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It May Not Be Easy…But It Will (Probably) Be Worth It!

You have entered into a new chapter of your life.

It might be scary because it’s new and unfamiliar. It will probably be worth the effort you are putting into creating this new version of yourself.

Why? Because investing in yourself is the best investment you can make, and it has the greatest returns!

Maybe you are changing the way you eat due to a health issue. You may have been diagnosed with thyroid, autoimmune or other issues. You might need to lose some weight.

Your body may go through an adjustment period and you might even go through withdrawals…and these withdrawals may be very strong!

Did you know that breads, flours, grains, sugar and dairy products all have addictive substances in them that create a feeling in you of “I have to have this”, “I need this food to function”, etc.

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Gluteomorphins and caseomorphins are in breads, flours, grains and dairy. We’ve all heard how addicting morphine is…look at the last part of those words…yep, “morphin/morphine”. That’s why they are so addictive!

The other issue here is that dairy often crossreacts with gluten, so even if you have given up gluten but are still eating dairy, your body reacts as if you are still eating gluten.

Now you know a small part of why there is a reason why you may feel worse after giving up these foods. Not everyone has these reactions…some people are able to adjust their diet and lifestyle and begin to feel better immediately.

The upside, is that IF you even experience any of the withdrawal symptoms, they will only last for a short time.

Drink lots of pure water, if you are feeling fatigue then sleep more, take it easy on yourself, be patient and KNOW you are doing something good for yourself.

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Yours in health,

Dr. Elena 😉

Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist, family therapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people create happiness, enhanced health and well being and more joy for over 30 years. Having overcome many health challenges herself, her passion is helping others regain their power physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, to become a master of their lives.  

10 Easy Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo Healthy Snacks

So you have eliminated grains and dairy, you are new at this “paleo thing” and frustrated with trying to find things to eat. You may be needing to eat 6 times a day on your new program and wanting some tasty options. This doesn’t have to be boring…it’s a new chapter in your life and your health!

Some of these suggestions need refrigeration or heating up and some are just fine at room temp.

turkey roll ups1. Turkey slices rolled up (I like mine with lots of freshly ground pepper), and a dill pickle, raw sauerkraut or kim chi (I like the Rejuvenate Brand Spicy Kim Chi available at Whole Foods). Anything with “chi” in the name has to be good for our chi, right?  😉    Rejuvenate spicy kim chi and sauerkraut

 

 

 

2. Half of the protein shake you had a breakfast, which you have chilled to have later.

3. Smoked Alaskan, wild salmon (often called “lox”) with a sliced persian cucumber.

4. Shredded white meat chicken with half an avocado.

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5. Leftovers from last night’s stir fry.

6. Skinless, boneless sardines in olive oil (don’t turn your nose up…these are delicious and jam-packed with protein and omega 3’s)!  😉

I always have some of these in the office in case I need them and I when I travel I take several tins in my suitcase. They are very convenient!

sardines in olive oil

 7. Canned tuna in olive oil, with half of a lemon squeezed on it (I bring this with me when I am out all day long as it keeps well and doesn’t need refrigeration).

8. Three slices of turkey bacon which you made this morning. This also keeps great after cooking, doesn’t need refrigeration and the strips taste like “jerky” when you eat them later.

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9. Chicken soup (which you previously made a couple of days ago so you’d have something to eat for a few days).

10. An organic apple and almond butter. red and green apples

 

There are tons of options. Get out of that headspace of “feeling deprived”…keep your mind open, try new tastes and explore the many foods available. Good luck, stay healthy and have fun with it!

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Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people access their inner healing power for over 30 years. Having personally overcome many health challenges including advanced stage cancer, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (autoimmune disease) and cardiac issues, her passion is helping others regain their health and vitality and take control of their life.    

 

Thyroid, Hashimoto’s, TSH and YOU

Frustrated WomanPeople come into my office with anxiety, depression, weight concerns, hair loss, insomnia, heart palpitations, digestive issues, feeling cold frequently, brain fog, memory issues and other concerns.

 

They are often told by their doctors that they are “fine” and “normal” yet they feel feel that something is just not right with them. Sometimes their doctor may suggest antidepressants because the person has continued to “complain”.

Thyroid issues are often involved in these situations. If there is elevated TSH (according to the bell curve on the doctor’s lab results sheet) T4 medication (Synthroid, levothyroxine, etc.) is prescribed.

There may be no discernible results from taking the medication and the person still feels awful, or there may be minimal improvement.

