Has anyone been on an Iodine free diet? ? ? And coordinated it with diabetes meal plan?

By Watercoloureeve Latest Reply 2012-07-02 22:25:18 -0500
Started 2012-06-28 09:18:02 -0500

I need to be on an iodine free diet for a week in preparation for a test. I am finding it difficult to coordinate my low carb meal planning and the low iodine food restrictions. Basically the diet is veggies, fruit, unsalted nuts and meats. One cannot eat any dairy, processed foods, seafood and organ meats. My confusion is in trying to balance my diabetes needs yet follow the plan…Ideas?? —

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-01 02:04:27 -0500 Report

I'm thinking you are having a test for your thyroid? If so, you mainly just don't want to add any salt to anything your eating, and try to eat what has the least amount of salt as it will be really hard to eat completely salt free. If not it is still ok to go to the site. Try going to thyca.org and you can get info on how to follow an iodine free diet as well as recipes. I have been there and done that as I have had my entire thyroid and three of the four parathyroid glands removed. You can ask any question and get it answered as well. Hope this helps.

Good luck

Anonymous 2012-07-01 05:05:31 -0500 Report

Thank you Anonymous for your reply. I had my thyroid removed last fall and there was cancer in one nodule. This is the test they do as a followup to make sure there are no remaining thyroid cells. I appreciate your sharing and suggestions. Do you had to take supplements of calcium because your para-thyroids were removed? Thank you.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-01 15:11:16 -0500 Report

I don't know why it says anonymous, I didn't intentionally click it, but having vision problems:( Yes, massive quanities and the one remaining was taken out and re-implanted, had cancer throughout glands and it was advanced so issues there still.

I hope yours was caught in time and your doing well:)

Watercoloureeve 2012-07-01 21:06:37 -0500 Report

Yes, I seem to be ok and this is just a routine "look see".I am sorry you have had such a miserable time. It sounds as if you are doing what you can do…and thats good. Keep up the good fight…I like your flower picture ,Red Flower Lady!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-02 00:25:59 -0500 Report

I'm glad that is what the test is for. Are you doing the Thyrogen shots? Each time, I'm told to not add additional salt to my food and I will be ok, but I avoid food with large quantities of sodium added, like processed meats, etc. Also, make sure you keep your thyroid levels in range when back to regular routine, I know some drs have you stop taking meds until the test is done. FYI, some people on the Thyca site can get really radical , so use your common sense or ask the dr/hospital, you can usually just call them.

Thanks for the compliment and I was really liking your watercolor as well. Would really enjoy seeing more of them in your pictures.

Watercoloureeve 2012-07-02 22:25:18 -0500 Report

I am not doing any shots as of yet and thanks for the heads up about the TThyca sight. I still think my thyroid levels aren't quite up to par but when the testing is done I will check again.
As for my "picture", alas it is not a watercolor but a photo that I took last fall while on a trip. My own work has become more abstract. I will post a few things when I get a chance. Thanks for your interest!

re1ndeer 2012-06-28 19:01:14 -0500 Report

I have not been on an iodine free diet, but i found information for you on what foods you could eat. Here is the site : http://www.livestrong.com/article/107373-food...

I'm sure you could put together a meal, by following your carb and calorie counts, by using the list as a guide.