Hillary BerghCondition: Hashimoto's DiseaseDiagnosed Year: 1996Foods I Love:Avocado Coconut Butter Watermelon Pastured Bison Beets Blueberries Dry Tart Cherries Seaweed Wild HalibutFoods I Avoid:Gluten Soy (unless fermented) Legumes/peanuts Nightshades Factory-farmed meats Brassicas (during flare-ups)My Recipes & ArticlesGinger Lime Chicken Wings on July 6, 2020Fermented Sweet Plums on July 6, 20195-Ingredient Brain Boosting Avocado Coconut Milk Shake on August 10, 20153-ingredient Banana Pancakes (Grain-free) on April 26, 2015Surprising Ways to Add Pickled Foods Into Each Meal, For Gut Health on April 7, 2015DIY: Carrot and Radish Vinegar Pickles on April 6, 2015DIY: Easy Fermented Cauliflower on March 31, 2015Daikon and Watermelon Radish Salad with Sesame-Yuzu Vinaigrette on March 23, 20156 Surprising Benefits of Pickling Foods for Thyroid and Gut Health on March 21, 2015“Clean Out the Cupboard” Grain-Free Granola Bars on March 17, 2015Homemade DIY Pickled Beets on March 16, 2015Mackerel Salad Nori Wraps on March 11, 2015Bedridden by Hashimoto’s, I Turned to Food for Healing on February 23, 2015Pumpkin Raspberry Maca Smoothie on January 8, 2015Healing Turmeric, Winter Vegetable and Bison Stew on January 6, 2015My StoryAs a child and teenager, I suffered from psoriasis and other skin issues, extreme fatigue, digestive distress, severe headaches and migraines, mood swings, thinning hair, weak nails, and had trouble regulating my body temperature. After seeing multiple doctors, I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and was put on synthetic thyroid and estrogen hormones. While some of the symptoms eased, my skin and digestive issues became much worse.A naturopath suggested I eliminate wheat and gluten from my diet. That was so hard! I stuck with it for a month, and had some relief, but being a teenager, without much understanding and without the global, gluten-free support that there is now, I fell back into old habits. Plus, my general doctor, my endocrinologist, and my dermatologist all continued to tell me food was not and could not be a factor.Years passed…I went to culinary school, then baking/pastry school, then obtained my business degree…all while being very frustrated with my health. It was a consultation with an acupuncturist that finally changed my life. I was put on a very strict elimination diet and drank 4oz of a horribly bitter tonic after every meal. Within two weeks, I saw results that exceeded my wildest dreams! As the six month mark approached, I noticed my nails getting stronger, my hair getting thicker, skin issues reducing, no headaches, I lost all the accumulated weight, and had increased energy. I was able to reintroduce many foods, reduce my thyroid dosage, and eliminate my estrogen dosage. More importantly, I understood that I would be making bigger changes in my view of food and food allergies.Since then, I have received an integrative nutrition health coaching certificate as well as incorporating other lifestyle changes. It is my life’s purpose to be an example and inspiration to others who are suffering. I provide personalized support through health coaching, cooking classes, creating menu plans with recipes, and continuing to experiment in the kitchen to recreate dishes from my childhood. My health journey is an ongoing adventure and now I can enjoy the ride!To learn more about Hillary and her recipes, please visit her at www.hillarylaurenbergh.com.