The Hashimoto’s 33 Diet is a diet based a number of Hashimoto’s and autoimmune diets research online (you can find some here, here, here and here). From these diet plans I carefully constructed a list of 33 foods that would benefit my condition, promote weight-loss and increase my energy levels.
This is a minimalist approach to my diet. And, the idea comes from a conversation I had with a friend a few weeks ago. We were talking about the Project 333 minimalist fashion challenge and wondered if that same concept could be adapted to our diet.
This is the byproduct of that conversation.
There’s no scientific claim that these 33 foods alone will fix or cure my Hashimoto’s Disease. The diet works with a mentality that works best for me. If the food is not on the list – I don’t eat it. I’ve found in the past that work well with absolutes when it comes to constructing diet plans. I like a black and white approach.
Besides being a clear cut approach, this list hopefully promotes creativity in my cooking and use of the foods on my list. I chose foods that could pair well with other foods — or be eaten by itself (for the most part). I want to be able to cook something nutritious with little to no effort — with the ability to also make dishes that are elaborate and with much effort.
About 95% or so of the items on this list are all gluten-free, diary-free and non-processed foods with a strong preference toward organic items. These attributes are recommended in most autoimmune and Hashimoto’s protocol diets.
Of these exceptions — two are processed. They include my Isagenix IsaLean Shakes. A non-gluten, non-dairy shake I usually start my morning off with that has helped a lot with my energy levels, etc. — and Larabar Bites.
Also it should be noted that I kept rice on this list though it’s not entirely recommended on all Hashimoto’s lists. Yes, it is a grain, but it is also gluten-free — and with all the running I am doing from now until April I wanted to keep this on my list as a pre-race food, because I do better with some good carbs in me before a race. I just don’t anticipate eating it that much — and who knows … I might not use it at all? But, it’s on the list.
Anyways — like the Project 333, I plan on keeping this list for a minimum of three months. Then in April I’ll make another list of 33 foods. Whether it’s similar or different depends on how my body reacts to this diet protocol.
This might seem like an odd approach. Which I agree — it kinda is. But, for me — it works. I don’t see it as any different to the many autoimmune and Hashimoto’s Diet plans out there. I like this approach because it minimizes on the shopping and calls for fairly simple foods — sure the coconut oil and milk is a but out there. And, then of course the Kombucha.
But, it’s fairly budget friendly.
I am excited to see how this effects me. I am excited to see how it effects my energy levels, stamina and running. By keeping the foods simple and mostly unprocessed — I know I’ll see improvements.
Anyways — here is my list of 33 …
Meat, Poultry & Fish
Leafy Green Vegetables
Sweet Potatoes (8)
Olives & High-Fat Fruits
Green Olives (21)
Rice & Grains
White Rice (24)
Herbs & Spices
Fats & Oils
Coconut Oil (27)
Olive Oil (28)
Liquids & Drinks
Coconut Milk (29)
Isagenix IsaLean Shakes (32)
Larabar Bites (33)
Medications, Vitamins & Supplements
I am not counting my medications and supplements on my list of 33, but I feel like it’s important to share with you to help understand the whole picture.
90mg, Armour Thyroid
Zhou Thyroid Support
Again, the goal for this diet is three-fold —
- Help temper my Hashimoto’s Disease and promote a healthy thyroid.
- Promote Weight-Loss and overall health.
- Promote creativity and ingenuity in my cooking.
I might tweak it a bit before Monday, But, I will periodically chime in throughout the process. Most likely weekly. I will be starting this officially on Monday, January 29th and go until Saturday, April 29th — which is three months. I will then assess the outcome, make a new list of 33 foods and go from there for another three months
Simple enough, right?
I’ll be posting more about this diet and outline soon. Stay tuned.