Sarah Kay Hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com Finding beauty in the dust of life's gravelroads Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:29:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-SKH2-32x32.jpg Sarah Kay Hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com 32 32 45930907 Can Wait http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/23/can-wait/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/23/can-wait/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:25:33 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=36396 I actually can wait, but so often waiting feels like this…. On Tuesday I was listening to a podcast and one of the hosts was talking about how we’re always saying, “I just can’t wait until…..” and then correlating that to living in the future versus living for the now. Guilty. I am 100% guilty of […]

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I actually can wait, but so often waiting feels like this….

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On Tuesday I was listening to a podcast and one of the hosts was talking about how we’re always saying, “I just can’t wait until…..” and then correlating that to living in the future versus living for the now.

Guilty.

I am 100% guilty of this.

Constantly you will hear me saying, “I can’t wait until….”

I can’t wait until vacation. 

I can’t wait until all the babies are out of diapers.

I can’t wait until we move to our new house.

I can’t wait until spring.

I can’t wait until I achieve xyz on a fitness goal.

I could go on forever.

Can Wait

But I can wait. And here is why.

Once that vacation comes or the babies are out of diapers, we move into our new house, spring arrives, or I reach that next fitness goal, it means just one true and lasting thing: time has gone by.

We are able to have another one of those exciting things happen in our lives, but we are never able to reclaim time.

Instead of wishing for that next thing to happen, we absolutely must find all the joy possible in the journey, the here and now. For some things, like fitness goals (and hey, even winter), I do enjoy the journey. But for many other things like our new house, the babies out of diapers, and Maya’s awful high-pitched screech, rarely do I stop to just enjoy the journey. 

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By nature, I’m a planner who gets excited about almost everything, and there is nothing wrong with that. I’m working on rephrasing “Can’t wait for…..” to “Excited for…..”

I do still feel like I have been in one really long season, but now that I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with it, I have days when I sit here and realize what a, relatively, small season it’s been.

Ryan recently told me that he feels like he’s reading a story where he can’t wait to see what happens next.

Only he can wait because his point was that he loves this life, our life together with the babies. 

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.

p.s. I can wait, but am totally excited for Ryan to come home tomorrow! It’s the last leg of traveling for him after 2+ months of feeling like I’m in a silo. Now we will really be able to settle in our “new” town.

Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood
  39. Two Things for Lent
  40. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six
  41. Breakdown to Breakthrough
  42. 18 Things About Me
  43. Still Hope
  44. Month Two
  45. Pain is Not Weakness Leaving the Body
  46. Too Much Stuff
  47. Small Changes

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Small changes are equally as important as the big ones because, over time, small changes can become the most impactful.

I would know. I did it with healing my gut. In 2009, in no way, shape, or form did I have all the answers. In fact, the real first thing I did was simply to give up gluten (June 20, 2009). From there, I just kept on making small changes, little-by-little until sometime over a year ago when I realized that everything about my health and state of gut had drastically changed. My life has felt happier and more peaceful every single day since. (Just ask Ryan what it was like living with me during those years 🙂 )

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Once I got my gut under control and all Colitis and SIBO into “remission,” I began making other small changes that I knew would only contribute to further health and healing. 

Those next small changes I focused on were around skin and body care products (and also the toothpaste). Why? Because there are 1,400 harmful chemicals banned or restricted from cosmetics in the European Union. In the US? That number is 30.

Women use an average of 12 personal care products a day, and men use about six. Teenage girls average 17 products a day.20 This can mean exposure to hundreds of chemicals just in the course of a morning beauty routine. (source)

Hear me out….I began using Beautycounter and joined the mission because it was a natural next step on my small changes journey.

Whatever chemicals you do or don’t want to use is your prerogative, and as I told you in 18 Things About Me, I’m sick and tired of dogmatic health, fitness, and wellness.

Beyond the health benefits of the product, I actually, truly, love it. I’m a devoted customer myself, and I place an order monthly.

I’m sharing this post and information today because from today (February 22) through March 7, 2018, the company is doing a Clean Swap initiative, and if you’ve ever wanted to try the product to see what the buzz is all about, now would be your chance to make that one small change.

Small Changes

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There are many ingredients allowed in beauty and skin care products that Beautycounter believes should never be used: harsh sulfates, formaldehyde-releasers, artificial fragrances, PEGs, mineral oil, and carbon black. Ready to make a small change? Start by replacing any of the six worst offenders below. (You can click HERE to download the free guide that explains what’s in many traditional products. i.e. Many traditional eye and face creams are made with preservatives which can potentially release formaldehyde and wreak havoc on the immune system. And honestly? Just a little research via the EWG’s Skin Deep Database – they also have a Healthy Living App which I have on my phone – on your favorite/current products is all laid and spelled out clearly for you. Feel a “burning” sensation when you put that lipgloss on? There’s probably a reason.)

From today (February 22) through March 7, 2018, purchase any of the below Clean Swap products and receive your choice of a deluxe sample for FREE. (Limit three deluxe samples per order.)

