I get this question all the time on my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Support Group Facebook page. I had hoped to do a quick post on this before now, but better late than never. I am not an expert on what a Functional Medicine doctor is but I will give you my experience as a patient and then I will link to you the experts who can tell you the technical details. To give you a hint about my experience with a Functional Medicine approach, let me make it real simple: A Functional Medicine doctor equaled a functional person for me. That’s the bottom line!
Big bumps, little bumps. They all feel horrible when you are trying to find a way to live a “normal” life with Hashimoto’s. Every time you think you are getting ahead, it seems something else takes the place of your last solved “problem” so you can start trying to figure out how to deal with the newest one! Up until the last few years, I truly didn’t realize all my little “bumps” were related to my autoimmune condition. I thought since it wasn’t actually my thyroid bothering me, it must be another issue altogether especially since that’s what my conventional doctor told me!
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause (Book Review)
I was so grateful to have received a copy of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause from author, Izabella Wentz! Izabella used her technical background and expertise as a pharmacist to dig at the root cause of her own thyroid problem. As a sufferer of Hashimoto’s, she was shocked at the lack of knowledge about lifestyle interventions for Hashimoto’s and autoimmune conditions in the world of conventional medicine. Her mission became to not only help her own thyroid condition, but if successful, to deliver this information to the thyroid community that she saw suffering with very little help from their current traditional protocols. This is what her new book is all about. I am thrilled to deliver this review to as many thyroid sufferers as possible to help get the word out that there are ways to help Hashimoto’s.
Ahhhh, there it is! My former favorite meal! It may look like plastic now, but before, it was heaven! And I mean heaven! That is the meal I lived for. Macaroni and Cheese! And this was just not any ordinary Macaroni and Cheese! No sir! This was gluten free Macaroni and Cheese and I added my favorite gluten free American Cheese to boot! I mean this was a cheesy, delicious, and mostly daily treat for me! Can you feel the emotion? Well, that was a good portion of my diet over two years ago and knowing it was gluten free and good for Hashimotos Thyroiditis was just a perk to the addiction! And you can tell by my before and after pictures, that gluten free indulgences didn’t really do anything positive for me.
It’s incredible to be able to report my results so far through my journey on the GAPS Diet after a full year! Mainly because I can’t believe it’s been over a year, but especially as one with Hashimotos Thyroiditis and the challenges that go with it. Those of us with this condition really like to hear how others are doing on their paths, especially when contemplating difficult decisions on diet, doctors, medications, etc. So, this post is going to describe some of my symptom relief as well as any that are left to this point. To be specific, I have been on the GAPS Diet since March of 2012 but prior to that I was juicing for at least one month prior and then was on the true gluten free diet for a year prior to that point. I was getting more and more sick in many ways after I went truly gluten free but the episodes were brought on by other factors. I believe this is because I compensated and found all the “gluten free” substitutes I could to enjoy. I HAD to try them after all. I love to bake and gluten free wasn’t going to stop me from “living.” It was something new to me. But what I didn’t understand was that these foods are even less nutritious than their gluten containing counterparts!
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.