Day 1

When possible, I have included recipes, pictures of the meal or no-sodium products used. To save time, I often prepared a large portion to have leftovers available for lunch or other meals.


BREAKFAST

-Regular old fashioned oatmeal (zero sodium content) with brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of unsalted/dairy free Fleischmann's margarine
-Sliced banana    
-Glass of low sugar apple juice


LUNCH

-Natural (unsalted) peanut butter and low sugar strawberry jelly sandwich made using Ezeikiel Low Sodium Bread (Note- Nutrition facts label shows 0% sodium; but, this bread may contain small amt. of iodine; ok'd in small amounts by my husband's physician; purchased at Whole Foods- freezer section).
-Apple
-Carrot Sticks
-Water

AFTERNOON SNACK

-Starburst Jellybeans- Original (No sodium or Red Dye #3 content)
-Unsalted rice cakes
-Diet Coke

DINNER

-Fresh roasted squash with onions
-Fresh tomato slices
-Seared chicken breasts with dried herbs and garlic
-Minted cucumber salad  (I used regular cukes and did not soak them- used non-iodine salt.)
-Water



Products used today:

Crunchy, natural, no salt peanut butter. I added non-iodine salt. 















No sodium; no red dye #3.


Note- Nutrition facts label shows 0% sodium while the front of pkg says "low sodium"; this bread may contain small amt. of iodine; ok'd in small amounts by my husband's physician-remember, it's a LOW iodine diet- talk w/your physician about bread options; purchased at Whole Foods- freezer section.



33 comments:

  1. I just started reading your blog and what a pleasure! How wonderful and organized.

    I am 100% certain that this will help many people facing LID in the future.

    I've done it once and will probably be facing it again in the next few months, but wish I would have had something like this as a newbie.

    Good luck to you and your family. God bless you.
    Laurel

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    1. Hi Laurel- Glad you think it may be helpful- Pictures of food products would have really helped me when my husband was on the LID!
      Wishing you good health- Sonya

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  2. This site is great! I am on Day 1 of my LID. I am hoping to plan it out as well as you did. I am a bit stuck on serving sizes - how much chicken to have in one sitting? etc. I will definitely be referring back to your daily plan, though.

    Thank you!

    Justin

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    1. Hi Justin,

      I start my Lid on Wednesday April 17th. In my lid diet a meat size is the size of 2 deck of cards.

      Smileyhappy

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  3. This is a wonderful site, thanks for sharing!
    I am on Day 1 of my LID. As I am not a person who enjoys food prep/planning/cooking to begin with ,
    this blog helps as an at my fingertip resource. I also am thrilled at the pics and brands you located..
    it helped immensely as I roamed in search of items to use!

    -Ess

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  4. Very helpful blog...I'm so excited that someone has done this. I keep telling myself I'm going to do something like this...what an inspiration. I like the pictures. Thank you!

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  5. Thank you very much for sharing your husband's menu as well as all the salt-free products you have used. I am getting ready for my LID and I am so happy that I don't have to worry about what meals to prepare, I'll just do what you guys did. This is a tremendous help! I hope all's well with you and your husband and wish you all the best.

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  6. My son who is 20 yrs old; will start his LID on July 8 2013. Thank you so much for providing all this information. It will be a great help. Normally we do not shop at Whole Foods but will start for some of the products that you listed. Hopefully he will be able to go without fast food for awile. Thanks Again.

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  7. Thank you for making this blog! I am 24 years old and tomorrow will be day one of my 5th time going on this diet and your recipes will make it much easier to go through!

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  8. I will start my lid for first time come monday. Thanks have been stressing about it. Thank U

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  9. I was told you couldn't use cola drinks but I notice you used diet coke. I'm a pepsi drinker so not looking forward to the diet then saw you used diet coke. Were you told different? This is my third time on the diet.

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    1. Hi- He was told cola and diet colas that did not contain red dye#3 were ok. It's also listed on the list of allowed food items on the thyca website:
      http://thyca.org/pap-fol/lowiodinediet/#summary

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  10. From one Sonya to another Sonya....THANK YOU SO MUCH for your gift to those like me who are trying to navigate our way back to a cancer free life. It is Day 1 and you have made me feel like I can do this now! Thank you for laying everything out and for the pictures. It helps me when I can see what I am looking for. You are a gift from God.

