One of the most important things I learned a few years ago was how to make nutritious food at home. Yes, I always loved to cook, but the food I loved to cook was laden with my favorite foods, most of which I now need to avoid. And of course, I was a bit dependent on that box of chicken stock or cream of mushroom soup from the grocery store! Now I have so much more confidence in the kitchen because I am not dependent anymore on processed foods. To top it all off, the foods that can be cooked in your own kitchen are going to be more nutritious than any food you can get in the grocery store or a restaurant and of course, they will be much more safe from contaminants and toxins. It’s been at least 3 years now since I first started taking the online classes by GNOWFLINS and at that time, I was learning traditional food preparation as outlined in one of my favorite books by Sally Fallon called Nourishing Traditions. This is the main book that got me started with traditional food preparation but I was intimidated by the idea of cooking everything from scratch. When I found out that GNOWFLINS had online classes to teach me these basics, I had no hesitation to get into those classes and can you believe that I am STILL in her classes every week? Yes, she has since built upon these classes to include all kinds of offerings including cheese-making (for those who can still have dairy), naturally fermenting foods, dehydrating classes, and so many others. The pictures in this post represent just some of the foods she helped me learn to prepare for optimum nutrition. However, what prompted me to do this post was that she is now tackling the hardest thing for most of us and that is cooking around allergies/sensitivities! This is a class I have been looking forward to for many months now. If you are intimidated by the food restrictions you or a family member needs to avoid, look no further. Wardee will take you through all the common food allergies/sensitivities and help you learn how to cook nutritious alternatives with real food, not packaged food lacking nutrition! She understands your needs because her family has had great results in adopting these changes and have seen great health benefits along the way. Whether you are gluten-free, nut free, soy free, egg free, etc., Wardee will help you get around these allergies/sensitivities with ease (it CAN be done) and enjoy your food again! I owe a lot to Wardee because she really helped me get started on this journey to healing by her wonderful teaching skills and encouragement along the way. There are videos, PDF print outs, forums and more that are included in her eCourse packages but most exciting to me is that you have unlimited access to ALL prior classes and you can learn at your own pace! What a bonus feature! I still go back and refresh myself on how to make certain foods (I’m a visual learner) and just love the video format. It’s like having a video cookbook at my fingertips 24/7! So, if you are ready to get some nutritious and allergy free cooking going in your home, I highly recommend these classes. There is no long-term commitment but you do get a better deal when you buy the year in advance. And I want to let you know that although Wardee did not have an affiliate program for the first two years I was taking her classes, I am now happy to be an affiliate for her since I already promote her classes regularly. So, if you do decide to take these classes, you can also support my blog and Facebook Support Group efforts by using the links on my blog or in this post. Happy cooking!
I am taking a break from my month long “Let’s Go Gluten Free Series” in order to bring this blog back to “ground zero.” Ground Zero on this blog has always been a search for the root cause of Hashimoto’s. Anyone who has been following me for the last 9-10 years has come away with the understanding that I have always felt we would find the root cause….one day! Well, that day is on its way faster than ever!
It’s been so long since I’ve started the gluten-free diet, I sometimes forget how confusing it was at the beginning. But I think I can help you by narrowing foods down from the root – just like we are trying to do with our Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. At the very root of the food, does it have gluten? (And remember that we are concentrating on gluten at this point, not overall diet.) This works pretty well for grains like wheat, rye, and barley, but it gets a bit confusing when we look into processed foods. This is where reading labels comes in to play. Here’s my rule of thumb: If it doesn’t say specifically Gluten Free on the label, don’t buy it, especially when first starting out. The worst thing you can do is “trust” that the manufacturer is going to plainly list gluten or wheat on the label ingredients if it’s there.
My husband has put up with a lot due to my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis over the years. We’ve been married 20 years now and I was diagnosed with Hashi’s only a couple years after we were first married. Neither one of us knew the impact this condition would have on our lives, especially since the doctor told me a little pill would take care of me for the rest of my life and I would live “normally” regardless of my thyroid destruction (my story here). Little did we know we would face together a complete “melt down” of my system including years of thinking it was “all in my head” until recent medical breakthroughs exposing the reality of my condition began to unfold over the last 2-3 years. I have Functional Medicine to thank for the help I found in my life and today, I am introducing my husband’s perspective on this journey. I want to thank Michael Wentz, who is Hashimoto’s Husband, for his wonderful video and Izabella Wentz for her incredible contribution through her new book, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause (see my book review post here for details). This book, if it were available when I was first diagnosed, would have changed the course of my life. It outlines the very journey to better health I have taken over the last 2 years and is allowing me to fine tune my healing journey from where I am now. And now, I would like to introduce to you my wonderful husband and support, Adrian.
Having the right tools for special treats when on a restricted diet is very helpful. My GAPS Diet has significantly improved the severe symptoms I was having from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I say “special treats” only because when you are on a restricted diet like that of GAPS, SCD, Paleo-type diet, etc, your whole viewpoint of treats is switched from the sweet goodies of the past, like muffins, cookies, candies, etc., to other foods that are as convenient to grab but much better for you! Of course, they will be only convenient to grab, if you have made them in advance. That’s just the way it is when you have to make almost everything from scratch. So today I am going to describe how I have been helped tremendously by dehydrating food and snacks for myself while traveling as well as keeping myself emotionally satisfied with my diet. I have to admit, getting creative has been a by-product of a healthy diet. There may be people who will not be able to eat the same foods as what I might be showing here, however, in some cases, I have earned these foods back by the GAPS Diet. What was indigestible 18 months or so ago, I have been able to add back in, which makes these treats much more of a “treat” for me.
There are many things that go through the mind as you learn of your new diagnoses of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. However, what I have found is that these questions don’t go away after a year, or two, or three. In fact, I’m over 20 years now with Hashimoto’s and the confirmation that this is a “journey” as described in my previous post here, is still at the forefront of my mind. But for those who are relatively new to this condition, perhaps it is appropriate to help clear up some of these questions a bit. We have all kinds of areas to address when it comes to an autoimmune disease. At the top of my head there is everything including diet, exercise, hormone imbalance, insulin levels, food sensitivities, emotional issues, brain fog, thyroid medication, supplementation, gluten sensitivity awareness, and many, many more areas. It took a while for me to realize that the best way to deal with Hashimoto’s was a whole body approach. It’s like a full scale “goose chase” to do anything different.