My Recovery – Part II


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8 thoughts on “My Recovery – Part II

  1. Thanks for sharing your story. My own low point was about three years ago, and I’m finally getting close to whole health again. It’s hard to explain to people what is wrong with you when the main symptom is not being able to follow through with plans because you just don’t feel right. Before my low point, whenever I felt tired or sick, I would just have some coffee and a snack and “power through”. How do you convince a doctor that you know something’s wrong because you can’t power through anymore? 🙂

    Lately I find that I have reserve energy again, and it is extremely difficult to avoid the temptation to keep working on projects instead of stopping to leave enough time to cook meals. And in fact, I would like to be sleeping now, but the last item that I’m working to scratch off my Autoimmune Paleo list is coffee, and I’m riding high on the cup that I drank 14 hours ago. Every night it’s ,”no coffee tomorrow,” and every morning it’s, “just one more.” Did you have a hard time giving up coffee, and did you use anything to substitute when you had cravings? Or is it another just cold turkey addiction?

    • Been there – my symptoms so gradually crept up that I have a hard time figuring out when I started not feeling well. I too started relying heavily on coffee to keep me going. When I first moved to Seattle from California, I got a job at a coffee shop, and that was a bad idea. For three years I had a shifting schedule, sometimes opening the shop (being there at 4:30AM) or closing (until 11) other nights. That combined with a heavy coffee habit really got my rhythms off, and burned out my adrenals.

      One day I woke up and couldn’t tolerate coffee. I now know that it was an early stage of my thyroid disease, but it really freaked me out at the time. I went from being able to have 6 shots of espresso a day to one shot half decaf and would still be sitting there shaking after I drank it. Thats actually the thing that got me in the doctor’s office – not passing out, or my heart beating funny, or the horrible anxiety I was experiencing. But not being able to handle coffee? Boy, something had to be horribly wrong! Haha!

      From then on I did decaf for a couple of years, not being able to kick my ritual (and not knowing about AIP). When I started playing with the autoimmune protocol coffee was most definitely the last thing I cut out. It happened when I started getting on a serious bone broth and kombucha routine – eventually that replaced the coffee in the morning. Then when I would occasionally have a decaf in the morning, I would notice how I would have a hard time getting to sleep. I still fantasize about coffee, in fact I almost had one yesterday. My husband works in the coffee industry and we were at one of his company’s cafes, and I almost had one – but he knew better and got me a chamomile tea instead.

      Baby steps! 🙂

  2. Oh, yay! Thank you, girls , for sharing your stories! so good to know you are not alone! and also, so happy to hear others are having a hard time quitting coffee!!! I only drink one cup a day, but that has been absolutely definitely a “must”!! I am now trying out decaf, and I dont mind it, but I do feel that to heal my adrenal fatigue, and leaky gut properly, I need to quit coffee! that is my next step, and I am so inspired by your story, Mickey, so now I will do it!! thank you , and good luck on your own journey, I cannot wait for more AIP recipes!!!

  3. Gradually, she put me on two neurotransmitter support supplements (mostly amino acids), Hi Mickey, I am interested in which supplements amino acids you were given. I have sleep issues as you had described and would love to feel refreshed in the morning! My cortisol patterns are the same as yours as well.

    • Hi Bonnie!
      Did you have a neurotransmitter panel done when you did your cortisol test? That is the best way to tell which amino acid support will help you. Mine came up low on serotonin, GABA, and epinephrine. I take a product called Travacor which has 5-HTP, L-theanine and taurine with some co-factors (B6, C, folate, b12, magnesium, zinc and selenium). My naturopath suggested this product because of my specific test results and I was able to sleep again the first night I started taking it. I would highly recommend the test to see where your balance lies so that you don’t end up disrupting any other neurotransmitters. If that isn’t an option for you, you could try starting a low dose of 5-HTP. If low serotonin is your problem, that will most likely help you.

      Otherwise, I have found that working on my adrenal fatigue has helped me sleep better. Quitting coffee, stabilizing blood sugar, and meditation before bed have all helped me sleep better. If you have high night-time cortisol you might want to consider taking a supplement called Seriphos which can train your body to make less cortisol when it peaks (and in turn can help you sleep better).

      Good luck!

  4. Hi Mickey, thanks so much for sharing your inspiring story and autoimmune information, recipes, etc! I have found it very encouraging, in my own healing process, living with the same Hashi diagnosis as you. I first discovered the AI protocol on your website, as I was scouring the internet for something that I knew was missing and feeling very unwell.

    After struggling with Hashi’s for nearly 10 years, I know this protocol is the crucial piece I have been missing and was beyond thrilled when I discovered your blog. I am seeing improvements already, although it has been a major struggle eliminating SO many foods that were once staples and getting my family on board is quite difficult! Coffee, nuts and eggs are the things I am really having a hard time giving up, but can’t wait to try more of your breakfast ideas and hoping bone broth will help replace my coffee eventually. I am curious if you would share who your naturopathic doctor is/was? I have always seen conventional endocrinologist’s and want to try a more natural approach, vs. synthetic. I am also in WA state, if so please do share. Looking forward to utilizing your wealth of information, resources and upcoming book! Thanks again 🙂

    • Hey Caili!
      I am so glad you have found it helpful! The autoimmune protocol is amazing for deep healing and for finding out about food sensitivities. You may find that after an elimination period (30-60 days) you might be able to tolerate those foods again – I think nuts, seeds and egg yolks are pretty high on the list of possibly tolerable, but not egg whites or nightshades, unfortunately. You never know though, everyone is different!

      I see Dr. Stretch at the Institute of Complimentary Medicine here in Seattle. She is a great old fashioned naturopath, not trained in Dr. Kharazzian’s methods or anything but I really like her approach for natural thyroid treatment and adrenal fatigue. She does lots of testing and has a gentle process. She also lets me collaborate on my care and come up with ideas, which I really value. I know she doesn’t take a lot of new clients, so you may have to wait a couple of months for an appointment, but I highly recommend her 🙂


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