No, I don’t have celiac—Going gluten free

Just in case you didn’t realize, I am not a doctor. What I am is a person who has been living with hypothyroidism for about 14 years. And quite frankly, was sick of feeling exhausted all the time. And the weight gain, anxiety, and overall brain fog. So I took my life in my own hands by researching and researching some more. Hopefully this will help you to try to find answers for yourself! And I think the first step is finding a doctor who won’t dismiss your concerns. And by first step.. unfortunately probably the hardest.

I mentioned back in June I believe that I planned on going gluten free in an attempt to feel better. Honestly, best decision I’ve made!

For years, I’ve been plagued with stomach issues. A few years ago, I had gone to the doctor numerous times to try to figure out what was going on. I was told to drink more water. I did, and nothing changed.

One doctor I finally went to, after telling him my family history, agreed to do a blood test for celiac. It came back negative. I just wanted to know what was going on with my body could actually be prevented in some way! But I did nothing. For years.

Last year, when I started feeling like my hypothyroid symptoms were getting worse, I went to my doctor yet again, and was told my numbers were fine. That’s when I found the Stop the Thyroid Madness website and Facebook group. They are a wealth of knowledge! Once I started taking both a T3 & T4 med (after finding a new doctor), I did begin to feel a little better, but the exhaustion, brain fog and stomach issues persisted. The doctor who prescribed my new thyroid medication also suggested the 21 Day Vegan kickstart. Which got me to thinking. After searching the internet, you might find yourself finding information about removing soy, dairy and gluten from your diet. Gluten kept popping up, so I searched and found this article.

As stated before, I went gluten free and it was hard to say definitively at first. Then I took two trips and didn’t stick to it. It was almost immediate regret. There was a lot of stomach pain and I struggled with exhaustion (even with enough sleep.)

It’s a tough road because I’ve had to go based on how I feel without a definitive test. I’ve had a person tell me it wasn’t necessary (gluten doesn’t affect thyroid!) and others who completely agree.

I just hope this information can help some!

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Personal health: update!

Last month, I shared that I was going gluten free in an attempt to try to feel better and I thought it was time for an update.

I'm still going strong! I thought about adding gluten back in about 3 weeks into this health change, but after talking with a number of people, it seems like it should be a longer process.

Do I feel better? Eh.. that's debatable. There's days where I feel I have more energy, and there was a week straight where all I wanted to do was sleep, even after getting enough.

So the jury is still out, but I also haven't eliminated other possible thyroid triggers like milk. I have an appointment with my doctor next week. While I think she's helping, I also think my thyroid levels are no where close to being optimal yet.

This brings me to my weight! My work gym hired a full-time trainer and nutritionist a few months ago and just recently started a fat loss competition. Since scale hasn't budged in months, I asked and got a nutrition plan focusing on Macro nutrients. I'm on the second week, and now that I have a food scale, I think this is going to be a powerful tool in making sure that while my thyroid isn't optimal, at least my nutrition can be!

Haven't moved the scale much at weigh-ins, but I'm determined!

(In picture, I am 146.8)

Accountability Time

At this exact moment, I have had one pair of jeans that fit me okay. That was until this morning, where another pair of pants became the victim of the dreaded thigh rub wear and split when I sat down. *Insert tears here*  So, I now how two choices; buy new jeans or lose the weight I need to in order to fit back into my others. I do need new jeans regardless, but I am definitely going to lean more towards the weight loss side because, at this point, it is definitely needed.

At 5’0″, right now I weigh exactly 145. Nowhere near being happy at this weight, where at this time last year, I was closer to my low of 125.6.

That brings us to accountability time!

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This is me as of February 12, 2017. I started the 21 Day vegan jumpstart, so I was working on eliminating dairy, meat, and soy from my diet. My doctor said I likely have Hashimoto’s, so I was debating eliminating gluten. I haven’t been tested for Hashimoto’s, so that is my next step. And of course, this lead me to be overwhelmed with coming up with a new meal plan. There are plenty of things to eat, but I’m not the best in planning. And so the vegan jumpstart went out the window.

Today, I’m working on planning. I’ve written my doctor an email to see if I can get more definitive answers and I’m committed to finally feeling better, both in my own skin and with keeping my hypothyroidism in check!