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I spent New Year in the amazing Italian City of Venice.
I hadn’t been to Italy before at all, so I was understandably a bit worried about the whole gluten-free situation, since Italian cuisine is largely based around pasta, bread and pizza! But honestly, I didn’t really have anything to worry about. From the moment we got to Venice, we noticed signs for gluten-free pizza and pasta everywhere!
Before going out for the day, we’d have a look through TripAdvisor on our phones, to vet places for gluten-free options, which didn’t take longer than a few minutes to do. And I didn’t experience any cross-contamination or confused looks from waiters at all. I was really impressed with how knowledgeable they were and how easy it was to eat whatever I wanted.
In terms of how I coped with my health conditions, I did really well. Much better than when we went to Berlin a few months ago, for the exact same amount of time. The only thing that has changed since then, has been being gluten-free for much longer and using the progesterone cream for my oestrogen dominance. I’m hoping this means that the high cortisol has come down at least a little bit since.
My stamina was good and we even walked just under 30,000 steps on one day, which wasn’t an issue. I found that I only crashed in terms of needing a duvet day, the day after we got home, which is better than previous trips.
One thing we didn’t do, which did help when we went Berlin, was making sure we had a bath in our hotel bathroom. It’s amazing how much a bubble bath helps my muscles and energy levels, so we’ll be sure to include that in future.
And just like when we went to Berlin, I didn’t have any issue with taking my thyroid medication, NDT, through security. 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 were asked.
I’ll finish this post with some exciting news; my other half of over seven years proposed on New Year’s Eve, too!
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Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology. She is well-recognised as a crucial contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her books include “Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate” and “You, Me and Hypothyroidism”.