Adrenal Fatigue

A Christmas Miracle: I Ate Sugar and Didn’t Gain Weight

Posted by Miss Lizzy
December 29, 2010

I hesitate to even write this post because it’s too early to be sure. And I don’t really know what it means yet, but if it is true, it’s big, as in B.I.G.

Let’s rewind… After the Halloween Candy Fiasco of 2009 I stopped eating sugar. Really, it’s true. It’s been over a year without sugar because any sugar, even the tiniest bit would cause instant weight gain. And not just a little weight. One half piece of pie this summer and I gained 5 lbs! Then the only way to get the weight off is to go cold turkey without any sugar. So I learned to live without it.

Perhaps sugar issues are related to thyroid or Candida, but I have virtually no control over sugar. Once I start eating sugar, it’s a bottomless pit of desire. As you can understand and probably relate, my relationship with sugar is big which is why my latest discovery might be nothing short of a miracle.

Two months ago, I started taking a new natural desiccated thyroid medicine I ordered specially from a compound pharmacy.  Within a month of taking the compound, I lost the 6-8 lbs I had mysteriously gained in the last six months, doing exactly the same things as before; eating the same foods, exercising, yada, yada. Two thumbs up for the new thyroid compound! Anyway, I digress.

So for Christmas this year I decided to torture myself and make homemade chocolate as gifts. As you can imagine, with no self control when it comes to sugar I was doomed from the start. I made chocolate and ate sugar every day for a week, on par with the Halloween Candy Fiasco. In the past this would have translated into an instant 8-10 lb weight gain, taking months of no sugar to lose the weight.

Every day last week I stepped on the scale dreading the results, expecting to see 2 new lbs every morning. This you just won’t believe. Incredibly, I didn’t gain weight! (Okay, maybe 1 lb but that’s nothing) So what gives? How is this possible? Honestly, I am not sure.

The only thing that has changed is my thyroid medicine. So my theory is that the new compound medicine may finally help my metabolism the way it should, which means I might be able to occasionally eat sugar without gaining weight. This would truly be a miracle.

I will track for a few months, eat a few pies and let you know how it goes! And if anyone else tries my compound from Colliers please share what you learn!





  1. Sue Taylor January 7, 2011 2:57 pm

    Hey Lizzy, I just got my compounded meds 3 days ago from Rodney. I also, over the weekend, found some old Naturethroid from a year ago and started on that. I had been on 4 grns of the new so I went back to 2 grains of the old since it might be more potent. It was! It worked and I felt great! However I only have about 8 pills left. So I took 2 a day till Tues when my Troches came and did well. I cannot say the same for the troches. I took only 2 the first day, – Wed. Nothing. I took 3 yesterday, nothing. I felt so crummy I took 1 grn of old NTat 1:pm and took off, feeling great the rest of the day and sleeping great last night.So far this morning I've taken 4 Troches and still feel like I haven't taken enough. I took them at 7:30 am and it's now 10:00 and I still feelgroggy, sleepy eyes, water retention, slow brain, bleh.Rodney just called to check on me a few minutes ago, ( sweet)I asked him about it and he said it could take a few weeks to take effect.He said to ask you about this. Why would it take several weeks with this stuff and only minutes with the old NT? Not that you know, but any ideas? I need to get better, now. I can't function like this. What could be wrong?Thanks for your time, Sue

  2. Lizzy January 8, 2011 4:29 pm

    Hi Sue,Thanks for sharing. Wow, your immediate reaction to the Naturthroid is amazing. My reaction to meds is slower. And I did find it took several weeks on the compound to really feel the difference. One thing I noticed, on the compound you are taking double that of Naturthroid. I found the compound to be more effective that Naturthroid so I wonder if four troches is too much? Also switching from one medicine to another really quickly it takes my body time to catch up. But I know, if you feel good on Naturthroid its hard to want to try anything different. If it were me, I would do 2 (3 at most) troches a day (so you aren't taking too much and feeling worse because of that) for a week to get a solid baseline after switching meds. Also, really importantI spread my medicine throughout the day and found it has a huge impact. I take one troche in the morning, one at lunch and one around 5 pm. I would try it this way for 5-7 to see how I felt.

