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As promised, here is my first ever guest post.  Enjoy!!


Hi! I’m Becky from over at Olives ‘n’ Wine – a blog where I share my passion for keeping a balanced life through eating well, tasting great wine, staying active, and traveling to new places – and I’m excited to be doing a guest post for Jen today 🙂


When I lived in Minneapolis, Jen and I were coworkers – we even had the opportunity to share a cubical at work for about a year! Let’s just say that year probably wasn’t the most productive time of my life… Jen taught me all about fashion (because, let’s be honest, I need the help…) and I taught her all about nutrition – or more like, I gave her the “what are you doing” look and told her to throw away that bag of Doritos or Monster Mix away when it magically appeared on our desk.

I’d also like to think that I helped to motivate her while she was on her weight loss journey.

As Jen has openly shared on her blog, she was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism back in high school and has battled the disease ever since. While I – along with her other friends – think she is doing a great job of managing the disease, Jen is always trying to live better and healthier which is why I’m here today!

As an FYI, I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or a Registered Dietician but I am a health nut that has spent years researching what we should eat to feel our best.

I’ve come up with a few meal options for Jen that contain the nutrients she requires to help her best manage her Hypothyroidism.

After doing the research, most scientists agree that the following dietary focuses will help thyroid function (they probably won’t return it to normal but – as most of us k now, what we put into our bodies helps determine how we feel and look on the outside):

  1. Reduce carbohydrate intake – nothing extreme, just keep it around 50% of your daily calories.
  2. Consume adequate amounts of iodine – Americans don’t normally have an issue with this as we eat large amounts of table salt which contains iodine.
  3. Consume adequate amounts of B-vitamins.
  4. Focus on whole foods and eliminate processed foods from the diet.
  5. Drink 8-12 glasses of water daily and limit caffeine intake.


  1. Hard boiled egg + Plain Greek Yogurt with Sliced Banana and Honey
  2. Two pieces of whole grain toast (such as Ezekiel’s Sprouted Bread) + 2 TBSP almond butter
  3. ½ cup organic oatmeal prepared with water and topped with 1 tbsp chopped walnuts and ½ cup blueberries


  1. 1 low fat string cheese + apple
  2. Carrots + 4 TBSP hummus
  3. Cottage Cheese + 1 cup of fruit of choice (strawberries, melon, peach, etc.)


  1. 4 oz canned tuna on top of mixed greens with sliced tomatoes, red peppers and avocado + Serving of fruit
  2. 4 oz baked salmon with 1 tablespoon maple syrup drizzled over filet + steamed green beans mixed with sliced almonds
  3. ½ cup brown rice topped with ½ cup black beans, ¼ cup frozen corn, ¼ cup low-fat cheese, chopped tomatoes, salsa and avocado


  1. Sushi made with brown rice (most restaurants will sub white for brown if asked) – Jen is very social so I wanted to allow a dinner option that would fit into her lifestyle!
  2. 4 oz baked chicken breast + Skinny Butternut Squash Soup via Skinny Taste
  3. ½ grilled cheese sandwich (made with whole grain bread and low-fat cheese) + Skinny Tomato Bisque Soup via Skinny Taste


Find more healthy recipes and lifestyle habits at Olives ‘n’ Wine .


  1. Love the meal ideas!

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