Sarah Kay Hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com Finding beauty in the dust of life's gravelroads Sun, 27 May 2018 13:06:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-SKH2-32x32.jpg Sarah Kay Hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com 32 32 45930907 You Are Two, Amiya http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/23/you-are-two-amiya/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/23/you-are-two-amiya/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 10:28:51 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=37515 Today you are two, Amiya. I’ll start your birthday letter out the same way I did last year (and probably how I will every single year), by reminding everyone of the age gap between the three of you. Today we now have a 2, 3, and 4-year old in the house. There is something so […]

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Today you are two, Amiya.

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I’ll start your birthday letter out the same way I did last year (and probably how I will every single year), by reminding everyone of the age gap between the three of you. Today we now have a 2, 3, and 4-year old in the house. There is something so frightening, yet so cool, about that.

You Are Two, Amiya

Dear Maya, 

You have drastically changed this past year. On your first birthday, I let everyone know,

Your first several months here, you rarely made a peep. You have found your voice now, but only when you are hungry, tired, or teething (have I told you yet how much I hate teething?!) do you scream like crazy.

You are now polar opposite of this.

The personality that emerged during this past year is larger than life. Much. Larger. It both drives mama insane, but also gives me all the joy.

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The entire world knows your name now. You made it very clear on Sunday night, right before your second birthday.

There is nothing you do that isn’t with 100% force. 

You are loud, dynamic, and strong. When you talk, your voice carries for days. When you want something now, you wanted it seventeen minutes ago. And when you get an idea in your head (say, putting on socks and “boots”), you’ll stop at nothing to get it done.

Your little mind is still as sharp as we thought it was last year. You’re already through with the ABC’s, can count past ten (made it to eleven last night with Grandma Nancy), and you pick up on everything. Aunt Kelly works with small children daily and she confirmed that you are a smart cookie. 

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Like your brother and sister, you love music; you love singing and dancing. You would sing anything from Sing all day long or “a dream is a wish your makes.” Your voice is deep, and so oftentimes when you sing, I laugh out loud because I’m not sure if you’re 2 or 62.

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The sass in  your attitude has quadrupled this past year, and most days we aren’t sure what to do with it. You say, “No,” hit, and throw tantrums whenever and however you feel like it. 

But oh little Maya, your hugs are the best in the whole world. When you hug, you snuggle in so tight and you never let go. Your feet wrap around my entire body, and oftentimes you’ll say, “Awwwwww.” 

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Your energy is insane, and you are still the child that could eat an entire cake, 5 sausage links, and 17 bananas and still have ripped arms and baby abs. I pray you’ll always be the girl who couldn’t care less about eating all the things and having all the gains.

It was never going to be easy once we welcomed you into our home – having three children, virtually all within a year of each other. But thank God for you, for your life, for your Tummy Mommy, and that we said, “Yes, yes we’ll take her.” The days with you are often super challenging currently, and I feel perfectly okay in saying that because I know deep down just how worth it they have been.

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You are the child your daddy and I will, without-a-doubt, hear, “Um….Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman, Maya is in the principles office. Again.” 🙂 Kidding. Maybe.

But you are also going to be the child who will stop for nothing to get anything and everything you want out of life. You’ll be the one to defend the underdog, and the one who will light up an entire room with your smile.

Your smile is contagious. So contagious.

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I thank God for the day you were born, and for the day you officially became ours during this past year.

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Happy birthday, my sweet Amiya.

One last thing. I shared the video of you watching your girl on Facebook last year in your birthday post. On Monday night, I confirmed that you still love her and dancing with her. “Again!”

Xox,
SKH

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She looked me straight in the eyes this past weekend, took a deep breath, told me to do the same and then said, “Just slow down.”

Saturday night was one of those very memorable nights, on many levels, but I twirled the night away deep belly laughing with my 2 best friends in Chicago, their husbands, and one of their mothers. (Yes, this is the three of us. Yes, this was the best picture we could get and no, we didn’t think it was phenomenal, but I’m learning that having pictures always outweighs the quality of said pictures.)

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It was one of those nights you just can’t plan, but that turn out to be exactly what you’d hoped.

Around 8:45 pm, one of my friends, the mother and I were sitting around the kitchen island. Everyone else started scurrying about, “C’mon, guys, it’s time to go.” My eyes lit up, and I must have had that sense of urgency, rushed look (that I always have) on my face when the Mother said, “You feel rushed a lot, don’t you?”

“What?” I replied.

“You’re always in a hurry, and you live a fast, rushed life, don’t you?” 

It didn’t take me long to respond, “Yes. Totally accurate. And I don’t want it to be that way.”

So she took a deep breath, told me to do the same, and then said, “Just slow down.” She grabbed my hands and told me – there, now you have the power to slow down. 

Slow Down

The very next morning (yesterday), I grabbed myself two chicken sausages and a coconut milk latte, sat down at my gate, and opened up the old laptop.

I looked at my Editorial Calendar for the blog this week (posts I have planned to write, other planning tasks for the blog), and I saw the post for Wednesday pop up, “You are Two, Amiya.” 

S#$% – I had forgotten all about the fact that Maya’s birthday is already this week, so I opened up her birthday post from last year, when she turned one, “You Are One, Amiya.”

I read it, then re-read it, and read it yet again. 

Tears filled my eyes. Yes, that woman all airport emotional.

But it hit me that our little Bee is another year bigger and while every single day feels snail-ish, the years are flying. 

Meanwhile, I don’t know it – any of it, because I live so so fast. I rush from one thing to the next, both physically and mentally, without skipping a beat. 

Instantly, I remembered the words from the prior night…..slow down. So basic and real, yet so far from how I actually live on a daily basis.

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When I got home, I squeezed the babies, then took a shower, unpacked my suitcase (yes, immediately – the first time in years), and then Ryan, the kids and I spent the night grilling out with my brother-in-law and his son. 