Here are the Clean Swap products you can choose from:

  1. Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream 
  2. Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
  3. No. 1 Brightening Facial Mask
  4. No. 2 Plumping Facial Mask
  5. No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask 
  6. Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa
  7. Volume & Shape Shampoo
  8. Smooth & Control Shampoo
  9. Volumizing Mascara 
  10. Lengthening Mascara
  11. Sheer Lipstick (all shades)

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And here are the Deluxe Samples you can choose for FREE:

  1. Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion 7ml
  2. No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil 5ml
  3. Body Wash 59ml
  4. Volume & Shape Conditioner 50ml
  5. Smooth & Control Conditioner 50ml

I am joining, too. I have almost all of those on the list, but I’m either going to try the No. 1, 2, and 3 facial masks or another lipstick. I’m also going to grab a Rejuvenating Radiance Serum because I haven’t tried the product yet, and this week a woman ordered ten – yes, 10 – from me, so I want to see what all the buzz is about.

Maybe it’s not your skin and body care products or your food and lifestyle choices, but perhaps there is something you could think about doing today that would be a small change worth making? 

We barely notice small changes until one day we look back to see how far we’ve come, ignited by something so small.

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Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood
  39. Two Things for Lent
  40. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six
  41. Breakdown to Breakthrough
  42. 18 Things About Me
  43. Still Hope
  44. Month Two
  45. Pain is Not Weakness Leaving the Body
  46. Too Much Stuff

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We have too much stuff, and it’s driving me insane.

Whenever a major change occurs in life, there are bits and pieces of life that start to surface and you begin seeing things in a whole new light, for better or worse. 

For me, too much stuff has been yet another one of these bits and pieces.

When we lived in California, we moved three times. Each time we moved, our house got bigger. I don’t think there is anything wrong with house size. 

I love space (I’ve already written about that love for space HERE). Big, wide, open space. 

The problem was that each time it got bigger, naturally more stuff was bought and added. 

Making the move back to Minnesota meant a huge reduction in space. We have about 1/3 of the space we had in California, and if you think I’m complaining about that, I’m not. Do you want to know a little secret? There is something super cozy about less, and in fact, sometimes I even enjoy it. What the rental house did for me during just the first month was prove that we have way too much stuff.

Too Much Stuff

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Last week, I saw one of my besties do an Instagram story that she was participating in the 40 bags in 40 days decluttering challenge. I didn’t know it was called that then, but I sent her a text to inquire. She told me the official name and I looked it up immediately. Duh, surely I needed another challenge on my plate 🙂

Directly from their website, below is a snippet of the challenge.

40 bags in 40 days is a forty day period (coinciding with the 40 days of Lent) where you declutter one area a day. The goal is one bag a day, however you can have more or less. The 2018 Challenge starts February 14 and goes to March 31. Millions of people have read about #40Bagsin40Days and 2018 will be my 8th year hosting the challenge.

Going through our whole home once a year has helped us live a simple life. My husband and I have six young children and after 40 Bags last year, downsized our home by one half to be closer to work and family. The more we have simplified our life, the better it gets. I like how 40 Bags in 40 Days gives my home a refresh. I can see what’s working (and what’s not working), and look at our “stuff” in a new light.

She nailed it, “The more we have simplified our life, the better it gets.”

I thought about those words and about the challenge last night. What if I did the challenge in this house, and then we moved into our new house with space galore? What is that saying about the desire to minimize while ultimately maximizing?

I reverted back to my love and appreciation for space and separated space + stuff because they don’t have to go hand-in-hand and, in fact, should not go hand-in-hand.

I remembered something from a night Ryan, Samarah, and I spent in California when later I’d write about it via, “The More You Take Away the Better it Becomes.”

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Long before now, I craved space, not stuff.

So now, during this life change, it’s time to go through another period of decluttering.

40 Bags in 40 Days

Clearly, I missed the Lent challenge this year. But it doesn’t matter, the concept stays the same no matter when you do it.

When we moved into the rental house, probably half of our stuff went to storage, so I am unable to do a full challenge anyways. That said, this gives me the opportunity to do the challenge two times in one year. (I know, I know, slow down, you’re achieving far too much. Trust me, my husband is going to love this post.)

I am starting the first challenge on Monday, March 12 (saying it here to keep me accountable!). Some days I’ll need to do more than one bag, as I’m traveling a lot for work now, but 40 bags will be done in 40 days.

Once we move into our new house and all the “too much stuff” from storage arrives, I’ll immediately do it again. This should be sometime between October and December. (I’m still holding out telling you about our new house for when the time is right. I am so excited about it – we are so excited about it!)

Do you have too much stuff? Have you ever done a challenge like this?

Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood
  39. Two Things for Lent
  40. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six
  41. Breakdown to Breakthrough
  42. 18 Things About Me
  43. Still Hope
  44. Month Two
  45. Pain is Not Weakness Leaving the Body

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Pain is not weakness leaving the body, and I completely, 1,000% loathe that saying, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

The strongest, hardest-working man I have ever known is my Father. 

Until this whole Cancer thing came about, I didn’t know that in his life – his whole life, he had not taken more than a couple Advil at a time.

I saw him in pain each summer after working in the heat (he’s a mason) and being completely depleted of electrolytes and dehydrated.

Until now, my dad rarely went to the doctor because when he was sick or in any kind of pain, he just dealt with it.

