Also someone mentioned to me a bread, which I think was in Trader Joes or Whole Foods that was LID safe. I highly recommend LID Life Community ( as a resource. Please be aware that there are no laws and no FDA guidelines that would prevent them substituting iodized salt. I still have almost two weeks to go. I guess Im just nervous and dont want to mess up. Lots of sorbet options out there- most with zero sodium. On the ConAgra site, you can search for stores that carry their Fleischmann's products by zip code. Not to burst anyone's bubble-but my docs said not to use/trust any product that companies say they use non-iodized salt-unless they can put it in writing! I loved their unsalted tortilla chips, and the unsalted nuts at TJ's were the best!! what else can I put on my coffee.I still need to make my Mayo My WBS is scheduled for next wed how soon after do you think I will get my Rai ,I know I have to wait for the radiologist to call me with the results then schedule .I just want to be done ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. Their granola cereals, many breads, dark chocolate bars, guacamole-like mashed avocados, coconut creamer, toasted almonds and frozen veggies made for a very tasty LID diet. It was great to have on hand to make soups. Ill keep a good thought for him (and you). -Pacific all natural hemp non-dairy beverage (vanilla)--this does not contain soy, sea salt, or carrageenans (sea weed), ingredients that every other dairy-free milk label that I have read seems to have. I have been going out of my mind trying to find something to eat. She was able to get me fresh veggies. Organic Bragg's Hawaiian fat free apple cider and tropical fruits with ginger dressing. Thank you for the kind comment. Yay! Im so glad you found my blog helpful! Has anyone eaten "conventional" ground beef on the diet? I have found things like frozen peas (love them on my salads and just with rice as a side) that have 0 sodium and then some that have as much as 200 mg per serving for just plain sauce or anything! However, that information will still be included in details such as numbers of replies. Dec 21, 2017 @ 23:00:10. Best wishes! Does anyone know of anywhere else maybe closer to Boise Idaho that I can get Rich's creamer (i.e. This helps me hugely since I went vegan this year! Smithfield Bacon This bacon does not contain iodized salt. Filled with seasoned ground beef, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and salsa, tacos make for a quick and easy meal. Amanda. What worked for you? Zero sodiumwhile it says Sugar Fire sauce is a dessert sauce- we used it on grilled chicken, hamburger patties, etc. Lots of Hugs as Always, I plan to use disposable plates/bowls/cups/utencils so that they can just be put in the trashno exposure. (LogOut/ It has really helped me get ready for the LID. Tomatoes in a can? I also like their Organic unsalted tortilla chips! She got the intubation tube out last night and came off the breathing machine!!! Trader Joes Dried Mandarins These are so delicious! This community is sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, an Inspire trusted partner. - Whole Foods Brand Boxed No Salt Added Chickpeas (it comes in a small box and was at the very bottom of the canned bean shelf). I was overwhelmed with what to make for my husbands upcoming radioactive iodine treatment. It is made from mangoes, papaya, oranges, brown sugar and habanero peppers. When I asked my oncologist about LID, she told me to ask the Nuclear Medicine Department. Feel crappy AND not eat comfort foods? Did the LID last year before my RAI, now preparing for WBS and Thyrogen. By calling the consumer hotlines for the products or by messaging the company on Facebook, I was able to confirm the products do not contain iodized salt and that expanded what I was able to eat. We are starting the 2nd round of the LID diet for my husband to start his radioactive iodine treatment next month. I just thought I would pass it on because it almost felt too good to be true - Trader Joe's and Chipotle??!! Good luck and remember LID is about 19 days out of a lifetime, and it's all to improve your chances of knocking this cancer down for good! I found Muir Glen makes a salt-free basil flavored canned tomato sauce and I picked up 2 cans but would love some feedback on if it is ok from other people's experience. Good Luck!! It's good to know, because getting enough sodium on any diet is healthy. I thought I would have to be extremely careful with fruits and such, but I learned shortly after being diagnosed which fruits spike my sugars and almost none do thankfully! Oscar Mayer brand bacon is LID-safe too. My iodine level didn't drop enough when checked via blood work. -Mother's Sodium Free Plain Whole Grain Brown Rice Cakes LID Life Community is a good resource and may give you some food ideas. They are till cheaper on a lot of things but they have also had to raise their prices because of the catastrophes going on in the USA in recent years (floods, droughts, bird flu, etc.). I also found a salad dressing/marinade. Please check back and let me know how you are doing. 