Life Redefined: The Low Iodine Diet
Yesterday was the first day of my annual low-iodine diet as I prepare for a whole body scan. I hate this diet. To be honest, the diet itself is not bad. The food is all good and fresh and, if you choose the right meals, is actually quite healthy. The reason I hate the diet is because of all the mental associations. In my mind, this diet is a cancer diet. I only have to eat these low iodine meals BECAUSE OF THYROID CANCER. I have to constantly remind myself that the diet is short-term (10-14 days) and that the food really is quite tasty.
I really want to share my new favorite low-iodine resource with you. I’m not receiving any perks for talking about this cookbook. Dear Thyroid isn’t receiving any perks as a result of this post. This is just my personal opinion. J So now that we have the disclaimer out of the way, here’s the cookbook: The Low Iodine Diet Cookbook written by Norene Gilletz. You can check it out on amazon.com by clicking here. I love this cookbook for multiple reasons. The introduction to the cookbook is written by the director of the thyroid oncology program at the University of Kentucky. I think he does a fantastic job of explaining the importance of the diet and the mechanisms behind it in laymen’s terms. I particularly appreciate his detailed explanation of why it’s important to avoid dairy on this diet. But the goodness of this cookbook does not end with the introduction. Norene Gilletz has some great recipes, tips, and substitutions for every meal. She really helps to make the low iodine diet much more palatable. I highly recommend you check out this great resource.
A quick reminder/tip for those of you who are on the low iodine diet or who will be on it soon: be sure to check food labels for carrageenan, agar-agar, algin, and alginates. These are all seaweed byproducts (and thus contain iodine) that are commonly found in processed foods. Sometimes people get so focused on checking for salt or soy that they forget to look for these additives!
My favorite meal so far: vegetable soup made (mostly) with vegetables fresh from my Dad’s garden. DELICIOUS. I would LOVE to hear from you—what’s your favorite meal when you’re on the low iodine diet? How do you get past the mental block of the LID? I really want to hear all your tips!