As a registered dietitian, I’m very proud of the way I can help people. Dietitians are specifically trained to provide MNT (Medical Nutrition Therapy), which is a fancy way of saying, “there are certain diets that will benefit certain diseases”. Dietitians earn at minimum a 4-year degree, endure 1200 hours of supervised training and take a rigorous credentialing exam. We also have to have 75 hours of continuing education over 5 years.
Being able to counsel people with medical diagnosis separates us from health coaches, chiropractors or other non-licensed professionals. I like to say that RDs are the “Real Deal” when it comes to diet therapy.
This past year, I was offered a second opportunity to write a diet and disease related cookbook. My first cookbook focused on gout- a type of painful arthritis that’s more common in men, but is also linked with being overweight or obese. A diet that’s low in purines helps reduce the risk of gout attacks. Avoiding alcohol and excess sugar in your diet will also help. My book was well received and I was hopeful I’d get the chance to write again.
And, I did just that! My second cookbook is on managing thyroid disease. When people hear of thyroid disease, they often associate it with weight gain and hair loss, but there are other symptoms and concerns that can arise. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) may cause weight loss, arrhythmias and temperature dysregulation. Left untreated, it may cause heart damage.
The Complete Thyroid Cookbook contains diet restrictions that people may not be accustomed to, such as gluten-free and dairy free. It has 3 different elimination diet protocols. I provided research to support the advice of eliminating certain foods in order to improve symptoms and prevent complications of over- or under-active thyroid. This is Medical Nutrition Therapy and it’s not meant for those not dealing with thyroid disease.
- Prepare to eat well―Find 85 affordable recipes for everything from dinner to sweets and snacks, with detailed meal plans for each diet.
- No experience required―Even casual cooks will find everything they need for success with this thyroid cookbook full of clear instructions, shopping lists, and recipes that are quick to put together.
If you’re interested in the book for yourself, a friend or family member, you may pre-order it here: https://amzn.to/2RTsLU3
The book officially releases July 20. I hope you enjoy it!