Calling all hypothyroids
October 25, 2010 9:11 AM Subscribe
Hypothyroid-filter: What can
Please help me eat delicious, healthful, creative meals and snacks without having an anxiety attack because I'm so worried certain foods will interfere with my thyroid medication.
posted by Faraday Cage to health & fitness (41 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I think my diagnosis is finally starting to hit me. I'm anxiety-prone as it is, so the more I read about my condition, the more confused and overwhelmed and anxious I feel. It doesn't help that the Foods-To-Avoid lists online often contradict each other. I'm already supposed to avoid certain foods to prevent heartburn and facial flushing. Rosacea is one of the main reasons it's so difficult for me to leave the house; I'm scared someone will comment on how randomly red my face is. (I'm also worried the Levothyroxine medication will make the rosacea worse*, but I digress...)
A lot of the foods I'm apparently supposed to avoid (or eat in smaller quantities?) are the only fruits and vegetables I can imagine eating, liking, and/or incorporating into quick-and-easy meals and snacks**: broccoli, spinach, potatos, sweet potatos, corn, cabbage, brussels sprouts, strawberries, peaches, cauliflower, peanuts, etc. I'm especially disappointed at the prospect of avoiding spinach. What would tuna subs and salads be without my beloved spinach? Boring, that's what.
I'm looking for healthful, preferably quick and easy, meal and snack ideas for someone with hypothyroidism. I also want to use this situation as an opportunity to learn how to cook without relying so much on canned foods, and to try new fruits and vegetables regardless of whether there are food restrictions or not. I never learned how to eat healthfully in general beyond filling every not-always-healthful meal with a canned vegetable the rare times my mother bought something that wasn't junk food, pasta, red meat, and potatos.
These are the only meals I've been able to comfortably eat so far without having an anxiety attack:
Eggs (2/3 of the eggs without yolk) and orange juice
Grilled chicken salad (no spinach)
Canned bean and ham soup
Raisin Bran Crunch
*I already have thousands of itchy, clear and red bumps on my hands and arms from the Ativan I took at the hospital for my anxiety. It's a good thing I noticed this before I started taking the Levothyroxine medication, otherwise I'd be freaking out about that too.
**Besides apples, carrots, canned green beans and black-eyed peas.