How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Redefining Breakfast
I’ve never been interested in counting calories or paying attention to fat content, and I especially find portion control rather oppressive. I’d much rather eat foods that I can eat alot of, without having to worry about weight gain. For me, this means low-glycemic, real, whole foods that are free of endocrine-disrupting chemicals and synthetic flavorings. And it seems it is especially hard to find such healthy foods at the breakfast table. Our culture eats high-carbohydrate, high-sugar products for the first meal of the day, which can be a set-up for weight gain and thyroid slowing. Last week, I exposed two hidden sources of soy at your breakfast table, and in following that theme, today I’m exposing breakfast for the health hazard that it often is. In order to begin the day with a healthy start, we need to redefine breakfast.
Our cultural expectations and traditions are the real culprit here — after all, in many other countries and cultures around the world, eating savory, nutrient-dense whole foods for breakfast is common practice, and there is no sign of processed bread products, refined flours, pastries, donuts, waffles and pancakes, sugared cereals, french toast, fruit smoothies, frappuccinos, over-sweetened yogurts, coffee cake, muffins, jams, syrups, juices, and sweetened coffees and teas. These grain products and sugary treats often offer little-to-no nutritional value, spike blood sugar, and compromise gut health, leaving us sleepy and irritable, and certainly not thriving.
To redefine breakfast, we first have to break our emotional and cultural ties to the idea that only certain foods are allowed to be eaten at certain times of day. After all, they have no biological basis — they are simply a product of our society and heritage(s) (and also, most likely, marketing by the food industry). Once we’ve granted ourselves permission to eat “weirdÃ¢â‚¬ or “uncommonÃ¢â‚¬ dishes first thing in the morning, our palates and nutritional options are suddenly opened to a world of tasty meals (ie: if the thought of “dinner foods” for breakfast scares you, just know that you do get used to these savory foods and find them pleasant). In order to convince you further, note that I, myself, have and do eat unconventional foods for breakfast because, given my immunity battles with (candida) infection, I simply cannot afford to eat high glycemic foods. At first it felt strange, but now, it’s second nature, and because I don’t feel weighed down by my breakfast, I enjoy eating this way much more.
To get an idea about savory, nourishing breakfasts, consider Japan: “…unlike the U.S. breakfast, traditional Japanese-style breakfast options mirror what is eaten at other meals and may include items such as steamed rice, miso soup, tsukudani, which are small fish or seaweed served with soy sauce and mirin, sugar, raw or grilled eggs, grilled fish such as dried horse mackerel…... Or, how about Egypt: “Typically eaten with bread in the morning hours, the traditional Egyptian ful medames breakfast consists of slow-cooked fava beans (partially or completely mashed) served with olive oil, chopped parsley, onion, garlic and lemon juice…, Morocco?: “Moroccan tagine [is] a slow-cooked stew consisting of lamb and a variety of traditional herbs and seasonings “is named after the clay pot in which it’s cooked. The leftovers are often eaten for breakfast the following day…
A great way to phase out alot of those high-carb, enriched flour, sugary sweet breakfast foods is to eat dinner leftovers the next morning. High-quality (organic and/or pastured whenever possible) animal products are filling and low-glycemic. Lately, I’ve been making my own full-fat unsweetened coconut* milk yogurt, which tastes more like sour cream than a fruity yogurt, and adding a little sea salt or organic instant coffee granules for flavor (*note: coconut is thyroid-stimulating). Eating vegetables or soups is another great segue into healthier mornings. If the thought of cold raw veggies first thing in the morning turns your stomach, then try warming last night’s soup, and maybe top with an egg. Or, how about a sprouted corn tortilla fried until crispy in a healthy oil (I would always suggest coconut oil, which has a high heat-point) and stuffed with sautÃƒ©ed veggies, guacamole, and herbs?, And while this may too much for some to handle, I’ve even eaten fish for breakfast and thought nothing of it (good food is good any time of the day).
Is breakfast a health hang-up for you?, Do you get lost or tempted first thing in the morning, and haven’t found a healthy solution for breakfast?, Or, if not, what tips and suggestions have you found helpful for finding a healthy morning meal?
For more pictures and descriptions of breakfasts around the world, click here.
Until Next Week,
Email questions and comments to Liz@DearThyroid.ORG; I’d love to chat.
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