150 calories per serving. recipesforsustenance I ate pretty much only items from Trader Joe's brand that didn't have sea salt or dairy. Peter Pan 100% Natural Peanut Butter I called the consumer information number on the package (1-800-222-7370) and inquired about the salt in the product. I burned all my energy and then some but I am thankful I went to be there for grandma and my family! I bought mom and grandpa coffee, mom and I a vitamin water (since I drank all that I had brought) and grandpa a gatorade :) I had planned on making guacamole for lunch, but the avocado was over ripe and was about guacamole when I cut it open so it got pitched and I ended up buying some lunch! Don't know whyI need to find out. Best wishes! The ingredients of the shreds are: Filtered water, tapioca flour, expeller pressed non-GMO canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, vegan natural flavours, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (vegan, for flavour), titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral). Im sorry you are having a hard time finding something to eat on your low-iodine diet. I have never heard of that condition, but its so interesting that low iodine diet helps. I have tagged all my vegan recipes and you should be able to find them here: Kosher salt can be easily found in the grocery store next to the table salt. -Poland Springs Sparkling water (raspberry lime essence) I could use the site to look up LID-safe items on my phone while I was grocery shopping. I got some unsalted veggies, unsalted tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, green onions, sweet onions, avocados, granny smith apples, imitation butter to make that butter in the book, fresh blackberries, some fruit squish'ems! Great for soups, risotto, mashed potatoes, etc Make sure to read labels because the regular Progresso broths contain sea salt. As stated many times their own made products use non-iodine salt. Their organic fruit leathers are good too!! can anyone tell me what products are sold at Trader Joes that are allowed on the LID? I was considering wearing the same old jamas the entire time and throwing them awaybut then wondered if I shower often will this not be helpful? Thank you so much for this list!! Newmans Own Tomato & Basil Spaghetti Sauce Newmans Own brand items do not contain iodized salt. Make sure to check out recipesforsustenance There are several other types of Elmhurst products and you can order from their website. recipesforsustenance They do Cary non dairy vegan cheese. Cassandra Pogue thanks is iodine bad for us survivors? Ha ha! Thanks-a-Lot, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, and Thin Mints are all vegan and do not contain iodized salt. If done right and portion controlled this should not affect my sugars too much so that gives me a ton of hope :) not only for me, but for those who are also diabetic and having to do the LID :) Im scheduled for a Scan as well! The David brand does not contained iodized salt. LID Life Community does list several types of Pop Tarts as safe. And, it is delicious toasted. I almost bought them but I never seen it anywhere that anyone on a LID diet bought these products. I assume you are preparing to do a whole body scan. My husband with diagnose and we are starting his LID diet. Of everything that was there, I think I did pretty good all things considered! -Good blogs that you can adapt recipes from: I do most of my shopping at Trader Joe's and only get a few from the local markets. We wonder why we're all taking pills for out blood pressure when two slices of bread can have half a days sodium serving before we even put anything on it!!!! :). Thank for your help, Day 3: Man was it a long day!!! Change), You are commenting using your Facebook account. You can ask questions and even post pics of food products for confirmation if they are allowed on the diet. Jul 21, 2012 10:41 PM. They are sweet to taste, have 14g of carbs 13g of sugars but it's natural sugars! any tomato sauce already prepared we can use? undefined will no longer be visible to you including posts, replies, and photos. Whole Foods Dole Fruit Squish'ems! Yes, I