Testimony of the Day
“Hi Maria, You have been helping me get my life back by getting healthy. My main request was to help me get pregnant. Since starting your way less than 3 months ago I have lost 31 pounds and am off all my autoimmune disease medications.
And today, I can tell you that I found out I am expecting. I am only a few weeks along and so I can’t share with everyone yet but I owe you my gratitude. After a year long emotional journey, your way restored my body back to health.” Carrie
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We all would like to blame the thyroid when it comes to weight gain. The thyroid isn’t just responsible for weight gain or loss, it also contribute to how well we sleep, it produces stomach acid, can cause high cholesterol, and helps with absorption of nutrients. Studies show that the thyroid isn’t going to make us gain 100 pounds, it really is only responsible for 5-12 pounds of weight gain if it is malfunctioning. Instead of focusing just on weight, there are some serious issues that can happen because of a thyroid issue.
There are a few main causes of thyroid issues:
1. It could be an iodine deficiency. This is a simple thing to fix. Get iodine tested if TSH is over 3.
2. Excess Bromide, (I suggest a blood test for this!). Excess bromides are endocrine disrupters which can be found in:
a. Strawberries due to the massive amounts in the pesticides sprayed on them
b. Citrus drinks like Mountain Dew, Fresca, Gatoraide,
c. Medications: inhalers, nasal spray, as well as others
d. Bread (it is a dough conditioner)
f. Others include: hot tubs, fire retardants and swimming pool cleaners
3. Autoimmune disorder, such as Hashimoto’s (under-active thyroid) or Graves (over active thyroid): Thyroid nodules (cancerous or not) are often precursors to autoimmune thyroid disorders. I would request thyroid antibodies run (TPO and thyroglobulin if you have hypothyroid symptoms) (TPO, thyrogloblulin and TSI if hyperthyroid symptoms). This often happens after giving birth. During pregnancy, the immune system starts to change and circulate to protect the fetus. Once the fetus is born, the mother develops antibodies against her thyroid. In this case, adding 200mcg selenium while pregnant is not only very safe for the mother and fetus, it also lowers the autoimmune response after giving birth.
It is extremely important to know what is causing the thyroid issue before you begin any medication prescribed by your doctor. If it is an autoimmune disorder, then you would like to work with a person like myself who knows how to treat autoimmune disorders. If you decide to just jump into medication, then start to eat correctly to control the autoimmune response, you most likely will be taking too high of a dose. Once you address and eliminate what is causing the autoimmune response, we can most likely lower the dose.
If you take too much thyroid hormone and your TSH falls below 1.5 this can cause bone loss and other issues. Inflammation is the main cause of bone loss. This is why you need to address WHY first.
Another question I get is what is the best medication to take. Well, that really depends. If TSH is high, but t4 is normal the prescription medications called Synthroid or Levothyroxine is just going to give you more t4 which will help a little because there is more to give but not solve the problem. The problem is converting t4 to t3. This conversion doesn’t happen in the thyroid, it happens in the gut and the liver. Levothyroxine and synthroid won’t help much. Armor would be better because it has t4 and t3.
But if it is low t4, some people do better on the synthetic medicine (Synthroid and Levothyroxine) because of the fillers in natural medication (Armor). A few years ago everyone became upset because armor “changed their formula” but they didn’t change the amount of t3 or t4. They change their binding agents and just by doing that, many people reacted terribly. Some of these binders are cornstarch and gluten! No wonder! Those are common food allergens that can cause autoimmune responses.
In the case of a thyroidectomy it is like removing gum from the bottom of your shoe. There is still some thyroid present. The thyroid is in a venerable area. In the case of Hashimoto’s (cancerous or non-cancerous nodules), there will still be antibody production against that small amount. You need to address the foods causing autoimmune responses.
Now, what is really interesting, is that there is a common misconception in the paleo world that increasing carbs is required for thyroid conditions or conversion of T4 to T3. I have had many many clients with a T3 conversion issue heal with proper supplementation (such as selenium, kelp and other nutrients their thyroid is screaming for) heal in a matter of months.
What is also interesting is that the thyroid produces stomach acid. If you are deficient in hydrochloric acid you can’t absorb the nutrients for bone health and thyroid function. A helpful supplement would be HCL with pepsin 500-700mg caps before meals.
In cases where you have the autoimmune disorder, Hashimoto’s or Graves, it is important to optimize glutathione status (click HERE to find), I suggest to optimize your vitamin D level, add in low-dose naltrexone (LDN) to help immune status. LDN works by blocking opioid receptors so the pituitary will somewhat normalize and the immune system functions better.
Also, adding in selenium which essential for the conversion of T4 to T3, which is the active form of thyroid hormone. You can eat 2 to 3 Brazil nuts a day or to ensure the proper amount, I recommend you can take a supplement: Click HERE to find.
