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3 Essential Thyroid Diet Tips For Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Sufferers

Many people who have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can minimize their symptoms by following a high quality thyroid diet. I’m going to list a specific thyroid diet below which you can follow, and when this diet is combined with other factors, in many cases it is even possible to restore a person’s health back to normal. This might seem farfetched to most people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, as just about all endocrinologists and medical doctors label this condition as being incurable.

When put on a conventional medical treatment protocol this is completely true. When someone is diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, they are almost always told to take synthetic or natural thyroid hormone daily for the rest of their life. Absolutely nothing is done to determine the actual cause of the condition. Thyroid hormone may do a good job of managing the symptoms (although not always), but it does nothing for the cause of this autoimmune thyroid condition.

3 Tips Which Are Essential To A Healthy Thyroid Diet

For those looking for a thyroid diet to follow, here are three tips which are essential to optimizing the health benefits you receive:

Thyroid Tip #1: Don’t Skip Breakfast. Eating breakfast within 30 to 45 minutes of waking up is extremely important, yet there are many people who don’t eat anything at all. The reason why many people don’t eat breakfast is because they aren’t hungry, but this doesn’t mean their body doesn’t need the nutrients and fuel to start the day. Especially when going eight or more hours without eating.

If you don’t feel hungry upon waking up, it’s because your body is physiologically “screwed up”. This doesn’t mean you need to begin eating a huge breakfast right away, but you do need to consume something fairly quickly. Even a small breakfast consisting of some quality protein will help a great deal.

Thyroid Tip #2: Eat Regularly Thereafter. Once you eat breakfast, you want to eat at least every two to three hours thereafter. Skipping meals will cause problems with the hormone cortisol, which can eventually lead to adrenal gland problems. Going longer than two or three hours every now and then isn’t too big of a deal, but if you do this on a regular basis then this very well can lead to adrenal issues, which in turn can affect the thyroid gland.

Thyroid Tip #3: Minimize the consumption of refined foods and sugars. Eating refined foods and sugars affects the hormones insulin and cortisol. When eating these foods, the blood sugar levels spike up, causing the pancreas to release insulin. The blood sugar levels then come crashing down, which causes the adrenal glands to secrete cortisol. If this pattern is continued over a long period of time, you could develop conditions such as adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance, and even type 2 diabetes.

This doesn’t mean you need to completely eliminate refined foods from your diet. While it would be great if you can do this, the key is to at least try to minimize the amount of refined foods and sugars you eat on a regular basis. The same thing applies with what you drink, as if you frequently drink sodas and other sugary beverages (including fruit juices), this can also cause problems, and as a result you’re better off replacing this with purified water.

Factors Other Than One’s Thyroid Diet Are Equally Important

While a thyroid diet alone won’t restore someone’s health back to normal, when combined with some of the following factors, many people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can have their condition cured:

1. Take quality nutritional supplements. Since most people don’t get all of the necessary vitamins and minerals from their diet, it’s a good idea to take one or more quality nutritional supplements. Even if you’re following the thyroid diet recommended below, if you currently have any nutritional deficiencies you probably will still require some additional nutritional support until these deficiencies are corrected.

With regards to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, certain herbal remedies can also be beneficial in the recovery process. While it might seem easy enough to visit your local health food store, purchase some supplements and herbs, and treat this condition on your own, for optimal results it is best to consult with a competent natural endocrine doctor. Such a doctor will be able to determine what nutritional deficiencies you may have, as well as other problematic areas might be causing or contributing to your autoimmune thyroid condition.

2. Obtain sufficient sleep each night. Not getting quality sleep each night will definitely affect your health, as you should be getting a minimum of seven to eight hours each night. And some sources suggest you should try to obtain nine to ten hours sleep. Getting sufficient sleep not only helps to rejuvenate the body, but will also help to keep your adrenal glands strong, which as mentioned before, is extremely important to thyroid health.