need to see the big picture and not focus on the bad, but that's easy for them to say! I had to read the ingredients on the hummus though.some of them listed Sea Salt and some listed just salt.both were Trader Joe brand, So you really need to read the labels carefully. Thanks this will help. Uncle Bens Ready Rice Brown Basmati it is said that basmati rice is the best rice for LID because it has a lower amount of naturally occurring iodine. I loved the no salt chips and salsa. By researching which type of salt food companies use allowed me to add a lot more products to my LID diet the next time I did it. 75% cacao. No Sulfur Dioxide Maybe 5 minutes after eating it I crashed hard, I slept so hard I did not take my night pills and did not wake up until my son woke me up at 6:45am this morning and then I promptly fell asleep until 11:30 am!!! Just remember to check ingredients in the stores. and don't worry about soy lecithin, it's the one soy that is allowed. Zero sodium in these cranberries; zero red dye #3. As long as you read labels and know what ingredients are not allowed, you are good. Feb 26, 2017 @ 16:21:30. I went to Trader Joe's and they know nothing about this No Salt whole wheat breadthey even checked the computer at the store?? Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry. No whammies! . It is a low iodine diet, not a no iodine diet. What an arduous task to deal with while also dealing with a cancer diagnosis, and insurance stuff..I just keep looking until 1/28 when I will be done with the after RAI WBS and on to living until the next US in March. I went to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and was able to find a bunch of great stuff that is really LID friendly. To clarify, someone posted that they contacted TJ's and the response they received indicated that the foods with the Trader Joe's label use iodine-free salt in those products with salt. In an attempt to try to stay sane, and of course do my best to make the RAI treatment effective, I've been trying to eat everything in moderation, just in case something I'm consuming has a high iodine content. * Unsalted canned veggies (black beans, corn, etc) I have been making my own bread but like knowing I have this in the freezer. There are some restrictions on certain kinds of beans, but black beans and garbanzos are considered to be fine. Do you know if pop tarts contain iodine? Their hummus is amazing with their whole wheat tortillas it was my go to for most of the time when I didn't feel like eating as well as their whole wheat bread and avocado. The hashbrowns were delicious cooked in a little olive oil and served alongside scrambled egg whites. I cant image. These tacos shells are fine for LID. 3 before RAI and 2 after RAI. Will be using after the LID. However, it's likely very safe for the LID. As i search thru the Web on the dos and donts i realised i should avoid it. Trader Joe's does not use any iodized salt in our product labels. Trader Joes Organic Super Dark Chocolate with Almonds it didnt feel like I should be eating this was too yummy. They do use sea salt in some of their products, but it is specifiedin the ingredients lists. What are the chances? The Tuscan Pane does not contain sea salt. They dont have much listed for the Philippines, but may be a start: Good luck! They have two other flavors, Vanilla and Hazelnut. However, you are right about the hummus several have sea salt! recipesforsustenance Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Brown Basmati - it is said that basmati rice is the best rice for LID because it has a lower amount of naturally occurring iodine. I discovered that a LID will cause the leisions you go away. David Sunflower Seeds These are a great salty snack. 100% Natural I love rye bread and was really happy to find out that the Pepperidge Farm brand is safe. RAI in 6 days! So Delicious Coconut Coffee Creamer Original This is the only non-dairy coffee creamer that I have found that doesnt have sea salt, soy, or carrageenan. No sodium; 50 calories, 11g whole grain, gluten free. My experience with thyroid cancer with emphasis on Low-Iodine Diet recipes and menus. Based on what I have read, there is a lot of information available about LID diets, but quite a bit of information that my doctor did not address with me, and some conflicting information. = Rough. I followed the guidelines from ( You can do it, though! Does anyone know what it is? Oh that's great LIamdig! ? Jan 19, 2022 @ 11:56:42. What a great site! My favorite ingredient from the LID. Best of luck! Best of luck to you! recipesforsustenance , recipesforsustenance I seen you have