"What is a low-iodine diet?" A diet that is free of iodized or sea salt (kosher salt is ok), soy products, dairy, most legumes, egg yolks, and minimal amounts of meat (beef, chicken, pork) and basically no processed foods -- because of either salt or dairy additives. Sounds pretty simple, no? Well, you would be surprised! Most pastas contain either eggs or salt, almost all processed foods use salt as a flavor enhancer, and dairy turns up in the darnedest places! The upside? It's generally a very short term (1-2 weeks) lifestyle change.
"Why?" In general, a low-iodine diet is prescribed for individuals who are being treated with Radioactive Iodine (RAI)to cure thyroid cancer. Why am I writing about it? In early April, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer; I had surgery in late April to remove my thyroid and things were looking pretty good -- but due to a few complications along the way, my endocrine team decided that a follow-up RAI treatment would be the best next step -- and a low-iodine diet along with it.
"Why write about it?" After spending hours researching the RAI treatment procedure and consequential low-iodine diet, I found that there are very few resources for recipes. While the hospital pamphlet and ThyCa are a great starting point, I just couldn't find the kind of recipes and meal ideas I was looking for! So here we go, Day 1...
2 Egg White Omelet with diced tomatoes, onions and a dash of Tabasco
1 cup Orange Juice
Romaine, Arugula and Roasted Beet Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
1/4 cup Roasted (unsalted) Pecans
1 cup Orgran gluten/dairy/egg/salt-free pasta with Caramelized Onions, Broccoli and White Wine
3 oz baked Lemon-Tarragon Chicken Breasts
1 Apple, peeled, cored and baked with Brown Sugar, Chopped Pecans and Raisins
So far so good, we'll see how tomorrow goes!