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A Few Fall Squash Recipes

A Few Fall Squash Recipes

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup & Delicata Squash & Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole

My Hashimoto’s Story on boosthealthapp.com

My Hashimoto’s Story on boosthealthapp.com

Boosthealthapp.com is a great resource and they have some great interviews from people telling their Hashimoto’s stories.

Why Go Gluten, Dairy, Soy and Sugar Free

Why Go Gluten, Dairy, Soy and Sugar Free

What does going gluten, dairy, soy and sugar-free do for your Hashimoto’s?

Getting rid of all gluten, dairy, soy and sugar could be the key to feeling better.

Let’s start with gluten.

You may say you don’t have Celiac’s disease so it’s not necessary to cut gluten out of your diet. It could still be a big deal in helping you put your Hashimoto’s into remission because of a condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). NCGS is basically causes uncomfortable symptoms after eating gluten. See this USA Today article to find out what NCGS is.

Going gluten-free also gets rid of a lot of processed and inflammatory foods by default.

It also may help treat a condition you may be unaware you have SIBO or small intestine bacterial overgrowth.  It’s estimated that up to 50% of Hashimoto’s patients have SIBO.

Going gluten-free reduces inflammation and helps you absorb more nutrients which both help thyroid function.

Dr. Westin Childs goes into more depth in this subject.

 

Why cut out dairy?

According to Izabella Wentz dairy is the second biggest problem food in people with Hashimoto’s.  Reactions to dairy vary. Some people get symptoms in their gut like bloating, diarrhea and acid reflux. I personally get bad headaches and post-nasal drip. Sinusitis, asthma and coughing, eczema and skin rashes can be caused by eating dairy.

You really will have no idea if it’s the culprit unless you go off dairy for a few weeks and reintroduce it. I remember thinking “no way is dairy bothering me” but after Cutting it out it was clear that it really did bother me. I personally don’t even feel like I’m missing anything because that hideous headache is gone.

 

Sugar too?

Let’s face it sugar isn’t nutritious at all. There is no benefit. I loved sugar and it was very hard for me to eliminate it. Today it seems too sweet and I prefer the taste of honey and maple syrup but I don’t crave sweets like I used to so I rarely have them.

Sugar Causes inflammation, it rips apart your gut and it causes insulin spikes which are bad for your thyroid and your adrenals. Sugar is no good, very bad for people with Hashimoto’s.

If you still aren’t convinced read this Hypothyroid Mom article.

 

And last is soy.

Soy contains goitrogens even after cooking which aren’t good for your thyroid. For some it can cause extreme tiredness the next day after having it.

You’re probably thinking cruciferous vegetables are What does going gluten, dairy, soy and sugar-free do for your Hashimoto’s? too. They have been identified as goitrogens because they block iodine production. See this article by Izabella Wentz. Cruciferous veggies are fine if fully cooked or fermented if you are iodine deficient. Otherwise you can feel safe eating them.

But avoid soy always!

 

Avoiding these foods has made a world of difference  for me. I can’t say it was easy in the beginning but the benefits have outweighed the perceived loss. I hope you choose to at least try to cut these out if you are feeling horrible. It may be your magic in fighting Hashimoto’s.

Here is a good starting point: recipes

Being sick, Having Hashimoto’s and taking Ibuprofen

Being sick, Having Hashimoto’s and taking Ibuprofen

I’ve been sick, sick, sick for about twelve days now. Sore throat, laryngitis, fever, stuffy nose and sinuses, bronchitis and a bad cough. BLECH. My question is Hashimoto’s, ibuprofen do they mix?

Why Does it seem like more and more people have an autoimmune disease?

Why Does it seem like more and more people have an autoimmune disease?

Four of us women sitting around the campsite talking only to discover three out of the four have an autoimmune disease. I was amazed… That autoimmune diseases are becoming more and more frequent and mainstream medicine still deals with it as they have for decades. […]

Just Good Food and Family!

Just Good Food and Family!

Well I’ve been missing the last couple of weeks because of family visiting.

It’s been therapeutic to just sit back and relax with family and no deadlines. We saw some of the Pacific Northwest we’ve never seen before. Just gorgeous and regenerating.

We ate a lot of good food and it was great to get new ideas.

My son’s girlfriend told me about Forager Yogurt and it’s so good. I’ve been making some Green Kitchen Stories recipes with it, it’s a great substitute for regular yogurt. FYI: Forager Yogurt is a reintroduction food, coconut yogurt would work well also. (See this list and timing of reintroduction of foods at Phoenix Helix.