I cut potatoes slowly, snapped the ends of off beans in entirety, and enjoyed every last bite of the salmon my brother-in-law brought down from Minneapolis. 

I stopped to watch my nephew read a book to Samarah, held Isaiah when he wanted to be held (until he became too heavy for me), and did little videos with Amiya the Bee outside (in anticipation of her 2nd birthday on Wednesday). Slow Down www.sarahkayhoffman.com Ashton, Samarah, Isaiah

Will I ever live a super slow life? No. I’m not built that way, and I think that’s okay. 

But do I need to slow way down? Yes. Yes, I really do. 

It’s like the can wait scenario. 

The more we can wait, the better the journey is. We are left with experiencing and embracing all that we have for the only day and moment we are guaranteed – today.

Just slow down.

Xox,
SKH

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Healing vs Wholeness http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/16/healing-vs-wholeness/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/16/healing-vs-wholeness/#comments Wed, 16 May 2018 10:25:28 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=37462 My whole life (at least the part when I’ve been sick), I have talked about gut healing. I never once thought about healing vs wholeness…..until Friday night. Healing vs wholeness is where this whole conversation is going to begin. It’s sort of a deep one, and if you’ll hang in here with me for a […]

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My whole life (at least the part when I’ve been sick), I have talked about gut healing. I never once thought about healing vs wholeness…..until Friday night.

Healing vs wholeness is where this whole conversation is going to begin. It’s sort of a deep one, and if you’ll hang in here with me for a couple/few weeks, I’m going to talk about all of it.

It starts here, and the foundation was biblical, but the application is for everyone.

On Friday night I heard Terri Savelle Foy speak, and it was life changing for me. I was shaking my head “yes” to all the things, but probably not in the ways most people were. 

The night rooted when she asked,

Do you believe that healing and wholeness are different?

I wasn’t sure, until she explained it via the story from the Bible about the 10 lepers that Jesus healed.

10 Lepers

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10 lepers wanted to be made clean from their disease. Jesus responds to them by physically healing them. 

Of the 10, only one, the Samaritan, turns back to praise God and, “fell before his feet” to thank Jesus. Jesus asks rhetorically, “Were not 10 made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”

Jesus then addresses the healed Samaritan:

Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well . (Luke 17:19)

Now, truth be told, the Bible doesn’t say (verbatim) that the 10th was made whole. I think Terri extracted that from the message because he was the only one to say thanks and give gratitude for the blessing. Perhaps she equated “well” with whole vs. simply just healed.

Regardless, Terri said that nine were healed (the leprosy went away), but only one was made whole (the leprosy went away and the missing body parts from the disease actually came back to form a whole person again). 

I could not stop thinking about it. I laid in bed and thought about it that night, and I told Ryan all about it the next day when he got home.

Healing vs Wholeness

My entire blog and even, heck, my entire life, has been built around healing – for myself and teaching other women to do the same.

I have a 286-page book called, The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut.

Part of my mission is to help women worldwide heal with food and lifestyle vs drugs and medication.

Healing, healing, healing. The word means to become sound or healthy again. 

But whole…..whole means all of; entire, in an unbroken or undamaged state; in one piece.

The way Terri described the difference is very simple: Healing will make you well; disease (or problem) will stop, but only wholeness will allow you to move forward, fully repair, and rebuild.

I’ve been thinking about and praying hard on this.

What if I’ve been wrong all along? What if healing and wholeness are truly different? What if the reason we all struggle to heal indefinitely is because of a/the missing link?

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For the nine lepers it was their lack of gratitude and thankfulness.

Is that our missing link? Is that my missing link? And if not, what is?

It seems like we heal, then relapse, heal then relapse…..everyone, over and over and over again. For you, maybe it’s not your gut, maybe it’s something else – some other area of your life, but you heal, then relapse, heal then relapse.

I don’t care who you are or what your status might currently be. If you dig deep, I’m guessing you’ll find yourself wedged in the scenario somewhere.

I started peeling back the layers immediately because I truly believe I have not yet been made whole because of my own missing link. Of course I still believe that there is an underlying condition that is the SIBO bottleneck, but why have we still not found it (when I have been searching so hard) and what caused the trigger this time (after staying in remission for so long)? 

Through Terri, I heard very clearly on Friday night that in order to address this and a whole host of other things, I need to,

Clean Up and Clean Out 

Leaving that thought here for the day, and I’ll be back for more soon.

Xox,
SKH

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I have shared this Oatless Protein Oatmeal many times before on Instagram (usually in Stories), and each time I do, several people message me, “Can you please share with me exactly what’s in that?”

So today I am.

And it’s basic.

In fact, it’s so basic that unless you need to have an oatless oatmeal, I think you should skip it and go for the 32g of fiber in one super breakfast bowl instead.

But here is why I love it:

  1. It’s grain-free, for those times when that’s what I need.
  2. It includes gut-healing boosts.
  3. I can make it in like 2 minutes.
  4. It still tastes good. (-ish; no, it’s not pancakes or muffins)
  5. It is: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, grain free, soy free, and Paleo.

Oatless Protein Oatmeal

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You only need these 5 ingredients to make this Oatless Protein Oatmeal:

  1. 1 scoop Nutiva Organic Plant Protein Powder. (I am a chocolate-loving mama by nature, but when it comes to this Plant Protein, I always choose the Vanilla. HERE is the Chocolate if you prefer that one. And yes Nutiva is a client, but they have, hands down, some of the very best products in our entire house.)
  2. 1 teaspoon NOW Foods L-Glutamine. I use this every single day, as often as possible. I probably consume 1 Tbsp a day in total. I have used the NOW Foods brand since the beginning of my gut-healing journey, and I’m always going to use it. (Side note: I’m going to the NOW Foods HQ this week to learn about their company and all products. Questions?!)
  3. 2 Tbsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour. The best. I use this for everything. The reason I add it to this Oatless Protein Oatmeal is that it helps give an even thicker texture.
  4. 1 Tbsp Vital Proteins Gelatin. Gelatin for gut healing rocks. I’ve written about the differences between Collagen and Gelatin before, so you can learn all about it. I choose Vital Proteins because I think they are the masters in their niche. They have stayed focused on their craft and perfecting it. And the products are really great.
  5. pinch, Monkfruit. If you don’t want the little extra sweetness, then you can skip this one. I love it, though, so I always add it in. I’m a Lakanto fan, but there are obviously other brands out there.

