I have discovered that I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis and this is the type of thyroid issue that is an autoimmune condition. It is my understanding that eating gluten, which is a protein in wheat, barley and rye, causes my immune system to make antibodies that make me unable to properly use thyroid hormone. In addition, soy binds thyroid, so I have decided it would be best to avoid soy as well. I need all my thyroid available to work for me! I have struggled with my weight throughout adulthood (I am 49 now) and through this struggle I am getting an education! I have ignored the gluten-free movement because I mistakenly thought that only those with Celiac Disease needed to avoid gluten. I did know that I should avoid soy, but I had no idea how prevalent soy is in processed foods. I have started using an ap called "ShopWell" to scan bar codes and tell me whether a food has gluten or soy in it. Most of my favorite PWO choices have soy, as well as the Almond Breeze that I PUT IN MY COFFEE EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! I am finding this part of my journey fascinating and I thought it would be good to open a conversation here so that if anyone else has questions or comments on this topic they can learn along with me as I start life without gluten or soy.