sarah kay hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com When gravel roads are all you've ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust. Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:07:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 Boy or Girl? http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/10/02/boy-or-girl/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/10/02/boy-or-girl/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:07:45 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26254 Almost immediately after I told you that we are expecting, the questions started pouring in. I expected that, and I enjoy answering them. Morning tea anyone?! Or coffee? Isn’t this coffee mug the best? My co-worker Megan and I bought them while in Manhattan Beach last week. She said we must have them, and she […]

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Almost immediately after I told you that we are expecting, the questions started pouring in. I expected that, and I enjoy answering them.

Morning tea anyone?! Or coffee? Isn’t this coffee mug the best? My co-worker Megan and I bought them while in Manhattan Beach last week. She said we must have them, and she was so right! She’s just plain amazing.

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{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 23: Eat Fresh

Trade dead, packaged goods for foods that are fresh, alive and full of high-vibe goodness. Figure out where to find them, learn to juice/slice/dice them, and eat them with great pleasure. Revolutionary Act #23, powered by Experience Life

So we might as well start with boy or girl + other criteria we have for baby #2.

When you foster-to-adopt, you don’t actually know what you are going to get until that call comes. That said, when the agency/state comes to do the in-depth home study, you are able to communicate every last thing about needs and wants. The last thing the state wants to do is place a child in a home that has no potential of being a good match. The ultimate goal is always “in the best interest of the child.”

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During our home study prior to Samarah we had just two criteria:

  1. 0-2 years old
  2. No major disabilities (our house was not equipped for that)

We left it wide open because our main objective was to get a child, love a child, adopt a child and be everything for that child.

Things haven’t changed a ton this time, but there are some things that have changed. No longer is this about Ryan and I, but now it’s about what is best for Samarah. She is our daughter, our only child and our main priority.

That said, here is the criteria for this next adoption:

  1. No major disabilities (our new house is still not equipped for that)
  2. Boy or girl, it doesn’t matter
  3. 0-2 1/2 years old (in other words, we don’t want children older than Samarah)
  4. Siblings? Yes, we’ll take them, but age rules above apply.
  5. Non-Caucasian

You read the above, and you likely had two thoughts.

The first was,

Oh my gosh, if they get siblings, then they will have 3 children under the age of three.

Your math is correct. If you think that sounds insane, it is. The likehood of this happening is not very high, and we are going into it with the attitude that if that is God’s will, then we will welcome it with open arms. We have learned that siblings in the foster care system are hard to place. We have the space – physically in our house, emotionally in our hearts.

The second was,

Non-Caucasian? But why?

Race has never mattered to Ryan nor I nor anyone on either side of our families (and this is yet another reason our families are the very best!). We are very fortunate because this is, sadly, not the case for everyone. But it’s important when bringing a child into your home that you understand the implications for the support of or disapproval of from friends, family, etc. Again, race never mattered to us.

It still doesn’t, but now we have our daughter who is not 100% Caucasian to think about. We have chosen for us, but mostly for her that we would never want her to feel like an “outsider,” the only non-Caucasian in the family. And so, for this next adoption, we have specified that the child(ren) must not be 100% Caucasian.

Currently, I am just praying that wherever and whoever our child(ren) are, that God is protecting them until they are able to come home with us. I find myself asking daily, “Is it time yet?!”

p.s. If you have any questions you’d ever like me to address on my blog, you can always click HERE to send them to me!

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Xox,
SKH

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Tuna Melt {Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free} http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/10/01/tuna-melt-gluten-dairy-and-egg-free/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/10/01/tuna-melt-gluten-dairy-and-egg-free/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:38:42 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26235 I have a tuna melt recipe for you today that’s gluten, dairy and egg free. {This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.} Day 22: Brush and Floss Your teeth and gums are a huge determining factor […]

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I have a tuna melt recipe for you today that’s gluten, dairy and egg free.

Tuna Melt Tuna Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil gluten free, dairy free, grain free, soy free, Paleo, egg free sarahkayhoffman.com

{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 22: Brush and Floss

Your teeth and gums are a huge determining factor in your whole-body well-being. They’re also an easy place to start demonstrating your commitment to whole-person health on a daily basis.

We already established this week that I’m not physically pregnant, but that we are expecting so I’m guessing you are sitting there right now thinking, “A tuna melt? Maybe she is pregnant.” I can guarantee I am not pregnant, but I have been having the most bizarre cravings for a tuna melt.

The problem, though, was I couldn’t figure out how I’d make it gluten, dairy and egg free. Until of course I did.

Tuna Melt Tuna pre-baked gluten free, dairy free, grain free, soy free, Paleo, egg free sarahkayhoffman.com

There are three parts to any great tuna melt: bun, tuna, cheese.

