On a Mission

Trying to find gluten free food that meets all the other requirements of my condition is like searching for a jewel in the ocean.  I’m allergic to soy.  Sensitive to sugar.  Have to watch fat and salt because of hypertension.  Some foods that are gluten free aren’t marked.  Others contain one or more of those risky ingredients.   I’ve spent the past three days online doing research on processed foods.  I know whole untouched foods are better for everyone, but I can’t meet all nutrient requirements with just fresh veggies and fruit.  Grains must be processed.  And fat.

Some things that are okay on a gluten free diet aren’t on a thyroid or Hashimoto’s diet.  Some foods are not good for thyroid patients, for instance the cruciferous ones–cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli.  Some of my favorites.  Some say that if cooked, they are less toxic.  Others say don’t eat them at all.

I’m tired, discouraged and confused.    I think I’ll hang it up for the rest of today.  Look forward to watching “The Voice” on TV tonight.  I hit my head on the open door of the microwave last night and got a huge bump on the top of my head.  It’s sore today, but not as bad as it would have been if I hadn’t immediately cooled it with an ice pack.  Anyway, I’ll give it a rest, and start in on my search again tomorrow.

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Hashimoto’s Thyroditis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
September 18, 2014
At last I have a name for many of the physical problems that put me in a wheelchair and shrunk my world. Hashimoto’s thyroditis. My immune system is attacking my thyroid causing it to become underactive.
My fatigue, cold and numb hands and feet, dry scaly skin, muscle and joint aching and stiffness, weakness, depression, motion sickness, nausea, dizziness, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and losing my hair are all probably caused by this disease.
My doctor doesn’t want to prescribe medication at this time because the side effects could worsen other problems I have, namely paroxismal atrial tachycardia and osteoarthritis. But I can do a lot with diet and supplements. I’m reading up on it now.
It took me six years to convince my doctor that something was wrong with me. He thought it was nothing but anxiety. I finally asked him to do a thyroid test, which he did.
I don’t like having this disease. But it’s good to finally know what’s wrong so I can fight it.
Really, I have much to be grateful for. I’m in pretty good shape for a woman in her late 80’s. I can still take care of myself. And my animals. I can see and hear and appreciate. I have my mind. And the sun still shines most of the time.

In the Dark

In the Dark
Days online researching natural ways to combat Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Especially checking nutrition and diets. Thinking of going gluten-free. Have seen a lot of praise for the Paleo diet, but…….So much meat! I’m a semi-vegetarian. When I eat the flesh of another animal, it’s usually fish, sometimes chicken or turkey. And then I battle guilt and regret. So this is a big issue for me.
I’m worried about my condition. Wonder how far along this disease is. Looking back, it seems it must have started before I got married. Maybe in my teens. I have a vague memory of a doctor telling me my thyroid test was slightly abnormal and he wanted to watch it. It was a long time before I saw a doctor again, and I forgot about it. In those days, we saw a doctor only when we were sick.
But it doesn’t do any good to rehash the past. This is now. And I will deal with what the present hands me.