I went gluten free, mainly to address joint pain, in January of 2014 after reading the Wheat Belly book. It was life-changing with regards to the joint pain I had. Flash forward to last October. I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease after a really long journey with my doctors. More than one of my doctors. Let me just say that you know your body better than anyone else. Be your own advocate. I had to switch doctors to find one that truly listened to what I had to say about my body and how I felt. I finally found a doctor that ran the right tests and not just a TSH. What I found was that I would absolutely need to be gluten free. I was already gluten free. No problem, right!?
Not so fast! With some thyroid symptom’s worsening still, I was compelled to do a little more research. Research that led me to a little thing called the AIP diet. Well, it’s not so little. It’s HUGE actually. And daunting.
The Autoimmune Protocol Diet. It would seem that there are actually proteins found in other foods that are similar enough to gluten to cause a reaction. Who knew? Not this girl. Cross reactivity. The list of cross reactive foods contains a lot of things I eat – including a few that I’d already suspected that I have an issue with. Corn is not my friend. I’ve suspected this for the past couple of years. I thought it was an allergy but testing showed that it wasn’t. I still eat corn because really, who can pass up warm tortilla chips and salsa? But I knew that every time I ate corn I would pay for it later. Ditto for potatoes.
So when this AIP thing showed up on my radar a few weeks ago I said, “Nope. Nope. Nope. Not doing it.” You see, eggs are on that list. And I have chickens. Chickens that live in an adorable coop. Chickens that I fought city council to have. Chickens who should start laying in a month or so. I am clearly committed to eggs. But as I started to read more and more, I decided that I can try anything for a short time. I’m not giving up everything on the list at once. I’m going to do this gradually. After spending a couple of days getting my head around it, I made a decision. As of today, I will not be eating dairy, eggs, corn, rice, oats, or potatoes for the next two to three weeks. Coffee either. But I don’t have more than one cup of decaf a week anyway, so that’s no stretch.
But breakfast seemed to be an area of concern. What the heck was I going to eat?
More research. Google is my best friend. A few clicks and voila: Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Hash.
I made a smaller batch and told myself I wasn’t going to eat much of it. But it was just so good. And just maybe this is going to be a little easier than I think. At least if we eat at home. Eating out may be even more of a nightmare than it was anyway.
So today begins another journey toward wellness. And you know what they say about a journey: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step – Lao Tzu