Hashimoto’s and Dietary Changes

Hashimoto's and Dietary Changes
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Hashimoto’s and Dietary Changes

This blog seems to be turning into a journal of my health journey. My goal has always been to document it for my own personal reasons, but also to put it out there for anybody else who may be chronic Googlers (see #2) like myself.  So, if you are one of those; keep reading…

Hashimoto's and Dietary Changes

So You’ve Got Hashimoto’s Disease

I was recently diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s disease. I had a feeling for many years that I had something wrong with my thyroid, but for whatever reason didn’t get the testing done to verify it.

A few weeks ago that changed when I requested lab work from my doctor. My TSH levels were 38 times the normal level.

I was immediately put on a starter dose of synthetic thyroid hormones. I was amazed at how quickly they began to work and how much more energy I had. I actually felt rested after sleeping for a decent amount of time and wasn’t requiring 10+ hours of sleep each night and still feeling exhausted. My need for a nap everyday decreased too.

Thyroid Medication for Hashimoto's Levothyroxine
Levothyroxine – Thyroid Medication

And then my body adjusted to the medication. I began having a hard time sleeping at night and felt fatigued during the day. My symptoms seemed to have returned as if nothing was ever done in the first place.

And that’s where I am now. I’m pretty sure the dosage will need to be increased, but I haven’t had my labs drawn yet to check the levels.

Researching Alternative Treatments

In the meantime, I started researching the medication and treatment. Call me naive, but I was slightly surprised to find that most people who are put on medication are on it for their entire life.

Y’all, that’s a long time!

I don’t want to rely on medication my entire life so I have been researching alternative treatments. While there is no cure that I have found, I have come across many articles where people were able to get their Hashimoto’s in remission by making lifestyle and dietary changes.

This book, Hashimoto’s Protocol in particular helped me. It has an incredible amount of information to get you started on your own journey.

Lifestyle & Dietary Changes

My lifestyle isn’t the healthiest and I’ve known for a long time I needed to make some changes, but I’ve always felt overwhelmed when trying to make those changes and ultimately giving up.

So, here I am. Changing everything, starting with my diet. Saying “Goodbye!” to some of my favorite foods.

This is the first step into trying to treat this disease without medication.

For the record, I will continue taking the medication, until I have completed all of the steps needed in order to start weaning off to test my levels off of the medication. 

Going Gluten Free

I’ve realized that in order to make it manageable and something I can stick with without getting overwhelmed, I need to take it slowly and begin with just 1 meal everyday. While there is a whole list of trigger foods, I am beginning with just one: gluten. I know I won’t see immediate results with this method, but it will help me get used to the new dietary changes over a period of time.

I am beginning with gluten as that is the biggest trigger for Hashimoto’s. For 1 week I will only eat breakfast foods that do not contain gluten. I typically just eat fruit for breakfast, but will sometimes have foods containing gluten like biscuits, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, toast, or cereal.

Slices of Bread
Dear Bread, I’m going to miss you…

After a week, I will begin eliminating gluten from snacks and other meals. I figure as time goes on, it will get easier.

Since this is my beginning, I’d love any “been there, done that” advice. What are some of your favorite gluten free breakfast foods? 

 

Author: Aduke Schulist

Aduke Schulist is a 30 something content creator living in the heart of Arkansas. She enjoys blogging, vlogging, and spending way too much time on social media. Aduke is a big fan of true crime documentaries and advocating for people with special needs. You can find Aduke on social media as @AdukeSchulist.

50 thoughts on “Hashimoto’s and Dietary Changes”

  1. My friend has hashimoto’s and is on a really strict diet. It really helps her, so I hope it works just as well for you!

  2. I have to admit I’ve not heard of Hashimoto’s Disease, it must be scary to find out you have such an illness going on. Good luck with your dietary changes.

  3. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease about three years ago. I’ve transitioned to a primarily whole foods diet, and I feel the effects when I eat something I shouldn’t. It’s not an easy disease to manage as it affects so much. I wish you luck in your journey and will be subscribing for updates.

  4. Thank goodness I don’t have any family members who have food allergies thank goodness. I do keep a gluten free master mix on hand for baking for friends who are gluten free.

  5. Wow I honestly do not have any as I am not gluten free but I am so glad you got your diagnosis! Take great care of yourself! I love that you are looking for alternative ways to do so!

  6. I also have hypothyroidism and it has been quite the journey. It took a long time to find the right dosage for me. Diet has been a huge part of getting it under control.

  7. I havent heard of this before but can relate to dietary changes! I’m currently cutting dairy out to see if it helps me and I’ve had to say goodbye to so many of my favourite foods!

  8. Thyroid issues run in my family and I think I should get checked for Hashimoto’s myself. My mom had it and my cousin was just diagnosed. I was trying some natural supplements, but I would like a blood test. I struggle with fatigue, poor circulation, and other symptoms.

