Hello Thyroid friends!
Enjoying summer yet? I hope so, here in Sweden it has been quite cold the last few weeks which sucks. But summer is still good.
So here’s the latest Tale of The Typical Thyroid. And today we’re going to talk about food.
One of the most frustrating and confusing things about ill with a thyroid disease is that you don’t know what to eat. I’ve heard that several different diets are good for thyroid patiens inlcuding, low glycemic food, low-card high-fat diet, paleo diet, gluten free diet etc. And I don’t know what’s good or not. It drives me crazy! And it’s also the whole weight gain-thing a lot of us suffer from, which makes it hard to loose and easy to gain weight. So I control my eating a lot, which stresses me. I wish I didn’t have to but I don’t want to become overweight.
Did you know you’re not supposed to eat soy protein if you have a thyroid condition? A lot of people don’t know it, but it it contains something called goitrogens which if you eat a lot of, you can develop a goiter (enlargement of the Thyroid). Which is scary! And how much is too much? I don’t know, so I won’t eat anything soy related, (well I try, it’s hard eating sushi for example with out soy sauce). Other foods with goitrogens are broccoli, cabbage, among others. However if you cook these veggies with goitrogens, then they’re safe to eat, at least that’s what I’ve heard. I just found this blog post about this confusing topic, read here.
Avoiding starchy food is also good, but it’s hard. No potatoes or corn? Well maybe you could have some. I know I will eat ‘em.
So basically there’s a whole lot of avoiding to do, with nothing left to eat! It really feels like that for me. And the more research I do the crazier I get, and the more food I avoid. So maybe it’s just best to eat whatever you feel like? Just make sure to not eat to much sugar and eat enough veggies and you should feel fine. And I guess you could try certain diets to loose weight or just to feel better, and if it works, then good for you! You have to try!
I personally like eating low glycemic foods as much as I can, it makes me feel good and I can loose a little weight with it. And I also drink a lot of water and eat fiber so my digestion works (another annoying Thyroid problem). You could also take supplements to make sure you get all your vitamins, and you’ll feel a lot better. But it is hard with a weird appetite, maybe nothing seems good, in those cases just try to eat something, anything! That’s what I do. Food is supposed to be a joy, which it rarely is for me, but I try to enjoy it. Now during summer I eat a lot of Swedish strawberries, sometimes with whipped cream, so yummy! ;P
Anyway, I could keep writing about goitrogens and diets forever, but I’m gonna stop now. Take care of your Thyroid and enjoy the lovely- or not so lovely weather wherever you are!
To be continued… x
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