  3. Sue Taylor January 9, 2011 12:18 pm

    Well, eventually I will have to take the troches because that's all I'll have.I usually do spread out my doses, but I could tell I was not feeling any better on two so an hour later I took another and then an hour later another. It took that many that day to make me feel like I'd taken enough. I have been on Natural Thyroid for 5 years now and done alot of research, so when I say I feel like it's not enough, I mean I definitely know what that feels like. That day last week, I just couldn't get going. I'm doing an experiment yesterday and today and taking only the old naturethroid. Yesterday I took 3 & 1/2 throughout the day. I did well, so today I will do the same. Tmrw I will go back on the troches and write down my results. My sister called as I told her there had been a change in naturethorid, and she said her Pharmacist told her that if you chew up the new Naturethorid,it works better. Not sure about that. Anyway, i will keep experimenting and keep you posted. Thanks for everything! Sue

  4. Lizzy January 9, 2011 3:59 pm

    Hi Sue,You definitely know your body well! I can totally understand not responding to the troches. It's incredible that the response to medicines varies so much from person to person, and its great for everyone to know this! I can imagine you must be frustrated, but at least knowing Naturthroid might be a solid option must give you hope!Please do keep me posted on how things go with both meds and your experiments. xxooLizzy

  5. Sue Taylor January 9, 2011 8:52 pm

    I may yet respond to the troches, I'm experimenting right now. I will be all out of the old NT as of tmrw so then I will go on the new NT and chew them up and put them under my tongue ( YUCK).If I don't see results, I will then do the troches and tell you about my results.You have probably already done so but it's good to let people know that you sometimes need to up your thyroid in the winder. Take care! Sue

  6. Sue Taylor January 12, 2011 11:10 pm

    Ok, so, I've been on the troches for 2 days now and am feeling pretty good. although it does take about 4 to keep me going. I take 2 in the am and 1/2 at noon and another 1/2 at around 4pm. I seem to be feeling better but my hair is getting very dry and yet my skin is breaking out. Grrr, I had all this worked out 18 mos ago. Sigh. I will persevere with these troches tho as I have no other options. Hope my hair and skin balance and I can start to lose the 20 lbs I've gained from thyroid meds that don"t work! So far, no change in that dept. and it's been a week. I just feel like my engine isn't quite purring yet. Hopefully soon! Best, Sue

  7. Lizzy January 13, 2011 3:53 am

    Hi Sue!How interesting about the troche dose! I guess that makes some sense, because I take a higher dose (3 troches) than I could on Armour and Naturthroid (2.5). I'm glad to hear you are feeling okay, that is at least some progress. Hopefully the hair and dry skin is just a reaction to switching meds. When I had the hair disaster last spring I remember reading that when the body is stressed it draws from the hair first. So if it doesn't get better within a week or you start to shed or the drying gets worse that's something to watch for. Sounds like you know this already, so just being your "Thyroid Buddy" here. I take a lot of evening primrose oil for my hair, especially after the hair disaster so that might help calm your body during this med transition too. Mary Shomon wrote about it.Keep me posted, and fingers crossed that it's working!Lizzy

  8. Sue Taylor January 16, 2011 5:00 am

    Evening primrose, huh? I think I'll try it. It can't hurt! I'm doing better and better each day on the troches. Even managed to get in a weights class on Monday and dig help dig ourselves out of that crazy snowstorm on Tues. then a rest and a spin class on Thurs. I took it easy there but managed to keep up. I feel fine today, not exhausted at all! Yey!!My skin is clearing too! Did you guys get some of that storm too? Oh and when are you thinking of having that seminar?

  9. Lizzy January 17, 2011 2:42 am

    Hi Sue! I'm so excited that the troches might be working (fingers crossed, because I really want us to find a stable medicine!). Sounds like you did have a very productive week, wow, fantastic! I'm really curious to see how the other symptoms do over the next 3-4 weeks.We did get tons of snow in that storm! I did all the shoveling and was totally okay energy wise, and still went to yoga twice last week for 90 minutes each class. It still amazes me that I can do this stuff. I am hoping to do the workshop soon and will definitely keep you posted! I LOVE hearing your updates.Lizzy

  10. Sue Taylor January 20, 2011 12:58 am

    Ok, new update.My face is going back and forth, everyday changing. I'm on about 4& 1/2 of the troches (grains). I seem to do well if I take 3 am, 1&1/2 noon,1 around 3 or 4.I feel great and have been working out fine, but…I'm gaining weight?????How is this possible?!!I am close to my cycle, but I feel great, no nasty PMS, I am on progesterone for this half of the montn and it's working, but I still seem to be retaining water. I did do two hard weight trains this week. I didn't lift alot of weight but did alot of reps and I'm so out of shape that it was hard. But I feel huge and hopped on the scale and sure enough! 5 lbs up!!Could I just be retaining water from the muscle fatigue. I'm confused. That's happened to me before but never this much!I do usually go up 2 or 3 lbs during this time of the month, but 5??? When my meds are actually working??? Weird! Oh well, I will not get too upset unless this happens next month and I haven't lost anything. I thought I'd actually go down a few lbs. Sigh…. This HAS to turn around soon! I have never weighed this much. I have always just loved being active too much. I do eat well, as per Dr. Weston Price theories which I have seen do great things. I don't now what it will take to get me metabolizing again.Hmmm, any thoughts?

