Welcome to Trying To Be Gluten Free! My name is Allie. Throughout my life I had been plagued by migraines, hair loss, fatigue, rashes, and intestinal issues. Multiple Doctors had suspected that I was Celiac, so I was tested several times over the years, and each time the results were negative. Doctors could never find the root cause of my medical issues.
In 2013, I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. Graves’ is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack healthy tissue of the thyroid. (Read about Graves’ Disease here) By the time I was diagnosed, many of the physical symptoms had manifested, and were effecting my everyday life. I had a total-thyrodectomy in 2014.
There is a strong connection linked between thyroid issues/disease and gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and Celiac disease. ( 1, 2, ) Some research suggests that my ingestion of gluten all those years was a direct contributor to my immune system attacking my thyroid, in a case of mistaken identity. Gluten-Thyroid Connection
In 2015, I met a wonderful Doctor who noticed that a year after my total-thyroidectomy I wasn’t doing as well as I should be. My Synthoid dosage was incredibly high, my migraines were the same, and I essentially felt worse- I should have been feeling better! Once again she tested me for Celiac disease. Once again, the results were negative. She explained to me that she suspected that I fell into the category of a “false negative” Celiac, and wanted me to go gluten free for two weeks.
I was angered. I’m not a hipster! I even remember telling her, “I don’t own a white belt or hipster glasses”. This gluten free thing is just a fad. I love my pizza, my bread, my cake, my cookies. Gluten free? Stubbornly, I took the challenge to prove her wrong. I ended up being wrong. So very wrong. Within the very first week, a brain fog lifted. My migraines eased. I felt better. I continued on with the second week, and felt even better.
I have been “mostly” gluten free for a year now. This is not an easy lifestyle. Gluten is in everything. I miss my pizza. I hate ordering food at restaurants asking for the gluten free menu and having the server side-eye me. I hate being accidentally glutened. Finding meals that I can cook and enjoy with my family has also been a challenge! Traveling and fast food is also a nightmare. Sometimes I find myself tempting fate and ordering a cheeseburger and fries just to see if it will give me issues. Maybe I’m not gluten intolerant? The answer is the same every time. I am. This is a permanent lifestyle change I have to make.
So why this website? I would like to share my gluten free journey with you. The ups and downs. It’s not perfect. I want to find recipes and make them gluten free. Share ideas that have helped me, and learn from others who have also embarked on this lifestyle. Thank you, for taking the time to read my story. I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to use the Contact page to send me a message, your story, or an idea for the site!