This fresh and fruity dessert appeals to kids of all ages and is great to take to summertime cookouts, picnics, and parties.
Low iron—and more specifically, low ferritin (iron storage protein)—is common in the hypothyroid / Hashimoto’s and also hair loss / alopecia communities. Let’s look at this root cause contributor, including issues people can have with absorption.
The nervous system of an empathic person may operate differently and they can run a high risk of burnout and increased physical and emotional health concerns. If you’re highly sensitive, here’s how to protect yourself and your wellbeing.
This is a fantastic post by our friend and colleague, Andrea Wool. Andrea is a personal trainer and Hashimoto’s warrior and now shares her message of strength and empowerment with women worldwide.
You don’t hear much about PREbiotics, the non-digestible fibers in certain foods that enhance the microbiome by fertilizing the colonization of healthy bacteria. Learn how they work synergistically with probiotics for healthy gut function.
Lisa and I are so grateful to these amazing health coaches who went above and beyond to help make The Essential Thyroid Cookbook a best seller in no less than five categories. They’re doing amazing work in the world and we can’t wait for you to know about them.
Here’s the second installment of feedback and early reader reviews from our wonderful team of Essential Thyroid Cookbook Ambassadors—those who’d received an advance copy of our cookbook.
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.
There are four overarching (and important) questions that we’ve been getting related to our Essential Thyroid Cookbook – all related to Hashimoto’s and autoimmunity prevention and management. We address all of them in this post, including…what if someone has had a thyroidectomy?
Check out our first installment of Essential Thyroid Cookbook feedback from our lovely and enthusiastic team of Ambassadors.
“The butterfly gland” sits in the chakra of truth and expression. As the pub date for our cookbook gets closer, this post is a weaving of three short stories that have allowed Lisa and me to come full circle and be fully expressed with this journey.
The summer sun is in full effect and while covering up or slathering on sunscreen may offer the best protection against sunburn, did you know that eating the right foods can also help to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays from the inside out?
Here’s a summary of our process in how we chose ingredients for The Essential Thyroid Cookbook. It will leave no doubt in your mind that Lisa’s recipes provide you with the best nutritional bang for your buck!
People often think my religious fervor for functional medicine means that I reject the allopathic (conventional) model. Far from it.
Most of our clients have asked their prior practitioners, “Why do I still feel so badly when I’m doing everything ‘right?’” To which they often hear, “I dunno, you’re a tough nut to crack.” Here are my theories on why this is so prevalent…
Here’s my “secret weapon” of health advice. It’s the one practice that never fails, is always available, and is shockingly inexpensive (though what you gain by doing it is priceless).
Here’s a recipe for my fast and easy nut milk, including my “Leave No Trace” chocolate truffles recipe that uses every single part of the almond (the curd from the milk-making). It’s so easy!
Jill recently wrote about a dangerous trend — how “they” post lab results online and look for answers outside of a professional relationship with a qualified practitioner. Today, I use myself as an example because “they” is me!
Wait, I’ve got what? Whether you’re newly diagnosed or Hashimoto’s is an old friend, the language of thyroid health and immune system function can feel opaque and technical. Let’s break it down…
Here are some things you may have heard about autoimmunity (or hormone health or any other condition) — and what’s actually going on behind the scenes.
‘Tis the season of love and joy — and holiday promotional emails. Here’s our own very special holiday promotion…of a beautiful poem about letting go.
No matter what your goals are this holiday season — whether to maintain a full immune modulating protocol or to just eat less sugar than last year — there are smart strategies you can use to stay on track without sacrificing holiday fun.
Many with alopecia, especially those with long-term baldness, have lost hope. They’ve “tried everything.” Many have invested thousands of dollars in pills, potions, creams, shots, wigs, and empty promises. I’m here to tell you that there is hope.
Diabetes, low thyroid function, adrenal burnout, and extra weight comes with age, the doctors say. Just get used to it. That is Just. Plain. Wrong.
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions – some big and some small – and their important, sometimes unexpected answers.
Here are three soothing – and simple – ways to help keep your hormones and immune system in check.
When it comes to managing autoimmunity, details matter, of course, but when our focus gets too narrow, we can lose sight of the forest for the trees.
