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10 Signs of Hypothyroidism

Happy New Year and Happy Thyroid Awareness month! May this New Year bring you much health and happiness! As we progress into the new year, I wanted to start out with an article that discusses typical symptoms of hypothyroidism. Since I have personal experience finding and healing my own symptoms of hypothyroidism, I want to educate and empower others not only to figure out why they have symptoms, but how to heal their underlying causes. The other reason that I want to discuss the 10 typical hypothyroid symptoms, is that there are so many people that have no idea that they have hypothyroidism. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 27 million Americans have a thyroid problem such as Hashimoto’s or Graves’, and half of...

My Experience with Cancer

  2016 started out with a bang! The realization that I had cancer! Let me explain…. Back in December 2015, I had visited my endocrinologist. I made sure to get regular checkups as I have an autoimmune disease known as Hashimoto’s. The definition of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis by the Merriam Webster dictionary is as follows: “a chronic autoimmune thyroiditis that is characterized by thyroid enlargement, thyroid fibrosis, lymphatic infiltration of thyroid tissue, and the production of antibodies which attack the thyroid and that occurs much more often in women than men and increases in frequency of occurrence with age.” Knowing that with any disease, it is best to monitor with your doctor, I made sure to routinely do so. So, back in December 2015 when my doctor recommended doing a...

Why I am Specializing in working with those with Hypothyroidism

I have known that I have had hypothyroidism since 2008 and most of the time since then, I have felt lousy. Since I could not get the needed answers from my regular doctors as to why, I decided to take matters into my own hands and find answers. My main struggles have been fatigue and brain fog. And, I knew that there had to be answers as to why I had symptoms. So, in 2012 I decided to get certified as a health coach. As it has definitely been a piece of the puzzle that was missing, I knew that there was still more. In 2015, I found a certification program, called Functional  Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN), to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist which gave me even...

Healthy & Festive Holiday Meals

In my family, our tradition each holiday is not only to celebrate the season with family and friends, but also a time where we spend time together as a family where we are preparing our healthy holiday meal. We all cook together and enjoy spending the time together creating a tasty, healthy and festive meal. As you read further, you will notice that preparing this meal is a lot of work, but in the end we value our  way of healthy eating. This Christmas, we made the following: Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin stuffed with kale, apples and mushrooms and served with roasted apples, Roasted Squash with Mint and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Brussels Sprouts Slaw, our absolute favorite Brussels sprouts dish! If nothing else, these dishes are great...

Healthier Holiday Appetizers to Share

Are you looking for a few heart healthy recipes for your holiday gathering? Maybe this holiday season you would like to bring your own appetizers to share if you are going elsewhere or perhaps for your own holiday gathering that you are hosting yourself. As this is the time of year that many of us want to focus on the spirit of the season while still watching our waistline. Below, you will be able to accomplish both of these goals with these healthy, yet delicious recipes and healthy foods. I am including 3 separate recipes for you to enjoy. 1. Spinach Dip Spinach’s vibrant color is not only eye-catching – but also full of nourishment. To collect spinach leaves with greater amounts of vitamin C, look for leaves which...

Healthier Pecan Pie Gluten-Free and Vegan too!

Pecan Pie Makes one 9-inch pie Recently, I traveled to California to hang with family,  and see the sights of southern California.  But, what is a trip without a little exploring? While in the Santa Monica area, it was recommended  by a friend that I check out this restaurant, Cafe Gratitude. This place is amazing!!!! I am in no way a vegan or a raw foodie (but I do enjoy adding these  types of foods into my  overall diet), but I have to admit that Cafe Gratitude has the best vegan/raw foods as well.  I was so impressed that I went back for more before returning home! And,  since I was so dazzled with their recipes, I bought one of their cookbooks. Upon my return, I noticed that the cookbook included a recipe for  a yummy looking pecan...

Gluten Free Gingered Chicken with Cashews and mixed Vegetables

njoy this gluten free asian inspired dish. Note the  refreshing change of serving the gingered chicken and vegetables over stir fried kale instead of rice; a great way to add your greens and lower your calories and glycemic load of your meal.  Stir frying the kale, olive oil and salt adds a nice mix with the stir fried chicken and mixed vegetables.  The ginger adds the  great benefit of  anti-inflammatory properties and taste. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium, gluten free Tamari or Coconut Aminos 3 Tbsp extra-Virgin Olive Oil 1 large bunch kale, stemmed and roughly chopped 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped 1 large bunch of green beans 6 scallions, finely chopped 1 cup roasted cashews   Directions: Mix the...

GF Grilled Antipasto Platter

So, if you’re like me, you must be craving italian!  Last weekend, I had some good friends over and I not only wanted something healthy and delicious, but a dish that would impress my friends at the same time! So, I prepared this antipasto appetizer dish and it was delicious! Serves: 6-8 Ingredients: Dressing: 6 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 Teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil ¼ Teaspoon salt 2 garlic cloves, minced Vegetables: 3 plum tomatoes, sliced 2 Red bell peppers, halved and seeded 2 yellow bell peppers, halfed and seeded 2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/2 –inch thick slices 1 red onion, cut into ½-inch thick slices 1 eggplant, cut crosswise into ½-inch thick slices Other garnishes for the platter: *¼ pound genoa salami *¼ pound Bianco D’Oro Dry Salami Any Italian cheeses such as parmesan or mozzarella to accompany the meat Mixture of olives Capers and basil for garnish...

Grilled Ratatouille

Every week on Saturday, I look forward to our local Farmers Market! I also love to eat seasonally when I can, so this week, I thought, hmmm….what can I make with what is currently available seasonally from the Farmers Market? Once I noticed what was currently available (eggplant, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers), the idea of Ratatouille came to mind. I am not usually a huge Ratatouille fan because eggplant is not my favorite. However, I found this recipe from Bobby Flay, and I must say that this is super delicious! So, if you like and have not tried this version of Ratatouille then you will definitely love the grilled version and if you have never tried Ratatouille ever, now is the time for a new adventure....

Gluten Free Black Bean Burgers

Here is something you may want to add to your Fourth of July menu. Its a great alternative to burgers and is not only Gluten free, but also vegan and extremely healthy! I like this recipe because brown rice is used as a binder instead of a highly processed flour. Serve it with a little sliced avocado and sweet potato fries on the side. Ingredients: 4 Servings 1 cup Black Beans, rinsed, drained And mashed 1 cup cooked Brown Rice 1 Clove Garlic, minced 2 Tbsp leeks, finely chopped 2 Tbsp cooked and mashed sweet potato 1 tsp chili powder ½ tsp chili powder ½ tsp dried oregano ½ tsp dried basil or 1 Tbsp fresh ¼ tsp ground cumin 1 tsp sea salt 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 GF buns, toasted (optional) Instructions: 1. Mix all ingredients together (beans through salt)...