Autoimmune Elimination Diet
Monday, January 09, 2012
Well, it looks like I have the beginning of an autoimmune disease. I asked to be tested for Hashimoto's (attacks your thyroid) and my antibody level came back slightly high. My doctor called it a weak positive (isn't a positive, a positive?), so they're not going to do anything about it. However, it all makes sense now - my food sensitivities (causes leaky gut and the leaky gut may cause the autoimmune disease), why I gain weight so quickly when I eat the foods, my anxiety even.
From what I've read, what I need to do to hopefully heal my body is to go on a diet free of inflammatory foods. It's not that much different than the Whole30, but eliminates eggs, nuts, and nightshades.
I'm really glad it's not all in my head, I was starting to think I was crazy. And I'm glad that now I know what I need to do next. There's some hope that I may not have to eat that way permanently, but it's also hard to accept.
I'm on day five of the elimination diet and feeling great. Days two and three were horrible. I ended up with a headache so severe I threw up. I ended up increasing my coffee intake (had cut from two cups to one) and will start decreasing that again in a week or so. I think it was just too much withdrawal at once.
My sleep's already improved and I didn't wake up with neck and shoulder pain like I have been. My sinuses are clearer than they've been the past couple of months and no brain fog. So, pretty happy with my results already. I just hope that my intestine's healing. I need to start eating some fermented foods to increase my gut flora.
The one bad thing is that I've been having shooting pains in my abdomen/intestines, not sure what that's all about, but I'm hopeful that it'll go away soon.