4 Tips to Protect Your Thyroid from Thanksgiving Dinner

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Soon, millions of people will come together with their family and friends to spend time with loved ones they oftentimes don’t see enough, and give thanks for the important things in life.

Sometimes it can be difficult to be thankful for your health, especially when there are roadblocks like hypothyroidism and its many symptoms and its related diseases that are getting in the way of you feeling like your former healthy self.

But it’s also important not to focus so much on where your health is at this particular moment in time and instead focus on where you want to take your health moving forward and what you need to do in order to get there.

You don’t put up a house without following a good building plan.

You have to follow specific building steps in the right order to ensure that you end up with a solid house that you can depend upon for the rest of your life.

For example, you first have to lay the foundation before you can even start building or else the walls and roof won’t be stable and will easily fall down, leaving you with nothing, and having to start over from scratch.

Similarly, it makes sense for you to have a good plan to follow to help rebuild your thyroid.

In this blog post, I’ll give you a plan to protect yourself from thyroid-busting Thanksgiving foods, and I’ll give you a simple and delicious recipe that is super thyroid-friendly and sure to be a holiday hit…

…But first, back to the plan:

You MUST first lay the foundation of your health before you can build upon it and create the kind of health that you can depend upon for the rest of your life.

This is where most people fail.

Instead of following a good plan and laying the necessary foundation, they jump erratically from supplement to supplement or diet to diet trying to put the roof of the house on before they even have the walls up.

Houses are not built overnight. It’s a process that takes time, work, and resources. Your health works in the same way.

Restoring proper thyroid function takes time, work, and resources to correct all of the underlying problems that are inhibiting your thyroid to begin with.

For example, just the other day, I had a consultation with a client who I’ve been working with for the last three months and one thing we discussed was what she had achieved in this short amount of time.

Had she expected for everything to change overnight, she would have given up after a week or two and she never would have experienced any of the remarkable progress that she has made up to this point.

Instead she was willing to commit to and trust the plan we had in place. Now, she’s feeling better than she has in over 20 years.

It’s amazing what you can achieve when you’re willing to take control of your own health.

To help you take some control of your Turkey Day, I’m giving you some simple and easy healthy thanksgiving tips that you can use for the holidays, regardless of what your situation may be.

1. Balance the Tryptophan with Broth or Collagen

Feeling sleepy after a big Thanksgiving meal is a common occurrence.

Many believe it to be caused by the high amount of the amino acid tryptophan found in Turkey.

Yet, pretty much all meats contain the same, or larger, amount of tryptophan as turkey.

So, it’s not the tryptophan that makes you tired.

However, we do need to be careful with tryptophan.

In hypothyroidism, over-consuming tryptophan tends to directly suppress the thyroid gland, and promotes the production of other thyroid-suppressive hormones.

No, I’m not saying that meat is bad for your thyroid.

Not getting adequate protein will quickly suppress your thyroid function.

Yet, overeating large amounts of meat (especially chronically) can suppress your thyroid too.

Protecting yourself is easy…

The best way to protect yourself is to simply balance your turkey with some broth, gelatin, or collagen.

Broth, gelatin, and collagen are healthy protein sources that contain no tryptophan and help to balance the amino acids from your meal.

Need some healthy ideas?

You can easily add cooking gelatin to gravy which also acts as a thickener.

How about a dessert made from gelatin, like a fruit Jello-dish or mousse?


Or, if you’re not the cook, or not in the mood for that, then supplement with a high-quality Grass-Fed Collagen Protein Powder.

Using even just a tablespoon (15 ml) with your meal can help. It dissolves easily in any liquid.

2. Don’t Waste Your Turkey Bones

Speaking of broth…

Most people just toss the turkey carcass in the trash after Thanksgiving, without realizing that it’s the most nutritious part.

So, instead of throwing it away, make turkey broth out of it.


Be sure to include the carcass, trimmings, and skin for a gelatin-rich broth.

Not sure how to make broth?

Get step-by-step instructions using this Bone Broth Recipe.

3. Support Your Thyroid With Coconut Oil

If you’re cooking your own Thanksgiving meal, then do yourself a favor and use coconut oil in place of vegetable oil or other thyroid-suppressive oils, which is protective of your thyroid instead of damaging to your thyroid.


