It's Fall: The Kitchen is Calling

As we transition to the milder autumn days and cooler nights, I’m feeling inspired to cook with what’s in season and I’m gravitating towards one-pot recipes. This time of year, our bodies can stay balanced and satisfied by incorporating more warming and grounding foods: root vegetables, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and beans.

Healthful Elements: The Next Frontier

Welcome to the reinvention of Healthful Elements: a brand new website, new coaches (new to Healthful Elements, anyway), and a broader and deeper practice. We still have our core practice areas – hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s / autoimmunity, and adrenal dysfunction. But it had been my dream to expand beyond what I can offer as a sole coach and things started taking on a life of their own a few months ago. So I went with it. And here we are.

The End of the Rope for the Roundup...For Now

At the risk of y’all thinking I’m a flipper flopper, after this post, it’s the end of the road for The Roundup…again. Or maybe I should say, we’ll see you in yonder pastures. Mary and I will pick it up again when things slow down ‘round here. We’ve got a cookbook to write, programs to create, and we’re generally rockin’ and rollin’ on how to serve you better.

Last Two Weeks' Roundup

I try to get these published every week. I swear, I do. :)

“Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.” – W. Somerset Maugham (via my friend Mark Schneider)

“’Kids’ food’ is a marketing concept created by multinational food conglomerates to sell processed crap. There’s no reason kids should eat differently than adults.” – Chris Kresser

Last Two Weeks' Roundup

Here’s a buncha juicy stuff from the last couple of weeks. Hey Midwesterners, STAY COOL this weekend!

“Always hold on to the truth. Don’t let others sway your heart. Don’t compromise yourself for the sake of temporal groovyness. Be separate from the crowd that’s awash with normality by standing on a firm foundation.” John Fluevog (I got me a new pair of Fluevogs this week!)

This Week's Roundup

Here’s what Mary and I rounded up for you this week. Have a relaxing weekend!

“I try to be myself, which is really the best I can do. If I’m authentic, I can’t be a fraud, because I’m just being who I am.” – Leo Babauta

“There is no biological requirement for cow’s milk. It is nature’s perfect food, but only if you are a calf.” – Dr. Mark Hyman, Got Proof? Lack of Evidence for Milk’s Benefits

Are You One of the "Worried Well?"

Given that most of the time, thyroid treatment is woefully inadequate and somewhat controversial, I was prepared for the letters and comments that my Experience Life magazine article, Repair Your Thyroid, would receive. I knew that some from the conventional medical community would squawk. And sure enough, I got slammed by some who seem entrenched in the status quo.

This Week's Roundup

Here’s this week’s Roundup. Have a great weekend. I’m going berry-picking again!

“The idea that you should walk around with an accurate calorie number in your head for all the food you eat is downright laughable. Pretending that you can reduce biology to a couple numbers is far more dangerous than your Big Mac will ever be. Eat *real* food, not too much.” – Dave Dellanave, owner of The Movement Minneapolis

“Regret is an imposter. It isn’t real. Nothing could have been done differently than it was. Your past literally could not be other than it is.” – Dr. Randine Lewis

Healthful Elements: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

Lately, I’ve received several inquiries about the status of my Thyroid health cookbook and why my newsletters have seemingly fallen off the face of the earth. Both good questions that deserve a thorough answer! I’d love to share some detail, if you’d like to hear my story.

This Week's Roundup

I’ve been at my friend Paul’s idyllic farm today, picking strawberries in the breezy heat. Before I eat bunch of them, I thought I better post this week’s Roundup. It’s short and sweet. Kind of like some of my strawberries. (Next week, I’m going back for red raspberries and the week after, black raspberries. July = berry bonanza.)

“What masquerades as a health care system is actually a large industry that thrives fiscally on illness. Disease diagnosis and treatment are the ‘bread and butter’ of the current medical system.” – Dr. Aviva Romm

Last Two Weeks' Roundup

Here’s our hefty Roundup from the last two weeks. Don’t forget our new “For Parents” (and parents-to-be) resources at the end of all of our Roundups.

“Twenty six second is all it takes for the chemicals in your personal care products to enter your blood stream. What’s in your products?” – Dr. Frank Lipman

“‘I’m shocked,’ said no one, ever. New fast-food study reveals what we already knew.” – from the article, Subway Just as Unhealthy as McDonald’s

The Roundup: With a New Twist

The Roundup has a new add-on: holistic parenting. Even before I became a new mom, a lot of my clients who are parents of small children, were/are pregnant, or were/are seeking pregnancy asked me for resources on holistic parenting. And now that I AM a mom, people are asking me for all kinds of advice. I’m not an expert, folks! I’m learning as I go, but I’d love to share with you some of the resources that I’m finding helpful, along with the herd of regular Roundup links and quotes that we gather throughout the week.

