Hypothyroidism is the disease in which, the thyroid gland is less active and so produces less hormone called thyroxin. Thyroxin hormone is an important factor for body’s anabolism and catabolism combine known as metabolism. Metabolism regulates the body’s entire system and controls the repair, growth and protection of the body tissues/cells.
There are lot many reasons for developing hypothyroidism and once it attacks a person, it is then quite difficult to manage it fully unless you take regular pills. Patients with hypothyroidism often get confuse what to eat and what not to as they are given the list of ‘contraindicated’ foods in their diet by their dieticians and doctors.
It is not that a person with hypothyroidism will not have any recipes. Here are some of the recipes those are mouthwatering and still good for the diseased condition.
The Magic Pasta
Those who are pasta lovers, they can enjoy this dish with great pleasure. All you need is to follow the below method,
3 cloves of smashed and minced garlic 3 large ripe tomatoes Anchovy paste extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper (as per your requirement) Whole-wheat pasta Fresh chopped holy basil Little pecorino cheese Chili flakes
Make thick slice of tomatoes and put a small dab of anchovy paste on each slice. Top it up with a bit of garlic and pinch of salt and pepper. Now place in glass oven dish. Pour olive oil over the top and bake in 350-degree oven for about hour. Cook pasta until al dente and drain it. Take off the tomato stuff and empty into the empty pot. Put pasta in and toss to coat and the dish is finished when you top the entire material with basil and little fresh pecorino cheese. For spice lovers, put a pinch of chili flakes for seasoning.
1 tsp grated orange peel 2 oranges, peeled and well sliced (seedless) 20 oz unsweetened pineapple chunks cup of sour cream (strictly fat-free) 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 grapefruit (peeled and sliced finely) tsp grated ginger 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg cup chopped and toasted pecans 6 cups of torn leaf lettuce Grilled chicken breast (chopped and optional) 2 tbsp milk (strictly fat free) 1 avocado (peeled and sliced)
Combine the oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit into a large bowl. Cover them all and place it into the refrigerator. In another bowl, take sour cream, milk, brown sugar, orange peel. Add ginger and nutmeg. Cover the entire mixture and place this too into the refrigerator.
Let them be in the condition for about one hour.
Divide lettuce and avocado that they can serve in six salads plates. Decorate fruit over the lettuce. Drizzle salad with dressings. You can simply sprinkle with nuts or for non-vegetarians add chicken to it.
These recipes are good to have, as they are rich in Vitamins and minerals that rejuvenate the body. However, it is always advisable for the patient with hypothyroidism to consult dietician before they jump into any newer dish.
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Low Iodine diet before Radio Iodine treatment for thyroid cancers?
I am just starting a low Iodine diet for 2 weeks (less tan 65 micrograms) before I have a radioactive Iodine treatment for Thyroid cancer. I was wondering if there is anyone who has any menu ideas, or meal ideas for me, or have been on the same diet? I have a few basic ones, but you can only eat the same thing so many times!
Thanks for any feedback!
I went through the same thing last November – during Thanksgiving! It didn’t seem like it would be that difficult but once you start you realize just how much you can’t eat.
For breakfast I ate oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts (unsalted). I also had a few egg white omelets.
I made a big pot of beef stew (see link below for recipe) so I had that for many many dinners. I also had pasta with homemade sauce. If you seach you can find one brand of canned tomatos that doesn’t have salt.
For dessert I made wacky cake (recipe is also below) – it’s a chocolate cake that uses cocoa powder so it’s ok.
I bought a cookbook online, but a lot of the recipes are also here –
Can anyone suggest a good website for a diet menu plan?
I’m fighting with my weight. My husband is supporting me by dieting with me (he doesn’t need it). 3 weeks ago we tried this: no sugar, no salt, no red meat, no caffeine, low carbs and exercise twice a day. I do 15-20 minutes on the eliptical each time, my heart rate is elevated to over 140 each time. I’ve been eating a slice of toast with no sugar/no salt peanut butter and a small glass of pure orange juice when I wake up, then I exercise. Then I eat a bowl of Cheerios with Skim milk and a banana. Then later I’ll eat a small portion lunch such as a whole wheat sandwich with no fat turkey breast with a tsp cottage cheese, romaine lettuce and Mrs. Dash with a small salad with very little dressing (balsamic vinagrette). Then supper we’ll have either fish or chicken breast cooked with little to no oil, Mrs. Dash, white rice (I add a tbsp of low sodium salsa for some flavour) and veggies such as broccoli/cauliflower/ carrots/spinach. Then I will have a 100 calorie serving of Danone yogurt. I’ll snack on vegetables or an orange. It’s not hard to eat like this, I am getting used to it. Smaller portions and eating more than once or twice a day (like 4 tiny meals).
