Going gluten free!

An audible gasp can be heard from chefs, bakers and restaurant workers around the world!

Ok, I’m being overly dramatic but yes, I am going to try going gluten free. That means omitting wheat (durum, semolina, farina, bulgur, cake flour, matzo, couscous, etc.), rye and barley from my diet. A big no to bread, cake, cookies, pizza, spaghetti, beer, etc. But I can still have rice, potatoes, corn for all my carb cravings.

I decided to go this route after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis., an autoimmune disease that mistakingly attacks my thyroid gland. While it is not life threatening, it does affect by general being. I got diagnosed by the rheumatologist who basically told me I just have this and that there is nothing I can do about it (since I already take medication for my hypothyroidism-connected to Hashimoto’s but not interchangeable, I’m still a little confused about it but a good article is here). That pissed me off. I waited 2 hours in his waiting room (better than the 3 hours at my first visit) and then another 15 in the exam room for him to tell me this and not have a treatment or any advice for it? Something he could have told me over the phone (which is what he said he was going to do after my first visit and told me he wasn’t going to put me through the wait again. HA! I can’t help but hear ka-ching as insurance money dives into his deep pockets). Anyway, I did some online research and many people who have this disease has said that when they went gluten free (with Vitamin D and fish oil supplements) they felt so much better and ‘reversed’ the disease. I put reverse in quotes because doctors say this disease has no cure.

And can I give a shoutout to the positives of Facebook? I put in my status that I was going gluten free and asked if anyone else is and loving it. I got such wonderful and helpful positive responses. Sure I know I can easily find a lot of info online about going gluten free,  a little too much so it’s wonderful to be able to just go to some of the resources people I know use. And to find out that someone else I know also has Hashimoto’s! I would not have found this out without FB.

Anyway, I don’t know how strict I have to be gluten free but figured I at least try to be in the beginning and see how I’m feeling and then eventually add some gluten back in. Just to see. It’s going to take some extra work going GF, especially going out to eat. I’ll just take it one day at a time!


  1. Jungy
    April 22nd, 2010 | 6:44 pm

    Wow. So sorry to hear about this, but glad you’re trying to turn it into a positive. Guess this means future trips to Shopsin’s are out, but the company is much more important than the food…and hey, I’m always game to try gluten free stuff in solidarity. ; )

    Hugs! xoxo

  2. April 23rd, 2010 | 5:22 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. What a bummer! BUT, I know lots of people who are gluten free and they really love it. I’m sure it will take work, but there are definitely lots of gluten free options out there… and fruits & veggies are always cool! 🙂


  3. Carol Menou a.k.a. Grandma
    April 26th, 2010 | 10:30 pm

    Relieved its not life threatening just extremely annoying not to able to eat anything you want to. Anyway after being gluten free for a while you may actually be happy with cutting out certain foods.. As you say just take it one day at a time, baby steps..

  4. Brenda
    April 27th, 2010 | 2:26 pm

    Being gluten-free doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in cupcakes. That just means we’ll be going to BabyCakes instead of Sugar Sweet Sunshine!

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