Tostitos brand salsa in your picture is that ok to have? The instant ones have sodium. I have Trader Joe's Organic Jellys and they are all great tasting. I LOVE to eat and they don't even consider the hormonal changes I'm going through! La Banderita Corn Tortillas I dont know what I would have done without these tortillas. Trader Joes Tuscan Pane Bread although many of Trader Joes breads do not have dough conditioners in them, most contain sea salt. Oreos are his favorite (dipped in milk of course) but he will be happy to just have the cookies at this point. Here is a sample of vegetables you can eat: asparagus, artichokes, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, radishes, lettuce, celery, bell peppers, kale, chiles (jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, poblano, New Mexican, Anaheim, cubanelles, Hatch, etc), tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes (skin must be removed), turnips, turnip greens, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, spinach, eggplant, mustard greens, squash (zucchini, yellow squash, Hubbard, spaghetti squash, acorn, pumpkin, butternut, etc), Brussels sprouts, green beans, collards, parsnips, okra, Swiss chard, rutabaga, jicama, kohlrabi, snow peas, rapini, bok choy, beets, corn, tomatillos, etc, Thank you so much for this posting, and all the work you did! What are the items that are favorites of others? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. I emailed customer service and they wrote back that they contain salt which I knew, but they do not know if theres iodine in them. For some of the products I contacted the manufacturers via Facebook or by phone to ask about the type of salt they used. We get home and at my moms/grandparents I needed to fill my mom's pill box for the week so she could take her pills. made by Dole and some cashew and almond bars. Make sure you read labels. Original and Lightly Salted Original Pringles are both LID-safe. This morning the drainage tube came out which means they got all the fluid out of her lung (reducing the risk for pneumonia) and she was sitting up and eating cheerios! My dr told me I have hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid, has goitre, lose weight etc) and she told me i should take *more* iodine rich food. Im so sorry your son is going through this. Rice is also very low in iodine. Hunts regular ketchup is actually fine for LID too. I recently read that they don't like you to use the canned no salt added tomato products because of the way they treat the can. Plus, frito-lay posts it on their website in FAQs that they do not use iodized salt. If a company changes their recipe, they have to list the new ingredient on the label. No iodized salt in Trader Joes Brand Products! Im so happy my blog was helpful to you. I guess I am a little frustrated as it seems that no matter what I want to eat, there is some list somewhere that says NO! Dried fruit (be sure to check labels, some do contain salt) and unsalted nuts are great snacks on LID. Apple Cranberry juice. -I made the lemon pesto rice with portabello mushrooms-I used brown basmati rice (whole foods brand), substituted walnuts for almonds (since I had a whole bag of walnuts on hand), and used Braggs premium nutritional yeast seasoning (found at whole foods). jani, unless we have to be on the diet, you still avoid iodine products? They have a list (with pictures) of LID-safe foods from the grocery store and even LID-safe food from restaurants. Use the Tabs below to see our daily LID menu by meal. I was a nervous wreck when I started reading about the LID. I mean you can eat a lot on LID if you cook everything from scratch but when youre sooo tired thats hard to do so this helps so much! * And I can't seem to find no salt margarine. Low Sodium I am ok, just extremely sore from that! Trader joes sodium free whole wheat bread its actually pretty good i just sprayed some olive oil on it and had it with egg whites for lunch very good. I was up the entire night before, couldn't get comfortable, couldn't sleep and well my anxiety was a bit elevated worrying about grandma! Planning ahead for LID helped me a lot. Pepperidge Farm Jewish Rye (Seedless or not) Bread I love rye bread and was really happy to find out that the Pepperidge Farm brand is safe. I hope LID got to be a little easier for you. Aug 22, 2021 @ 23:55:08. Hang in there, mama. I went over to the Nutrisystem site and looked at ingredient lists for several foods they sell and they were full of non-allowed ingredients (like sea salt, dairy, soy). They have Unsalted, Organic White Corn Tortilla Chips and they are amazing, just