3. Do a good job of managing stress. Many people deal with chronic stress on a daily basis. While it’s unlikely that you will be able to completely eliminate the stress from your life, chances are you can do a much better job of managing your stress. Learning how to better manage your stress is another factor which is essential to optimal health.

4. Exercise regularly. I probably don’t need to talk about this in detail, as most people understand the importance of exercising regularly. Of course some people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis don’t have the energy to exercise. If this is the case you might need to follow some of the other factors I’ve recommended, which will help you to regain some of the energy you are currently missing. A lot of this can be due to weak adrenals, so by strengthening the adrenal glands, many people will find the energy to begin exercising again.

5. Have a good attitude. I know it might be difficult to have a positive attitude when battling an autoimmune thyroid condition. But keeping a positive attitude can also be an important factor in the recovery process.

6. Minimize exposure to environmental factors. Thousands of new chemicals are manufactured each year, and many of them will have a detrimental effect on the immune system. This obviously isn’t a good thing for someone who has an autoimmune condition. It is impossible to completely avoid exposure to environmental factors, but most people can do a much better job of minimizing their exposure. Part of the problem has to do with the household products people buy, as they contain a lot of chemicals which are toxic to our bodies. So replacing these with products which have more natural ingredients can help a great deal.

Now that you know some of the factors which can be modified to help restore your health back to normal, the following represents a specific thyroid diet you can follow. Of course this is just an example, as you probably will want to make some modifications to this, as well as eat a different variety of foods each day.

6:00am one or two eggs and a slice of whole wheat toast

8:00am a handful of raw sunflower seeds

10:00am one serving of organic apples and raw vegetables

12:00pm organic turkey sandwich on a whole wheat wrap with some brown rice and
one serving of vegetables

2:00pm Protein shake (one cup of mixed berries, two cups of purified water, about
10 grams of protein powder, one teaspoon of flax seed oil)

4:00pm one serving of organic apples and raw vegetables

6:00pm organic grilled chicken Cesar salad

7:30pm handful of raw almonds

Gluten Free Thyroid Diet Example:

6:00am one or two eggs

8:00am a handful of raw sunflower seeds

10:00am one serving of organic apples and raw vegetables

12:00pm organic turkey meatballs with some brown rice and one serving of vegetables

2:00pm Protein shake (one cup of mixed berries, two cups of purified water, about
10 grams of protein powder, one teaspoon of flax seed oil)

4:00pm one serving of organic apples and raw vegetables

6:00pm organic grilled chicken Cesar salad

7:30pm a handful of raw almonds

So hopefully this gives you a good idea as to what type of thyroid diet you should follow. In addition, I hope you follow some of the other advice I have given, and realize it just might be possible to restore your health back to normal through eating well, along with the other factors of health I mentioned.

For more information on how to treat hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis through natural treatment methods, please visit my facebook fan page, Natural Solutions for Graves Disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis at


Joy11142007 on March 22, 2015:

to those wondering yes hoshimotos is a genetic condition indicated by elevated TPO levels higher than 9. After 2 years of consuming less than 900 calories and 20g fat a day and living on cream of wheat, baby rice, mashed potatoes, mashed cooked carrots and peas, applesauce, and eggs, having close to 3-5 migraines a week and in a 3 week period gained close to 35 lb ( I hadn't gained weight in close to 3 years and struggled to maintain 115-120 lb, so gaining that much was a big deal). My GI ( who at that time had diagnosed me with gastoparesis) had referred me to a neurologist at the mayo clinic. The neurologist ran many test and the only thing that came back abnormal was my blood work and heart rate. He then referred me to cardiology. The cardiologist desired to run another blood test looking at my thyroid T4 T3 TSH TPO and one other that I don't remember. When she got the results she sent me strait to endocrinology where they diagnosed me with hypothyroidism with elevated TPO. They said to diagnose hoshimotos there has to be a genetic link. Well my mom and her 3 sister all have hypothyroidism and had just never had there's checked. When they did my mom and one aunt both had elevated TPO and I was officially diagnosed. Endocrinology took me off the BC Iwas on and started my on synthoid And within a week my migraines were gone and within 1-2 months I could eat again. They also had me see a GI at mayo who undiagnosed me with gastroparesis and stated that it was a reaction from my thyroid. My migraines stayed away until about 6 months later when I had the worst migraine I have ever had( I've had them sense I was 10) rating around a9.5 on the pain scale, the next day I had my first period in 6 months(I have always had extremely irregular and heavy cycles which is why they had me on BC). My doc tested my hormone levels and then sent me to an OBGYN who gave me two options: take BC every day skipping the placebo week or get a Nexplanon implant which would regulate my hormone levels for me for the next 3 years. He said that because of my hoshimotos my body just couldn't do it on its own. I decided to try the Nexplanon and sense it was implanted my migraines are down to 1-2 a month and I don't have a cycle just occasional spotting. So for any of you with severe migraine you should get that checked.

