(Edited from 2015 on 4/9/19)
What do you think when you hear this statement? "You need to remove gluten from your diet to heal and feel better."
If your answer is, "NONONONONONONO!", you are not alone.
I remember when my Endo asked me, "Some people say giving up bread helps Hashi's. Do you WANT to give up bread?". What do you think I told her? Laughing, hysterically, we agreed that it was pretty much the silliest thing we'd heard and I went on my merry way with my Synthroid prescription.
Eventually, I gave gluten (not just bread) up on my own because, by that time, I wasn't feeling better and had read so much information about the detrimental affects of gluten, to all of us really, but especially for those of us with Thyroid and Autoimmune issues. In a nutshell why is Gluten so bad?
Hashimamas take note: The proteins of undigested gluten, the peptides, that sneak or leak into our bloodstream due to Leaky gut, which Gluten contributes to -- those gluten proteins are similar to the proteins that make up our THYROID. When these peptides get tagged for attack by our antibodies guess what gets attacked right along with or instead of the gluten? Yep! Our thyroid. Holy crap! That was an eye-opener and game-changer for me.
Giving up Gluten changed my life.
However, not right away. Not that I could tell.
I know...right? It doesn't sound very convincing. But here's my GUG (Giving Up Gluten) story.
I gave it up cold turkey. I'm talking Minnesota cold. No easing into it as some people advise. By the way, there is no point in being mostly gluten free. You've got to get it completely out of your system or you, and your gut, will still suffer.
So, it was all out. I was eating really healthy and I was taking these digestive enzymes I'd read about and I was feeling better. Lots of people asked me how it was going and could I tell the difference? I wasn't sure. I mean I felt better, yes. But I was skeptical, even though I didn't want to be. See, friends told me it was a diet fad, waiters told me it was a diet fad, I still wondered if it was a diet fad. I kept at it, anyway. (Very side note -- and now people are saying its the lectins or the chemicals not the gluten -- I was tested -- it's the gluten!)
So, I kept at it...UNTIL THE DAY. I was having a bad day, and I was a historically emotional eater, and this was about 7 weeks into my Gluten Free Lifestyle. The topic of the day is long forgotten, but the result stayed with me. Emotional eating got the best of me and ...
I binged. (cue the horror music!)
On pizza. Real pizza. As I remember, I ate as much as I could get my hands on and into my mouth. We were hosting a bonfire and because this was back when gluten free meant I could eat a sorry salad -- and I felt sorry for myself -- I gave in and allowed the eating frenzy. I didn't even have a reaction at first. When the frenzy was over...I went straight to bed. I probably thought I was fine. (take THAT Gluten!)
Until the next day. I woke up earlier than my usual early and felt like I'd been hit by a truck right smack dab in the face! It was worse than my worst hangover. It was worse than any sinus headache I could remember, and I'd had sinus headaches every day for like...ever. Bingo!