not salty. Trader Joes Sodium Free Whole Wheat Bread Nasty, unless you like the taste of cardboard. Of course, you should follow the directions for LID your doctor gave you. Thank you in advance!! They are Organic, low organic sugar, no coloring, no sodium, etc. It comes in a small 7 oz box (found it on the shelf of a local health food store). "low sodium"; Zero sodium; I added kosher salt to the jar. Hi Question.. Hello all real quick question. Can anyone confirm.. This blog chronicles the cooking adventures of preparing and eating a low iodine diet in preparation for radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy for treatment of follicular variant papillary thyroid cancer. recipesforsustenance I've been using the trader joes album along with the other albums and want to thank everyone who has worked so diligently putting them together butit's still hard. I got some ground beef at Trader Joe's this past weekend just to eat. The ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association Support Community connects patients, families, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration. Things are going to be okay. Have one who knows what he is talking about now so all will be good, recipesforsustenance Jul 04, 2017 @ 16:11:44. when in doubt, either leave it out, or send an email. I am wondering how did you determine if the foods listed had iodine salt in them?? You can find unsalted canned beans, but its more economical to just cook dried beans at home and season with kosher salt. Jaguar (family friend) bought her lunch while mom and grandpa had sandwiches brought from home. Barley barley is a delicious grain that can be used in soups or salads. This blog was a time and life saver!! Our whole foods isn't open yet and may not be open til late fall 2012 and no Trader Joes here either. After that grandpa wanted another smoke so we walked out so he could have a smoke and get that "load" off his chest so to speak :) He walked with us up to the valet service and waited until the car was brought up. You are welcome! My isolation was a great little vacation from real life. I would buy this product even when Im not on LID. Noord-Holland, English North Holland, coastal provincie (province), northwestern Netherlands. Finally around 12pm the anesthesiologist team came in to prepare grandma and she was wheeled off to the operating room around 12:30pm. I've noticed I've been jittery and feeling anxious today My hearts feels like its racing and I'm a bit short of breath at times.not sure of its what I'm eating/not eating or my meds. After reading labels I'm going to focus on sodium reduction when I'm off LID! They also have imported chocolate bars at the register, packages of 3 dark bars that are good. Its great on everything . Oct 11, 2015 4:24 PM. I am pleased to inform you that we do not use iodized salt in our products. ;-). : ), thank you ,thank you, my best wishes for you, recipesforsustenance Milan says, "It's such a nice treat to start off a new weekand they're usually always under $7!" Zero% sodium; 160 cal./serving; gluten free. Thank goodness for Trader Joe's and kosher meat. Hope all is going well for you. I know she is not out of the woods yet, but I know she is on her road to recovery :) I also asked her docs yesterday about taking extra precautions after my RAI if I should take a few extra days staying away from grandma since she just had this surgery but they assured me that after my 7 days of isolation I would pose no risk to grandma anymore than I would any other non-pregnant adult! It is best if rice is limited on LID. They will also specify if they use sea salt instead of non-iodized salt, so you can avoid those products! : ) . Trader Joes Unsulfured Dried Apricots I used these dried apricots in a nut and dried fruit snack mix that contained unsalted almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, raisins, and dried apricots. The island of Marken in the IJsselmeer has been connected by embankment with the mainland since 1957; the . I contacted Thai Kitchen via their Facebook page to ask if they use iodized salt in their products and got this response, Hi Suzi, We do not used iodized salt in our Thai Kitchen or Simply Asia products. Fed ex 2nd day (wonder what that would cost?) I hope all goes well. Jun 30, 2017 @ 14:29:40. I'm the one that confirmed it with trader joes. NO salt. It's good to know, because getting enough sodium on any diet is healthy. I hope RAI went well and you are recovering well. Best wishes! Since kosher certified can only use kosher ingredients, the salt brine is iodine free! Thanks all ! Here is a link: -Trader