Place it all in a bowl, and either add water and/or full-fat coconut milk to it until you get the desired consistency. I tend to do about 1/2 water and 1/2 full-fat coconut milk.

You can use whatever brand of all the above that you want, but those are always the ones I use.

The only one two that you should not swap is the protein powder (because Nutiva’a new one is grain free), and the L-Glutamine because NOW Foods is my jam.

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But that looks gross and boring

I already can hear and see some of that happening on the other side of the screen.

And it’s okay.

If so, this is not for you.

Why?

Because either:

  1. Your gut isn’t that bad so you really don’t need to find alternatives like this (be very thankful for that!) and/or 
  2. You are not yet ready to truly heal your gut.

For those of you who need extra motivation around this, I discuss it plenty in The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 3.0

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It’s only boring if you tell yourself it’s boring. 

Rarely is gut healing a picnic.

But I have to share something very important with you about gut healing that I learned this past weekend – soon, not today. 

It has to do with the difference in HEALING and WHOLENESS.

They are vastly different.

Stay tuned.

And let me know if try this basic recipe. Y’all…..basic is best. 

Xox,
SKH

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Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three} http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/13/happy-birthday-isaiah-you-are-three/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/13/happy-birthday-isaiah-you-are-three/#respond Sun, 13 May 2018 11:30:53 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=37417 Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three}. Hardly seems real that another year has gone by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday that I wrote a letter to you for your first birthday, Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are One}, and then another one for your second, Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Two}. But today is the day […]

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Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three}. Hardly seems real that another year has gone by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday that I wrote a letter to you for your first birthday, Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are One}, and then another one for your second, Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Two}.

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But today is the day I write this third birthday letter for you. Today, on May 13, 2018, is the day we’ll celebrate both your birthday and Mother’s Day.

It’s both ironic and fitting that the day would land as one.

Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three}

Dear Isaiah,

You and I have come a long, long ways. 

These last couple months have been some of my favorite with you so far, and some day when you are big enough to understand all the little intricacies of life and love and you, Samarah, Amiya, mama, and daddy, I’ll tell you about it. 

Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three} www.sarahkayhoffman.com SKH and Isaiah

After Samarah, we wanted another baby. We didn’t really specify gender or anything else (except we did kind of request non-Caucasian, intentionally). Deep down, though, I know your daddy wanted a little boy. And truth be told, I did, too. Because I always wanted my own little Isaiah (since 1995). 

On May 13, 2015, you were born. You could not stay with your birth mama, and the plans for you were clearly set. Making your way to us was not in the state’s plans. 

But making your way to us was in God’s hands, and during these past few years I’ve oftentimes wondered “Why?” There was Elisabeth on the outside and ups and down on the inside. Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three} www.sarahkayhoffman.com Isaiah mom and dads

Here I sit, on your third birthday, and I, very openly, sincerely, and honestly, know why

While it’s scary to think that your name goes hand-in-hand with, “….and a child shall lead them,” they are words I have forced myself to come back to time-and-time again. 

You are the child that is teaching me that not everything will come easy in life, but if you give things time and patience, practice and perseverance, all the great things worth having make it all worth it.

At three, you are…..

All boy. All. Boy. Fire trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, you name it…..you play with them all day. Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three} www.sarahkayhoffman.com Isaiah helmet bike

Sometimes all girl. It’s true, for as much true boy as you are, your sister’s influence on you is real. You’ll hold babies with them and stuffed animals, push doll strollers and say, “Awwww…..” while rocking a doll. 

Active. You don’t sit still for 2 seconds. You love to run, jump, ride your bike, and do jump squats with mama. 

A huge fan of Katie’s. You really love Katie. Each night before bed you ask us, “Will Katie be here tomorrow?” We always respond, “Yes, buddy, now it’s time for bed.” Flower Girls and Ring Bearer www.sarahkayhoffman.com Katie, Amiya, Isaiah, Samarah

A singing soul. Since we got you, you’ve always picked up on beats. Now that you can talk, you pick up on words after hearing a song even just once. One of the best nights you and I had during the past month was spending a night together at Grandma Nancy and Grandpa Donny’s house. On the drive out, we had just hit the gravel roads when a song I had not yet heard came on the radio, “I Need a Ride Home” by Carly Pearce. I instantly fell in love with the song, and you did, too. You picked up on words instantly, and when we listen to it now, you know words here and there. I’ll forever think of you when I hear that song.

An eating machine. Seriously, you can out eat me, and sometimes you even give your daddy a run for the money. We are scared of what the grocery bill is going to look like as you get bigger. Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three} www.sarahkayhoffman.com park

A Gutsy boy like your mama. I always thought it was going to be Samarah who would remain the Gutsy baby. She outgrew it, you still have not (nor has Amiya). We currently have you on a very strict diet, and this past week has proved wildly awesome changes with you (well, except for last night when you got into a little popcorn and we caved on the French Fries!). Your stomach is huge and you’re a poopin’ machine if we don’t have it under control. Secretly, I love that I get to help you sort through the gut stuff. Hang in there buddy, one day you’ll be eating all your beloved apples again 🙂

Woody Wood Pecker. You still laugh like Woody, and it cracks everyone up. Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three} www.sarahkayhoffman.com Isaiah and Samarah

An entertainer. Put some music on, and your little head and body will wiggle and bop for what seems like hours. It’s absolutely hilarious! 

