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Why I Tell Everyone about my New Diet

In Celiac Disease, Hashimoto's by HaT0 Comments

It’s no big secret—I’ve been telling anyone and everyone who wants to know about my new diet.

Well, almost everyone. I don’t generally volunteer medical or dietary information to the cashier at the grocery store, the customer service rep in my online chat, or the neighbors’ dog. Anytime, though, that my conversation even approaches the topics of health or food or recent life changes, I’m happy to volunteer that I’m on a restricted diet for autoimmune repair. If it’s appropriate, I’ll rattle off a quick list of “eat” and “eat not” categories.Read More

TSH, T4, Hashimoto’s, and Thyroid Diagnosis

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Note: This post was drafted approximately two months prior to publication.

The first time I (Heidi) remember having my thryoid checked was November of 2015—the same day I was tested for celiac disease. I saw a nurse at my family doctor’s practice, I described my symptoms, and she ordered lab work, which included a test for celiac antibodies and a test checking my thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Read More

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Feeding a Broken Heart (Pinch of Yum)

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The first time I read the Pinch of Yum food blog, I had my tiny baby cradled in my arms. I was a hungry new mama (hungry like only a mama can be when she’s exclusively nursing a tiny baby who’s gaining a pound a week!), and I was searching for easy, filling recipes. When I stumbled upon this site, I think I fell in love with it. I loved the idea of a successful blog full of delicious recipes and gorgeous photography and real people—who were totally authentic and inspiring. I don’t remember all of the recipes we tried (honestly, I don’t remember very much about those early days), but I do remember trying kale for the first time in this pretty tasty soup.

Even though many of the recipes don’t apply to my current diet, I’ve kept reading Pinch of Yum. (Sometimes I still miss their absolutely perfect chocolate chip cookies…) I was so excited when I read Lindsay and Bjork’s baby announcement last fall (too cute for words), and I was heartbroken when they lost their sweet baby Afton, who was born far too early and lived a short but perfect life. Reading Lindsay’s posts about Afton’s birth, his life, and the lives she and Bjork have bravely continued living in his absence always makes me cry a little. But it’s a good kind of crying—crying that honors and remembers life, that shares grief, that hopes for a kinder, more compassionate world.Read More