The Power of Hypnosis

Not exactly how it works. Not exactly how it works.

Once upon a time I loved sleep.  It came so naturally. The second my head it the pillow, I’d be out.  Actually, if it was after nine at night, I’d fall asleep standing up mid-conversation, mid-sentence.  Eight hours later I’d awaken from a deep rest refreshed and excited about 5:30am.

I’ve struggled with sleep for close to four years since my thyroid went haywire.  I’m hypothyroid and normally that means I should sleep ten hours a day and never feel rested.  Instead, I only get four to six hours of sporadic sleep and never feel rested.  For the most part, I just deal with being sleep deprived.  Once you’re used to it, it’s actually amazing what you can still do, to a point.

At times I have moments of concern.  I read an article reiterating all the things you try not to think about: sleep is when the body heals, lack of sleep increases your chance of gaining weight and making poor food choices, if you don’t sleep you’ll probably get Alzheimer’s.  Basically, this sleep thing I seem to have no control of is […]

The Power of Hypnosis2017-09-12T19:31:10-04:00

Going Gluten-Free Gets A Bad Rap

I’m gluten free, and I’ve had a few people mention to me that they read that eating gluten-free isn’t healthy.  I found an article in Consumer Reports basically saying as much.

But there is a faulty premise in the article.  It presumes that if you are gluten-free you are going to eat a lot of gluten-free products.  Of course that’s not healthy.  That’s like going sugar free and using fake sugar substitutes or trying a low fat diet and eating foods filled with sodium to give them some flavor.  Xanthum gum? Guar Gum?  I’ve basically come to the personal decision that I want to stay away from anything that sounds indigestible.  Remember when your mom told you if you swallowed your gum it would stay in your stomach for twenty years or something like that?  It won’t and neither will guar gum probably, but it doesn’t sound real. I’m going to try not to eat it.

I’m not an advocate for anyone else going gluten-free.  If I didn’t have a reason to give it up, I’d still be scarfing down muffins, pies, cakes, bread.  Oh, and sandwiches.  How I long to be able to pack a sandwich for the day.  One that […]

Going Gluten-Free Gets A Bad Rap2017-09-12T19:31:14-04:00

Gluten Free: Hashimotos Antibodies

So I’ve been gluten free for about three months with as far as I know only one accidental gluten consumption.  If you’ve read some earlier blogs you know that I went gluten-free because I was diagnosed with hashimotos and hypothyroidism.  I didn’t want to have to go on medication for the rest of my life (my PCP’s suggestion) and so I thought I would try my naturopath’s suggestion (a gluten free diet).    My blood work after being gluten-free for three months showed positive results.  My thyroid was back in the normal range. And the antibodies for my hashitmotos (an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid) were down 20-percent.    I can’t say for sure that this had to do with gluten.  According to my PCP it’s completely random, which is typical of thyroid problems.  They fluctuate.  According to my naturopath it is probably a combination of being gluten-free, supplements, and the body being random.  Either way I was happy with […]

Gluten Free: Hashimotos Antibodies2017-09-12T19:31:32-04:00

Hashimotos: Why I’m Gluten Free

So my real reason for doing this two-month gluten free diet is because on February 16th I found out I have Hashimoto’s Disease. I feel silly saying it. It sounds made up. And in the scheme of so many things a person could have, it is nothing.

Hashimotos is an autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid, most likely resulting in hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). The first opinion I got thought I already had hypothyroidism. The second opinion was that I had subclinical hypothyroidism and need to monitor it every three months since my thyroid was functioning on the very low end of normal even though my pituitary gland was pumping out excess hormones to convince my thyroid to work.

The first opinion—a naturopath—suggested a gluten-free diet to try and keep the autoimmune disease at bay and therefore minimize the attack on my thyroid. The second opinion—my PCP and an MD—said there was nothing I could do and that I would end up with full blown hypothyroidism but it could be years down the road. I decided to take the advice of […]

Hashimotos: Why I’m Gluten Free2017-09-12T19:31:35-04:00