Some days when I wake up I feel like I could conquer the world. Other days I feel as though the covers on my bed can’t hide me well enough. For years I have been asking the question, “why??”! Well, after many doctors, naturopaths, quacks and blogs I have finally found my answer – at lease what seems to be a better answer than what I have gotten in the past – Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. What a big word for such a small malfunctioning gland.
Unfortunately, I was not just told I have Hashi’s but rather an even more devastating diagnosis for me: gluten intolerant! WHAT?? Obviously this doctor did not get the memo about me spending 2 years and mega $$ for a culinary degree! How could I cut out all the things I blog about, dream about, study and produce? I thought grain was my friend but it turns out it has been the enemy, disguised as a friend, for years. Apparently, Hashi’s, gluten intolerance and Celiac disease are very intertwined with one another. To find out more click here.
I have felt so up-and-down crappy for years (16 to be exact) that I have tried to solve this through numerous cleanses, restrictive diets and herbs of every kind… not to mention the countless visits with “health practitioners”. Some of these practitioners gave good advice, others great advice, but never ALL the advice that I needed at one time. It was either about my hormones out of wack, thyroid is way to high, candida overgrown in my body, leaky gut causing my symptoms or I was depressed (I loved that one!) All of these conditions may have been true at one time or another but nothing I did to address it seemed to make a difference.
So after getting over the initial shock of no more gluten for me, I got to work researching how I could make this a good thing. What I found is that this diagnosis might be one of the best things to ever happen to me, now I will begin a new journey to heal my body!