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Looking only at the TSH values and not addressing the symptoms and concerns of the person, is like taking your car into the shop when it isn’t running well and asking the mechanic to only look at the rear left tire!

There is so much more to addressing the underlying mechanisms creating the symptoms. People will tell me their doctor “ran tons of tests” yet when I get a copy of the labs it isn’t even close to the very basic tests I run to find out what is going with a person. How can someone be told they are “fine” and “normal” when the tests aren’t even done?

The TSH values tend to jump around, going up and down. Trying to get TSH in range is not the most effective way to address the situation. Since more than 90% of low thyroid (hypothyroid) cases are really undiagnosed Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroid), it becomes more of an immune system issue. The immune system is attacking the thyroid gland and often other body systems and organs as well. As the thyroid gland continues to be attacked, symptoms become more disconcerting and the person seeks help and direction. By the time they come into my office they are frustrated, exhausted and often angry that so much time has elapsed without getting the help they wanted from their doctor.

The blood tests for Hashimoto’s are TPO (thyroid peroxidase) and TGB or TGA (thyroglobulin) antibodies. Close to 10% of us test positive for these antibodies. Most commonly the tests aren’t even done but when they are done, there may not even be any symptoms. However, left unaddressed, symptoms will develop over time as the thyroid gland (and possibly other tissues) are destroyed. Another issue is that the antibodies go up and down, so just because they don’t show up on a test, doesn’t mean they aren’t present…the test may have been run when the antibodies were in their “low” cycle.

Insurance companies are now being more strict with what they cover. Because of this, doctors are often reluctant to run antibody and other tests that could provide the information needed to figure out what is really going on.

Managing the immune system is the most effective way to address Hashimoto’s. I see chat groups and facebook pages with people (mostly women) trying desperately to find a doctor that can “get the right medication and dosage to get their TSH balanced”. That isn’t the answer…addressing the immune system yields much more satisfying and healing results.

If you feel frustrated with your path toward health, have not been improving or getting the help you need, let me help you.

I’ve been there…misdiagnosed, watching my life pass by, wondering if I would ever feel like myself again, too exhausted to be motivated or excited about anything and feeling depressed and anxious about all of it.

I can help you learn how to get control and manage your health, address your immune system, regain your balance and power and move forward creating a wonderful life for yourself. With the right tools and your own commitment to healing, you can regain your vitality, enthusiasm, energy and joy.

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I look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your journey toward health!

Dr. Elena

 

Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people access their inner innate healing power for over 30 years.  Having personally overcome many health challenges including cancer and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (autoimmune disease), her passion is helping others regain their health and vitality, taking control of their life.  

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Are You Interested or Committed to Your Healing?

Are you simply interested or are you committed to your healing and reaching your goals?  What’s the difference?

If you are “interested” you might simply be checking things out, seeing what your options might be and considering the idea of moving forward.

If you are “committed”, you are at that place of being sick and tired of feeling less than you know you could be.  You know this place, right?

Fatigue, lack of energy, loss of vitality, weight gain, insomnia and other symptoms are your body’s ways of communicating with you to let you know that you are out of balance.

Physiological imbalances from stress, illness, insomnia, chronic conditions (such as autoimmune or thyroid issues), hormone issues, depression and anxiety can keep you from being the best you can be.

When you are less than the best you can be, it affects everything…your relationships with your partner (or wishing you had a partner), your family and children, co-workers and friends.  Most of all, your perspective is clouded, your brain isn’t functioning well and the joy is in your life is elusive.

I get calls from people who are “interested”.  When the time comes to make a commitment to themselves, their health and well-being and making some changes, we realize that they are simply “interested”…they aren’t ready and are stuck in that place that is comfortable because it is familiar…and because they’ve been there for some time.  That’s cool…when the time is right, the time is right.

When I get calls from people who are “committed”, I know it right away. They are ready and willing to do whatever it takes to be the best they can be.  They have just been looking for the right person to help them through whatever it is that has been causing physical or emotional discomfort.

They have decided to put themselves first and realize that if they are not feeling and functioning well, everything around them seems to be “off”. These are the people who know there is more…they don’t want to be held back by health or emotional issues any longer…they are READY.

When people are committed, they have come to a point in their lives where they just “know” it’s time to make the changes to expand and grow to the next level.  They are thrilled to have found an ally and partner in their healing and growth, they are excited and looking forward to our work together and to reaping the rewards of being a master of their health and their life.  The growth just flows!

