Eating With Graves Disease

Since being diagnosed with Graves Disease, I’ve gotten a lot of advice on what and what not to eat. In the past five years I’ve become so aware of what I’m eating, that food is starting to not be fun anymore. I try it all though, hoping that something will trigger a consistent sense of good and normal. There’s no ‘Graves Disease Diet’ but there are a ton of theories about eating with Graves Disease. I know I need stop torturing myself and ‘just eat!’ like my sister keeps telling me. But I can’t help it. Especially when the advice I get comes from a Medical Doctor.

So six weeks ago I had an appointment with my OBGYN. We were following up on some issues I’ve been having. Like I’ve recently developed a bloated stomach, the inability to lose weight, and the sudden urge to either burst into sobbing tears or seething rage.

Once again, these things can either be female hormone related or Graves related. Who knows? I can live with all of it. But it would be nice if I could lose ten pounds and also feel sane. I’m not severely overweight thank God. But I am more than I’d like to be and I can’t seem to lose it no matter what I do. When I mentioned this at my appointment, she recommended a book called, The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss. It’s written by an MD and I liked that the purpose of the book was weight loss and not another autoimmune protocol type thing. So I downloaded it onto my Kindle when I got home and read it.

Intermittent Fasting

This is the moral of the story for the Obesity Code book. It does offer guidelines on what we should eat. But it’s more focused on when we should eat. The author explains everything about insulin resistance and all of the other reasons why people gain weight. Some of it was a bit over my head. I still don’t understand how simply fasting can fix all of the possible reasons why people gain, or cannot lose, weight. But most of it made good sense so I decided to give it a try.

You don’t know me but when I try something, I give it my all.

I’ll let you read the book for all of the fasting details. I honestly didn’t even know if I’d be able to do it because I’m a huge breakfast person. So I started off slowly. Instead of doing full 24 hour fasts every other day, I did all of my eating within 8 hours and fasted for 16. This worked out okay and I was able to fix my missing breakfast by eating it for lunch instead. I’ve been able to work up to the 24 hour fast.

So how have I been doing?


I’ve been sleeping better. Not really more or longer, just deeper and I feel more refreshed when I wake up.

I have more energy. Instead of pushing myself to walk farther or more often, I just keep plowing through. I look forward to getting out and taking long walks every day and I’m not completely exhausted when I’m done.

It’s an easy diet to start and follow. It’s not like you have to go out and stock your kitchen with specific foods or anything. You just, stop eating.


I lost three pounds in the first week. I lost nothing else in the past five weeks. Not. One. Single. Pound.

I’m eating less than I ever have in my life. And I’m still not losing weight. How is this even possible? And what happens if I decide to stop doing it? Will I gain even more???

Fasting isn’t always convenient. Family dinners, parties, picnics and lunch dates can all be tolerated on any other kind of diet. You can always find the type or amount of food that you need if you’re dieting. But not eating at all can be a real drag.

Eating With Graves Disease

So far intermittent fasting has been okay. Not a complete triumph. But not yet a complete waste of my time.

Eating with Graves Disease has been a big source of stress for me. And since stress is a big no no, I need to find my balance.

Gluten free eating for almost three years, didn’t make me feel better or lose weight. Kefir did nothing towards ‘healing my gut’. I only lost five pounds in three months on Weight Watchers. I now only buy organic, non-gmo and real food because preservatives scare me. I’m anxious eating out because who knows how much salt, sugar, or MSG they’ve added to my food. And I still don’t know if my not being able to lose weight is because of peri-menopause or Graves.

I’m not looking for a crash diet scheme. I’m looking for a stress-free lifestyle change that will heal my body and help me lose, and keep off ten stinkin pounds! I don’t think that’s too much to ask! Every single thing I’ve tried has worked for someone. Why not me?

You probably wonder why I keep taking the advice I get. It’s because I can’t not know. I can’t not know if something would have worked if only I would have tried it.

I’m sure a lot of Gravesters don’t even question how they’re feeling. They just take their medication and live their lives. But I can’t help feeling like maybe I’ll feel really good again if I can just find the right formula, or diet, or something.

I should probably give up and ‘just eat. I might one day. Anyways, if you have Graves Disease and are feeling good and losing weight doing something that I haven’t tried yet, please share!

I have not failedI’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Disclaimer: This post is based on my own personal experience. It is not intended as medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition.

Anna Baumann

Annoyingly cheerful Graves Disease Warrior and Dental Office Lifer. Eager to share, help and connect. Big fan of kindness, food, ocean cruises and reading books while drinking tea.

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