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The Call For More Blood Tests.

Hey My Beautiful Rain Drops and Lemon Drops and Gum Drops!

Thanks for all of your comments on my Carob Chip Cookies with Walnuts. Those were seriously gone in a matter of days. Carob is a favorite in my household!

I’ve been researching different books for good tips on healthy college living, and I’ve found two I would whole-heartedly recommend.

My girl Maria recommended The College Vegetarian Cooking by Megan Carle and Jill Carle to me after I had reviewed the One Bowl Cookbook, and I’m so glad she did! I put it on hold from my library and was so excited when it came in. I was literally leaping for joy past the point of happy – bursting with excitement!

I love how easy and group-friendly these recipes are and how low-cost and nutritious they are, too! Some of the recipes that caught my eye included:

  • Pasta with Broccoli and Caramelized Onions
  • Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomato Sauce
  • Vegetable Tagine with Couscous
  • Onion Stuffed with Quinoa and Mushrooms

I also found The Everything College Cookbook by Rhonda Lauret Parkinson at the library and just had to check it out. I love how this book has a whole introduction in the beginning with essentials for the college-room kitchen, pantry staples, tips on living a healthy lifestyle, etc!

Some of the recipes that caught my eye included:

  • Buckwheat Pancakes
  • Coconut Risotto
  • Tofu Burgers
  • Roasted Tomatoes
  • Tender Glazed Carrots

Overall, I would definitely want to get my hands on these books!

I was not paid to review these books; I just checked them out from the library, really liked them, and thought I’d share my thoughts on them.


Not my picture btw, but it’s from this lovely lady who made it into ice cream.

Butterfingers are probably the only candy bar I will risk the milk for once in a while. The fun-sized one still affects me, so I prefer not to have them very often (if it comes between having one of these and breaking out with acne, or not having it and having clearer skin, I’m going to pick the latter). I did have one the other morning (in my early morning scripture study class) and I did enjoy it (ha-ha, but I of course did not enjoy the consequences that came with it). My face and my stomach are both much happier when I avoid milk as much as possible. I guess it’s because there’s peanut butter in it that I’ll have it once in a while; maybe I should try to find a way to make a protein bar version of this that I can enjoy without the worry of breaking out! I bet that would taste incredible!


My Endocrinologist called a few days ago and said she wanted me to get some more blood work. (Yep, more.) She wants to check a certain aspect of my progesterone and see if I by chance have celiac disease (which I highly doubt, as I have none of the other symptoms; but there’s no harm in checking. My life would change if I had celiac… it wouldn’t be easy, especially at first…)

My dad drove me to the doctor’s clinic this morning so I could get my blood drawn, but they said that the blood work for the tests I was having done had to be done in the AM-time period (which kind of confused me, since we got there at 10AM); aka, I’ll have to get it done tomorrow. I was all prepared to have it done when I found out I had to get it done in an AM-period, which turned out to be before 8am. The clinic only opens at 7:15am, so that gives us only a 45 minute window to get it done. My dad and I (and my mom) were a little frustrated, but I’m sure it was just a simple misunderstanding; my endocrinologist may have just forgotten to mention it. My dad works up near there anyways. So my dad is going to take me up there again tomorrow morning to get the tests done (and hopefully these will be the last for a while).

I am getting a little tired of all of these blood tests. I just had some drawn this previous month, and I can’t even recall how many vials they did this previous year. I feel like they’ve already sucked out enough blood out of me for a lifetime… or two… But I guess that’s what needs to be done (whether I like it or not).


What’s your favorite candy-bar flavor combination? I love Almond Joy, Reese’s, and Butterfinger flavor combinations.

Do you like/use protein bars? Do you usually buy them or make them? I prefer to make them myself instead of having to always check to see if the bar has milk in it: making it myself, I can pretty much guarantee it will be milk-free for me. I also find that it is less expensive that way, too, as many dairy-free/vegan bars are pretty pricy. I wish I could have those yummy whey-based protein bars, but I’d rather not breakout.

Any thoughts on a good pre-blood-lab breakfast? I know I will be drinking lots of water between now and 8am so my veins will be nice and big before the lab occurs. (I don’t want them to miss!)


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I Got A Call From My Endocrinologist!

Hey My Swirly Vanilla Spice Balls! ❤

Thanks for all of your comments on my What Kat Ate. I really want to continue doing these, as they help show a more accurate way of how I eat instead of just a lot of oatmeal/bananners with nut butters. I’m also glad you liked reading the eleven questions and I answered. 🙂

I saw a very sad sight yesterday afternoon:

The bottom of my Homemade Sun Butter Jar. Oh, and I definitely did NOT leave it like this after my amount for my banana. He-he, I finished him up! Still sad, since I don’t have any sun flower seeds and I didn’t pick up any from the grocery store last time. Hopefully I can get some more the next time we go.

Talking about Nut Butter, guess what I got in the mail!

