What? I’m Allergic to Eggs, Dairy, Gluten, Nuts, and Soy?

I was diagnosed with Hashimotos way back in 2002.  At that time, my TSH was 55!  I was 6 months postpartum and was just hoping that it was temporary thyroiditis.  But that was not the case.  I have been taking some sort of thyroid replacement hormone ever since.  At the time, my doctor recommended eating a Paleo diet and no dairy.

I made some dietary changes and my TSH came down to 5, but I still had symptoms and that is what started the road to thyroid replacement hormone.

Fast forward to now.  I went for a check up with my doctor, the same one I saw 14 years ago when the initial diagnosis was made.  He talked to me about some food allergy tests and how a good bit of his patients were having these tests run to find out that they are allergic to a certain food.  Once they eliminated that food, their symptoms disappeared and some never even started hormone therapy.  He warned me that I might always have to take medication because my diagnosis was so long ago, but eliminating a food that my body was having trouble with might reduce symptoms and the risk of further autoimmune disorders.  So we ordered the tests.

I received results yesterday.  To my surprise, the test shows eggs as a big allergen!  Also dairy, wheat and gluten, various nuts, and soybeans!

We live on a farm!  What two things are here in abundance?  Milk, eggs, and wheat!  I guess on a good note, I can eat vegetables and meat, two additional items here on the farm.

How am I supposed to go about eliminating these foods from my diet?  Will they only have to be eliminated temporarily until my gut heals?  What caused this?  Was it the virus that I had a month ago that I can’t seem to shake?  All these questions remain to be answered.

I spent some time last night and this morning looking for alternatives to some of my favorite foods: creamer for coffee, bread, breakfast foods.  I have found two web sites that I am printing out recipes from:

www.thepaleomom.com

www.paleodiet.com

www.alittleinsanity.com

If you have any resources or direction for me, please share in the comments.  I will share information here as I uncover solutions.

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