Answer: For most patients suffering from autoimmune thyroid disease, there are 2 big fundamentals that need to be taken into account when it comes to dietary planning. The first one is the avoidance of all the foods that the immune system might react to when you eat these specific foods. In my experience, roughly 80% of patients with Hashimoto’s or Graves’ Disease have some form of gluten sensitivity and dairy sensitivity. However, to know for sure which foods to eliminate, the best is to do a formal food sensitivity testing based on the antibody technique. In addition, because of thyroid imbalance and inflammation, patients may end up suffering from Leptin resistance and insulin resistance with a trend of weight gain. To counter act these effects and reverse the weight problem, it is important to design your meals in a way that they are high in fiber. Meaning, a fiber consumption of at least 30 grams per 24 hours. The meals should be low-glycemic, low in trans and saturated fat, and moderately high in proteins. My favorite way of designing a diet for a thyroid patient like you, is to make it primarily plant based using lentils, quinoa, rice, and beans as the primary source of proteins. But, the diet does not have to be plant based all of the time.
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