So, I am posting in hopes I can help someone else struggling. I am recently diagnosed auto-immune hypothyroid. I have been on meds for 6 weeks now, but given that, I don't think that is what has made me feel better.
The Story - so when I first encountered my endocrinologist, it was because I was hypoglycemic. Prior to that, I had been mostly vegetarian (with eggs, dairy and fish), but once I was in her office, she claimed that my protein intake was too low and that I needed to up my protein (and NOT vegetarian style), but to add chicken, etc. to my diet. I was eating vegetarian to keep my weight down, and had been doing successfully for 4 years. But I know your body changes (especially at my age - 'those years'). And while I wasn't thrilled to eat meat, I am really not opposed. So, I started eating more chicken. Long story short, within 4 months I gained 20 lbs.
My last visit with her was to test for my thyroid (and we found out that I have the auto-immune thyroid disease). At that visit I told her I was trying to eat more vegetarian again in hopes that would help me. Again, she adamantly stated that I needed more protein than the vegetarian diet could provide. She said that they key to my weight loss was in exercise. This was very difficult to hear considering that I had been walking and trying to exercise, but also felt so tired it was impossible to even conceive of the notion.
I know I am new to this whole hypothyroid thing, but I spent the past few weeks feeling ill. I had NO energy and even after 8 hours of sleep, I would still need to nap. That was NOT me, not me at all. I was (and again am) a very active person.
So- last week I decided to listen to my body, and give it what it needed, instead of what I was told it needed. I switched back to being a vegetarian (along with my allergies of no soy or wheat). And after one short week my energy is back up! I am ME again! Now, I am not saying it may not be a combination of my change of diet and the meds kicking in, but I am feeling much better. And I am down 5 lbs.
In doing some research, I found that our bodies (with current foods) get much more protein than we even need. I know we are each different, and our individual bodies require different things, so it is not a one size fits all, and that we MUST eat meat.
Bottom line - I don't really know if it's the diet or the meds that have made the difference, but I will say that if I had listened to the advice of my endocrinologist, I'd still be struggling with my weight and feeling horrible. I guess the lesson for me is listen to my body, give it what it needs to be healthy.
I know that living with a vegetarian diet is helpful for many physical ailments (including diabetes), I wonder if us, in the hypothyroid category might also benefit.
Food for thought.