Is it a bad idea to cut out only gluten on the SAD?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I've been trying to get more paleo in my food choices. I started with cutting out soy and gluten, but now (a few weeks later) I've actually begun to develop Hashimoto's.

Did taking those out cause a sudden cascade effect? Maybe eating those things constantly gives a slight protective effect against them?

Has anyone else experienced this? Is there any way to slow it down? I'm in an all-vegetarian house for now and can't cook meat in the kitchen, so I'm really restricted in food choice.



on January 12, 2013
at 10:02 PM

I can understand you having to keep your meat separate from your housemates food but if you're paying for that kitchen you should be able to cook what you want in it. Time for assertiveness classes. Failing that kickboxing ones should do the trick!

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on January 12, 2013
at 09:41 PM

You're suddenly now developing Hashi's? Actually, this is something that generally develops over a period of time, and gluten is now believed to be a primary trigger for it (and other autoimmune issues). If you've only switched up your diet very recently, it sounds as if you were on the way to developing it, and it has just now made itself known. Gluten and soy are certainly not necessary for anyone, and eliminating those two things alone is not going to hurt you/cause you to develop an autoimmune disorder.

If you test positive for Hashi's antibodies, I highly recommend you read up on autoimmune and paleo. Check out Chris Kresser or the Perfect Health Diet for starters.



on January 12, 2013
at 09:06 PM

Correlation =\= causation. Also, seriously, your housemates dictate your diet? Sounds like you need new housemates. Unless you don't pay rent, I guess, in which case I would say, ask a good friend if you can borrow their kitchen for a day, cook up a bunch of whatever you want, and keep it at home already cooked.


on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I developed thyroid disease in the past year myself and it has only improved since I cut out grains and went Paleo. It took months though of doing Paleo to see the results and believe me improvements in thyroid function take time and consistency, especially when it comes to your diet.

you need to incorporate fats in your diet from grass fed animals. The soy products that most vegetarians eat on a regular basis have to go too. I agree that you may need to look into the Autoimmune protocol for a little while at least until you figure out what you are most reactive to (and you will definitely know once you do the process of elimination). For me, there is no amount of processed sugar I can have that won't aggravate my thyroid symptoms and make me mentally feel like crap. I can have miniscule amounts of grass fed dairy, but only once every couple of months. I figured all this out by living on bone broth, grass fed beef, chicken soup, coconut milk, green tea and squash for a month (plus supplementing with vitamins and my thyroid meds). I slowly added certain things back in, one at a time, to see what I could and couldn't tolerate.

It will be a long process, but I would hope your housemates would be a bit more understanding given your condition. Sure it is an invisible illness but if left untreated or mistreated, it can make your life a lot worse. Worst case scenario, check out stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc., for organic pre-cooked chicken or turkey slices or buy organic brands of canned chicken or tuna fish online.

Good luck and I hope your condition improves as well! :)

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