Bun

How to Make a Tuna Melt {gluten, dairy & egg free} and also my buns are the best sarahkayhoffman.com

My buns totally rock. I developed this recipe a little while after the Savory Hempseed Flatbread recipe. There are a couple secrets to this recipe:

  1. The plantains have to be green, not slightly-yellow and definitely not yellow (but if you have yellow ones, you should totally make these Plantain Breakfast Poppers).
  2. You need an ice-cream sandwich cookie pan (I think I got mine from Michaels).

After you review the recipe, you will likely think there is no way these ingredients can turn into bread. Mark my word, they can, they do and they will. We have been having them weekly for a few months now.

Tuna Melt Buns {Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free}
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A tuna melt full of flavor, but without gluten, grains, dairy, soy or eggs.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pre-"grease" the sandwich cookie pan with a little coconut oil.
  3. Place flaxseed, chia seed and water in a small bowl. Stir, and set aside for about 5 minutes.
  4. Place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor.
  5. Add the flaxseed + chia seed mixture after about 5 minutes (when it has formed a gel-like consistency).
  6. Mix all ingredients together in the food processor until completely blended together.
  7. Transfer mix to the sandwich cookie pan, filling them about ¾ full, and smoothing the tops as best you can.
  8. Bake for about 12-14 minutes (mine took 13 minutes).
  9. Cool, and set aside.

Tuna

The key to a great tuna salad is typically the mayo. I think it was that “zing” flavor (if there is such a thing) that I was craving mostly. But remember the last time I ate eggs? Yeah. They landed me in the ER, and so I’m still pretty scared to try them again (although I’m planning to in a small dose soon).

Tuna Melt Tuna Original Just Mayo gluten free, dairy free, grain free, soy free, Paleo, egg free sarahkayhoffman.com

And then I remembered, “Just Mayo.”

I had not yet tried the product, but I bought it. While I don’t believe the ingredients are anything to write home about, for a mayo they are certified Non-GMO plus there are no eggs in it. As someone who rarely eats mayo, I am confident in my purchasing decisions, and I would recommend the product and brand to anyone who wants a mayo alternative as well.

Tuna Melt Tuna tuna mixture gluten free, dairy free, grain free, soy free, Paleo, egg free sarahkayhoffman.com

But the tuna salad wasn’t just about the mayo. I do believe that the mustard I used in conjunction was also key. I get my mustard (usually) from the Farmer’s Market: Murphy’s Mustard Co., Claim Jumper. It was a boost of added “zing.”

Tuna Melt Tuna {Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free}
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A tuna salad full of flavor and zing, but without gluten, grains, dairy, soy or eggs.
Ingredients
  • 2 cans wild tuna, drained
  • 1.5 tbsp. red onion, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh parsley
  • ¼ c. Original Just Mayo
  • 1.5 tbsp. Murphy's Mustard Co. Claim Jumper (or mustard of choice)
  • ½ tsp. garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Mix together completely.
  3. Eat immediately, place in the fridge for later or place on top of the buns to make the tuna melt.

Cheese

This one is not rocket science. There is nothing fancy about this. Nutritional yeast is what I used. Nutritional yeast is a magical ingredient. There are many ways to turn nutritional yeast into more of a “creamy” sauce, but for this recipe, I decided to just liberally sprinkle it all over the top prior to baking.

What that means is that the finished product of your tuna melt won’t have a melting “overhang” like it would if you used standard shredded cheese, so don’t expect that look.

Beyond that, nutritional yeast is safe for Vegans, and contains, “B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It’s low in fat, is gluten-free (check specific brands for certification), and contains no added sugars or preservatives.

Tuna Melt Tuna topped gluten free, dairy free, grain free, soy free, Paleo, egg free sarahkayhoffman.com

After you have prepared both the buns and the tuna, simply place all buns on a baking sheet (I love my cast iron one). Add the tuna mixture, and then sprinkle as much nutritional yeast as desired to the top.

Bake on 250 degrees for about 12-18 minutes, depending on how warm/hot and/or melted to want your tuna melt. (I only did 12 minutes, and next time I’ll likely do closer to 18 minutes.)

And enjoy! We sure did….Ryan had 4, I had 2 and Samarah had 1/2 of one. She was mostly interested in the bun. I make them for her all the time, and dress them up in several different ways because she loves them!

Tuna Melt Tuna gluten free, dairy free, grain free, soy free, Paleo, egg free sarahkayhoffman.com

Oh, p.s. The pan mold makes 12 buns. I only made 10 tuna melts. Two of them never made the final product because I ate them when they had come freshly baked out of the oven. You’ll have that.

Xox,
SKH

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White Rice vs. Brown Rice http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/30/white-rice-vs-brown-rice/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/30/white-rice-vs-brown-rice/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:05:52 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26227 There is a debate which I couldn’t care less about anymore: white rice vs. brown rice. {This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.} Day 21: Keep Your Body Clean, Inside and Out Toxins, poisons and other […]

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There is a debate which I couldn’t care less about anymore: white rice vs. brown rice.

