And happy it truly is! I am so grateful to have stuck with my decision to go gluten free, because I truly believe this was one of the main reasons I am now Hashimoto’s free. I stuck with it 100%. I made no exceptions.The decision to go gluten free was both easy and not so much at first. It was easy, because the other option of being sick simply was not an option. It was difficult, because it was like starting a whole new life. I had to do research on what I could/could’t eat, had to read every label of the foods I bought, had to research restaurants before going out or traveling. It wasn’t easy from the social aspect of it – I always had to either bring something gluten free with me when going to dinner to a friends/family’s house or just to simply inform them of my restrictions.I hear some people don’t want to be a “pain in the rear” when going to restaurants and making special requests. I had no problem being assertive, and I had good response from servers, waiters. Although, some of them were still behind the times and didn’t know what I was talking about. But I am seeing less and less of this these days.Going to restaurants isn’t a problem, as long as we do our research ahead. Most of them have gluten free menus, and the staff is knowledgeable about gluten restrictions. There is plenty of gluten free “deliciousness” out there!
Eventually this lifestyle became second nature. What also helped was that my husband went gluten free as well. His and my food sensitivity tests showed that we are both sensitive (not allergic) to gluten. I guess we were really made for each other! 🙂
He truly was reactive to gluten though. As soon as he stopped gluten his head and thinking cleared, stopped being groggy in the middle of the day. And all of that happened 3 days later! My sensitivity wasn’t so obvious. I guess my sensitivity translated into Hashimoto’s attacks.
I also feel that the food I eat these days is so much better than I used to eat! I hardly eat anything process, and mostly whole, real foods. If you think about it, what’s in processed foods? Breads, cakes, muffins, cookies… Wheat flour! Gluten! My hubby an I had to be creative in escaping the gluten-full world, and in the process we found a whole other delicious reality.
I did a lot of research in the last year about gluten, it’s affects on us, and it’s affects on Hashimoto’s. More on that in the next post.
Are you gluten free as well? How do you feel being gluten free? Feel free to comment here, would love to hear about your experiences.