Happy weekend dear readers!
To be honest, as I write this I am not feeling my best. I got results from my doctor the other day and despite our best efforts, my iron levels have not improved, in fact they have gotten worse somehow and my B12 levels aren’t great either, despite taking supplements. He’s ordered a whole new panel of tests for me to get done because we’re clearly missing something. This is so frustrating especially since those silly iron supplements have been making my stomach upset for a month and a half. I have been doing everything right. I eat loads of greens, have given up coffee and take my supplements. It’s disheartening too because my doctor isn’t really asking me how I feel about anything or asking about my diet. All his messages are relayed through a nurse. To add to that he’s not able to see me again for more tests until the end of August. Until then he hasn’t given me any suggestions, I’m just supposed to sit here. I am a little lost as to what I’m supposed to be doing and feel like I’ve been hung out to dry. It’s like I’ve been slotted into a category which has a pre-determined, step-by-step process assigned to it, rather than being considered as the individual I am. We all have different lifestyles and bodies so shouldn’t approaches to health be more personalized? I know my health issues do not even come close to what many people have to deal with, but I can’t help but be a little disheartened. Have any of you experienced situations like this with your health and/or your doctor?
While my journey towards solving my energy and digestive issues has hit this hitch, I’m trying to remain positive! I’m going to continue seeking out dietary sources of iron (but I’m stopping those pills) and start taking regular digestive enzymes and probiotics. Clearly my body is having difficulty absorbing nutrients for some reason or another so I’m going to to support it best I can. I’ll also try and stay active, but honour how I’m feeling and take rest days as needed.
I’m also trying to keep optimistic and I’m hoping the power of positive thinking works wonders.
Oh Barney, so wise!
Listening to this adorable song has been helping loads too :)
Ok, that little vent is now OVER! No more wallowing in self-pity, I promise.
This is definitely an interesting and intriguing smoothie, one that invites you to discover new components each time you sip! The ingredients list might seem a little out there compared to other fruit smoothies but I promise it totally works. The cilantro gives it an Indian-inspired flavour, the ginger adds a little kick and the cucumber and lime keep everything fresh!
In addition to having all sorts of crazy flavour, this is also incredibly detoxifying and will help aid digestion. Cilantro has a detox effect on the body where it binds to heavy metals like mercury and helps remove them from the body. It is also produces digestive enzymes and stimulates digestions through peristalsis (the movements and contractions of the stomach). Mango produces digestive enzymes as well and ginger is a great stomach soother.
I hope you all give this smoothie a chance! Coriander lovers only though ;)
Mango Cilantro Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free, Raw)
This smoothie is a little sweet, a little savoury with a definite kick. Perfect for hot summer days, or even cool summer nights.
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup cucumber (quartered and sliced)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp coconut water (or more to desired consistency, could also use plain water)
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander
- 1 tsp fresh chopped ginger
- 1 tsp agave (might need a little more if you are using water)
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- pinch sea salt
Throw it all into a smoothie and blend. Serve with a cucumber slice for a cocktail feel!
Now before I go, I owe you guys a few pictures from the Boston trip I took last month! I’m a little late on these so please forgive me!
where the declaration of independence was read
vintage market garden party furniture :)
more of the market
crazy sculptures near the Sam Adams brewery
so many trees all over Boston! I think that’s why skin stayed so clear here. Usually when I go to a big city I get flare-ups.
a pretty church
Harvard campus- so green!
pretty flowers in the Public Gardens
enjoying the moments- staring at the clouds
Hmmmm: cute frog statue outside a playground in the Boston Common
His and hers bathrooms at the Thinking Cup Coffee Bar
We loved Boston :)
And with that, I’m heading to Montreal for a couple days. See you all back here soon, and enjoy your weekends!