All day, every day, for as far back as I can remember, my dad has worked hard each day – physical labor, with barely a peep out of him on the complaint train. 

If you want my honest opinion, it’s one of his greatest strengths, but also a weakness.

Pain is Not Weakness Leaving the Body

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I was working out one day early in January. It was a hard workout, and I almost threw up. While in the thick of it, I heard that phrase run through my thoughts, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

I told my mind to shut up because that was the dumbest saying ever associated with fitness. It was painful, not weak. 

Shortly after that day, I spent a day at the VA with my mom and dad. It was the day in January when my dad was supposed to start chemo, but couldn’t due to dehydration. The first thing they had to do that day was to hook him up to an IV to get him hydrated. The problem was that they couldn’t find any veins. I sat with him in the room for about 4 rounds of them poking and prodding his arm with a long needle for several minutes at a time. 

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The look on his face was one filled with pure pain. I could hardly stand to watch it because it looked excruciatingly painful. The Ultrasound team had to be called in, and ultimately a vein was found, but the experience prior to was miserable.

I started thinking more about that awful line about pain and weakness, and now I knew for sure how horrible it really is.

It wasn’t weakness leaving my dad’s body. It was just simply pain

The idea of connecting pain and weakness, or even pain and strength, is an odd correlation. 

The pain inflicted on my dad throughout this whole journey has nothing to do with any weakness being omitted from his body. There is no weakness in my dad. 

Round Two Chemo

Today Dad starts his second round of chemo. Based on the first round, we know that the first several days are not good. I have zero clues about how Dad really feels because, no matter what, even at his worst, he rarely says a thing or complains. 

He is incredible, and I mean that in every way possible!

On Friday of last week (last week was his chemo “off” week), this was a 2-second conversation I had with him,

Gotta keep out of the house today. – Dad

You’re not tired? – Me

Not on my good week. I gotta do shit. – Dad

He helped my uncle, went with Ryan to the dump, played cards with us on Saturday night, and even went to 8 am mass on Sunday. 

And today that all changes again.

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The IV will go in, and chemo will continue for the next two weeks.

Pain, but absolutely not weakness.

p.s. Amelia Boone also agrees with these thoughts. 

p.s.s. Pictures + colorings compliments of Katie. She’s the best.

Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood
  39. Two Things for Lent
  40. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six
  41. Breakdown to Breakthrough
  42. 18 Things About Me
  43. Still Hope
  44. Month Two

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Today marks month two since leaving California for good, which means that we have been in the rental house over a month now and 60 days have come and gone for us in our forever town.

On Friday after the long week that was, I spent the afternoon with my mom. I went to their house early in the morning to work for awhile before we took some time to play and go to lunch. 

I needed a water, so I walked downstairs to the fridge in the basement. On the way to the fridge downstairs, you have to pass through my dad’s wood and working room. A picture caught my eye, so I stopped to look at it. And then I noticed even more pictures, and after a while found myself just looking and thinking, looking and thinking.

The pictures were basically all from these past 11 years. They were my aunts and uncles and cousins, some of which are no longer alive. And there were some collages of just me and my dogs and other random things. 

I don’t think I saw a single picture of Ryan or I (or any of the kids) with any of them.

I felt like I had missed something these past 11 years. And not just something but all the important things.

The very next night we had a big old family gathering at my parent’s house. We celebrated Ba ‘Ngaoi and uncle Jack’s 45th wedding anniversary. Cards were played, drinks were had, food was eaten (spring rolls and cheesy potatoes…..does it get any better?!), and lots of laughs and memories were made. Guys!! –> I sat across from the kitchen table and played cards with my dad, and he made it for quite some time before feeling too tired. Two Months www.sarahkayhoffman.com Sophie Samarah Dad Month Two

And on Sunday late morning, my niece Sophie came over to play for most of the day, my mom came by to help me with a tiny kitchen project (and deliver our Christmas presents that were still at their house), and Ba ‘Ngaoi stopped by to pick Soph up later in the day. In-and-out, all day long, family, noise, and that life I missed for 11 years.

Two Months

I sit here today, at the two months mark, and I could tell you about the things I’ve found frustrating in the past month…..how I still feel unsettled with work and not having my own space, how the rental feels like tightly-packed quarters, and how it’s cold.

But those things which I’ve found to be frustrating are nothing compared to the tendency I’ve had to say, “Why didn’t we move back sooner?”

I’ve been trying not to let myself get bogged down with those feelings of looking in the rearview mirrors, but after two months of being here, it’s been hard not to. 

I never realized until now that the grass was always greenest where people, family, and community lived. 

You know what? It’s really been the best two months in the past 11 years. Two Months www.sarahkayhoffman.com Isaiah Kim Month Two

I always said I wouldn’t be able to go back to Northern California for quite some time because my “heart would break too much.” Just two months after leaving and I can honestly say, wholeheartedly, that I can’t wait to go back for a visit. It will be nice to see my friends, the mountains, and Palm trees. 

But you know what will be even better? Knowing that it’s only a vacation and that I get to go home.

Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood
  39. Two Things for Lent
  40. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six
  41. Breakdown to Breakthrough
  42. 18 Things About Me
  43. Still Hope

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Still Hope http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/18/still-hope/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/18/still-hope/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:42:24 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=36318 There is still hope. There is always still hope. I received the below message on Thanksgiving Eve this past year. It’s long, but because I know my readers, like 75%+ of you reading will be able to identify with her story on some level (she’s been through it all). Dear Sarah: I have started to […]

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There is still hope. There is always still hope.

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I received the below message on Thanksgiving Eve this past year. It’s long, but because I know my readers, like 75%+ of you reading will be able to identify with her story on some level (she’s been through it all).

Dear Sarah:

I have started to write you many times since I found your blog some months ago, but have always hesitated out of fear that I would come across as “that nutty girl that found me on the internet.” The first time I read your story, it brought tears to my eyes. I immediately showed my husband and said “look! She’s ME! (or…I’m HER? Not sure…)” I will tell you my story by way of summary, so as not to bore you.

I spent a great deal of my 20s sleeping. Not that “OMG I feel so refreshed and ready to tackle my day!” kind of sleeping. That “I think I took an entire box of Benadryl and now I can’t keep my eyes open and imma sleep, like, right HERE” kind of sleep. I was constantly inflamed with joint aches and muscle pains and hair loss. When I would wake up from my “naps,” I would literally have to use one arm to move the other arm and my legs to get my body to move. On the plus side, I was losing weight like nobody’s business – I mean…pounds. falling. off. Of course, that was likely because I was crazy in the throes of disordered eating but, you know..details.

Life got worse. My symptoms got worse – like WAY worse. Worse like I didn’t even know existed. For years. And then, one day, my life (at least as I know it) changed forever. I couldn’t tell you when, exactly, that day was…just that it existed. And it existed sometime while I was in law school. My entire body completely freaked out – I mean, like FREAKED out. The primary culprit? My gut. “Good grief!” I thought…what on EARTH is going on in there?

Four years later (seriously – no joke), I finally had what I thought was the answer to my prayers: my doctor, after multiple tests and endoscopy said: “you, my dear, have Celiac disease!” I thought that was the greatest day of my life. Can I fix this by avoiding certain foods? Sure, that kind of sucks, but I’m totally in! Let’s do it!

And it worked…sort of. But I was never actually 100%. That was in 2007 and to this day, I have never been “normal.” After a period of time, some of the non-gut Celiac symptoms subsided. But my gut? It was a hot mess. Constipation. Chronic bloating. Some foods made the symptoms worse, so they were eliminated. Inflammation. Headaches. Depression. Weight roller coaster. Really, just…etc.

I saw doctor after doctor. Smart doctors. Crazy-smart doctors. Mayo Clinic doctors. NYC doctors. Kansas doctors. Denver doctors. Medication after medication for constipation (“Oh, you have slow transit time – we can fix that!”). They did nothing (can I just paint the picture of what it’s like to take a hospital administered laxative after not having pooped for 6 WEEKS and have NOTHING happen other than feeling like a bomb went off in your gut?). Then there was “hey – you have pelvic floor dysfunction! Not to worry – we can fix that!” Countless sessions of physical therapy. Girl, let me tell you…this isn’t like physical therapy for your knee. Ahem.

Then it was “hey – you have SIBO! Not to worry – we can fix that!” Multiple rounds of antibiotics, all to no avail. Pelvic floor trigger point injections…where NO needle should ever, EVER be. Every invasive radiology test known to man. Sitz marker, anal-rectal manometry, defecography, barium-based x-rays, stomach-emptying studies…you get the picture.

Every possible diet: low carb, low FODMAP, no salicylate, more food (feed the bacteria!), less food (dear God, DON’T feed the bacteria!), no: gluten dairy soy nuts eggs legumes artificial sweetener garlic onion rosemary (breathe!).

And still…nothing. I wake up looking like I am 6 months pregnant (also, I’ve had people actually say to me…strangers, even…”congrats – when is your baby due?” You gotta be joking me, dude.). Every single piece of food I put in my mouth sets of a reaction – I can actually feel the bloating happening. It starts in my lower abdomen and gradually moves its way up to the point where even my bra is cutting off my circulation. I gain weight, I lose weight. Every single part of me is constantly inflamed. I’m still chronically constipated. And, just for kicks and giggles, my thyroid now seems to be jumping into the mix.

My current diet consists of plain chicken, carrots, green beans, and bananas. Which I could even tolerate if eating those four foods made me feel better. But they don’t. I still feel like death warmed over every. single. day.

I don’t share this story with you, to which there are still other components that I won’t bother you with, for sympathy. I actually share it with you for thanks. Because in my darkest days, which come somewhat frequently, I read your blog and have some glimmer of hope. That feeling this way ISN’T normal, and that I’m not just imagining these symptoms (my last conversation with my GI was…maybe I’m just crazy? I mean…seriously…am I?!), and that maybe, just maybe, someone, someday, somewhere, will be able to make a proper diagnosis and help me heal. I don’t pray for perfection, or even happy…I truly just pray for peace – physical and mental.

