I am ready to re-adopt the vegan lifestyle out of my love for animals and the planet. I had been a vegetarian for 17 years prior to finding out that I had Hashimoto's Disease, (an autoimmune disease of the thyroid). I have been told by my doctors that soy is bad for people with thyroid problems. Is it possible to be vegan, yet avoid soy?
it is possible, I am currently navigating the waters on this one too since I am hypo-thyroid. The only thing I know is not over indulge on Soy, you can have it just not all the time. Also I know that if you are taking thyroid meds to make sure you space the meds and any soy you have by a few hours since Soy is believed to inhibit the absorption of the meds. I take my medication at bedtime so I don't have to worry about it. Hope this can help alittle :)
OK. I am confused. I have hypothyroidism. I was never told to avoid too much soy. I do not overindulge, but this concerns me. Why are we no supposed to eat soy. Justin, why do you advise your patients not to eat diary? Just wondering. My mom drinks dairy and has a thyroid condition.
I'm really not sure either, Danielle. I know, by having Hashimoto's, that there are a few things that I need to avoid that hypothyroid people don't need to. It's a completely different condition. Especially because I am no longer hypothyroid. (I'm on meds to keep my TSH in a good range). I have heard so much conflicting info about soy and thyroid its overwhelming! As far as the dairy goes, I had no idea about the affect on Hashi people. All the more reason to go vegan!
Fascinating. Dairy was a HUGE staple of my diet as a child. I was told (probably more like misinformed) by my doctor in L.A. that eating soy gave me Hashimoto's Disease. Ever since, and it has been 2 years, I have made it a point to avoid soy, when all along the real problem was probably the dairy. Hmmmm...literally food for thought.