A total stud. Randomly, at the dinner table last night, you said to your daddy, “I need a haircut.” You’re always about your haircut and shades, and when you have a fresh cut and those shades on, you’re a total stud. April 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Isaiah

Daddy’s boy. Currently you’d choose your daddy over mama in a heartbeat. You love your daddy, and he has all the patience in the world for potty training with you when mama is still uncertain with the little man’s boy parts attitude (you always want to show mama – such a trip).Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three} www.sarahkayhoffman.com Isaiah and Ryan truck

Happy. 90% of your time is spent being happy. You have a smile that’s infectious, and as long as your tummy doesn’t hurt, is full, and plenty of hours of sleep under your belt, happy is what you’ll choose.

Sweet as pie. Yes, Isaiah. You truly are sweet as pie. Recently before one of my work trips you told daddy you were sad. When he asked why, you told him, “Because Mommy is leaving.” Your intentions are gold.

Happy, happy birthday my sweet boy! 

Listen – today is Mother’s Day, so I hope you’ll be real nice to mama, too. 

We have a big and fun day planned – mostly spending it outside, which is something you and I both love. 

We love you little man.

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Happy 3rd birthday, buddy!

p.s. And yes, yes we are making your special chocolate cake tonight!

Xox,
Mama

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I have cancelled the sentimental and emotional Mother’s Day post this year, and instead am replacing it with the funniest motherhood quotes. 

Why? Mostly because it’s fun (and funny), but also because I’m saving a version of that post for tomorrow when it’s little buddy’s third birthday.

Funniest Motherhood Quotes

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I stumbled upon this quote in my feed this week, and besides wanting to share it immediately, it’s what sparked this Mother’s Day post idea and also what reminded me that life isn’t so serious.

I need to share the funnies more often because they are a secret ingredient to life.

Inside, I’ve been laughing hysterically ever since I found the quote on Thursday.

On the heels of that, here are 11 more funniest motherhood quotes:

  1. If evolution really works, how come Mothers only have two hands? Milton Berle
  2. I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids. Anon
  3. Recipe for Iced Coffee. Funniest Motherhood Quotes www.sarahkayhoffman.com iced coffee
  4. The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. Lane Olinghouse
  5. I’d love to be a Pinterest mom. But it turns out I’m more of an Amazon Prime mom. Betsy Farrell
  6. With three kids in house, someone is always crying. Currently, it’s me. – someone, somewhere on the Internet Funniest Motherhood Quotes www.sarahkayhoffman.com three kids crying
  7. And then I thought to myself, “What’s the point of cleaning if my family is going to keep living here?” Betsy Farrell
  8. Not all who wander are lost. Some are just moms. In Target. Hiding from their children. @jocieopc
  9. The easiest way to shop with kids is not to. @relaxingmommy Funniest Motherhood Quotes www.sarahkayhoffman.com shopping with kids
  10. A mother’s love is unconditional. Her temper is another subject. someone, somewhere on the Internet
  11. On sleep. Funniest Motherhood Quotes www.sarahkayhoffman.com Getting enough sleep

 

I wish you all a truly incredible Mother’s Day Weekend. 

And if you’re reading this, starving for a child of your own, know that I’m thinking of you. I’ve been in your shoes. Read, For You Without a Child This Mother’s Day.

And then tuck this word in a safe place.

Keep hope close by, but know there might be another way to motherhood.

p.s. Share your fave motherhood quote in the comments, if you have a great one! 

Xox,
SKH

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Ever heard of the Microbial Reset Diet? Now you have.

On Monday I wrote about when SIBO keeps relapsing. At the end I mentioned we are doing something different with diet this time. I also commented that I wasn’t sure I completely agreed with it, but that I’d give it a shot.

Here are my doctor’s notes:

See handout for Microbial Reset Diet: Please do a low FODMAP (left column) and low fermentable foods (food highlighted in white) for 30 days and then if you are tolerating the protocol and foods well, introduce medium fermentable foods (foods highlighted in yellow) one at a time and see how you do.

What is the Microbial Reset Diet?

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This is a therapeutic diet tailored specifically to reduce bacterial, fungal, or parasite overgrowth by depriving these microorganisms of their energy source: poorly absorbed carbohydrates.

Microbial comes from intestinal microbes – whether bacteria, yeast, or parasites—which often rely on carbohydrates as their food source. Many microbes in the gut are anaerobic (i.e. they do not require oxygen for growth), and they derive energy by fermentation of carbohydrates. This fermentation produces compounds including hydrogen and methane gas, which in turn can cause bloating, flatulence, pain, and many of the other telltale symptoms of GI disorders. 

The diet specifically says that instead of restricting all carbohydrates, we focus on restricting certain carbohydrates that are more likely to feed the intestinal microflora. These include:

So What’s “New” about the Microbial Reset Diet vs. just remaining Low-FODMAP?

The Fermentation Potential (FP) is the difference. It is  a concept originally presented by Norm Robillard, PhD in his book “Fast Tract Digestion: Heartburn.” It is a measure of how likely carbohydrates are to be fermented by intestinal microflora. Carbohydrates that are rapidly absorbed high up in the small intestine are given a low FP, and those that take longer to break down and thus may be fermented by gut microbes are given a higher FP. Foods are assigned a numerical value using a mathematical formula for calculating FP, and then categorized as “low”, “medium”, or “high” in terms of their propensity to feed intestinal microflora. 

According to a handout on it that my doctor gave me, 

The concept behind the “low fermentation potential” and low FODMAP approaches is the same: to reduce the levels of microbial overgrowth in the small intestine (whether bacteria, fungus, or parasites) by depriving them of their food source. However, they employ a different strategy. Low FP is determined primarily by how quickly a carbohydrate is absorbed (as measured by its glycemic index), whereas the low FODMAP diet excludes specific types of carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed.

