Going gluten free.

As with most things I set out to do, I tend to be the queen of starting something, and not seeing it through to the finish. Like, at the beginning of the year when I tried the 21-day vegan kickstart to eliminate inflammatory foods, and try to help my hypothyroidism symptoms. It only lasted so long before I fell back in to my old habits, and here I am, six months later and having gained even more weight.

As easy as it is to say, “I have hypothyroidism! Weight loss is hard” Is that really all it is? Am I doing enough to help myself? Nope. Not even close. I am a part of a thyroid group who share their experiences in trying to get their thyroid optimal. I am not there yet, but something that I’ve seen over and over is people who have started to feel better after going gluten free. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s something I am willing to try. How else will I know? 

“The problem is that your immune system can mistake the thyroid for gluten, causing it to come under attack. When people think of gluten intolerance, they typically think of celiac disease (CD), but this is just one manifestation of gluten intolerance.” 

Source https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18316/this-is-what-gluten-can-do-to-your-thyroid-it-isnt-pretty.html

This is going to take some work, so I’ve been researching and pinning things to help. But starting today, this is something I’m going to try to see if it helps! 

Day 1: June 4, 2017

Weight: 148 

Symptoms: Even after full night’s sleep, still exhausted. Some days of feeling light-headed. Various stomach ailments, like bloating and pain. 

Do you have hypothyroidism and hashimotos? I’d love to hear if you’ve tried going gluten free and if it’s helped your symptoms! 

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6 thoughts on “Going gluten free.

  1. Hi! I have Hashimotos, and am not YET hypothyroid (but I know whats coming). The first thing I did after I was diagnosed was read everything I could get my hands on about how to stay healthy, since I wasn’t on (and am still not on) medication. EVERYWHERE I looked said cut the big three- Gluten, Soy, dairy. Ok. Fine. I don’t care much about soy (I try to opt for soy free when I have the chance but I don’t get crazy). I love dairy, and would give it up as a last resort. Gluten, on the other hand, seems to be the big one. So I did it. November 1, 2016 I cut out gluten and except for the occasional unintentional slip up, have managed to keep it out of my diet. Life completely changed. Full disclosure, I also have vit d and iron deficiency so I started D and iron at the same time. But that being said, without gluten, the bloat is gone, most of the stomach issues are either gone or fewer and farther between, I haven’t had a migraine in MONTHS, and I have lost nearly 20lbs (with no exercise or any other changes). So I definitely think theres something to it. Do it for 6 months and see if you notice changes, If you don’t, screw it and eat what you like! Oh, and I did NOT give up dairy. B/c gluten free and dairy free pizza is the absolute shittiest bunch of shit out there and pizza was the hardest thing to give up. (Udi’s makes an amazing gf frozen pizza!)

    1. Thank you so much for your insight! I also have vitamin D and iron deficiency, but I’ve been taking supplements for that. I noticed a change for the better once I stared the D, but nothing drastic. I am the same.. I can easily cut soy without a problem. Milk, slightly more difficult, but I can do it. I’ve found that I really like cashew milk. I just went to the store and bought fruit, vegetables, cashew milk, hummus, and oatmeal to get me started. I know it’s going to take some getting used to, but I really want to see if it makes a difference. I just realized that I likely need to buy new spoons and possible new pots and pans? Is this something you did?

      1. Hi! No, I didn’t change anything in my kitchen. Since I wasn’t allergic, I figured minor cross contamination wasn’t going to be a big deal. Though I will say we are mostly gf in the house at this point, except for my husband’s loaf of bread. We only eat gf pasta, and most of our foods are gf (naturally or otherwise). He eats whatever he wants when he’s out, and we try to go to restaurants with a gf menu. Theres an app called Find Me Gluten Free which will scan your area for gf friendly places…. its free and def worth it! Other than that, I eat whatever I want within reason. OH! also get the Gluten Free Scanner app- so you can scan bar codes. Saves a lot of time in the grocery store!

  2. Hi! New follower here- I love your blog! I have Hashimoto’s as well and am hypothyroid. I started following the autoimmune paleo diet in December and have lost thirty pounds in six months by diet alone. I feel so much better- less anxiety, better sleep, less achy joints. At this point I’ve added a lot of things back in and am basically following a paleo diet. I did slip on gluten once when one of my students brought me a gigantic sugar cookie for Valentine’s Day (soooo good). But that night I had a crazy stomach and a bad headache. It was a nice reminder that cutting out gluten really was the right thing for my body. Good luck!

    1. Hi Jessie! Thank you! 🙂 Thank you for your insight! Did you decide to add back in to see if your body could handle it? I will definitely look at the autoimmune paleo diet! I’m on day two of gluten free. So far, so good!

  3. With the cookie, I just had no will-power. But since then, I’ve added back eggs and nightshades deliberately and with no problems. I’m still experimenting with nuts and seeds. I hope its still going well. 🙂 Stay strong!

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