Hypothyroidism: Which Foods To Eat, And Which To Stay Away From

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Hypothyroidism - Which Foods To Eatand What To Avoid

Hypothyroidism is often called the silent epidemic. Hard to diagnose, until the symptoms are in a stage you can no longer ignore, they can represent any number of other diseases. It took me to have a goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid, visible on the neck), to realize I had the disease. I had previously explained my increasing acne, hair loss, and sudden weight gain away, by a lack of discipline, and something that might just happen to me. The fact that I always am cold is just another quirk that made me, me. I was wrong. I had hypothyroidism.

Thankfully, once diagnosed there are a variety of treatment options you can discuss with your holistic health care provider. I have decided to go the natural route and began by adjusting my diet to support my thyroid. Allow me to share some of my findings with you.

Foods that negatively affect thyroid function (hypothyroid issues only) , and therefore, can increase or create a goiter are on my “not to eat list”

  1. pine nuts
  2. peanuts
  3. cauliflower
  4. broccoli
  5. kale
  6. millet
  7. spinach
  8. soybeans (and soy products)
  9. peaches
  10. pears
  11. rutabagas
  12. turnips

Those should be only eaten in moderation, and only if cooked, as some health care providers think that cooking them will kill their goitrogenic properties. I have eliminated them completely, which is personally the best course of action for me.

Foods to add to your diet:

  1. Eggs
  2. dairy
  3. shellfish
  4. seafood
  5. olive oil
  6. nuts (no peanuts)
  7. parsley
  8. whole grains
  9. whole wheat bread
  10. winter squash

You should also increase your consumption of foods containing the following vitamins and minerals

  1. zink
  2. B2
  3. B3
  4. B6
  5. B12
  6. A
  7. E
  8. C

Because fluoroid can have negative effects on the thyroid I cook only with filtered water. Keep in mind, that black and green teas also contain fluoride

So far, this course of action has had a positive impact on my overall well being, and I am able to stay off medication, as long as I make a continous improvement.

Question: Do you have a disease that you control or improve with the help of dietary changes?

Disclaimer as required by law: Please make sure you check with your health care professional before making any dietary changes. This article only contains a personal account for what works for me, and is for educational purposes only)

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5 Reasons To Make Your Own Spice Mixes

5 Reasons To Make Your Own Spice Mixes

Ever thought about making your own spice mixes? Thought that this was a little too daunting of a task? Think again. Creating herb and spice mixes is easy, inexpensive and efficient, as well as a fun activity you can do together with your kids.

But besides that it is a creative activity, that goes beyond a home economics lesson, it is also a great way to keep artificial by-products out of your families reach.

Do you have family members with food allergies and chronic diseases, like I do? Then you really should consider making your own mixes.

 

Allow me to present to you 5 reasons why you should make your own spice mixes

1. Store bought mixes contain modified starch which is often derived from GMO sources (not always), used a thickening agent

2. There are also hidden sugars – does anyone really need more sugar in their diet? The answer is surely no, especially when you or someone in your family deals with diabetes or other chronic illnesses

3. Store brands as well as national brands contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils – GMO derived trans fats from various sources, such as soybean oil, do I need to say more?

4. They contain MSG – MSG can be hidden under other names.

5. Often contains Hidden gluten – a dangerous situation for anyone with celiac disease


But where to find recipes? You can borrow my “Mixing Spices” book for free on Amazon Kindle Unlimited! A no-nonsense collection of mixes, which contains no fillers, unlike store brand ready-mixes. My recipes range from Taco Season to Goulash, and more adventurous recipes, that are easy to replicate, without the need for weird and crazy ingredients you can find anywhere.

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Tea Detox – Tips, Tricks And Tea Recipes

Tea Detox - Tips, Tricks And Tea Recipes

I am currently partaking in a short tea detox – not a total fast, but a week-long partial detox that includes only water, teas,
and restricted raw vegan meals. For someone who drinks an excess of 4 cups of coffee a day, I make it a point to do this at least twice a year, just to give my kidneys and entire system a break.

