10/28/15

Thyroid Friendly Breakfast Options

Hormone balance food

Fuel Your Body for Thyroid Health

Even before I even learned of my thyroid issues, I was plagued with fatigue, weight gain and  mood swings.  I wouldn't really eat breakfast, but if I did, it was toast and coffee.  Not very filling and very carb heavy.

All of us have been trained by the food industry to think that breakfast needs to be some sort of carbohydrate, fruit or some sort of yogurt.  But from one hypothyroid  to another.... let me assure you that those food groups will only lead to a sugary crash.  Carbs, fruit and dairy are sugars -- and sugars cause the highs and lows and that leads to moodiness, fatigue and feeling unfocused.

When you're thinking of breakfast foods that will help you and your thyroid function at its best, think about PROTEIN, FATS and FIBER.  

It isn't out of the normal for me to have eggs and steamed veggies for breakfast with some coconut oil.  In fact, this is my breakfast almost every day!  I've also been known to enjoy chicken breast, salmon or steak for breakfast.  (or a spoonful of almond butter for dessert!)

At first, the thought of giving up my bowl of oatmeal with fruit and yogurt seemed hard.  I loved these items and enjoyed eating them.  But within a few days of eating my protein, fats and fiber for breakfast I noticed a few things:
  • No sugar crash
  • More focus
  • Less sugar cravings
  • Better mood
I was skeptical, so I went back to my oatmeal, yogurt and fruit for a few days and by day three I was feeling foggy, moody, needing sugar and naps!  That was enough experimenting for me!  I was convinced and this is now the way I eat!

Eating something like fish or chicken for breakfast can seem strange at first, but I challenge you to try it for a few days.  I hope you are like me and notice changes within just 3 days.

I've learned that its no longer about what I'd serve if a royal guest were staying at my house, but serving what will help me to FEEL my best.

Have you ever tried a different breakfast that is full of protein, fats and fiber?  What do you choose?

12 comments :

  1. I recently had a thyroid test cause 40 years abo I had a benign tumor removed from 1 lobe & never needed meds. JUst wanted to really check out that my remaining lobe which has been working overtime for 2 was still happy & not worn out. The Endocrinologist said he was surprised, but Im doing great. Amazingly, I have energy all day long. I eat healthy most of the time and have had protein for breakfast. I eat berries, cheese & coffee but 2-3 hours later have a green smoothie/protein drink & keep fueling up every 3-4 hours a day.

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    1. WOW! I'm so happy to hear you're well! That's incredible :D

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  2. One of the things I've noticed about carbs -- my downfall -- is that the more I eat, the more I want. I've cut way back on them. I, too, have noticed the "crash" and it's a carb (non-sugar) crash for me. Ugh. Good post. I'm going to share it with my sister's weight-loss group. She's diabetic and suffers from hyperthyroidism.

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    1. Ugh... those darn sugar crashes are the WORST! I'm glad you can pass this on!

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  3. Good article! I too used to crash about mid morning when my breakfast consisted of a bagel.

    I enjoy having protein for breakfast. I just wish it was as easy as pouring a bowl of cereal. Lately i've been enjoying a breakfast of whey protein blended with flax seed, a banana and some milk or OJ.

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  4. I love eating chicken in the morning (it's fried which I know is not good for me :) ) But it does help with energy and hunger although I do like mixing up my breakfast meals from time to time :)

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  5. absolutely - i love my protein, fats and fiber. I like a nice green smoothie with lots of veggies and superfoods - but i prefer real protein to protein powder, so ill pair it with eggs or salmon! and i love my lamb steak and salad for lunch.

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  6. Yes! I love my green smoothie with eggs or salmon in the morning! But i avoid raw kale in the smoothie - not so thyroid friendly!

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  7. My breakfast is a super food smoothie consisting of 6 components (can use multiple ingredients in each component). I start with a base of coconut milk & coconut kefir (I have to make that myself). Then fruit, usually berries. Then protein powders, whey and collagen. Next is super green food, in the form of a powder, spinach and cilantro. Next, we need some fiber, so flax and chia seeds. And finally, herbs like cinnamon, turmeric and fresh ginger. I love this breakfast and can't image eating sugary cr*p again.

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  8. Good post. Though I am not an egg lover, I have found that my day goes better when breakfast involves some good protein. I often eat last night's leftovers for breakfast--breakfast food is better eaten for dinner in my world.

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  9. Good on you girl... but seriously, I couldn't eat chicken for breakfast or veggies. I do put spinach in my fruit smoothie tho, so that helps. Plus, I don't eat seafood either. My mom has thyroid issues, so I'll be sure to pass this along!

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  10. I think you're right about protein for breakfast! Good idea -- and possibly adding a vegetable, too.
    It is a bit weird --but worth testing.

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