I’m Jen. I’m 27 and I live in Toronto, Canada.
In September 2010, after years of hypothyroid symptoms (including fatigue, depression, weight gain, and many more), I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition where your immune system gradually destroys your thyroid gland. I was told that all I needed to do was take Synthroid, a synthetic thyroid hormone replacement. One pill a day and I’d be fine! Simple.
Unfortunately, reality wasn’t so simple. What happened was my blood tests came back within the “normal” lab ranges, but my symptoms remained, and in many cases worsened. Since my blood tests were “normal”, I was told by multiple doctors that I was “adequately treated” and my symptoms were psychological.
I began to do a lot of reading on my own, and found that our health care system is shockingly bad at treating thyroid patients. I discovered thousands of people who shared my story, and realized I’d have to do a lot of work on my own to get healthy again.
I’ve been a carb junkie my whole life: bread, pasta, sugar, potatoes, kraft dinner, om nom nom nom. In my research, I discovered that my diet was probably keeping me sick. Specifically, studies have shown a link between autoimmune thyroid disease and gluten intolerance. In May 2011, I decided to completely eliminate gluten from my diet, and I started this blog.
This blog documents my attempts to completely change my diet and get rid of my horrible eating habits so I can be healthy again.