Zinc also is responsible for converting T4 to the activated T3. I suggest 30-50mg zinc at breakfast (but note that as you increase zinc, it can cause nausea… slowly increase this). Click HERE to find.
GLA is an activated fatty acid that supports thyroid health. I prefer women to take 1,300mg of Evening Primrose Oil three times a day to help with hormone balance. Click HERE to find.
I also would seriously consider investing in a Reverse Osmosis water filter to get rid of all chlorine and fluoride in the water you drink. Click HERE to find.
If you or someone you know could use more help with their thyroid, Click here to get started on your journey to health!
One staple that every cook should have in their fridge is Fish Sauce. It is a special ingredient that takes good food to amazing food. Fish Sauce, mushrooms and aged cheeses have something called “UMAMI.” Umami is a pleasant savory taste produced by glutamate and ribonucleotides, chemicals which occur naturally in many foods. Umami is subtle and not generally identified by people when they encounter it, but blends well with other flavors and makes food taste amazing. Red Boat brand is traditionally fermented, not with wheat like most others. This bottle will last you a long time – you only use a little bit in a recipe!
“HEALTHIFIED” PAD THAI
4 cups cabbage, sliced very thin (into noodle-like shapes)
3/4 c. Swerve (or erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
3 TBS coconut vinegar OR cider vinegar
1 tsp fish sauce
1 TBS natural sunbutter or peanut butter
1 TBS coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup fresh bean sprouts
2 packages Miracle Noodles
1 cup veggie broth
3/4 tsp guar gum (thickener)
1/2 c. chopped green onion
Handful of sunflower seeds or peanuts
Fresh cilantro leaves
Mung bean sprouts
1 lb cooked shrimp
Celtic sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 lb chicken thighs
Slice cabbage into egg noodle widths. Stir fry in coconut oil or butter (or you could boil it in water) for 5-10 minutes or until very tender. Set aside.
Whisk natural sweetener, cayenne pepper, vinegar, fish sauce, and sunbutter or peanut butter together in a bowl. Coat the inside of a large skillet or wok with oil and place over high heat. Lower the heat under the skillet to medium-low. Cook and stir garlic and ginger in the skillet until the garlic becomes translucent, 1 to 2 minutes. Cook and stir eggs into garlic until loosely cooked 2 to 3 minutes. Pour peanut sauce into the garlic and eggs, and stir to combine. Bring sauce to a simmer, stirring frequently, 5 to 8 more minutes. Stir Miracle noodles, the sauteed cabbage noodles, broth, and guar gum into the skillet. Bring to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes. Place into a serving dish and add desired garnishes before serving. Makes 5 servings.
CHICKEN OPTION: Heat coconut oil in a skillet. Once, hot, place chicken on skillet and cook until the meat is white outside and pink on inside is gone, about 3-5 minutes. Remove chicken and serve over Pad Thai.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Pad Thai with Rice Noodles and sugar = 601 calories, 20.2g fat, 42.6g protein, 59g carbs, 2.6g fiber (56.4 effective carbs)
“Healthified” Pad Thai (with chicken) = 311 calories, 15.8g fat, 36.3g protein, 4.8g carbs, 1g fiber (3.8 effective carbs)
Nutritional info (per cup)
White Pasta = 246 calories, 0g fat, 0g protein, 43 carbs, 5 fiber, (38 effective carbs)
Cabbage Pasta = 22 calories, 0g fat, 0g protein, 5 carbs, 2 fiber (3 effective carbs)
Wow! Pad Thai and Tiramisu back to back… Two of my utmost favourite foods! I kid you not!!! Yum!!!
Thanks France! 🙂
I was about to use my Christmas money to buy several of your “Art of Eating Healthy” cookbooks… have they sold out? If so, will they be restocked soon? We do not have a nook, kindle or i-things.
By the way, my husband says you are a genius, and I agree. We have been low carb for almost 5 years now; we never thought that we could have “bread” or cannoli (his favorite!) again – and that it would taste soooo good.
Thank you, Maria!
You can get all my books right here. Thanks! 🙂
I’m surprised to see a recipe that features cabbage in a post about thyroid. I love cabbage AND I have a slow thyroid (on Armor). I also am an avid veggie fermenter and have a passion for lacto-fermented krauts (low salt variety) that I make for myself. But in reading about how so many of the main ingredients in my krauts (cabbage, turnip, kale, etc) are goitrogens that are contra-indicated for us slow thyroid folks, I’ve grown concerned about it. I’m hoping that I can still continue to enjoy these wonderful, high probiotic treats.
If you ferment or cook fully most of the goitrogens are removed. 🙂
3/4 cup of swerve sounds like it would make it very sweet–is that correct?
Yep, it’s right. It has a nice amount of heat to balance it. 🙂
What are your “slow releasing carbs” for those with thyroid issues?
