This is where a lot of folks who take on a healthful diet and lifestyle go terribly wrong. They make their healthful food taste as bland and boring as possible. When that happens, eating becomes a chore rather than a pleasurable experience. Don’t be afraid to spice up your food with herbs and seasonings. This will not only make your food taste delicious, but it can enhance digestibility as well. Herbs and spices contain essential oils that benefits digestion and absorption of food. Many “hot” cooking spices were generally used in hot climates. Eating hot spices heats up the internal body, opening our pores to let us sweat, and cooling the body in the process. Hot spices work great in hot climates. Many of the savory herb seasonings like oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, and tarragon were traditionally used in temperate and cool climates. You can certainly mix and match herbs and spices to make food taste great. My recipes use a little bit of all of these flavor enhancers to help make food more digestible and taste totally awesome! Healing your thyroid should not be about suffering through flavorless meals. It’s imperative that your food tastes delicious, otherwise you’re not going to want to eat it. I want you to falling love with food and not be afraid of it or think of eating as a burden. I had a client say to me, after she lost sixty pounds, “Who knew food could taste so good?” For years, Lori had been tormented by her eating experiences, and now she was loving food! It’s a totally different experience to be able to enjoy your food. Beyond herbs and spices, it’s important to salt your food. Salt has gotten a bad rap, but salt is essential to all of your bodily processes. Humans have long revered the importance of salt. So much so in fact, that people were paid with it — hence the word “salary.” Salt is as essential for our health as water. Not all salt is beneficial to our health. Unfortunately, most of the packaged and refined food in our diet today contains high levels of poor quality salt. The refined commercial table salt that is in most food today has been stripped of its many essential elements and can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, osteoporosis, and weight gain. It’s best to season food during the cooking process, and try not to salt your food at the table. When you cook with salt, it energetically has a different effect on the body. There are many different brands of sea salt to choose from. I prefer noniodized sea salt because I get my iodine from sea vegetables, fish, dairy, and eggs. Excerpted with permission from Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally. Check out Andrea Beaman's Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally to discover foods that are absolutely essential to thyroid health and delicious recipes that can improve your condition. Plus, learn about the connection between thyroid function and your emotions, environment, stress levels and digestive health. Want more? You might also like: 3 Toxins That Threaten Your Thyroid If You Have Hypothyroidism, Are You Getting Enough of This One Important Element? My Autoimmune Journey: I Could Have Saved My Thyroid If I Knew Then What I Know Now The Diet That Changed My Life with IBS and Improved My Thyroid Symptoms 6 Tips You Need To Know About Rebalancing Your Thyroid…Naturally Note: PLEASE consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.