I am 36 years old and weighed 309 when I started. I lost 5 lbs in the first week and nothing since. I’m obviously doing something wrong because this should have worked. Maybe my body is at a stand still and will catch up but it is really frustrating. He’s dropped like 12 pounds or so.
I’ve been to the doctor recently and had blood work done. My thyroid is fine and my cholesterol is fine. I am perfectly healthy, they tell me.
Any suggestions on some dietary plans that WORK? I am looking for soemthing that is “normal”. (No weird ingredients, I live in a small town and can’t find things like goat cheese, etc)
Any help would be great, thanks!
Honestly from the sounds of it you probably are not eating enough.
You need to figure out what your metabolic rate is (how many calories you burn a day just for your body to sustain its self.)
This is a good formula to do that,
your weight (in lbs) x 4.3
plus your height (in inches) x 4.7
minus your age x 4.7
Once you have that number, you want to subtract 500-7000 from that number, but no more than that or else your body will go into starvation mode.
Remember that 1lb is equal to 3500 calories, so if you are deficient by 500 calories every day, plus you burn 500 working out then you will lose about 2 lbs a week, which is the safest amount to lose.
When I first started dieting, sparkpeople.com was a super website that I used, its basically like a myspace or facebook for dieters, they build you a meal plan based on your likes and dislikes, suggest workouts, and have discussion groups for support.
ps. dieting with a guy is the most frustrating thing in the entire world, I make my boyfriend diet with me and he always loses weight without much effort. Dont let it get to you, it has to do with hormones.
I need to lose 150 lbs how long should it take me if I am on a strict diet & high cardio workout program?
I am determined more then ever to get this weight off. I cannot take it anymore. It makes no sense. I am a prisoner of my own body. I need a strict menu to follow and some serious advice on what kind of workout to follow so I can rid myself of this gluttonous amount of weight that I am holding onto with a vice grip. I feel sick sharing this , but the more truthful I am with myself hopefully the greater the success this time around. I think about what I am going to snack on before my full stomach empties out. It really isnt about how I look because I dress well for my size I never allowed my size to dictate how I dressed in public, but it is my health. I had a full physical last month and thank God my glucose, thyroid and cholesteroil readings were all good. I feel like now is my opportunity to make it happen.God willing the big 30 is next month. This weight that I have been carrying for 23 years has got to go. All advice that can aid me in this endeavor would be great.Thanx
Hi, I’ve been helping people stay healthy for a bit more than two decades (20 years) and I can tell you that losing weight requires a combination of both exercise and caloric restriction but with a proper nutrition balance.
The answer to you question is simple mathematics (although it’s not easy to get your body to comply sometimes). To lose 1 pound of weight you need to restrict or burn-off 3500 calories (10 pounds = 35,000 calories and so on). Yes, that’s a LOT of calories but they got on your body the same way as they got on (slowly but surely). So, you’ll need to determine your BMR (I’ll talk about this in a moment) and then you’ll need to determine how many calories you are reducing and burning off via exercise.
If you want to lose weight in a healthy manner, keep the following in mind:
1) Check with your physician to be certain that you are physically able to reduce your calories and increase your exercise habits safely.
2) Make certain that the calories you are eating are as balanced as possible. Finding out how much protein, carbs, and fats your body needs on a daily basis can really help keep your energy levels high all day long. The #1 reason my clients tell me that they’ve stopped dieting or exercising in the past is because of low energy ebbs. Splitting the amount of calories you can have per day into 5 – 6 smaller meals will help tremendously (this keeps your body fueled and ready to go and you also know that your next meal is only a couple of hours away).
Knowing what your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is will certainly help you determine how to be calorie conscious. Also remember that you may need supplements to help things along.
3) While exercising (before, during, and after) be sure to consume enough water. The key is not to be ‘thirsty’ (overtly) during this time of exercise.
4) Adding weight bearing exercise (i.e., lifting weights) will help to tone your body and the thermogenic (fat burning) effect will last long after you’ve stopped working out — even if your workout is simply walking).
5) Remember that you’ll probably hit plateaus (times when you’ll stop losing weight) several times during your weight loss progress. This is completely normal and is only temporary but it can last for a couple of weeks at a time. It is very important to remember that even if your scale isn’t showing progress, your entire body is being positively effected by your efforts.