“Why should I invest in working with a health coach when I can find a lot of this information online?” It’s a good question. Why not just use the free ‘School of Google’ to tackle the problem?
We now know that ditching gluten can help resolve the painful symptoms of endometriosis. When the most common treatment is surgery and giving up gluten is profoundly less invasive, the question becomes: why not try ditching gluten?
Avoiding sugar seems straightforward until you realize how foods that aren’t labeled “sugar” can act like sugar in the body. But you don’t have to give up sugar for good.
Our programs aren’t “weight loss programs,” but our clients typically lose weight. Why? Because we work with people to improve their health, which typically results in…weight loss.
I’ve chalked this quality in myself up to quirkiness. Or introversion. Realizing that it is a message from my adrenals was a big wake-up call.
Positivity, such as joy, enthusiasm, excitement, serenity, gratitude, inspiration, love, interest, and pride, brings about what Dr. Barbara Fredrickson calls an “upward spiral of lifestyle change.” And lifestyle change is what’s required for managing ANY chronic health condition.
Only one in six people who are overweight report maintaining a 10 percent weight loss for at least a year after a calorie-restrictive, hunger-inducing diet. But there’s good news – there’s a process that involves losing weight WITHOUT being hungry all the time.
I enjoy pulling the veil back on the coaching process, but I also like writing about it because it reminds me not to always default into “expert + explainer” mode, especially when a client says they want to dive into a pack of Oreos.
There’s an emerging awareness that endometriosis is caused or exacerbated (or both) by an autoimmune attack on the body.
As individuals and as a culture, we’ve been told that caving into nutritionally bankrupt food is about lack of willpower, personal weakness, moral failing, and a deep lack of self-respect. NONE of this is true.
Mismanaged blood sugar fuels a shocking number of hormonal complaints that range from big to small. Here’s a partial list of what happens with sugar and your hormones.
In the words of the great Jon Stewart, “Bullshit is everywhere.” Especially when it comes to diet and nutrition.
Antibacterial products are overkill. And they’re harming us.
Having a healthy balance of good bacteria helps prevent chronic and degenerative diseases, improves digestion, possesses anti-cancer and immune boosting properties, and controls inflammation. For anything that ails you, consider that the health of your gut may be one of the keys to feeling better.
Let’s talk about dairy and why it’s worth it for you to investigate whether it’s doing your body good or harm.
Did you make any New Year Resolutions? Perhaps about exercise or losing weight? Learn from my mistakes to ensure that your tactics won’t be counterproductive to your health.
It’s December, which means we’re in the thick of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Here’s my first VIDEO Health Hinge, where I share my favorite tips for slaying holiday stress.
Being healthier doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul of your diet – or cost an arm and a leg. Sometimes a simple upgrade can make a lot of difference!
If you’re looking for something to do with that leftover turkey, look no further.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost here? Here’s what I’m planning for my holiday dinner.
Conventionally, cholesterol is often discussed in terms of being “high.” But is it possible for cholesterol levels to be too low? The short answer is yes and it has big implications for our hormones.
When people think eggs, they often think cholesterol; then they think heart disease. But cholesterol is a necessary component of every cell in your body. Let’s get to the bottom of it.
You want the healthiest eggs, right? But all of the different eco-labeling can make things confusing. Here’s a guide on how to read egg labels.
Eggs have been referred to as “the perfect food.” But they’re also one of the top triggers for those with food sensitivities. Let’s dig into both sides of the story.
It’s fall and squash is everywhere: butternut, buttercup, delicata, acorn, pumpkin. So how about some squash pancakes?
You are what you eat eats. When you take animals out of their natural habitat and feed them food they’re not meant to eat, there are negative consequences for them – and us.
Many of the things that we now need to consider for optimal health are new because our environment has changed. Case in point: the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio.
Yeah, yeah, yeah – Starbucks replaced their synthetic pumpkin syrup with real pumpkin puree. But keep going, Starbucks, because you’re not quite there yet. Here’s a recipe for a healthful alternative.
One of the cornerstones of an anti-inflammatory diet is eating the right fats and using them properly. Here’s a guide on how to use fats and oils for optimal health.
