Hi again LV, I too have an autoimmune condition and for years I was trying to cut starchy carbs, or cut gluten and dairy etc. I am now eating more gluten and dairy products than I have in years. I had restricted them so much I can't seam to get out of my bread and butter or bread and cheese phase...but I disgress.
This is a tough one because I don't know how you could approach this. The other thing is that you may really feel better eating the way you are and I do not know anything about Hashimoto in particular so please do not see this post as some "advice" but rather just me thinking out loud to help you decide what to do.
But if you want to explore you could try to add a portion of starchy carbs at one meal a day for a week, then another one the following week and so on and so forth. Then you could try some "wild" ones (lol) like cake or white bread...and check your reaction.
I know you may feel more hunger in the beginning and think that you are carb intolerant or carb sensitive and that may freak you out, it happened to me. It will subside and also keep eating fats and protein, that will help too.
But as you know, at the end of the day, you will decide what feels best.
But to answer all your questions: YES to all of them , check in and see if appetite, mood, skies are better.
I personally feel the sky is more blue, because food freedom is great and I can now eat whatever I want so yes everything feels better, and sleep OMG! Not peeing 3 times a night feels awesome (sorry if it's TMI)
Hiya! I don't have much time to write but just wanted to say that I have WAY less blood sugar issues now that my diet is higher in carbs and not 'clean' like it used to be... It is like my body is now better at utilising insulin or whatever (not sure of the science) whereas in the past, if I DID eat some chocolate or what have you, I would literally get the jitters. And in general, I was waking up with major blood sugar crashes etc. Not fun. But everyone is different.
Tanked energy levels, anxiety, and insomnia are for me the hallmarks of eating too little, and specifically too few carbs. I feel a million times better with starch and sugar. I feel like I should only say starch, but the truth is that coconut cream pie works just as well as potatoes or rice for me in terms of mood, energy, and sleep quality.
I fretted about carbs unnecessarily for years because I thought they made me puffy. They do not. What made me puffy was constantly pursuing the false weight loss of carb and sodium depletion and water manipulation. If I ate low-carb, low-sodium, high-protein, and drank buckets of water, Iíd lose a few pounds and inches quickly. If I ate a piece of toast Iíd gain them all back, therefore bread = evil. But of course it was more like pointless restriction = unnecessary drama. If I am not depleted from restrictive eating, carbs have no impact on my weight or muscle definition, but they have a HUGE impact on sleep, mood, energy, and workout performance.
When I was finding my way with happy/intuitive eating, I was very determined that any weight loss would be actual fat and not water, muscle, or sanity. For me that meant eating everything and not playing any of my old restriction tricks to appear falsely lean. All of those contest prep, figure competitor, fitness model, clean eating diet hacks Iíd picked up have no place in normal eating. They arenít necessary in order to be happy and healthy, or even lean.
Like Brigidoo said, adding starchy carbs may cause some weirdness at first if youíve been restricting them. I would create a story where that was proof I couldnít tolerate them, or couldnít eat them and have abs. It was just a story though. Reality is that leanness is about consistently doing what you love and eating an appropriate amount to fuel it. Itís not about eliminating certain foods, though I tried that over and over again with predictably poor results.
You know yourself best. Youíll see how eating or not eating something makes you feel. Youíll be able to adjust it for your own best approach. The carb/sleep thing alone was enough to make me a fan forever. :-)
Wait, Brigadoo, you eat gluten? HOW is that possible with celiac???? I have been wanting to try some because it's been so long and I have such exellent digestion now but I know celiac is serious and does not go away. Do you eat gluten? I must hear of this!!!! I'm not going to do it, but your experience would be greatly appreciated.
And, Live, I have an autoimmune and hypothyroidism (not Hashi's but very much the same symptoms) and I felt 100x wrose not eating carbs, too. So one more person with like circumstances saying it helped. Like Brig said, that doesn't mean it'll help for you but it's sure worth a shot. And I, too, am leaner eating more carbs. Not at first, but over time with consistently ditching the over eating (caused by carb restriction for me) and more energy to work out, I did get leaner. Good luck trying it out if you decide to! Kind of exciting
energy levels, anxiety, and insomnia are for me the hallmarks of eating too little, and specifically too few carbs. I feel a million times better with starch and sugar. I feel like I should only say starch, but the truth is that coconut cream pie works just as well as potatoes or rice for me in terms of mood, energy, and sleep quality.
I couldn't sleep last week (sick caughing and stress in work) and my eating was up and down. I had a look at my sleep pattern and days my eating was down, I woke up more and slep less. I decided do drink banana oat peanutbutter smoothie to up my intake and last night after dinner I really craved oats with with honey and banana. I think I will have a bow of oats for few nights, I slept like a baby for first time in weeks.
I don't know if I will ever be a good sleeper but I imagine the negative impact on messing upwith hormones goes beyond a night of sleeping.
It's a pickle for someone that needs to lose weight, isn't it!