I went to Berlin last week, for a few days.
And it was great! We love Berlin (my partner and I), so we had loads of fun.
We saw lots of the famous landmarks and visited the Bundestag and some museums, as well as eating lots of yummy food!
We love the variety of places to eat in Berlin, and the bars, too. I found it quite daunting, having recently gone gluten free (which is tricky in the best of circumstances), when thinking about having to find places to eat. But on the whole, it wasn’t really an issue.
We found that finding places (including the hotel where we stayed) who served breakfast options without gluten, was most difficult. The only option everywhere we looked was fruit, which isn’t good for me as a meal without lots of protein, especially in the morning, because I would have a sugar crash not long after. I need protein; eggs, meat, cheese etc. So, we found a little supermarket and bought these things, so we could make up breakfast ourselves in the morning. Luckily, we’d booked to stay in an apartment, which had its own kitchen, so it worked out really well. In the future, we’d go for this setup again or just pack gluten free breakfast food.
Finding places for lunch and dinner was made loads easier with the Trip Advisor app, too. There’s a filter to search for places who list that they have gluten free options, but searching reviews by the words ‘gluten’ or ‘coeliac’ also helped me narrow them down. We found places where people wrote reviews about ‘lots of gluten free choices’ and ‘I’m coeliac and did just fine here’. We also looked up menus online before going so I knew that there was definitely something I could have there. Considering Germany is famous for its burgers and sausages (usually in buns, too!), it was daunting to think I’d struggle finding suitable food. On a whole, staff were very knowledgeable and understanding, so it was actually pretty easy, looking back.
In terms of my health with having hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue, I learnt that in order to conserve energy for as long as possible, to get through the busy days sightseeing, you should never pass up an opportunity to sit down!
I was much healthier on this trip compared to last year, though. Last year, I was really ill from my inadequately treated hypothyroidism and undiagnosed adrenal fatigue, so although I enjoyed myself, physically I realllllly struggled. It was so depressing.
This year, I was able to pace myself much better, and as well as being on a thyroid medication that works better for me, I learnt to rest, sit, eat often and take baths at the end of each day to recharge fairly quickly.
On the day of travelling back home, I was fine. I wasn’t overly tired or in any discomfort. My first full day back in the UK (and also at work) was also fine. I’m amazed that I was able to return back to ‘real life’ without any recovery time needed.
Something also worth noting, is that I didn’t have any issues with taking my thyroid medication, NDT. I packed just what I needed for the few days in the original packaging in my old luggage, but I also brought another lot of just what I needed in a pill box organiser in my hand luggage. No questions asked. I used the one below.
Pill Box 7 Day Pill Box Pill Organizer 14 Compartment Weekly Pill BoxWhich worked really well and cost me next to nothing.
Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism
Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018, and is a qualified Diet and Nutritional Advisor, also currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Motivational Speaking, Reflexology and more. 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.