Listen To Your Body
The truth is, your body is sending you signals all the time, but you might've been ignoring them without realising. A signal could be a headache, a bloated stomach after a sandwich or a rash that appears when you're stressed.
Slim and healthy people have one thing in common - they listen to their bodies! They don’t eat unless they are hungry. A slim and healthy person will enjoy tucking into a pizza when they're hungry but won’t sink into a spiral of guilt and despair afterwards and continue on a junk food binge.
The difference is, some people listen to signals from their bodies and others eat and drink according to their emotions.
If the hormonal picture is distorted then sometimes those signals can be confused further. If you suspect you have a hormonal imbalance then increasing your natural fibre intake is a good idea in every way. A diet rich in fibre helps flush excess hormones from your system and has been shown to be beneficial for people with an underactive thyroid.
Avoid refined and processed foods, such as sugar, white bread, white rice and anything made from white flour such as pasta. Opt instead for wholegrain versions. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, brown rice, have sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes and buy wholemeal pasta.
Some seemingly healthy foods should be eaten in moderation by people with an underactive thyroid, too. For example, soy is in a category of foods known as goitrogens - vegetables, grains and foods that promote formation of goiter, an enlarged thyroid and can slow down thyroid function. Many brassicas are also goitrogens, so avoid eating large quantities of raw cabbage, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts as they can disable thyroid function; though it’s thought eating these foods cooked can help disable the offending enzymes.