Why are we trying out the Paleo Diet? Mostly for my son and I. I have recently been diagnosed with hashimoto’s thyroiditis which is an autoimmune thyroid disorder. My doctors originally thought I had post-partum thyroiditis but the last specialist truly believes, based on my history, that it is hashimoto’s thyroiditis–a life long disorder. I am regulating my thyroid using hormones but I still go through “episodes” that cause joint pain, extreme exhaustion, muscle weakness, mental fogginess, severe depression, etc. Apparently, any time you mess with the thyroid (good or bad), it takes a while for symptoms to get better. It has been years of going through cyclical “spells.” I have been interested in the Paleo diet but wasn’t sure I really wanted to try it until I read several testimonial from other autoimmune sufferers–specifically those with hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I was so excited to read that their symptoms were greatly relieved by changing their eating habits, and I’m willing to give it a try.
The other reason I want to try to the Paleo challenge, is my son. He’s on the autism spectrum and I have read over and over again that autism symptoms can be relieved by gluten free eating. He has always been an incredibly picky eater and has craved white, salty, over-processed carbs. This diet will be a challenge for him to comply to but I’m hoping once we make the change, he will feel much better and will be more cognitive as a result.
The premise of the diet makes sense to me–our society is full of over processed foods with way too many ingredients. As I attempt to simplify our lives in other ways, it only makes sense for us to simplify our diet–eating whole foods in their pure forms.
I have never been a fan of “fad diets” and I’ve never really believed that a particular way of eating can change your life. I have, however, been attempting to become more crunchy and have struggled with how to do that with our meals. I’d love to be feeding my family truly healthy meals–I spend every evening cooking meals for my family so they might as well be good for you! Anyway, the Paleo diet seems like a promising way to possibly help us feel better and eat healthier. It’s worth the try! And coming from a skeptic, I will share my honest opinions as we go through the process.