    Sonya Spires (Columbia, SC)

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  11. I nearly cry when I came across your blog!! I seriously thought LID was going to be the end of me. The information on this blog and the day-to-day meals AND SNACKS are just great. Thank you so much for doing this really really really appreciate it :)

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    1. You just made my day! Best of health to you- Sonya

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  12. Ms.Sonya is truly an inspiration to me also. My daughter was instructed today that she has to have to be placed on the lID. This is some great information.

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  13. This is fabulous, especially that you took the time to do this and share it with people going through what you have already experienced.

    Is there a way to print or download the two weeks of daily meal plans in one document, like a PDF?

    Kay

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  14. I am ready to start my second low iodine diet to prepare for my thyroid cancer follow up scan, thank you for your wonderful ideas. The first time was in preparation for iodine radiation and I agonized over everything I put in my mouth, this time I plan to make it a positive experience.

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    1. This is also my second time for a follow up! Thank you so much for the meal planning ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner and name brand products that you can eat! Kay Concialdi

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  15. When I look at the sodium content in the chicken breasts and ground beef, they range from 50 mg per 4 ounces to 80 mg per 4 ounces.
    Was the meat you found less than that? I looked at Trader Joe's, our local health food store, Bel Air, and Sam's club. Where did you find your meat? Did you have to go to a butcher?

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    1. Hi. I shopped at local grocery stores and Whole Foods for meats. My husband's physicians, said to use small meat portions and select meats w/o added sodium. They stressed Low iodine and moderation of portion size as opposed to NO iodine- of course your physician may have different suggestions. That was very frustrating to me during the process- that there was not one protocol for all RAI/ LID patients- it seems to be all over the board. Good health wishes to you- Sonya

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  16. Thank you so much for this blog. I am starting the LID next week in prep for my RAI after a TT for thyroid cancer. This blog is so helpful, and makes the whole experience seem not as daunting. thank you so much for sharing.

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  17. I'm so thankful I found this blog! This is my second round of doing the LID. I will start this diet in a couple of weeks but I'm trying to be proactive and be more prepared this time. Going hypo and no synthroid can bad enough but this blog is a huge help for me! Thanks, you are a God send. -Denise-

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  18. Great blog! I will be having my surgery on September 17th. I too, have been diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer This blog is a gift! Thank you for taking the time to put this together and sharing with us. Kindest regards, Tara

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    1. Thanks Tara- Best health wishes to you! Good luck with your surgery- Sonya

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  19. I had to do this diet last year and struggled with foods to eat and not being so boring. These recipes and suggestions are great and I feel better about doing it again this year. Wish I would have had this then but so glad I have it now. Thanks som uch for sharing. :) Hope your husband is doing well. Kim

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  20. Our 14yr old has PTC and today we started the LID --yikes! This is so kind of you!! Love that you are paying it forward! This blog is soooo helpful!! xoox

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  21. I'm so happy I found your blog. I start my LID this Saturday, and have not been looking forward to compiling a menu. My RAI treatment begins in a couple weeks, and since finding out I had thyroid CA and then total removal of the thyroid, you have lessened the stress of it all. You have done all of us a great favor by sharing.

    Diana

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    1. Hi Diana- Thanks for your kind words- I do wish you a smooth LID and RAI- sending wishes of good health your way! Sonya

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  22. I was struggling to find the low sodium bread, now I can get the Ezekiel brand at whole food. Thank you so much!!

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  23. Thank you for the best info on products and recipes we can put together in Australia :)
    Im due to have my first annual scan and hence this low iodine diet...

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  24. hi, when "fresh" meats are called for, how fresh are they talking about? grocery store meats ok as long as its not marinated, salted?

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  25. thank you so much!!! very frustrating to have to work and commute from home while starting/doing this diet. you've made my life easier as I have been searching over various websites for answers. I wish ALL hospitals/Dr's would adhere to 1 standard. thank you again. I start tomorrow the diet tomorrow for RAI on the 23rd. do you have any advice for after when I come home? the info is so scarey that i'm thinking of staying in a hotel for the couple days after....

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