Ahhh, that great British institution, a cup of tea and a biscuit. (Yes, I dunk.) However, as a hypo person, should I be having the tea containing Flouride? What about the biscuit? Refined, high in fat and I’ll pay for the jump in blood sugar later too.
We all know about healthy eating, five a day, low in saturated fats, whole grains, oily fish, low GI blah, blah. The reality? We all have busy lives and want to cook and eat with the minimum of fuss generally. Veg, “good” you think but what about Goitoroids? Make sure you cook them well.
It’s lunch time, I’ll nip out and get something, only, a lot of foods contain hidden soya. It’s Isoflavones are thought to inhibit enzymes involved in the T3/T4 formation process, therefore best avoided by hypos. However, fermented Soy (as traditionally eaten in Asia) is thought to be okay.
Dark chocolate, good for you? Lots of the 70% plus coco content bars have soy lecithin. Is that okay or not? (Please someone tell me!!!)
What about that great social lubricant, alcohol. Should hypos have it? Is red wine good for us or bad? Iron, do we get enough? To I2 or not to I2? Some books say yes to Iodine, others no.
Vitamin supplements. Calcium and Iron should be taken at least 4hrs after your meds. Hang on, my cereal (eaten with milk of course) is fortified with iron. I take my meds after breakfast but just before heading off to work, I need the half hour asleep in bed before I start the day after all.
**Euurrrhh, it’s a nightmare!!!**
My solution: Eat what I enjoy, stick to mainly healthy stuff and keep the bad things in as much moderation as my will power will allow.
Anyone for a cup?
Your turn! What changes have you made in your diet to reduce the impact of your thyroid condition? What aspect of your diet do you struggle with? Do you dunk? What's your favourite biscuit?
Footnote: Don’t be shy, please do leave a comment. I’d really, really like to know what you think. You’re the only people who understand!