For thyroid sufferers, can healthy be harmful?

A fellow hypothyroid sufferer was telling me that her nutritionist advised her against eating raw, green leafy veggies.  Everything I had learned about healthy eating suddenly seemed challenged as I ran home to Google what the heck she was talking about.  If you have been following my blog, you know that I have been writing about my recent diagnosis of hypothyroidism and my quest to feel like a human being again.  I am taking a generic form of Synthroid, but am still struggling to find my energy, so I have decided to learn all I can about the foods that can affect the thyroid and its ability to produce hormones properly.

I’ll start by saying that a dr from The Mayo Clinic says to disregard this information and to take your medicine regularly and to listen to your doctor.  In stark contrast, there are people who believe that medication is not the answer and will only make the problem worse, forcing you to depend on the medicine for the rest of your life.  There are also natural stimulants that are made from pig hormones that some people feel is more effective, but others claim is inconsistent, obviously, because it is relying on another animal’s hormonal make up.

Regarding the food, what I found repeatedly is that in fact raw, green leafy veggies like kale, arugula, broccoli and collard greens are not good for someone with my condition.  I had just trained myself to love adding a few leaves of fresh kale into my smoothies or to eat a kale salad for lunch.  Could this be hurting me?  I may have imagined this, but it did seem like recently after I ingested a huge raw kale salad, I was exhausted.  I mean, I really was, but could it be the salad? I have also read that these same veggies cooked do not offer the same problems.

Anyone have any thoughts on the matter of diet and thyroid?  What works and what doesn’t?

Rosemary Maggiore is our Last Minute Lady. A single mom of two kids plus a full time job (she runs this website!) keep her busy and usually pushing things to the last minute. Somehow she manages to keep her cool and her sanity while she enjoys good food, wine, friends and most importantly, family.

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