Archives for Svetlana Burak

Easy Fish and Sea Vegetable Soup

PrintEasy Fish and Sea Vegetable Soup 15 minutes30 minutes45 minutes See Detailed Nutrition Info on 6 dried shiitake mushrooms 2 tbsps dried wakame 1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee 1 tbsp grated ginger ½ lb sole fish, cut in 1-inch pieces 1 quart vegetable stock 2 green onions InstructionsSoak dried shiitake mushrooms and wakame in two separate bowls, covered with warm water, for 10-15 minutes, then drain. Slice the mushrooms into thin strips. Chop green onions into thin pieces. Grate ginger Melt the coconut oil or ghee in a skillet, fry mushrooms and ginger until fragrant – about 4 minutes. Add pieces of sole to the pan and sauté for another 2 minutes. Pour in vegetable stock and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir in wakame and green onions and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, then serve. Enjoy!NotesThis recipe makes a total of 1.5 qts of soup. Adapted from
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Hashimoto’s and Pregnancy

Many say there are risks that come with Hashimoto’s and trying to conceive and the actual pregnancy. That was why I was pretty scared at the prospect of starting our family. I very much wanted to have babies. But one doctor after another was telling me that I might have trouble conceiving and once I conceive, might have a problematic pregnancy. Why, do you ask? It is those damn hormones that are out of whack! And it is those crazy antibodies that are after my thyroid! And on top of it all, they tested my reproductive hormones, and some of them were out of balance as well – my estrogen levels were too high and progesterone levels were too low. A common problem for women of my age, as I was told. Great (sarcasm here)! As you have read in my previous blog entries, I was already working to improve
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6 Healthy Habits to Prevent Cold and Flu

Since the chilly weather took over, I constantly find myself wanting to run and hide from sneezing, coughing people (although I have nothing personal against these lovely people 🙂 But hey, such is life. There will always be someone who is ill that we cannot necessarily avoid. And that’s OK! In fact, we are constantly being bombarded by millions of harmful bacteria, but somehow our bodies are resilient enough not to let them destroy us. Yes, our body’s immune system are amazing. They have this incredible ability to deal with “foreign invaders” – harmful bacteria and viruses. But, not everybody’s body has an immune system strong enough to always do its job. Our immune system is often weakened after being bombarded by stress, processed foods, environmental allergens, and toxins. So what can you do to ensure you keep your immune system strong? Here are 6 things to start with! 1.
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Breakfast Recipes For Energetic Day

I decided I want to share with you how I got here – to a better and healthier me, minus Hashimoto’s and other imbalances. I figured it’s not enough to rant and rave about getting healthy, but instead I can do some good by sharing how I did it. I will continue to write about how I am progressing with my health. But at this time what is more important for me is to share with you how I did it, because I want you to know it is possible. So I will start with some great breakfast recipes. Remember, for excellent energy through the day combine high quality protein with fiber. This breakfast list was inspired by a few of you who wanted to know how to make a good, healthy breakfast, that brings a punch of energy into your day. Please enjoy and let me know what you
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Happy First Year Anniversary, Gluten Free life!

And happy it truly is! I am so grateful to have stuck with my decision to go gluten free, because I truly believe this was one of the main reasons I am now Hashimoto’s free. I stuck with it 100%. I made no exceptions.The decision to go gluten free was both easy and not so much at first. It was easy, because the other option of being sick simply was not an option. It was difficult, because it was like starting a whole new life. I had to do research on what I could/could’t eat, had to read every label of the foods I bought, had to research restaurants before going out or traveling. It wasn’t easy from the social aspect of it – I always had to either bring something gluten free with me when going to dinner to a friends/family’s house or just to simply inform them of
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From Hashimotos’s to health coaching

‎”I have noticed that as people improve their health, they become empowered to pursue the life of their dreams – the life they came here to live.” – Joshua Rosenthal, Founder and Director Integrative Nutrition This is just amazing where the healing process had taken me. There I was. Sick, tired, and sick of being tired. And here I am – so thrilled about my new energy, health, and my new life. This is what happened. About a month ago I woke up, and as always I started scrolling through Facebook updates. I saw some random post from Institute of Integrative Nutrition – IIN (where my health coach Rita Bord graduated from) and this is when it really hit me – why don’t I use my newly found passion about healing and foods, and learn more about it? I can help spread the word around to those that really want
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Labs & feeling better than ever

It’s been a few months since I blogged, and there is so much I want to share. Where do I start?First and foremost, a brief update on monster Hashimoto’s. The monster has been destroyed! Or so I’d like to believe. My last few lab results showed minute amounts of antibodies, which, according to my doc, means I have no Hashimoto’s to worry about. I don’t think it’s a fluke, because the amount of antibodies have been consistently going down since I began my lifestyle and diet change. Here is my results over last 9 months: September 2011 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab  308 Antithyroglobulin Ab                111 November 2011 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab  200 Antithyroglobulin Ab                 68 January 2012 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab 87 February 2012 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab   58 Antithyroglobulin Ab                  31 March 2012 Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab     37 Antithyroglobulin Ab                
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Now and then

It’s been awhile since my last update. But I bring very good news. My last thyroid and antibody test showed lowered TSH level to 2.5 (from 3.9) and both of my antibodies were in 20’s (down from 300 and 200). Overall, it has taken me about 6 months of treatment/lifestyle changes. I’m very thrilled and my doctor said the results are amazing. Now I just have to continue with whatever it is that I have been doing to keep my progress. I’m so glad I didn’t go on thyroid medication, despite my doctor’s urging at one one point. I’m so glad that I decided to stick it out and be patient. My labs also showed improved levels of vitamin D and iron. Other than my lab results, I do feel positive changes in my overall day to day being. I am not as groggy when I wake up in the
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Other aspects of treatment

When it comes to treating Hashimoto’s, I seriously believe that one must treat their WHOLE body. One must also treat their mind, soul, and relationships to a healthy state.I read a review of a book on Amazon by some guy who said he was able to get rid of Hashimoto’s through Ayurveda.As it happens, I just met Rita B., who teaches and practices Ayurveda, and also teaches integrative nutrition. Isn’t it amazing, how meaningful events take place at certain times, and if you pay attention, you can get a clue! If you are not familiar with Ayurveda, it’s an ancient view and approach to health that focuses on balancing your mind, body, and soul through things like nutrition, meditation, improving your relationships, etc. So I started working with Rita to improve my life through Ayurveda. One of my goals was balanced nutrition, which I seriously lacked. So I began to
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Supplements

One thing that I made clear to Dr. Nikol who was my main treating provider, that I really don’t want to go the medication route to fix thyroid. I learned from various sources, is that once I start on the meds, my thyroid will eventually stop working because it would become accustomed to medication doing all the work in producing thyroid hormones. Of course, I was also concerned about potential side effects. So we agreed that we will first go the supplement/healthy lifestyle change route. And then if absolutely necessary, will try the medication (which local pharmacy compounded mix of T3 and T4). So Dr. Nikol started me on the following: -Thyroid Support Complex by Pure Encapsulations for thyroid (includes vital elements for thyroid functioning) -Vitamin D3 (I started with 10,000 i.u., then lowered to 5,000 i.u.) -Iron Supplement for anemia (taking Ultimate Iron by Enzymatic Therapy – very gentle
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