All posts by Dr. Jay

Dr. Jay is excited to educate our readers on different health topics in Nouveau Exposure Magazine! She is a recent graduate from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and is currently training to be an OB/GYN at University of Mississippi Medical Center. She enjoys being an advocate for health and wellness and teaching about career and personal development. She is the founder of Jay’s Love Your Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization, which educates women and young ladies to about health and wellness topics through the Facebook page and workshops. She recently created a Facebook page, “Livin’ Well With Dr. Jay” to share health information, career and personal development tips and share her success stories and journey as she trains to become an OB/GYN. Feel free to follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LivinWellWithDrJay and/or https://www.facebook.com/jaysloveyourlife as well as Instagram @ jaleensims01. She loves receiving topic requests so if you have a topic you’d like her to cover, feel free to contact her!

Womens Health: Cervical Cancer Awareness

It’s time to get back to some health education! January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month so let’s take some time to learn a little about cervical cancer facts, symptoms, causes and how to prevent it.

What is Cancer?

  • Cancer is a disease that allows the cells in your body to grow more than they normally would.

How is the Type of Cancer Determined?

  • The type of cancer is always named according to the body part that it starts in, even if it spreads to other areas.
    • If one has cervical cancer and it spreads to the lungs, she would say, “I was diagnosed with cervical cancer with metastasis (spread) to the lungs.” This person does not actually have lung cancer.

Facts and Stats:

  • All sexually active women are at risk for cervical cancer
  • Most cervical cancers are seen in women over 30 years of age
  • About 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,000 die from cervical cancer each year.

Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

  • Many women don’t have symptoms. Those that do experience vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic pain/pressure.

Cause of Cervical Cancer:

  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) almost exclusively causes cervical cancer
    • HPV is a virus that is passed from person to person during sexual intercourse.
    • There are many types of HPV, with a handful that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
    • About 70 percent of sexually active individuals will have HPV in their lifetime; however, before it can cause abnormal pap smears or cancer, most women’s immune systems will fight off the virus to clear it from the body, just like a cold.
  • Other things that can increase the risk of cervical cancer
    • Smoking cigarettes
    • Having several sexual partners
    • Having health problems that decrease your immune system’s ability to fight viruses, like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Prevention of Cervical Cancer

  • Start young! Get your children vaccinated with the HPV vaccination
    • The vaccine protects from the types of HPV that most commonly cause cervical and vaginal cancers.
      • It can be given to girls and women, ages 9-26
      • It’s best given before becoming sexually active
      • There is great controversy about giving this vaccine as some parents believe that it will lead their children to believe they can become sexually active. I advise that you speak to your children about the topic and discuss your expectations. All in all, if a vaccination can prevent future cancer for your child, why not give it to her?
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit your sexual partners and use condoms
  • Get your normally scheduled pap smears (a cervical swab that tests for cells that can lead to cervical cancer) on time and follow up as recommended if you have an abnormal pap.
    • Many of the cervical cancers that I see are in women who haven’t had a GYN visit in 15-20 years.

Speaking of pap smears, are you a person that dreads your annual exams due to pap smears? No worries! They are no longer recommended every year! Checkout the current guidelines!

  • Starting getting pap smears at age 21, Continue every 3 years, until age 30, then every 5 years with HPV testing or you may continue every 3 years with just a pap smear alone.
  • Stop after having a hysterectomy if it is done for benign reasons (can’t be done for cancer or abnormal pap smears) or at the age of 65 if the last 3 paps were negative.

I hope this information finds you better informed. If I had to provide two take home points they would be: 1. Get your pap smears done on time! 2. Get your children the HPV vaccination! If there were a vaccine that could prevent breast, lung or colon cancer, etc, everyone would jump on it! Let’s work towards moving past our fear of the HPV vaccination and protect our youth from cervical cancer!

Until Next Time,

Dr. Jay

My Body, His Creation: Altered By Surgery

Have you considered having surgery to improve your appearance, but refrained or are on the fence because of your religious beliefs or others’ opinions? Are you a person feels that others should not undergo surgical procedures to enhance their appearances? Well, I had the opportunity to interview two women who graciously shared their stories. As you read these narratives, I implore you to have an open mind to receive the stories in their entirety.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of most preventable medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, sleep apnea and more. Individuals living with obesity also suffer from eating disorders, malnutrition, depression, anxiety and feelings of shame and low self-worth. Allow me to narrate the events surrounding Mrs. Aviance Lee’s weight loss surgery.