Speaking of good food, we made marinated pork tenderloin with balsamic mushrooms for one of our meals while they were visiting. YUM. Here are the recipes:

 

 

Herb Marinated Pork Tenderloin (adapted from Ina Garten’s recipe on the Food Network)

1 lemon, zest grate

3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 to 6 lemons

2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)

1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

2 teaspoons (to taste depending on how hot you made it) Prepared horseradish sauce (see recipe here from The Fitchen)

Kosher salt

3 pork tenderloins (about 1 pound each)

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, mustard, and 2 teaspoons salt in a sturdy 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. Add the pork tenderloins and turn to coat with the marinade. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours but preferably overnight.

Preheat the grill or oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove the tenderloins from the marinade and discard the marinade but leave the herbs that cling to the meat. (I freeze the marinade right away and use it for chicken later in the week.)

Sprinkle the tenderloins generously with salt and pepper. (We grilled ours slowly on medium heat at this point)

Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat. Sear the pork tenderloins on all sides until golden brown.

Place the saute pan in the oven and roast the tenderloins for 10 to 15 minutes or until the meat registers 137 degrees F at the thickest part.

Transfer the tenderloins to a platter and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Carve in 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices. The thickest part of the tenderloin will be quite pink (it’s just fine!) and the thinnest part will be well done.

Season with salt and pepper and serve warm, or at room temperature with the juices that collect in the platter.

 

Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Mushrooms

1 lb sliced mushrooms

1/4 cup organic olive oil

3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic minced or finely chopped

sea salt

 

Sauté mushrooms in olive oils until slightly golden. Take off heat and add balsamic vinegar and garlic and salt to taste.

 

I hope you enjoy these two recipes as much as we did!

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Reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in your home

Reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in your home

Quick post today since we have family coming into town. Quick but important. Part of reducing the symptoms of Hashimoto’s is reducing your exposure to chemicals that may be a trigger or affecting your healing.

AIP recipe substitutions for the food we love

AIP recipe substitutions for the food we love

Think of all the food you used to eat. ….awww don’t cry it’s going to be ok. We can adapt a lot of recipes out there with AIP substitutions.  It’s getting easier and easier all the time. There are so many people out there doing […]

Hashimoto’s coaching to find our zen

Hashimoto’s coaching to find our zen

I was listening to NPR today and they had an interview with a break-up consultant.

So you the person you thought was perfect leaves you, you’re crushed, you get a consultant to help you through. Does anyone see where I’m going with this? What does this have to do with Hashimoto’s coaching?

We could all use a coach when we have to break-up with our Life when we have An autoimmune disease. I mean we break-up with everything: food, exercise, friends, family, even our body weight and image, our old happy-go-lucky motivated selves and normal sleep patterns. Ummm…the list goes on and on. But we move on and are better for it, just like leaving a crummy relationship.

Ok so what is it we need? A consultant? Well maybe but there is so much support out there you just need to know where to look.

Instagram is huge for Hashimoto’s connections.

I’ve been amazed at how many of us there are and how different and the same our approaches are. AND we all get it!

We can get advice on resetting our spirit, food, general health and resources.

Not only that but if we see something that we like or are interested in we can go to the bio and click the link to get more info. Or we can post a question to get others views and information.

If you Are just starting on your quest for information Instagram is a great start. Click on some links that are in the bios and you will find a plethora of information. No matter what your issue of the day you can get support just through reading.

The next step is to break away from social media contemplate and put into practice what you have found.

Try a new recipe to share with others, sign up for a yoga class, visit with a close friend and tell them what you have found. Whatever it is that you have discovered use it to reconnect with real people. It’s a form of Hashimoto’s coaching in itself.

You can do this, things will get better and there is a ton of support out there!

Here are some common Hashimoto’s hashtags to help you in your Instagram search:

#leakygut #paleoaip #aip #aipdiet #Aippaleo #hashimotosprotocol #chronicillness #thyroidproblems #hashimotosrebel #hypothyroidism #thyroidawareness #thyroidcancer #autoimmuneprotocol #hashimotissucks #hashimotosstress #hashimotosawareness

 

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An AIP Meal From the Garden

An AIP Meal From the Garden

There was a work party at our community garden this last Saturday. Everyone brought food, we sat around and talked and ate then we got to work. My husband and I worked hard then brought home quite a bit of goodness for so early in the […]