Eliminate soy, cabbage, turnips, kale, rutabaga, cauliflower and broccoli from the diet. Also, iodine can affect thyroid activity, so food high in iodine should not be ingested. It is suggested that products with caffeine such as coffee, soda, tea and chocolate should be avoided, as well as walnuts and peanuts.
Eat foods that do not initiate an autoimmune response. This means that certain foods may activate cells of the immune system to turn on itself and view the body as an antigen (foreign) and begin to attack itself. Foods need to be eaten that do not provoke an autoimmune response. Foods like meats, and produce should be in the diet.
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Protein in a Paleo diet constitutes roughly 25-30 percent of calories, the source of which is lean meats and fish. This differs from the modern Western diet that is supposed to include only 10 to 15 percent protein; the sources of this protein typically are meats high in fat, legumes and dairy products. So, the source of protein ingested is important.
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center recommend the use of L-carnitine to help prevent or reduce these symptoms of a hyperactive thyroid gland. This supplement may also help to normalize body temperatures. Discuss any additions to your supplements or medications with your primary care physician to ensure that you do not interfere with the actions of other medications or adversely affect any underlying medical condition.
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and considered an herb that helps to ‘calm’ an individual. It has been used to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and appetite and ease pain, according to the UMMC. You may find that it can help to ease the symptoms of nervousness and insomnia caused by an excessive production of thyroid hormone. Users of lemon balm extract have also reported improved mood and increased calmness and alertness.
Glucomannan is a fiber from the konjac root available at health food stores in bulk powder or a gelatin capsules. This is not an essential nutrient but a water soluble dietary fiber that has been used in Asia for centuries. Research led by Adil Azezli from Istanbul University, found that the use of this supplement was a safe and well tolerated adjunct therapy to the treatment of symptoms from hyperactive thyroid hormone production. Their research was published in the “Journal of American College of Nutrition” in 2007 and showed that the supplement decreased levels of circulating thyroid hormone in the body by affecting the metabolism of the hormone in the liver.
It's important to get enough calcium and vitamin D to prevent the formation of early osteoporosis. It is the combination of both calcium and vitamin D that increases the absorption of calcium into the system and the formation of bone. Recommendations from the Institutes of Medicine, are for 1000 milligrams of calcium for adults 19 to 50 and 1,200 milligrams for women over 51 and men over 71. This calcium should be taken in conjunction 600 IUs of vitamin D for adults 17 to 70 years and 800 IUs for those over 71, notes the IOM. Before making any supplemental changes to your treatment of hyperthyroidism you should speak with your doctor to ensure they do not interfere with other medications or underlying medical conditions.
Beginner’s Guide to the Paleo Diet
The basic guidelines—skip grains (both refined and whole), legumes, packaged snacks, dairy, and
sugar in favor of vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, fats, and oils—seem easy, but to
successfully go cavewoman takes some savvy. Follow these 11 rules to get started.
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Clean Out Your Kitchen
Gather all the “no” foods—grains, cereal, vegetable oils, beans, yogurt, cheese, milk, packaged foods,
you get it—and toss them in the trash. Doing it all at once has an advantage. “It’s easier to avoid
temptation if it’s not there,” says Nell Stephenson, author of Paleoista, Gain Energy, Get Lean and Feel
Fabulous with the Diet You Were Born to Eat.
But if you prefer to baby-step your way, that works too. Perhaps you cut out dairy the first week,
eliminate refined grains during week two, skip all grains the next week, and so on until you’re
following a Paleo diet. Either way, be sure to restock your kitchen with whole foods so you have plenty
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Pinpoint Your Motivation
Many people turn to Paleo in an attempt to help with medical issues, such as GI problems, autoimmune
conditions, and allergies. Some simply want to feel better day-to-day or believe that it’s the healthiest
way to eat. Your reason will help determine the guidelines you follow and what you want to be
meticulous about, Sanfilippo says. And be strict about your personal rules for the first 30 days,
Stephenson recommends. “This is enough time to start noticing all the health benefits.”
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Follow the 85/15 Rule
After the first month, many experts recommend the 85/15 approach, meaning 85 percent of the time
you’re strictly Paleo, leaving 15 percent for non-Paleo stuff, whether that’s a granola bar, a hamburger
(bun and all) at a cookout, or cocktails with the girls. Pay attention to how you feel after reintroducing
things into your diet, Sanfilippo says. For example, if you have a scoop of ice cream and wake up
bloated the next day, you may decide that future discomfort isn’t worth it.
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Because Paleo is based off of whole, fresh foods, it’s easier to whip up meals at home rather than a
restaurant where it’s harder to control what ingredients are used. Take this opportunity to experiment
with new foods—maybe even challenge yourself to buy the weirdest-looking vegetable at the farmer’s
market and ask the seller for advice on how best to prepare it. You can also search online or invest in
some Paleo cookbooks for inspiration so your meals stay flavorful and aren’t just plain seared chicken
breast with plain kale and carrots.
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Expect a Setback (or 2)
“It’s totally normal to go Paleo and slip back into your normal eating habits,” Sanfilippo says. “But
don’t feel like a failure. It’s a learning process.” Find likeminded people following the diet through
local groups, blogs, forums, and Facebook, and connect with them to help steer you back on track—and
keep you there.
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Become a Label Decoder
You know to skip doughnuts, cookies, and crackers, but some foods are surprisingly not Paleo: peanut
butter (it’s a legume); nut butters or dried fruit with added sugars; and soy sauce, malt vinegar,
lunchmeats, and many marinades and sauces (some contain soy, gluten, preservatives, and sugar). So
be sure to read the ingredients list closely when buying anything in a package.
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Rethink Your Plate
You’ve been taught to reserve half your plate for veggies, a quarter for lean protein, and the remaining
quarter for whole grains. When you change to Paleo, stop holding a place for grains: A balanced plate
consists of a palm-sized portion of protein, a dollop of fat, and veggies, veggies, veggies (fill the rest of
your plate with them).
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Make an Oil Change
Instead of reaching for canola, corn, or soybean oil for sautéing, use coconut oil or lard. Really. These
high-quality saturated fats are healthy to cook with because they are more stable and won’t oxidize
when heated (oxidation releases damaging free radicals). And when it comes to lard, “animal fats—if
from grass-fed cows—pack more omega 3s, as well as a type of fat called conjugated linoleic acid,
which some studies suggest may help burn fat,” Sanfilippo says. Some experts also recommend butter
from grass-fed cows, but many restrict dairy of any kind. (The choice is yours.) For cold applications,
use olive oil, avocado oil, and walnut oil.
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“Many people have restricted meat from their diet because they believe it is harmful to their health.
You can eat meat—just make sure it’s high quality,” says Paleo expert Loren Cordain, Ph.D., a
professor at Colorado State University and author of The Paleo Diet. So say goodbye to processed
meats such as bologna, salami, and hot dogs. Wild meats like bison, elk, and boar are the ideal choice,
followed by pasture-fed meats and poultry, and lean grain-fed meat should be your last pick. For
seafood, opt for wild-caught as often as possible, and sustainable, low-mercury choices are best. Find
good options via the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
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Fool Your Sweet Tooth
Giving up sugar is a major hurdle for many people at first. If you love to have a treat after dinner, swap
the cookies or fro-yo for a piece of fresh fruit. (For major sugar cravings, Sanfilippo says a Paleo secret
is a little bit of dried mango.) With time, your taste buds will adjust—and that Oreo you loved so much
before might become too sweet now, Sanfilippo adds. Seriously!
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