Posted in Cross-Cultural Cooking, Hashimoto Cooking

Almond Bread

After my firstborn, a combination of stress and genetics triggered Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in me. (The fact that this disease was discovered by a Japanese person does not lose its irony on me.) I was exhausted. There is no tired like autoimmune tired. If you have an autoimmune disease, you understand and probably, like me, are willing to try any diet to regain scraps of energy to simply function.


After going on an elimination diet, then to paleo, and then through trial and error, I have found that my body works best on a gluten and dairy-free diet. (I am also grateful for the serendipity that I live in Japan where most of the traditional dishes are sans these ingredients.) With the diet change, my antibody count went from in the 800s to the 30s. (I have the blood work to prove it.) I went into remission for about a year, and was able to get pregnant with my daughter after a bout of infertility.

The results are worth the discipline, but that doesn’t make me miss bread any less. I crave it. I dream about it. (I freak out sometimes in my dreams because I’ve eaten gluten and then I wake up, realize reality and am relieved.)

Therefore, during last summer’s recess, I made it my mission to find delicious substitutes. Though nothing is the same as the real deal, my cravings can be satiated. Below is a recipe for one of the best ones I have found so far. To add more glory to it, I recommend adding a smidgen of margarine on it fresh from the oven.

Many of the ingredients for the recipe are difficult or expensive to get in Japan so I usually make an Amazon.com order.

What diet is best for your health?

Works Cited

Kaylie. “Healthy 5 Minute Gluten Free Paleo Bread.” Paleo Gluten Free Eats, 10 Nov. 2016, paleoglutenfree.com/recipes/healthy-5-minute-gluten-free-paleo-bread/.

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