Microbial Reset Diet: Examples of Foods to Eats

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Here are some examples of foods you can eat on the diet:

  • bamboo shoots
  • bok choy
  • bell peppers
  • kale
  • parsnips
  • seaweed
  • swiss chard
  • tomatoes
  • cantaloupe
  • honeydew melon
  • lemons
  • limes
  • rhubarb
  • russet potatoes
  • Jasmine White Rice (only hot, not cooled – as then it’s a resistant starch)
  • rutabaga
  • macadamia
  • pecan
  • walnut
  • seeds
  • almond milk
  • butter
  • hard/aged cheese
  • meat
  • seafood
  • tofu
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • cacao 
  • dried coconut
  • coconut flour
  • ginger
  • vinegars
  • broth (meat only, no bones)
  • coffee
  • clear spirits

That is just a portion of the list. If you would find it helpful for me to put together the entire “Yes” list, let me know, and I will work on it.

Are You Following the Microbial Reset Diet?

The jury is still out. I talk about it in my e-book, but for me eating FODMAPs during the Rifaximin/Neomycin treatment is what worked best. When I restricted FODMAPs, I stayed miserable, and in fact, the first round of antibiotics, I relapsed fairly quickly. 

This last time I made it a long time with zero symptoms and zero relapse. 

Beyond that, the reason I’m not sold on this is because, in general, I know my body, and so many of those “Yes” foods, I don’t do well with when my gut is in this state. On the flip side, bananas are not allowed, and I have always done well with them, even on my worst days when I healed tremendously on the GAPS Diet.

If you want the real and raw truth – I have been doing the Microbial Reset Diet this week (along with Amiya and Isaiah), and while I think it’s helping them, it’s not helping me. I feel more bloated this week than I have in a long time, and I know it’s because I’m eating “Yes” foods that my body doesn’t actually do well with because of the “No” foods I can’t have (when I know I really can have them). 

I’m having a hard time getting my Rifaximin from Australia this time, so waiting to start the antibiotics might be the death of me. 

know how to find relief, and it’s not based solely on the Microbial Reset Diet. 

I’m listening to my body and the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years and moving forward. 

I’ll update as I go.

In the meantime, know that you can add new dietary theories to your healing toolbox, but that at the end of the day there will never be one way that is the way for everyone. 

Because bio-individuality reigns, Y’all.

If you need help navigating, I’m here.

Xox,
SKH

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When SIBO Keeps Relapsing http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/07/when-sibo-keeps-relapsing/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/07/when-sibo-keeps-relapsing/#comments Mon, 07 May 2018 10:19:19 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=37353 What do you do when SIBO keeps relapsing? Perhaps the better questions is, “Why does SIBO relapse?” SIBO SIBO is so important. SIBO is real, and it’s popularity (not the good kind of popular) is growing. I have been saying it for such a long time now, but I have to say it again — […]

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What do you do when SIBO keeps relapsing? Perhaps the better questions is, “Why does SIBO relapse?”

SIBO

SIBO is so important. SIBO is real, and it’s popularity (not the good kind of popular) is growing.

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I have been saying it for such a long time now, but I have to say it again — my prediction is that SIBO diagnoses are only going to rise. 

With the rise in diagnosis, two main problems will remain:

  1. There will be a high percentage of people who will relapse.
  2. Of those who do or don’t relapse, they will not know how to heal, other than to take a course of Rifaximin and/or Neomycin and call it a day. (This, of course, will typically lead back to #1, and the cycle will continue.)

And why is this whole SIBO issue such a big deal? (Enter sarcasm) I mean, it’s not even a digestive disease. It’s “just” an overgrowth, right?

Know this….90% of nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine. When SIBO is present, it affects every last thing about you. The signs and symptoms of SIBO can translate in harsh ways for the everyday life. 

Why Does SIBO Relapse

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My SIBO testing results are in and in my post, “Can you heal your gut on a Vegetarian diet” I told you that the results showed the SIBO has relapsed.

(Steps on soap box.) I have to make a side note to interject because I think this is an important point for those of you who have yet to do a SIBO test (but suspect it). Last fall when I went to the ER after my race, I was told I should consider getting scoped almost immediately to see what might be going on. I had a consult with the GI doctor who was going to perform the endoscopy and colonoscopy. During the consult, I told him about my SIBO status. He laughed, and then replied, “You don’t have SIBO. If you had SIBO, you would be losing weight quickly and very frail.” I was livid. In fact, I cancelled my colonoscopy and endoscopy with him almost immediately after. Why would I want a one-sided doctor working for me? Yes, that’s what they do – they work FOR us, and I think it’s very important and critical to remember that when a doctor tries to brush any diagnosed medical condition aside. (Steps down from soap box.)

I had one main question for Dr. Schweig on Thursday and that was, “Why does SIBO relapse?” And more importantly, “Why do I keep on relapsing?”

His answer?

That’s a great question. And it’s the hardest one to answer.

But he didn’t stop there. We discussed the many reasons why I might be relapsing, and my favorite part was when he told me, “You have relapsed so many times that I know it’s nothing you are or are not doing. It’s not your fault.”

Here’s the deal, barely anyone gets through SIBO without relapsing, but most people don’t relapse this many times. The difference is why SIBO was present to begin with. Sometimes it’s just something mild, and in those cases, I believe you relapse a time or two and if you do all the right things from a diet and lifestyle, medication and supplementation standpoint, you are able to fully heal and move on with your life. (These things are all in my e-book, in case you’ve just been diagnosed with SIBO for the first time or think you might have it.)

But for me, and according to Dr. Schweig, there must be something underlying that is keeping the SIBO around. Everyone is different, but here are the two main things he thinks could be my underlying conditions:

  1. Mold
  2. Lyme Disease

And here are the additional tests (all via blood) I’ll be doing:

  1. HNK1 (CD57)
  2. Bartonella Antibody Profile
  3. Lyme Disease AB, Total and IgM, w/ Reflex to Western Blot
  4. C6 Borrelia burgdorferi w/Reflex to Western Blot
  5. VCS Test
  6. Shoemaker VCS Test (this is actually a vision one done at home)

What Do You Do When SIBO Keeps Relapsing?