But I also understand that many people are eating with friends or relatives and don’t have control over what oils are being used in their food.

That doesn’t mean you can’t still benefit from using coconut oil.

Simply taking a teaspoon a few times during the day and/or with your meals can provide some great added protective benefits.

If you don’t have any coconut oil on hand, then most health food stores today, and now even many national grocery chains, are carrying it.

Even if you can’t find it locally or don’t have direct access to it for the holidays, you can still get some and prepare yourself for future events and future Thanksgivings.

You can easily order high quality refined coconut oil online from some trusted resources.

For example, see the one that I personally use myself and with all of my clients here.

4. Protect Your Thyroid with Vitamin E

If you’re not cooking your own Thanksgiving meal…

…it’s likely that you’re going to be consuming foods containing large amounts of thyroid-suppressive polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs).

For most this is unavoidable.

But instead of worrying about what’s on your plate, there’s a simple way to help protect yourself.

Using a high-quality Vitamin E supplement on Thanksgiving Day (or any day for that matter) is highly recommended.

It will help protect you from the dangerous effects of these fats.

And Now That Recipe You’ve Been Waiting For

In the previous section, I talked about foods to be careful of.

In this section, I’ll give you a recipe that is full of ingredients that are good for your thyroid so that you can don’t have to worry that the table is covered with foods that are thyroid-toxic.

Parmesan Baked Potato Halves

Source: http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/parmesan-baked-potato-halves.html


  • 6 small potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) butter
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • other seasonings (to personal preference)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F/ 204C.
  2. Melt butter and pour into a 9×13 inch pan and spread evenly across the bottom.
  3. Generously sprinkle parmesan cheese and lightly sprinkle other seasonings all over the butter.
  4. Place potato halves face down on the butter and seasonings.
  5. Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
  6. Cool for at least a FULL 5 minutes before removing from the pan, otherwise the parmesan crust won’t stick to the potato.
  7. Serve on a plate with a side of sour cream for dipping.

A few things we like about this recipe…

If you’ve tasted these potatoes then you don’t even need to ask.

Parmesan cheese is one of the most nutrient dense food sources there is. And being traditionally made with real rennet makes it one of the safest cheeses there is… even for those with dairy sensitivities.

(Note: I believe in all my years I’ve only had one or two clients who had to wait before re-introducing Parmesan cheese.)

Potatoes themselves are also a great source of very high quality nutrition. However, they are starchier so those who are diabetic or insulin resistant may need to be cautious.

We do address these very issues of diabetes and insulin resistance with our clients, which you can learn more about in this article on “Hypothyroidism and Diabetes: How to Reverse It and Why Sugar Is NOT the Problem.

Giving Thanks (Thank You)

Don’t spend your day worrying and stressing out about what’s on your plate.

Instead, use the 4 very simple healthy thanksgiving tips above and spend your day enjoying yourself and those around you.

Remember, this holiday is about giving thanks for what we do have.

It’s not about dwelling on our past or what we are lacking.

So count your blessing and focus on a plan for healing your thyroid and improving your health from this point forward.

One of the many things that I’m extremely thankful for is having you in my life…

Because without you, I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my dream of helping people correct the underlying causes of their hypothyroidism and related health problems, instead of relying on the inadequate medical care that most people are limited by today.

So, I wanted to say, Thank You, from the bottom of my heart. Happy Thanksgiving.

About the Author:

Tom Brimeyer is the founder of Forefront Health and the creator of the popular Hypothyroidism Revolution program series. Specializing in thyroid and metabolism disorders, Tom's work has impacted over 50,000 people spanning more than 60 countries. Tom is also a highly sought after practitioner who runs a successful health consulting practice where he continues to help clients across the globe to take back control of their lives from their devastating health conditions.


  1. Andra Miller November 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I’m thankful that I have a good son and that he has a woman who loves him and he loves. I’m thankful for all the friends I have and especially those at the Society of which I am president (NY Society for Ethical Culture). I’m thankful for the tips from Tom B on the right cooking oils, pots and pans, food, exercise (I just had my 20th Tai Chi class and it is good). I’m thankful that circumstances and my own thrift have put me into a comfortable retirement in a new apartment that I love. I’m sure there’s more, but that’s it for now.

