Ok. That title was a little overdramatic, but not much. For the past few weeks I've been preparing for some dreaded news. News that would keep me separated from things I love to do and things I love to be with. News that would radically change my life from here on out. This horrid news came yesterday when I went back to see "the Dr. Song".
Most of you don't know, but I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 5 years ago. My thyroid seemed to be umm...majorly sittin' down on the job so my doctor at the time just prescribed medication and sent me on my way. I've been on that medication ever since, but Dr. Song however, thought something else was going on. Turns out, I actually have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an auto-immune disease that attacks your thyroid. Dr. Song believes I do not need medication and can control this condition with diet changes alone.
And there begins the dreaded news. In addition to having built up some serious antibodies against my thyroid, I recently found out I have 103 food allergies. Yes that's right. It's pretty much every food or spice besides chicken, some fish, brown rice, broccoli, and carrots. They determine your food allergies by doing a blood test and measuring your antibodies built up against them. Apparently, I am in a crazy ridiculous "high" category of allergies and this must be dealt with. Now these foods don't cause me to break out in hives or threaten my life instantly, but they have wreaked havoc on my intestines and left me with what Dr. Song calls "a leaky gut."
So all that to say, Dr. Song is committed to getting me healthy which consists of calming down my immune system, lowering the antibodies, and rebuilding the integrity of my intestines. "How will he do this?" you ask? Through diet and some basic supplements.
So today I started my new regime, removing all 103 foods from my diet (sadness), but yesterday I went out with a bang and gave my intestines one final hoorah. I knew I was going to be going off gluten and dairy for an indefinite amount of time so I had to taste and enjoy some of my favorite things for the last time. Zach and I went all over town getting me the things I wanted. It was sort of pathetic. Ha!
Monday's lunch at Cow Fish so I could have sushi.
My new diet started today and consists of a green shake for breakfast and a green shake for lunch made from the Renewal Greens mix and rice milk to get me the nutrients I need.
I'll do this for roughly 6 - 8 weeks and then slowly start reintroducing some of the foods I had the most mild reactions to and see how I react. In 6 months, I will have a second food allergy test to see how I have improved. I am really hopeful that this drastic diet change can help me regulate Hashimoto's without the medication I've been on and can also restore my tummy to a happy place that processes nutrients correctly.
I am really going to miss cooking though and enjoying food. Obviously, due to all my recipe and restaurant posts, I love me some food! Oh and sugar. Who doesn't heart sugar? But there is no sugar in the new diet in an attempt to regulate my glucose levels as well. Sadly, these three things will be missing from the blog for the next 2 - 3 months or maybe longer.
I've realized my mindset about food has to change from "something to enjoy and create" to "something that sustains my life." It's a really hard shift, but I don't really have a choice. If I continue on this road, leaving my body the way it is, it will eventually lead to more health problems, more medication, and become an even greater threat to my quality of life.
So pray for me as I throw out my medicine bottles and start this crazy diet and road to renewed health. I am sure I have hard days ahead and even as I downed my first green shake I was praying, "God help me do this. And while you're at it, take this time to not only fix my body, but continue to make a new creation in me."
Anyways, I'll keep you posted on my progress and health changes as they happen, but wish me luck! One day down, 60 something to go! :)