Fat isn’t the bad guy. In fact, incorporating more fat into your diet may help alleviate pain, help you shed weight, keep your hormones balanced, and keep you full and happy.
No, this isn’t a post about exercise. It’s about deodorant. I don’t wear any. Want to know why?
It’s difficult to imagine life without some of your favorite foods. But it’s important to find delicious alternatives to help distract you from what you may be giving up, especially when there’s an emotional connection. For instance, birthday cakes!
Food sensitivities cause silent, hidden inflammation within your body. And remember, inflammation is the foundation for chronic, degenerative disease.
If you’re having a difficult time getting in a workout (or getting up off of the couch), I have a quick – and FUN – way to get started. I have a history of exercising and it took me by surprise…
My Health Hinges series is halfway complete! Now is a great time see how you’re doing. Are you happy with your progress? If so, great! What has moved the needle for you? Let’s check in.
It was my husband, in the kitchen, with the toast…
Our life-changing Restore Your Adrenals teleclass series begins on July 23. You can participate from anywhere, at any time.
Many of my clients have said, “I want to eat better, but I just don’t know what to make.” I get it. This recipe comes with my stamp of approval and it’s delicious, anti-inflammatory, and easy to make.
Does resting, being still, clearing your mind of the clutter, and tuning into what’s really important sound good to you? Well, put down that smartphone, my friends, because you’re in luck.
I used to suffer from digestive issues, weight gain and weight loss resistance, shingles, infertility, and more. Here’s how I changed my game from whack-a-mole to skee ball and changed my outcomes.
As with many things in life, everything makes sense through the rear view mirror. I never considered that the root cause of my symptoms was my diet or lifestyle…I chalked it up to genetics, getting older, or just being “normal.” Then some bigger things happened that I couldn’t ignore.
“If you don’t make time for wellness, you’ll be forced to make time for illness.”
The current generation of US children is likely to be sicker and die younger than their parents. Inspiring them to cook will build a foundation of healthful habits that will keep them safe, happy, and well.
Metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance are major risk factors for two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.– heart disease and diabetes. What does this have to do with the thyroid? A lot.
It never crossed my mind that a skin care product sold in the U.S. could be toxic. I then learned that there hasn’t been a federal law passed governing the personal care industry in the U.S. since 1938 – 77 years ago!
Here are three refreshing and light variations of sweet potatoes. They’re easy to make, packed with nutrients, anti-inflammatory, and super delicious!
Have you been doing “all of the right things” but are having a hard time meeting your health goals? Maybe it’s time to dig deeper and uncover your root cause.
Science has shown us how repeating self-defeating, mean, negative thoughts about ourselves keeps us stuck in the stress response and increases likelihood of autoimmune disease.
Inflammation is a predecessor to many degenerative diseases, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmunity (including Hashimoto’s), and diabetes.
A healthy digestive system is foundational to overall health. Here are some tips to keep your trains running on time.
Poop. It may be an awkward topic to discuss, but our poop is one of the best diagnostic tools that we have available to understand the health of our digestive system.
The most delicious fruits and vegetables will take center stage in the coming months. Are you ready?
This magical elixir can help heal your gut, boost your immunity, fight inflammation, help you sleep, and give you luxurious hair, skin, and nails.
Buying all organic produce can be expensive; this guide can help you make trade-off choices while staying within your budget.
This ridiculously simple breath exercise is one of the single best things you can do to tame your monkey mind, find your center, tame those hypervigilant adrenals, and feel like a calm has washed over you. It’s so easy, you can do it behind the wheel of a car.
How about we make a deal that nothing is off limits? Keep eating your favorite foods, as long as you also agree to add in some new, healthful foods…the crowding out concept.
Sometimes you have to take shortcuts in order to juggle it all. Here are some of the hacks that I turn to when life happens and I just don’t have the time to shop or cook.
What percentage of your meals are cooked at home? How can you take a small step to upgrade your choices, even if for only one or two meals per week?
“Exercising with fatigue or low thyroid function is about progressing slowly, making the movements work for you (not the other way around), listening to your body, and not adding unnecessary stress to your system.” - Jen Sinkler
Even when mornings are crazy, preparing a nutritious breakfast is THAT worth it. Check out this make-ahead morning meal.