  2. dale jones November 22, 2015 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I am thankful that I can pay my bills and live a decent life. Recently I am extremely grateful to Tom for the “revolution” I started about six weeks ago and I have to say I felt like new person on day three and have felt relatively well ever since, following this plan. There are still kinks to work out but honestly prior to this I thought I was dying! I have since told five other thyroid suffers about the miracle I have experienced. So here is where I say THANK YOU TOM for this ‘revolution’. I am also thankful I can get up and enjoy life now!

  3. Jacqueline November 22, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    I am thankful that I have a drive to research for better health which allowed me to hear your video and lead me in a much better direction. I am now able to do more than I have in years and I’m enjoying my family. Thank you Tom!

  4. Ginny November 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I’m thankful for my loving husband and 2 devoted dogs. Also, for wonderful friends and family, a warm home and healthy food to eat. I’m thankful for the health I do have but wish after 6 months of building my foundation that I was closer to putting on my roof!

  5. Celeste Spence November 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I’m thankful for Jesus, my Lord and Savior who gave me life and this wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

  6. jen November 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Dear Tom, Thank you for this Thanksgiving blessing as well as your usual excellent information. I am saving up to buy your book, but in the meantime am greatly enjoying your e mails. I sense you truly care, and are not just out to make a buck. People like you are few and far between. God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving.

  7. Barbara Key November 23, 2015 at 12:59 am - Reply

    I’m Thankful that the Lord My God lead me to your website Tom Brimeyer. I Thank You for all the information and research on Hypothyroidism. Thank You, Barbara Key

  8. Delma B. November 25, 2015 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Hi Tom,
    I’m Thankful for everyday, not just on Thanksgiving. I am Thankful I found your Hypothyroidism Plan and I am doing great. My doctor told me to keep on doing what I’m doing because it seems to be working. I feel great. My doctor also said she did not think any of her other thyroid patients would take the time and effort that I have, because it is too easy to take a pill.
    Delma B.

  9. BJ November 26, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Hi Tom,
    I am so thankful to God for finding your website and tips. I’ve been able to actually sleep through most of the night now and having the best rest I’ve had in some time.

    God Bless You! Keep on doing what you’re doing.


  10. Tierny Tassler November 23, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    So thankful for this program, thanks Tom, and that i can drink coffee again, it’s just so great!!!

  11. Linda Budworth November 24, 2016 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Hi Tom

    I have been on the diet now for nearly 3 weeks and feel fabulous. My weight is almost back to normal. My concern is that I might lose too much weight! I’m daring to cook my own meals now but using only the foods that you recommend.
    It’s helpful to know what to include with the turkey dinner.
    Thank you.


    • Tom Brimeyer November 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Linda, that’s great to hear. 🙂

  12. Bret November 20, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I appreciate you mention some might have issues with potatoes. I mentioned this problem in the last email update and felt like I wasn’t taken seriously and that this was something I should be able to eat and there was no reason why I shouldn’t be eating them. Anyway I really liked what you said about the potatoes might be a problem for some and why and some things to do to help and referencing the other article. Thank u very much. It was much needed information for me. Happy thanksgiving.

  13. Sandy Cagle November 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Dr. Brimeyer, THANK YOU for the Turkey Day tips!!! I’m also thankful to God for finding your website, learning a lot about my hypothyroidism, and ways to help fix my body! I’m beginning week 3 of the ultimate meal plan and slowly feeling better. I’ve also overcome a second plateau and beginning to lose again. 😀

    I’m also saving to get your Revolution books.

    THANK YOU for all you do!! Happy Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours!!

  14. Karen Macaleer November 15, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

    I too have much to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Truly one thing is Tom and all I have learned from him nearly 5 years now. The Hypothyroidism Revolution has made a positive difference in my struggle with Hypothyroidism. For a few years I sailed along pretty well as long as I followed the program. And now this past year having had a major bend in my road with an Adrenal crisis that has been difficult to come out of and greatly complicated my Thyroid situation, I am grateful for Tom’s continued guidance and encouragement which always leaves me feeling hopeful. I have found his knowledge and research to be much more trustworthy than that of the mainstream medical profession. And I am grateful to Franz as well in his role as liaison now that Tom’s following has grown significantly. A Blessed Thanksgiving to you both, Karen Macaleer

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