Last year, I had a teeny-tiny health scare. I went to get a blood test done after months of my mom asking me to have a full physical (I'm 30 and scared of doctors). I can't take any of the credit for finally braving up and getting that blood test. My fiancé made the appointment for me so I had no choice. So I went, telling them all there was nothing to worry about. I did my blood test and went about my day as per usual. The next day, I had a very important meeting with a lead partner at my company. The meeting was offsite so I woke up early and as I was walking to the subway station, the clinic called me. They're only supposed to call if somethings wrong...I thought. But in my usual nature of dismissing the possibility that anything could be wrong, I picked up, hesitantly but cheerily. The doctor needs you to go in for a blood transfusion as soon as possible...the nurse said.
My heart dropped.
Your hemoglobin, iron and red blood cell levels are severely low, you need a transfusion right away. There must be a mistake, I thought. Yes, I have regular dizzy spells, I feel tired often and feel short of breath walking up stairs - even though I workout all the time. But those shouldn't be issues to get this worked up about. Apparently they were. My iron had gone unchecked for so many years that I had gone from being low in iron to far far below the deficiency levels. The doctor at the lab even told me that my face should be as pale as the white paper on his desk with how low my hemoglobin levels were. I was shocked. I ended up having to have 2 pints of blood transfused into my body. Thankfully everything worked out and I now religiously take my iron pills on a daily basis.
The morale of the story is; don't do what I did. If any part of your body feels off, don't ignore it. My case was minimal on the scale of health scares and I was very fortunate. But if it had gone unchecked for longer, I could have passed out while driving, walking...and what if no one was around? Take your health as seriously as you take your job. It's fragile and you only get one chance to truly take care of it. So do it justice.
Now read on for some amazing recipes (including high iron ones) that will help you heal your gut, boost your iron levels and satisfy all your cravings!
This recipe is loaded with...
20-25% of the world's population suffers from iron deficiency. Women are much more prone than to have lower levels of iron, especially pregnant women. Many women also struggle to get enough protein in their diets. One batch of these cookies contains, 12% of your daily iron intake, 2.4g of protein and 12g of dietary fiber. Plus, they're GOOD!
These cookies have become a staple when I want a dessert that's a little bit more filling but is still healthy. It's gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free and the total prep time is under 10 minutes. I've made a batch of these in between getting ready for a party and they were ready before I was!
Here's what you need:
3 tbsp Tiger Nut Flour (I use Organic Gemini)
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the above ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Spoon out teaspoon size balls into a baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 1 hour before serving. Serve and enjoy!