So, on this Thanksgiving eve, I just wanted to say that I am thankful for you…and from a total stranger I just simply say “thank you.” Thanks for giving this Kansas girl a glimmer of hope that peace is possible. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Still Hope

I’m sharing this message today for the Sunday Reflections because I want you to know that I am constantly getting messages like this, and I want to tell you that if you are where she is at today, know that there is still hope.

One of my favorite posts I ever wrote on hope was Hope from March 31, 2013. It’s short and to the point, but if you’ve never read it, check it out. 

Listen, I’m not Tony Robbins. I’m not Jen Hatmaker. And I’m not yet the blog/voice that is able to reach millions.

But I am still here…..writing and sharing very openly and honestly on all parts and pieces of my journey with the hopes that when you read any of the storylines you will feel hope when you need it.

Even if it’s the 24th hour, you should always still have hope because the best might be right around the corner.

Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood
  39. Two Things for Lent
  40. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six
  41. Breakdown to Breakthrough
  42. 18 Things About Me

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18 Things About Me http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/17/18-things-about-me/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/17/18-things-about-me/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:54:57 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=36304 After sharing these 18 things about me on Instagram for my 35th birthday, I thought I’d share them here today because I think one might shock you. In no particular order, here they are. 18 Things About Me I am a mama to 3 littles: Samarah (4), Isaiah (2), Amiya (1) (you can play along […]

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After sharing these 18 things about me on Instagram for my 35th birthday, I thought I’d share them here today because I think one might shock you.

In no particular order, here they are.

18 Things About Me

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  1. I am a mama to 3 littles: Samarah (4), Isaiah (2), Amiya (1) (you can play along with us there via @sarahkayhoffman)
  2. All 3 of my children were adopted from the foster care system
  3. My husband is one of the best people I’ve ever known on the planet
  4. I was diagnosed at 25 with Ulcerative Colitis and at 31 with SIBO, but today I am in remission on ALL without flares or symptoms (I share the journey and ‘how’ via @agutsygirl)
  5. I played ice hockey in high school (was the goalie) 
  6. I crave mountains and trail running
  7. I live and breathe and will die by Ecclesiastes 3:11
  8. I’m going on 8 years gluten free
  9. I workout a ton because it’s my jam – lift and run – BUT rarely show selfies and workout stuff on my feed because I couldn’t care less if you want to know the truth (I do some on stories)
  10. Green is my fav color, but I’m totally loving and borderline obsessed with the Pantone color of the year – Ultra Violet
  11. I professionally blog at www.sarahkayhoffman.com (also formerly + currently www.agutsygirl.com) – duh, yes, that’s here!
  12. I believe in organic food + top skincare (aka Beautycounter for me), BUT I am sick and tired of those who are so hardcore that they shame anyone and everyone who isn’t dogmatic
  13. If I knew it was my last meal on Earth, I’d have: pancakes, cake, + a sushi bowl
  14. In my professional life, I am a ‘Content Creator and Digital Storyteller‘ in the natural food industry
  15. I lived in California for 11 years, and this past December moved back home where my heart is, to Minnesota
  16. My work was featured this past fall on Shark Tank, which is how you can understand why….
  17. I love this picture above (taken a week ago) with Mark Cuban in the background 😉
  18. I am an introvert with passion, drive, + love that fuels my life + existence daily 

After reading my list, is there something that stands out?

I’ll tell you what it is. Number 12.

Dogmatic Health, Fitness, and Wellness

A woman I know recently posted this on her Facebook, “Anyone else cringe when they see people wearing Fitbits (and the like), Apple Watch, etc on their wrists?!”

To which I responded, “Why?”

And another woman chimed in, “Why would you strap an object known to cause cancer cell growth to your body? They’re highly carcinogenic. And right on an artery too?! It’s madness.”

I replied, “I care a lot about food and many other things from a “cancer-causing” perspective. I had never heard this before. As an athlete, I always have my Garmin on. Thanks for the info. All of that said, at some point, I refuse to live in fear over every last thing.”

And she said, “Just as you wouldn’t get an x-ray or MRI or any other radiation or walk around with a phone strapped to your head every day, it’s sadly not a “little last thing” to worry about.” 

Back and forth we went, leaving me feeling just more frustrated.

I love being educated on and feeling empowered by learning and studying food, skincare, and other lifestyle and wellness issues. But I am so over and completely exhausted by every last thing on this Earth “known to cause Cancer,” putting and placing fear into our lives. 

It wasn’t until just recently when I could finally see and understand how those not in this space and place of wellness feel alienated and overwhelmed. (Moving back to Minnesota, in a town of 9,000 people, puts it into perspective because no there isn’t the same access to lifestyle factors here.)

I have chosen to live the way I do for very specific reasons, namely that everything I have done is a result of past experiences and illness. I have chosen these things because I want to feel my very best every single day. 

The woman who originally wrote the post told me, “There’s a significant difference between living in fear and living empowered.” And she’s right. That said, this whole idea of living empowered around wearing a Garmin (or anything else) could be subjective. For every researched article about something, there is an entirely different side of the research published elsewhere. 

Do I believe that Cancer is rapidly on the rise because of food, Garmins, electronics, chemicals, etc, etc? Yes, absolutely. 100% I do. But I also know that my dad has never once, in a day of his life, worn a Garmin and he has Cancer. So what was “his thing?” I don’t know. Probably a million things. 

