Good morning! This is the second week in a row that I haven’t been able to keep up with my traditional Monday/Wednesday/Friday blog postings, but next week should be a more normal schedule. I have two finals this week and that is definitely throwing me off. Also, yesterday, I traveled to Santa Barbara for my 2-month follow-up appointment with my endocrinologist. It was the second time I’ve seen him since my surgery and it went pretty well. Here’s a picture of my scar, it is still red and elevated, but it is definitely getting better. The two red dots below the major incision scar are from the drains that were in my neck post-surgery:
The biggest issue I’m dealing with right now is my thyroid replacement medication because my thyroid levels were way off on a blood test I did last week. I’ve had some tiredness as a result, but my doctor adjusted my medication yesterday so that should be resolved soon. I was also very encouraged when he said that it is very, very unlikely that any cancer will re-develop because my tumor was so small and contained and, in the rare chance that that happens, it would be caught early so it likely will never be an issue for me. That discussion made me very happy. I will have my first ultrasound to look for any re-growth in about four months and I will let you know how that turns out.
I’m glad you liked my notes from Dr. Fuhrman’s Immersion two weeks ago. I have couple of resources to share that relate to a few things I learned there. During the cooking demonstration at the event, the chef said that he had done research to find nutritional yeast that is not supplemented with folic acid. The product he recommended comes from this website: http://natures-garden-health-center.myshopify.com/collections/nutritional-yeast-non-active-non-fortified.
I ordered two bags of the nutritional yeast and they arrived yesterday:
Apparently most nutritional yeast sold in bulk bins and many other sources does contain folic acid and that is what we are trying to avoid due to the disturbing research that shows a link between folic acid supplementation and breast cancer risk.
Then, another product that has come to my attention that relates to something that was discussed at the event is this tahini made from unhulled sesame seeds:
Blog reader Rebecca M. did the research to find this product (thanks, girl!) and I am definitely going to order some, here is the description:
“Max Sesame Tahini Spread is the only tahini on the market made using raw, sprouted, whole, un-hulled, USDA Certified Organically-grown sesame seeds for maximum taste and nutritional value. Our sesame seeds are sprouted and immediately ground whole using our cold-press chemical free process that best preserves the extraordinary properties of raw sesame seeds providing more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients than any other tahini on the market!”
Or, I might just try making my own tahini from unhulled sesame seeds in my Vitamix, as long as it doesn’t turn out like my almond butter.
The last and most exciting resource I want to share with you is the new online magazine for Our Hen House that my friends Jasmin and Mariann have put together that was just published yesterday. I am so honored to have an article featured in the “To Your Health” section of the magazine; I wrote about how my cancer diagnosis inspired my activist spirit, please check it out here! And, if you are an annual donor of $100 or more to this fantastic non-profit, then you are considered a “member of the flock” and you can get my brand-new Cream of Kabocha Squash Soup recipe that has never been published anywhere else:
It’s a keeper, for sure, so go ahead and make your donation to this fantastic vegan organization.
I’m going to be kind to myself and not promise another blog post until Friday, so, until then, have a happy, healthy rest of your week!