My name’s Sarah and I’m addicted to cookies

A lot’s been happening since I last stumbled on by.  Probably the most significant development is the one above.  That’s right, I am a cookie-aholic.  More specifially, I’m addicted to the cookies featured in my last post.  I need to stop making them but they’re just SO good!  Dilemma.

In other happenings, I am one essay down (woo hoo!), and just have one exam and 3 weeks of placement work until I am done with my 2nd year of my nursing degree.  One year to go.  Scary, but such a relief as the end is slowly coming to light, and that there will be no more of this:

I’ve also had blog and food burnout.  I haven’t wanted to think about blogging or creating recipes.  Probably because there’s been too much going on.  I’ve just wanted to “be” for a while, and have a life outside of my computer screen.  As a result, we have watched way too much of The (American) Office and Scrubs.

Some of you guys may remember that a while back I mentioned I was going for investigations as I haven’t had a period for what is now over a year.  I was concerned that it was due to following a strictly vegan diet and being such a stresshead.  But, as it turns out, I have been diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).  It’s kind of rubbish but at least I know what my problem is, and that it’s something out of my control.  Oddly amenorrhea is my only symptom.  I don’t suffer with acne, difficulty losing weight, and excess hair which are common symptoms.  I’ve been put on a diabetes medication called Metformin which has been shown to return menstruation in a good number of women.  Sorry if this is too much information for you all but I think sometimes it’s important to talk about these things so others who are going through similar issues don’t feel so alone.  Oh, and it’s one of the most common causes of infertility in women.  Even though Tom and I definitely don’t want children now, it’s a bummer that it may be extremely difficult further on down the line.

Ok, enough of that.  I am in a great mood because I have the weekend off after a week of night shifts and I am feeling optimistic.  It helps that this is the first day that I have seen daylight all week.  The serotonin and vit D are doing their work!

Here are some other great things,

I won some tea!  Pukka Teas are an amazing tea company who make the most delicious blends of caffeine free teas.  Honestly, I’m not getting paid for saying this, I love them.  And they have a great website.  Anyway, they recently had a competition to win their two latest teas

“- Morning Time: Caffeine free, deliciously sweet and full bodied blend of organic rooibos, honeybush and red ginseng to kick start your day
– Three Fennel: an aromatic and soothing blend or organic sweet fennel, wild fennels and fennel leaf. Lovely and calming!”

And I was one of the winners!  Amazing.  I love foodie competitions.  Speaking of which, Jemma of Celery and Cupcakes is giving away cases of 9-bar bars.  Check it out.

Natural Balance Foods sent me their new Nakd gluten-free bars:

(Image from The Habit Of Healthy)

I particularly love the Berry Delight and Cocoa Delight bars; I’m not sure about the Cocoa Mint one.  If you’ve tried them, which one is your favourite?

Hmm, what else has been happening…  A couple of my friends are pregnant with their first baby (I must be getting to that age).  Wales are playing rugby against Australia this afternoon (can’t wait) and it’s X-Factor season.  Life is good!

Before I go, just want to say sorry I haven’t been commenting on my fave blogs recently.  I’m still reading and loving them, I just haven’t had the time or energy to comment.  That’ll change soon though, promise.

Next time I’ll be back with delicious, vegan food (I’m still favouring vegan food even though I don’t live by the label).

Have an awesome weekend 🙂

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18 thoughts on “My name’s Sarah and I’m addicted to cookies

  1. Glad to see you back girl!! It’s ok for not blogging or commenting. Life comes first 🙂
    Sorry about the diagnosis. That is strange that lack of a menstrual cycle was the only symptom.

    Those Nak’d bars look good and I see them everytime I go to Whole Foods. I just haven’t had the inclination to get them. I’ve bought way too many things lately that ended up making me sick/hurting my tummy: Pirate’s Booty veggie puffs and some hemp protein powder. Neither of which are cheap 😦

    Oh yeah-it’s easy to see why you’d be addicted to those cookies. They look so dang good! Once I finish off my pumpkin spice cookies, I’ll have to try those 🙂
    God’s blessings and prayers for healing to you 🙂

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  2. It’s good to be reading your posts again:) I’ve also been in a bit of a blogging funk because of my tummy, I’m eating nothing blogworthy!
    Thanks for posting about menstrual problems, I think it’s good discussing them because there’s no reason why it should be taboo- nothing we have no choice over should be. I’ve also been suffering from oligomenorrhea (1 year) and now amenorrhea (couple of months), although I don’t have any idea why yet. I have mentioned it to my GP a few times and every time I’ve been at the hospital but if I’m still having problems by the end of the year I’m going to demand more tests. For a long time I was quite relieved as they were always regular and always very painful. But I figured such a change is something I need to get looked at. I hope PCOS isn’t too much of a bother for you and the medication does what it’s supposed to without any problems.
    I love Pukka teas too! I must try the Morning Time, I already love the three fennel and three ginger. I come and go with Nakd bars, the Berry Delight and the Cocoa Orange are my favourites. I haven’t tried the Cocoa Delight or the Cashew Cookie one yet.

