Hashimoto’s treatment and the work of Tim Ferriss: Tim´s book “The 4 Hour Chef” has deeply impacted the angle I used in my Hashimoto’s treatment. In the article below I will tell you why…
To me, Tim is one of the smartest guys on the Internet. If you don´t keep track of what he is up to you are missing out. Big time. Tim wrote wrote as well the New York Times’ bestseller “The 4 Hour Work Week”.
De-constructing Hashimoto’s Treatment using 80/20, Meta-Learning and the 4 Hour Chef
His first book was the inspiration to set up the very blog you are reading right now. And he just launched his last book “Tools of Titans” in December.
Tim´s work inspired me and to become a better writer, blogger, and leader in my chosen field of Hashimoto´s treatment, Functional medicine Education, and Biohacking.
Applying the The Skill of Meta-Learning in Hashimoto’s treatment
The 4 Hour Chef will teach you one of the most important skills to have in the 21st-century information dominated knowledge economy: learning.
And Tim will teach it to you beautifully. Teaching stuff to others is one of his finest skills: he is an absolute master teacher. The 4 Hour Chef will teach you how to learn in an intelligent step by step fashion in a results orientated fashion. This skill is called meta-learning.
The 80/20 Pareto principle explained
I applied his learning method to deconstruct my own approach of getting my Hashimoto’s treatment. Here´s the key question that lies at the heart of meta-learning and the 80/20 Pareto principle: how can I apply 20% effort to get 80% of the desired results? In my case the desired result was getting Hashimoto’s into remission.
So I got determined and looked at the most important question to achieve my goal: which 20% of my daily time, effort, and energy spent will get me 80% results in regards to my desired goal?
Here´s how I applied 80/20 to Hashimoto´s Treatment
Through applying this method I was able to cut out the superfluous and apply a crucial filter that would enable me to find the most useful hacks to stop my body from destroying itself and steer it back again towards healing.
I applied the 80/20 rule to 6 very specific topics and after plenty of research and reading into functional medicine and biohacking I identified the below to get started:
- Nutrition: adopting an Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) approach with occasional ketosis and protein fasting days
- Hormone balance: focusing on adrenal health and thyroid hormone conversion of T4 to T3
- Inflammation control: cutting out nightshades and inflammatory foods from my diet
- Gut Health: using coconut, Butter, and MCT oil to support a healthy gut flora alongside Probiotics
- Detoxification: optimizing methylation via B12, B6 and methyl folate and Glutathione production
- Mitochondrial optimization: daily magnesium and COQ10 intake
Each of these points could be individual blog posts and I might get into this at some time. So what´s the takeaway?
Going Sugar, Gluten and Dairy free with the Hashimoto’s Diet
As it turned out, for me the backbone of my approach was to get onto a gluten and dairy free diet; I started with a normal paleo approach and then switched to Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) as taught by Dr. Kharrazian DC.
Later on, when my healing was more progressed I experimented with occasional ketosis and protein fasting days.
Through focusing on getting the skills together to have 3 regular thyroid friendly AIP meals on a daily level I cut out most processed sugars, gluten, and dairy. That was the biggest 80/20 win from the beginning on.
And here as a practical tip: learn 3 solid meals of for breakfast, lunches, and dinners. Get them down pack and then add on 3 desserts that you love.
Your Diet impacts on your whole life
Here´s the deal: the 20% of actions that very likely create 80% of your unwanted results in regards to your health is what you put into your mouth on a daily level.
It´s the hardest habit to change but truly the place where it WILL pay off the most.
Via focusing on getting the skills together to eat 3 regular thyroid friendly AIP meals you cut out most processed sugar, gluten, dairy.
It´s going to be a steep learning curve but I know Tim´s 4 Hour Chef can teach you how to dramatically improve your skills around cooking dramatically. I was building them from the ground up.
In his book, he shares some amazing recipes and approaches to get your cooking skills to another level.
You will learn how to de-feather a chicken, how to build traps and how to use high-grade food supplements for cooking.
It really is a great read… and a lot of the recipes are AIP-friendly. Enjoy the meals guys!
Meeting Tim Ferriss in Amsterdam
In 2013 I was lucky enough to meet Tim in Amsterdam at the next web conference. I had a great time with him and took the opportunity to thank him for his impact on my life.
I was very impressed with Tim. He was a down to earth, humble and a very approachable guy on that night.
We had a good chat about WellnessFX.com – a Functional Medicine diagnostic company in the US; and where personalised and functional medicine is going to be headed in the 21st century.
And he is just doing epic shit! All the time… he does not stop.
I can highly recommend all his books folks. His work had a deep impact on my life in many ways. I am sure his books will inspire you too! Enjoy the read(s).
Thank you Tim – you are an inspiration. May our paths cross again!