You may have noticed many diets are coming out to help with conditions like thyroid disease. With all these diets, it can be confusing. You may hear that you should avoid cruciferous vegetables and on the other hand hear that you can eat them. The most important question to ask yourself when considering what to eat is how do I feel after eating this?
Of course, there are foods you should absolutely avoid if you have an autoimmune condition or thyroid disease such as:
- Limit Caffeine
- Artificial Sugar
- Dairy (some people can handle grass-fed organic dairy after healing)
- Processed Foods
These foods are very triggering for those that have an autoimmune condition or thyroid disease. I wouldn’t consider removing these foods a diet, but more of a lifestyle change.
Why Are Diets Beneficial For Some?
You may find a diet that works for you, however, everyone has different food sensitivities that can cause damage to the body and worsen your thyroid condition. For me, I had to create my own diet because foods like spinach, green beans, and some fruits, were best within limits. Many people may be sensitive to foods that are included in a diet like AIP, but have more foods or underlying conditions that still are causing damage.
For example, you take out artificial sweeteners on a diet like AIP. But for someone like me with a serious adrenal issue, I had to limit fruits. I was only allowed to have two servings or less of fruit a day until my adrenals were back to normal. So for someone like me, turning to fruit as a healthy option when on a diet like AIP may have kept me from fully healing.
Or you may get lucky and everything on a specific diet meets your needs. But many people do not get that lucky. Consequently, it is so important to find the foods your body is sensitive to and create your own diet for what best fits you.