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  3. Ooooooooo I love pucca teas so good, and those cookies love really yummy I think i would be addicted too x x

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  4. I’m a cookie monster too sometimes. I found another choc chip GF cookie recipe that is sooo good. I need to try yours to compare. 😉

    Sorry about the PCOS, and hope you are back on track soon. I suffered from hypothyroid and my only symptom I thought I had was being really cold but when I got the meds I felt other things in my body getting better too. So you never know.

    No worries about no commenting, I’ll just assume if I see a stat from the Uk it could be you.

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  5. Glad to see a post from you. Sorry about the PCOS, but maybe it’s good that you now have a diagnosis and to know just what you are up against?

    I’d like to try those bars. I’ll have to check them out next time I’m at Whole Foods.

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  6. *hugs* I’ve had problems with my period, too, and I understand how upsetting it is to know that fertility might be a problem. Unfortunately I also have to deal with the sadness of being ridiculously single… 😛 Here’s to much more restful “being” for you in the future, and not too much stressing about coursework. You can get through this, and you will! 🙂

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  7. Cookies – there are worse addictions :-). Especially when they’re vegan and home made.

    Good thing you got a diagnosis! And I hope the medication works out well for you.

    Oh my god, second year almost over…good luck on the last exam ;-).

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  8. Sorry to hear about the PCOS – I hope that the medication helps you notice some positive differences.

    Enjoy cookie-monsterdom – a hard thing for us gf-ers but apparently becoming easier all the time!

    Those bars all look intriguing and delicious – I’m a sucker for mint-choc, though!

    I’m in England right now, visiting family – are you here or there?
    love
    Ela

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  9. I *heart* cookies too and yours look so tasty. I love your blog and how thoughful (and long!) the comments that you get are. You have some really great readers!

    I’m glad you finally got a diagnosis for your amenorrhea. Although PCOS sucks, at least you have an explanation and can move forward.

    I’m glad the Nursing degree is going well. You’re nearly two-thirds of the way there and I’m sure the final year will fly by!

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  10. Yum, the tea and bars look great – I need to try them! Glad things are going well and I could probably become addicted to cookies very easily too, especially these amazing ones! 🙂 Good health news, that must be a relief to know and be on a better path.

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  11. I still haven’t managed to get hold of the new nakd flavours!! They all sound amazing, though. Of the other ones, cocoa loco is definitely my favourite, but I love them all!
    As for the PCOS, at least you have a diagnosis now, which must be better than not knowing.
    I really hope that this last bit of your second year goes well xxxx

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  12. Hey Sarah!

    I found your blog through Camille’s blog. I saw the picture in your post and thought, UGH. studying. I’m on reading break, so I’ve been confined to the library. Look forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂

    -Amy

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  13. Sorry about the PCOS! The cookies look great. I haven’t tried the new Nakd Bars, though I did try to make my own mint chocolate fudge babies recently. Hope you have a great day! 🙂

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  14. hey buddy. so sorry about the PCOS. thanks for sharing – hope it felt good to talk it out. that always helps me at least, especially since we are virtual strangers. if you ever wanna chat just email me. hugs.

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  15. Hi! It’s my first time here after doing a search for “vegan,” “gluten free,” and PCOS. I was diagnosed 3 years ago after years and years of symptoms. It wasn’t until a sudden and drastic weight gain that I was officially diagnosed with PCOS.
    I believe that your diet may be the reason why your symptoms are so limited. I’ve been trying to research how a vegan gluten free diet affects PCOS and it appears that it greatly reduces symptoms – so it seems like you may be in luck!
    I’m a long time vegetarian (17 years) and just switched to a vegan diet November 1st. I think I may try to go gluten free too. I am currently off all meds, and after the stomach aches I had with metformin, I don’t ever want to go back on again.

    Thank you for sharing your story. It helps to know how other people are dealing with their symptoms. Best wishes to you!

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