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Getting back on track menu


I had a blood test on Saturday and the results weren’t so flash. I hadn’t been feeling quite normal lately and I should have guessed that I was back to being hyperthyroidic.

My last few blood tests had been great so this setback feels like a slap in the face. The pendulum swings both ways, so let’s hope it swings back in my favour with adjusted meds and diet.

I haven’t done a menu plan for a few weeks and as a result, maybe I’ve been slacking off on my self-imposed diet. There is controversy about diet and auto-immune diseases. My endocrinologist (frustratingly) says diet has no influence on my condition. But I think eating better makes sense and surely it cannot hurt. I guess being able to control at least one aspect of my life helps.


I’m going mostly gluten-free and eating lots of whole foods. Proteins, vegetables, dairy are up. More juicing. Minimal alcohol and refined sugar.

I’ll allow myself 1 glass of wine per week (medicinal purposes) and use honey in my hot drinks. I’m going to invest in a second jar of honey so I can stick to this plan in the office as well as at home. No more coffee for a while. I dislike reading about other people’s restricted diets but hopefully my diet isn’t so restrictive you cannot relate.


We have a bunch of wintery produce delivered from The Honesty Box this week and my version of a restricted diet using up the produce looks pretty good on paper (or chalkboard).

Here’s a rough guide to what I plan on cooking this week (most of which will end up being leftovers for lunch the next day)…


I think The Koala will be pleased with this dinner menu as some of his favourites feature here.

Can you guess which ones they are?


  1. I’m liking the sound of the Miso Soup honey! Sorry to hear lovely but you will be back on track soon! I think rather than a restricted diet you have gone with a lifestyle choice in order to be in control of your health! Being proactive with your health is the best thing you can do! I say go girl! x

  2. There’s some of my favourites there too!! I’m making beef chilli with corn chips and heaps of other good shit this week for sure!! Good luck with the good eating and probs more so with the minimal booze! Smiley face

    • Yes, the minimal booze is the hardest part. I keep dreaming up booze related parties and then realise, oh right, I don’t partake anymore.

  3. I love this!! Sounds delicious. I’m inspired to try some of those dishes. All the best with the 1 glass of wine 🙂 for the Koala I’m guessing ‘Miso noodle soup’ I’m I right?

  4. I am so sorry about your hyperthyroidic. And you are right, even though ‘they’ said diet had no effect, but it did, big time!!! I had sarcoidosis, and in remission now. At the time, the doctors said the same thing to me. However, after I ate healthier and managed my stress, things went great.

    My heart goes to you. I hope you feel better soon. If you did not already know this, please check out “Small Plates and Sweet Treats” by Aran Goyoaga; this book has great recipes for GF. 🙂

    • I wish that people would stop demonizing their choices by calling their diets restrictive. It is our choice at the end of the day. Many people think I’m on a super-restrictive diet and that I must be deprived of anything and everything. It’s all about perspective. I eat a far greater abundance and variety of food staples than the average person who eats the same food, such as bread every day. To me, the restriction is not choosing not to eat something, but not having the open-mind to try new things.

  5. keep strong, genie! your menu sounds positively amazing. even if diet doesn’t make a difference (but how can it not?!), good food is always great for the senses!

  6. When were you diagnosed? I am hyperthyroid as well and went into remission for about a year, then the condition came back again. I eat pretty much everything but seaweed. It is not much of a sacrifice, but it means I can’t eat ramen. Have you found anywhere that makes ramen that you can eat if you are avoiding seaweed?

    • I was diagnosed about 5 months ago so still a while before I can get my levels down and even think about remission. I have been limited my seaweed. The first few months I didn’t eat any sushi, but I’m allowing sushi 1 or 2 times a month now. I doubt that amount of seaweed will affect my iodine levels that much. I believe in everything in moderation. Ramen once a month should be ok.

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