Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Autoimmune Avalanche

I'm kind of scared. For the last two months, I've been having increasingly worsening health problems that seem to be accelerating. All the symptoms point to low cortisol. I can't say losing weight while being a sloth all day, except when I manage to get into work, isn't nice, but it does get scary once you reach your pre-child weight and continue to lose it. And forget any form of exertion or even a slow walk on the treadmill if you want to breathe. I can't do anything and I'm miserable. I want to be active again, but if I do, I'll pay severely for it. My thyroid is still functioning, although a little less efficiently than six months ago. Nevertheless, it's not that bad. I shouldn't be going through this, despite the increasing goiter and nodules that I feel pressing on my throat.

My chances with one AID to develop more is increased dramatically. It's not the body part but the immune system gone awry. Once it starts, the immune system decides to look for tissues to attack, thinking they're the enemy. It starts with one, but then it expands. From my understanding, the average number of autoimmune diseases (identified by body tissues) that most people with AID have is 5-6.

I'm afraid I may have three, despite the celiac test coming out negative. (I'd been gluten-free for a week, which is a guaranteed negative result; but I had all the symptoms for years.) Then Hashimoto's. Now, I'm afraid I may have Addison's disease. The next step will be to have my doctor run the test for auto-antibodies. But the rapidly decreasing cortisol levels is a sure sign of trouble for me. The air hunger (the feeling of not getting enough oxygen when I take a deep breath) is the most frustrating.

I'm doing all I can to make it through this, but I feel like a prisoner in my own failing body.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Basil chicken with zoodles

This is a pretty easy recipe to make, perhaps a little bland for some, but totally Paleo and AIP-friendly.

Because my Hashimoto's has set in full with worsening thyroid function, I can't afford to make elaborate dishes. It takes too much out of me.

However, I do find some taste combinations that I like. One of those is basil and rosemary chicken and lots of onions and olive oil ;)

That led to this little creation for my lunch today:

The thing about hypothyroid is that you gain weight easily. To keep it managed, I eat very little of sugars or starches and lots of protein and veggies. And when you do that, you stay fuller longer on fewer calories. This is one of those filling meals.

The zucchini noodles were made with a spiralizer and cooked for a short period of time in the liquids from the chicken breast after that was fully cooked with a little olive oil, basil, rosemary, and garlic sea salt and sliced yellow onions. Oh, and when cooking zoodles, it can be easy to overcook. You have to watch them closely and stir often until they're just turning a little clear and/or soft.

It was delish!