This Week's Roundup

Here are some highlights from our week. Have a great weekend …

“We have a long way to go until your local MD can understand and manage complex chronic cases. In the meantime, empower yourself with information and by doing what you can to take charge of your own health. The biggest influence on the standard health care model will ultimately be you, the patient.” – Dr. Datis Kharrazian

“Tossing your egg yolks in the trash is kind of like buying a multivitamin, stripping the vitamins from it and then tossing them into the trash.” – Todd Dosenberry

This Week's Roundup

Here’s what gave us a “hell yeah” this week. Have a great (and hopefully long) weekend.

“Biology is complicated shit. It’s important for you to recognize this. Many ‘experts’ won’t acknowledge that limitation. YOUR body is YOUR best data point.” – Krista Scott-Dixon (quote is from this hilarious, insightful, must-read (and long – grab a cup of tea) post)

“Please think twice before accepting a psychiatric diagnosis (yes, sometimes they are important) and three times before a medication (yes, sometimes they are helpful) – because the consequences of not can be serious.” – Dr. Aviva Romm

This Week's Roundup

Here are a few nuggets that inspired and motivated us this week. We hope they inspire you too … 

“Gluten free junk food is still junk.” – Dr. Jill Tieman

“Sugar was always meant to be a treat, a reward. ‘The last time I checked, birthday cake was for birthdays, and birthdays come once a year.’” – Leah Zerbe quoting Robert Lustig, MD

Teas Me

Tea is cool again. But it’s not just the assortment of flavors and choices that is drawing many coffee lovers to experiment with “the other hot drink.” With the health benefits of tea broadcast far and wide in the recent years, it’s difficult to have missed all of the fuss it has garnered.

Spring into Cleansing

Having just pulled through a long winter (although it doesn’t seem quite over for those of us in the Twin Cities), the advent of spring, nature’s new year, is a welcome time for renewal, regeneration, and a natural inclination toward cleansing. We’ve thawed, the daylight hours are extended, and we find ourselves with more energy and anticipation of the lengthened days of summer. 

My Easter Baby

I’m a new mother. Harriet P. Grunewald arrived into this big world on March 28 in Florida and my husband and I cuddled her in our arms for the first time on March 29 – Good Friday. (We dubbed it Great Friday.) She’s nothing short of amazing – beautiful, alert, calm, and so easy to soothe. She’s only thirteen days old and already giggling in her sleep.

Estrogen and Your Thyroid

Many women today have estrogen dominance – a condition where estrogen is high in relation to progesterone. It doesn’t necessarily mean that estrogen is elevated (although most of the time it is) – it means that there is not enough progesterone production to oppose estrogen and keep it in check. As if hypothyroidism wasn’t enough of an epidemic, estrogen dominance is epidemic as well and can have some serious implications for thyroid function. Kind of a double whammy.

THRIVE with Jen Sinkler

Jen Sinkler is the former director of fitness content for Experience Life magazine and self-professed “workout connoisseur.” I found out about Jen when I became an Experience Life ambassador and not only do we share friends, but we’ve now become big champions of each other’s work. She interviewed me about easing out of Hashimoto’s for the launch of her new website and I train with her at Movement Minneapolis. Jen was recently named one of Shape magazine’s “Top Motivators for 2013” and in 2012 she was listed as one of Huffington Post’s “20 of the Best Fitness Experts Worth Following on Twitter.” I recently caught up with Jen and asked her about resolution-setting (it probably won’t surprise you what she says), workout recommendations for beginners, and all the many plates she spins.

And Baby Makes Three

Allow me to get personal with you. I’m going to have a baby soon-like. My first. No, I’m not pregnant. My husband and I are adopting. We’re at the end of the rope with the red tape (literally, not emotionally) and we’ve been told we’ll be matched SOON. We’re going domestic, so things can happen quickly. And we’ll have a NEWBORN. It’s crazy and scary and exciting and mind-boggling.

What They Said :: V2.0 of My Fire Your Thyroid Teleclass Series

I recently wrapped up Version 2.0 of my Fire Your Thyroid teleclass series. What an amazingly rewarding experience – again. I’m amazed at how many people enrolled and I feel so honored to be able to share what I know with so many. I had people from seven countries participating and the feedback has been to touching.

To Paleo or Not to Paleo

As popularity in the Paleo (short for Paleolithic) diet has grown, so have questions from my clients about its merits. Many of my clients are nutritionally savvy – they’ve done a lot of their own research on hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, and adrenal fatigue, and come to me to help them sort out the contradictions and confusion and give them a supportive program with which they can start putting one foot in front of the other. And there is a lot of confusion about the benefits of going Paleo.

