Some of us need to focus on easy to digest foods not because we have a stomach issue, but because we are on the cusp of an underactive thyroid issue. We all know everyone’s situation is different and each person’s remedy may be different. So this is my story and how I am working to avoid a potentially ugly diagnosis called hypothyroidism.
If you been keeping up with this story, then you are aware I had some issues related to my pregnancy a few years ago that seem to slow my thyroid. Not enough to be diagnosed with underactive thyroid, but enough to be in the undesirable range. No matter how clean I eat or how well I work out, I was a blow fish. Internal inflammation was just dragging me down. However, thankfully, my clean eating and healthy workout schedule seems to be the reason I have not ventured into full blown hypothyroidism. So it seems my body is fighting the good fight for me. Thank you. Thank you very much. Anyway, after speaking with a couple functional health doctors and getting a full blood panel, it seems the remedy was avoiding foods that seem to have one thing in common: high fiber.
For instance, my lovely cruciferous vegetables. Oh, I can taste them now. These vegetables are good for you, but in my case “digesting these vegetables can block the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine, which is essential for normal thyroid function” according to Everyday Health.
Apparently, I was not lacking in the fiber department. I have a love for healthy, delicious foods and obviously foods high in fiber. Which, by the way, is usually a doctor’s dream to see in a patients, right? Fiber helps make you feel full so you may not overeat as a result. However, in my case, being on the cusp of a thyroid not working in its prime state, fiber rich foods are causing my body to choose functions – work on digestion or work on a faster thyroid. Now I still need fiber, of course, just not as much as I was consuming. It’s weird because fiber, in the right amounts, helps those with underactive thyroid. Reason – most people do not get enough fiber. I, on the other hand, was getting my fair share daily.
In order to prevent my body from trying to split the baby, I am yielding to the thyroid for now. I am doing my best to focus on easy to digest foods, ramping up some different exercises and steering away from stressful situations. All in an effort to get my thyroid back in its prime.
So what am I eating?
Well, this one was a real arm twister… not! I am a seafood lover. Here’s the real deal, if you have not figured it out by now, I am focusing on tyrosine rich foods to raise my dopamine production.
Dopamine is the brain’s feel good chemical, sending feelings of well-being and pleasure into your body. In addition to simply making you feel good, dopamine helps control weight, energy levels, and supports brain and heart health. Without it, we would be more fat, unhappy, and tired. – Natural Society
Hence, I get to eat such delicious foods as salmon, tuna, trout, sushi and sea vegetables because “the protein in seafood is easier to digest because seafood has less connective tissue than red meats and poultry,” according to Seafood Health Facts. Furthermore from Seafood Health Facts, “fish is also a good source of minerals such as selenium, zinc, iodine and iron.” And we know that iodine helps maintain thyroid gland function.
What types of seafood am I favoring?
- tuna – fresh tuna that is
- salmon – cannot get enough of it over a bed of spinach
- sushi – just had the ahi tuna tower a few days ago
- crab – shellfish is easy to digest, but in the seafood world, it is harder in comparison to other options.
- arame – sea veggie I mix in my omelets
- nori – I love a good sushi roll.
- wakame – think miso soup.
Red meat had crept it’s way in my diet over the last few years. In comparison to before I had rarely touched red meat. I was strictly a seafood and poultry gal. Hence, returning to my roots is a very easy task. I am actually quite pleased that to help me, I just had to go back to old me. Easy peasy. And seafood is just one of the categories currently on my go-to list. Next week I’ll share more.
Are you a seafood fan? What is your favorite dish?
Seafood Health Facts