That’s the point. We don’t know, and it was so many things that to live in fear around every last thing certainly doesn’t make me feel like life is as wonderful as I believe it is. 

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I am never going to stop researching, studying, and living as best I can. Ever. But I am going to live based on the things I know are making me feel well and have me thriving vs. reacting and interacting with every last piece of information out there.

You have to decide for yourself. You have to take inventory of your current health status; where you are, where you’ve been, and where you want to be. But the one thing you should never do is live filled with fear because it’s stressful and unnecessary and stress comes with a whole host of issues and problems on its own.

At the end of the day, I believe with my whole heart that we are here on Earth for a very specific time and reason. THIS is why I choose Organic, but no, I absolutely do not believe that making these choices will have me live to see 150.

And while I’m here…..healthy, happy, and not living in fear is the goal.

Anything else from the list surprise you? Tell me 18 things about yourself – or just a few 🙂

Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood
  39. Two Things for Lent
  40. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six
  41. Breakdown to Breakthrough

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Breakdown to Breakthrough http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/16/breakdown-to-breakthrough/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/16/breakdown-to-breakthrough/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:33:08 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=36287 I have a friend who now lives 2,000 miles from me (yes, she’s in California). She is (and always has been) like a mother-figure to me, and yet she’s really just a great friend (I’ve already told you I tend to have friends who are much older than me because that’s just who I seem […]

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I have a friend who now lives 2,000 miles from me (yes, she’s in California). She is (and always has been) like a mother-figure to me, and yet she’s really just a great friend (I’ve already told you I tend to have friends who are much older than me because that’s just who I seem to jive with best). She is constantly texting me and checking in and I love that about her. On Tuesday, she sent this to me, and I thought about that idea of breakdown to breakthrough all week long as I went through the motions.

Breakdown to Breakthrough www.sarahkayhoffman.com quote quotes changeThe change variable is that sometimes it’s welcomed; other times it’s not. The change non-variable is that if we don’t learn how to deal with small changes, by the time we are in the major tornado life change, those compounded small changes are sure to drive us to the ground.

This past week felt like a (mostly) total s#$% show if you want to know the truth. You know those weeks? You think and plan for them to be A+, but that’s not really how they play out. I’ll de-brief you quickly for context:

  1. First airport fiasco happens (which I told you about in Behavior Correction).
  2. The re-scheduled flight was then supposed to leave around 7 am on Monday morning. We were all ready to go on the plane when the captain said, “Maintenance issues.” It would just be a few minutes. That turned into 2 hours, with the culmination of all power going off and then exhaust filling the air, which meant we all had to evacuate the plane. When we got back to the airport, they said the flight had been canceled, and we would be taking a new aircraft. The new time we’d arrive meant that my once 4-hour cushioned layover would now make me miss the connecting flight.
  3. That flight finally takes off, and I am confirmed on a later connecting flight. I made that connecting flight but then didn’t arrive in Buffalo, NY (my final destination) until after 6 pm. Work day done, on-site meetings missed. 
  4. I wake up the next morning, on Tuesday, to an email from Travelocity that said they + United Airlines had canceled my departure flight back to Minneapolis on Wednesday. 4 am and I’m on the phone with them. Turns out because I missed my initial flight, United automatically canceled me for the return flight. Ummmm…..what?! So, I paid for my seat, they didn’t contact me and then just canceled (+ gave the seat to someone else – thereby making double the money). I paid for Travelocity cancellation coverage, but somehow – nope – they would not help me. (Note to self: No more Travelocity or United.)
  5. My only option? Pay for yet another one-way flight in order to get back home. I decided that with all the hassle, I might as well stay an extra day in New York since I had missed all of Monday.

An easy work trip that should have been Sunday night to Wednesday night, costing around $400 became a frustrating trip costing around $1,400.

Breakdown to Breakthrough

By the time I was in my car, driving home, I had so many thoughts. Those thoughts included everything from, “I’m way too hungry” (don’t worry, stopped at Chipotle for the world’s largest bowl – eyes bigger than belly-style) to “WTF am I even doing with my career” to “Wow! That was a huge learning experience.”

As I grew closer to our house (we live about an hour from the airport), I found myself tying it all back to change.

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These past couple months have been filled with extreme highs and extreme lows so right now anything outside these massive changes that are also extremely high and extremely low (ahem – this past week) are quite honestly not easy for me to grasp and handle in the moment. 

The breakdown to breakthrough this past week has me here on the other side (yay Friday!) saying, “Something has to give, and something has to change.” Since December, I’ve been in major change mode, but floating around were all these other little changes I needed to make. The problem is that I didn’t have time to devote to them because all my energies have been focused on these major changes and doing the very best I could at embracing change.

There are only so many straws that can be piled on a camel’s back before it breaks.

Neglecting a thousand little straws, had me crazy out of my mind over situations this past week that, normally, would not break me like this.

And that’s what I learned this past week about change. Rarely do we neglect massive change and nurturing what it means in our lives (because we can’t – it’s nearly impossible). But almost always we neglect the little changes. 

Neglecting the little things always become the big things.

