A little backstory: I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Last year I went on the AIP diet for 7 months and became incredibly ill. My antibodies elevated, I had to more then double my thyroid medication, I started getting terrible boils, my mood became depressed, my sex drive disappeared, I had joint pain and numbness in my hands, and I dropped about 20 pounds on an already small frame. When I went off the diet I was 110 pounds at 5'6''. I am tiny so I didnt look too skinny, but friends were starting to worry.??
At the time I thought I simply wasnt getting enough carbs or calories (it was the summer and eating enough was a challenge, some days I estimated my calorie count was below 1500 a day), yet it became clear that I am someone who needs a higher carb intake...around 150g a day.??
I went off the diet sorta...I went off the AIP...yet I still primarily ate paleo, but allowed myself to eat what I wanted when I wanted. This meant eating out more often, eating occasional corn, beans, quinoa, GF bread products...but by and large still fundementally paleo. My thyroid levels evened out, my antibodies went down, I cut my medication in half, ??and all my symptoms went away. BUT I gained 15 pounds and seemingly all in my belly. I was tired of the constant bloated belly and the weight gain that wasnt slowing down, so I decided to try paleo again, this time not following the AIP protocol, but cutting out all the GF "bread" products, corn, beans, etc, etc. But still eating quinoa and rice here and there for carbs.
Sadly, after two weeks my body is once again freaking out. The boils have returned, the numb hands, the joint pain, the extreme fatigue, my meds have raised, and my weight isnt budging. WTF? I just cant figure out what is happening?! Am I allergic to something I am eating? Am I not getting enough carbs even when I think I am (I have thought I have been getting enough)? Its so frustrating. Anybody have insights into what could be the root of my bodies rejection to this diet?
Sample of a days diet:
Sweet Potato hash (1/2 cup) with two poached eggs and three slices of bacon: breakfast
Rice (1/2 cup), roasted broccoli, and fish: lunch
Banana and almond butter snack, or paleo banana "bread"
Dinner: Cauliflower mash, salad, and pork chop
Thanks for reading!??
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on March 18, 2015
at 11:01 AM
So, the individual symptoms: cold hands and feet are common along with hypothyroid/Hashimotos, but they're also a separate autoimmune condition called Reynaud's disease.?? This usually goes away once you eliminate grains.?? So you're already showing signs of three autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto's Reynaud's, and arthritis.)
Sadly, corn is still a grain, and can open up the gut lining in the same way that wheat does.?? It does have a gluten-like analogue protein, so should be avoided. Even things like oats have been shown to cause gluten like reactions in those with celiac disease.?? Since you've got Hashimoto's, you really should avoid all grains 100% of the time, to as high a degree as possible, and even look out for hidden sources of gluten such as cosmetics, soy sauce, and even as fillers in vitamins.
I've even heard of certain thyroid medication actually using corn as a filler, so check very carefully, you never know.?? Check the ingredients, it may well be the case since you've send some of your symptoms went away when you lowered your dose!
Quinoa is technically a seed, but evolved defenses similar to grains (which are also seeds), but it's high in saponins and can actually punch holes in the gut lining.?? It's sort of like eating soap.?? If you must eati, and I suggest you don't, you should soak it, drain it, and cook it along with some fat, so that the saponins will bind to both the water and the fat.?? But this won't be 100% effective, which if you have an autoimmune condition, you should avoid.
Beans can also cause gut lining damage in some people, especially if they haven't been fully soaked, drained, and well cooked.?? It's best to avoid them if you have an autoimmune disease.
In most people white rice is ok, but there are some that even react to that.?? So, check carefully your GF bread ingredients.?? I've had good luck with bread made from tapioca flour (Chebe brand on amazon), but only try it after you've eliminated all other possible sources of reactions, so if you do react, you'll known for sure if it's ok or not.
Eliminate all those grains, beans, and other contaminants, be very very strict about it, especially when eating at restaurants (avoid it as much as possible), and carefully check all ingredients in medicines and supplements, look out for hidden sources of grains such as barley malt, maltodextrose, corn, oats, etc.
Switch to potatoes if you can handle them, sweet potatoes, yams, batata, carrots, beets, parsnips for carb sources, possibly white rice if you can handle it without a reaction.
To heal your gut lining, consume bone broth daily and supplement with about 5-10g (yes grams) per day of L-Glutamine as powder.
This isn't a cure, and any exposure will bring back the symptoms.
on March 18, 2015
at 10:44 AM
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