So,I have been working on eating and my weight loss. This past week I decided to really look into my thyroid issue.
The thyroid issue annoys me. My doctor diagnosed me as hypothyroid a few years ago, and I started taking the replacement hormone. No big deal, right?
Well, I've put on 30 lbs in these last three years or so. And I hate, really hate, to attribute any of that to a hormonal imbalance.
The reason is, I've just heard so many fat women drawl "well, it's just my thyroid, there's nothing I can do about that..." as they reach for their next jelly doughnut. Screw that. I'm not giving some disease the reason why I can't lose weight. That's such a complacent whiny excuse.
So. I started doing some more reading about the thyroid and function. It turns out there are foods that can interfere with your thyroid hormone function. They can interfere with your ability to produce thyroid.
These foods are soy products and cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, mustard, rutabagas, kohlrabi, and turnips.
Okay people. Two of my favorite raw veggis to eat is broccoli and cauliflower. Favorite cooked veggies include cabbage, mustard greens, and turnip greens.
Also included in this list is peanuts, spinach (another favorite!!!!!) and strawberries.
These are supposedly okay to eat in a limited range, but what the heck is that? I've been known to eat 1 or 2 cups of strawberries at a time, in season. I will throw a cup of mustard greens in my lunch meal.
The reason I started eating mixed greens was for the Vitamin A and D and iron benefit. Now it appears I may have been shooting my thyroid hormone in the foot?
Ok. At least I know now.
I've switched my thyroid medication to brand name Synthroid. I'm going to avoid the cruciferous vegetables. I'll find new veggies to love.
More on my weight loss fight in the next post..