6) Measure different parts of your body (neck, upper arms, lower arms, chest, abs, waist, belly, butt, thighs, etc.) and do it accurately. Write these measurements down and check them once every 2 weeks. This will help you remember that your body is ‘reducing’ all over — not just in one particular area. If you’re weight training you may actually notice a slight increase in some areas of your body (don’t worry — if you’re a woman you won’t start looking like a bodybuilder).
7) Keep focused on your end goal and concentrate on losing maybe 1 pound a week — sometimes you’ll lose more, sometimes less. As long as it’s an average, it’s okay.
8) Lastly, remember that you’re doing a WONDERFUL thing for your body.
Keep up the good work. I’ve worked with hundreds of people in the past 20 years (mostly women) who have lost (individually) HUNDREDS of pounds safely. Better still, they’ve kept it off — Kay lost over 350 pounds and has been at her goal weight for 7 years now.
As for what to take (if anything), that depends entirely on what your body needs. Anyone who suggests that you take something that ‘works for everyone’ is either confused or deluded. For example, if you had a twin brother or sister your bodies could react completely different to certain supplements or foods on a metabolic level. If you want to learn more about what you might want to take and how to calculate your BMR, you can visit my site (below).
Any questions, don’t hesitate to write and ask.
Lonnie Honeycutt, C.N.C.
Your Health Is My Concern
Unhealthy Ways To Lose A Lot Of Weight Fast? (OTC Pills? Menu? Tricks? Tips?)?
I know the drill. You can’t lose weight too fast because you will hurt yourself. You need to eat a balanced diet & exercise. Please don’t preach to me about it. But here’s the deal..I want to know how to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. I don’t care if it’s unhealthy, I don’t care if it may hurt me. I just want to do it & am willing to sacrafice time off my life span in order to do so. No…I’m not a complete moron. Healthy food is more expensive & I can’t afford it. I can’t exercise because of severe back problems. I can’t even go out for brisk walks because of those problems as well. I asked my doctor about a prescription diet pill but am unable to take one with the other meds I’m on for my back. I can’t get gastric bypass because my insurance wont cover it & I don’t have enough money to pay for it myself. I’m not worried about learning how to eat..I already know how and don’t eat much anyways. My thyroid was tested & is fine. Any ideas for an effective unhealthy diet?
Try a cleansing diet! I did and lost 10.5 pounds and 17 inches in only 9 days. I was very happy with the results and continued on the program and lost 25 pounds in 5 weeks. This is the fastest I have ever lost with other diets like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Medifast, Slimfast etc…. Cleansing works by removing toxins from your body. You get toxins from your food (pesticides, preservatives, food additives, colorings) water, chemicals, pollution, medications, alcohol, hormones that the animals you eat were fed etc….YUCK! The toxins get coated with fat and remain in your body. To remove the fat, you have to remove the toxins. This system worked for me, maybe it can work for you too. You can check out the website or call this toll free number 1-877-587-4647 for more info. The program is not cheap, but it is worth every penny since it works and keeps you motivated. Good luck!
How can I lose 40 pounds in a healthy way with no yo-yo effect?
I recently recovered from a serious thyroid condition where I went from losing 50 pounds to gaining 80 pounds in 2 years. I’m trying to drop the extra 30 pounds I gained with diet and exercise. I’m currently training for a half marathon in the fall (to raise funds for thyroid disease). I’m eating healthy but I don’t want to crash diet or have my weight yo yo. I exercise 3-5 times a week for at least 90 minutes. I don’t eat sodas or juice (lots of water), low salt food, lots of fruits, no junk food but I have a thing for white bread, white rice and sweets. I eat cake once a week (on my cheat day) but as for the carbs, I eat them in the morning and I train in the evening. What should my sample food menu look like? I refuse to do a crash diet. I’ve lost one size but my muscle weight has not tipped the scale one bit. Please help.
You’ve got to change your eating habits and reduce calorie count. The first few weeks will be the most difficult as your body adjusts to running on fewer calories. Write down everything you eat and how many calories. Drink a lot of water and no cheat days! If you designate cheat days you’re more likely to fail. If once in a while you go over your intake levels, so be it and move on. Weigh yourself three times a week at the same time of day (preferably naked or in your underwear) and record that weight. You might yo-yo within the weak but week to week should show loss.
Why am I finding it difficult to lose weight after treatment for Grave’s Disease?
Following treatment for Grave’s Disease I have gained almost 2 stone in weight and just can’t lose it no matter how hard I try.
Treatment consisted of 40mg Carbimazole daily reduced gradually to 10mg daily, which is the dose I take at present.
My thyroid levels are now: Free T4 10, Free T3 2.1 and TSH not detected.
I have been sticking to a very sensible diet for 6 weeks, a typical day’s menu being:
Breakfast: Bran Flakes with skimmed milk & Cup of Tea
Mid morning: Banana, tangerine or pear
Lunch: Chicken salad or makerel with salad
Dinner: Fish, Pork or chicken (grilled) and baked potato & veg.
Evening snack: Carrot, brocolli or a couple of Ryvita crackers with cottage cheese.
I drink lots of water, don’t take sugar in my tea and the weight is still not coming off. I walk 3-5miles 4 times a week, sometimes even more.
They want me to have RAI now – but if that’s going to mess with my weight I won’t have it.
Anyone know where I’m going wrong?
This sound like a very unpleasant disease, but from what you say you are over the worst. Weight loss is always difficult. How tall are you what do you weigh? As far as the ARI goes, find out more, you can do an Internet search, look in library’s, ask the doctor who recommended it to give you more info and possibly find a group of people who have experienced it, (think there is a forums or two on the net that discuss it). Be sure before you try it. I recently had the opposite weight problem due to inflammation of my peripheral nervous system, (very painful) I’ve regained 2/3 of what I lost but it was hard. You seem to be doing the right things to loose the excess weight you gained, I would say give it time as healthy weight loss is always slow. Good luck hope things work out for you.
PS. Be sure any treatment offered is going to help you, the doctors I saw with my problem offered me several operative treatments that would not have helped me at all!
What to do when your body is producing the bad cholesterol?
What types of conditions cause your body to overproduce the bad cholesterol LDL, primarily in your liver? My mom, whose 45, was recently diagnosed with hypertension. The last time she saw a doc, her labs mentioned that she had elevated cholesterol, but not extremely high. (I forget what her levels were). As of late, she was suffering from constant fatigue and a little swelling of her ankles, chest pains (but not often) and some pressure on the veins of her neck and head. I took her to a family doc and that is where we found her high BP. Doc ordered a few tests including a cardiac stress test on the treadmill, labs and thyroid exam. He also said to lay off the burgers and french fries.
When he said this, I stopped him on his tracks. While it is true that most people suffer from elevated LDL because of poor dietary choices, I can attest to the fact that my mother isn’t one of those. My mother, for my lifetime, has always been a picky eater. Never ate out because restaurant food disgusted her and meat was always out of the menu since she is vegetarian. Her everyday menu consisted of generally the same damn meal for over 25 years since she became a U.S. citizen. She’s one of those finicky people that eat the same thing without getting bored, give or take a few items on her plate. For breakfast she eats a piece of toast w/coffee, for lunch a squared grilled sandwich with a slice of swiss cheese, and for dinner a small cup of white rice, white or black beans with a piece of baked salmon or baked egg plant or just plain green salad. No salt, no dressings, nothing except a little vinegar and olive oil. Since young, I can’t remember my mom eating anything else.
I explained her diet to her doctor and he didn’t place much attention to what I said, I suppose, because on her second visit, he mentioned to lay off the fries again. I had to take her in as a walk-in that day because he failed to give her medication the first visit while he waited for the labs. And her BP was sky-rocketing in the 150′s / 90′s. On this visit, he gave her samples for Benicar HCT once a day as we wait for her labs appointment on the 30th.
I have a strong inkling that it is safe to rule out the thyroid issue because she has never had a problem with that and there’s never been a history of thyroid in our family. However, there has been an issue of cholesterol on my mother’s side and obesity. My question is, how can my mother, who eats what she eats on a daily basis, cause her to balloon from 125lbs to 157 lbs over 5 years for her 5’0″ stature?
What could be causing her high blood pressure? Is she sensitive to any existing amount of salt in her foods? Is her cholesterol to blame? How do you stop it if you are already eating modestly?
Now, they can give you all the medication in the world to fight cholesterol, but how can you permanently and efficiently stop this problem if it is not your diet causing this? Could it be her liver? If so, how do you fight against that? And what is with the non-occasional chest pains? Are those symptoms of a heart attack waiting to happen?
People who have a family history of high cholesterol and blood
pressure are more likely to develop it.
Doctors usually start patients on a lower cholesterol diet before
they decide to give the medications to lower it. This is done
to see whether the food she takes in (which you said she
doesn’t) contain alot of cholesterol. If it doesn’t lower with
the special diet, then a decision of whether this is normal
for the patient and won’t cause a problem, or it is too high
and should be lowered with drugs. (like Statins)
She should write down everything she may eat in the day
and try to do that for a couple of weeks…then when she
has the next blood tests, the doctor can see that it isn’t
coming from that (looking at her list)…should the levels
The same is true for high blood pressure. This can come
from being under alot of stress or kidney problem or
even a heart circulation problem. It can also be
hereditary. You can get a blood pressure machine at
the local drug store and she could take her blood pressure
more frequently. (Some people’s blood pressure goes higher
in the doctor office, just because they are there) If the doctor
thought she was using too much salt (because of leg swelling,
etc) he would place her on a lower sodium diet and tell her
how much fluids and sodium she would be allowed per day.
Sodium is one of the electrolytes that keeps the heart beating
in rhythm, so this has to be watched closely by blood testing,
to be sure it stays at a certain level in the blood (should she
be placed on a lower sodium diet or diuretics).
[There are different types of blood pressure lowering drugs}
Checking her thyroid is a good thing, even if she doesn’t
have a family history of it. It sounds like he is trying to see
if her metabolism is slower due to the thyroid not producing
enough hormone, Thyroxine, to regulate it well. Having a
slow metabolism can effect every organ of the body
and make her tired. She would easily gain weight no
matter what it is that she ate. The thyroid could also
have an effect on her cholesterol levels being higher.
If this is a thyroid problem…then she would be started on
a replacement of the thyroid hormone (levothyroxine)
and this would have to be checked by blood tests
being done until the levels are within normal range and
stay that way for her.
It sounds like you have a doctor that is trying his best
to be sure he covers all bases in fiquring out what may be
wrong. This can only be done by the testing results he
What foods should I eat if I want to lose 40 pounds without yo-yo-ing?
I recently recovered from a serious thyroid condition where I went from losing 50 pounds to gaining 80 pounds in 2 years. I’m trying to drop the extra 30 pounds I gained with diet and exercise. I’m currently training for a half marathon in the fall (to raise funds for thyroid disease). I’m eating healthy but I don’t want to crash diet or have my weight yo yo. I exercise 3-5 times a week for at least 90 minutes. I don’t eat sodas or juice (lots of water), low salt food, lots of fruits, no junk food but I have a thing for white bread, white rice and sweets. I eat cake once a week (on my cheat day) but as for the carbs, I eat them in the morning and I train in the evening. What should my sample food menu look like? I’ve lost one size but my muscle weight has not tipped the scale one bit. Please help.
You’re on the right track, but I would recommend not restricting any food.
Instead eat all the foods you like , but eat small portions. You shouldn’t feel full when you’re done eating. Far from it, because by the time your brain registers that you are full you will have overeaten by quite a lot. You should also have one vegetable portion with every meal.
So go ahead eat a bit of dessert every day, along with breads and rice- but they key is to eat small portions and to eat 4 or 5 times a day.
Try also incorporating tea during your meal time.
Juice and especially pop are the only ones I still recommend avoiding altogether.
One other thing- go for a 5 or 10 minute walk after your meals
What are possible reasons that I am not losing weight being vegan?
I have been vegetarian for nearly 8 years and decided that I would go vegan. It has now been about 3 months and I have found that I have only gained weight. Sample menu goes like this:
Breakfast (7:30 – 12noon) – nothing but fruit and water. 2 servings of fruit is normal alongside a small serve of soy yoghurt with a ‘breakfast boost’ mixed in (basically added fiber through grains, seeds, etc).
Lunch: It might be 2 pieces of sushi, a bowl of pasta with TVP (1 cup wholegrain pasta, 1/3 C TVP & organic pasta sauce and 1 medium carrot). There is never any white flour, only water, and everything is measured out.
Dinner: Vegetables, either quinoa, brown or wild rice, lentils, baked beans or a baked potato, maybe alongside a piece of tofu or tempeh.
Desert: I try to have a glass of rice milk, and sometimes I will have one serve of rice milk or soy ‘chocolate’.
If anything, I am getting under the required amount of calories. I find it hard to reach a ‘normal’ intake of calories. I don’t drink alcohol, I only drink water with some soy milk or rice milk.
I exercise 30 min – 1 hour + every day.
I don’t eat any white flour, processed food (apart from tofu, I guess) and do my best to eat organically.
My thyroid was checked a couple months ago and everything looks fine… Any diet improvements or alterations anyone can think of?
I’m 19. About 5’1 and 66kg/145.5lb.
Exercise – I would occasionally exercise prior to becoming vegan. It’s more aerobics that I do now, with 1-2 days strength. I wasn’t able to exercise most of last year after becoming sick and being told to not participate in strenuous physical activity (which is when the weight stacked on). All of the problems (heart scare) have all disappeared and I’m free to exercise.
How long have you been working out regularly? You could be gaining muscle (which is heavier than fat).