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Vegan Cheesecake and Thyroid Talk

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ever since my doctor finally acknowledged that I do have hypothyroidism, things have been going a bit more smoothly for me! I am now on some medication that will hopefully kick-start my hormones and get them back into gear.

I have had a few questions about what symptoms I was having to make me feel so horrible, and while I *attempt* to keep my complaining to a minimum, it wasn’t always easy.

I actually have thought I had thyroid problems for years, because I had a good 75% of the symptoms for hypothyroidism, as well as a long family history of it. You can see a list of a few of the symptoms here: www.mayoclinic.com/healt

My main symptoms related to the extreme fatigue and sluggishness, aches and pains. But I am also very sensitive to both cold and heat, I have pale, dry skin, I often felt just plain down, anxious, and irritable. My menstrual cycles have certainly been abnormal since they have disappeared for the past three years, amongst dealing with bowel issues and often feeling lightheaded, weak and dizzy. Not exactly fun, huh?

But every time my doctor ran blood tests they came back as normal. Well after I finally asked to see a specialist, they discovered that I did actually have abnormal results. And while my primary doctor insisted on redoing the blood tests herself, they thankfully came back abnormal as well. I have no idea why it worked all of a sudden, but I’m thankful for some sort of answer.

With my long list of complaints I am unsure if one tiny pill in the morning can fix everything, but I can certainly hope for the best. I have been reading about adrenal stress fatigue and a lot of the symptoms for that seem to match as well, so I’ll have to see if there’s anything I can do about that. I saw a test you can buy online, but I don’t exactly have an extra $250 lying around and every recommendation I’ve read said you have to see a holistic doctor about it.

So since it apparently can take up to two months before I feel completely better I’ll focus on my thyroid issues for now. Especially as I work with my doctor on finding the correct dosage for me. If you have the ability to see a doctor and you think you have problems, definitely ask to get tested! Sometimes we ignore those gut feelings that truly are telling us something is wrong.

Vegan Cheesecake

But while I work on getting better, I know what’s more fun to talk about. Dessert! I recently attempted a gluten-free vegan cheesecake. While I wish I could share an awesome recipe, I have to admit that I didn’t like it. My husband really did and I’m always amazed when I can find a pleasing vegan dish for my meat-hungry man.
I followed Averie’s recipe which you can see here: www.loveveggiesandyoga.c

I loved the idea of using cashews in place of the usual dairy, but I neglected to remember that I’m not a big fan of cashews in the first place. Maybe I could use peanuts to make a peanut buttery flavor? Hmmm….but that’s not what I tried!

First up was making a crust which I did by blending dates with almonds in my food processor.

Smoothed it down.

After soaking the cashews I blended them with lemon juice, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.

It definitely made a smooth, creamy filling.

I cut myself a wedge and…

…I just wasn’t impressed. Apparently I’m crazy since it was liked by my husband and a good friend. And pretty much anyone else who has made the recipe if I can take the comments as any suggestion. So I feel pretty confident recommending the recipe, but if you don’t like it, hey, I didn’t either!

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    Hi, I started to read your blog for the gluten-free recipe, and I wanted to respond to the hypothyroidism bit. I hope that you are feeling much better now, but if not, I urge you to look into a natural thyroid replacement if you don't already take one. A lot of people do not do well with the synthetic thyroid replacements. You can learn more about this at the web site Stop the Thyroid Madness. Best wishes!
    2434 days ago
    I am just glad we have some idea of what is going on. I love you.
    2446 days ago
    Thanks for talking about your symptoms and replying to my comment on your status.

    I've put nearly 20 pounds back on since I lost the weight and I am having the damndest time taking it back off. It doesn't seem to want to come off no matter how diligent I am with my routine. Of course, I'm having a hard time keeping up with any routine.

    I just feel tired most of the time...like even after 8 or 9 hours of sleep. I also sleep through my alarm clock and need 3 different alarms in the morning. I forget things a lot and sometimes struggle to find the word I am looking for in conversation. I've had several experiences in recent history where I've been in the shower and just came over all dizzy and nauseated (I even fainted a couple of weeks ago after being in the whirlpool....which was scary and had never happened before). I definitely struggle with irritability, mild depression and anxiety. I went off of hormonal birth control a few months ago because I thought that was the culprit. I see improvement, but it is still not quite right.

    Lastly, I seem to have problems working up the motivation to do things I want to do. "I WANT to go to the gym really badly...but I just feel so tired. I think I will stay home." "I WANT to go to the movies...or I WANT to hang out with friends...but..."

    All of these things could be nothing, but maybe they are something. I also have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, which are autoimmune diseases and I hear that there is a decent co-morbidity rate for hypothyroidism and autoimmune diseases. I dunno. I made my appointment for my annual physical today...I will ask for the blood work to be done, just to see if this is some kind of missing puzzle piece or a sign I have just spent too much time on WebMD! ;)

    Anyway, thanks again and I hope your treatment helps you feel yourself again soon!
    2448 days ago
    I have had hypothyroidism for years and have taken medication ever since my diagnosis. It was not difficult for me to get diagnosed, but I live in Canada and the tests are run pretty routinely.

    The medication has helped, but I find that I am still sensitive to temperatures, and still struggle with my metabolism. A one-pound weight loss each week is good for me. (This week I lost an amazing four pounds, but that's very rare!) One doctor told me, "the hypothyroidism led to your weightgain, but now that you have it, you need to do the work to get rid of it" and that's been quite challenging for me. Eating cleanly and cutting out refined carbs has made all the difference in how I feel, however, and my thyroid levels are now considered "very good". Good luck!
    2448 days ago
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    Looks good!
    2449 days ago
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