Sugar is addictive, and it’s been put into processed food to keep you addicted. You’ll be more successful reducing your sugar intake if you understand more about what it does to your body and why it’s got a hold on you.
Excess sugar is detrimental to your health. Are you surprised? Of course not.
Chewing sends signals to your stomach, intestines, and pancreas that the digestion process has begun, helping to maximize the absorption of nutrients from our food. Conversely, if food is not properly broken down, it can remain undigested and cause gas, bloating, bacteria overgrowth, and other digestive problems.
A substantive breakfast helps set your mood, energy level, and metabolic rate for the day. And can help you lose weight. For real.
Maintaining stable blood sugar is a key component to thyroid and adrenal health.
Being healthy is more than just eating well. Be mindful of how you treat yourself. Embrace your imperfections. You may be the only one who notices or cares about your so-called shortcomings.
“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens – and when it happens, it lasts.”
Tending to your immune system is like tending to a child – tuning in to what she needs to grow and continue to be strong.
If we’re not cooking, we’re not only losing our physical health, but we’re losing our center – that primal need to give and receive love, to connect, to feel rooted in something so fundamental that without it we are never really whole.
Stress is one of the proven triggers for Hashimoto’s. Slay your stress with some ridiculously simple forms of meditation.
Stomach acid is important. Really important. Our digestive system isn’t meant to be a watery pool, it’s meant to be highly acidic so that we can thoroughly break down food and absorb nutrients.
Do you have Hashimoto’s because it’s “in your genes?” Research has found that genetics has only a 20-30% influence on the development of disease.
If you’ve found yourself anxious about your weight, consider taking a break from your scale. Focus on behaviors and lifestyle changes, not fickle numbers.
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.
Health coaches are garnering an increasing amount of attention and help fill in the gaps between what the healthcare industry traditionally provides and what many people need.
Although low blood sugar can cause short-term concerns for many of us, consistently high blood sugar poses serious, long-term risks, especially for those with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or those with a history of extreme stress.
I get excited about others’ work and what they’re courageously putting out into the world, especially when they’re doing it in an authentic and accessible way. Allow me to introduce four people whose exemplary work deserves your attention. I’m honored to call them my friends.
It’s ‘bout time that we gave you a juicy update on our Fire Your Thyroid Cookbook (our working title). While Lisa and I have been hard at work on our labor of love, we feel that things have recently coalesced to a point that we’re able to share a worthy summary of our progress.
When people learn that I’ve lost weight, they always ask how I did it. The fact is, I don’t exactly know.
We’ve all heard the advice that a getting a good night’s sleep is critical for good health. Given how much time and effort many of us devote to being healthy during our waking hours, our nighttime routine is often last on our list. But evidence suggests that perhaps it should be first.
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.
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
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!)
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
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.
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
Without question, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are some of the most health-giving foods on the planet. So it’s a no-brainer that we should load up on as many as we can, right? Even if we have Hashimoto’s? A resounding “yes.”
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.
Tomorrow is another summertime play day, so here’s the Roundup for this week.
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin
“Soy is not a magic pill or poison; it is simply a bean.” – Dr. Joel Fuhrman
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
I am thrilled to share that within the next few months, I will be adding another title to my role here at Healthful Elements – Nutrition Coach! And when I do, I’ll be adding a speciality to our practie that is near and dear to my heart.
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 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.
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
I’m headed out of town again this weekend, so here is the roundup, a day early. Instead of a few days late. :)
“One source of joy for people who fully participate in life is others’ good fortune.” – from the Experience Life article, Show Up!, written by my good friend Cat Thompson
I went out of town unexpectly last week and didn’t get ‘round to rounding up the roundup. Here’s the latest edition of what got us jazzed. Enjoy.
“Tofu and green smoothies are not the answer to good health!” – Emily Bartlett
“There’s a big difference between not settling and not starting.” – Seth Godin
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
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
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.
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.
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.
It may be possible to “cure” lactose intolerance.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been on a diet. Most of us have, given that we live in an image-obsessed, diet-crazed society and that the quick fix weight loss business is a multibillion-dollar industry. Did dieting work for you? If so, were you able to achieve your goal and keep the weight off?
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.
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.
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.