They have for me, and if you think about them in your own life, I’m guessing you’ll see the breakdown to breakthrough patterns formed by them and because of them as well.

Here’s the thing. All the little changes I’ve needed to make, I am still unsure about how to make. Today I don’t have the answers. What I do have is the awfully horrible and yet lovely life experience from the past week to let me know that I need to seek the answers, and I need to seek them sooner rather than later. 

Breakdown to Breakthrough www.sarahkayhoffman.com quote quotes life change

I’m not looking for another breakdown to breakthrough learning experience for this particular situation. 

I’m looking to simply get it together, make decisions, and make changes.

p.s. Got home last night to straight awesome. I dropped my stuff off and ran up to see the kids sound asleep in their beds. Most precious faces ever. Then, I adored the white Orchid my in-laws sent for Valentine’s Day. I walked into the kitchen to find a card and organic chocolate bar from Ryan. I took the card and chocolate bar downstairs to sit by Ryan while eating it and reading the card. It was really incredible how thoughtful, genuine, and loving Ryan is. The 30 minutes before I went to bed made up for everything the past week consisted of. 

Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood
  39. Two Things for Lent
  40. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six

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Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/15/gluten-free-recipe-roundup-six/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/02/15/gluten-free-recipe-roundup-six/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:44:03 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=35170 It’s fitting that I share my Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six today because recently I received the following private message, “There is a high school girl here that just found out she had Celiacs and is devastated.” I have been gluten free going for over 7 years now. Making the decision to completely remove it from […]

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It’s fitting that I share my Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six today because recently I received the following private message, “There is a high school girl here that just found out she had Celiacs and is devastated.”

I have been gluten free going for over 7 years now. Making the decision to completely remove it from my diet was a huge change initially. Overtime, going gluten free proved to be not only worth it and effective, but also not very hard. 

That was almost 8 years ago. Today, it’s even easier to begin a gluten-free lifestyle and follow one daily.

Rarely do I produce things for clients that contain gluten because then I’m not able to taste them. And really, what fun is recipe development and food photography and if you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor?! The only time I’ve been known to do something that contains gluten is when it comes from a box and I know it’s a no-fail recipe (i.e. I’ve shot Foodstirs brownies before, but it’s a boxed mix.)

Anyways, most of the things I produce for clients are basic. I’m not trying to be the gluten-free Martha Stuart by any means. I enjoy simplicity mixed with high nutrition and basic flavor.

If you do, too, you’ll like the Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six with 13 new client recipes. (You can click HERE to find previous gluten free recipe roundups.)

Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six

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Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six sarahkayhoffman.com 13 gluten free recipes

  1. Berry-Red MCT Smoothie. This was part of a smoothie-prep series where I showed how you can use Stasher Bag to prep your smoothies for future convenience.
  2. Blueberry Manna Smoothie. The kids loved this one. (BTW, you can click HERE to save all 4 smoothie prep recipes – the graphic is awesome because the graphic designer I work with rocks!)
  3. Blueberry Smoothie Bowl. This is one of those recipes that combines taste with aesthetics. After you make the bowl base, you can top with some of my favorite things: Made in Nature Toasted Espresso Coconut Chips, fresh blueberries and/or Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips. Click HERE to save it to your Pinterest for later. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six sarahkayhoffman.com Blueberry Smoothie Bowl Elmhurst Vegan milks
  4. Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie. Chocolate meets blueberry for this slightly sweetened smoothie.
  5. Creamy Mint-Chip Smoothie. This is more like dessert, but it’s a smoothie, so sip it anytime throughout the day. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six sarahkayhoffman.com Mint Chip Smoothie Vegan
  6. Easy Veggie Stir Fry. The Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil with Butter Flavor can now be found at Walmart – YES, even the Walmart in Waseca, Minnesota! To prepare for its launch, I created this simple way to use the product. You’ll find the recipe online and also in the store. Let me know if you see it 🙂
  7. Fresh Tomato Basil Penne Pasta. And same with this recipe – the Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil with Butter & Garlic Flavors can also now be found at Walmart. Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six sarahkayhoffman.com Fresh Tomato Basil Penne Pasta Nutiva Nutiva Organic Buttery Coconut Oil with Non-Dairy Butter and Garlic Flavors
  8. Maple Vanilla Peanut Smoothie. When I found a company that had a peanut product, it wasn’t hard to convince me to work with them. Remember…..I used to own A Loving Spoon nut butters. The owner of Elmhurst loves that I’m a peanut girl. But for real, their Milked Peanuts are incredible. This smoothie uses the plain Milked Peanuts, and if you want to try the Chocolate one, I created a 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie for that.
  9. Peppermint Body Scrub. You should not eat this one, but if you did, you wouldn’t die 🙂 There is no gluten in it, and it’s a basic body scrub that smells incredible.
  10. Peppermint Keto Cups. Some people love that Keto lifestyle, and if that’s you, then these Peppermint Keto Cups were made for you. Even if you’re not Keto, you are bound to love these. Also, they are a great way to get your kids to eat more fat (read: Brain Starvation). Gluten Free Recipe Roundup Six sarahkayhoffman.com Peppermint Keto Cups
  11. Raspberry Muffin Smoothie. This has been one of my favorite smoothies I’ve created in the past few months. It tastes like a muffin, and who doesn’t want a muffin in their smoothie?! WWDW Number 8 sarahkayhoffman.com Elmhurst1925 Raspberry Muffin Smoothie dairy free Vegan
  12. Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie. Have you been looking for an almond milk that is unsweetened and contains just 2 ingredients…..water + almonds? This smoothie uses it and THIS is the product that makes it possible. Game. Changing. 
  13. Tropical Chia Smoothie. I created this because I want to go somewhere Tropical. Don’t we all?!

