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So…it’s been a while since I posted on this site. Hmmm…like 1.5 years. Okay. So I still have Hashimotos and it has gotten worse. My symptoms are arthritis, hair loss, weight gain, fatigue and many many more.
What am I doing about it? I started a Gluten Free diet 33 days ago and have MOSTLY stuck to it…with a few deviations. I have an online journal at https://www.facebook.com/VictoriasGoingGlutenFree. It helps.
I’m on day 11 of my Clearvite (R) SF detoxification diet. This was recommended to me by my chiropractor/functional medicine doctor. During this detoxification, along with the Clearvite SF shakes, I eat 6 meals a day from this list:
Foods to eat:
• Drink plenty of fresh water (8-10 glasses), herbal teas, green tea, fruit juices (no sugar added), vegetable juices
• Grain foods made from rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat,or tapioca
• Fresh fruits, vegetables, beans (navy, white, red kidney, etc.),
peas (fresh, split, snap)
• Mainly fish (not shellfish), and moderate amounts of chicken, turkey, and lamb
• Use mainly olive oil and flax seed oil in moderation
Foods to avoid:
• Any food that you are allergic to
• Dairy (milk, cheeses, yogurt, butter), eggs, margarine, & shortening
• Foods prepared with Gluten-containing cereals like wheat, oats, rye,
barley, those ingredients normally found in breads, pasta, etc.
• Tomatoes and tomato sauces, corn.
• Alcohol, Caffeine (coffee, black tea, sodas)
• Soy or products made from soy, such as soymilk or tofu
• Peanuts or peanut butter
• Beef, pork, cold cuts, bacon, hotdogs, canned meat, sausage, shellfish, meat substitutes made from soy
My sugar cravings are SO much better. I’ve lost several pounds – 4 in just 5 days. I have more energy and less aches and pains. My allergies (specifically sneezing) has improved significantly. So far, so good.
For more information on Clearvite SF go to: http://www.clearvite.info
I have to say that I’m having an extremely hard time removing sweets from my diet. Everything else seems to be easier than my nemesis – sugar! If I can’t find something sweet in my house…I go get it. Then I feel super guilty and my body feels crummy. It’s hard to know how good I should feel when I remove this part of my diet – because it’s been so many years since I’ve felt good. I’m having a hard time seeing the pay-off.
Anyone have any tips for me, other than “Grow up, Victoria, and just do it!”?
I suppose it is difficult for someone who doesn’t have Hashimotos to understand what this all means. It’s hard enough for me to understand. Spending 11+ years suffering from hypothyroidism, being treated with synthetic hormone replacement, all the while continuing to have symptoms. My TSH levels continue to rise. Adjust Synthroid. TSH back to normal range…for a while. Rise, adjust, normal – rise, adjust, normal. As time has gone by my symptoms have gotten worse.
The fact that my TSH levels continue to change and my medication is now twice as much as when I first started taking it is medical evidence that something is amiss. Why don’t MD’s address the auto-immune aspect? Because MD stands for MEDICAL doctor. They treat things ‘medically’, with ‘medicine’.
So how do you speak about Hashimotos with someone who doesn’t believe in anything outside of an MD’s scope of practice?
There are more Gluten-Free foods out there than I thought! Lots of websites to help us figure this whole thing out. Facebook has a couple of really good groups too (Hashimotos 411 and Living with Hasimotos). I’m impressed with the amount of support out there.
I feel pretty good. Low energy, though. Irritable and hungry. Need to go shopping for snacks. This is definitely going to take some getting used to. http://www.celiac.com has some good information regarding gluten free diets.