Sweet potatos, tubers, etc. I add them only if I have addressed the issues causing thyroid issues (Hashimoto’s, etc) and they are still having symptoms.
Thank you for this post. I had recently finished secrets to a healthy metabolism and did not get the connection between Hashimoto’s, which I have, and doing the fasting, overfeeding and protein day. I will put them in the rotation. While I have been wheat free (and grain free) for over three months I have been extremely depressed. I realize my medication (tirosant) is off, but this is worse than i have felt and I am worried. While depression runs in my family, I have held off being medicated due to the side effects those medications cause. I have ordered the list of supplements you recommended, so I hope 5-HTP and gaba will help, my order will arrive Wednesday! My husband has been on this journey with me and is down 15 pounds and feeling great. I on the other hand have lost one or two pounds and feel like a dark curtain has covered me…
I hope those steps help. It can be complicated and that is why I always do a detailed health assessment with clients to figure out where their deficiencies are. Thanks! 🙂
Any ideas on substitutes for the fish sauce? My husband has severe fish allergies, but I understand even though it’s usually added in a small amount, skipping it changes the end flavor a lot.
With only a teaspoon in this recipe you could probably just omit it. 🙂
Maria, i just had my 2nd child and really dealt with some depression since having him. I started taking the multi vitamin that you recommend from now food, womens eve. I also started taking evening primrose oil as well as milk thistle because i read it elps with liver breaking down fats. I thought I needed this because i am trying to live a healthy lifestyle and am losing weight due to my better eating habits. I also am taking cod liver oil becuse I think its suppose to help with the evening primrose oil and even the ratio between omega 6 and 3. I was wondering if there is any other supplement i should take and if the ones im taking are ok and do i need more of a vitamin than the ones in the multi give based on rdv? Also I read that spirulina helped with weight loss too, but is tht too much?
Add bifido bacteria for moods. Get Vitamin D and ferritin checked. To help more I would need to do a consult to know exactly what you need.
Hi Maria, I have just been diagnosed with hashimotos and hypothyroid and am finding the dietary issues completely confusing. I have been eating a low carb diet for some time now too. Staying low carb, going gluten free and avoiding goitregens seems impossible (I’m also not the most knowledgeable chef in the world anyway). Your cookbooks look interesting, particularly the slow cooker and savoury ones – OK and the sweets 🙂 … are they geared to these types of dietary problems or should I be starting with your metabolism book? Any advice would be appreciated. I have been started on syndroid at 1.0 mcg and will have my first repeat tests in 6 weeks but I am trying to make sure I give it the best possible chance to work. Thanks
Hi, Yes, I have helped many clients with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroid. All my books and recipes are great for helping heal. 🙂
Maria, I am SO very happy to have found your site! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s about 3 years ago, but was diagnosed with Hypo-Thyroid when I was 12 (In my 50’s now) I have always had major inflamation that was never explained and my low-carb life style only moderately helped with weight loss.
I had always thought that gluten intolerance caused major gastric distress, which I don’t have a problem with, so I never tried going gluten free. It has been just over 2 weeks, and with your delicious recipes it has been easy to stick to the program.
I am hoping to start buying your books next month, and am reading all I can that is available on your FB page and website. I think I have finally found hope, and I can’t thank you enough!
I made the Healthified Pad Thai for dinner tonight and it was beyond Fantastic! I may even make it for dinner again tomorrow. My son took the leftovers to work with him tonight. He is loving the recipes as much as I do. 🙂 But, honestly, everything we have tried so far has been AWESOME!!!
Awesome! Thank you! I have helped many clients with Hashimoto’s. You will feel better eating this way. 🙂
Maria, I am returning to receiving your e-letter after several months absence and I notice several new “things”: keto-adapted, pure protein/pure fat week, etc. etc. Would you be able to provide a more in-depth explanation? I am 76 coping with hypothyroid/Hashimoto’s for 20+ years with 40 pound to lose. (already lost about 75)Your advice is very good and I would like to be able to take advantage of it! 🙂
Thank you in advance…
Delicious!!! My husband ate half a bowl saying it was great and then he ‘detected’ banana taste (which he really does not like). After he said that I could not help but taste it myself. What do you think causing this taste? How can we fix it? Thank you!
Hmm, I don’t know what that could be from.
Could the banana taste be from the sweetener? I find ALL those ‘alternative’ sweeteners leave a funny taste.
Hi Maria, what doctor do I go to check my thyroid ??? endocrinologist?? thank you
Well, you can get a full thyroid panel from any doctor. Reading the results is another issue. I can do it as part of a health assessment. Otherwise a holistic specialist could help too. 🙂
I made this recipe yesterday and boy was I surprised. Yummy! Some of the ingredients concerned me adding them together. I’m glad I stilled followed the recipe. It was declicious!
