Shauna McCoy is an actress and singer.  She was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism in August 2012, and Graves Disease in January 2013. She is a true believer in alternative health, and is on a mission to save her thyroid through diet and natural supplements. Join her as she documents her year of transformation, and adopts a strict Vegan Diet.

Shauna currently lives in Sedona, AZ with her dog Audrey aka “Little Girl”.  How I Saved My Thyroid is Shauna’s first blog.

Little Girl


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  1. You can do it! I was diagnosed with Hyper-thyroidism a few years back, and quickly normalized my health to perfect condition. Thank God! Sure surprised the doc as he was about to prescribe me some meds. Eating the proper super foods will definitely stabilize your health. Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine did wonders. I tried herbs and acupuncture as it helped tremendously. So did the meditation and prayers. It simply boils down to research, discipline and dedication. These things happen for a reason. More like a challenge from God or however way you look at it. In my opinion, it is always a test and always temporary. It just depends on us. I wish you the best! It’ll be good as I’m sure you already know. Thanks for inspiring the world with your great blog.

    • Wow, thanks so much for commenting, you just made my day! It is so inspiring to hear your success story. There are definitely days when I wonder if I am doing the right thing. But I agree, this has all happened for a reason. Hopefully in the end discipline and dedication will pay off. 🙂

  2. Just stumbled onto your blog. I don’t have the same health issues as you do, but I’m also having my own issues which has me on a very restricted diet. I am on a no sugar [including fruit 😦 and natural sugars], no grains [all of them] or starchy veggies, no dairy, and no red meat (incl. pork) diet. Basically leaves me veggies, legumes, nuts/seeds, chicken, egg, and fish. I’m also supposed to eat lots of protein at breakfast/lunch, and a vegetarian meal for dinner. Your recipes are giving me some good ideas. It hasn’t been easy! We also have a chihuahua named Peso. Anyways, keep up the good work with the blog!

    • Oh wow, I wish you the best of luck! I was on a similar diet to the one you’re on a few years ago called The Body Ecology diet. It was super tough but I did it for 3 months and felt amazing afterwards. I think I was still allowed to eat red skin potaoes though, and very limited grains. No starchy veggies is so hard, are you managing Ok? I feel for you! Hopefully I’ll have some more recipes down the road to help you out. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement 🙂 Chihuahuas rule! Lol.

  3. So, you’ve been on this diet for 2 years. How’s the Graves? Have you had any blood tests recently? I’ve recently been diagnosed with Graves, and like you, I do not want to lose my thyroid! I’m looking for all the dietary help I can get!

    • Hi Judy 🙂 Actually I’ve only been on the diet a little over 3 months, I’ve been sick for over 2 years. Since I’ve been on the diet I do feel better. Not miraculously better or anything but I feel a bit better, and definitely not worse than when I started. I probably would feel a lot better if I’d been sticking to the diet 100%, but it’s so restricting sometimes I don’t have the willpower… but I have been 99.9% vegan since I started. I am not very active though, and when I am active I run out of energy very very quickly and don’t feel very well. I am definitely a work in progress. I’ve yet to get blood work done since I started so I can’t really tell you if the diet it really helping my thyroid or not, but I believe it is and will continue to. I wish you the best! Sorry to hear you are going through this too, it’s no fun.

  4. Thanks for posting your story…It’s very encouraging. My mom was just diagnosed with Graves Disease, which took us completely by surprise. Although looking back, she had symptoms of hyperthyroidism several years ago, but she was just diagnosed in Dec 2013. She’s on a gluten free diet, but how important do you think it is to stay away from grains in general? We are trying to save her thyroid as well and are willing to do what’s necessary to get her feeling better. I’d also like to ask, how do you go vegan and not lose more weight? My mom has already lost 25 lbs due to the hyperthyroidism and cannot afford to lose any more. I wish you success in your health journey and thanks again for posting your experience. It helps to know we are not alone.

    • Hello! I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s struggles. From my own experience, I found grains really had no factor on my thyroid. I spent the fist 3 months of my vegan diet, also gluten-free, and also miserable. For the last 6 months I’ve eaten whole grain bread and grains regularly and I’ve continued to improve, so for me personally at least, no, being gluten free had no factor on my thyroid. As for my weight, when I started the diet, I was just coming off Rx Thyroid meds, on the meds I gained 25 lbs (in 2 months), and I’ve slowly been losing it. Since I started the diet last year, I’ve only lost about 10 lbs total. I eat a lot though, and I make sure to eat every few hours and to eat foods that are higher in calories. Hope that helps 🙂

    • I joined a Graves’ support group, and they convinced me to do something, so I started taking Methimazole. It’s working wonders. I’m on a very low dose — 5 mg once per day right now. The doctor is amazed! I also take 2000 IU of Vitamin D3 each day. The stress I was under at work has abated somewhat. And that’s all I’ve changed!

  5. My name is Diane and I was diagnosed with Graves in 2012. My TSH 2 years ago was a .005. I did not want any pills or radioactive iodine. I went on a diet. I stopped eating gluten, dairy and almost everything with soy. My TSH has been about 1.0 for the past 2 years. In a few months I will get another TSI to show my antibodies. Last time I had them tested I was able to go from 338 to 210 antibodies. I should be under 110. I take fish oils a multi vitamin and a probiotic. Exercise, I believe helps keeps everything in check. I also am careful about sugar as well and avoid the artificial stuff.

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