Issue # 29 September 10, 2012
Welcome To KnowYourThyroid!
I hope you are having a great day. Today we are welcoming Magdalena Wszelaki. She is going to address the topic of which foods are bad for your thyroid. Since I also have an autoimmune disorder, I am always looking for ways to improve my health.

Maintaining a Healthy Thyroid Diet- Removing Detrimental Foods

By Magdalena Wszelaki

Ever heard of these wise, ancient idioms: “Let your food be your medicine”, or “All diseases start in the gut”?

These were my guiding principles when all else (meaning: western medicine) failed to help my thyroid drama; first Graves’ and later Hashimoto’s Disease. After many years of trying different things, I’m finally putting the pieces together and calling it the “Thyroid Diet”. This includes the thyroid diet foods you need to consume and those your need to avoid.

I wish there were two different words to say what I want to say; one for “diet” when you want to lose weight and another for a nourishing food change that will bring healing and joy. Oh well… But you know when I say “diet” I mean a protocol, a way of being, living and eating that will free you from some/all of the fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight yo-yos, Weight Watchers micro-management and infertility that have plagued you for some time now.

There are some people who say that there is “no scientific evidence between food and thyroid or healing”. It’s a choice we make on how we want to view things and what we want to believe. Choice is a powerful tool we have. Let us never forget that. I would therefore offer a reframe from “there is no evidence” to “what if I just try something new/different for 3 weeks and see how I feel”. Because really, what have you got to lose? Especially if you have been sick for a long time… You might learn something new and have fun along the way! You have a choice.

Before you read on, it’s key to know (and most people do not realize this as doctors don’t have the time to explain things) that 90% of hypo- and hyperthyroidism results from an autoimmune disorder. This goes to say that most hypothyroid conditions are Hashimoto’s and most hyperthyroid conditions are Graves’ Disease. It means that your immune system started attacking the thyroid. Since the immune system resides in the gut, or our intestine, (did you know that?!), a lot of what you will read here is about rebuilding the digestive system.

One of the first issues I delve into with clients is their current diet. What are they eating that is sabotaging their immune system.

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This means sugar cravings, hypoglycemia or insulin resistance and normalizing these first is key. Without fixing your sugar issues, your thyroid will never improve. This is because the pancreas is responsible for sugar metabolism and same as the thyroid, the pancreas is also part of the endocrine system. As you can imagine, these glands are all intricately interconnected. A few tips for you here:

  • start reading product labels to see how much sugar is in your food; 4g = 1 teaspoon. a Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks has 64g of sugar = 16 spoons. Activia’s yoghurt proclaimed as “healthy food” has 7 spoons. Try not to consume more than 5 spoons of sugar is you have a sugar problem.  
  • start the day with a high-protein, high-fat breakfast; this is a big secret in the weight-loss industry as well. It will help you stabilize your sugar levels for the day, you won’t crush at 11am and won’t crave sugar and snacks during the day.  
  • reduce carbs: we are a carbs-obsessed and addicted nation with carbs constituting 50-60% of our diet, much of which is coming from grains. Grains contain starch that feeds the pathogenic bacteria (read below about your digestive system) in your gut and worsen the problem  
  • reduce starch; again, this is sugar too, especially from potatoes, sweet potatoes, and processed food. 

Our body has an amazing ability to heal; just give it the right environment and tools and it will do all the work for you. Learn what thyroid diet foods to avoid and which ones to add.

The right thyroid diet foods will start healing your immune system and your thyroid.

Magdalena herself is no stranger to thyroid issues; she had suffered from Graves’ (hyperthyroidism) and later Hashimoto’s Disease (hypothyroidism) for over 10 years. In spite of being told by western medicine practitioners that there was no cure for thyroid and autoimmune diseases, she managed to reverse her condition and today enjoys better health than ever before. Her website is

(You can pick up a free copy of my special report “8 Thyroid Diet Secrets” on my website

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