Life Before Surgery
Aviance was a normal sized child and teenager. She first started gaining weight after delivering her first child and developing her first blood clot. She suffers from a genetic blood clotting disorder, Factor Five (V) Leiden, a disorder that makes you more likely to have blood clots in the legs, lungs, heart (heart attack), brain (stroke) and more. After Aviance recovered from her pregnancy and blood clot she reflects, “I never took the initiative to get the weight off”. Her weight increased with her second child. Over the years she tried “lose weight quick schemes” for which she was briefly successful. She lost 25lbs with Weight Watchers and 45lbs with carbohydrate counting and exercise. She reflects, “It’s all a mind set so if you don’t have the mind to do it, you’ll easily revert” as she did when she stopped the diets and exercise and gained all of her weight back.

I wish I could…

Aviance never had issues with depression/anxiety related to her weight; however, she was limited on certain activities she desired to participate in. She loves amusement parks, but could not ride most of the rides due to her weight. Related to her physical appearance, she did not like the way her legs looked because they were always so swollen. As a result, she never wore capris or short skirts. She remembers trips to the gym as embarrassing moments.

The Turning Point
By the Age of 40 Aviance had already suffered 3 blood clots in both lungs, 2 in her deep leg veins and 2 in her superficial veins, with the last blood clot stretching from the calf to the hip, which is massive. When she was discharged from the hospital she saw a new Hematologist who was “real” with her. He was the first physician to outright tell her, “You are severely obese” and that she would need to lose weight or “it was a death sentence”. He then suggested weight loss surgery. As you can imagine, this was eye opening. She became serious about her weight loss, started researching weight loss surgery and underwent gastric sleeve surgery on February 13, 2017, without complications.

The Haters
It’s disappointing when a person strives to enhance his/her life while family/friends disclose their doubt. Sad to say, Aviance had discouraging interactions before and after surgery. One person told her that she was “taking the easy way out” and to “stay away from the chicken”, which was really hurtful. Of course, she did not allow that to stop her. After having the surgery she quickly learned her rebuttal, “This is not an easy way out and is not for the weak minded” because discipline is key in being successful after weight loss surgery. She states, “This is a new way of life” as she has to be conscious of the foods/drinks she takes in because her stomach does not have the digestive mechanisms it once had. After surgery she overheard individuals saying, “I was going to see if she would lose a whole bunch of weight, but she still looks the same”. People approach her all the time asking, “How much weight have you lost?” or “You’re looking smaller”. She always appreciates the compliments, but says “You can tell when people are sincere…I know that people are watching to see if I mess up.”

Life After Surgery

Now that she has had approx. 85% of her stomach removed, she eats small meals. She has to avoid sodas and carbonated beverages, pure sugar, beef/pork (for a short while) and acidic foods. Her daily goals are to drink 64 oz. of water and take in 75 grams of protein for a total of 800-1000 calories per day. Along with this she exercises often. As of June 4th, Aviance has successfully lost 70lbs and she is ecstatic about it. She says, “I didn’t have a self-esteem issue, but now I’m starting to see my curves!” She says that her legs are smaller than ever and she is able to wear dresses that show her legs. She laughs as she discloses a nickname her close friends call her, “slim-thick”. She awaits the moment when she can begin checking items off her bucket list, including getting on amusement park rides and wearing a two-piece swimsuit at the beach.

 

Breast hypertrophy or large breasts is a medical condition that isn’t always recognized as such. Those with breast hypertrophy deal with shoulder and back pain on a daily basis, which can make exercise and normal daily activities a challenge. It can also lead to depression and anxiety. Let’s explore the events surrounding Mrs. Phillippa McCutchen’s breast reduction surgery.

