If you suffer from Hashimoto’s, it is likely you have tried every method under the sun to lose that stubborn abdominal fat; 6 meals a day, no meals a day, intermittent fasting, meal replacements or any other crap you can pick up at Chemist Warehouse that promises you can lose 7 kilos in 2 days!
Well, to put it simply, I have found the best way to eat for Hashi’s is to stick to 3 larger meals a day; the good ol’ fashioned breakfast, lunch and dinner! No more eating 6 small meals a day to help ‘fuel your metabolism’. Did you know that the ‘6 meals per day’ phenomenon only came out in the 1990’s in response to the blood sugar rollercoaster created by having wholegrains and sugar with each meal!
If you suffer from Hashi’s, you will most likely suffer from digestive issues caused by low stomach acid, so only eating 3 meals per day gives your digestive system time to rest between meals. Supplementation with a probiotic in the morning (to rebuild beneficial gut bacteria) and HCL, betaine and pepsin capsules with each meal may be required if symptoms are very bad.
To start the day, breakfast should ideally be within 30 minutes of waking and include 30-40g of protein (that’s protein not meat – keep in mind 100g of meat contains approximately 30g of protein). However if you exercise before breakfast or this is simply not do-able, it is important breakfast is before 10am. Lunch should be within 5 hours of breakfast and dinner eaten before 7pm (I have been known to eat my dinner at 4pm)!
If you do require something between meals, I would recommend a high-fat, high-protein snack (ie a good hunk of full-fat cheese, chunks of meat with homemade mayo, tablespoons of coconut oil and my favourite, a slice of butter sprinkled with cinnamon – sounds mental but don’t knock it til you’ve tried it)!
However, the trick is to make your 3 main meals so densely nutritious and satisfying that you don’t require anything in between; a decent serving of fatty meat (I normally get through around 150g), lots of saturated fats (helloooo coconut oil) and a serving of veggies (I love a whole capsicum or cucumber).
Following a meal like this I love a herbal tea with Lindt 90% cacao chocolate, and then I am good to go for another 4-5 hours!