Tired of Feeling Tired? A Nutrition Solution for Treating Hypothyroid Symptoms by Tina Christoudias Spyrou is a compilation of the latest nutrition research dealing with hypothyroidism. Spyrou, a Harvard-trained clinical dietitian and nutritionist, spoke to The National Herald about her book.
When asked about the writing process, Spyrou said, “since this was a book based on scientific research, a lot of time was dedicated to finding up-to-date research articles to back up the arguments laid forth within the book. The actual writing process took a while because I was trying to portray complicated ideas in an easy-to-understand fashion so that anyone who reads it can understand.”
“It took two years from the idea of the book to publication,” she told TNH. “It took about a year and a half to write and about half a year to edit and self-publish.”
When asked about her family’s roots, Spyrou said her parents are originally “from the occupied territory of Cyprus, Karavas and Ammoxostos. They came to New Jersey in 1974 with a suitcase and created a great future for me and my brother. They are my inspiration and my role models as they taught me that with hard work, passion, and determination, anything can be accomplished.”
Spyrou now lives in Cyprus with her husband and children. She earned a bachelor’s degree with High Honors in the Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University, trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospital, and earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, as noted in her biography.
Her personal battle with hypothyroidism empowered her to become an advocate for others who suffer with hypothyroid disorders. For years, Spyrou “struggled with brain fog, fatigue, and weight gain only to find out that the solution to her health was in her kitchen and in her lifestyle. Now, in her own private practice, she is known among her patients as the ‘thyroid dietician’ as she uses a science-based, functional nutrition approach to issues such as hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and other autoimmune disorders.”
She said that as a community “we struggle to incorporate integrative strategies to help improve symptoms of chronic disease. I am a living testament of how nutrition was the piece of the puzzle that boosted my healing. This book is my small contribution to help others understand how a diet from real, whole foods can lead them to better health.”
Proud of her Greek-Cypriot heritage as well as her American one, Spyrou notes on her website that “her nutrition advice often comes from a fusion of the two cultures.”
Spyrou’s easy-to-read book explains the ways in which nutrition and thyroid health are connected and offers advice for those struggling with symptoms she herself struggled with for many years. She notes at the beginning of her book, “Hypothyroidism is complicated. I drove myself crazy for many years trying to find answers to why I was feeling so low and depleted. Changing my diet, getting the right supplements, decreasing stress, and exercising all helped me to heal. My hope with this book is that you can find some nutrition solutions to help you on your journey to gaining health and feeling better.”