So, some of you might be wondering why I didn’t go through with the biopsy after going through the gluten challenge (which was my full intent to have a definite answer.) The answer is that I’m pregnant! We are thrilled, and I so am avoiding gluten (and everything else I can’t eat) and at some point in the future I may do another challenge for a biopsy. On the plus side, my thyroid levels have continued to be in the subclinical range, B12 is more than adequate, and other blood work looked good. The only thing of concern is that my vitamin D is very low again. I’ve doubled my vitamin D supplement, and hopefully will get back to a good level quickly.
It’ll be fun to see what recipes I end up making and creating over the next several months, so stick around!
My favorite protein packed breakfast lately is an orange creamsicle type smoothie.
» 2-3 oz by weight of your favorite nuts or seeds (my favorite is to use half of each: raw hemp seeds and raw pumpkin seeds)
»1-1.5 cups of water
»1 frozen banana (unfrozen can work too…)
»1 teaspoon vanilla extract
»6 ounces (half a can) frozen orange juice concentrate
»1-2 cups of ice
» In a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) blend the seeds and/or nuts with the water on high until smooth.
» Add the banana, vanilla, and orange juice concentrate to the blender and again run the blender on high until smooth.
»Add ice to the blender until the total volume reaches the 4 cup mark, then blend one last time on high.
» Serve immediately Yum!