  9. You really seem to have such a positive attitude about your diagnosis. This is a really big deal and lifestyle change but you can totally manage it. It’s cool to share your experiences for others.

  10. Diet is so important for anyone and especially important for those with health concerns. I personally have to limit my intake of sugar and caffeine to prevent my anxiety from increasing. Food really can be a form of medicine.

  11. I have a good friend that has Hashimotos. She is on a SUPER strict diet as well, and the changes she had to make were so big. Thank you for sharing this post. I am totally sharing with her.

  12. I don’t know about this situation, however I am glad that you are doing well, and enjoying your wonderful lifestyle. We all are in diet of our choosing and it that method works on us, then stick to it.

  13. I haven’t heard about this and I really don’t have knowledge about it. I hope you will continue to be well and the changes in your diet will improve your health.

  14. Your post reminds me of the goiter I had when I was in high school. I went to the doctor when I couldn’t bear the uneasy feeling I had and it was then I found out I had goiter. I am glad it was caught early, now I am free of it.

    I wish you all the best, hope that you will get though it and that the meds you are taking and all the changes you are making will eventually get rid of Hashimotos.

  15. This has a lot of great tips in it. I don’t know anyone who has this disease but if I ever meet someone, I will be sure and share your post.

  16. I have never heard of this before so it was an eye opener. I hope that the dietary changes will help out with everything.

  17. I didn’t know much about this til now. I could only imagine how hard it could be with foods. I’ve been trying to change my diet and it isn’t as easy as you’d hope.

  18. It’s so very true that food is also medicine. Good for you for taking it at your own pace, because you’re so right, changes that stick are those that we’ve implemented gradually. Some ideas I love for breakfast? An omelet or frittata with lots of colorful veggies .. or maybe even a bowl of gluten-free oats with pretty fruit? I always feel like I’m caring for myself if I take the time to make my meals beautiful. x

  19. A couple decades ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Hashimotos and Pappilary thyroid cancer. Because of the cancer I had both glands totally removed. As a result, I am on thyroid medication for the rest of my life. I’m sorry you’re going through this and I hope you find a way to control your Hashimotos long-term without medication.

    1. Sorry to hear that. I am awaiting an ultrasound to see just how mine looks. I know there is a chance it may need to be removed, but I am really hoping not. I don’t want to have to take medication for the rest of my life especially if I still have a thyroid.

  20. My aunt has Hashimoto’s. I am not sure what she did to control her symptoms. Fatigue and constantly getting sick was her main symptoms. Just stay consistent in pushing for answers when you go to the doctor since you know your body best. As a special needs mom, you already know how to be an advocate for them and now it is your turn to do it for yourself. I hope that you find the answers and solution to help you maintain a semi-normal life.

  21. I had never heard of this before. I’m glad you are making changes so you stay healthy. I’m not sure about gluten free foods, but I know there are tons of options out there.

  22. I have never heard of Hashimoto’s. I hope changing your diet helps you. I am sure a lot of people like me don’t know about Hashimoto’s and you will help spread awareness.

  23. Thank you for sharing your story and journey. Hope it helps many people with similar issues. It also helps us understand you more.

  24. Kudos to you for making a lifestyle change. It is tough to have to suddenly change your daily routine. I’m glad you got tested and you are taking steps to get rid of the need for medication.

  25. I never thought it was the other term for thyroid problem. I hope you could easily dwell on it. Indeed some lifestyle change has to be done especially on your food intake. Hmm, dairy products maybe fore me.

  26. I honestly had never heard of Hashimoto’s until this post. I am in the process of trying to lose weight myself and I am trying to make lifestyle changes rather than look to pills.

  27. My son has a sugar free dietary restriction. He has had it since he was a little guy. He is now 8 and we have really mastered the restrictions. I find several low sugar products are also gluten free. I shop at Wegmans and I heard Whole foods have great options as well. Try the “Sans Sucre” company they have great tasting baking mixes that are gluten free but taste “regular”. You can have your cupcakes, brownies etc again. best of luck

  28. I had no idea that it was the other term for a thyroid issue. What an amazing story this is. It really is awesome what diet can change!

  29. I’ve heard of thyroid but didn’t know that avoiding gluten helps. Good to hear that you’re starting your own dietary regime for your thyroid. Good news is that there are so many gluten free food for non-gluten consumers.

  30. While I am not gluten free I know many of the products have come a long way from their beginning. Hopefully you can find gluten free alternatives because I would personally die without bread and pasta. Good luck and I hope you are able to get everything under control!

  31. Glad you are making changes in your diet. I only eat oats for breakfast and it’s not even gluten free, but I know there are a lot of gluten free foods in the market now.

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