Life Before Surgery

Phillippa first noticed her breasts were larger than her peers in the 5th grade. As you can imagine, the boys in her class teased her regularly. Luckily she never had a sense of insecurity, likely because she had a great support system around her. Later in life she began to have children and while her body size was consistent, her breasts continued to enlarge. Before she knew it, she was a size 40H. Finding clothing was a task. “I had to increase my shirt sizes to accommodate my breasts and purchasing things like panty and bra sets or lingerie was very challenging”.

 

The Curse
As Phillippa’s breasts grew larger she acquired shoulder and back pain, shoulder indents and the pain made it difficult to exercise. She tried to exercise through the pain to lose weight with hopes to decrease her breast size, but was unsuccessful. As she reflects, she disclosed an anger trigger:
Overhearing other women talking about their own breast sizes. People focus on things they don’t have. Women with smaller breast wanted bigger breasts. I struggled with the thought of women having breast implants and couldn’t understand why they would want to have that surgery. I would become enraged. I felt that if they could walk a mile in my shoes, that they would change their minds.

She remembers becoming angry with God and questioning, “God, why did you make me this way?” “Out of all my cousins, I’m the only one like this.” She goes on to say, “I felt cursed!” Needless to say, once Phillippa had health insurance she was certain that a breast reduction was right for her. She had a very supportive physician who was able to document that her breast hypertrophy was indeed a medical problem (inability to participate in exercise, shoulder indents and back/shoulder pain) so her insurance agreed to pay for the procedure.

The Postoperative Set Back

The excitement of her breast reduction quickly came to a halt after running into a complication that only 1/100,000 people encounter. With low blood flow to her left nipple she had loss of sensation and nearly lost her nipple. For 2 months, she had bi-weekly doctor visits all while her feelings of anger resurfaced. She was so anxious about her physical appearance and what her husband would think of her that she asked, “God, did you really let this happen?” By the grace of God and love of her family, she acquired inner strength to embrace her self. She prayed for God to show her how to appreciate her new body. This was the first time she had ever had to trust God for medical healing. She remembers this whole situation as a test spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally.

Life After Surgery

Now that she has overcome her medical/surgical complication she is overwhelmed in joy with her outcome. She easily finds bras, swimsuits and other clothing that fits her body appropriately. She is also able to follow behind her children as they participate in basketball and cheer-leading, pain free.

Advice From the Wise

Both Aviance and Phillippa advise those who are considering surgery to learn all they can about the surgeries and related risk and make a personal decision to move forward or not. Aviance spent 5-6 months researching the types of weight loss surgeries and physically/mentally preparing. Phillippa says “If it turns out bad, you will blame those who nudged you to have surgery” so you want it to be your decision.

As you can see, having surgeries to improve ones outward appearance is not merely cosmetic. After reading these two individual narratives, I hope it inspires you to show your support for those undergoing these surgical procedures and I pray that you have found inner peace and encouragement if you are considering a surgery.

Until next time,
Dr. Jay

DID YOU KNOW? -Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Happy New Year! We are so excited that God brought us to a new year. Of course, the new year brings new year’s resolutions… some last for just a few moments and others last a life time. For this issue,want to present a topic that if you or someone you know may be dealing with. Our prayer is that you will make the decision to escape it for a lifetime. So… In honor of February ‘s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, let’s learn about it!

What is Dating Abuse/Violence?
It is a type of violence between two people in a close relationship that can include physical,emotional or sexual offenses. The location does not matter as it can take place in person, over the phone or on the internet.

• Physical abuse/violence- when a person is pushed, hit, kicked or pinched against their will.
• Emotional abuse/violence- when a person’s self-worth is harmed or when a partner speaks in ways that makes their counterpart feel uncomfortable. This can also be a verbal threat such as spreading rumors or a threat to physically harm an individual or their family.
• Sexual abuse/violence- is when a partner engages in sexual acts against their will or when they cannot give permission.

Get The Facts:
• 1 out of 5 females experience dating violence, while one 1 of 10 males experience dating violence in their lifetime.
• Many individuals who experience dating violence are afraid to tell their family and friends about what they are experiencing.
• Teens who experience dating violence have an increased chance of suffering from depression and anxiety. They are also more likely to try tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
• Those who are victims when they are young are likely to be victims when they are older.

