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!
Doing a post on the autoimmune diet protocol for Hashimotos Thyroiditis has been on my mind for many months now. However, I wanted to wait until I was actually doing the protocol myself. Due to a wonderful podcast I heard this morning, I have to deliver this information to my readers now! Some of you may be in the process of trying to decide what diet changes you want to make and I have to say, if you are in the position to take on a diet change that is specifically geared towards helping an autoimmune condition, this would be the one! This is the diet I have hoped to be on before now but with the recent death of my mother and the months of uncertainty prior, I was unable to focus enough on fine tuning my diet to reflect these changes. Here’s the podcast. Please feel free to comment below if you are already doing this protocol and how it is working for you. Thank you to Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show and their special guests, Paleo mom bloggers Stacy Toth and Sarah Ballantyne, co-hosts of “The Paleo View” podcast, for their excellent coverage eating well for autoimmune conditions this week!
Understanding we are on our own journey with Hashimotos Thyroidits, and many do not desire to indulge this time of year due to healing protocols, etc., I am choosing a special treat to bring to gatherings to help me celebrate the holidays. Although a wonderful time emotionally and spiritually for most people, I have found more discomfort during past holidays than any other time of the year. This year, I feel different. I am different. I am healing! But, I would not be posting this treat if I had been at the part of my journey just 6 months ago. Because I am about 9 months into the GAPS Diet, I am allowing myself some indulgences during this time. If I react to these, I will take them out. But this is temporary because there is no reason to focus on treats like this on a daily basis, especially during normal times of the year.
This Thanksgiving I am counting my blessings in a much different way than years past and I am so thankful for it! You see, every Thanksgiving since I can remember, I have walked away from the dinner table either sick, bloated, or filled with “unexplainable” symptoms. This makes Thanksgiving history for me, a “not so very” thankful time – at least when referring to the food. This year, I have a new lease on Thanksgiving. I now understand my symptoms a lot better and have learned how to avoid most of the symptoms mentioned above. Even with the occasional “whoops” in my diet that sneaks in and causes me to take notice of another food I might be having trouble with at the moment, I am constantly grateful I have taken this path. It sure beats not being able to figure out which food, drink or environmental trigger could be plaguing me, as was my life before GAPS!
Some people who have Hashimotos Disease and also know they have a Leaky Gut decide to take on the GAPS Diet. But before you make that decision too quickly, please consider the check list I feel is most important when approaching this diet ahead of time so you are prepared emotionally, physically, and financially, for such a decision.
I was lying in bed a couple nights ago, thinking back to the early years of my diagnosis of Hashimotos, now many years ago. I was very much a “rebel” to the traditional medicine way of doing things so my doctors were never happy with me within my HMO. I kept asking if diet could change this disease and always got the same answer. Oh, I guess I should tell you what that answer was. I’m sure it isn’t surprising to learn that the answer was always an emphatic NO! But I couldn’t help wondering if there was a trigger, even if it was simply stress. You see, I had come off of a very emotional time in my life right before diagnosis so I knew stress could be a factor, but the ONLY factor? I had my doubts. Well, instead of going through the details of how I finally arrived at all the diet changes I am currently partaking in, I decided to see if I could explain it in a different way so each one can determine their own journey better.