Tips for Hypothyroidism

HYPOTHYROIDISM TIPS

If I had a nickel for every woman I’ve heard say “I have an underactive thyroid” I’d already be driving my Range Rover Velar #DreamCar
Most women associate difficulty with weight-loss to having an underactive thyroid, and use this as an excuse to not do exercise or eat better becoming reliant on their medication’s effect to help them lose weight (this is called drug abuse). If you suspect you might have under active thyroid, I would urge you to actually get this tested – because it could be a little more serious than you’d think in the form of an autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid.

Hypothyroidism is the condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones control your metabolism, are essential for growth of tissues, and make the body responsive to adrenaline for fight or flight response.
Symptoms look like tiredness & fatigue, weight gain, depression, cold sensitivity, dry skin & hair and muscle aches.

If you’ve been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, you have no doubt, already been prescribed with eltroxin & antidepressants to go along with this, but nobody loves eating laboratory smarties anymore 👩🏻‍🔬 so here are some tips on how to improve hypothyroidism naturally – oh how I love the natural healing effects of exercise & nutrition!!!

Here’s how to start improving your hypothyroidism
1. Stick to moderate to high cardio sessions (including HIIT sessions) – this BOOSTS not only your metabolism, but improves your thyroid hormone levels.
2. You should be on a high protein diet
3. Get great iodine sources in (seaweed, fish, dairy, eggs, table salt)
4. As well as Zinc & selenium (brazil nuts, legumes, tuna, sardine, eggs…. shellfish, beef & chicken)
5. But the above mineral sources should preferably come from FOOD and not extra supplements

TRY TO AVOID (and if unavoidable, cook to death!):
1. Nuts & seeds (pine nuts, peanuts, millet)
2. Highly processed foods (hot dogs, cakes, cookies)
3. No supplements

MODERATE (as in not too much of)
1. Soy foods (tofu, tempeh, edamame)
2. Gluten
3. Cruciferous veggies (Cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, spinach)
4. Fruits
5. Beverages (coffee, green tea, alcohol)

EAT LOTS OF:
1. Eggs: Whole eggs are best, as much of the iodine and selenium are found in the yolk, while the whites are full of protein.
2. Meats: All meats, including lamb, beef, chicken, etc.
3. Fish: All seafood, including salmon, tuna, prawns, etc.
4. Vegetables: All vegetables are fine to eat as long as they’re cooked well.
5. Fruits: All other fruits including berries, bananas, oranges, tomatoes, etc.
6. Gluten-free grains and seeds: Rice, buckwheat, quinoa, chia seeds and flaxseed.
7. Dairy: All dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
8. Beverages: Water and other non-caffeinated beverages.

Here’s an example diet for people with under active thyroids to follow:

Monday
* Breakfast: Gluten-free bread with eggs.
* Lunch: Chicken salad with 2–3 Brazil nuts.
* Dinner: Stir-fried chicken and vegetables served with rice.

Tuesday
* Breakfast: Oatmeal with 1/4 cup (31 grams) of berries.
* Lunch: Grilled salmon salad.
* Dinner: Fish baked with lemon, thyme and black pepper served with a side of steamed vegetables.

Wednesday
* Breakfast: Gluten-free bread with eggs.
* Lunch: Leftovers from dinner.
* Dinner: Shrimp skewers served with a quinoa salad.

Thursday
* Breakfast: Overnight chia seed pudding — 2 tbsp (28 grams) chia seeds, 1 cup (240 ml) Greek yogurt and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract with sliced fruits of your choice. Let sit in a bowl or mason jar overnight.
* Lunch: Leftovers from dinner.
* Dinner: Roast lamb served with steamed vegetables.

Friday
* Breakfast: Banana-berry smoothie.
* Lunch: Gluten-free chicken salad sandwich.
* Dinner: Pork fajitas — sliced lean pork, bell peppers and salsa served in corn tortillas.

Saturday
* Breakfast: Egg, mushroom and zucchini frittata.
* Lunch: Tuna and boiled egg salad.
* Dinner: Homemade gluten-free Mediterranean pizza topped with tomato paste, olives and feta cheese.

Sunday
* Breakfast: Omelet with various vegetables.
* Lunch: Quinoa salad with green vegetables and nuts.
* Dinner: Grilled steak with a side salad.

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