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.
Happy 50th Birthday to me! As promised, here are the before and after pictures. I started the true Gluten Free diet in May 2011 as documented in my post at that time. The following picture of me is from September of 2011. This was 4 months after starting the true gluten free diet and learning traditional food preparation (based on the ideas in the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon) through the eCourse I have been telling you all about which I still take weekly! That class was the very beginning of my much healthier diet. In the picture below, I was already losing some weight but you will still get an idea of how much weight I lost overall. I want to stress that I was not concentrating on losing weight and have never been, but rather desiring to minimize the effects of Hashimotos Thyroiditis. I have been seeking health and hoping that with health would come weight loss. And it has sure happened that way!
The idea for this post came up when I had a long conversation with my doctor the other day. Yes! I said long! It sounds crazy but this man is so caring, we got to talking about how the Hashimotos Thyroiditis community could be helped in a great way. We spoke about my Facebook Page as well as how he is reaching out to help as many as possible to minimize the symptoms brought on by this condition. One of the most important parts of the conversation for me was that I found myself commenting on how important it is for the patient to take control of their own success. A doctor is not going to fix us. Once this is firmly planted in our heads, the best change can begin. Don’t get me wrong, we need good doctors for guidance but their job is to guide us with their knowledge. It is up to us whether we take the steps and take them seriously.
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.
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.