A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where antibodies get confused and start attacking the thyroid gland. As time passes, this reduces the ability for the thyroid to function properly and even alters its structure.
When the doctor presented me with this diagnosis, I couldn't believe I had to face another serious disease, again (post on my health history coming soon). According to Western medicine, there is no existing treatment that can cure Hashimoto's.
I felt hopeless.
I am not comfortable with taking chemical drugs, as I prefer healing myself naturally. But I couldn't see a way to do this.
I was not satisfied with the explanation the doctor had given me about my health. I could not accept his verdict.
I kept telling myself: "There has to be an alternative"
I started researching. I asked my friend Google for a different viewpoint, and after hours (days?) spent in front of my laptop I finally found what I was looking for.
An Australian pharmacist had done a lot of research on this particular condition and she discovered a link between Hashimoto's and gluten.
I googled "Hashimoto's thyroiditis and gluten" and, wow- she was not the only one who identified this connection. Seeing as I had no other alternative, I decided to give it a try and go gluten-free.
Easier said than done, of course. Gluten is everywhere, and I am a baker's daughter.
After a few months – (and a lot of struggling) - I succeeded in staying consistent with my gluten-free diet and I instantly saw and felt changes in my body and mind. Less bloating, less fatigue, less brain fog, fewer headaches, fewer thyroid antibodies... and many other benefits.
As of of today, I still eat gluten-free most of the time at home, but not always when I am eating out - and I feel the difference. I don't feel my best when I am eating gluten, particularly with wheat, and I am more and more convinced that gluten doesn't do any good to my body, not at this point in my life at least.
And to top it off...
...about a month ago, I went to see an endocrinologist and guess what....
I no longer have Hashimoto's!
I lived for over a year with the certainty that I was sick - and that I would probably be so for the rest of my life. Could you imagine my relief when I found out that I was no longer sick and probably healthier than I have ever been my entire life?
I learned a few things from this experience:
- I am the only person who knows how I feel. Yes, I will do blood tests again. I will check my health from time to time, but I will always listen to my body, mind, heart and soul before making any decisions about my health/imbalance.
- I will never stop my inner quest because I will never stop learning new things about myself.
- Eating gluten-free can be challenging, but also a fun way to foster creativity with cooking.