A special Blendtec jar made for NUT BUTTER MAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

I love how the lid has those long black “legs” and can twist, helping keep the nuts from gathering up on the sides of the jar (which is one of those things I have to do manually if I use my other jar). I’m so excited to try this baby out! I’m thinking about those walnuts and almonds I have in the freezer…… Walnut Almond Butter perhaps?


We’re having a Teen Game Night tonight. Over thirty-five teenagers are coming over to our house (and those are just the ones that RSVPed, so I don’t really know how many are coming). Their each bringing their favorite treat and/or a favorite game.

Some of the games we have include: Scattergories and Catch Phrase (both of which I’ve never played before), Rummikub, Othello, Clue, Racko, Apple to Apples…..

…..Sorry, Monopoly, Mancala, Scene It, Life, Bananagrams, Tumbling Towers, Uno, Blink, and Phase Ten. These are just the ones we’ll probably be playing, not including the ones others might bring.

I also found this little darling taking a nap under the table while I was taking pictures. 🙂

In addition to the fourteen pizzas we bought for tonight, my mom and I made some Pizza Spaghetti Casseroles this morning (which were super easy: spaghetti, spaghetti and/or pizza sauce, pepperoni, and shredded cheese).

I also made some Jam Jam Bars (cake mix recipe). I would have also made a veggie tray for everyone to share, but we don’t have all the veggies I would need for it – especially since I just finished munching on our last stalk of celery. 😉  Nonetheless, since everyone is bringing a game and a treat, we shouldn’t run out of games nor food. I know it’s going to be fun!

(If you’re wondering, I probably won’t be eating any of the pizza or bars since they all have milk in them in one form or another; nevertheless, I’ll probably just make a Morningstar hamburger with some guac for myself alongside a banana with nut butter or something — not too hard and not out of the way.) 


I got a call from my endocrinologist. She told me that my bone density tests were normal (nice and dense like they should be), my hormone levels were normal, my vitamin/minerals were normal, and that there was nothing in my blood tests that wasn’t normal. So now, I have officially baffled many pediatricians, adolescent doctors, GYN doctors, and now an endocrinologist with why I’m not having my TOM. She said she couldn’t think of a good solid reason why I’m not having it. She said that the three months I did it may not have been enough to have my body start doing it on its own; even though my hormone levels are normal, she said my body may just not be making the amount to kick it back into gear. My levels are normal, but I may just not be making that little bit more that would give me my TOM. So, she’s having me double my calcium and vitamin D supplement that I take everyday and she’s also putting me on a low dose of BCPs for six months and see if that works. I hope this works. I really want this to all be sorted out before I head off to college this next year, so if it takes taking BCPs for a few months then I’m willing to try it.

I have my next Driving Lesson tomorrow morning! This will be my sixth drive (so hopefully he’ll teach me how to parallel park; I should have learned to do it on my fourth drive, but they got confused and I sort of did my “fifth” drive twice). I did watch while my teacher taught a young man to parallel park, so I saw him do it (turn to reverse gear, turn the wheel all the way to the right, back up, turn the wheel all the way to the left, continue in, then turn to straight and pull up a little – did I get it right?). Anyways, I’ll see what happens!


Do you have a favorite game? I REALLY like Bananagrams, Rummikub, and Phase 10!

Do you have your license? If so, do you ever have to parallel park much? Ha-ha, I’m going to have fun trying to parallel park our minivan to be able to get my license this spring.

What do you do when you hit the bottom of a nut/seed butter jar? Sometimes I’ll make it into a OIAJ; sometimes I’ll just finished it up; and other times I’ll hurry to the kitchen, whip up a batch, and fill it all up again. 


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My Endocrinologist Appointment!

Hey my Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Thanks for all of your comments on my Zucchini Bread – that is seriously my favorite bread YET! 😀

Over the past couple days, I’ve had a lot of crazy fun with attending a Forks Over Knives potluck Saturday night, making some goodies, and going to my Endocrinologist appointment today.

Saturday night I went to a Forks Over Knives Potluck with my cousin. She came and picked me up and we were off! (My cousin actually has a website: if you want to see it, click here.)

The food requirements were that it had to be both vegan and gluten-free (since many of the people there had celiac disease), so I brought some of my Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies to share! I actually made these without the coconut oil and they turned out beautifully! The people at the potluck literally DEVOURED THESE! They couldn’t believe they were raw and tasted so good! I love putting smiles on people’s faces. 🙂

There were TONS of beautiful dishes there. The colors were fabulous! But what were my two favorites?

