On Monday night an AIP friend of mine (his name is Jon and actually – he is the only AIP person I know) came over to show me a recipe that he likes to make. Little did I know that the recipe was a Mickey Trescott creation! She calls it AIP carrot and sweet potato “chili” and it is absolutely delicious. You can follow the link to the recipe on her website.
I thought I should include a photo of my own so here you go – our finished product.
*I will mention that we included celery but the recipe doesn’t call for it. The more veggies the better I feel and we were going from Jon’s memory since he makes it so often, so we weren’t exactly measuring everything out either.*
I was really surprised how filling it was. Jon called it a “stew,” which I would say is a more accurate description than chili for how it turned out, although I guess Mickey’s picture looks more like chili. Regardless of what you want to call it, I have plenty of leftovers and he was able to take half with him as well, so it makes a large quantity.
Luckily Jon had his own bone broth already made to use in this recipe, but I really need to make some bone broth on my own as well so that I can use it in future recipes. I also want to learn how to make my own sauerkraut and kombucha.
As a personal update, today was a hard day for me mentally. I will be taking my last dose of prednisone tonight so I had to call CVS to get my prescription refilled. My family doctor, Dr. Sharma, has been giving me 10 mg of prednisone in 30 count prescriptions, which only last me about 14 days or sometimes even less since I am taking them every 12 hours as I flare. Today she called me and basically gave me a hard time about prescribing me more steroids, and she kept asking about what the specialists have said. I told her what they told me, which is basically nothing except that I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I know full well that steroids are not good for your body long-term, and NO, I am NOT happy that I have been on them for two months straight. I would love to be able to wean myself off of them, but unfortunately the hives immediately come back as the medication wears off. It was super frustrating having to explain myself to my family doctor when SHE IS THE DOCTOR and is supposed to be the one telling me how to fix this.
She kept asking me to ask the specialists what the plan is to get me off steroids and I told her – they don’t have a plan. No one has a plan right now except to keep me on steroids, antihistamines and synthroid and keep running tests, which means more appointments and more waiting in between. I think my family doctor is under some delusion that when I go in for the allergy test they will find some specific allergen and then everything will be solved that way. From my research I strongly feel that she is wrong and there is so much more to what is going on with me.
She really has been misinforming me from the start, which is why I am so glad that I am working with specialists now. Most notably, when I had originally brought in the articles I had found online and told her to test me for thyroid antibodies, I asked her about “dessicated thyroid,” which was mentioned as the treatment in one of the articles. Dr. Sharma told me that she didn’t know what dessicated thyroid is and that it isn’t something you can prescribe. She said that all thyroid medications – synthroid, armour thyroid and a couple of others – are synthetic thyroid. When I conducted further research to try to figure out what dessicated thyroid was I realized that what she told me is completely false. Armour Thyroid is dessicated “dried” thyroid from pigs and is not synthetic, although it is a controversial treatment and my current thyroid specialist refuses to prescribe it to me (trust me – I asked). The misinformation about the medication makes it hard for me to count on anything Dr. Sharma says now as being true, since I have had to do all of the heavy lifting by myself in telling her what tests to run and in getting myself diagnosed. Clearly she is hoping that the specialists figure out what is going on.
The more research I do the more I believe that I need to pursue figuring out the root cause of my Hashimoto’s with Dr. Rosinski, who seems to be the only one willing to look further into things in order to do so, rather than just trying to treat my different symptoms. When I emailed Dr. Rosinski to tell him that I was going to give the traditional medicine doctors until March 1st to get rid of my hives, he mentioned the following:
Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder – this means that the conventional treatment of levothyroxine (synthroid) will only provide your body with 1 of the 2 hormones the thyroid gland produces. This hormone does NOTHING to address the autoimmune component of the disease process and can leave your body more time to cause damage to your thyroid gland. There is no conventional treatment for autoimmune disorders as it is an imbalance in the body’s natural processes.
I am worried that since I am experiencing multiple autoimmune syndrome already, that I will end up developing more autoimmune disorders if I let it go too long without treating the root cause of my autoimmunity. The combination of at least three autoimmune diseases in the same patient has defined as multiple autoimmune syndrome (MAS). I know that I have at least three autoimmune diseases because I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, autoimmune urticaria (hives), autoimmune angiodema (swelling), and chronic fatigue. About 25% of patients with autoimmune diseases have a tendency to develop additional autoimmune diseases. I am starting to think that I won’t end up waiting until March 1st for the traditional doctors to figure this out. My intuition tells me that they will only be treating my symptoms and will not take the necessary steps to lead me back to true health, and so far my intuition has been pretty spot on.