When I had #babybigtruck I planned to nurse her. Once I had her we started the breastfeeding journey only to have to stop because I never produced milk.
In August of 2015 after I suffered a ectopic pregnancy I found out I had a thyroid issue and was put on synthorid to help stabilize my thyroid. It’s been a journey to say the least. I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos and have since had to up my synthroid dose. After recently talking with my doctor he has suggested I try a gluten free and dairy free diet. I figure it is worth a shot and if it is going to help me feel my best it is something I have to do not only for myself but for my family as well. While I will be trying the gf/df life I am not going to make my girls do it as they need dairy at this stage in their life and show no intolerance to it. I am not sure what Mike will do but I am sure that he will support me no matter what I have to do.
So what is Hashimotos Thyroidosis? It is an autoimmune disease that messes with your entire body and honestly is not fun. Symptoms include those that are common with hypothyroidism such as lethargy, constipation, weight gain, being cold, puffy face, dry skin hair loss to name a few. On top of all those people with Hashimotos can have other symptoms such as depression or anxiety, chronic fatigue, dry hair, irritability, nervousness, muscle pain or cramps, digestive issues, POCS, breast tenderness, infertility and miscarriage, and cognitive difficulties especially with paying attention. Sounds like fun right Well I personally suffer from most of these symptoms and it sucks! Really the only one on this list I did not suffer with is constipation -TMI?- and puffy face.
After talking to my doctor this week he suggested making the change to gluten free and dairy free and I have decided that I am gonna take it on. I am mostly gluten free as it is so that change isn’t going to be too hard. I think the one I am going to struggle with most is going to be the dairy free. I am not sure how I want to go about this but I know I need to try it for myself to see how I feel. I think I will concentrate on going gluten free first and then slowly start making changes int he dairy department. I do not eat much dairy in the form of milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt as it is but it is the “hidden” dairy that I think is going to be an issue. I know there is dairy in so much and I am going to have to really pay attention to labels when I start down that path.
With all of this said, if you are gluten free and or dairy free please pass on all your suggestions, tips, favorite recipes and brands!