blissmanifesto replied to your post: blissmanifesto replied to your post:…Well for sure you must stick it out past the 3rd week problem, if only just so you can see what might happen next! Just stay on track while being as gentle on yourself as you can, you know? Just don’t quit.\I know, it’s just a little discouraging to finally notice a pattern, after the 3rd time. I might have to start smoothieing again….just to make sure I get my veggies and protein…because just thinking of eating salads make me nauseous.blissmanifesto replied to your post: I went to the dr’s yesterday and it was confirmed that I have Hashimoto’s…but my thyroid level’s were all fine, so there is nothing they can do…A number of sources suggest that going gluten-free or even eliminating grains altogether is good for Hashimoto’s, because it is a form of autoimmune inflammation. You could try that. Got nothing to lose.
I know :( that’s what sucks, because I love grains…we live on grains of all types…I don’t know I’ll have to weigh my options. I don’t know if I’ll be able to give up grains all together.
I reblogged to give you a more full reply. There’s two tricks: the first trick is, don’t even think about eliminating grains. Just think about reducing them, for now. The second trick is, don’t think about it all at one time. It’s really too intimidating! Break it down into little chunks.
So, first you could say, well, how can I reduce grains at breakfast? Maybe you could eat more eggs, more bacon, or maybe Paleo pancakes might be nice. Personally I love some squash at breakfast, call me crazy. So over time, you might find that you enjoy your eggs and bacon or whatever so much that you don’t need 2 pieces of toast… maybe only 1 piece would be enough… or maybe none, eventually.
And you don’t rush through that stage. Keep gently working on your breakfast until you can manage to eat with minimal grains every day. It’s okay if this is not fast!
And then you look at lunchtime. How can I reduce grains at lunchtime? Well, instead of a sandwich, how about lettuce wraps? Or some sausages with maybe some sauteed spinach on the side? I am like you: salad is really the LAST thing I’ll opt to eat. I like hot food and I like to be really full, so I always have cooked food ready in the fridge to warm up in the microwave. Chili’s a nice lunch option, or stew.
And then snack time can be a challenge. But I like a big handful of baby carrots and some almond butter, or fresh fruit, or some mixed nuts. I like sugar snap peas or beef jerky. I order myself stevia-sweetened dark chocolate from Amazon, so delicious. Or for something sweet, sometimes I’ll have a Larabar. Or lately I adore kale chips. To me they are almost like Doritos, only without the anxiety about GMO corn. (LOL my little hippy joke.)
And then dinner’s easy, ‘cause you already did lunch and dinner is just more of the same.
See? Just do it one step at a time. And maybe you will eliminate grains; maybe you will just reduce them. I bet you would get quite a benefit even from just reducing. I know that I eliminated my seasonal allergies and my cat dander allergy by reducing grains very slowly over a whole year. I didn’t actually go full Paleo until a year later than that. But I got the benefit of no allergies from just reducing. (At the time I did not know why my allergies disappeared. I didn’t figure it out until I started reading up on Paleo.)
Like I said before, this is something you can do for yourself that is free and at the very worst, nothing bad will happen. All that will happen is, you’ll eat a bunch of tasty food. What’s not to like about that?
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