Gluten free, take 2

wheat field greenI went gluten free (or GF for short) last year in July, and it helped with my symptoms of autoimmune disorder, most likely Hashimoto’s, although I still haven’t gotten a definitive diagnosis on that. More on that at a later date. Going GF cleared up my stomach issues, “brain fog” and really helped the fatigue I was experiencing. But when I started going through surgery and treatment for thyroid cancer in November 2015, I ran back to the loving embrace of gluten since I thought that now that I got to the bottom of the issue, I wouldn’t have to do the whole gluten free thing. It also helped me feel better since most of my comfort foods are bread-related.

But now with everything I’m learning from many cancer survivors as well as those in the Hashimoto’s and autoimmune community, I feel compelled to try GF again. It seems to me that gluten, as well as dairy and other foods for many people, can be toxins that many of us cannot process and that cause a multitude of really nasty symptoms.

I have a history of such a smattering of “non-specific” and wide-ranging symptoms that most doctors (including primary care physicians, endocrinologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, ENTs, and whoever else I’ve seen) can’t give me an answer as to what is going on within my body.

So here I am again, trying to do nutritional and lifestyle changes in order to address my symptoms. Hopefully soon I’ll have more to report on getting to the underlying cause of these symptoms. For now I’m taking it one step at a time, with this step being going gluten free (again).

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