I recently come to the conclusion that I should test a few foods that I had not tested before. I unthoughfully stopped eating wheat products and replaced them with gluten free options a couple of months ago. As of a couple of weeks ago I was going over my resources and wondering why I was not having a great deal of success in loosing weight if I was removing a food that was a common trigger for hashimotos patients. I was having better results with my gut and symptoms of lower gut bloating and idegestion. So I got all of my resources together and started to dig. I realized that I had increased my carbohydrates dramatically when I started eating gluten free because I felt safe eating the gluten free baked goods. I didn’t realize I was actually eating more gf-breads and such than I had been before going gluten free. I thought because I went gluten free that the indegestion and bloating was getting better. However I realized when I looked at the other factors that I had increased digestive enzyme simultaneously. So needless to say I had a period where I actually stopped all of my thoughts and focused solely on lowing sugar even if I was still having an occasional wheat product. Since then I have done some fasting to reset my metabolism and restart my efforts to focus on more portion control and reducing sugar to try and regulate my insulin levels. I am not depriving myself of anything just refocusing, exercising and hydrating more. Finally I started to see results again and the more I told myself, I am allowed to have anything just not all day everyday. I also re-read a great motivational book “reshaping it all” by Candace Cameron Bure, and finally read the “Skinnygirl rules for getting and staying naturally thin” by Bethany Frankel. The great thing about both of these books they are both teaching natural health through eating right rather than dieting. The hashimotos makes my situation unique because of the symptoms that come along with it, they cause me to have a difficult time doing normal things and so it has been a battle of taking herbs and spices and finding what works, what makes a difference for me! Hashimotos also makes nutrition an issue, because there are some common triggers as I mentioned earlier like gluten. My focus has been to start by exercising more regularly each morning, before the kids get up for school, and eliminating breads until I have reset my sugar levels. Then my plan will be to introduce only gluten free items for a week once per day, to test. Followed by a similar test with wheat products to test. If I see the digestive issues return I will then know that the wheat does react in my gut. The key will be to limit the breads so that I do not mess in my sugar levels again. I am happy to say I have lost 15 pounds and kept it off for at least a month. I am going slow and steady to get into a routine and be consistent with my sustainability of my nutritional intake. I have also quit synthroid and began taking a high content cinnamon and a turmeric supplement to impact inflammation. This was a recommendation from a friend who also has hashimotos and has seen massive results in reducing inflammation through her limitation of sugar and taking these two anti inflammatory supplements. I will update my medicine list in my next post. One other thing, I forgot to mention that my allergy test did show a very mild reaction to all of the main ingredients to gf baked goods, so I will proceed with that in mind, as the allergist explained it simply means that I should not live on those ingredients, because then I will trigger more reaction. It’s better to build up tolerance with small consistent doses.