Eat Right for Great Thyroid Health with Magdalena Wszelaki

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Magdalena Wszelaki discusses how to eat right for great thyroid health.

Magdalena shares her personal thyroid story and provides some great tips for those suffering with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s.

She’s had a long history of hormonal challenges from a highly stressful life in advertising – starting with Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (both are autoimmune conditions which cause thyroid failure) and then adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance. Today, Magdalena is in full remission, lives a symptom-free awesome life and teaches woman how to accomplish the same with her various online coaching programs.

Magdalena is a certified nutrition coach, speaker and educator. She is the founder of Thyroid Diet Coach –  a nutrition coaching practice dedicated to helping women rebalance their hormones with nutritional and lifestyle changes.

Main Questions Asked:

  • What is your personal thyroid story?
  • Why are people not being diagnosed properly for their thyroid problems?
  • How did you fix your thyroid problems and Hashimoto’s?
  • What are the most common diet mistakes that people with thyroid problems and Hashimoto’s makes?
  • What are three practical diet tips that anyone can try starting tomorrow?
  • What are your mindset tips to help prevent people from overwhelm?

Key Points made by Magdalena:

  • A combination of heavy amounts of stress, poor diet, and weak immune system set Magdalena up for autoimmune disease.
  • The TSH range is too broad. It’s best to have your TSH under 2.0.
  • Doctors rarely do the other tests to properly diagnose thyroid problems: Free T4, Free T3, TPO (thyroperoxidase) antibodies, TG (thyroglobulin) antibodies.
  • Most common symptoms of thyroid problems: weight gain, puffy face, water retention, foggy brain, brittle nails, dry skin, hair falling out, constipation, etc.
  • Even if you’ve already been diagnosed as hypothyroid, you’ve probably never been tested for Hashimoto’s. 8 out of 10 hypothyroid cases are actually Hashimoto’s.
  • The three key things Magdalena did to heal her thyroid: address food intolerances; do a thorough detoxification; really address stress.
  • Even if you’re already eating well you may still be making diet mistakes.
  • The big seven foods that are the most common triggers are: gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, goji berries), yeast; also minimize sugar consumption.
  • Don’t assume that being vegetarian or vegan is right for your thyroid health.
  • Cruciferous vegetables, as long as they’re cooked (lightly steamed), are perfectly fine your thyroid.
  • Do not overly rely on supplements – food will have the biggest effect on your health, including your thyroid health.
  • Get off the big seven foods we already mentioned.
  • Surround yourself with foods you CAN have rather than what you cannot have.
  • Always start your day with really healthy breakfast. Consider eating dinner for breakfast.
  • PFF breakfast = protein + fiber + (healthy) fat.
  • Surround yourself with a good support team.
  • Try these changes for 2-3 weeks and see how your feel.
  • If you feel overwhelmed you need more support from a healthcare professional to help guide you.
  • Print off a list of the foods you CAN eat and stop focusing on the foods you cannot eat.
  • Take it step by step and work on one meal at a time. Master one meal and then move onto the next.
  • Journal what you eat, how you feel, and what your poop looks like. This can be a powerful tool to help spot patterns and drill deeper into the root causes of your thyroid problems.

Resources Mentioned:

Magdalena’s website – Thyroid Diet Coach

Cooking for Balance

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again!

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