Risks of Being a Victim or Abuser:
• Belief that dating violence is acceptable
• Drug and alcohol use
• Aggressive behavior towards objects, animals or people
• Witnessing or experiencing violence at home
• Early sexual activity and having multiple sexual partners
•Having depression or anxiety
• Previous trauma in life
• Having a fight or conflict with your partner

How to Stop Abuse/Violence Before it Starts?
• Try to develop healthy relationships that make you feel comfortable and happy
•If you see concerning signs from the information given in this article, don’t overlook them. This could very well end in a relationship that makes you uncomfortable
• Refrain from becoming emotionally involved and with someone while getting to know someone so it’s not difficult to escape a relationship if needed
• Pay attention to how an individual treats their parents, siblings and others around them to check for potential reassuring or alarming signs
• Set boundaries at the beginning of the relationship…Let your counterpart know what you will not tolerate
• If you see yourself as an abuser or think you may become one, get help

I’m in an Abusive Relationship…What Can I do?
• When your partner is not around, tell a close friend or family member
• File for a restraining order
• Change your phone number and stop all communication.
• Make sure your wishes are made clear and act accordingly.
• Stay at a shelter for a few nights if needed
• If you are given a phone number for a place to get help, memorize the number. Do not take the brochure or card with you so that your partner does not find it
• If you know someone who has successfully gotten out of an abusive relationship, talk to them to see what their strategy and resources were.

Who Can Help?
• National Dating Abuse Helpline and Love is Respect: 866-331-9474 or text the phrase “loveis” to 22522
• National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE
• National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE.

All in all, if you are dealing with dating violence, you should know that it is never okay. Dating violence can hinder your sense of self-worth and your physical and emotional health. Look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I AM WORTH MORE!” and get out quickly!

As always, feel free to contact me with questions at jaysloveyourlife@yahoo.com or speak to your health care provider.

~Dr. Jay

Summer Shaping Fun

Beaches, amusement/ water parks, family vacations, back yard barbecues, outdoor exercise classes, mommy get-a-ways…Yes, honey! Summer is here!

Summer time brings about various memories and good times with family and friends. To ensure that you enjoy it to the fullest, I’d like to discuss a few health maintenance topics.

 

Fun in the sun!

  • Who doesn’t want to be outside enjoying the summer breeze and sunlight? Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to hideous sunburns and tans. You know, the ones that make wearing that beautiful prom, wedding or summer dress almost impossible? It can also lead to wrinkled or early aging of skin, skin cancer and cataracts of the eyes. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
    • Wear sun screen, SPF 15 or higher
    • Wear hats to cover your face, ears and neck
    • Get in the shade in the midday hours
    • Wear clothing that protects your skin if you are planning to work outside for a long time

 

Get your exercise on, girl!

  • Sometimes this is hard while on vacation. Here are a few ideas for exercise when you’re not in your normal environment:
    • Find a local park- While the children play, walk or run the path around the park
    • Look for free outdoor classes in the community- Many communities are sponsoring activities to help their citizens be healthy.
    • Go hiking or mountain climbing- You’ll get a full body workout and have an opportunity to capture some breathtaking photos!
    • Go boating- Moving those paddles are bound to get your upper body muscles toned!
    • Go skating with the children- You already know this will get those legs and buttocks muscles “on fleek!”
    • Find a local gym and get a 1-week visitor pass.

Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink! Water, that is- Yes, you must stay hydrated!

  • You’d be surprised how many people we see in the emergency department because they are dehydrated or worse. Here are a few tips to save yourself the time and money:
    • Your body is made of 70-80% water, which gets released when you void, sneeze, speak, sweat, etc. To replace the water lost, drink at least 6- 8 ounce glasses of water per day. If you’re dehydrated, you’ll need much more than that.
    • Drink Gatorade or Powerade to replenish your water intake.
    • Decrease the amount of soda, sweet tea and sugary drinks. These will dehydrate you.

 

Practice safety!

  • It’s fun to go riding with your girls in your drop top, or windows down for most of us, with your hair flowin’ and make up poppin’, but please remember to buckle up!
  • Know your surroundings. Criminals are looking for victims who are “off their square” or are clueless of their surroundings because they are talking on their phones or texting.
  • Label your emergency contacts in your phone “ICE,” This is short for, In Case of E This way, your emergency contacts can be called if you are unable to call them yourself.
  • No texting and driving! Use hands free methods of communication while driving.
  • If you’ve had a little too much to drink, call a cab or friend for a ride home.