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So, then, what do you do when SIBO keeps relapsing?

The answer is two fold and it includes one part simple, and the other part simple, but not easy.

  1. The simple part is that you make sure you have a doctor as good as Dr. Schweig to keep seeking answers with further testing.
  2. The simple, but not easy, part is that you re-evaluate prior SIBO protocols and adjust, if need be.

For me, the antibiotics are staying the same as the last round. I’ll be on Rifaximin for 4 weeks, and Neomycin for 2 weeks (the first two weeks of Rifaximin). That combination has always cleared the current “ickies” I have going on in my small intestine, and after the course, I have always felt incredible. 

Right now, that relief will be lovely.

But we are doing something different with diet this time. 

Their ideas around SIBO during the course of the antibiotic(s) have changed from a diet standpoint. I’m still not sure if I fully agree, but I am going to give it a shot.

Wondering what it is? There isn’t even much information out there about it, but I’m going to share it with you this week. (And by the way, the answer is no, no it’s not the Elemental Diet. I’m never doing that, just so we are clear.)

Stay tuned or join my e-newsletter (right sidebar) so you don’t miss it. 

p.s. I listened to a great podcast this past weekend with Chris Kresser and Michael Ruscio on the gut. If you have some time, I think you’ll enjoy listening, too. Grab it HERE. My e-book falls in line with both of them.

Xox,
SKH

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Can You Heal Your Gut on a Vegetarian Diet http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/04/can-you-heal-your-gut-on-a-vegetarian-diet/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/05/04/can-you-heal-your-gut-on-a-vegetarian-diet/#comments Fri, 04 May 2018 10:48:18 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=37322 Can you heal your gut on a Vegetarian diet are words I never thought I’d write or a topic I never thought I’d be interested in exploring. Until Facebook. Stupid Facebook. My goal on this gut-healing journey and optimal wellness is and always has been to be super transparent with you. I’m not here to shill people, […]

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Can you heal your gut on a Vegetarian diet are words I never thought I’d write or a topic I never thought I’d be interested in exploring.

Until Facebook.

Stupid Facebook.

My goal on this gut-healing journey and optimal wellness is and always has been to be super transparent with you. I’m not here to shill people, products, and brands for anything or anyone. 

I’m here to help YOU and help myself because a healthy gut leads to a happy life. I know this for sure because I have lived it, and I do live with it, daily.

Meat

I swear by the GAPS Diet. It changed my life in 2009, and I will forever be grateful and indebted to it.

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Most people (even people who really know me) assume that I am – and always have been – Vegan. False. Completely false. There was never a day in my life when I was Vegan, and especially not from 2009 on, when I dug in to intense gut healing through the GAPS Diet.

My mind told me I wanted to thrive on grains, fruits, and vegetables, but my body screamed otherwise. 

I listened to my body, and healed in major ways. 

And, in fact, it’s the basis for The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 3.0.

So I stand by it 1,000%. I did then, I do today, and I always will.

Over the past couple years, though, I started to believe that you must live life while simultaneously having weird meat aversion. Ugh. (Literally, FML is what I’ve been constantly thinking.)

And then something really weird happened early this week. I was scrolling through Facebook one night (my first mistake) and someone shared this awful video of a dog tied up and a man beating it. My heart broke into a million pieces. I have – literally – been fixated on it all week, and had I not scrolled on past, I would have immediately removed the person who shared it from my feed. Just why? 

But all the sudden, my mind went from the dog to eating meat from other animals, and I felt a bizarre sickness. 

I’ve sat with it all week, while not eating any meat, to try to understand why and where it’s coming from. 

And I think I know.

It’s been months since I’ve known where my meat is coming from. I’ve been eating it to eat it, but I have no idea why because long before this the aversions started.

I don’t want to live on meat autopilot anymore. Instead, I want to learn more and find out where and how to go from here.

What is a Vegetarian Diet?

There are several versions of the Vegetarian diet. Here are several according to the Global Healing Center

  • A semi-vegetarian will eat some meat, but attempt to avoid it as much as possible. In the order of importance, red meat is particularly avoided in favor of poultry or fish.
  • A pesco-vegetarian will eat fish, but not red meat or poultry.
  • A pollo-vegetarian will eat poultry, but will avoid meat and fish.
  • A lactoovo-vegetarian will avoid meat, poultry, and fish, but will eat dairy products and eggs. Most insist on eating only free-range eggs and believe hen farming is an inhumane practice that should not be economically supported.
  • A lacto-vegetarian will consume dairy products, but not eggs.
  • A full-vegetarian will avoid all meat, poultry, and fish. Additionally, he or she will avoid eating products such as gelatin or marshmallows that are made from animal byproducts.
  • A very strict form of vegetarianism is known as the vegan lifestyle. Vegans avoid eating or using any kind of animal product, dairy products, eggs, processed foods made with animal derivatives, and clothing made from animal hide. Vegans also avoid using products that have been tested on animals for commercial or medical purposes.

For me personally, I am talking about a combination of semi-vegetarian and pesco-vegetarian.

Can You Heal Your Gut on a Vegetarian Diet?

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My desire for not wanting to live on meat autopilot anymore, lead me to this place, to this question, and to seeking answer the answers to: 

Can you heal your gut on a Vegetarian diet?

If ever there was a time for this to happen, I am thankful it was early this week because yesterday I had an appointment with my doctor (the one in California).

Besides our biggest conversation we would have around SIBO, this was my only other main question. {I’ll share with you soon about my SIBO testing results and plan (spoiler alert: I tested positive again for SIBO, but this time he doesn’t think it’s anything I could or couldn’t have controlled and the protocol for getting rid of it is going to be a little different – all good stuff that I’ll share soon).}

His quick and dirty answer,

Yes, yes you can heal your gut on a Vegetarian diet as long as you keep mindful about nutrient density.

