How do you feel generally about treating your Hashimoto's/hypothyroidism through change of diet - research into thyroid promoting foodstuffs, rather than go down the medical route? If you have done this how are your symptoms now? I would love to hear from you. I went vegetarian for 15 years when we first had children and then started eating meat again. I learned a lot from that time about being careful not to be so stressed/strict about cutting foods from the diet and...I have learned NOT to drink soya milk - which apparently attacks the thyroid. Fermented soya products like tempeh are useful.
Have you have gone down the medical route are you also interested in researching health giving nutrition?
Last night I listened to a Masterclass from Mind Valley '7 Shifts In Your Model of Eating to Lose Weight' by J J Virgin. I found her quite inspirational and wanted to share what I gleaned from this - if you are interested:
She listed reasons for our weight gain as being either:
Genetic, hormonal, immune response, gluten, pain meds, gut being more permeable when stressed.
She talked about 7 common foods which are 'holding us back in our weight loss:
Food Intolerances and Weight Gain
1. Corn - one of the most genetically modified crops which turns to sugar quickly in the body
2. Peanuts (legume family) and are the highest carriers of mould
3. Soy (affects endocrine function and lowers thyroid function)
4. Eggs (chickens can be fed on corn or soy)
5. Dairy - she said that this can have an 'opiate' like affect on the brain (acne, gas, bloating)
6. Sugar and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (with aspartame, we can lose the ability to self-regulate) She gave an example that sugar is made up of glucose and fructose (Agave is almost completely fructose) Fructose goes straight through to the liver and tells the body to make fat.
7. Gluten - alters bacteria in gut, can create gut permeability
When you look at the above it's enough to send you into stress mode as a lot of them are common foods which we love and......some we crave...such as cheese!!
J J VIRGIN MENTIONED THAT IF WE CRAVE A CERTAIN FOOD/S IN THIS PERIOD OF 21 DAYS WE CAN BE PRETTY SURE THAT WE ARE ALLERGIC TO IT/THEM.
She also gave alternatives to try:
1. Kale chips instead of corn (health food shop?). I found a recipe allrecipes.com/recipe/17695...
2. Soy - best to have Tempeh instead which has undergone a different process. Alternative milks coconut milk, almond milk
3. Almonds and acadamia nuts instead of peanuts
4. Eggs - I didn't have any notes for this. Don't just cut out yolk as the white of egg creates problems.
5. Dairy - she recommended coconut cream in coffee and cashew cream cheese (guess you make your own). I am adding this link which might be useful godairyfree.org/dairy-subst...
6. Sugar nutrition-and-you.com/dates... I don't have notes. I take date nectar pls research into dates . Cinnamon is also a natural sweetner. Vanilla also increases serotonin.
7. Gluten I can't remember what was said so I am adding some research on Gluten free products by Nutricentre nutricentre.com/health-advi...
(Instead of mashed white pototatoes how about mashed cauliflower with coconut milk?)
The suggestion was to come off ALL OF THE ABOVE for 21 days and then start to re-introduce one at a time ie one per week. For example, eat cheese once a day for 4 days to see what affects it has on you. If all is ok then choose grass fed, raw fermented dairy and re-introduce.
She suggested that we keep out gluten up to 90% of the time, Corn and Peanuts 90 - 95% and don't add sugar.
Taking responsibility for our own health and nutrition, we need to be careful too and research the best alternatives to have so that we are still having a balanced diet. Also, if we are on meds then best to check out any future dietary changes with a professional.
Recommended eating times - to eat within 1 - 2 hours of waking up, eat every 4 - 6 hours and to stop eating 3 hours before going to bed so you may have a 12 - 14 hour fast.
Maintenance of this regime - look at your goals, surround yourself with friends who are fitter, have a daily shake, weigh daily. Make new concrete goals ie look at your sleep
JJ's suggested shake is:
half an advocado
3/4 cup of non dairy milk (coconut milk, almond milk or cashew milk unsweetened)
2 scoops pea or beef based protein powder
1/2 cup frozen fruit (organic berries recommended)
2 cups dark leafy greens (organic spinach or kale - or other greens). Personally not sure about using spinach every day.
This shake can be for a breakfast, lunch or dinner.
At the end of the class they gave details of a new course J J Virgin will give. She is also the author of 4 best sellers. I loved her presentation.
Would love to hear your views, experiences of weight loss/thyroid promoting foods.