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The Butterfly Effect

This headline makes no sense to you if you’re not ingrained in the thyroid world like I am. 

The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly, hence the logo and title of this post.

The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly, hence the logo and title of this post.

Two years ago I had thyroid cancer and had to have the entire thyroid gland removed, making me forever hypothyroid, which means:

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism,”  it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. Over five million Americans have this common medical condition. In fact, as many as ten percent of women may have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency.

Since then, I’ve battled to regulate my synthetic thyroid replacement dosage – and my weight.  Searching for the right foods to eat, my personal trainer has recommended no carbs after 4 p.m., and my doctor has recommended a diet higher in fat and protein. One problem: I hate meat.

Enter the enternal stand by – Trail Mix.  My research tells me that zinc and copper are important in helping the body make thyroid hormone. Foods rich in zinc include: beef (range free), oatmeal, chicken (range free), seafood, dried beans, bran, tuna, spinach, seeds, and nuts. Foods rich in copper include: organ meats (range free), eggs, yeast, legumes, nuts, and raisins (Source:

Stick Your Neck Out. Change Your Life.

Stick Your Neck Out. Change Your Life.

Wouldn’t you know, our favorite trail mix ingredients are included in this thyroid-boosting mix.  Further, in Kimberly Snyder’s Envision Beauty Blog, she mentions coconut as a thyroid-friendly ingredient in her Beauty Trail Mix.

“Coconut is a tropical fruit that is rich in protein and healthy, thyroid-supporting fats.” – Kimberly Snyder

I will check with my favorite thyroid expert Mary Shomon about any trail-mix related thyroid tips, but until then check your neck!  It’s one trial that saved my life.


3 Responses to “The Butterfly Effect”

  1. What do you mean “check your neck?” I do not know much about this so I am curious.

  2. Angie Pietrolungo Robert over on Facebook gave me the heads up on your post. Thanks for the nice mention!! Trail mix can definitely have healthy ingredients — it sounds like your plan is for a healthy version. (But I also tell folks to watch out for the kind that has chocolate chips and other “not exactly diet stuff!”) The issue is, of course, that it most trail mix tends to be quite high in calories. If you’re substituting the healthy trail mix for meat as part of meals, it’s a possibility that it will help with weight loss, if you’re controlling calories otherwise. The challenge is that most thyroid patients I know simply don’t lose weight on a high or even medium carb diet… Most often they need carb-controlled, low-glycemic. And it almost doesn’t really matter where the carbs are from — including fruit, starchy vegetables, nuts, etc. They still need to stay fairly low. To lose weight, most thyroid patients need to go lower-carb, lower-fat ( but with some good, healthy fat), lower-calorie, lower-glycemic.

    And as you’re saying, it’s more of a challenge to be a lower-carb, lower-fat, lower-calorie, lower-glycemic and not eat meat. So, even with the healthiest trail mix, it’s hard to find some that could be a substantial part of a lower-carb, lower-fat, lower-calorie, lower-glycemic diet… an occasional treat, certainly.

    But I’m not one to say it can’t work, because everything works for someone out there! 🙂 so do keep me posted on the trail mix diet experiment!

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