Food is opium for the people.
Food companies, politicians and yes, even up to the farmers, do eye washing with us (knowingly or unknowingly). Day after day we consume, in the belief that we eat healthy food, poisons for our body and wonder why we are not well. Or not as well as we should be! The younger you are, the less you notice this, of course, but the older you get, the more you get into the target group of people who are suffering from cancer, heart disease or are plagued by other things. And this, although you eat a variety of foods!
Especially people suffering from autoimmune diseases are affected by it without realizing it. Whether it is “just” that you don’t feel well rested, or the food makes you tired, or you just need a nap, or of course you feel strange after a bottle of wine or a few bottles of beer, you are not 18 anymore!
99.7% of our genes are the same from person to person, but it is exactly in the last 0.3% that we determine what we can tolerate, what we can process, why some people can eat “unhealthy” food without suffering damage, drink alcohol every day without destroying the liver, or why I, of all people, am intolerant of gluten.
Main thing is to fill the coffers of Nestle, Coke and Co. and then, when we get sick, to fill the coffers of the drug manufacturers and everyone who can earn money from us.
I’m not saying that nobody tries to make us pay more attention to what we eat, but when I hear generalizations like “fat is bad, salt is bad, sugar is good – in moderation” or “everything is healthy as long as it is enjoyed in moderation” I don’t remember why I used to believe that.
But let’s get down to the specific foods that either harm us as Hashimoto sufferers or hinder our thyroid gland.
Plant oils damage the cell tissue and can disrupt thyroid function by preventing the conversion of T4 to T3 in the liver, due to the long-chain fatty acids. These oxidize quickly and become rancid, so they are hydrogenated to ensure their longevity. Especially in the case of thyroid problems, one should avoid unhealthy fats, i.e. long-chain fatty acids and fats that are predominantly omega 6. Only when the thyroid hormones are able to produce progesterone and pregnenolone again, can the harmful cholesterol (HDL) be broken down.
Soy contains phytoestrogens that disrupt thyroid function. It has been linked to autoimmune thyroid diseases in teenagers, caused goiter and crop formation in babies in the 1960s in adults and increases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
Gluten is related to thyroid diseases and many suffer from glute intolerance. This means that gluten should be avoided, at least until the thyroid gland is fully functional again and then only from germinable grains. No matter if syrup, honey, molasses, fructose (fruit) or other sugar variants like potatoes and beans (starch is also sugar). There are sugar substitutes. Some more, some less suitable, but you will find more on a new page.
Since there are already first indications in studies which indicate that different carbohydrates are not well tolerated by Hashimoto sufferers, lactose, fructose and gluten intolerance can be found in most of them.
However, if you want to slowly reintroduce dairy products after about four weeks to see if there is any intolerance to lactose or an allergy to casein, you can certainly try this.
Eggs should only be eaten from decent husbandry, otherwise the omega-6 level is too high.
Seeds can also be reintroduced, but otherwise the rest should be avoided.
You should always first pay attention to how the body feels. Do I feel bloated, or am I bloated? Do I have diarrhoea or do I feel tired? Does my skin itch, is it too dry, do my eyes itch or does my nose run, or does it scratch my throat?
There is the beautiful example that animals and humans can protect themselves from being eaten by their claws, teeth or weapons, but plants cannot. There is only the possibility to resist being eaten.
That’s why some who practice keto even do without vegetables and greens altogether, or at least to a large extent. These then become carnivores, i.e. eaters of meat (and animal products).
Whether and to what extent this makes sense cannot yet be determined. There are no studies on this, and if there are studies, they have only been carried out on animals.
fact is, however, that a carnivorous diet is perfectly suited to press the “Reset” button. So it is also recommended to use this as a starting point for a ketogenic lifestyle.
Anyway, I was quite surprised at the beginning when I saw what I had to “do without”. A lot of it I didn’t like that much anyway, but with some things I couldn’t imagine not eating them anymore. It also becomes damn one-sided on the menu. But I also asked myself the question “What is more important to me? Sophisticated, multi-coloured food, or my health?” and there I have to say, my health comes first.
You don’t even need food supplements. If you’re not in dire straits, you might as well find foods that cover your daily needs.
Many are in the wrong assumption that we lack certain vitamins or minerals, but our metabolism changes, so we don’t need as much of certain vitamins or minerals. Vitamin C is mentioned very often, but this is precisely because it is wrongly assumed that we need a lot of vitamin C if we follow a ketogenic diet.
I think I could write a whole book about how food affects us, especially if we suffer from an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto, and probably I’ll write pages about it, but I think this will be enough for now.
Just one thing I’d like to mention: It doesn’t have to be Keto for you. It might as well be Paleo. And yes, even vegans can live keto.
It’s important to find out what YOU need!