For those interested in hearing me talk about my healing journey, I was a guest on the “Know Your Food” podcast with Wardee Harmon this week! Wardee and I have known each other for a few years while I was seeking wellness through natural remedies and nutrient dense food which I learned to make through her fabulous online classes. She was there when I went through my mercury poisoning at the beginning of my GAPS Diet journey and has continued to be a huge support through the many months of my healing through gluten-free, amalgam removal, GAPS Diet Intro and the Full GAPS Diet, to now the fine tuning of my diet for further healing. Her support has been invaluable as well as other members in her classes who offered support through her private class forums.
I’m in a unique position. But not in a position many of you have not been in or will be in. Today I was contemplating life choices. I lost my mother to pneumonia earlier this year. She was 80 years old. She had a host of health problems from atrial fibrillation, diabetes, high blood pressure, crippling arthritis, chronic acid reflux, and the list goes on. I spent many years helping her through these debilitating conditions. What occurred to me today was that I was in that middle place – 30 years to 80 and 30 years from 20. In the past, I agonized over how quickly time is going by and how now I am in the place where I am not very far off from the final years of my life. But then I thought this morning that I am in a very important stage of my life too. How to finish?
Please don’t go gluten-free yet! That must sound strange coming from someone who just finished an 8 part series on how to go truly gluten-free! But I am quite serious for those of you who have not yet taken the plunge. I say this because if you skip some steps before going on your gluten-free journey, you may regret it later. Take it from me! I have a regret or two. Not because I ignored the information I was given, but because some of these important steps were not yet offered and understood just a few short years ago. So what could be the problem with just “biting the bullet” and finally just doing it? Well, over the last few weeks/months, it has become one of the main concerns in my head as I hear of people (especially on my Facebook Support Group) who decide one day to finally “just do it” without thinking through the details as to why they are doing it exactly. What my gluten-free series didn’t cover was the pre-gluten-free steps to consider. For this, I decided to do this very short post but with very important information. I will outline these thoughts below.
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.
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.
I heard Dr. Tom O’Bryan say in one of his interviews that he knows people are thinking that he believes everything bad is caused by gluten! I remember when I first heard about gluten sensitivity I was really annoyed. I honestly couldn’t believe the “staff of life” was being targeted as the opposite of life. It didn’t make sense. I remember completely dismissing the thought for a while especially since I loved to bake so much. After all, I still needed to perfect my sourdough loaf and my vintage recipe for braided egg bread must never be a suspect for dietary deletion. No way. Not EVEN going to think about it. Subject closed.