Do these muffins look harmful to you? Well, if it were gluten, I would say definitely YES, but these were made with coconut flour and no sugar, just grated carrots and apple to sweeten them up. Here’s the problem…I kind of know that I have a problem with coconut products but every time I would try coconut flour pancakes or waffles, I have done okay, although I definitely react terribly to coconut oil and coconut milk. So, as most of us with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis understand, sometimes we just don’t know what we will react to. I named this post Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Persistence because one thing I have learned over the last few years is that persistence is a trait us Hashi’s need to learn. We learn pretty quickly that we can’t just “take a pill” and forget about it. Oh how I wish it was that easy! But on the other hand, if it were, would we have changed our diet for the better? Would we be looking around the Internet on forums, blogs and websites to see what diet best suits our needs for having a thyroid problem? Or would we just “let the pill take care of it”? I’m afraid I would be geared towards the latter of the choices which wouldn’t really be a good thing considering my diet wasn’t very good, especially through my young adult years.
This is going to be a very quick post. I just HAD to share with you something and it’s last minute and time sensitive. I’m really sorry I am delivering this so late but the classes I have been talking about on Traditional Food Preparations by GNOWFLINS have been on my mind. Mainly because it seems like every single day I bring a skill into my kitchen I have learned from these fabulous classes. The reason it’s so important to get this post out today, is that I just remembered while I was making my yummy homemade almond butter, that the price of the classes are going up by midnight tonight! I feel terrible I didn’t post this a few days ago to give more of you a chance at the lower monthly prices but this just occurred to me now that you should at least have the chance to lock in the wonderfully low rates I have been enjoying. Seriously, I am in the middle of making my almond butter and stopped to put this post up to give you as much time as possible to get in on the lower price. If you sign up before midnight tonight, the prices will stay as low as I have been paying for over 2 years! And they will be locked in for you too.
I usually don’t post too many podcasts at once but this week has been an exceptional one for clear information on Hashimotos Thyroiditis. I must share with you as much as possible to help you get on the right track. If I didn’t feel strongly about what I am posting, I certainly wouldn’t be doing it just to populate my blog. It’s really important to me to get to you what I believe is the most helpful starting points for those suffering with this condition. If I didn’t feel the changes myself, this information would just be “knowledge” without any personal experience. So, keep in mind that what I am posting is my passion and I want you to feel better too! This podcast sheds a lot of light on why we, in many cases, are not getting well on traditional protocols. Here is Reason #1 to make sure gluten is truly out of your diet.
I knew it would come to this someday! What I mean is that after listening to the following podcast, I am so convinced I am on the right road, and this interview with Dr. Peter Osborne really confirmed it, that I know I need to deliver information that is not very popular, but necessary. Are we going to be excited to hear what actually works for Hashimotos Thyroiditis? Probably not at the beginning. But after feeling relief and comfort from just knowing there are answers, it will keep us learning more about how diet can be one of the most powerful healing tools we have. What concerned me the most when listening to this podcast was the honest truth that my thyroid medication might not be keeping me truly gluten free. The filler in mine is corn. I used to be concerned about it but then after listening to other gluten experts, I just stopped worrying when I determined that as long as it wasn’t wheat, rye, barley or oat based, I was okay. But this interview convinced me that it’s time to get a compounded version that steers me clear of all forms of gluten, including that which is in corn, that might still be causing me some problems. Also in this podcast is a LOT of talk about thyroiditis and several callers asking questions I would have loved to ask the doctor myself regarding Hashimoto’s Disease. So I had to share it with you all!
When I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I immediately thought the doctors would have a handle on it and give me the right pill and I would live the rest of my life having control over this disease. Why do you think I thought this? Because I was told by my doctor that a pill would take care of the symptoms and I would live a healthy, long life because of it. That has never played out as true and honestly, I know no one in the Hashimoto’s community who has had that experience either! But, because my doctor said this to me, I spent years believing all the symptoms I was having had to be from “something else” and that I should never question that the thyroid medication might not be controlling my thyroid symptoms, especially since my lab results were “normal.” Boy, was I lead astray. It didn’t help that I had never heard of the condition prior either. I just trusted my doctor which is the way it was for me back then, now about 20 years ago! I sure wish Dr. K’s book was available back then! And as you will find out below, I wish I had access to the supplement I found this year which has really just changed my life and I am not the kind to joke around about that! Keep reading though because I have gone through a LOT to get to that point and I know I had been doing a lot of healing and want to share what I learned before that. Keep in mind as you read this that this is my journey. I am not a doctor and not an expert but I like to think I AM an expert in the suffering Hashimoto’s deals to us as a community and that is why I started my blog and I am thrilled at how far we have come since I started my blog over 10 years ago! It is so encouraging! There is so much more to help the community than when I was diagnosed so if you are a new sufferer, take heart, you have a LOT of support if you just make a point to find the help. So, today I thought I’d take a “snapshot” of the journey I took. It only contains the highlights as most of us know how terrible this journey can be when trying to find anyone to listen. You feel alone as you walk this road without support. That is why I created my support group. Not necessarily for answers, but for emotional support (although there are many resources now available you can find there to hook up to). I want this post to be a “snapshot” of my journey so you can see that nothing usually gets better without trial and error and that you must depend on your desire and intent to get better in spite of what your doctor might be telling you is not related to your disease. Truly, they don’t always understand autoimmune thyroid disease. They look at your TSH and make a determination that you must be fine, not realizing you may have a full blown attack going on inside of you. Here’s my journey in a quick and precise, order of events (with autoimmune disease, there is no real “quick and precises process” so I have made it as precise as possible) which I may go into further in the future depending on the interest level (all the steps below began about 15 years ago and progressed steadily over the last 15 years):
As most of you know, I have been attempting to help my Hashimotos Thyroiditis by following the GAPS Diet protocol. I’ve been on the GAPS Diet for over a year now and the hardest stretch for me was a few months ago when I had to stay away from my gluten free kitchen and spend days on end at the hospital during my Mom’s serious battle with pneumonia which she unfortunately lost at the end of February this year. For about 3 months, I was unable to do my “regular routine” of broth, supplements, and other habits I had been implementing over the months prior. I thought this post would consist of how I successfully stuck to the diet even while being away from my kitchen while having to eat most days at the hospital. On top of the logistical problems, there was the great amount of stress not knowing if she was going to live day by day. I had a very close relationship with my Mother so this was a devastating time for me. One thing that motivated me the most was how I knew beyond a doubt that I would not be able to function without eating right during this time. I felt I needed to do this for myself as well as for my Mom. If I would have gotten gluten even ONCE, I would have been severely sick for close to a week and may not have been able to make it to the hospital to be by my Mom’s side. So my motivation was to be healthy for her and be there as much as possible. A year ago, I was so sick before starting the GAPS Diet, I would have never been able to pull this schedule off, let alone be “healthy” during this time!