Archives for Svetlana Burak

Kombucha Culture & Leaky Gut Connection

Since I had moved to sunny and beautiful San Diego a few months ago, I have been exploring local organizations and services that make a difference in their community’s health. So I decided to start a series of blogs to connect folks who are looking for support with their thyroid health (hypothyroid, Hashimoto’s / Grave’s) and local resources. Today I would like to introduce a new venture that just opened its tap room doors (literally a few weeks ago) – the Kombucha Culture. Noel Brady, Adi Ramon, and Eric Mathur established Kombucha Culture in 2014 and I had the pleasure to peruse the establishment and taste their goodness during the tap room grand opening.But before I jump into how delicious their beverage creations are and how I was craving them the next day, I want to share with you the reason I had chosen to share about their products with you. After all,
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Still not feeling well, despite thyroid treatment?

I was recently giving a talk about thyroid health and stress at a Thyroid Support group I organize in San Diego. One of the participants with thyroid imbalance shared with the group about how she was prescribed medication, feeling a slight improvement, and then going back to feeling exhausted again.As you may or may not know, thyroid wellness has been my passion for the last few years because of my own personal journey, struggle and victory over the disease. I have done tons of research and studying from some of the top practitioner experts on the topic.There have been over 300+ symptoms identified when it comes to this disease, and the top most common are stubborn weight, persistent exhaustion, and feeling cold (low body temperatures). Crazy right? So if you have thyroid imbalance and feeling all kinds of discomforts, its not “all in your head”!This person in my group was sharing about how her symptoms returned, despite receiving the treatment. She was in shock. Well, she is
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A smoothie for breakfast. Is it a healthy choice?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule the way it should. How we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. It will determine if we feel energized or if we feel dragging with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly related to how we physically feel. So if you are a skip-breakfast and grab-the-coffee-mug morning person then this blog is totally for you.We all need and crave energy. I know I do! Sometimes it seems easier to grab a quick bowl of cereal or even forget breakfast and just get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the boost needed to survive the day.But I don’t want you to just survive through the day; I want you to THRIVE through the day. I also don’t want you to go through
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Clean eating vs diets. Why Diets don’t work.

You may have heard all the buzz around clean eating. But what exactly is clean eating? And how is it different from dieting? Talking from experience, I cannot tell you how many diets, and how much time and energy I have spent on pills and programs to lose weight and rebalance my hormones. Time and time again, I was promised this ‘new me’, only to be let down shortly after the diet or program was over.  Every time I gained more than I had lost, it left me self-conscious, disappointed, and feeling like a failure. The truth of the matter is: DIETS DON’T WORK! Sure, sometimes you lose the weight (at a cost to you financially, your health, and your body) for a short period of time, but diets cannot give you long-term sustainable weight or fat loss.When going through these drastic changes of dieting, your body goes into shutdown mode and
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Postpartum depression: are you misdiagnosed?

Imagine. You’ve just gotten pregnant and the sickness begins. Somehow it doesn’t feel like any normal kind of sickness.  You eat and gain weight nearly uncontrollably.  You have a hunch what it is, but the doctor diagnoses you with normal pregnancy issues and ignores your concerns. You give birth to your little precious being and somehow, unexplainably, you picture yourself throwing him against the wall.  The depression is unbearable.  You’re unable to lose weight no matter what you try. You are extremely exhausted.  You beg your doctor to check your thyroid, knowing it could be the culprit.  They find, after ignoring you the first time, that your TSH came back at 100 (normal range is 0.5-2.5). Awareness about thyroid issues is lacking. This is a problem as it’s leading to many women being misdiagnosed with postpartum depression and automatically prescribed antidepressants.  Unfortunately, doctors aren’t perfect. Many of them are jumping to the
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Curried Cabbage & Sweet Potato Soup

This soup is wonderful for a chilly fall weather. It is also Metabolic Jumpstart cleanse friendly. PrintCurried Cabbage & Sweet Potato Soup See Detailed Nutrition Info on makes 3-4 servings 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 2 ribs of celery, chopped 1 cup onion, chopped 1 medium to large head of purple cabbage, chopped 5 to 6 cloves of garlic 2 cups sweet potato, chopped 1 can coconut milk 2 cups vegetable broth 2 tablespoons curry powder 1 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional) InstructionsSAUTÉ THE VEGETABLES. In a large stock pot, add coconut oil. Add celery and onion. Allow it to cook down for 3 to 5 minutes. Next add the cabbage and garlic, and sauté for another 3 to 5 minutes. COOK THE SOUP. Next, add the chopped sweet potato, coconut milk, vegetable broth, curry, thyme, and cayenne (optional). Put the heat on medium, and allow the soup to cook
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Raw Hydrating Pea & Avocado Soup

Yesterday I tested this Pea and Avocado soup for my 11-Days to Slim & Vibrant Detox. I love the fact that the base of the soup is coconut water. This is what makes the soup amazingly hydrating. Coconut water contains electrolytes similar to what we have in our bodies: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. That is the reason this soup is so hydrating – it replenishes our reserves. In fact, it is more hydrating than regular water. I hope your enjoy this soup. PrintRaw Hydrating Pea & Avocado Soup See Detailed Nutrition Info on 2 cups green peas (shelled fresh or thaw out frozen peas) 1 avocado 1 1/2 cups coconut water 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt 1 tablespoon fresh basil 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 lemon, juiced Garnish: dash of paprika 1 tablespoon fresh basil drizzle of extra virgin olive oil InstructionsBlend all ingredients, and top with fresh basil. Drizzle olive
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Are you surviving or thriving in this toxic world?

    Environmental toxins can be found in what you eat, drink, breathe, feel and think. You may not be aware of toxins, but if you want to be healthy, being educated on the latest in toxins is a must! Chronic conditions, like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, may be associated with environmental toxins in your body. The pearls of wisdom from expert speakers at The Detox Summit are essential to your health. Join us online for free from August 4-11. This Detox Summit will provide you with the information you need to:     Learn about environmental toxins in food, air and water     Understand internally-generated toxins, like thoughts, emotions and behaviors     Recognize toxins of all types and eliminate them     Focus on breakthrough solutions to gain more energy and vitality Navigate your way through today’s toxic terrain when you register for the free, online Detox Summit today: “Detox” is a multi-faceted
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Grain & Nut-Free Muesli

This is a super easy to make grain and nut-free muesli. I threw in some sour cherries (dried AND fresh) to give it a tangy kick. PrintGrain & Nut-Free Muesli 10 minutes See Detailed Nutrition Info on 3 cups mixed seeds (hemp, chia, sunflower, pumpkin, etc.) 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit (apricot, cranberry, apple, etc.) 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1/2 cup fresh berries (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, etc.) 1 banana, sliced non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, or hemp) InstructionsAdd the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and mix thoroughly. Take the amount you would like for your cereal bowl, and store the remainder in an air-tight container. Top your dry cereal with fresh berries, sliced banana, and milk. Can be served warm or cold.
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