avatar
    HI Julie!

    Sorry for not getting back to you sooner; I wanted to make sure I didn't post a ranting-and-raving post about the insensitivity of co-workers, family, and friends... But, in short: they just don't understand, because they have been, for lack of a better term....brainwashed.

    This will sound harsh, because it's an extreme approach (but it will save your sanity). Treat them, in your mind, as people who are incapable of understanding. Don't try to convince them. They're not 'idiots' -- they're just not capable of getting it. From you, at least; they see you through a sort of "lens" of emotion that is all theirs. Unless you're part of "the establishment that is the AMA or NIH or so forth" -- they won't listen. So don't try to "be" the established authority -- just "be you."

    BE the proof they'll see and touch and feel. Don't speak it, show it. And when you don't drop dead of ___ condition that they thought would be the result of hCG, whatever they were fearing will slowly go away. Be the proof, Julie, and much of your co-workers, family, and friends' rhetoric will melt away. Much like the fat on your body.

    It's perhaps the most "zen" approach I have been able to use, and it's saved my sanity many times. Now, if anyone asks, "how the heck did you lose all that weight!?!" I gauge them based on personal experience, and decide how much to reveal to them. If I know them well enough to know they have a high trust in dietetic BS such as no/low-fat, I don't go into great detail.

    But if I know them well enough to know they're a reasonable, logical, open-minded person, I tell them more. If it's a complete stranger, all I say is, "it's a medical protocol, monitored by a physician." Because that's what it is, for me at least. I didn't want to start this protocol (I refuse to call it a 'diet', because that's not what it is -- it's a medical approach, a medical protocol), without a physician's monitoring my progress, and actually hunted for the longest time for one who was knowledgeable and experienced with the hCG protocol. I occasionally slip and call it a diet, but I'd never call it a diet to anyone who was just learning about hCG.

    So, don't stress, Julie! Don't waste your energy.

    As for any posting issues, it's no problemo, my friend. I know what it's like to have brain-fog; been there, done that! Still not as bad as it used to be for me, but I'm still improving. I have one more round I'll be doing -- I'm 10 lbs away from ultimate goal -- and I'll be where I need to be, health-wise. Though, as a short person, I'm going to have to start tailoring my clothes soon! I'm a size 4 juniors, size 2 misses. Two more sizes lost (which is one size per 5 lbs, which is what my short frame averages)....means I'll be a size 0 juniors, size...00 misses! WOW! But it's accurate for my frame, and that's okay. I'm currently 19.6 lbs from my lowest healthy weight for my frame (which would be 103 lbs). So, getting down to 112.6 lbs is perfect.

    Thanks again for the kudos, Julie! Have a great morning.

    Quote Originally Posted by Newjulie
    oh Sweetie --- I am so happy for you. I truly am. And I have to apologize and thank you for your gracious response. Being HypoT, I miss things sometimes and I didnt even see that you DID list SOY as in Soy bassed products.
    I wish more people esp mothers would be more informed about the effects of it in the food supply for children. I was so outraged when I found out that they had placed soy in most baby formulas. And the efffects on little boys can be far worse than little girls.

    But heres the thing... when we finally find something that actually WORKS to our benefit like Atkins or HCG, it is ridiculed and pushed aside as voo doo by the media and the AMA and finaly by our friends and families so that we may feel (at least I did) that we have to hide what we are doing or continue to hear all the negative squawking. I wish there was a way to let everyone know how fabulous this stuff is and I also wish there was a form of this to take for maintenance. (if you do find something like that for sale, please send me a PM!) Most of us have struggled with excess weight and the negative health that comes with and a lot of us will have trouble maintaining bc of the damage to out systems.

    Thats why I am truly so happy for you to have found this early enough to avoid futher health issues.

    Take care and best of health!