What is Hashimoto's Disease? And how do I live with it?
Hashimoto's thyroiditis or chronic thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by a variety of cell- and antibody-mediated immune processes. It was the first disease to be recognized as an autoimmune disease.
Hashimoto's thyroiditis very often results in hypothyroidism with bouts of hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis include brain fog, weight gain or bloating, depression, sensitivity to heat and cold, fatigue, panic attacks, bradycardia, tachycardia, high cholesterol, reactive hypoglycemia, constipation, migraines, muscle weakness, cramps, memory loss, and hair loss.
Foods to Avoid:
Any food that you know you are allergic to
DAIRY: including milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, margarine & shortening
GLUTEN: including wheat, oats, rye & barley that are typically found in breads, pasta and cereals
TOMATOES, tomato sauces and anything containing tomatoes
RICE, CORN, POTATOES (WHITE, RED, YELLOW)
COFFEE, BLACK TEA AND SODA: caffeine and caffeine free
IODIZED (TABLE) SALT
SUGAR and NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: including agave and honey
SOY or products containing soy: including soy milk & tofu
PEANUTS: including peanut butter & peanut oil
BEEF, PORK, SHELLFISH, COLD CUTS, BACON, HOT DOGS, CANNED MEAT, SAUSAGE
Foods to Eat:
HERBAL TEAS AND DECAFFEINATED GREEN TEAS
QUINOA AND BUCKWHEAT (NOT with wheat or gluten additives)
FRESH FRUITS and VEGETABLES
SEA SALT and Spices *Individual Spices are less likely to have intolerable additives
PEAS (split, fresh & snap)
BEANS: including navy, white, kidney, garbanzo, black, etc.
FISH: except shellfish
MODERATE AMOUNTS OF SWEET POTATOES
MODERATE AMOUNTS OF CHICKEN, TURKEY BACON, TURKEY SAUSAGE, GROUND TURKEY, and LAMB
MODERATE AMOUNTS OF OLIVE OIL, COCONUT OIL
UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK
THESE NUTS (RAW): cashews, almonds, macadamias, pecans, walnuts and sunflower seeds
Eat more fruits and vegetables regularly and make sure that they are organically grown.
Eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils, and all foods (such as deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. Use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat.
Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
Take ginger (start with one capsule twice a day) and turmeric supplements (follow the dosage directions on the package).
Protect yourself from harmful effects of stress, start by learning and practicing the count 4 squared breathing technique.
Does any of this sound like you? this is one of many auto-immune conditions that you may or may not know that you are suffering from. Many are brought on by the effects of too much stress. Email me for more information.