Food Can Help or Hinder Your Health

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I started saying this last year when doing my Level 3 and Level 4 in Diet and Nutrition.

Everything you eat has the power to either help or hinder your health. 

Every single thing we eat and drink can either help us to improve our health (or maintain good health) or make it worse. When you realise the power of food, you start looking at it differently.

I’m a total foodie – I’m always thinking about food and I love trying new dishes. I also have a history of disordered eating and unhealthy dieting so it’s important I focus on the nutritional value of food and trying to eat well-balanced.

Do you notice a difference between how you feel and what you eat too?

A key example of this for me is what I eat for breakfast. If I skip breakfast or eat something lacking much substance and nutrition, I feel so rubbish. I could be mistaken for blaming it on my thyroid symptoms, even. And if I eat a lot of processed foods or sugar it makes me lethargic and fatigued too.

Treat food and nutrition like another important part of that thyroid jigsaw puzzle.

Eating well or badly both affect my thyroid health so much. Eating too much processed food and drinking alcohol gives me acid reflux. Not having a high fibre breakfast brings on constipation. Missing protein from my meals and snacks gives me blood sugar imbalances (with dizziness, faintness, brain fog, mood swings and headaches). Eating gluten makes my thyroid condition harder to keep under control.

Eating right helps maintain good gut health which so many of us with thyroid disease also have issues with. It also helps to maintain crucial vitamin and mineral levels, which, if low can mimic thyroid symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and hair loss.

What can you do? Check out the links below on foods to eat more of and foods to avoid with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, but also – go back to basics. Ensure you are eating ample vegetables every day, that you’re eating enough protein to balance blood sugar and keep you feeling clear-headed and well-fuelled, and avoid processed and packaged foods. You can even batch cook ahead of time and freeze some meals.

How do you find eating well for your thyroid condition?

See also:

The article: What is The Best Diet for Hypothyroidism?

The article: Good Foods for Hypothyroidism

The article: Foods to Avoid with Hypothyroidism

The article: Balancing Blood Sugar

The Cookbook: The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s

Recipes on my blog 

Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate Book Girl HoldingSee also:

The book Be Your Own Thyroid Advocatewhich contains a whole chapter about what foods and diets are good (and bad) for thyroid patients. Reclaim your thyroid healthy life.

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One thought on “Food Can Help or Hinder Your Health

  1. Great reference page for more tips on improving food & diet. I’m not much of a foodie but things have really gone rather downhill lately since my emergency op earlier this year, and then the recent op; I need to put more focus back on eating more and building up my strength and health again, so this has come at a really good time. Sometimes you just need a kick up the bum to put your priorities in order… (or at least I definitely do!) 😆

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