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Last week, I was (after three and a half very long years) diagnosed with ME/CFS. So today I'd like to ask what changes (good or bad!) you've noticed in your health since you started fasting? It would be especially interesting to hear from any of you who suffer with chronic illness and whether your symptoms have lessened or changed since you took up intermittent fasting.

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Back when my thryoid was a roller coaster due to grave's disease (hyperthyroid), regular fasting with 5:2 helped calm it. I would gradually be able to reduce my thyroid medication until I didn't need it any longer. But then I would have another episode where my thyroid freaked out (we eventually realized that my allergies triggered hyperthyroid events, and I have bad seasonal allergies in June, and mild allergies in December to dust mites etc). Fasting wasn't enough to cure my thyroid permanently, but three separate times, it helped me reduce my medication over months until I didn't need it any longer.

We finally gave up trying to manage my hyperthyroid and I got the radioactive ablation.

My endocrinologist is a big fan of intermittent fasting and believes the fasting helped my thyroid.
Hi @Moogie

Since I started this fasting WOL I am much more aware of the calorie value of foods, and also of portion sizes.
I really read the labeling on foods now to see their calorie/kj count (and other nutrient info). It is often surprising, especially some of those products labelled "healthy"! (muesli bars etc)
Although not a conscious decision, I have greatly reduced the amount of pasta and rice I eat. I love both of these, but rarely have them at home now. May have a pasta dish or risotto when eating out.
Bread has also been reduced. I no longer have sandwiches/rolls at lunchtime, and I do *try* to keep my toast consumption down! :-) I love toast! - but try and make it a weekend thing,
But the best thing is I still eat everything - just with an eye to moderation. Fasting let me do that :heart:
These changes have made a difference to my health, all in a good way.

Thanks Moogie for getting me started on this WOL,

Merry
Mentally it has given me a real way to control my health. It has given me the tools to know even if I slip up there is a way to get right back at it. This is the number one way of life that clicked with me and I can easily understand and is flexible. I don't know where I would be without 5-2.
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