My journey to find answers to Hashimotos continues. Some days are ok and some are not. None are what I would call good. I have done a ton of research and reading.
I was surprised to read the numerous articles that suggest Hashimotos, and autoimmune diseases in general, may have a diet component. Specifically, food sensitivities. I have never been one to feel like I was sensitive to food. But, I am open to the idea that some kind of sensitivity is causing my whole body inflammation. Unfortunately, the variety of articles suggest all kinds of possible culprits:
- Gluten (or even all grains)
- Dairy (yes, even Greek yogurt)
- Soy (take a look – it’s in everything!)
- Nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, etc.)
- Legumes (think kidney, garbonzo, green, peas, peanuts, etc.)
- Nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes)
- Raw cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, etc. – reduced iodine effectiveness)
- Citrus (grapefruit, oranges, lemons, etc.)
- Fungi (mushrooms)
- Corn (also in everything)
- Sulfites (wine, etc.)
I remember reading this one day, early on, around lunch time. I looked in my fridge and just started crying. What on earth does a person eat? One can only eat so much lettuce! I decided to start with gluten for sure, but avoid dairy, soy, nuts, beans, and nightshades. I am basically following a Paleo diet, sometimes called Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP), but not been overly strict about it. Although I am one who claimed I would be devastated if I ever had to give up my cereal and milk, it hasn’t been that bad. Plus, I am very motivated.
In the morning, I make myself a smoothie with vanilla-flavored rice milk, vanilla-vegan protein powder, spinach, ginger, banana, avocado, and frozen berries. It’s a treat. Lunch is typically a big salad with vinegar and oil dressing. Dinner is pretty plain, with a protein source and steamed veggie. I am also experimenting with gluten-free things, but they are pretty expensive. So many people claim to feel so much better in just days. Honestly, I wish I could say it was a miracle cure, but it hasn’t been. After nearly 2 months, I really don’t feel much different. I have yet to give up sugar and caffeine but may have to consider that.
Meanwhile, I continue to jog/walk (wog) at about a 14-15 minute per mile pace. It’s depressing but all I can do.
And the journey continues…
My Darling Daughter
You are one of the strongest women I know. Although it saddens me to see you go thru this, I admire your refusal to give up. And it’s not the first time. You inspire me with your courage and determination. You fill my heart with hope and my head with pride. I hope you know what a fantastic person you are.
I love you.
PS: You are an excellent writer, too. Maybe, someday you will turn your blog into a book.