I have been a strict vegetarian since my early teens (a VERY long time ago), and also have Hashimoto’s, and other auto-immune conditions, and have had other health problems. I am also feeling so much better since totally changing my diet and adding T3 to my levothyroxine.
My own experience is that doctors tend not to know much about diet and being hypo, so I rarely accept any of their advice on it. My GP even thought that eating Marmite would sort out my B12 deficiency.
I wanted to change my diet, but many of the recommended diets (AIP, Paleo etc) are not really compatible with being veggie. I had given up gluten and soya to help reduce my antibodies - it certainly is possible. I get my protein mainly from pulses, nuts and seeds, I am not a fan of eggs. I have also given up all sugar, including fruit, as I have had candida and SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth); yeast and caffeine. I have not given up dairy as my diet is already so restricted – but I only have “young” cheeses (mozzarella, feta, cottage cheese), and only small amounts of cheddar (all veggie).
I have to admit that I did seek help from a private nutritionist as I was so unwell generally, and not getting any help from my GP. I had a lot of tests. I had extremely low stomach acid, and was not absorbing my nutrients, so was deficient in many things – even vitamin C, despite eating copious amount of vegetables. My GP had been happy to ignore what I now realise were mild symptoms of scurvy.
Protein is obviously a bit of a concern. I have a continuing problem with getting enough protein so, as well as ensuring that I have protein at every meal, I also use a very good protein powder which I can add to drinks or meals. I also hadn’t realised that I couldn’t just eat chick peas for instance, which I adore, as my “only” protein – it is essential to have different pulses (nuts and seeds) to ensure you get all the amino acids you need. I tend to make a lots of soups and casseroles now. I take a range of good quality supplements, including vitamin C, D3/K2, vitamin B complex, and I get B12 injections.
I enjoy my food, and get seriously fed-up with not being able to eat what I want, but my health has improved immeasurably since I addressed it all properly. I have had some lapses (with sugar!) and I really pay the price for it, and suffer the consequences for weeks.
I did not make all the changes in one go. I had given up gluten after reading advice on here years ago. I then gave up soya quite a while later. The other changes I made over a year ago after consulting my nutritionist, but are not written in stone and I will be able to introduce some of my “banned” foods.
I really do feel that diet is so important for everyone, but particularly for those of us battling chronic illness. Yes, it is really really hard, but maybe just make small changes to start with.