As far as diet, my GI actually said that if you do not have Ciliacs are an allergy you should never cut out gluten because one it is no harm to you and two: once you cut it out for long enough your body looses the ability to digest it and it can then cause allergic reaction. I know allergy can be tested though a blood test and I think Ciliacs can as well though you might have to do a biopsy for that one. Dairy differs from person to person, from when I got sick, about 3 years ago, till when I was diagnosed, about a year ago, I was unable to have any dairy with out getting extremely sick.i mean I couldn't even eat a muffin or chocolate because of the dairy without becoming sick. But after starting treatment I was slowly able to start adding it back in for 2 months I ate 2TBS plain organic Greek yogurt, the first week was awful but it slowly got better. I also to lactate pills every morning and night and it helped my body start producing its own again.

I am still struggling with weight gain and have recently cut out all dies, flavoring (both natural and artificial) and preservatives; along with working out on the treadmill 20min a day and twice a day in weekends. This does mean I have to make almost everything at home including bread but it's been totally worth it. My energy has almost tripled and I'm sleeping much better. I also have been loosing weight I right now I'm down from 165 to 157 with is pretty great. If found that the only real reason people don't work out is laziness. I mean yes sometimes schedules conflict but there is always a way to get 20 min in 3-5 times a week. I have activity endured asthma, reduced lung capacity, multiple ankle injuries, and neuropathy and used those as my excuse for longest time. But then I decide that the only one that could get me into shape was me. And I prayed to God to give me the strength I needed to get through 20min walking on the treadmill and I did. Each day I pushed myself a little harder and it got better today I managed to do a 13 min mile and sprint at 8.5mph for 30seconds. I was drenched in sweat ,out of breath, and dizzy but I did it and for some crazy reason can wait to do it again. So find the 20 min and do it and though you may feel completely embarrassed sweating while simply walking at 2.5mph know that one day you can be the skinny good and you see someone where you are now and won't think wow they're fat but rat here wow look at her go. Great there they're doing this.

So to end, the key to regulating your hoshimotos and health is to eat fruit veggies, proteins, some grain but not a lot because fruit has tons of carbs, exercise and try to stay positive and reduce stress. Stress produces elevated Cortisol levels, along with other hormones, and can really effect for thyroid and weight. I try to schedule in 30 min of me time a day(for me crocheting). And this 30 min makes a hug difference in my day.

For those thinking wow she must have nothing to do, I work 2 jobs am trying to find a 3rd, am a college student taking 20 credits, and serve as a volunteer EMT for our local fire department. So yes my schedule is busy but I find time and it's not nearly as stressful as it used to be.

Best of luck to all you and hope this helped some.

PS if your taking any OTC weight loss medications or supplements be sure to research every ingredient because many can block the absorption levothyroxin (synthoid) and cytomel throwing off your thyroid making then not work.

Booboo on July 15, 2013:

How dumb are you that you're telling Hashimoto's patients to consume flour?? Are you totally unaware of the link between Hashimoto's and gluten intolerance? Some "expert"!

Cindy Kraemer on May 30, 2013:

People with Hashimoto's disease, and all the other autoimmune diseases, can't tolerate gluten. So advising people to eat products with wheat in them is dangerous.

