Good morning to you! I’m so happy it’s Friday and the end of a busy week.
I got some e-mails asking me about my doctor’s appointment on Wednesday and I’m happy to report that my thyroid levels have normalized now. In fact, I’m a tad bit overmedicated so a slight adjustment had to be made. My doctor also reviewed my pathology report, felt my neck and again reassured me that my risk of cancer recurrence is very low. I will have my first ultrasound at the end of April plus another blood test and I am looking forward to a clean report from those tests. Until then, my energy is great and I’m feeling good. Thank you for your concern!
Healthy Vegan Fridays:
I apologize for not posting a recipe this week, but I’m happy to present these fantastic ones from our Healthy Vegan Friday blog link-up party. The top three most popular submissions were these:
1. Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies from Erin @ Sift, Stir & Savour:
2. Healthy Chocolate Fix Smoothie from Amy @ Amy’s Nutritarian Kitchen
3. 10 Day Water Fast from Tiffany @ Don’t Waste the Crumbs:
1. Most Inspiring Dinner Dish - Quinoa & Roasted Butternut Squash Bowls from Almonds & Avocados:
2. Most Inviting Winter Soup – Spiced Red Lentil Vegetable Soup from Wayfaring Chocolate:
3. Most Creative Salad - Black-Eyed Pea & Stewed Tomato Salad from Cooking with Siri:
Thank you so much for sharing and exploring these recipes! If you want to add a recipe or see all of the submissions, just scroll down to the end of this post. Next Friday we’ll have a whole new set to choose from.
Healthy Vegan Challenge Update:
3 days and counting until the Spring 2013 Healthy Vegan Challenge begins!!! I’ve been doing some mental preparations including making a list of coping strategies for when I come up against hard times and a list of non-food rewards to keep me motivated. My coping strategies outside of just my normal healthy behaviors of getting enough sleep and exercise include meditation, calling a friend, asking for support on our Facebook event page and drinking a cup of hot herbal tea.
The non-food rewards I’ve come up with are more challenging because I don’t necessarily want to spend money or develop any other addictive-type dependencies. On the other hand, sometimes I don’t do special things for myself so I’ve decided that some appropriate rewards would be: getting a massage, reading a fiction book (suggestions?), taking the time for a mini-spa day at home and taking an hour some afternoon to watch an hour of brainless tv.
Besides just making sure I have enough healthy food in the house for next week, my last preparation is to deal with the foods that are in my pantry that I won’t be eating for the eight weeks. What I’ve decided to do, rather than throw away or donate these items, is to put these items in a brown paper bag, staple it shut and put it on a high shelf. I plan to do this on Sunday evening.
Dandy Blend Giveaway:
In Wednesday’s post, I mentioned I would be doing a giveaway today to support anyone who will be quitting coffee during the Challenge. This giveaway is being sponsored by the folks at Dandy Blend who are offering two lucky readers each a box of 25 single-serve packets:
The funny thing is that I am not a coffee drinker and weaned myself off caffeinated tea during the very first Dr. Fuhrman Holiday Challenge I did back in 2010, but I really enjoy a cup of Dandy Blend every once in awhile.
Just so you know, I’ve never received anything free from Dandy Blend nor have I have received any other compensation, this is just another one of those products that I really like and wanted to share with you.
To enter this giveaway, please leave me a comment on this post with one healthy coping strategy you have for when you are tempted by unhealthy behaviors. I’ll randomly select two winners on Monday, February 25th. This giveaway is restricted to residents of the continental U.S. [Editor's note: This giveaway is now closed]
Good luck and have a fantastic weekend!