The Biggest Pitfall To The Hypothyroid Diet Or Any Diet

The Biggest Pitfall To The Hypothyroid Diet Or Any Diet

The hypothyroid diet is unlike any other diet. It has some very unique concepts specific to hypothyroidism. The diet program is different, but more importantly, so are the needs of the individuals who follow it.

I have an acronym for the word diet, which is — Deliberately, Identified, as an Eating, Trend. Diets are eating trends, plain and simple. In fact, if you listen carefully to someone who’s dieting they will tell you they are ‘going on’ a diet. If you ‘go on’ a diet, you usually ‘go off’ it at some point. Hence, eating trend.

Your results using the hypothyroid diet will be the same as the results you’ve experienced with all diets if your approach is the same.

If you have hypothyroidism you’re not going to make a miraculous recovery overnight. This is something you will have to live with for a while. I’m not suggesting you can’t cure yourself, but no diet will help you long-term if you ‘go on’ it. You can’t assume you’re going to follow this plan for 30 days and be done with it. That’s not how it works. Your approach and mindset must be different.

Your mindset should be similar to this…”I need to make some permanent changes in my life if I’m going to overcome this thing that has disrupted my life.”

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, ’diets need to be a lifestyle change’. Well, this even more important if you have hypothyroidism.

Sure you’ll have to make some sacrifices, but you’ll also learn some new and exciting ways to eat that will benefit your health. Think of it as an adventure; you’re opening up your body and mind to something that can be life changing, if you accept it as part of your lifestyle.

Diets are all about mindset. Those who start the process with the right mindset, win. Those who start a diet with the idea of losing a coupe of quick pounds – but hang on to their old mindset and habits will be disappointed.

If you’re going to make some changes in the way you eat and live, you must first make some changes to how you think.

You may have thought about the lifestyle changes you need to make, but have you thought about the mindset change that you will need for long-term success?

If you have hypothyroidism no diet alone will cure you. However, a lifestyle change along with the right mindset and the hypothyroid diet is a recipe for long-term success.

-Eat well and be well,
Dr. Kevin

Hypothyroidism, Diet, And You

Hypothyroidism, Diet, And You

Do you think there’s a connection between hypothyroidism, diet, and you?

It’s unfortunate that physicians don’t offer many suggestions as to how-to control your hypothyroidism.

To this day, I’m still confused as to why most doctors think there’s no connection between your diet and hypothyroidism. Yet, when you’re struggling with symptoms and weight loss doctors blame your diet, hmm?

Here’s a question you should ask your doctor…”how does my body make thyroid hormone?”

If you don’t get a simple, quick, answer, run! The response should be…”the body makes thyroid hormone by concentrating iodine and tyrosine.”

The next question you should ask is…”where does my body get iodine and tyrosine?” The answer, “your diet.”

Now, your body does need additional nutrients to make thyroid hormone other than the two I mentioned. I’m just using them as an example, and they are the most important nutrients. Your body also requires copper, zinc, selenium, magnesium, manganese, vitamin A, and B vitamins to create and convert thyroid hormone.

So, if you don’t get these nutrients from your diet, where would you get them? Obviously, you can take supplements, but supplements can’t replace a poor diet.

Hypothyroidism occurs mainly because of diet and the environment. Stress also plays a role. So, if these three things can cause thyroid problems, shouldn’t they be included in the treatment?

If you know the cause of disease, the treatment should be easy to figure out. The problem with modern medicine is that there is too much focus on the treatment and not the cause, wouldn’t you agree?

So, how does diet and the environment lead to hypothyroidism or any disease? These two things lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and toxicity of the body, which lead to symptoms then the disease.

Again, there are more complex issues with dis-ease of the body and how you can heal the body with food, but it is possible.

Now you know there is a definite connection between you, hypothyroidism, and diet.

Eat well and be well,
Dr. Kevin

The Hypothyroid Diet Breakfast

 

The goal of the hypothyroid diet is to optimize metabolism. And the best way to jumpstart your metabolism everyday is with breakfast. If you’re currently not eating breakfast, start!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it’s the first meal of the day, and, it’s the first meal since you started your fast. What fast?

You’ve been fasting since dinner the night before.

If you think about it, you most likely haven’t eaten in 12 hours. This is a form of fasting, and fasting can lower thyroid hormone. So, it’s crucial you eat a ‘real’ meal before you start your day. I say ‘real’ meal because a lot of people start their day with a scone and a cup of coffee, this is NOT a meal, this is a treat.

A meal consists of fat, protein, and carbohydrate. Your snacks and ‘treats’ should also contain all three macronutrients. This will provide your body with sustained energy, not just a quick burst of energy that carbohydrates provide by themselves.

So, what does the ideal breakfast look like for someone with hypothyroidism?

If you’re like most people you live a busy life and you don’t have the time to sit down and eat a big breakfast, even though you should. One of the quickest and most nutritious breakfasts is a fruit smoothie.

Smoothies are great because they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Smoothies are super-nutritious, or at least they should be. This is why they work great within the hypothyroid diet.

