Hello all! And welcome to my newly renovated online home. Please, come in, take a look around, make yourself at home. I am truly thrilled to have you here.
If you haven’t been here before, my name is Ginny, and I am a chef on a quest for better thyroid health through food. I’m also a writer, wife, and first and foremost, a mom. Like most of you, my life is full. In order to keep up with all the adventures on my personal and professional wishlist, my husband on the ski hill, our super-dog who needs exercise everyday, or our busy, bright, and bursting-with-life 4-year-old, I need to feel strong and vibrant.
After becoming a mother and being diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2011, my commitment to taking good care of myself has become stronger than ever before. The truth is, it takes a little more effort than it used to. Maybe you can relate.
Are you hungry? I can offer you some of my smoked salmon spread, or perhaps one of my rocket and ricotta stuffed mushrooms. It’s so cold outside, how about a cup of my loaded secret-ingredient chili? You’ll never notice you’re eating thyroid-nourishing food– no compromises here.
One of the first things you might notice is that the place has a new name. The old name, Hypothyroidism Recipes, was floating around in a sea of far too many search results with similar keywords, making this blog pretty hard to find, so I changed it into something more memorable and searchable. Hopefully, it will help me get off page 6 of the search results, but like most recipe bloggers, I’m also depending on you for that. If you like what you see here, please, share it with your friends and family– about one in 10 of them has a thyroid issue, afterall.
In case you’re unfamiliar, the thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the throat (notice the new logo?). It regulates metabolism, body temperature, and countless other organ functions. Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, can lead to weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, depression, constipation, joint pain and brain fog — just to name a few of the 300 (!) possible symptoms. For most of us with hypothyroidism, it is a lifelong condition, and usually treated with thyroid hormone replacement.
Since my diagnosis, I’ve gone through a lot of trial and error in an effort to feel better, stay light, and minimize lingering symptoms. Nutritionally speaking, before I became aware of how specific foods can help or hinder the thyroid, it was like throwing a handful of darts at the wall. I tried so many tweaks to my diet, but none of them helped in a consistent way. It wasn’t until 2015, that the light bulb went off for me.
I was teaching a cooking class when a couple of my students (also hypothyroid) coincidentally informed me that food not only affects the thyroid but can also reverse and prevent thyroid disorders. Doctors don’t necessarily tell you that– and trust me, I asked. They tell you to take a pill for the rest of your life, and that you are fine because your labs look fine.
That’s not always true.
Not for a lot of us. Once I began to search for more information, I was blown away with what I found. I knew I had to begin a new, more well-informed quest to feel better through diet, and to share it with you.
No more handful of darts tossed at the wall. Now I had one, fine-tipped arrow, aimed at a bulls-eye.
There are so many causes of hypothyroidism, and therefore, no singular “diet” to apply, but I can tell you that since I’ve put my focus on hypothyroid-friendly foods, I feel better, and have minimized lingering symptoms. It’s that simple. Hypothyroid Chef is where I can share my experience, my findings, and my recipes, with you. I hope my journey will inform yours, and help you feel better too.
I worked with Thauna over at Bellano Web Studio, who was an absolute ace and my fairy blog-mother. I never could have dreamed this up on my own, but somehow, it’s exactly what I had hoped for. Thank you Thauna!
Now that the doors are open, I’ll be back to posting regular recipes, featuring ingredients that support the thyroid, and being mindful of those that suppress it. I promise, you don’t have to have hypothyroidism to like these recipes.
I’m constantly researching, reading books, searching the internet, and staying up-to-the-minute with news and recipes for thyroid health on social media. I use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to share my informational and inspirational loot.
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Thanks for stopping by Hypothyroid Chef. I hope you learned something, and your mouth watered– that’s my goal.
Wishing you good health,