So yesterday, I found out I had Hashimoto’s. An autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid, causing hypothyroidism. Well, at least I know what’s causing my underactive thyroid, but c’mon! This never ends! Why is hypothyroidism so complicated to live with and comes with so much baggage?! Gah.
Ironically, I wrote a blog entry about Hashimoto’s less than a week ago, before I found out I had it. As it states there, I should really consider going gluten-free, as many ‘Hashi’ patients claim it makes their hypothyroid symptoms better. i.e. less fatigue, brain fog and muscle pain. I’ve got to give it a go. I’ve heard mixed reviews on whether it actually makes a difference, and even those who don’t have Hashi’s or hypothyroidism often state that going gluten-free helps fatigue, so it’s not necessarily just limited to Hashimoto’s patients. It could possibly be good for anyone.
I’ve asked friends who have also gone gluten-free for any advice, and many have been really helpful with suggestions and tips. They said to look at naturally gluten-free alternatives, rather than buying from the supermarket ‘gluten-free’ aisles, as they’re often a lot more expensive, capitalising on the fact it makes life easier for us to just pick up things with ‘Gluten Free!’ printed on them, rather than actually checking labels for ‘Gluten’ or ‘Wheat’ under ingredients on general items.
I don’t eat bread and don’t eat much pasta anyway, so it won’t be a huge change. I think I’m going to slowly replace any gluten containing things I go to use/eat with non-gluten alternatives/versions and so slowly integrate it, rather than binning everything in the kitchen cupboards with gluten in and having to restock in one go. That sounds majorly stressful and overwhelming!
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes, although I suspect it could take a good month or two before I start to see any differences.
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Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism
Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.