Here are some mistakes to avoid when making your fruit smoothie…

Don’t add fruit juice. Don’t forget to add fat and protein. Don’t use goitrogenic fruits/veggies (food sources that inhibit the absorption of iodine). Don’t add too many high glycemic fruits (fruits high in sugar).

Creating a great smoothie just takes some practice. Here’s an example of one of my favorites.

One banana, a handful of frozen strawberries, 1/4 of an avocado, whey protein, one raw egg, and water.

You can substitute blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries for strawberries because strawberries are considered a goitrogen. Berries are great because they’re low in sugar and loaded with antioxidants.

If you use a banana, make sure it’s small, and use one that’s partially green. Green bananas have less sugar.

The avocado provides good fat and fiber, this will keep you full. However, you can use coconut or coconut oil, or another source of fat.

Finally, the whey provides the protein, but you can get protein from vegetarian protein powders, just avoid soy, it’s not good for your thyroid.

If the egg makes you squeamish, or you’re afraid of getting sick, you don’t need to use an egg. I add it by choice for more fat and protein.

Don’t be afraid to experiment by adding veggies and herbs.

There you have it, the perfect breakfast and a staple of the hypothyroid diet.

Happy blending.

Dr. Kevin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hypothyroid Diet Vs. Low Calorie Diets

How does the hypothyroid diet compare to a low calorie diet?

If you have hypothyroidism, there’s a good chance that you’re struggling to lose weight.

Weight gain is the most common symptom of hypothyroidism. Although weight gain isn’t the only sign of hypothyroidism, it’s the hallmark of the condition.

In reality, the condition should be called hypometabolism, because a low metabolism is the end result of hypothyroidism.

If you’re like most people with hypothyroidism, you try to lose weight by going ON a diet. And the most common type of diet is a low calorie diet.

Dieting becomes a problem when the diet is either repeated, or the diet focus is restricting calories.

This is a natural thing to do because most people believe by eating less they will weigh less, and this does happen, but only in the early stages of dieting.

Initially, the numbers on your scale change – which creates optimism.

The problem becomes when the numbers stop changing and you get frustrated. At this point you may be tempted to eat even less.

Eventually you go OFF the diet due to frustration.

The result is a few pounds lost, frustration, and a lower metabolism, or hypometabolism.

When you go ON a diet this can lower thyroid hormone by up to 50%, which equates to a lower metabolism by 25-40%.

Things start to change when you go OFF the diet and resume normal eating.

At this point, your body has a lower metabolism because of dieting. However, you resume your old eating habits. Now, you ‘ll regain the weight you lost, plus more.

Frustration!

It can take years for your body to resume its normal metabolism after dieting. This is the danger of a low calorie diet.

The hypothyroid diet on the other hand optimizes your metabolism. It enables the body to burn more calories because the body is running more efficiently.

If you optimize your metabolism your body doesn’t store fat because blood sugar is stable. There is less inflammation because you have eliminated food sensitivities. And, your body is less burdened with toxins.

The result is, increased energy, clearer thinking, less aches/pains and headaches, better digestion, and long term weight loss.

Rather than just restricting calories for a quick fix, you should consider optimizing your body’s metabolism by using a program like the hypothyroid diet.

Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski

The Hypothyroidism/Diet Link

The Link Between Hypothyroidism And Diet That Doctors Ignore

Is there a link between hypothyroidism and diet?

If you ask your doctor this question he or she will most likely answer no.

However, to really understand the connection between hypothyroidism and diet you have to look for the cause of hypothyroidism, which most doctors don’t do.

Unfortunately, a lot of doctors are focused on only two things…diagnosis and treatment.

You may be asking yourself, ‘isn’t diagnosis the same as looking for the cause?’

The answer is NO.

Diagnosis is a label. This helps doctors and insurance companies categorize illness. This illness is then assigned a number or code.

If you don’t have a code, you don’t get paid.

I’m going to share a secret with you – and once you know it, you’ll understand the cause of dis-ease of the body.

If you know the cause of a condition the treatment should be easy, right?

95% of all dis-ease is due to diet and the environment.

Now, if you ask your doctor what the most common cause of hypothyroidism is, you should get an answer.

Here’s your answer…

The most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide is iodine deficiency.

Iodine deficiency is due to a lack of this mineral in the diet.

This is one link between Hypothyroidism and diet.

So, the solution to hypothyroidism in underdeveloped countries is to add iodine to the diet.

Unfortunately, if you live in the U.S. you can’t fix hypothyroidism by simply adding iodine.

This may help if you’re deficient.

Iodine may not help you because the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the U.S. is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This is an autoimmune disorder, which the cause is unknown.

However, the treatment for Hashimoto’s should also include diet, because the cause of most dis-ease is the environment and diet.

Hashimoto’s and diet will be discussed in a future article.

You now know the cause of most dis-ease and one link between hypothyroidism and diet.

If have hypothyroidism, focus on diet and deficiencies because most doctors don’t do this.

Consider reading the book The Hypothyroid Diet.

Be well,

Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski