Ah ha! I will eat you kale.

It pays to do your research, especially if you are new into something like an autoimmune or thyroid disease.  

After my post about the goitrogenic foods, I was lamenting my kale loss on the interwebs and looking for a replacement.

That’s when I stumbled on this article by a physician who questions the craze people seem to have over goitrogens.  In this piece, he mentions that many of the veggies and fruit Hashi’s patients are told to avoid actually are better for us because they are superfoods and carry important immune-boosting things that are important for folks with compromised bodies.

This got me digging a little more and discovered that this is a growing movement of thought among practitioners.  What people are really saying to avoid are soy products because so much of the soy supply is GMO and that is even more no bueno for autoimmune peeps.  In addition, it also is bad for leaky gut which also appears in many autoimmune patients.  It’s just all around bad.

Then, yesterday, this article came up in my news feed.  Dr K (as he is known), is a well-known functional medical doctor who specializes in thyroid and Hashimoto’s.  Dr K argues a very similar case as the other article I found, which is that the foods are bad but soy is.  Then, he suggests that a small iodine supplement is all you need to avoid goiter formation.  

The interwebs exploded with this article yesterday.  People were coming out of the woodwork saying that they felt BETTER when they ate these “forbidden” foods.  It made me think about how good I feel when I drink my juices and I agree.  I do feel better when I have concentrated veggies going into my system.  

Ultimately, I will discuss this with my new doctor but I will have to make a decision for myself.  The one thing I’ve learned is that with autoimmune disorders, particularly with Hashimoto’s (because it’s so sneaky and affects more than one area of your body), you really need to figure out what works and what triggers a flare.

So I’m back to my kale, dammit.  I will continue to be vigilant with my research and make decisions based on how I feel and what I think is best for me.  I have to go with my gut as I learn and be open to new things but also be smart enough not to buy all the hype that I read online.


Food woes

I’m finding that food manufacturers lie.  Well, maybe not, but they don’t make it easy to be gluten free.

My beloved rice Triscuit replacement?  NOT gluten free.  

Sneaky gluten ingredients appear in all sorts of ingredient lists.  You really, really have to look.

Then, if you do find them to be gluten free, the cost is ridiculous.  I’m going to have to get into the kitchen and cook a lot of my own things.

I plan to start posting some things as I experiment.  I will probably lean towards using more coconut flour than almond flour.  I’ve heard that nuts are not good in high quantities for Hashi people, but I need to find out which nuts are suspect.

I’m also learning about goitrogens.  These are foods that interfere with thyroid functioning.  Top of the list?  Kale.  Yes, my beloved juices may have been making my situation even worse this summer.  It’s okay in moderation when they are cooked, but raw?  No bueno.  Now I know to use Swiss Chard instead, but still.  I can’t catch a break!

I go in for my first rounds of labs next week.  I’m interested to see how my hormones look since this is month one with no pill.