So…I’m reading this book, “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal” by Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS…and I found out a few things:
Below are the most common symptoms of low thyroid function:
- Weight gain despite adhering to a low-calorie diet
- Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
- Hypersensitivity to cold weather
- Poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet
- Muscle cramps while at rest
- Increased susceptibility to colds and other viral or bacterial infections and difficulty recovering from them
- Slow wound healing
- Excessive amount of sleep required to function properly
- Chronic digestive problems, such as lack of stomach acid (hypochlorhydria)
- Itchy, dry skin
- Dry or brittle hair
- Hair falls out easily
- Dry skin
- Low auxiliary (body-heat) temperature, although this may also be caused by an hormonal imbalance
- Edema, especially facial swelling (myxedema)
- Loss of outermost portion of eyebrows
My name is Victoria Bowring. Although I’ve known for 11 years that I have Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid), I just learned yesterday that I have Hashimotos Disease. The little bit that I know so far is that it is an Auto-Immune disorder that destroys thyroid tissue. About once a year, my TSH levels change and I have to get a new dosage of my Thyroid Hormone Replacement medicine (Levothyroxine). This past May, like every other year, was no different in that respect.
What was different, for me, was that I have been exercising 3-5 days a week, 2 times a week with a personal trainer and have also made some significant dietary changes. I truly thought I would see some significant results with those two changes. Initially, I did. I lost 25 pounds and seemed to have a bit more energy. But slowly that progress began to shift. I’m back to craving sugar (and eating it, too) and my energy is actually worse than before.
Recently, I started developing serious dizzy spells. Since I was diagnosed with Vertigo about 13 years ago - I have had episodes off and on since then. Lately, they have become increasingly worse. About a month ago, I was driving down the road and was about to come to a stop at a red light. All of a sudden the world started spinning out of control. Remember when you were little and would turn around and around and around…and then try to walk? You felt dizzy, right? The world was spinning? Well multiply that feeling times a hundred and that is how I felt…WHILE DRIVING A CAR! This is where my Hashimotos Awareness Journey begins.
I pulled the car over and called a good friend of mine, Susan, whom I knew suffered from Vertigo. She had been feeling a lot better – so I asked her, “What is it that you are doing to feel better?” All the while thinking this was Vertigo on steroids coming back into my life. Susan shared her Chiropractor’s name and number with me and suggested I give her a call…which I did immediately. Susan had had a lot of success receiving Cranio-Sacral Therapy. So I thought I’d give it a whirl.
While at my first appointment, the doctor asked me a lot of questions – trying to understand what was going on with me. It’s hard to piece all the symptoms together – but here is a list of some of what I was and am feeling.
- Overall feeling of yuckiness (that’s a clinical term)
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
- Serious sugar cravings
- Brain Fog (another clinical term)
- Memory loss
- Muscle soreness throughout my body
- Headaches and sinus issues
- Severe Sleep Apnea
- Severe Allergies (I wake up sneezing for about 15 minutes EVERY day and continue throughout the day)
- Back to memory loss…I’m sure there are more symptoms, but I can’t remember what they are…
- OH….I’m also HYPOTHYROID…which changes about once a year
The troubling thing is that I never wondered WHY my TSH levels and then consequently my medication would change on a regular basis. Never entered my mind to ask three simple questions: 1) Why is my thryroid underactive in the first place? 2) Why does it keep getting worse? 3) Why was I experiencing hypothyroid symptoms when I take medication for it and my TSH levels are within normal range?
Did you know that something in the body chemistry actually CAUSES Hypothyroidism? Imagine that! Also, did you know that treating the symptoms doesn’t treat the cause? After 13+ years of symptoms and 11 years of treatment with only small changes in symptoms you would think I would have asked these questions earlier.
Being that I consider myself a fairly intelligent person (I’m starting to question it myself…so no need to bust on me) I feel certain that I am not alone. So basically, my new doctor ordered blood work and discovered two very important things. 1) I have Hashimotos Disease and 2) I have a severe Vitamin D deficiency.
Her advice? Read up on and implement a Gluten Free Diet. Make a lifestyle change! Not a fad or fancy diet…a complete lifestyle change! Also, let’s check your Adrenal Stress Index. Which I’m doing.
So my journey into the Gluten Free World of Nutrition begins.