They are ready to manifest!

I love when this happens…it’s a thrill for me to see people grow and such an honor to be part of their process of empowerment and mastery!

Which are you…simply “interested” or are you truly “committed” to yourself, your health and your goals?  If you aren’t committed now, when will you be?  What are you waiting for?

Yours in health and healing,

Dr. Elena 😉

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Could You Have Low Thyroid Function?

Could You Have Low Thyroid Function?

 — by Dr. Elena Michaels

Are you experiencing:

 

• Fatigue

• Weight issues (unable to lose weight or keep it off)

• Hair loss

• High or very low cholesterol

• Cold hands and feet

• Dry skin

• Difficulty concentrating/”brain fog”

• Short term memory loss (no, it’s not “just aging”)

• Recurrent infections

• Muscle aches/joint pain

 

Many people who have sought help for a variety of health concerns and thyroid function, are told that their blood tests are “normal”.

You may have been told there is “no physical cause” for your symptoms, and  because you say “something is wrong” and you don’t “feel right” antidepressants may have even been suggested.  There is a place for antidepressants, but it really may be your thyroid gland that is not functioning well, and/or being attacked by your own body.  Most cases of low thyroid function are from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an immune system issue more than a thyroid issue.  “Chasing thyroid numbers” to get them into the lab range can be frustrating and even useless as with Hashimoto’s, the thyroid values can go up and down in cycles which are frequently felt physically and emotionally.

There are ways to enhance the immune system that are “immune neutral”…they don’t stimulate parts of the immune system and throw other parts out of balance.  Healing the digestive system is important as the autoimmunity directly affects the digestive system.  Eliminating inflammatory foods isn’t enough…damaged tissue must be healed as well and further tissue destruction must be monitored.

If you have been feeling frustrated about your health, not feeling well, missing your “get up and go”, lacking motivation and dealing with some of the symptoms above, working with a specialist trained in the newest ways of dealing with thyroid and Hashimoto’s can help you understand what is going on with your body and regain control of your health, and your life.

 

Dr. Elena Michaels is a traditional naturopathic doctor, specializing in thyroid issues, Hashimoto’s and autoimmune conditions.  She sees people in her office in Valencia, California and also does phone consultations for those who are not local.  Dr. Elena is also a holistic psychotherapist and hypnotherapist and has been helping others create greater health, happiness and balance for more than 30 years.  Contact her at 661 250-4395, Elena@DrElena.com or www.DrElena.com

 

 

Turn Your Body Into a Fat Burning Machine

Have you been trying to lose weight but finding it challenging?  It’s really not that difficult once you tap into what your body really needs to function well.

Are you working out and eating what you think is a healthy diet yet still not losing the weight?   What you are eating may not be a healthy diet for you, after all!

But in this article, I’d like to give you a few quick tips that might help you reach your weight loss goals.

•  Eliminate artificial sweeteners.  All artificial sweeteners create cravings for more sweets which could tempt you to eat things you know you shouldn’t be eating to lose weight!  Some artificial sweeteners have been linked to weight gain, compromised thyroid function and gastrointestinal issues.  Use stevia, instead.  We have awesome natural, flavored liquids and unflavored powder in the office and I personally love using the flavored liquids in creative ways.

•  Stop eating microwavable frozen meals.  They are often full of excess sodium (which creates water retention), the chemical composition of food is altered and microwaving has been linked to cancer.  Real food is much better for you.  Take the extra time to pack a nutritious lunch and avoid that microwave!  If you get home late from work reheat leftovers using a pan and coconut oil.

•  Use coconut oil.  It’s great for cooking, tastes yummy and helps your body burn excess fat.  Start with 1 teaspoon in your morning warm beverage and start the fat-burning process early in your day.  Purchase organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil.  You can even use it instead of butter.  It’s very satiating, rich in lauric acid (antiviral and antibacterial) and coconut and high quality virgin olive oil are really the best oils to use.

If you are ready to “re-boot”your system, take charge of your body and mind and get more ideas on what specific tips and techniques will work for your body, check out the video at www.DrElena.com/testimonials and see what others have experienced.  You can turn your body into a fat-burning machine!  If you don’t feel well or function well, nothing else seems worthwhile.  Don’t you deserve to feel great?

Dr. Elena Michaels is a traditional naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and hypnotherapist who has been helping others create greater health, happiness and balance for more than 30 years.  Contact her at Elena@DrElena.com www.DrElena.com or 661 250-4395.