About author Jill Grunewald

Jill Grunewald, HNC, Integrative Nutrition and Hormone Coach, is a thyroid health and autoimmunity specialist and wrote the educational component of The Essential Thyroid Cookbook. Since 2008, she has successfully guided her clients and students with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s to health and vitality.

She’s a 2006 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and since then, has taken part in many courses from the functional medicine community specifically for healthcare practitioners. In 2017, she’ll graduate with a certificate from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, in partnership with the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine.

At the time of her Hashimoto’s diagnosis in 2008, Jill knew that starting thyroid drugs right out of the chute and taking them “for life,” with no consideration for why her thyroid was under-functioning or what to do about her immune dysregulation was not the answer. So she immersed herself in learning everything she could about hypothyroidism and autoimmunity and how to reverse these conditions with whole foods, botanicals, lifestyle modifications, and other natural therapies.

Jill’s Hashimoto’s has been successfully managed since late 2008 without the use of thyroid drugs. In her coaching practice, Healthful Elements, Jill not only specializes in hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, but also other autoimmune conditions (especially alopecia and Graves’), adrenal dysfunction/HPA axis dysfunction, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), perimenopause/menopause, and pre-diabetes/diabetes.

Jill has written for various publications, blogs, and online magazines, including Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, and Experience Life magazine and has contributed to articles in Self and Shape magazines.

She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Harriet.