 

Well, that’s it for now! I pray that you all enjoy the blazin’ summer and make new memories for a lifetime!

Dr. Jay

Their Lives Matter

The men in our lives give us so much life! Where would we be without them?? Everyone from our grandfathers, fathers, husbands, brothers, cousins and sons help us, motivate us, make us laugh, offer a shoulder to cry on and make us feel secure, so YES! Their lives matter! They set an example by working hard to be the best they can be in every aspect of their lives, including their careers, spirituality and family.

Although we see our men as such strong characters in our lives, I must; however, disclose an aspect of life that men typically slack at… health maintenance. Some health care providers actually depend on the women in their male patient’s lives to help them keep their patient’s healthy. With that being said, I’d like to discuss a few important health maintenance screenings that you can speak to the men in your lives about to help with early detection of some the most common illnesses.

Health Screenings

• Dental health- Teeth cleanings are every 6 months to 1 year for all ages.

• High blood pressure- Blood pressure checks are every 1-2 years starting at are 18.

• High cholesterol- Cholesterol checks are every 5 years starting at age 20.

• Diabetes- Fasting blood sugars checks are every 5 years starting at age 45.

• Colon cancer screening- Starting at age 50, start any of the following:
o A colonoscopy every 10 years;
o Stool blood testing every year or
o A flexible sigmoidoscopy (mini colonoscopy) every 5 years with stool blood testing every 3 years

• Prostate cancer screening- Rectal exams are every year, starting at age 50. The blood test is controversial so they are done on an individual basis.

• Lung cancer- Cat scans should be done on adults ages 55-80 if they were/are a heavy tobacco smoker (smoking a pack per day for 30 years or anything equivalent).

Tips for encouraging men to visit their doctor

• Tell them how much you appreciate their presence in the family and that their health is important to you.

• Let them know that you want them to live long, successful lives.

• Schedule appointments for them.

• Help them overcome their fear that they may learn bad news.

As you can see, offering a little “nudge” to men related to their health can result in early detection of a curable illness and ultimately save a life. So in closing, I have to share a motto that I live by: Each one, teach one! We’ve learned about the screenings, now it’s time to teach those around us!

Dr. Jay

Love Your Heart

Hey girl, what’s your New Year’s resolution? I’m sure you’ll hear that line over and over again as the new year kicks off. Common resolutions are related to relationships, eating healthier, exercise, spiritual and career goals and more. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions are short lived for some. This year, I’d like to encourage you to develop more than just a resolution, but a lifestyle habit. More specifically, I want to encourage you to “Love Your Heart” by adopting a lifestyle that will foster a healthy heart. Of course you’re #YoungAndSnatched right now, but your current actions determine your health outcomes when you grow wiser. Since February is American Heart Month, lets discuss heart health.

 

Let’s begin with a few facts. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, which causes 1 out of 3 deaths per year. Signs for heart attack are different for women than men. Signs to look for are as follows; pain in the chest, stomach, arm, jaw, neck, shoulder or back shortness of breath, sweating, unusual fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

How does the heart and blood vessels work?

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Together, the heart and the vessels make up the cardiovascular system. Cardio = heart and vascular = vessels. Your heart is the muscle that is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body by way of the blood vessels. The blood carries all the nutrients and oxygen to your organs like your liver, brain, intestines, ovaries, uterus, bones and skin, which allows them to function properly. As you can imagine, your arteries need a free flowing space for the blood to easily flow, like picture number 1 in the figure.

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In the event that your vessels are blocked with plaques- cholesterol/fat (picture 2 in the figure)- the space becomes smaller causing decreased blood flow to organs. Decreased blood flow causes damage or death to tissues. For example, when your heart is unable to pump blood to the brain, it causes a stroke. Likewise, when the heart is unable to pump blood to itself, it causes a heart attack.

 

 

Finally, let’s discuss how you can Love Your Heart!

