OK I know in the greater scheme of things I am lucky. I didn't develop Hashimoto's until I was in my later 50's and therefore didn't have to watch what I ate up until fairly recently. I always had a love/hate relationship with all things flour but it only affected me occasionally - when I worked in London and used to wear loose trousers because I knew that after lunch (a sandwich from the local sandwich shop - yummy) I would often look 8 months pregnant by 4 o'clock. Very useful things files, I had to hold one in front of me when walking round the office in case anyone asked when the baby was due. Still, I didn't make any connection and merrily chomped my way through all things gluten. In my 50's I found I was affected more frequently and that I was often in pain after eating ( the doctor told me I had a nervous stomach) but still didn't make the connection. Now, at 58 and hypothyroid I am older and wiser - no gluten for me. So I am lucky really, it's just - I was feeling hungry just now so I stood in front of the cupboard and looked for something to eat - hmmmm, what to have? I could have some Pistachios or some raisins but they're not cake. I bought lots of prawns this morning so I could make a fish pie, I love them and could go and eat some prawns but they're not cake. I have some plums and some pears from the garden but they're not....... It is sadly ironic that I am now able to eat without worrying about my weight (I have lost a lot due to not eating gluten) for the first time since my twenties and yet I can't eat what I really want 'cos it will make me ill. Sausage rolls, cheese rolls, donuts, chocolate biscuits and, more than anything, egg and bacon in a baguette. I would like to fatten up a bit (it's true what they say, at a certain age you have to chose between having a figure or looking younger - mother nature has chosen for me and facially I have aged 10 years in less than 1 year although on the plus side, I have discovered my hips) so I should be able to eat loads of sweets but will probably go and have an apple instead. But it's not cake.
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