I forgot the name of this one (something like Quinoa with Fruit), but it had both white and red quinoa with sliced almonds, chopped apple, and dried cherries. This picture above is actually what I brought home with me and ate the day after. (I had “intended” to bring it home for my mom to try, but I got to it before she did. ;))

And this is a Kale Salad with pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, dried cherries, dried figs, and an olive oil/sesame oil/avocado oil vinaigrette. It was quite delicious! I should really try making some of these on my own and maybe make a whole section in my recipes for greens, vegetables, more savory things. J

After the food, we socialized and talked about nutritional-stuff. It was a lot of fun hanging out with a lot of health/nutrition lovers and sharing some of our favorite recipes. It was a little weird being the only one under 18 (everyone else was 30 years old or above) – but other than that it was great!


Some things I’ve made recently (other than the cookies ;)) have been:

This is my Yubby-Dubby Hummus, and I used about 1 ½ tsp curry powder in place of the cayenne, salt, and pepper. The curry wasn’t bad, but it’s not something I would add to hummus again.

My Devilish Chocolate Dream Almond Butter! I LOVE this stuff — especially on bananas and oatmeal! Or just by the spoon.

I also made my Banana Bread into muffins – I just love how cute muffins are and I couldn’t resist!!! For this meal, I cut a couple of them and frosted them with both peanut butter and my chocolate almond butter; I then paired it with spinach topped with a little SBL and had some black beans on the side.


My Endocrinologist appointment was this morning!!! My dad and I left at 8:30am this morning to head up to the doctor’s office to be at my appointment at 10:15am. After they did the prep-stuff, like blood pressure, weight, temp., height, and asking if I took any medications or if I was allergic to anything, I headed into the room and met my doctor. I found out that she majored in Biochemistry before specializing in endocrinology – it was like we made a connection then and there, especially since Biochemistry is the thing I want to major in! After my explanation of why I was there (and all the history that came with it), we got into discussing why I may not be having it. She asked me questions about my diet, exercise, family history with regards to health conditions, like diabetes, thyroid, etc., sleep, my body image, how I’m doing in school, my orthrexia, etc. It was really cool to talk about how the system works and the chemistry of it.

One thing she did say that stood out to me was that I may be putting too much stress on my body. Not getting enough sleep puts stress on my body (she said someone my age needs 9 hours of sleep a night; sadly, I only get 6-5 hours of sleep a night, with a nap some days for no longer than a couple of hours), stress with school, stress even as exercise, restriction through diet (since hormones need both fats and proteins, carbohydrates for energy, and enough calories to really work the best they can; not overboard, but not restricting them – the TOM for girls is one thing the body view as not as important as some of the other cycles in the body, so if you’re not getting enough of something, they’ll turn it off; your hair, skin, and nails do the same thing: if you don’t eat enough healthy fats, like omega’s, mono’s, poly’s, and some saturated, they will get dry and weak.) – these could all be reasons why I’m not having it. The thing I am going to focus on first is sleep – now that I have doctor’s orders to get more sleep, I REALLY need to get in control of that. Nine hours = going to bed at 8pm!!!!!!! YIKES!!!! Ha-ha, I don’t know if I can do that. But I CAN set some limits to things, like off the computer by 8:30pm, no television after 8:30, and no electronics after 8:30 – that would make a HUGE difference in my life. And yes, I would have to obey those rules over the weekend too – that’s when I REALLY ruin my body clock. It’s a little after 9pm right now, so I know those rules would really help. After I get sleep back out of the “stress-level,” I’ll take the next step, and so on.

I asked her if soy could be related with my irregularities, and she told me, as an endocrinologist and biochemist, that the estrogen-like properties in soy are insignificant to the amount your body makes.

She also told me that she would like some bone-density tests just to check how my bones are doing compared to other 16 year olds – that’s their main concern with me not having my TOM is bone density because estrogen works with building it and having your TOM reassures them that you have enough.

And lastly, she prescribed for me to have my blood-labs redone, as it had been a year since the last ones, and it’s better now to see what the levels and stuff are currently. Here I am, hearing that I have to have more blood taken – my eyes get wide, my breathing starts quickening, my thoughts start jumping and kicking and screaming. But I pressed forward. The woman who did it was really sweet. What really helped me was that she started ordering me around with my breathing “NO, breathe when I breathe – INNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN, OUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT, INNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN, OUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT.” I was laughing so hard with her and I am so grateful that she did it: this was the BEST experience I’ve had with them taking my blood. I did feel a little dizzy, and my dad said my face went pale for a moment, but other than that I was perfectly fine. I walked out of there without fainting, without crying, without breathing rapidly: this was a good day. 🙂


What are some of your favorite things to bring to potlucks? I like bringing dessert. 😀

Do you feel you have a lot of stress in your life? I had never really thought about it before that appointment, but I guess I do have some stress in my life, like with school, and other not-really-intentional-but still stress ones like not getting enough sleep, exercise (which is a good stress, don’t get me wrong – it’s just going overboard and not allowing the body to recover that gets into problems), and restricting/taking away the nutrients from your body that they need to function that can have a not-so-good impact.

Do you ever feel that nut butter is like frosting? It is to me! My chocolate almond butter actually really tastes like frosting; my grandma agrees!