I had my yearly visit with the endocrinologist just before the holidays. Actually it was my first yearly visit, before that I was going every 3-6 months to check on some nodes near my thyroid. They haven’t changed and so last year we decided to make it a yearly visit.
I’ve been thinking that things aren’t so great and I need to do better: maybe go gluten-free, excercise more intensely, ditch the endocrinologist and find a naturopath. Then after telling me there hasn’t been any change with the nodules (Yay!) the doctor started asking me questions:
- Are you still having problems sleeping?
- Do you still wake up with panic attacks?
- Are you having difficulty swallowing?
The answer to all these questions was no. Then she proceeded to tell me that I’ve lost ten pounds since last year. A light went on inside of me. Even though I still suffer with tiredness and getting out of bed – most of my problems have abated. I attribute it to getting back into a running routine and adhering to the “less is more” school of thought. Those ten pounds I lost just came off in the last couple of months. I stopped running half-marathons and I do quick runs during the week and longer runs on Saturday at a slower pace. This is what works for me. Anything else leaves me tired and hungry. The doctor agreed with me.
I then asked her about going gluten-free. She said it wasn’t necessary. She said the research wasn’t there and I should just eat a balanced diet. This, of course, is what I wanted to hear. I’ve been reading so much on the internet about how gluten-free is the way to go when you are dealing with Hashimoto’s but life without carbs seems so joyless to me. I don’t seem to have any adverse reaction to it. Perhaps I don’t eat as much carbs as I think I do. Sugar – oh, these last few weeks I’ve been eating a lot of sugar.
I’m thinking of going sugar free from now until Valentine’s day. I’ll give it a try. Let’s see how it goes.