I found out I have celiac, as well as Hashimotos disease. I am deathly allergic to call seafood and fish. And I do not tolerate dairy or eggs. I have no idea what I can eat anymore. Can someone help me?
Thank you for your question. Regarding your conditions there are some studies that suggest a gluten free diet may be of benefit for people with Hashimotos disease. There are three areas you want to focus on regarding your diet, one is avoiding foods that trigger symptoms, the second is identifying what you can eat and thirdly consuming foods that can help calm, and heal the inflammation in your digestive system. Has your doctor provided any guidance on what foods to avoid? If not I have listed some items below which need to avoid. -Avoid (Celiac) Barley Bulgur Durum Farina Graham flour Rye Semolina Spelt Wheat -Allowed Buckwheat Corn Cornmeal Pure corn tortillas Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato) Flax Rice Quinoa Tapioca -Avoid unless labelled ‘gluten-free’ Beers Breads Cakes and pies Candies Cereals Cookies Crackers Croutons Gravy Oats Pasta Processed meats and seafood’s Salad dressings Sauces Soups Avoid (Hashimoto’s) Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower Mustard greens Peanuts Meats, fish and poultry, fruits, potatoes, rice, vegetables (excluding those listed above) are still fine to eat. Try to focus on eating oily fish such as salmon, sardines which contain Omega-3’s and have anti-inflammatory properties. Foods that are anti-inflammatory will help combat inflammation caused by Hashimotos. Pineapple also contains anti-inflammatory enzymes. I would suggest that trying peppermint tea which has been shown to be beneficial for Celiac Disease. It relieves upset stomachs by relaxing stomach muscles. Also try to introduce fresh ginger into your diet. Ginger has been found to help reduce nausea, help settle upset stomachs but also to have anti-inflammatory effects. The inflammatory response is the common immune reaction to gluten in allergic individuals, so treating this inflammation is important. You can slice fresh ginger and add it to hot water as a drink as well as add it to your cooking. I would also suggest taking an Omega 3 supplement which also helps reduce inflammation. There are also many Gluten free products readily available in supermarkets. When buying Gluten free products make sure the label states they were made in an environment free from the items listed in the avoid section above. The first step is in identifying products in your supermarket that you can use as an alternative in your daily diet. For example, rice pasta tastes just as good as regular pasta but is naturally gluten free. You can make your own salad dressing using olive oil and lemon juice instead of commercially made products full of additives. When purchasing any processed on packaged goods you will need to be pro-active and read the labels, unfortunately due the way food products are manufactured you can find all sorts of ingredients you wouldn’t expect. In terms of your dairy intolerance you may want to consider Rice or Soy milk which are great alternatives to regular milk. This is just a basic guide of a few steps you can take, there is a lot of information and resources on your conditions, more than I can tell you about, but with a little time and research you should find you are able to improve your symptoms.