Kerry on May 12, 2013:

I have Hashimotos (since 2004) and since 2008 have not responded to meds (Levothyroxine 300 mg) I doubled my body weight in the last 5 years, feel cold all the time, dry skin, no energy, not hungry, (eat one meal a day) and really felt like giving up. I did loads of research and here is what is helping me.

I take a VIT D,E & C supplement and Selenium supplement daily in morning. (I take Levothyroxine when I go to bed) I started eating breakfast every morning even though I wasn't hungry. Sometimes toast, sometimes cereal. Drink at LEAST 2lt of water every day. No fizzy drinks. Take a walk (started that I walked for 10 min then come home - total 20 min day - now walk almost 1 hour) then have light lunch. And then dinner with family in the evening. I slowly start feeling better. But still struggled with weight. Now I used Wraps (detox and tighten) and feel so much better and lost inches! ( Finally am seeing the light at then end of the tunnel. :-)

Leah on April 18, 2013:

You say to eat within 30-45 minutes of waking up but I am supposed to take my replacement hormone when I wake up and I am not allowed to eat until a full hour after taking it. How is that supposed to work?

Roana on October 22, 2012:

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to Ijon, i think this diet does not assume that you are taking medications.

I heard about the gluten free diet form other parts to , but it is so difficult so avoid gluten , since you can find it in almost all the processed food. Anyway form what i have studied so far, it seems that selenium ( which is contained in salmon fish for ex) is useful to decrese the number of the Anti_TPO which are attaking the tiroid.

Ijon on August 22, 2012:

I don't know whether people in other countries have different medication for hashimotos, but what we have here (Australia) is meant to be taken an hour before breakfast, which makes this impossible:

"Eating breakfast within 30 to 45 minutes of waking up is extremely important" (tip 1).

Alternatively it can be taken 3 hours after food and and an hour before the next meal, which would be impossible if you want to follow tip 2:

"Once you eat breakfast, you want to eat at least every two to three hours thereafter."

mollydolly8 on July 30, 2012:

@pretty, when I'm not following the diet right for me (I'm the above commenter btw), then my skin gets terrible, and I get many many digestive issues, and I can't sleep.. so yes, from experience, I think you should highly consider what a drastic change swapping that cookie for a simple apple can do for you, but you won't truly notice until consecutive days -back to back, eating almost no processed foods. Oh boy you will be pretty shocked to see it all clear up, what's hard is continuing it for YEARs, imagine, years without oreos bc they have gluten, and u know one will lead to another and that immediately leads to bloating and bowel issues, the that leads to feeling crappy overall, then depression..then no sleep etc. Just because of a damn cookie lol. Sorry I'm a bit sadistic because I have to get back on track again!

22andsick on July 30, 2012:

I found this hub after I fell back into my old ways, it started exactly with a processed food item, then it came to another, another... then I'm depressed immediately, I'm sleeping all the time, and back on my heavier side, with digestive issues and I can't sleep --this low carb, gluten free diet is what I was doing before I went back to this crappy feeling (all my thyroid symptoms back!). Basically, everything u posted here is what I happened to be doing by trial and error, and when not followed to a t, its a downward spiral. So its this or medicine. No in between, you can't half ass a disease guys! This stuff is real good advice, I say it from exerpience and no sleep lol. Diet & exercise is KEY. The rest falls into place after, its all a balancing act. Literally. Funny, I'm a libra too. Ha

pretty on June 28, 2012:

I was tested positive for hashimoto's and the levels were almost 3000 times the normal but I have no symptoms except digestion issues.Is it something that needs attention then?could it be silent and not cause any trouble?I only have issues with my skin which I believe may be because of gluten.Please help!

Kennedy on June 27, 2012:

Hi, I have hoshimotos and I am only 11. My doctor thought I didn't have it because I was to young. So I had it two years before anyone knew. I have bags under my eyes I always have headaches. I get sent home all the time from school because I am sick or I am falling asleep in class. I can never go to sleep at night. I take medicine everyday and I have to for the rest of my life. But I am getting better.

mnbp on June 20, 2012:

Betty - Thanks for the question about waiting an hour to eat if you take synthroid. I was wondering the same thing!

