Most people with a sluggish thyroid are eating totally wrong for their hormones.
And interestingly, most people think they have a healthy diet.
Today, I want to discuss the typical diet in Australia and how it affects your energy and weight.
Breaking the fast
The first meal of the day is breaking the fast. Night time is typically when we sleep, and therefore go the longest time without food in the day.
The body works best at night when there is not too much food in the digestive tract, otherwise digestion hinders other vital healing and restorative processes that should be occurring.
Food fuels our body, and depending on the type of food, feeds us energy within 3-6 hours of eating.
And when do you need energy? Through the day.
This makes breakfast the most important meal of the day.
And most people are doing it wrong!
Lets look at the different typical breakfast choices around the world:
Australia and USA: cereal, toast, and coffee, or heavy and hot (bacon, eggs, sausages, fried tomato)
Japan: the Japanese breakfast is based on a simple philosophy: Never eat anything for breakfast that you wouldn’t eat for dinner. However, dishes tend to be light on the palate and easy to digest.
- Mixed rice with either ikura or uni
- Eggs with furikake
- Pickled vegetable salad
- Grilled fish
- Miso Soup
Thailand: porridge or Thai omelet (Kai Jiew) or grilled chicken with sticky rice.
Hawaii: Portuguese sausage, eggs and rice is one of the most common breakfasts of Hawaii. The McDonald’s franchise in Hawaiʻi has adapted this dish and put it on their breakfast menu as a replacement to bacon, ham, and eggs.
India: A typical breakfast in India varies depending on region, but is often quite similar to a lunch or dinner. A breakfast plate in India might include roti (flatbread), dosas (thin crepes made of lentils) or idlis (steamed rice-dough pancakes), and different dips and chutneys, as well as spiced potatoes.
Pretty interesting hey! Countries who don’t eat carb dominant breakfasts also have less chronic health concerns amongst the citizens.
The Aussie breakfast
Most people have toast with vegemite, jam or nut butter with a coffee. Or worse yet – just coffee.
This breaks down to sugar very fast, enters your blood stream and provides a dramatic spike in blood sugar levels. The pancreas jumps to action to pump out insulin, and the adrenal glands are kickstarted from 0 to 10 by sugar and caffeine.
While your endocrine system is working like a racehorse trying to win the Melbourne cup due to this onslaught of sugar and stress hormones, you feel an instant pick up, your brain feels more awake, and you are ready for your day. But at what cost?
About 1-2 hours later, sugar levels suddenly decline, and you reach for the next coffee and sweet something to keep the momentum of alertness and energy up.
Now only 1 hour later, some brain fog sets in.
Lunch comes around, and to keep up with the trend already set internally from your breakfast, you crave some carbs. You will choose a ‘healthy’ option, maybe a ham and salad sandwich with a coffee. The next wave of instant gratification hits, and your body finally has some protein as well, which give you some life by around 5PM, when it has been digested.
However, 3pm hits, and you could sleep. You have no fuel left – all the high sugar breakfast and lunch is gone, used, nada. The protein you had at lunch is not digested yet, in fact, it could be making you feel more tired because of sluggish digestion. Cortisol levels dwindle, and if you just succumb and lay on the couch, melatonin will pick up and send you into a nice, afternoon nap.
Or you push through, have some coffee, and a sweet snack, your poor pancreas and adrenals jump to action again. Years of this will wear out the glands and lead to more serious hormone conditions such as chronic fatigue and diabetes.
5PM – protein is working! You seem to have enough energy, may even do some exercise, and prepare dinner.
Exercise done now is pulling on adrenal hormones, and metabolism of glucose for energy comes from storage in the muscles and if you are lucky, from stored fat.
Pretty much every Aussie we see has their most substantial, and best balanced meal at night. What a waste!! All those amazing fuel giving nutrients are going to be used in your body while you SLEEP! Of course, you aren’t moving so extra calories get stored as fat. Too much food within 3 hours of bed will affect how much detoxing your system can do, because the priority for your liver will be to help digest the food in your body before it ferments. You may wake feeling groggy, lethargic and maybe even nauseous.
This pattern of eating is why Australia, USA and Britain all have the highest records of chronic disease and obesity in the world, despite having access to the best health care in the world.
Sadly, we are raised to believe this is fine, healthy and acceptable. It’s not your fault!
Once you learn how to eat correctly for your bodies needs, then energy is not an issue. We balance your diets macro nutrients to achieve this. Macro nutrients are needed for fuel for our bodies and there are three types: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Each works differently in our body for fuel and nutrition, and depending on your energy needs, your macro needs will change.
When the system is low in hormones, such as thyroid and adrenal hormones when people are facing fatigue and slow metabolism, they generally need much more protein, moderate fats, and very low carbs if they want to lose weight. This diet I just showcased above was high carb, low protein, no fat. Totally wrong and a path to poor health.
If you have any of the following issues, then your glands are suffering and it is time to give them some TLC, natural treatment to replenish and repair, and time to heal with a supported health program.
- Tired when waking
- Digestion issues such as reflux, constipation, loose bowels of gut pain
- Food cravings – carbs, sugar, caffeine, chocolate etc.
- Pre-diabetes or diabetes
- Stubborn weight issues
- Brain fog
- Mood changes – anxiety, depression, bored, can’t be bothered, irritable
- Noise sensitivity or heightened sense of smell
- Muscle weakness and easy to fatigue
- Aches and pains
- Low libido
If you are suffering with any of these symptoms, book in a call to discuss your health with a naturopath and find out if something can be done to help.
You have this life, and you deserve to feel your best!
Ask yourself this
✧ What could I achieve if I had more energy through the day?
✧ How would this affect my family?
✧ How could this affect my ability to earn money or focus on career?
When you are run down and depleted, you usually can’t see the forest for the trees. You are doing your best to just get basic living tasks done.
But there is a better, clearer way forward, and we can help you get your vitality back, help you with your weight loss goals, and show you the right way to eat for your body for energy and long term health.