Exercise: Knowing that your heart is a muscle, giving your heart exercise is just as important as giving your leg or arm muscles exercise. Thirty minutes of exercise daily is best. Activities that raise your heart rate like jogging, dancing, speed walking and playing sports like basketball, volleyball, tennis will all do great. I know, I know! It’s difficult to exercise daily. It’s okay to exercise a few times per week for longer periods of time.

Nutrition: Fatty foods create the plaques we saw in the figure. Those plaques grow over years of eating foods high in fat and cholesterol, starting in school age children. As you can imagine, it’s necessary to watch what you eat now to prevent heart disease later in life. When you’re shopping for your foods, read to food labels and compare the fat and cholesterol content. Make it a habit to pick up foods that advertise that they are low fat to help you better love on your heart. For a more balanced diet plan, take a look at the plate method that I discussed in the November/December 2015 issue.

Well, that’s all for now ladies… Let’s make “loving our hearts” a lifestyle habit, rather than a new year’s resolution. Happy New Year to you and yours~ Dr. Jay

Fit is the New It!

Yes, Honey! Fit IS the new it! I’m sure it’s the same for all of us… The winter season is the most difficult time of the year to stay #Snatched! This time of year beholds Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day with all that good ‘ol cooking and baking from granny and mama’s kitchen. Not to mention, all the holiday parties at school, work, church and within your acquaintance circles. With all these opportunities to indulge in holiday cheer, its no wonder staying fit during the winter is a task!  Let’s discuss a few ways to enjoy the holiday season and stay on top of your fitness game!

 

1. Moderation: Sure! Have a great meal with the family, but keep in mind that having a well-balanced meal is key. Sometimes I like to fix my plate using “The Plate Method.” It’s the way those living with diabetes are taught to fix their plates to reduce their carbohydrates or sugar intake. I must mention, starchy, sugar and carbohydrate filled foods are the ones that are stored as fat if we don’t burn them when we eat them. Here’s how the plate method works:

 

a. ½ the plate should be non-starchy vegetables (Greens, green beans, asparagus, carrots, salad, peppers, onions, etc)
b. ¼ of the plate should be protein (Chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc). To decrease the amount of fatty foods, it’s best to bake, grill or broil your meat. *Note: If you use beans as your protein, since they are a starch, you’ll have to take away from the starchy food allowance (see below)
c. ¼ of the plate should be carbs, starches or breads (Corn, potatoes, mac and cheese, pasta, rolls, etc)
d. For more information about the Diabetic diet and the plate method, check out my short 3 minute video here: https://youtu.be/b0qGAmv4v58

 

2.  Get Moving!!! What we eat is a large part of the battle, but exercise is definitely a part of the equation.

 

a. It is recommended that we exercise 150 minutes per week. We can break that up however we’d like.
b. A few ideas:
i. Go for a walk or jog on a trail outside
ii. Hit the gym and do some cardio and weights
iii. Go to a class in the community or at the gym
1. I love to dance and I’m an athlete so Zumba and hardcore circuit training classes like Boot Camp are my favorites.
iv. Get a group of friends together and come up with an exercise challenge. Here are some things I’ve done:
1. Some co-workers and I did a 25 minute cardio and strength circuit (squats, jumping jacks, crunches, lunges, etc) between our patient care activities one day.
2. Squat challenge: Do 25 squats each time we go to the restroom. It’s simple, but it keeps us active.
v. Go salsa dancing
vi. Search YouTube for exercise routines. Here’s the link to to one I’ve done:https://youtu.be/ehMxsnh6muo
vii. Join a gym
1. Some gyms have holiday specials. Keep your ear to the ground to see what’s available in your area. I understand that memberships can be quite costly, but keep in mind that some gyms offer financial assistance, like YMCA.
3. Search for  healthy takes on your favorite goodies. When you go to a holiday party, challenge yourself to contribute a healthy dish to share. Here’s a delicious recipe for chocolate chip peanut butter cookies that I’ve tried:
a. Only 4 Ingredients:
i. 2 very ripe bananas,
ii. 1½  cup of quick oats
iii. 1/3 cup of peanut butter
iv. ¼ cup of chocolate chips (or mix-ins of your choice- nuts, raisins, etc)
b. Once you mix it all together place tablespoon sized portions on a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350F.
i. Recipe from mydarlingvegan.com