Hi, guys! It’s been while since my last blog post. I’m happy to be back and can’t wait to share some fun things up my sleeve!
The past few weeks have been quite full, and life seemed to get in the way of sitting down to write. Between weekly business trips (did you know I work full-time in health policy?), a bad cold, and trying to recover from a stomach infection, what little time I had at home was spent resting. It was a
great hard learning experience in priorities and letting go – more on that below.
But! I hope you’ve been keeping up with me on social media. I post on Instagram daily – snapshots of my day-to-day life, my latest recipes, eats, healthy living tips, pics of my pup, Kaya, and my latest gluten-free/dairy-free food finds.
Some of my recent eats – click on my Instagram feed to see more.
If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you know I’ve been even more about the food prep lately and have been also trying to focus on wellness – resting, meditation, and gentle exercise in an effort to help my body heal. I’ve been struggling the past several months with getting rid of an infection in the small intestines called Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
Although I’m still trying to get used to being more open about my personal life, I have seen this condition everywhere lately, so I thought I might help others by sharing my experiences.
Along with antibiotics, treatment can include a very restrictive diet to try to starve the bad bacteria. For the last month, I’ve been trying to stick to the the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), which is free of grains, dairy, sugar, soy, legumes, starch, and limited nuts/seeds, so prepping my food is a MUST.
I’ve been gluten-free, dairy-free, and mostly sugar-free for the past eight years, but this seemed unrealistic, especially with a business trip every week. After a short freak-out session (hey, I’m human!), I got on the internet (Pinterest), for some inspiration and got to brainstorming.
Luckily, I’m now able to add some foods in back in, but with long days at the office and travel every week, if I don’t have food ready to eat, it’s not going to be pretty. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely one to get ‘hangry’.
Needless to say, food prep is necessary.
Here are some of my top tips for food prep.
I also wanted to share some posts that have been helpful for me. Going through an illness, experiencing a flare-up of a chronic condition, or even just going through a period of feeling more tired than usual can throw you out of whack in parts of your life that you may least expect it.
Yes, your physical health may suffer, but don’t forget about your mental, spiritual, and emotional health. From having it affect your relationships, to your performance at work, to having to skip workouts, to feeling totally discouraged or angry… it’s understandable if you’re going through something and feeling ‘off’. Cut yourself some slack and do what you need to do to take care of yourself (I know, I know, easier said than done, but check out these resources for help):
Just for today, I prioritize what I need to feel healthy. It’s all about empowerment.
This inspirational video brings tears to my eyes every time. The power of movement, letting go, facing fear, and being vulnerable.
All of that said, I’m looking forward to getting back on the blogging wagon! I’ve got a 5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake recipe coming at you in a couple days, plus a pumpkin smoothie, a peak into my favorite non-toxic beauty products, a fun video, and more. Thanks for being here, friends, and have a great week.
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