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    Hi, my name is Katie. I am 18 years old and struggle with Hashimoto's, Raynauds, severe IBS, and a host of other symptoms. I just started seeing a functional medicine doctor recently and am waiting for test results. Monday is my first follow-up. I went paleo in the fall last year, but did not notice a huge change in my symptoms. I'm now AIP (still not much change) but recently read the Primal Blueprint and want to include those principles into my life. In the past, I was anorexic, but even after I recovered, I still struggled with my illnesses, blood sugar issues, food obsessing, and was still not happy with my body, even though I was at a healthy weight and working out/eating for my needs. I've followed every guru and tried every program, but it's only until discovering the Primal Blueprint do I have hope for change. I've already noticed a difference as I've tried things. I hope that following the PB and finally getting help from a functional doctor (I've been sick for 4 years, going to different specialists and getting tests done only to be told it's "all in my head") my health will really take off in the right direction that I've fought so long for. In addition to my intro, I had a question. Last fall, I was sporadically taking T3 thyroid meds until a endocrinologist said for me to stop, attempted to do a liver cleanse (so I stop working out and counting calories, but I wasn't overdoing it), and I started taking college classes. I noticed I felt worse so I tracked calories again and started working out. But since then, after going off thyroid meds, my weight has steadily climbed from 115 to 128 lbs. (I'm 5ft 3in) I'm not comfortable with this weight, but nothing I do seems to stop it. What I'm wondering though, is it really fat? I have IBS so bad I wake up like a pregnant woman and it gets worse through the day. I react to everything. My body feels swollen and inflamed. Is it not fat weight, but inflammation, constipation, bloat, and hypothyroidism all combined doing this to me? I got a adrenal test back and my cortisol is higher than ideal, and it spikes in the afternoon when it shouldn't. I have multiple food sensitivities as well. I take Armour, but it's only stopped my hair from falling out. I calculate what I need to eat for weight loss and it comes in at around 1400 calories. That doesn't seem like much, and I'm scared to go that low. Should I even be restricting calories until I know what is going on because it's really not a calorie issue? I can't help but feel like it's my fault that my weight is going up. I eat 1600-1800 calories and work out 4-5 times a week for 20 minutes. I'm standing most of the day as well and trying to go on walks. I feel powerless, and that I'll never reach my body comp goals or feel truly "healthy" in my life (I was the overweight kid who ate 3 peanut butter sandwiches as a snack). When I was anorexic I wanted to be a thin rail, but when I reached that I wanted to die. Ever since recovering 3 1/2 years ago, I've been trying to improve muscle tone and reduce body fat and become a functional athlete, but I've made no progress in that direction. I religiously followed Jillian Michaels' advice on nutrition and lifestyle, and it's gotten me nowhere. I want change, and now that I have a doctor who will work with me and have the PB, I feel like a whole new world has open to me. I hope it changes things for the better. Thanks for reading my story, I'm glad to be part of a community that says "screw it" to conventional wisdom.

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    Hi Katie, welcome to the forum! The Auto Immune Protocol isn't easy to follow, but when you find out which foods cause harm, you'll probably feel so much better you're bound to follow the rules of it. Do not focus on calories, but concentrate on allowed foods and try not to go too low in carbs.

    Perhaps you'd like to start a journal and post whatever you feel like posting, be it struggles, successes, life issues. This is not a religion, and there is room for errors, so don't get too hung up on perfection. Just do the best you can and remember it's the journey that counts, not the destination.

    Good luck!
    "Don't sweat the small stuff and relax about the whole process"

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