LID diet

In order to prepare my body for the radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment and scan, I had to go on a low-iodine diet (LID). I must admit that I was not too thrilled to find out that I was going to have to greatly limit my diet for over 2 weeks by going on a low-iodine diet (LID).  But in reality that is such a short amount of time when I compare it to the remaining wonderful years of my life.  Plus I’m doing it so that those cancer cells will be zapped away once and for all! 

So I got fired up, made an adjustment to my attitude and started searching online. I had to be on the LID for 18 days.  That is 54 meals and lots of snacks…Yikes!  One low iodine diet food item at a time.  To my surprise, it was not too easy to find things to eat at first.  Sure ThyCa lists recipes on their site, but I didn’t want to have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing dozens of meals. 

In an effort to save YOU time and worry, I have put together some lists.

Food products with no or low-iodine that I used:

  • Condiments: Kosher salt, Pepper, Mrs. Dash, Heinz No Salt Ketchup, Thyca red wine vinaigrette
  • Trader Joes No Salt Wheat Bread
  • Trader Joes No Salt Corn Tortilla Chips (surprisingly good)
  • Yehuda Matzos (Jewish unleavened flat bread)
  • Trader Joes Steal Cut Oatmeal – I added blueberries and sweetner for taste
  • Trader Joes No Salt Peanut Butter
Fruits and Veggies:  There are so many fruits and vegetables to pick from in April/May, so that made things a bit easier for me:).   However, with so many to select from, it got a bit overwhelming.  Below are some ideas for snacks or sides that I used.  Hopefully some will work for you!
  • Mashed Butternut Squash – Cut a butternut squash into cubes. Boil a pot of water with a bit of Kosher salt.  Put the squash into boiling water and cook for about 15 minutes.  Drain and put the squash into a bowl.  Add honey, cinnamon and sugar (or sweetner) and mash away!  It is so good and goes great as a side dish for lunch or dinner.
  • Celery and Trader Joe’s no salt peanut butter (Good snack)
  • Snow Pea Pods (Enjoyable, crunchy afternoon snack)
  • Baked apples with cinnamon
  • Frozen Grapes (A sweet, cold treat)
  • Fruit salad – grapes, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries & any other fruit you desire
  • Homemade Guacamole (Avocado, finely chopped onion, chopped tomato, lime, kosher salt, cilantro) with non salt tortilla chips
Additional Food products with no or low-iodine that I read about, but did not get a chance to use:
  • Nature’s Path called Manna Bread in a range of flavors
  • Manischewitz unsalted potato chips
  • Newman’s Own Unsalted Organic Microwave Popcorn
  • Terra Unsalted Hickory BBQ Potato Chips
  • Mr. Spice Honey BBQ Sauce
  • Mr. Spice Thai Peanut Sauce
  • GottaLuvIT Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Gotta Luv It Sweet & Tangy Italian Dressing
  • Health Valley No Salt Added Split Pea Soup
  • Trader Joe’s Low Salt Items – Low salt is NOT low iodine, however I found this to be very helpful.  As it turns out, many of the products on their list were low iodine.  Just read the ingredients carefully and you’ll see what I mean.

Helpful Low-Iodine Cookbooks:

Post-LID Suggestion:

I suggest putting together a schedule of LID meals for the week.  I did NOT do this the first week and felt totally overwhelmed.  Planning in advance made things much easier.  I made a list of LID meals for the second week and it made a world of difference. 

If you are about to embark on the low iodine diet journey, I wish you the best.  I reminded myself on a regular basis why I was on the LID and it always helped to put things in perspective.  Changing my diet for a few weeks to beat cancer is a small sacrifice for the big gift of remission. 

Sending you hope, strength, patience, positivity and prayers…