Joe's Unsalted White Organic Corn Tortilla Chips I figured that since I was only drinking coffee with this non-dairy creamer once a day, it was something I was comfortable consuming. Thanks in advance, Grandpa wanted us to bring him a peanut butter and spun honey sandwich along with some pretzels :) Mom had her peanut butter and sugar free blackberry jam sandwich with cheetos. recipesforsustenance I had one for a snack on day 4 :) It many not be a ton of food but it was nice for me to find a handful of things that I could eat/snack on. No red dyes. Tips for Less Stressful LID Food Preparation: **Always consult with your medical treatment team and follow their current food list during your LID**, Some blog readers reported their physicians told them to avoid beets during the LID- These chips contain mostly sweet potatos with some beet chips- if you have been advised to avoid beets- simply pick out the beet chips and save for another family member. Hard to believe you can have bacon on LID. Zero sodium; 80 calories/serving. I found unsalted tortilla chips, corn tortillas with no salt, canned tomatoes and tomato sauce with no salt added AND tons of kosher meat. Lots to choose from i made lots of baked garlic fries with their russet potatoes and their ketchup is so good! Mar 27, 2021 @ 15:54:08, The first time I did LID was so hard. Thank you for the list. The ingredients of the mozzarella style shreds I posted are: Filtered water, tapioca flour, expeller pressed non-GMO canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, vegan natural flavours, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (vegan, for flavour), titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral) per their website. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a safe bet. I have Celiac Dermititis Herpetiformis which iodine acts as an irritant. -Morton's Course Kosher salt--Morton's website says that it is not iodized even though the box itself does not say "this product does not contain iodine". Daiya dairy free cheese substitute shreds (mozzarella) Not all Daiya products are suitable for LID. Oreos Oreos are vegan and as long as they are a flavor that doesnt contain prohibited ingredients, they are acceptable for LID. icanbreath. I have been to Whole foods, and Wal-mart, on my way to Trader Joes to see if they have any there. I did have to receive a CT scan with iodine contrast a week after my surgery, which was March 8. Trader Joes Vegetable Samosas found in the frozen food section, these mini samosas are delicious. Also, it was easier once I figured out that the vast majority of food products do not contain iodized salt. I was miserable and hungry. Ingredients: apples, strawberries, apple juice concentrate, blackberry puree concentrate, natural flavor, red raspberry juice concentrate and ascorbic acid. I hope you will find some of the meal ideas on this blog helpful. Her cardiac team came in before hand several times to go over the surgery with all of us there (grandma, grandpa, mom, me and a family friend) and told us to expect her to be in surgery at least 3 hours but anywhere from 3-4 to be on the safe side. Also, is sparkling water ok to drink? Awesome post! * Yumnuts - dry roasted and flavored (but NO SALT!) So, I hope I am not out of line by posting this but I was kind of hoping that you all might share some of your "yee-haw, I can eat this" snack/food ideas that you discovered you could eat while on the LID. Thank you so much- I know Im a bit late to the party but I have hyperthyroidism and I am low iodine for my RAIU test next week! Most Thomas Bagel Thins are also LID-friendly. My husband recently had his five year check up and lab work and he remains CANCER FREE! I've never read so many labels in my eyes hurt. Also Enjoy Life chocolates, almond butter and grape jelly. KBye ~ Wendi. I found a kosher supplier in New York that would ship it to me. I took a puzzle book, pen, pencil and paper to doodle/write on to keep my mind occupied if everyone else there fell asleep. Ive been kinda bummed out trying to find things I actually like to eat. Is there a time frameor just symptoms I should be aware of? Jul 04, 2017 @ 14:04:03. Kitchen Basics Unsalted Beef Stock this stock is delicious. Also wondering about flavored non-dairy creameris it safe? On my second round of LID, I started calling, emailing, or sending Facebook messages to different food companies (many products have the contact info on the label). These TJ spreads do not contain any. Hi everyone! You are so welcome! Salt is listed in the ingredients list, but I called the company and was told that they do not use iodized salt.