There are a few things to consider when thinking about partaking a tea-cleanse:

1. some teas, especially herbal tea, s can have an adverse effect on any medication you are taking, including the pill. If you are taking any medication, always check with your holistic health care practitioner before going through with a detox, or which herbs you should stay away from.
2. Allergies – keep in mind that this is not the time to try out any new herbal or fad teas you have never tried before. As a person with multiple allergies, I highly advise against doing a tea-cleanse with ingredients you do not know how you will react to.
3. Kids should not do a tea cleanse. Don’t make this a mother-daughter experience, or place your entire family on your quest. This is a detox for you, your body has a different level of need, and tolerance than a child.
4. Stay away from artificial sweeteners – if you must sweeten your teas (and some fruit teas are pretty sour without some help) use honey, agave or another natural sweetener.
5. Stay away from teas with caffeine. Even if you have withdrawal headaches, you should really try to stay away from green and black teas as your withdrawal symptoms indicate a physical addiction. If you feel these symptoms, I highly recommend that you should stay away from caffeine for a longer period of time, than just the time of your cleanse, and later on to not drink more than 1 caffeinated beverage per day. The only exception to the rule is if you have chronic low blood pressure, then drinking a stimulating green or black tea can be fine.
Here are some of my favorite tea mixes to make at home for detox:

Tea mix# 1

3 tablespoons of rosehip
3 tablespoons of raspberry leaves
3 tablespoons of dried corn silk
add to 1 liter of boiling water – allow to steep for 5 minutes – strain, and drink warm

Tea mix # 2

3 tablespoon of dried dandelion leaves
3 tablespoons of dried peppermint
3 tablespoon of dried nettle

add to 1 liter of boiling water – allow to steep for 5 minutes – strain and drink warm

Tea mix # 3

3 tablespoons of dried lemon balm
3 tablespoons of rooibos
3 tablespoons of linden leaves

add to 1 liter of boiling water and allow to steep for 5 minutes – strain and drink warm

 

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Book Review: Delicious DIY Coffee Recipes That Will Impress

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Book Review: Delicious DIY Coffee Recipes That Will Impress and Bring Out the Home Barista In Everyone: The Home Barista Series: Volume 1 (Delicious DIY Coffee Recipes … In Everyone:The Home Barista Series)

Author: Cut To The Chase Media

Genre: Cooking, Beverages

Rating: 4/5 Stars

The unusual recipes absolutely sparked by attention, especially with ingredients like Nutella and KitKat, which – for a chocolate lover and coffee addict like me, is like a dream come true.
At 22 recipes, this book is way too short, though. From a cookbook, I expect a few more recipes. Also, while some people might like the fact that it has no fluff, it does not even contain any information about the Author, and barely an introduction.

Overall the concept and the recipes are great, and well thought through, but because it was so short, I was somewhat disappointed.

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Book Review: Coffee Gives Me Superpowers

Book Review: Coffee Gives Me Superpowers

Title: Coffee Gives Me Superpowers: An Illustrated Book about the Most Awesome Beverage on Earth

Author: Ryoko Iwata
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Genre: Non-fiction
Release Date: April 7th, 2015
Rating: 5/5 Stars

I am a coffee addict, so it is not a surprise that I could not resist a book with the title “Coffee Gives Me Superpowers”. A caffeine fueled book, laced with info-graphics and drawings by The Oatmeal, this book is a must have conversation piece for anyone who enjoys coffee! Containing a mixture of interesting information and fun facts from around the world, as well as humorous insights in the stranger side of loving coffee – what has an elephant to do with coffee? – I can hardly wait to hand a copy of it to friends and family. This is not just a dry trivia book about one of the worlds favorite beverages, it is a fun little treasure. Perfect hostess gift!

(Disclaimer: This book was given to me for free from the publisher via NetGalley, in return for an honest review)

 

Lemongrass – An A to Z Challenge Blog Post

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L Is For Lemon Grass

A to Z Challenge: Lemongrass

Another plant that is often used in Thai and Indonesian cooking, lemon grass has a delicate lemony flavor. The inner core is tender and can be chopped similar to scallions. The outer part can be used for flavoring in teas and soups.

Matches well with: pork, shellfish, chicken and in soups

Healing properties: it has pain relieving properties, because of its ability to alleviate muscle spasms. The vapor of lemon grass is inhaled, to aid in calming and removing fever. Great for sore throats.

Magical properties: psychic opening and cleansing

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Kaffir Leaves – An A to Z Blog Challenge Post

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K – Is For Kaffir Leaf

Kaffir leaves are sometimes called lime leaves, but are not to be confused with European Lime – which is more commonly known as Linden.

Matches well with: Thai and Indonesian cuisine, stir fries – remove after the cooking process or use it ground