As my journey continues I’ve become quite sick of feeling sick. The exhaustion, foggy brain and pain have been really difficult for me the past few months. In an effort to feel better, gain energy and get my life back while dealing with thyroid cancer I sought out a naturopathic doctor to help lead the way.
She is a great doctor but is not replacing my endocrinologist or primary physician in any way. I’m just hoping that maybe with her help I can start to feel a bit better than I have been lately. My primary care will remain with my endocrinologist and GP but if there are some more holistic things I can do to make my life better then I’d like to try and do them.
At my first appointment we talked a lot about my medical history and how I was feeling. Based on what I told her she thought I might have some food sensitivities and that we should check them out through a blood test.
We went ahead with the blood test and I recently got back my results. Apparently I have a leaky gut and am sensitive to gluten, eggs, all dairy, peas, corn and sesame. I’ve been told to go gluten free, dairy free and egg free for the next six months at which point I will hopefully be able to reintroduce some of these foods back into my diet.
The ND told me that within a few weeks I should start to feel better.
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free – What’s Left?
These are going to be difficult changes to make but if they make me feel better it will be worthwhile.
I’ll be focusing on fruit, veggies, gluten free grains, nuts, lean protein and beans. Luckily after having to do the Low Iodine Diet twice, I’ve found some yummy recipes to get myself started including my vegan gluten free chocolate chip muffins (made with oat flour) and my gluten free pasta with avocado sauce.
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free – The Plan
I’m starting out the first week completely dairy free since I think that will be the easiest for me to incorporate into my life. I’m also going to significantly reduce gluten and eggs but not give myself such a hard time about it this week. Over the next few weeks I’ll gradually move to becoming completely gluten, dairy and egg free.
Another part of my plan will be to make more of my lunches for work rather than purchasing meals that might include items I’m sensitive to. I’m also researching vegan and gluten free websites for recipes to try and figuring out how to replace eggs in baked goods (I tried flax seeds and water in gluten free pancake mix and it worked pretty well). For some much needed inspiration I’ve started a Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free Pinterest Board and I hope this will help with my meal planning.
So much in life is attitude so I’ve decided to take this on as an adventure. We’ll see if it works and if my health improves. It will also be fun to challenge my creativity in the kitchen. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll keep you posted!
Do you have any resources for individuals leading a gluten free, dairy free, egg free lifestyle? Or any favourite recipes? Any help would be awesome!