One of the first statements he made was that he was totally fine with me leaving red meat out, which actually made a ton of sense to me that he’d say that because he is a big fan of Dr. Sara Gottfried and in her book (I have it), The Hormone Reset Diet, there is an entire section and “reset” on going meat-free, which for her is mostly defined as red meat (because you can still have turkey, chicken, etc.)

He then went on to specifically call out three foods to focus on if I would be going more Vegetarian. Here they are:

  1. Beans. Yes, I was shocked, too. But he’s talking about properly prepared beans, not just canned garbanzo beans. Wondering how you do that? I put together a list of 8 ways to properly prepare beans.
  2. Sardines. Oh for the love, back to these. I have done it, and I can do it, but it’s still a huge feat for me to get them down. I’ll need to figure out more recipes in order to really incorporate them. The first stop, though, will be to grab them from a brand I trust, Wild Planet.
  3. Fish (in general). He especially pointed out salmon. 

I told him these following foods/categories of foods I wanted to mostly focus on:

  1. fish
  2. vegetables
  3. some fruit
  4. eggs
  5. fats (avocado, coconut oil, other oils)
  6. nuts and seeds
  7. fermented foods

He said that was fine (with the exception of the diet protocol I have to follow for probably the next few months), but asked if I could throw in some high-quality, organic chicken from time-to-time. I agreed, and I also said that if I was able to find another high quality, organic meat meal, I would be open to that as well.

I am not entirely certain where this is going to lead me, but I do know that right now it feels right. And not only does it feel right, but I’ve been enjoying a new-ish spin to the daily eats. Yesterday I had:

  • eggs
  • a smoothie (because remember, it’s smoothie week!)
  • a lot of vegetables (green beans, mushrooms, arugula, kale)
  • a Paleo Bar (duh)
  • coconut milk latte
  • kombucha
  • rice
  • banana
  • tuna
  • nut butter
  • sunflower and flaxseeds (but that’s really for seed cycling, which I do daily)
  • coconut oil

I covered most of Dr. Schweig’s recommendations, and quite honestly, I felt fantastic all day long.

So what do you think? Can you heal your gut on a Vegetarian diet?

Xox,
SKH

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April 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/04/30/april-2018-catch-up-over-bone-broth/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/04/30/april-2018-catch-up-over-bone-broth/#respond Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:25:03 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=37290 The end of April seemed so far away in the thick of February Minnesnowta winter this year. But here we are. April 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth Health Let me first say that my immune function seems to be the best it’s ever been. The kids all got colds right before I left for […]

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The end of April seemed so far away in the thick of February Minnesnowta winter this year. But here we are.

April 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth

Health

Let me first say that my immune function seems to be the best it’s ever been. The kids all got colds right before I left for California. Even still, despite their little germs, a busy schedule in California and taking the red eye home, I still managed to fend it off. 

All-in-all, I feel good, but after last month, I knew something must be off, so I pushed hard to get my doctor in California to order the SIBO test and to allow me one final appointment. I was granted both. Persistence Y’all.

Two weeks ago Friday, the SIBO test arrived in the mail. The very next day I began the 24-hour prep period, took the test at 5 am on a Sunday, shipped it out a couple hours later, and it was done. 

I have my appointment with the doctor this week, and I am on pins and needles waiting.

I’ll update later this week after the appointment.

My energy is great, though, and I seem to sleeping better (meaning that I’m not waking up every single day at 3:30 am anymore). 

Fitness

I spent April in non-exertion mode again. My body tells me when I can and can’t push it. It was still telling me to chill out a little. In fact, I didn’t even get through that third round of Jess’ program (but I’m super close).

There was no real “progress” made from a fitness standpoint, but that’s what I love most about fitness and working out – the process, the journey – it’s always why I do it, not for any sort of end goal. 

I also believe that sometimes you need to step back in order to move forward. 

I have been down on running for a couple months now. I have written about it a lot. So in April I ran, then didn’t, ran then didn’t. I go back-and-forth. I’m so wishy-washy on it. I can’t put my finger on it – good or bad – ever usually. 

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But then while I was in California last week, I spent my early mornings running and walking on trails. I was *so happy.* I can’t describe it, but I know the feelings because I’ve felt them a hundred times before. There is something about running and being active outside that I love. The treadmill in my garage at 5 am when it’s 0 degrees? Not so much.

Those runs last week set the tone for the entire day. I was happy and full of energy, and I realized that I want to run. I want to run outside all Minnesota spring, summer, and fall long. And so I decided to get focused and intentional about it for a period of time to test something new.

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I hired Michelle to create all my workouts so that I wouldn’t have to think about it, and I could just enjoy the process and working towards several races through fall.

There are so many running coaches out there, but I chose her very intentionally. I went to high school with her so she knows the lay of the land around here for training purposes, she is an amazing runner (13.1 PR – 1:24 and 26.2 PR – 3:02), she has been doing this a long time, she doesn’t do “cookie cutter” training programs, she is working with me (i.e. SIBO) instead of driving me into the ground, she knows and understands my goals (I will hit them!), and she knows of great races in Minnesota. Also, she’s not constantly showing ab pics on Instagram, but instead real work and life she tends to 🙂 (kidding. maybe). (Finally, she’s a Beautycounter mama like I am who loves Minnesota with her whole heart.)

My program starts today, and I couldn’t be more excited because she puts all workouts online, and then I have full access to her for questions 24/7. (Seriously, hire her if you’re looking for a running coach.)

The only piece I’m still trying to figure out is what I’m going to do from a lifting standpoint. I told Michelle that I love lifting and that I wasn’t willing to give it up. Thankfully, she agrees and lifts, too. There is room on my schedule to lift, but I need to figure out how and what to do. 

