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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.
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?
The article: Good Foods for Hypothyroidism
The article: Foods to Avoid with Hypothyroidism
The article: Balancing Blood Sugar
The Freedom From Thyroid Fatigue Course has a whole module focused on nutrition and helping you personalise your diet to get you feeling well with thyroid disease.
Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a board member for The American College of Thyroidology and The WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and many more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. She has authored two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.