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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?
The article: Good Foods for Hypothyroidism
The article: Foods to Avoid with Hypothyroidism
The article: Balancing Blood Sugar
The book Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate, which contains a whole chapter about what foods and diets are good (and bad) for thyroid patients. Reclaim your thyroid healthy life.
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 writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology. She is well-recognised as a crucial contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her books include “Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate” and “You, Me and Hypothyroidism”.