Margaret on June 19, 2012:

All of my life I have had problems with blood sugar and infections - sinus, bronchial, lung, and throat. My glands on the right side of my neck swell. I had the right side of my thyroid removed. A number of doctors do not want to treat me for antibiotics when I have the swollen glands, sinus, or bronchial infections. It gets worse, and I end up going for emergency help. By then the infection is much worse, and it takes longer to get better. Just recently I was diagnosed with Hashimotos. My questions: Will I ever have an immune system that works? Will I ever have energy? Will I ever have some normalacy?

Betty on May 17, 2012:

How can a person eat within one hour of waking up if he/she has to take thyroid medicine and wait one hour before eating?

Ruth on May 15, 2012:

Hello Dr.Erico,I'm a patient of hypothyroid from past 10 yrs. and recently discovered it is hashimoto.I would like to know that is it safe to try pure green coffee beans exrract to loose some weight?I have learned that i have to remove gluten and dairy completely from my diet.But still want to know is it safe to take some pure raspberry ketones and pure green coffee bean extract for better health and weight lose?

pls let me soon -i'm desperate.thanx- Ruth (

Slater45121 on May 11, 2012:

I was diagnosed with Hashimotos in 2007. At the time I was also was suffering from Alopecia Areata. Through my research on trying to control these diseases (long story short) I figured out I was gluten intolerant. After a little over a year of gluten free diet I no longer needed synthroid which I was told I would have to take for the rest of my life. I have since stopped consuming any dairy and have had positive results. I believe a strict gluten free, dairy free diet can heal these diseases. I also stopped losing hair in alarming rates and am happy to say I have more hair now than I ever did in my 35 years. I also lost 25 pounds over the first year of being gluten free, that would not budge before no matter how much I exercised and my joints feel better and no more acid reflux. I could go on and on - Gluten free is life changing.

Kylee Wilson on May 08, 2012:

I have hashimoto's amd am in an episode now i feel like all my joints r swollen i get a fever throw up can't walk basically i am crippled for about a week or so. I am a 32 year old mother of two who is suffering badly i found that emergen-c immune plus andjoint health help alot . I take them every day and it has keep me out of the hospital for a whole year last. hospital stay was april of last year 2011.

marsha on May 07, 2012:

hi, im sufering the effects of hashimoto, my arms ands legs hurts a lots, my back to, but my most concern is my eyesbags, every morning they are sweling, some days more then others.when i look at the mirrow they make me look sick. I don't know what to do.. can u help me???? THKS.

Shona on May 07, 2012:

You lost your credibility when you said to eat whole wheat bread, your fired!

Chrity213 on May 04, 2012:

Hi Dr. Eric!

I am wondering if Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is a genetic disorder? I am currently 32 years old, both of my Dad's sisters (my Aunts) have HT, as well as 2 of my cousins (child and grandchild of one of my Aunts). Do you recommend that I be tested? Are there precautions I should be taking? Am I worsening the condition by not being tested immediately? I plan to implement your above recommendations, as they seem to be good tips for someone with or without HT. I appreciate your help!



dave bhai on May 03, 2012:

why there is swelling in the area of neck below face...the thyorid part

Rawan Atallah on April 28, 2012:

I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's since my 22 but the doctors said it started after my 18 since I went through a stressful year. I feel depressed every once and a while! I am taking Levothyroxine as a supplement but I feel my diet needs to be changed since my weight was about 95 ib and now I'm 112.5 ib I have belly fats somehow. I feel depressed most of the time now though I tested Thyroid function test and they were normal! SO please I need help!

KADRIYE KILINC on April 26, 2012:

I beleive given diet plans is sufficient. I am sure most people get benefits following the diet. The important part of the diet plan is eating what you normally dont eat.

