665587 tn?1265946924

Preparing for RAI --LID

Hi everyone,
I am trying to prepare for the LID diet and the hypo thing. I will stop the cytomel on Christmas day and start the LID diet.
I'm so confused...as usual!! I am not a big fan of cooking meals to begin with and haven't had much of an appetite lately.

I have the LID cookbook downloaded, but can't seem to focus on reading it.
These questions may sound dumb to you, but I just don't get it. I can't find iodine content on the food labels for anything.
1. When it says 'fresh meat' does that mean regular meat you buy in a grocery store?
2. What about margarine?  is it okay...the cookbook says no butter, but what about margarine?
3. Is there anykind of store bread that is okay? What about the frozen stuff that you bake yourself?>
That is all I can think of right now, will probably have more later.
Thanks in advance for your help. Wishing you all a great Christmas and a wonderful, healthy New Year.
Hugs to all
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158939 tn?1274915197
I couldn't bring myself to cook much (other than 6oz of organic chicken breast or ground beef each day) so I followed these directions:


Call the nuclear medicine department with a list of ALL of your meds (Rx and OTC) and let them figure out what you can, or cannot take.  You can't have calcium pills, BTW.

Avoid frozen or canned fruits and veggies - they contain salt.  I used the heck out of my steamer and found that a spritz or two of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray worked well.   Oh, other than that I practically lived on apples and unsalted almonds.
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665587 tn?1265946924
The thyrogen, for some reason, is not to be used on your first RAI. If I need a 2nd RAI then I will be able to use the shot
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I thought you don't have to go hypo anymore and as you get the thyrogen jab.. Is thyrogen not available in your area?
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I had 150m of RAI last week for Thca.  My endo does not believe in the "diet" so I did not do it.  I can say that the hypo was not that bad until the day of the RAI.  I got very sick (which I understand is unusual) the day after the RAI and stayed that way for 5 days.

Good luck as I can't imagine dealing with the diet (I did for 2 days the week before just to see if I could) and all the other side effects of Hypo.

Best wishes
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I only ate fresh veggies, fresh fruit, oatmeal, almonds, and 6oz of organic chicken every day for 4 weeks.  I made my own bread!!  I was very strict with the diet!!  I did have 2 meals that contained organic hamburger!!  It was not fun, but I survived!   I did not have any dairy products, butter or any store bought bread.  I did use frozen veggies because I was afraid that they may contain salt.

Good Luck

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549681 tn?1229724499
I think they say fresh meat because frozen chicken contains soduim solution.
I'm not sure about the store bread, I don't eat bread.  You could find a friend or relative with a bread machine to make some for you.  That would be safe.
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