Welcome back. We are continuing an interview with our guest, Claire Moffatt of Nutrient Dense Eating by Claire. Recently, she shared with me her journey to a diagnosis but today Claire tells how choices with food affect her symptoms and quality of life with this disease.
Let’s get back to Part 2 with Claire from our conversation on August 16, 2016:
Around this time, in early 2011, we started our move to NYC. I was pregnant again and just wanted someone to get me through the pregnancy. My doctor in Brooklyn refused to continue the Cytomel (T3). During my pregnancy I started looking into holistic health coaching through IIN. This opened my eyes to various diets and lifestyles. I took this information and dug in deep. I found an acupuncturist that led me to one of the top endocrinologist on NYC who, for the most part did talk to me about nutrition. Although at that point I really knew much of the research. Over the next five years, we moved twice, had a second child and I saw three endocrinologists.
During this time I started looking into the paleo diet and then found AIP (Autoimmune Protocol). At that point I wasn’t eating gluten but still ate seeds, nuts, grains, dairy, etc. so it still was a big shift for me. A few years into it now, I eat mostly AIP still with the exception of eggs which I think I’m fine with. When I do eat those other things it creates massive inflammation for me. I look like I’m 6 months pregnant after eating it. I can go up 5lbs over night. When I’m on a good dose of my thyroid meds I can tolerate these foods a bit better, but not daily. And sometimes I indulge daily and then pay for it! It’s always a decision.
But to this day I feel much better following the AIP diet.
I’m now taking Armour and I feel the best I’ve felt in ages. It’s not perfect and I feel like I have to work twice as hard as healthy people. The doctor I see now is also the best I’ve seen. He treats me based on my bloodwork but also on how I feel. He’s confirmed that I’m not typical and treats me as such. I think doctors often assume we fall into the masses and thus treat based on that.
Yet, some of us are the exceptions whether it’s diagnosing Hashimoto’s or treating Hashimoto’s. I once thought that if I simply changed my diet I could conquer this disease and I think some people can. However, I think I was too far along and that I can’t sacrifice my life with my children to go through the downs before the potential ups of being off the meds. When I’m under-treated, I am exhausted (way more than parent-tired). Extremely exhausted. I don’t want to miss my kids’ lives because of this disease.
In hindsight, none of the doctors questioned my low pulse (often in the 40’s). They believed it was because I ran and did yoga. But now I know it’s a sign that I’m not on the right level of meds. Very few actually talked to me about my diet outside of questioning my honesty. No one said “Hey, some of these healthy foods like nightshades, might actually be harming you.” Most of that realization came from when I researched on my own.
So, now whenever a friend gets diagnosed, I encourage them to ask for a full thyroid panel, to actually reveiew their own test results and tell them about the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP).
*It can be a big shift but I think the bigger shift is believing that you deserve to feel healthy.*
You deserve health vs. a certain food item that will wreak havoc in your body. Also worth mentioning is that with AIP, and all eating methods, you have to really eat a ton of veggies still. Meat is fine as long as 2/3rds of your plate is veggies. I think people forget that.
Thank you for sharing your story with me, Claire! You are an inspiration by having found your path and how you continue to work through it all. I can relate so well to the search. Not only that, but the frustration of being misunderstood by the doctors you trust and the symptoms that are so complex it drives you to investigate deeper until a diagnosis (and proper treatment) is found. So, to my fellow IIN graduate, thanks again.
What part of Claire’s story sticks with you? Please comment!
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