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Thyroid Health – Breakfast, Your Must-Eat-Meal Of The Day And Why

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It hardly needs saying, to everyone on the planet, “Don’t skip breakfast!” But, for we who have a thyroid dysfunction,  autoimmune disease, adrenaline and blood sugar problems, “Don’t skip breakfast!” really means something, as in “Do you want to live?”

We can be short on time some mornings so that preparing a breakfast seems too hard, but (referring to the cartoon above) “catching” your breakfast at a drive through window does not constitute the healthy eating plan that you need to help heal your thyroid.

“Do you want to live?” Is it really that dramatic?

Yes. And here’s why.

1.  The two words that make up our word for eating after a long night’s sleep – “break” “fast” – really means what it says. You are literally “breaking” a “food/water fast” when you awaken after many hours since you ate last before you went to bed. If you don’t replenish the necessary food supply, your body and brain will begin to react badly.

2. Metabolism: Our metabolism slows down and our fat burning machine isn’t as productive as it ought to be when we don’t eat breakfast soon after awaking.

3. Blood sugar: After hours of not eating our blood sugar is already heading south. The foods that we ate yesterday have been breaking down into sugars and other life sustaining processes, by morning the body and brain have naturally used up most of what they need to function well, blood sugar continues to plummet until a new supply of fuel is added.

4. Studies have found that people who eat breakfast every day weigh less than those people who choose to skip it. That’s a nice benefit, but for we with thyroid problems, it’s all about health first, weight loss will follow.


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How does not eating an adequate breakfast effect your body and brain?

1. Low blood sugar can create a long list of symptoms, very real and damaging effects, like:

  • migraines
  • brain fog
  • blurred vision
  • vertigo
  • loss of balance
  • tremors
  • black outs
  • loss of memory
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • feeling tired, sleepiness
  • panic disorders
  • even death…
  • and many other side affects that you really don’t want to experience (one more time.)

2. If you miss meals often, and have a weight problem, you’re just adding fuel to the fire. Your body thinks it’s starving so goes into survival mode, holding on weight and fat to “store” it for the famine.

3. Overeating and seeking out sweets to fill the gap – Because breakfast is the fuel that ignites our metabolism in the morning – to keep it working all throughout the day – when you skip breakfast you will find yourself “starving” and can easily overeat at lunch or dinner time, plus add ongoing foraging and snacking on high fat/sugar, often devoid of nutrition and real food.

4. Worsens an already painful thyroid condition.


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1. Keep it simple. Don’t make it hard.

2. When time is of the essence, plan ahead – through menu planning, shopping list and for some meals, pre-cook/bake and have ready, and always make more for dinner the night before to have left overs for breakfast.

3. Decisions and choices are so much easier when you keep your pantry and frig/freezer stocked with the right clean thyroid diet foods.

4. Have available all the time:

  • nuts
  • nut butters – I eat mine straight from the container on a knife some mornings, while eating other food too.
  • nut milks (carrageenan free)
  • brown rice or quinoa already cooked
  • legumes: homemade burrito wrapped in an thin omelet or gluten free wrap (can take with you)
  • eggs (find out more about egg yolks and thyroid problems)
  • meat
  • fish
  • fruit (eaten whole or in smoothies)
  • vegetables (for smoothies or cooking)
  • protein powder for smoothies

Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. Enjoy it!


If you need help with your diet choices, find the clean thyroid specific healing diet in my Get Your Life Back! manual, plus checklists for over 70 symptoms and more HERE. Plus, your whole family can eat this way, this “diet”, and you’ll all feel so much better and lose weight too!