  11. Sue Taylor January 20, 2011 12:59 am

    I don't KNOW what it will take, I accidentally made my impatience known. : )

  12. Lizzy January 20, 2011 2:52 am

    Hi Sue, I hear your frustration, and I totally understand!! Sometimes my body has weird reactions to changes in medicine. But if you were hoping for weight loss then this would be especially frustrating.First, the fact that you are feeling great is really good progress! The weight, I would say give it another week before making a decision on what to do. If you are still gaining, or plateaued at the higher weight after a week then there are things to look at. It took me about a month before my body got used to the new medicine. I have found that when I am on too much Naturthroid I gained weight. So if I were you, I would see how I feel in a week (after your cycle), and if the weight is still up, perhaps ease back a little on the meds (even 1/4 or half a pill made a difference for me). I wonder too about your adrenals? They may be struggling a bit with the exercise?You are doing a FANTASTIC job tracking your symptoms and trying things! I know, its so frustrating because you know it worked once, so now it takes a lot of experimenting to get back to that place. I hear you sister! You'll get there.I love hearing your updates, thanks for sharing!xxooLizzy

  13. Sue Taylor January 20, 2011 6:45 pm

    Oddly, my adrenals are doing great! But I'm just bummed about gaining so much so fast. I can handle that I'm at where I'm at, but I can't handle more.I've gone gluten free as per an intolerance I've developed due to lack of good thyroid meds in the last year so I don't even eat alot of carbs. So, I'll just wait it out. What else can I do. I have another question though,how is your skin? I mean on the body and limbs. This was one way I always used to know that my thyroid was working. My skin would get silky soft and smooth. Right now I'm bumpy all over and have serious winter skin.The top of my thumb keeps splitting open, even though I wear gloves to clean and outside to protect. I use tons of Cetaphil on them too and still have problems. And they too seem to be getting worse instead of better. Maybe it takes a while but, T3 is T3 and it should work. Anyway, that's my question for the day. Best, Sue

  14. Lizzy January 21, 2011 4:50 pm

    Hi Sue,Good your adrenals are doing well. How do you measure?Yes, the weight gain must be frustrating and I'm sorry to hear it. The skin issues are hard to say given the winter. If it were me I would monitor, along with weight for a week and see? The thumb splitting is odd but sounds familiar for some reason. I will browse around to see what I can find. Definitely it sounds like your body is telling you something. Perhaps if you are worried about things getting worse, if it were me I would ease back on medicine maybe 1/4 or 1/2 pill for a week to see what happens? See if you still feel good and other symptoms improve? Finding the "sweet spot" with medicine is crucial for me.Lizzy

  15. Sue Taylor January 21, 2011 8:38 pm

    Hi Lizzy, I mostly measure by how I feel and my temps. If they go up and downI'm adrenal fatigued. If I feel light headed or have joint pain and or nausea. That's the standard for me. Or I have sudden angry moods. I haven't had any of that. I've been dealing with all of this stuff for 5 years now, and have studied alot so, I am pretty confident that my adrenals are happy right now. I do take my usual 15-25 of Cortef per day throughout the day as usual. I take a little more on the days I spin or if I know I will have a stressful day ahead. I take 2 or 3 am and the rest thru the day. I have also gotten back on my salt regiment. I drink a glass or 2 of salt water a day with celtic sea salt. I started taking iodine again about a month agoand had a bad, bad Bromide detox illness. I researched how to get through it and one of the steps was lots of salt water to flush the toxins out. I had forgotten about how good that makes me feel. The adrenals LOVE it!Anyway, still doing that, I think that's why I'm doing so well. I'm holding at 4 grains a day and feeling well so, I'm going to stay there for a week and see how it goes. Thanks for chatting with me. My Dr. is too busy and doesn't really believe it's the changed Naturethroid that was a problem, but I know for me, it definitely was. If it wasn't for your blog, I'd still be feeling crappy! Thanks! Sue

  16. Sue Taylor January 21, 2011 8:40 pm

    P.S. I stopped taking the iodine for a while to let all my Bromide detox symptoms clear and will resume it when I have been on the new Thyroid of a month or so. I didn't want to be confusing what was causing what. I had started taking it again after being off for a year. I was hoping it would help my thyroid since the Naturethroid wasn't. Then I found your blog!

  17. Lizzy January 24, 2011 3:00 am

    Hi Sue, that's so cool, you really know your body and what works. I love to hear it and its great to learn from you too. I forget about salt but you are so right, I feel really good when I drink 1 tsp in a glass of water every day (Real Salt or Celtic). I am really glad to hear you are feeling good!! Fingers crossed that the weight comes down. I continue to hover around 141-143 which is amazing! So hoping hoping the compound will work for you too.My Dr. was happily surprised to hear about my response to the compound. As the weeks pass, I am pretty darn confident that the Naturthroid reformulation was messing me up.

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