I am writing this on behalf of my mum. She is 52, and she has thyroid problems which she thinks prevents her from losing weight. She has an active job and does exercise classes a few times a week.
She has been trying different diets for years with varying results but nothing that helps lose her much weight. Currently she is calorie counting at 1300 per day and has lost about 2lb in a month.
I think I have finally persuaded her to try Paleo for a few weeks to try and help her lose some weight.
Does anyone here have experiences with Paleo and thyroid problems?
Also she habitually eats museli for breakfast and is reluctant to start eating eggs/bacon etc early in the morning. Would it be safe to introduce her to intermittent fasting say from 11-8 because by 11am I think she will be more prepared to eat meat and veg.
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on June 26, 2013
at 02:19 PM
I'm 53 and was just having mild thyroid numbers. Naturopath put me on thyroid meds and told me to stay away from grains and potatoes. I have lost 16 pounds and finally feeling great. I don't count calories at all.
on June 01, 2013
at 03:58 AM
If she likes her museli, then try a paleo "granola" and some almond "milk". Go slowly. Diane Sanfilippo has wonderful breakfast ideas in Practical Paleo. I am 47 and did not start with IF. it took a few months, then one day I noticed it just happening. The paleo diet really helped my hypothyrodism. My endo was with me all the way. She has tested blood levels and adjusted accordingly. I have reduced T4 meds and stabilized T3 meds. My weight hasn't dropped much, but it sure has shifted around ;) I have much more energy, and even tried walking around block again. My clothes are fitting much better. Your Mom may have to take a different approach to this lifestyle. Let her look at all the cookbooks, pick out a few things she would be interested in trying. She has been at her SAD diet for a long time. It takes a while to make some of these changes. This lifestyle has been so freeing! The calorie counting is a thing of the past.
on June 26, 2013
at 11:37 AM
I wouldn't have her on IF at this stage. It doesn't work for all women and can make thyroid problems worse. I wouldnt even put her on low carb - make sure she gets a minimum of 60-80g carbs a day
Get her on paleo and forget about calorie counting and losing weight until she's comfortable on the diet. I gave myself hypothyroid on IF, 1200 cals/day and low carb! You can restrict calories when she's steady on the diet - hunger leads to cheats in new paleos!
If she's really into granola, a mix of chopped nuts, coconut flakes, chia seeds, dried goji with coconut milk makes a good alternative. Low in protein though so better to switch to eggs eventualy
on June 26, 2013
at 09:00 AM
No 1 thing to do is to get her GF ASAP. Gluten and thyroid problems don't mix, gluten has a similar structure to the thyroid gland, so the antibodies confuse them and end up attacking thyroid. Most thyroid patients see a massive improvement going GF and lose weight as a pleasant side effect
on May 27, 2013
at 09:56 AM
Hi there! I've read before that Paleo diet is good for people with thyroid problems. Since this kind of diet is natural, it's like you're eating for two good reasons: to lose weight and be naturally healthy. Your mom needs to have Paleo diet together with a regular exercise which she can endure. Try to read the book "The Primal Blueprint" for more good sources. Hope this would help.
on May 27, 2013
at 08:58 AM
It depends a lot on the context of the person. Safe to introduce her to IF? If hypo is caused due to high bad cholesterol levels, diabetes and inflammation then most likely yes as it would help to improve these markers, but if it's caused due to a poor conversion from T4 to T3 due to high cortisol (stress hormone) then most likely not, as IF is pretty stressor and could make it even worse!
Paleo template will help but the first thing would be to find exactly what pattern of hypothyroid problem she has, then try to work to deal with the root cause. I'm no expert on this but AFAIK each approach has different solutions. See:
The safest ones you can implement IMO is trying to get quality food and water with no fluoride, bromides and chlorides that displace iodine from your body and trying to get %DV of selenium which is needed to work hand in hand with iodine for proper optimal thyroid status. Also if she is under stress and/or sleeps poorly this would be first thing to work in because it raises cortisol a lot that is a killer to the thyroid, also checking for hormonal balance and possible estrogen dominance could give some hints, good hormonal status helps the thyroid.
Some more info for selenium: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/selenium