Interested in having me create something specific? Just CONTACT ME, and I’ll see what I can do. And be sure to share this post on Facebook for friends and family who need some new, gluten-free recipes.

Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood
  39. Two Things for Lent

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I’ll share with you my two things for Lent today.

I don’t even identify as Catholic anymore, even though I was born and raised in the church, was baptized, confirmed, and got married there. 

Even still, most years I participate in Lent (except for the whole ‘no meat on Friday’ thing – can’t do it). I think I do it for two reasons:

  1. The art and act of discipline
  2. It’s part of who I am and what I knew my whole life, my dad still loves his church, and each year at Lent I remember Grandma Josephine with her Rosary

Today is the first day of Lent. If you’re not familiar with what Lent is, it’s the season which “echoes the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry.”

The word “Lent” comes from an Old English word that means “spring season.” Many of us do a spring cleaning of our homes, and I like to think of Lent as a spring cleaning for our souls.

Two Things for Lent

On my ‘40 Before 40‘ list, #26 stated:

Give up something + add in something every single year for Lent.

Here are my two things for Lent this Lenten season:

  1. No eggs
  2. Lent Devotional: Restore

No Eggs

My Favorites Issue 3 sarahkayhoffman.com Red Palm Oil Deviled Eggs

This one is weird, I get that, but I’m intentional about it. I started noticing that every time I added more eggs to my diet, any and all acne would flare. When my SIBO went away and I added all the eggs again, I began noticing more and more. I have been very clear that this is my only lasting “issue,” and I’d really like to get it under control. 

Now that I take super awesome care of my skin using 95% Beautycounter, I just can’t justify keeping things in my diet that cause me to break out (I mean, the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen is amaze, but I still believe in digging to the root of problems vs. masking whenever possible).

In 2016, I did 30 days strict AIP, and HERE is what I learned. Namely, I found a lot of skin healing during that time. That said, I don’t want to do strict AIP right now because I’m not sure it’s necessary. I no longer believe in giving up all the things, especially when I am otherwise feeling 100%.

Lent is 40 days. No eggs for 40 days, and then I will re-evaluate. If it still doesn’t do the trick, I might dive in for a period of AIP healing again. 

But by the way, the hardest part (by far) of this? No Paleo Bars. I have been having one every single day for months now. (Insert tear.)

Lent Devotional: Restore

Two Things for Lent A Beautiful Example of Faith Without Sounding Too Pious Bible sarahkayhoffman.com

The giving up part is fine, but I believe the adding in part has more meaning.

A reader reminded me of the YouVersion app on my ’40 Before 40′ post. 

Last night before bed, I sought out a Lenten plan. I found a 47-day one, Lent Devotional: Restore. I think it was meant to be, too, because today kicks off with an Isaiah verse. 

I will read the app daily, and this season is the perfect opportunity to lock in the habit again.

And that’s it. 

The two things for Lent start today. 

Do you give up or add in anything for the Lenten season?

Xox,
SKH

If you don’t have time to read these posts daily, but don’t want to miss them, be sure to follow via Bloglovin’ and/or join my personal e-newsletter HERE. I am doing my best to send a once per week email recap of prior week’s posts.

These posts will all live under “Wellness+Lifestyle” and also tagged with “101 Days of Blogging.” The 101-day series runs from Monday, January 8, 2018, through Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

If there is a topic surrounding change that you would love for me to include in this series, please just CONTACT ME.

Previous 101-Day Change Series Posts

  1. Beginnings are Scary
  2. Change Pain Point
  3. Making Sense of Change
  4. Gratitude Journal
  5. Love Your Baby Girl
  6. Little Things Add Up
  7. House and Home
  8. Sunday Reflections
  9. Two
  10. Chocolate Shake
  11. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
  12. Chaos is a Temporary State
  13. Thirsty Thursday
  14. Month One
  15. The Nudge to Connect
  16. 11 Favorites from 11 Years in California
  17. One Box at a Time
  18. Good Enough is Enough
  19. There is No Dishwasher
  20. WWDW Number 8
  21. Move Initiated
  22. Sharing My Journey
  23. Back with the Tribe
  24. Small Town Grocery Shopping Part One
  25. January 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
  26. Patsy Clairmont is My Spirit Animal
  27. Let There Be Light
  28. Forgot About Rae
  29. Smiles
  30. Coconut Oil Makeup Remover How To
  31. 9 Ways to Embrace Winter
  32. Escaping People
  33. Coming Home
  34. 105 in 1,095
  35. 40 Before 40
  36. When Change Was Coming
  37. Behavior Correction
  38. Embracing Motherhood

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