To build up some “cardio” again (yes, I am actually out of cardio shape), my only true fitness “goal” for May is to do 15 days worth of the 50 burpees challenge (about every other day). Want to join?!

I ran the lake on Saturday, and it made me so happy!

Professional

The biggest and best thing that happened in April professionally is that I finally released The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 3.0. Seriously, 4 years in the makings. I have been getting great feedback on it, and I’m so grateful for everyone who has supported the project!

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In April, I spent a week in California with two clients. Each day was filled with different things. The first day I attended a food photography, food styling and food prop class. I learned so much, and took away even more inspiration for my work.

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On Tuesday, I did a photoshoot. We shot big, beautiful noodle and rice bowls. Most of the shots will be used for digital and social, which is what 90% of my work is typically used for. 

Wednesday and Thursday I worked on site at Nutiva, reviewing upcoming products, launches, and initiatives. It never fails, each time I am on site there, I feel grateful to work with the company. LinkedIn notified me on Thursday when I was there that it has been 4 years since I started working with them. There are two walls at Corporate where my work is displayed. And I just love it!

Finally, in April I landed another (project-based) client. It’s a huge company that you’ve heard of, but I’m not sure when (or even if) I’ll say who they are. Instead, I might just “ghost produce” for them.

One of my fave ladies in California (I met her in the professional setting over 4 years ago, but since she has become a true friend, in every sense) sent me a text on Friday, “It’s wonderful to think how far you’ve come with your work…you have an amazing portfolio and you’re jet setting to clients!! It makes me smile.”

If you would have asked me in college, or even 5 years ago, if I saw myself here, doing this, I would have laughed and said, “Yeah, right.”

But today I’m constantly obsessed with trying to improve, grow, and produce the best I can.

Note: I also added a new lens to my camera kit in April. Worth it!

Personal and Family

April was a lovely month, personally, on many different fronts.

I’ll start with the best thing that happened –> on Thursday at my dad’s appointment, he weighed in at 168 pounds. I’ll put it into perspective. 6 weeks ago he was at 138 pounds. On that day, they took him off all IV chemo because, while his numbers were good, the chemo was, literally, killing him. 

Ever since then, his numbers have stayed good, his weight has increased, and he’s probably doing the best he has since long before his diagnosis. 

One night before I left for California, Isaiah and I spent a couple hours with my mom and dad. I brought him a dinner he loves (starts with an M; ends with a cDonald’s), and upon seeing how great he looked, I told him, “Oh good. You’re all better now. I don’t need to give you this s#$% food anymore.” He laughed.

My mom sent my brother and I this picture (and more) of him doing the annual spring flag hanging. This picture really is everything.

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He is currently really looking forward to this upcoming Saturday when we have Isaiah and Amiya’s birthday bash out at their house, Cinco de Mayo style (I’ll share everything after it).

This whole cancer thing has been such a rollercoaster. April was a high, and I’m just wanting to stay here.

In April, the kids were finally able to bust out of this rental house to see the light of day! After being cooped up for almost 4 months, they are loving the outdoors. In fact, on Saturday we had them outside so much that by the end of the day they crashed hard. By the way, my kids are nuts and that never happens 🙂

April 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Samarah 4 years old school picture day

They did several Easter egg hunts, went to Como Zoo with Katie, and they spent time with both Grandma and Grandpa Hoffman and Grandma and Grandpa Jewison

Samarah had school pictures, kept on the path with her little BFF (I’ll call her ‘A’), and she and I went to a Willy Wonka play in Minneapolis with my cousin and all the kids. Samarah is our leading Mother Theresa – always has been, probably always will be. She holds Amiya when she falls (admittedly, it’s sometimes Sam that also pushes her) and is still potty training Isaiah. And yesterday, she joined Taylor Swift’s dancing crew in the backseat of the truck. I die.

Isaiah and I had our special night with my mom and dad, and the day after Ryan took him to a friend’s house with their kids. He is still struggling with all the tummy issues, so we have made the decision to really crack down this next Sunday (after their party). It’s not going to be easy or fun, but something has got to change. He is miserable.

April 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Isaiah

Amiya spent the month becoming a little more independent. Even with a nasty, little cold, she has started doing more and more by herself. She loves her sunglasses, and has a meltdown immediately if they aren’t put on her as she demands. It’s so hard to believe that she’s almost two. 

April 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Amiya 1 years old

I did a little random cell phone shoot with the three of them on Saturday. The pictures are priceless. They always are. I would not trade them for anything in the whole wide world.

April 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Isaiah, Samarah, Amiya

In April, we found and went to our new church every single week. Loving it so much! Each week I’m there, I think, “This was kind of the last piece for me to find before I could feel this forever place.” If you’re local and want to come check it out with us, message me. If you love music as part of worship, this church has the best.

And finally, from a personal standpoint, I learned something critical while trail running in California last week. I can still love the things I did while we lived in California, but the expectations around those things just has to change. Trail runs don’t look the same here (not better or worse; different). There are not many things that are the same in California and Minnesota, but who I am at my core is. I still love nature and coffee, and amazing food, and all of those things can exist – in their own way – in Minnesota. 

I broke up with California expectations in April because Minnesota is not California…..and (I say this in the nicest, best way possible because I will always have a soft spot for the Bay Area) I am so thankful to be here, not there.

Blog Posts I Wrote

  1. Smallest Things
  2. Compared To
  3. Low-FODMAP Chunky Monkey Nice Cream
  4. Top 13 Gut Healing Boosts for Smoothies
  5. Different DNA
  6. Can vs Meant To
  7. Health Coaching Rising
  8. 7 Ways to Spring Detox
  9. Boosted Green Smoothie
  10. The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 3.0
  11. 7-Day Smoothie Challenge Ingredients
  12. 7-Day Smoothie Challenge
  13. Flipping the Script on Infertility
  14. The Day I Left California

Tell me something new and good about YOUR April!

Xox,
SKH

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