I’ve talked a little bit about my Hashimoto’s thyroiditis diagnosis before, but aside from annual visits to the endocrinologist to check my hormone levels and make sure the nodules aren’t growing explosively, I haven’t really thought much about it until recently. An acquaintance on Facebook was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer and Hashi’s, and she has been pointing me to some resources about the disease, including Gina Lee Nolan’s Thyroid Sexy Facebook page.
I also saw many references to thyroiditis in the paleo and primal communities. So when Mel at Clothes Make the Girl highly, highly recommended Mary J. Shomon’s The Thyroid Diet Revolution, I thought I’d take a look at it.
A few facts about my thyroiditis:
- I was diagnosed by my OB/Gyn because my neck felt swollen
- I haven’t felt any severe symptoms that I know of. I feel pretty tired sometimes, but I’m also running a lot, so
- I have noticed some discomfort after eating a large amount of pasta, but nothing especially dramatic or terrible
- I have several thyroid nodules but no trouble breathing
- I have had the nodules biopsied and they are benign
So! That’s where I am. I have an autoimmune disease that is, so far, not having any ill effects and I have thyroid hormones in the normal range. I know the basics about my disease but a lot of the specifics people are dealing with (or are angry about on sites such as Stop the Thyroid Madness) really don’t apply to me. I feel fine, for the most part. I wanted a calm, rational, even-handed source for more information about thyroiditis. The Thyroid Diet Revolution is exactly that.
Things I learned:
- Even though my thyroid is functioning within normal levels, you can treat it anyway. Apparently treatment for a ‘eurythyroid’ (normal) Hashimoto’s can reduce the chance and severity of autoimmune disease progression. Some researchers say it can halt the progression of Hashi’s or prevent the development of hypothyroidism. I definitely need to follow up with my doctor about this! Apparently a lot of doctors won’t do this, though, so it may be a struggle.
- I had read a bit about food sensitivities in Hashimoto’s patients but I didn’t know a lot of specifics. The most common items thyroid patients are allergic to: wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and fish. I don’t know that I have problems with any of those things, but I might try cutting out some of them.
- The focus on so many kinds of diets without judgment. The ones she endorses are heartily endorsed, but even others such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, etc., are reviewed even-handedly. It’s great. She does such a good job of pointing out what might work for you about them.
- The focus on the mind-body connection is wonderful. My favorite part is something I have found true for years:
Think about your goals positively…So instead of “I need to lose weight,” focus on “I will eat more healthfully and get more exercise so that I can get to a better weight for me.” I don’t know why this works, but it does. Perhaps instead of challenging your body to a duel and telling it you are going to take away something, you are saying that you will be adding good things to it, improving it, and making it better.
- The resources section of helpful websites and doctors is AMAZING. I’m happy with my doctor, but it’s good to know that if I’m ever unhappy, I have ways to get the care I need.
Again, Mel at Clothes Make the Girl wrote a really helpful review at her site, so I recommend checking that out as well.