I am going to follow the diet and let you know.

TCIS on April 20, 2012:

Sorry to be let you know, but eating whole wheat and almonds can be two of the WORST things one can do, if you have auto immune thyroiditis. Yikes. Might wanna brush-up on your info a little. Not trying to be rude, but misinformation could really do people who have only just been diagnosed a lot of harm.

If i eat a handful of almonds and a piece of wheat bread, i'm on an aggressive round of prednisone for two weeks...and, i know many other people with hashi's who are exactly the same.

Michelle in Michigan on April 05, 2012:

Just want to say thanks. I just finished reading a book called lose the wheat lose your gut I read this book because my daughter has gluten intolarnce I also have Graves an Hashimoto at the same time I am going gluten free.Our so called wheat that is so good for you has been so over processed that I think its making us sick . Please the Book

anuradha chatterjee on April 04, 2012:

actually my case is bit complicated.1 gland of mine is doing hyposecretion & another gland is hypersecretion.Is there any cure.i am worried please help....

Jyoti on March 31, 2012:

thx Dr for your valuable information. I have

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.As you said avoid sugar.

Is 3 spoon sugar daily O.K?

I daily eat one Date n raisins .I mean it is also sweet so can i eat this or stop eating on regular basis.

Debra on March 22, 2012:

I have recently been told by my doctor that she believes I have Hashimotos. Although I have to wait until June to see the specialist for a full diagnosis, I am trying to learn all that I can. I have been struggling for about 6 months with losing weight. My primary physician gave me some Phentermine to help me lose weight because she said there was nothing wrong with my blood work and I was attending the gym every day and simply could not lose weight. Now that another doctor has told me about this problem I am now wondering if any diet pills could cause this problem. I started with Nutrilite from Amway(didn't work), then moved to the Phentermine from the doctor(didn't work), then tried a couple of over the counter drugs for energy and appetite (didn't work), I have now been using sensa for about 2 1/2 months, I did lose about 7 pounds in the first month but in the past month I have gained 10 pounds. I eat a lot of salad and broccoli. I am very fatigued some days and very energetic other days. I have had severe depression since I was a teen. I am now 25 with 2 kids. I am discouraged with not being able to lose weight and being tired so often that I don't feel like spending time with my family. PLEASE, if anyone has any advice for me, I would love to hear from you. Thank you.

Liz Rayen from California on March 12, 2012:

Dr Eric, I have hypothryroidism (since 92)My mom was also just diagnosed with hypothyroidism as well. I've never heard of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. The eating plan as well as the diet outline seems very sensible. Would it benefit us to follow the same plan?


rlaha from Spartanburg, SC on March 12, 2012:

@ rmdatt: I think Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is an auto-immune disease where the thyroid cells think that colloid (the substance produced within the thyroid cells) is not supposed to be there even though it is essential to make T3 and T4. So the thyroid cells produce antibodies against the colloid. Because of this, not enough T3 and T4 is produced leading to hypothyroidism. I had this disease.

rmdatt on March 11, 2012:

stumbled upon your page and at the beginning of it you mentioned finding out what the cause of hashimoto's but you don't list any possible causes. could you do that? thank you

Sreelatha Sutrave on March 01, 2012:

Hi Sir

I was diagnosed of Hasimoto thyroiditis recently. I read your article and very impressed by the information. Iam a vegan (but do not take onion or garlic. I do take milk and dairy products. Can you suggest me a Lacto vegetarian diet that can help me to balance my life with Hasimoto.

Looking forward for your answer

Johana on February 24, 2012:

Wow, I am 30yrs old and was just diagnosed yesterday along w/ RA, and Fibromyalgia /; ..thanks for the info I'm one of those that skips breakfast..defineatly need to change my diet.

Lauren on February 16, 2012:

Just wondering how long it takes to get a reply from the comment I made and questions 3 weeks ago.

