It was in September that I saw my OBGYN about intense ovulation and menstrual pain. It had been several months of this so I wanted answers. I started to assume it was the endometriosis my mom may have so “kindly” passed down to me.
After an ultrasound, I received a phone call from another doctor telling me that I had a cyst on my ovary the size of a baseball!
A BASEBALL! I freaked out… ain’t gonna lie… especially when they then instructed me that I should have blood work done to double check…cancer levels… That was it! I quickly lost it!
Then, the doctor went right into talking about having to monitor it for a few months and then discussed going on the pill or even surgery. That was not a good night for me or my husband to say the least. (It was also the night I found out he would be traveling to Paris for business without me….double whammy!!)
After I gathered myself again, I turned to prayer, believing everything would be okay. Instead, of my typical reaction of panic, panic and more panic. I consciously chose to train my brain to believe that: I. WOULD. BE. TOTALLY. OKAY. AND. HEALTHY.
A week later, the blood work came back with the wonderful news that my inflammation number was in the normal range. So now it was just waiting game until I would be rechecked in a couple months. Therefore, I reached out to a holistic doctor about what I could do. She gave some supplements to help decrease estrogen levels and also suggested lots of cruciferous vegetables and as many greens as possible. Sadly, she also recommended that I cut out alcohol and dairy for 30 days. Noooo not the wine!
So, I loaded up on broccoli and cauliflower in my lunches and dinners. Riced cauliflower was my best friend in my stir frys, salads, and even soups. I already wasn’t eating dairy during the week, only on the weekends with pizza. With liquor, I stopped the random glass of wine during the week, only a glass or two on the weekends. But as far as the other greens…. how many greens could I actually eat? That is when I decided to play around with morning shakes, finding my favorite green one.
I called it my morning “Shake Up” or as my daughter calls it, a green “milk shake.”
And here it is… with some variations. I like to vary it up too. My husband turned me into a creature of habit, or maybe I always was one. Regardless, variety is important so I try my hardest to vary it up.
SHAKE IT UP RECIPE #1
- ice cubes (a couple handfuls)
- 2 Tablespoons almond butter
- 1 cup almond milk or Silk’s Protein Milk (almond, cashew, pea)
- 2 dates (You can add up to 4. I keep it light for sugar purposes)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 Tablespoon – a good sourced Cacao powder (optional)
- A teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
- a cup of spinach or kale (I usually stick to spinach although lately I’m on a kale kick)
- 1-2 stalks of celery or even cucumber
- Maca powder (optional)
- Organic protein powder (optional)
Directions: Combine and blend well. We use a Vitamix to blend. (It was by far one of my best purchases as far as kitchen items.)
Two months later, when I was retested, the cyst was almost completely undetectable. Thank you God! Thank you for shakin’ it up and making my faith grow even more. Thank you for those morning shakes that kick start my days right, even as we rush out of the house with the Vitamix still dirty in the sink.