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.
Recently I’ve learned another step in the search for the root cause of my health issues over the previous years. This is a two part plan that I’ve begun. I recently read the book “The Plan” by Lyn-Genet Recitas which is marketed as a weight loss book but actually I learned about it through listening to a talk radio health show and heard her discussing the problem of chronic inflammation. I was intrigued because I knew this was a issue I had. I also was interested in finding out if there were foods I had been eating that might be causing inflammation and weight gain. I was right! After doing the initial three day detox eating only global non inflammatory foods, I started the testing phase where I introduced foods each day to see how my body reacted. The premise of the plan is that our body’s chemistry will react to what we put in them and though some diets have great results for some there is no one diet for everyone because everyones body is different. Which is why so many of us try diets that have all sorts of success stories and then it doesn’t work for us. Over time our body’s become even more ‘reactive’ to foods as we get older, similar to allergies that get worse with age. I found this book to have so much of what I was already finding in my research of nutrition and healing and so I was very intrigued and excited to try it out and see what may be causing inflammation and what also may be able to heal ailments that I’ve had. Many of the patients of Lyn-Genet have had the same issue with health issues they could not explain nor cure. But rather ended up suffering and treating symptoms. Many others like myself have struggled with unexplained weight gain that was never a problem and worked doing anything possible to try to loose it.
Myself, I had an average athletic figure until I had my miscarriage and gave up birth control. That is when many of the obvious problems began. Skin issues were the first. Then slowly I gained weight though there was no change in my diet or lifestyle. Then I had more anxiety and depression as well as very abnormal menstrual cycle. I had already been suffering from extreme cramping after my first born but nothing else, so I assumed it was just a natural thing that happened after child birth. I never seemed to have cramps as a young girl. When I went through the hormone replacement therapy with the pellet, my cramping finally subsided, well at least became very minimal so that I didn’t really notice it.
So back to the Plan, after reading into it, and beginning the testing phase I realized that once I got into the higher inflammatory foods I seemed to have a lot more issues and nothing seemed to help this was only two weeks in so I knew there was something not quite adding up. I am excited about doing the plan and I know it will help me to find the foods that my body doesn’t react well to, as I already know a couple of factors that cause inflammation and foods that I have consistent reaction to are apparent. I need to identify the problem however so that I can continue. There is a section in the book specific to the Thyroid, and hormonal imbalance has already been an issue so I’m going to discuss this with my doc.