Many thanks

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Lauren on January 25, 2012:


I have been burnt out for about 3 years- probably longer without symptoms. Went long periods without food, trained less and moved to a new country with lots of stress. I have Hashimoto Thyroiditis amongst other things but what is the deal with iodine. Kelposan, chlorophyll etc contain iodine and I have read its good and bad- so which is it. I feel like my doctor is just waiting for my thyroid to burn out before handing me levaxine. I am on hair analysis minerals and diet change but am very fatigued and have an active thyroid gland which takes all my energy. What do you advise with iodine.

Many thanks

Maria on January 20, 2012:

I have hypothyroid condition my thyroid was completely removed due to a small cancer cells found. What type of diet would you recommend for a person like me to follow?

May on January 18, 2012:

My 9 year old was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease about 5 months ago. She is currently on synthroid and we have not got her level regulated yet. Her weight is continually increasing. She is an extremely picky eater. Certain food textures and smells turn her away from even trying foods that the rest of us eat. Any advise??

DrEricO23 (author) on January 11, 2012:

Hi Janessa,

You're very welcome for the information! I agree that most people with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis should avoid gluten, and I guess CW and Sue both overlooked the gluten free diet I provided. I do recommend for everyone with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis to at least go on a gluten free trial, although not everyone is willing to do this, which is why I provided an alternate diet.

DrEricO23 (author) on January 11, 2012:


I would recommend eating within 30 to 45 minutes of waking up.

DrEricO23 (author) on January 11, 2012:

Hi Toya,

It's of course up to you, but I would recommend eating fish a few times each week, as well as chicken and turkey. I do think it's wise to continue avoiding the unfermented soy foods.

Janessa on January 11, 2012:

Thanks heaps for the information - i was told to go gluten free before i was diagnosed with Hashis, now that i am on tablets i can see the difference when i eat things like bread - i cant function and just need to sleep ! its wicked - especially being 29 and having a 2 year old ! a little scary - but now i realise the link i know what i need to do - so when i sneak that bit of bread in i know what im in for !

Its good you put in both the list for normal diets and gluten free - apparently some people cant read ;-)

Sue on January 05, 2012:

I agree, I was told my my chiropractor, who specialized in Hashimoto's that I need to totally eliminate gluten from my diet, AND from my beauty products. So, I was quite surprised to see you telling people to eat wheat. It makes me suspicious of your other recommendations. Why do you recommend wheat in your dietary suggestions?

CW on December 30, 2011:

I'm confused, since there is such a strong link between Hashimoto's and Gluten intolerance, why do you list wheat products in your diet?

sandyjo on December 29, 2011:

im having a problem with my sugar dropping low if i dont eat within 2 hrs of getting up.ive had a gloucose test done and it was negative.the dr told me to eat starchy foods and also having problems with being very dizzy all of asudden then ok-help

Toya on December 26, 2011:

Thank you!

May I please ask a question?

I am 45 yrs - african american female and I haven't eaten red meat orpork in over 35 years and chicken or turkey in 8-9 years, but I do eat seafood. Does this mean I should et fish a couple/3 times a day or take more protein Suppliments, or fold turkey/ chicken back in ?

I stopped chicken and other foods (soy based) because of the estrogen levels.

I have gained 30lbs in the last year / chronically fatigued -so stopped working out/ crash after eating / lost sooooo much hair on head/ sweaty/ bruise easily / foggy brain/ headaches/ irritable/ muscles starting to look cottage cheesy...MISERABLE...

Thank You

DrEricO23 (author) on December 21, 2011:

Kathie and Amanda: you're both very welcome, as I'm glad you both have found the information to be valuable.

Amanda on December 21, 2011:

Just was diagnosed today at 29 yrs of age...and terrified! Thank you for good advice on the start of my journy.

Kathie on December 12, 2011:

Im in the middle of feeling terrible due to my disease today and these tips make sense and I will start incorporating them today.

Thanks a million.

DrEricO23 (author) on October 28, 2011:

You're welcome Riaha!

rlaha from Spartanburg, SC on October 27, 2011:

Thank you for these tips.

Imsufian on July 29, 2011:

Life changing

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