Healthy Yum

Following my 2012 post about how changing my diet has made a big difference to my symptoms (which you can read here) I've decided to share some #healthyyum tips on this page. Basically food I've enjoyed or heard about from others that fits my definition of #healthyyum - for me that's gluten free and low carb*

With massive thanks to my dear friend Claire Boyles who is the original creator of the #healthyyum hashtag on twitter and the associated Facebook group. "You can contact Claire via twitter if you'd like to find out more about the group, or you can join it directly, if you'd like to, here:   I've found it a great way to get more inspiration on healthy things to eat and I love having the opportunity to swap notes with others.

You are welcome to comment on anything on this page or feel free to share your own tips!

Third #healthyyum of 2013: I can see this bit of the blog getting out of hand, I have a lot to share and am learning more all the time. So I have now set up a whole new blog just on the subject of healthy eating, it's called the lazyhealthyyummer, go there for more of this sort of stuff...

Second #healthyyum of 2013: Today I had an amazing #healthyyum experience in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, with my lovely sister who lives here. We ate at a fabulous raw food place which I just have to tell you about in case you are ever there : Power House Living Food Co.  This link will take you to the Facebook page where Toni, the radiantly healthy and inspiring owner, shares raw food info and recipes as well as info about the restaurant itself. Honestly, our meal was unbelievably good, all gluten free, dairy free, vegan and raw. We ate lasagne and ceasar salad and took home cakes, kale chips and tamari nuts. OMG. Never have I tasted anything more delicious! I'm feeling totally inspired to  experiment with more raw food. :)

First #healthyyum of 2013: Healthy and delicious new breakfast combo, just invented: grated apple, flax seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and ginger. Rocking. Who needs milk or commercial cereals? Not me! 

grated apple, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon and ginger

Great books about eating healthily that I have found useful include:

Interestingly both of the above are written by cardiologists.
*Note - everyone is different. I am no expert on diet and not trying to tell anyone else what to do eating-wise. It seems that some hypothyroid patients who don't respond brilliantly to standard medical treatment can find that going gluten free and low carb can make a big difference for them. I'm one of those people.
It seems to me that nutritional and dietetic science is a highly controversial area with different "experts" often  holding very different opinions. In the light of this I'd advise anyone to take anyone offering any nutritional advice with a big pinch of salt, learn to listen to your own body and do what works for you.  
Eating a healthy balanced diet is important for how we look and feel and how long we are likely to live, whether or not we have anything up with our thyroids or any other known illness. We can all choose to do our best to take responsibility for this aspect of our own wellbeing. I hope this page might be useful for some.... let me know what you think!


  1. Hi
    I notice you are eating whole flax seeds. I was always under the impression that whole seeds do not do you any good. You have to have the ground seeds for them to work.

    1. hi, thanks, I'd heard that too about flax seeds, but then i guess they get ground by chewing.... maybe.... I'm actually not sure if the ones I'm eating are ground or not, they do look whole, think I need to educate myself a bit more about seeds really. anyway they're delicious! :)

    2. hi again, I have now discovered I was indeed eating whole flax seeds, silly me. Next time I get them I will grind them. Staying with my big sister this week and she has some ground in her fridge, we had them with our breakfast today. Still yummy, presumably doing me more good than the ones I had before! Thanks for your advice - much appreciated! :)

  2. Thanks for this, i'm on the look out for gluten free, protein rich, veggie breakfast options, that don't include substitutes - I'll try this tomorrow.

    Both the links above for wheat belly and south beach diet go t wheat belly - thought you should know!

    1. hi thanks for posting, I hope you enjoyed the breakfast, chopped apple, walnuts, sultanas and natural, fat free, probiotic yoghurt is another goodie.

      another good option I invented recently - smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, beetroot and cucumber on the side instead of bread - insanely delicious!! Good for a special occasion. :)

      I've fixed the link, thanks for letting me know about it!

      *waving and smiling*

  3. Hi Lorraine

    I got the details of your site from The Thyroid Foundation. So glad that there is a support network around. Was diagnosed in July last year with hypothyroid condition. I thought for years the brain 'fog', pains in joints and unbelievable tiredness was part and parcel of the aging process. Even thought hair loss was due to my age! I was on thyroxine before I discovered that I shouldn't be eating breakfast at the same time (porridge cooked in milk). From the TF also discovered shouldn't be having calcium or high fibre with tablets. It seems everything has fibre or calcium in it. My problem is what do I have for breakfast - its a real headache. My diet is well balanced except for breakfast. I have a ticket to the next group meeting on the 22nd Feb and I would really appreciate some guidance on what others eat for breakfast. See you then Cynthia

    1. Hi Cynthia! Sorry I only just spotted your comment. Did you come to the meeting in Feb? I think there was a Cynthia on the list but with a different surname, was that you?

      the point you raise about fibre and calcium is really interesting. I confess it's not something I've paid a lot of attention to, or had emphasised to me. I always knew not to eat for at least an hour after my medicine and not to take calcium or iron tablets within 4 hours of my thyroxine but in terms of what I actually ate, apart from now avoiding gluten as I'm intolerant, I haven't adjusted my diet to eat less fibre or calcium containing foods in the morning. Oh dear! Now you've got me wondering if I should. YOu can always send medical queries like this direct to BTF:

      Having said that I find my breakfasts now are very different to what they used to be and I feel overall much healthier for it.

      I often have things like - fruit, celery, nuts, nut butters (celery and peanut butter is a good breakfast with a nice herbal tea), eggs with spinach, or ham or salmon, etc...

      There's a link in the intro to this page to a facebook group I'm part of, Healthy Yum, you might like to join that, it's a great place to share ideas and get inspiration for different things to eat. What's healthy for one person is not always the same as for someone else, we are all different, but I definitely think absorption of thyroxine is an important element for getting the most out of the medicine so it's worth trying different things to see what works for you.

      waving and smiling, sorry again for the delay getting back to you.