SO happy to have found this group!
I'm 32yo, living in the LA area (California) and the mom of a beautiful daughter who is to turn 3 in December. A year after her birth, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis after heading to a doc for tests since I felt off still and thought by then, the hormones should have sorted themselves out. Prior to that, a month before I conceived my daughter, I had a miscarriage at 8 weeks. It was devastating for my husband and I. I almost wonder if Hashimoto's is to blame. I probably had this darned condition my whole life. I have many hypothyroid symptoms but since they are generally not concidered *life threatening* I was laughed at by friends and family who I told about the auto immune disease and my doc pretty much ignored my symptoms since the TSH tests came back "normal". People still think I'm making excuses for my maddening bouts of forgetfulness/brain fog, my mood swings and emotional outbursts, crazy periods, unexplained weight gain and zero loss (even on a 1500 calorie diet). Luckily, I never had issues with breastfeeding supply. I started posting about my diagnosis on the Kellymom.com forums (thank goodness I found KM!) and was directed to try a gluten-free diet based on a few ladies who read about the correlation of gluten intolerance and Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
Long story short, I forced my doc to try me on low-dose levothyroxine although I asked for Armour. She was adamant that I not go that route. I'm not sure if it's working but-- have been only been taking it since April. Right around the same time, I weaned to a GF diet, then cut all grains, then most sugar and dairy. Now-- the latter two groups I am still eating in moderation. I don't do any other sugar besides honey/coconut palm sugar and try and only eat pastured dairy and usually make my own ghee. I'm torn between primal/paleo but really like Mark Sissons' way of doing things. He has his wine, dark chocolate and cheese on occasion. So shall I. I love his outlook on life and he's a great writer as well, making it more of a lifestyle I want to be a part of.
Paleo folks like Robb Wolf and the Whole9 peeps also warn eggs and nightshade veggies are bad for someone with an auto-immune disease such as myself. I don't have any allergies to speak of and I figure-- I am cooking every day, I rarely go to dinner and when I do, I stay on track. The only things I struggle with are sugar and dairy. Mostly sugar. Who knew I'd not miss any carbs at all? Crazy to me. I loooooved pasta. I mean, loved it!!! Now I do zucchini or sweet potato "noodles" and it's a great substitute! And just last night, the toddler was happily enjoying my fried "rice" which was just almost-pureed cauliflower fried in coconut oil. Amazing!
I feel great. I noticed my body changing, I am doing a semi-crossfit routine at home with a kindle version of a "gym-free" workout routines. I think it's the diet and not the levothyroxine. Or maybe it's both, I really don't know. Seeing an internist later then week to find out more. My DH has lost weight as well and loves my cooking even more since I am cooking up new and different dishes galore-- it's really fun.
Just did a strict paleo challenge that was supposed to end on the 30th however, I am falling off the wagon for... you guessed it... Cheese! And honey! Ugh... it's hard but I feel good about making it last two weeks! I am gearing up to lose at least 20 pounds and then TTC #2 in December.
Again-- so glad to see this group!