- Avoid hangry meltdowns, plan ahead.
- Never leave the house without snacks and protein boosters.
I work with a lot of nutrition professionals so if this happens to me, I imagine that it has happened to almost everyone. You provide your dietary restrictions far in advance and on the day of the event are handed bowl of leaves. I’m not an ungrateful person; but, leaves do not equal lunch. So instead of risking attacking co-workers in a fit of hangry rage, I’ve decided to just assume I’ll only be provided with leaves and plan accordingly. This year I was totally right again, but I was prepared.
I recently finished a huge academic project, a dietetic internship (a form of professional hazing that aspiring registered dietitians must complete prior to being permitted to take the registration exam). During this process my schedule was so slammed I successfully delegated all domestic duties to my partner. But now that I’ve officially finished and I have massive amounts of free time, I’ve come to the realization that my reluctance to camp out in the kitchen had nothing to do with time constraints. It’s just not my jam; and, life is too short to dedicate massive amounts of time to shit that bores you. That said, my reluctance to spend time in the kitchen is a major obstacle to maintaining a nutritious cruelty free diet. Since I have not yet been able to convince my husband to permanently add cooking for me to his already lengthy list of domestic duties, I’ve started looking at ways to keep my kitchen time minimal while avoiding eating out daily. Every meal I’ll post during vegan month of food is going to reflect those goals.
Today’s dinner idea was burnt, easy and delicious. Hopefully when you do it only easy and delicious will apply 😉
A standard nutritarian diet will be helpful for all thyroid disorders as well as Graves’ disease; but Graves’ disease patients especially benefit from goitrogenic food as they help discourage thyroid hyperactivity. While there is a lot of confusion surrounding the benefits of goitrogenic food, they are in reality only problematic in people who already have iodine deficiency. This problem is unlikely to occur in individuals who used iodized salt. Here’s a, by no means exhaustive, list of widely available goitrogenic foods.
- Brussels sprouts
- Bok Choy
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
What to Avoid to Protect Your Thyroid
Pesticides: opt for organic or grown your own food
Chlorine: Chlorine can potentially disrupt thyroid function – perhaps not in all people but if you are already suffering from thyroid dysfunction it would be best to avoid
Many theorize that Graves’ and other autoimmune disease are a response to the overwhelming amount of toxic substances in the environment. Obviously there are other pieces to the puzzle but it certainly won’t hurt to reduce the amount of poison in your life.
Bercz JP, Jones LL, Harrington RM, Bawa R, Condie L. Mechanistic aspects of ingested chlorine dioxide on thyroid function: impact of oxidants on iodide metabolism. Environmental Health Perspectives. 1986;69:249-254.
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition that causes thyroid overactivity and a slew of other unpleasant symptoms. While of course you should follow a doctor’s recommendations for treatment most do not include diet in their treatment of the disease.
There is a great deal of suspicion that Graves’ disease is trigged by environmental and nutritional factors. In the treatment of my own Graves’ disease I’ve found eating a high nutrient diet and eliminating toxic personal care products from my routine very helpful. If you want to dig deep in learning the benefits of a high nutrient diet Dr. Furhman’s Eat to Live is a great place to start. This is a general idea of how I approach my day.
The diet should be rich in fruits and vegetables, organic when possible. Remember that conventional produce is still nutrient rich and autoimmune supportive. Selecting processed food labeled organic in lieu of produce in any form would be a mistake. In the weeks to come I’ll be listing specific foods that are particularly helpful and sharing some simple recipes that incorporate them.
The beauty of living in a wise human body is that you don’t have to consciously understand the mechanics of metabolism to thrive. Your body knows more about nutrition than any expert. All you need to do is be sensitive to the cues your body so generously gives.
Note: Frankenfoods interrupt the communication signals your body sends to your conscious mind. If you would like to keep the lines of communication with your body open, don’t eat BS/highly processed “food”.
Though food science is just burgeoning, its fascinating to peruse the newly definitive benefits of eating the same foods your Grandma told your Mom to eat, because they were intuitively understood to be health promoting, many moons ago.
Today’s Star : Parsley
Though frequently reduced to plate decor, parsley has a number of health benefits.
3 Reasons Your Body Loves Parsley
1. Chemoprotective – neutralizes some types of carcinogens
2. Vitamin C and A content supports immune system
3. Contains Vitamin K essential for bone health
My powerful immune system lovingly propels me through life with ease.
naturalize: to bring into conformity with nature
Your body may look impermeable to the naked eye; but, it is not. Products applied to the skin and nails make their way into your bloodstream. According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America ‘after using cosmetics everyday for a year your body can absorb as much as five pounds of makeup chemicals, chemicals that include carcinogens, pesticides, endocrine disrupters and reproductive toxins.’ It is theorized that a number of health conditions (autoimmune conditions like Graves Disease included) are exacerbated by, if not induced by, toxic overwhelm due to poison exposure in one’s environment – food supply, beauty products, home cleaning products etc.
I’m very focused on supporting remission of my Graves Disease diagnosis right now; so, I’ve been zeroing in on and eliminating known toxins from my environment. Part of this process involved finding a nontoxic way to keep my mani/pedi situation under control . Previously I was a fan of the flawless albeit plastic look of acrylics. But the older I get the more granola I become. I lost interest in that look and feeling like I was choking on fumes for an hour. These days I try only to engage in beauty routines that I thoroughly enjoy without detriment to my overall health.
While I think dedicating large amounts of time to pursuing ever elusive beauty standards is a waste, I think it was a great use of your time to engage in rituals that make you feel luxurious. Because having someone else care for my nails makes me feel like I’ve made it, I didn’t want to give it up. I started hunting around for non-toxic alternatives to conventional nails salons and found Pretty Natural Nails. I loved getting the service and learning nail care tips that will serve me well in between visits. I was so impressed with the owner I requested an interview so I could share some of her handy (pun intended) organic and natural nail care tips with everyone.