I have Graves’ Disease. It sounds ominous and is characterised by hyperthyroidism. Since being diagnosed with Graves’ Disease a month ago, I’ve been reviewing my eating habits. I’ve lost around 7kg (15lb) due to illness, most of this is muscle so I’ve been super hungry and craving protein like a mofo.
I’m on medication but I feel there is more that I can do than just popping a bunch of pills. I’m not going to get into my other symptoms here (I am a textbook case) but I’m focusing on improving my overall health through diet.
In the last month…
I’ve been focussing on eating whole foods with specific nutritional benefits. I’ve cut out pasta completely and have only had bread a couple of times. I bought a gluten free loaf which a few slices remain. I haven’t eaten much rice or rice noodles but have them once or twice a week. I’ve had 1 coffee since I have been diagnosed and an average of 2 alcoholic beverages a week. I was surprised at myself that I could quit coffee so easily but alcohol I have found, is my weakness. A blessing is that I’m learning to drive and volunteering to be sober driver at every social occasion has made it easier for me not to imbibe.
Now, I’m a firm believer in moderation and workable diets. If I hate this diet, I’m not going to stick to it, or worse, I’m gonna binge. So I’m going to start allowing more coffee, 1-2 per week when I really must have it.
Not being able to eat cured meats is cruel. I haven’t had ham or bacon since being diagnosed but plan on enjoying it once or twice a month. I haven’t cut out seafood completely, but there’s a lot of good stuff in seafood too which I think neutralises the “No Iodiene” rule. So I’m researching which seafoods have less iodine or more nutrients and eating them in moderation.
Instead of following a strict Graves’ disease diet, base I’m basing my meals on fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and healthy fats. I am getting The Honesty Box delivered every week now and with about 10kg of fruit and vege for two of us get through every single week, I always have fresh fruit and vegetables to eat.
IMPORTANT! Please note, I’m not a dietician, doctor or nutritionist. I’m just a home cook with Grave’s Disease. This is based on the research I have done on the disease and writing a plan that I feel I can live with. If any of this sounds off to you, please email me or comment below.
Graves’ Disease Eat More
Enjoy: Vitamin D, Goitrogens, Protein, antioxidants
- Brussels sprouts
- Chicken (turkey)
- Egg whites
- Fresh water fish
- Mushrooms (UV treated)
- Raw nuts (brazil, almond)
Graves’ Disease Eat Less
Avoid: Carbs, Iodine, Gluten
- Cured meats
- Egg yolks
- Fresh soy
- Gluten/Wheat (Pasta, Bread)
- Iodized salt
- Processed food
- Graves’ Disease And Hyperthyroidism: What You Must Know Before They Zap Your Thyroid With Radioactive Iodine by Zaidi MD, Sarfraz