Food and Mood: Eat Yourself Happy

We’ve all heard the idiom, “You are what you eat.” You also feel what you eat. We know that the right foods help ward off disease and help keep our bodies healthy as we age. Yet many people don’t make the connection in how food can be our most powerful defense in alleviating moodiness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and stress, and improving outlook and attitude.

Hypothyroidism and Hair Loss

When you have a sluggish thyroid, feeling crappy and tired and irritable is difficult enough. But seeing your brush and bathroom sink filled with hair is devastating – it’s a visible manifestation of your imbalance. No one wants to lose hair, no matter what the cause. And we’re not just talking scalp loss. Many people with hypothyroidism also see thinning of the outer third of their eyebrows.

Foods That Don't Love You Back

I get a lot of questions about food sensitivities. My clients want to know the difference between a food sensitivity and a food allergy. Here’s the difference. Food allergies cause an immediate response. Hives? Shortness of breath? Anaphylactic Shock? Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat? Nausea or vomiting? Abdominal pain? Dizziness? These are all signs of a food allergy. Food sensitivities are shiftier and can exact an even greater toll on our health because they’re more challenging to identify, often causing the ensuing cellular inflammation to rage on for years.

Beyond the Plate: Nourishment vs. Nutrition

Undoubtedly, eating a whole foods, nutrient-dense diet is essential for good health, but our attitude towards food and life and how we manage stress are equally if not more important, for nourishment is not limited to food alone. It includes all of the ways we feed the many needs we have as humans.

This Week's News Roundup

Okay, so I’m going to stop saying that my News Roundups will be posted on Fridays. I’m just going to start saying “posted weekly.” Thank you. And have a great weekend.

“It’s never too late to start heading in the right direction.” - Seth Godin

“I always find it interesting that when I look at nutrition and nutritional supplements, I think ‘health effects’ and when I look at pharmaceuticals I think ‘side effects’”. – Dr. Mark Hyman

This Week's (really last week's) News Roundup

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. We had a wonderful day together (no working!) and a lovely evening with his parents the night before. But today, I’m feeling kinda guilty because I’m not proud of what I put in my mouth yesterday. Wanna know? I’ll tell ya…a donut, nachos, and pizza. And I had a Mr. Pibb. That’s right.The donut and pizza were gluten free (if you know me, you know this is a given), and the nachos were from Bryant Lake Bowl, a Twin Cities restaurant that does one of the darn best jobs sourcing sustainably (hormone-free cheese, non-GMO chips, etc.). But still …

Anyway, on with the good word from last week…

“You can sit there forever, lamenting about how bad you’ve been, feeling guilty until you die, and not one tiny slice of that guilt will do anything to change a single thing in the past. Forgive yourself, then move on.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

This Week's (really last week's) News Roundup

Here they are…last week’s words of wisdom. At least some of them. There are so many, I can’t post ‘em all! I love doing this…

“Blood sugar control is more important at preventing heart disease than cholesterol EVER was!!!” – Dr. Christiane Northrup

“The culture of conventional medical training resembles that of an alcoholic family system – rife with unhealthy denial and shame.” – Dr. Christiane Northrup

This Week's News Roundup

How was everyone’s week? Mine has been really good. Fast. It went by very fast. Here is the good food word for this week. Have a great weekend, everyone.

“This week try writing yourself a prescription to say ‘No.’ Use it the next time someone asks you to do something you’d really rather not do. Imagine that I, your health-care practitioner, or someone else concerned with your well-being, has prescribed this “no” for you- and then use the time to do something that makes you happy.” - Marcelle Pick

“Diabetes begins YEARS and YEARS before someone actually gets diagnosed with it. Unabated stress of ALL kinds will raise blood sugar, even on a low calorie, low sugar diet.” – Dr. Christiane Northrup

This Week's News Roundup

Here is the word for this second week of January, 2012.

“The default choices in our society encourage an unhealthy lifestyle. The cheapest, convenient and more accessible meals are usually the ones depleted of any nutritional value, and full of sugar, bad fats and chemicals. Therefore living a healthy lifestyle requires us to be proactive about making decisions that provide nourishment to our systems. It’s the small choices we make on a daily basis that make a huge difference.” Dr. Frank Lipman

“If you’re an artist, a leader or someone seeking to make a difference, the first thing you do should be to lay tracks to accomplish your goals, not to hear how others have reacted/responded/insisted to what happened yesterday.” – Seth Godin

This Week's News Roundup

Hi folks. I guess I should have called this “This Month’s News Roundup” or maybe “The Last Two Months’ News Roundup.” It’s been a while, I know. But I’m back and I’m on it.

“I am amazed at how the smartest people don’t make the connections between what they eat, how they live, and how they feel.” – Dr. Mark Hyman

“How do you know how much you should weigh? Really - how do you know? Do you REALLY know?” – Marc David