Was going to make the Chicken Pad Thai from”Low-Carbing Among Friends”. I am so glad that I questioned one of the ingredients in the recipe…3/4 cup fish sauce!! Decided to check out your blog to compare recipes, will try using 3/4 tsp and increase if I need to.
Yes, that was a typo. 🙂
Is this the pad thai recipe for day 8? Peanut Butter? Oh Boy!!! Also, I hope its ok to switch red leaf lettuce to green leaf. Do you know how many oz of protein popovers that your cup holds? I am just using a muffin tin but I have 3 different sizes, just don’t want to get to much. Thanks!
I make my popovers is a regular sized muffin pan. Yes, this is from the plan. There is only 1 tablespoon in the entire recipe so not much. Yes, you can use any lettuce you like. 😉
Another question…have you strategically put these meal plans together like more protein meal with another meal being more veggies? When I mix them up should I try to do the same? I am really liking the taco salad (or just hamburger with greens, avocado, and salsa) I can eat that everyday! 🙂 I just don’t want to overdo the next meal. Thank you again. You are so patient with all of us 🙂
In general, meal for meal will be ok. Yes, you can also repeat things you like. I personally am like a dog and eat a 3 or 4 things pretty much everyday. For the plans I tried to make sure there was enough variety for everyone. 🙂
Have you had anyone else have a stall in weight loss from eating miracle noodles (or rice) I made this recipe this week and have eaten on it all week (once a day) and have stalled. I thought maybe it was because of too much fiber.
I haven’t heard of that with miracle noodles, but yes, too much fiber can cause that to happen.
Yip, I think that was it! No more miracle noodles (rice) for me! Scales were a little kinder this morning 🙂
Made this tonight w chicken. Absolutely fabulous! Thank you, Maria!!!
Is it normal for miracle noodles to make you feel SUPER bloated?
They have fiber so if you eat a lot of them that could happen. 🙂
I recently bought your accelerated weight loss program and this recipe is on day 8. I do not care much for the kelp/miracle noodles and I’m curious if you would suggest any substitutes? Maybe spaghetti squash, spirilized zucchini noodles, rices cauliflower? Would any of these be acceptable? I’m on day six- terrible headaches but wow do I feel de-bloated!!
Thank you so much!!
You could do spiraled zucchini. Make sure to read the Instructions. There is info in there about getting enough water, salt, potassium and maybe even Magnesium in your case to stop the headaches. 🙂
Hi Maria, I am on the accelerated weight lose plan. I made this pad thai with just the cabbage and I did not also use the kelp noodles. Should I use both? If so, my kelp noodles are in a 16 oz bag, so wondering how many I would put in the recipe if I should use both cabbage and rice. Thanks!
Sorry, not quite understanding the question. Are you using cabbage and kelp noodles?
The recipe calls for 4 cups cabbage, sliced very thin (into noodle-like shapes) and 2 packages Miracle Noodles. Is that accurate? I would be fine just using the cabbage, but I was not sure if I needed both the cabbage and kelp noodles. Also for the 2 packages of miracle noodles – what size pkg? My packages are 16 oz. Does that help clarify?
The recipe calls for both but you could leave out the miracle noodles if you like. Mine are 16 ounce packages.
Thank you Maria!
Hi, does this mean to eat the pink chicken? It says to cook until white outside but pink inside. I want to make sure because I thought we weren’t suppose to eat pink! 🙂 Better safe (asking) than sorry.
That was a typo. I fixed it above. Cook until pink is just gone.
P.S. I read through the comments so I realize I’m the ONLY one asking. lol :p
Typically it cooks more once combined with the sauce but it is probably better to be sure and cook out the pink. 🙂
I cooked the pink out just in case because I didn’t think I’d hear back this fast AND I was already cooking it. 🙂
It is amazing. We are just finishing it up. It turned out so good!! You’re the best! Thank you.
I am on Day 8 of the Accelerated Plan. I notice the plan does not have the garnishes but it also links to this recipe. Is this on purpose or can we add in the cilantro and green onions too? Thanks!
Yes, you can use the condiments too if you like. 🙂
Thanks for the speedy response! I am now on Day 9 of the Accelerated Plan.
One more question, I am in ketosis (2.5 for 3 days now, yea!), but my blood sugars are down to 4.2, 4.1 waking and 2 hours after eating respectively (i would have thought the opposite). Is that too low for blood sugars?
I have always been in the mid 5’s for blood sugars. since starting this diet, I dropped quickly into the mid 4’s, and for several days low 4’s. i just want to make sure it’s not something I should be addressing.
I do feel quite fatigued and a bit lightheaded but I think i have read that is normal for this stage of adaptation to the new way of eating. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
Those levels are great! The fatigue is likely not enough water, salt and potassium. 🙂