May 23, 2012

I'm (almost) Gluten-free

A couple of years ago, my endocrinologist ordered some labs to check me for Celiac disease, which came back negative. 

But I learned from reading The Gluten Connection by Shari Leiberman that the only guarantee for a positive Celiac test is having complete atrophy of the villi in your intestinal tract.  I also learned about the differences between Celiac, gluten intolerance/sensitivity, and an allergy. 

I also learned (from my dear friends on the Stop the Thyroid Madness support groups on Facebook) that avoiding gluten is a great way to offer my autoimmune system some more protection, since I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and juvenile, or type I, diabetes.

And so a few weeks ago, I took the plunge and went gluten-free.  While I'm not totally gluten-free (I'm not using a separate toaster or colander from our gluten-containing foods), I am working toward that goal. 

I feel better already.  I don't feel heavy or lethargic after eating any more.  No more gas or stomach aches, which were more frequent than I realized until I stopped having them.  I have fewer headaches, for sure. 

The biggest change?  I'm not ravenous all the time. 

Bonus: in just a few weeks, I've lost a little more weight and lots of inches!  As of today, I'm 9 pounds down from where I was in January before going on NDT, and I've lost the following inches:

Shoulders (from shoulder-tip to shoulder-tip) - none
Chest (not sure)
Bust - 1" 
Under bust - 2"
Waist - 2"
Hips 1"
upper arm 1/2"

Some other books I read and found useful: