Pillar 2: ADD what your thyroid needs to start healing
Firstly, add FOOD that is nutritionally-dense and provides all the key macro- and micro-nutrients in good ratio.
Some tips here:
• Choosing always organic,
• meat must be at least organic but pasture-raised is best.
• Adding food that is FERMENTED the traditional way, so things like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, homemade yoghurt, kombucha tea are all rich in probiotics that our body craves for.
The second thing we need to add are quality PROTEINS and FATS
They are the building blocks of your digestive track and our hormones. We are fat-o-phobic in America and low-fat diets are one of the worse things that we invented. If you think about it; Europeans and Asians have fat-rich diets (traditionally) and enjoy much better health than we do. Good fat sources: avocados, walnuts, coconut oil, coconut butter. And, animal fats are the best in restoring troubled digestion.
Thirdly, adding HERBS, SUPPLEMENTS and VITAMINS that benefit the thyroid
Although I’m a fan of getting these from real food whenever possible, some things need to be supplemented. It’s hard to give tips here as many people over-medicate and feel worse later. This is very personal and I can’t give you many tips here except: I would love for you to have a good physician to help you test for deficiencies so we can fix it with a proper diet.
Next, I’m a big fan of a holistic approach to health. Diet is important BUT it can be useless if you are constantly stressed out, not resting and sleeping enough, and allowing negative people and events to suck out your energy. I cannot emphasis how important this is; we underestimate what stress and emotions do to us; each flare-up of anger, feelings of guilt, fear, hostility, jealousy, etc fire up the adrenals which release cortisol and this hormone has a severely detrimental impact on the thyroid.
Lastly, having a MOVEMENT PLAN is key; whether it is sports, dancing, yoga that gets you moving that does not drain your adrenals and your thyroid, yet gives you a sense of accomplishment and joy.
Pillar 3: BALANCE, balance that is based on your bio-individuality
No one diet/plan works for everybody as each person has a unique way of healing. There is a saying: “One person’s food is another’s poison.” It’s always worth remembering that just because one diet worked for one person it does not mean it will work for you too. The same way one person could have healed their thyroid by just changing the water filters alone and another needs to implement five major diet and lifestyle changes to start feeling just a little better. So we need to respect our differences and the different paths to healing.
As you can see, this is a pretty complex protocol. It’s also a protocol you won’t find offered by standard doctors or nutritionists as NOT many people REALLY understand the thyroid, the digestive track and hormonal health.
It can be overwhelming to hear me talk about all these changes to be made but this is why people choose to work with a coach. We simplify things, make the changes fun, by making the 90 days of working together a journey and an adventure rather than an ordeal and a deprivation. I’m also here to provide you support (because I’ve gone throughout this myself) and hold you accountable.
You know, your body has an amazing ability to heal; just give it the right environment and tools and it will do all the work for you.
Read more on my blog about thyroid nutrition or contact me:
Thyroid Diet Coach
131 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215