As my completion surgery date approaches, i've been thinking a lot about the recovery period and the prep for my WBS and RAI. One part of that involves going hypo for the scan as well as being on the LID. (that lingo post should be coming in handy right about now!) There are a few things that worry me about this period...being ridiculously tired, not being able to drive, losing hair (not as bad as chemo, tG!)... will I be able to function enough to make all my meals from scratch? So far all I have pre-prepped is a few containers of broccoli frozen into single serves and homemade fruit sorbet. Pretty much everything in my pantry currently will be off limits as well as the little bit I have in the fridge.

Here are the "rules" of the diet... if anyone has recipe suggestions please post em!

Avoid Completely:
  • Iodized salt & Sea salt
  • Seafood & sea products (this includes seaweed, kelp...goodbye sushi!)
  • Sea based additives - carrageenan, agar-agar, algin, alginate, nori
  • Dairy products in all forms (butter, whey, ice cream, milk, cheese...)
  • Egg yolks or foods containing whole eggs
  • Commercial bakery products
  • Red Dye #3 (basically avoid any brown, red, orange processed foods)
  • Chocolate (for its milk content, cocoa powder and some very dark chocolate is ok)
  • Molasses - sulfur or blackstrap kinds, also brown sugar containing molasses
  • Soybeans and most soy products (soy oil and lecithin are ok)
  • Beans: red, kidney, lima, navy, pinto, and cow peas (all others are ok)
  • Rhubarb and potato skins
  • Iodine containing medicines, vitamins, & food supplements
  • Restaurant, Fast, Manufactured & Processed foods - take a look at your labels, nearly everything contains salt and you can't guarantee it was non-iodized


  • Fresh Meats/Poultry - 5oz per day - make sure not injected with broths
  • Grains & Cereals - 4servings per day
  • Rices - iodine content varies widely depending on the region where it was grown. Basmati rice is best for LID.


  • Fresh fruits and fruit juices
  • Vegetables - preferably raw, fresh cooked or frozen (not canned)
  • Unsalted nuts and nut butters - no JIF for me :(
  • Grain/Cereal in moderate amounts
  • Meats & Poultry in moderate amounts
  • Sugar, jelly, honey, maple syrup, & unsulfured molasses
  • Black pepper and fresh or dried herbs
  • All vegetable oils. Salad dressings if they have only allowed ingredients
  • Homemade foods
  • Cola, diet cola, lemonade, sodas (with no red dye #3), non-instant coffee, tea, beer, wine, & other alcohol.

Ok, so do you have ideas? I'd love to hear them!!


  1. I don't have specific ideas, but I suggest you check out vegetariantimes.com. They have a huge database of recipes, including vegan, which will automatically exclude dairy. They have great recipes from simple ingredients (so you can avoid the chemicals and derivatives). They also have a conversion page, to show you how to substitute for eggs or other ingredients.

  2. hey if you can do organic stuff like from trader joes, i'd be happy to pick some up for you! otherwise i'll keep my eyes peeled! and anytime you are running low while you are not able to drive, please let me know! I'd be more than happy to pick up any needed supplies!!!

  3. Thanks girlies - I will keep these tips in mind! I also found a vegetarian slow cooker book that may come in handy!

  4. If you have a bread machine, you can make your own bread, using the limitations you have. I bake my own bread most weeks, it's so much tastier than anything store-bought, and you can control the ingredients.

    I have a recipe for a ratatouille pasta that's really yummy, I'm sure you can alter it as needed. It should freeze pretty well, and it makes a TON, so you'll have a lot of it stashed away.

    Ratatouille Pasta (courtesy Rachael Ray)
    4 cloves garlic
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    3 tbsp olive oil
    1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 small eggplant, diced, skin on or off
    1 zucchini, diced
    20 Kalamata olives, chopped (this is easy to skip if need be)
    1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes (should be easy to use fresh instead)
    handful of chopped parsley
    1/2 lb rigatoni pasta, cooked
    3 oz pine nuts, toasted in oven until golden
    salt and pepper to taste

    In a deep skillet or pot over medium heat, simmer garlic and crushed pepper flakes in oil until garlic speaks by sizzling in oil. Add peppers, onion, eggplant, zucchini, olives, salt and pepper. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium low, and cook the vegetables down, stirring occasionally until eggplant begins to break down, about 10-15 minutes. Add tomatoes and parsley and heat through. Toss with pasta and top with toasted pine nuts.

  5. Thanks! That sounds yummy! :) I don't have a bread maker but have some family members that do.. maybe i can beg a few loaves from them!

  6. Hey Christina,
    Have you heard of the Monavie product? It is basically a functional food beverage blend of 19 juices with the acai berry as the main ingredient. There are different blends (one that is geared for heart health, one with glucosamine for joint health and the original formula). There is also an energy drink that the company just came out with that is all natural and is just awesome. Let me know if you are interested in more information about it and I can get you some samples to try it if you are able to.


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