18 comments to Thyroid Health – Breakfast, Your Must-Eat-Meal Of The Day And Why

  • Mary Avalon

    I have had symptoms of hypothyroidism for YEARS! I kept testing within range on the THS test so continuously told it was normal!? Finally a naturapath doctor did the T 3 & T 4 tests and I am in fact deficient! What a relief to know — so much hair loss, dry skin, difficulty waking in the morning, depression for YEARS, really i would say at least 30 yrs! My naturapathic doctor does not specialize in this although knowledgeable of the anti-inflamatory diet. I would like to ask if you know of anyone in the Portland Oregon area who specializes in thyroid problems!? Thank you!
    Mary Avalon
    Portland, Oregon

    • kim

      Hi Dotcom,

      I read the article you linked. Here’s the problem… I CAPPED the words below…

      “Just as ultra low-calorie diets are a quick recipe for weight-loss sabotage, indulging in a hearty breakfast every single day may lead to diminishing returns for SOME DIETING THYROID PATIENTS. In actual fact, skipping breakfast a few times a week – what health experts term “intermittent fasting” – can be a formula for weight-loss success. Think about it: your total calorie count will decrease – which is, after all, the goal of a weight-loss regimen.”

      “some” means people without hypoglycemia in which you must eat to keep sugar levels stable

      There will always be exceptions to what works for MOST

      Thanks for scouting the article out!


  • Hello,
    Thank you for the insight. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism around 4 years ago, I am now 22. It’s recently not been working properly and as a result my medication has gone up to 100mg.

    I don’t eat well. I don’t have much of an appetite at all. I usually eat something like a sandwich at around 5pm and that will be It but I will occasionally snack. I also have a high caffeine intake, drinking many energy drinks and also coffee. My problem being I don’t like water, cordial and only really like pepsi etc.

    What I really want to do Is treat my thyroid better regarding what foods I eat, when I eat them and also keeping healthy. My problem Is what to eat, I’m a very fussy eater and I’ve been looking at things to eat whilst having hypothyroidism and none of It seems to be anything I like.

    I like very simple foods, I don’t like vegetables, salads and fruit wise I only like pineapple. I just really wish to know some simple foods that aren’t going to cause me any more harm than they should. I also want to start eating breakfast but I don’t really like cereal. Do you think that drinks such as http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/Pictures/420xAny/5/5/1/38551_weetabix-on-the-go-drinks.jpg these would be ok for someone like myself?

    Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you

    • kim

      Weetabix is made with Wholegrain Wheat (95%), Malted Barley Extract, Sugar – all bad for you with a thyroid problem. Sorry.

      Your diet change is a must to alleviate your symptoms and increase your thyroid health.

      I’d highly suggest you order my manual and get theThyroid Health Rebuilding “Reset” Diet. You can start on this yourself immediately. Go to http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Plus, find a thyroid trained practitioner – go to my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find one close to you on the lists.

      If you can’t find one close, contact #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong, who is my practitioner. He can work w/ you by phone/email easily. He can start to work of your current lab tests to read them correctly for your condition and move directly into your thyroid health needs.

      My good thoughts for your best health are with you,


  • giselle

    Where do I find the Thyroid Reset Diet? I looked on the Internet and only found hormone or adrenal reset info. Can you tell me where I can find this info?

  • Georgia Martinez

    Thank you for the tips, I suffer with Hypothyroid Disease now that i am 50 i cant get past feeling constantly tired more than usual. I will try your breakfast suggestions.

  • I would like to know what kind of meal is best eaten before checking post prandial blood sugar ? Im sure what you eat affects your readings,and eating what you normally eat may not cut it. Should one include sugar ? Or how many grams of carbs should that meal include ?

  • Naidu

    I have just been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism yesterday and now I am working on my diet and trying to ensure i get as much info as I can. After 30 days they will do another blood test to see if there are any changes. Currently I have been prescribed carbimazole on 5mg. My TSH is 0.035 but the FT4 and FT3 are within the range. So any information is helpful and useful to me.

    • kim

      It’s great that you have these blood tests, but it’s more than just a medication to help you symptoms go away.
      It’s a very good idea to consult a Functional Medicine practitioner for a full lab test and analysis to see what your specific body needs for nutrients and supplements you are missing and dietary needs.
      Here is a list to possibly find one: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

  • Shells

    Hi – I have just been diagnosed with Hashi Hypo & along with the Eltroxin I would like to change my diet.
    It has all been very confusing – Paleo Mum & Wellness Mum say to avoid nuts,eggs,seeds, dairy etc and yet your diet above says these are good for breakfast. Please advise which diet I should try and follow.

  • Arshawna

    I have been diagmosis with hyperthyroidism . I am trying to find out what foods should i eat and exercise

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