I gained 40 pounds when my thyroid slowed down due to hypothyroidism. I tried losing weight all the time. I started to exercise alot.. at least 3 times a week but most of the time I work out more. I stopped eating these foods and at first lost 10lbs. But then I stopped watching my foods so closely (looking for soy) and the weight loss stopped. But I also noticed that when I eat things with soy it makes me feel like crap.. so sluggish. I hate it. But it is so hard to avoid soy its practically in everything. But the other foods I have not had such a hard time with. I know white bread and potatoes make me feel pretty crappy also. Hope this helps.
current weight: 179.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,676) Posts: 182 2/28/10 9:29 A
I have learned over the last couple of years that research is a good thing, but that you have to take what works for you. That articles such as that is a mere guideline that can or cannot be followed.
Personally, the only one I avoid with a passion is Soy. I know that it bothers me, gives me a headache, and makes me sleepy. Broccoli, cauliflower, and the raw veggies that they say we should avoid I eat with no problem. Yes, bell peppers throw me for a loop stomach wise and so does spinach, but I like them enough to keep on munching. I just make sure I'm close to a bathroom for the rest of the afternoon.
When I first was diagnosed, I listened to all that about what you could and could not eat. But over time, and after having meds optimized, I have now learned what I can and cannot eat. At first it was a lot of stuff because it made me sleepy but after being diagnosed with Polycystic ovaries and getting my insulin back under control(My insulin was 2 points away from having full blown diabetes, but my sugar was normal), I have found that there are just a few things that I cannot eat. So it's really an individual thing. So no, I don't really believe in goitergen foods per say. But I do read and research and take stuff into consideration before totally dismissing it. That's all we can do with our wacky, misunderstood thyroids.
Pounds lost: 37.4
Fitness Minutes: (89,388) Posts: 19,267 2/27/10 7:25 A
Yep, I think that some of those people who write those articles are Quacks! I've ate those Goitergen foods all my life. I've been re introducing them back into my diet over the past 6 months. They certainly didn't have any impact on keeping me from loosing weight as most people seem to believe...I actually lost 9 bls in 4 months. and just in the recently I've lost 2 more lbs to a total of 14 lbs in 6 months. Yes its a slow weight loss but the slow and steady is what you want.
Actually they are the only foods that keeps my bowel movements regular! I eat them for the fiber content and nutrients.
I believe research has shown that the Goitergen foods have compounds that have an impact. My "Thyroid for Dummies" book talks about them too--especially Soy. It's just like how grapefruit juice can interfere with some absorption. Food is chemicals, so it makes sense to me. I think it's good to be aware and not go overboard with certain foods--if you're having your thyroid monitored regularly, you could probably figure out what's working for you. I certainly am not giving up broccoli!
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
Wow! I stopped eating cruciferous vegetables and tofu a few years ago and could not understand why all this as I have piled on the weight. I have started to have broccoli and now add cabbage to my salad. Just goes to show that notyhing applies to everybody and we should listen to our bodies.
So far no...haven't changed my diet, but I don't eat a lot of raw broccoli/cauliflower so I'm not as worried. I try and keep soy until 4 hrs after my meds. Other friends that take meds have never heard of avoiding these foods.
Okay, I've been reading and reading and listening to various people who I know that have Hypothyroidism. Most of those who I know and live locally where I live, Never heard of it what's so ever, they eat those foods and never had any problems. I told my sister about it as she is Hypothroid and she said she isn't going to change and she just lost a ton of weight this past summer the only thing she did is just watched her calories but still ate those foods that are in the Goitergen food lists. I also know a Guy that is Hypothyroid and is a Elite Athlete, he run's and trains for all distances including marathon's. He's pretty Lean, doesn't have a problem with his diet either. So I ask what's really up with these Goitergen foods? I know that I've ate them all my life as part of a Health diet. I often go on mini weight loss diets and will eat the raw Broccoli, Cauleflower and Carrots with a Slim fast shake diet and I've always lost about 10 lbs over a couple of months Plus I exercise alot too.
I think what mine and everyone elses problems are more due to Sweets and Fat's in our diets. It's not so much as those specific Fruits and vegetables because when you start omitting them for fear of that it may cause Problems with your Thyroid? Your robing yourself of those nutrients that those foods give you.
Both my Mom and I are Hypothyroid and Learned that we are both Pre Diabetic. Her put her on a this Diabetic diet and since I'm pre Diabetic too, I'm going to follow the same diet. And All those Goitergen foods are on the list.
The only thing I changed is that I now get up at 4am take my Thyroid meds with a glass of water, get dressed and then do my exercises. I Walk and or Run on the Treadmill for 1 hour 3x week and Ride my exercise bike 2x week Plus I also do my Strength and toning exercises for 30 minutes after each work out 5x week. So far so good. I'm starting to feel Great! Some time you just can't always believe in everything you read...because that person who wrote it, is just their opinion it doesn't mean you have to do as they say. Also you can not totally omit those foods anyway, especially Soy. Because Soy is a added ingredient to over 90% of all foods that we consume.
You just have to stop and think! are you going to stress your self out over your food and omitting everything that is bad for your Thyroid? I know I'm not! I have to deal with too much stess from my Job, and Family. Too much stress can make you gain weight alot faster than Broccoli and Cauliflower.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.