A Thyroid Diet Guide And Questions To Start Asking Yourself
In this thyroid diet guide let’s discuss topics you may have never thought of to start changing your health. The
purpose of this guide is to bring up some valuable ideas to the forefront. These may be questions you have never
asked yourself and could make a difference in how you feel. They say you are what you eat and now more than ever that is truly the truth.
I know this because up until 3 years ago I was overweight, exhausted, at the end of my rope and extremely sick. I
have spent the last few years years testing different approaches of eating or not eating certain foods to see how it
effects me and what symptoms disappear or reappear. I hope you can take away some tips and tricks in this thyroid diet guide that I am using to help in your journey. You can read more about my story here.
Regardless of what thyroid disease you are struggling with all of the information below can help you to start questioning your diet and guide you in the right direction towards living healthy.
Here are some questions to start asking yourself:
1) Are you taking the correct medication?-Question your doctor as to whether you are on the correct medication and the right dosage. Some patients feel better taking naturally dessicated medications and some feel better taking synthetic. When I took a synthetic medication I felt a little better but when I started taking a natural dessicated medication everything started changing for me. It seems my medication keeps my metabolism in balance by having the correct amount of hormones in my body. It is so much easier for me to maintain my weight now than ever before. Is your metabolism working at a normal level?
2) Do you have a food intolerance?– Many of us have intolerances that we are not even aware of. Ask your doctor about taking a food intolerance test to see not if you are allergic, but if your body has a hard time digesting certain foods. This is typically a simple blood test. After my food intolerance test I found I have high intolerances to: eggs, yogurt and kidney beans. I used to eat eggs and yogurt every single day-NOT ANYMORE!!!!
Pay attention to how you feel after eating certain things. Do you have a headache? Feel bloated? or have stomach or intestinal pain? Let your body be your guide or take a food intolerance test.
3) Are you still eating Gluten?-This is really the question of the day……More and more articles are coming out about the evils of gluten and Celiac Disease (a gluten allergy) is on the rise. My doctor has strongly suggested that I remove gluten out of my diet. Many thyroid patients they find they are no longer bloated, their symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome subside and they no longer suffer from headaches when they remove gluten from their diet. In this case you body can really be a guide as to whether you have gluten issues. Another avenue to explore may be to just remove wheat and see if you notice any changes. I can honestly say this is one of the hardest suggestions to follow…. as least for me.
4) Are you eating processed foods? Switching from a diet of processed versus whole foods has a tremendous effect on your health. Most processed foods contain soy which can inhibit thyroid production and block the effects of your medication from being absorbed. Whole foods such as colorful vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts contain antioxidents and antifugal properties to keep your immune system healthy. This is probably one of the most important tips in this thyroid diet guide to follow. One of my favorite lunches is hummus with sliced red and yellow peppers, raw mushrooms and cucumbers.
5) Are you eating high glycemic index fruit? Diabetes is also on the rise and is a national health concern. Some of the fruits that we all love that are healthy but also have a high glycemic index. Some examples of this can be watermelon and oranges. Choosing low sugar fruits such as berries, cherries and apples are healthier options and have a much lower glycemic index. If you have Hashimoto’s Disease or Graves Disease you do have a higher chance of developing another autoimmune disease such as Diabetes. This is especially important to me as I have metabolic resistance syndrome (my body is resistant to metabolising carbohydrates well).
6) Are you eating enough protein?-You may not realize that there are sources of protein other than that of animal protein. I have found that green pea protein and a seed called quinoa deliver adequate levels of protein without having to consume animal protein.
Mix up your menu and try something new. I love cooking quinoa in the morning with some cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped apple or try a protein shake with vegetable protein for a change of pace. This was one of the easiest changes I have made to my thyroid diet guide.
Are you eating genetically modified foods (GMO’s)?– Genetically modified
foods are foods that have been genetically altered at the cellular
level. Eating organic foods will give you the best opportunity to avoid
GMO’s as organic foods cannot by definition be genetically altered. I try to buy organic foods, eat seasonally and purchase foods from Farmers Markets in my area.
Look for the non-gmo project verified sign as a guide to ensure you are eating . Eating organic that have been grown within 100 miles of where you live is a great rule to try to incorporate into any new eating plan. I even started my own vegetable garden this year with non gmo seeds!!
I hope you have found some interesting questions to start asking yourself in this thyroid diet guide. Making even
small changes can make a difference in reducing the symptoms you may be experiencing and as a result keep you healthy and your immune system strong.
Before my disease diagnosis I never really thought about any of these topics but as my quest to stay healthy and symptom free has developed, all these questions have come to the forefront. I am incorporating all of these guidelines and I hope you will consider them as well. You are your own best advocate when comes to your body and disease.Let your body be your guide.