{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 21: Keep Your Body Clean, Inside and Out

Toxins, poisons and other gunk have no place in the temple. Avoid artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, fragrances, petrochemicals and other toxic ingredients whenever possible. Revolutionary Act #21, powered by Experience Life

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Have you ever been told that to move your bowels you just need to “eat more fiber?” And on top of it to always choose brown rice over white rice? I talk about this + starches in general on pages 30-31 of The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, but here’s the skinny (directly from the book):

‘”Brown Rice is the whole grain with just the first outer layer (husk or hull) removed through milling. It still retains its fiber and the germ that contains many of the most vital nutrients.

White rice is brown rice that has first been milled to take away the bran and much of the germ. This reduces the fiber and many nutrients. It is further polished to take away the remaining layer of germ (called the aleurone layer) which contains its essential oils. It is these oils that oxidize and go rancid. (Source)

Just because you have read on the Internet that you should always “choose brown rice over white rice because it’s healthier,” doesn’t necessarily make it so for the Gutsy girl. The reason is because, just like the descriptions above say, the white rice has been milled to take away the bran and much of the germ. This extra outer layer can be extremely hard to digest. White rice does not have that.”‘

Today, I am overjoyed that I have moved past the worry and thoughts of white rice vs. brown rice. I eat both. I also eat Forbidden (black) rice, red rice, wild rice and basically any type of rice I can get my hands on. Need proof? Click HERE to see some of my recent eats. You can also see my Power Foods for Spartan Training, which includes rice galore.

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This has been made possible by the healing of my own gut. And rice, in and of itself, is free of the toxins, poisons, gunk, artificial flavors, preservatives colors, fragrances, petrochemicals and other toxic ingredients, as described by the Revolutionary Acts above.

When healing my gut, it was important that I paid attention to all the nuances of rice, starches and carbohydrates in general.

But this is not how we should live our lives generally. The goal should be focused on plain and simple, real and whole foods (again, per the above). For the average and healthy person to sit around and waste time thinking about white rice vs. brown rice is, IMO, just plain ridiculous. The world is filled with problems and heartache, go out and help solve them with all those extra thoughts.

Xox,
SKH

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We Are Expecting http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/29/we-are-expecting/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/29/we-are-expecting/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:01:23 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26160 We are expecting, and if you thought that title was merely link bait, it’s not. {This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.} Day 20: Aim for 85% You don’t have to make 100% healthy choices all […]

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We are expecting, and if you thought that title was merely link bait, it’s not.

{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 20: Aim for 85%

You don’t have to make 100% healthy choices all the time. It’s what you do most of the time — day in, day out — that counts. The healthier you get, the easier and more automatic healthy choices will become. Revolutionary Act #20, powered by Experience Life

Link bait would mean that I wanted you to click this post with the hopes of reading that we are expecting a child when in reality we are not.

But we are expecting a child, and I have been thinking about this expecting season a lot lately.

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I’m not sure if I told you yet, but I had my first child all planned out. If you’ve ever heard me speak in person or on a podcast (2 new ones coming soon!), you’ve heard me describe the big plans for our first child’s entrance into the world.

S/he would be conceived around April (if you’ve read my IVF story, you know that’s around the time we did our cycle – not a coincidence), and then come the holidays we would have our new precious bundle of joy. I am Type A to a “T,” and so my plans were laid out perfectly.

And by perfectly, I mean that the following would occur during those 9 months: We would plan every last detail of the baby’s room, down to the doorknob fixtures. I would have a baby shower or two or three. We would nest. The babymoon would be lavish and lovely, sans alcohol. Ryan would play his guitar nightly to my growing belly bump. I would sing so s/he knew all the little intricacies of my voice. I would read every How to Mother book, and then of course never act on any of it. People would tell me I had a “glow” that only an expecting mother would have.

My perfectly laid plans failed, and I learned that the only perfect plans are those which the Lord has created for me.

The moment we knew Samarah would eventually come (when we started the adoption process), was the moment we were expecting our first child. (I’ve talked about this before via the day I became a mother.)

And the moment we received a call with our new adoptions-placement worker for child #2, was the moment we were yet again expecting.

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I am in the expecting phase, and the truth is that so often I feel like the women who adopt and never conceive naturally are overlooked in this phase.

Why would my blog post title not qualify for “We are Expecting” in the same way any other 9-month bun-in-the-oven would?

On the first meeting each month, our MOPS group acknowledges various people: those who have birthdays that month, anniversaries, new babies and so on. Along with acknowledging newborns, we invite those who have just found out they are pregnant (or are ready to tell everyone they are) to come up for the “new babies” gift as well.

Last Tuesday at the first MOPS meeting of the “season,” they asked expecting mothers to come forward. I watched the glowing and expecting mothers, and I felt excited for them. And yet I couldn’t help but think, “I have this same excitement.

I don’t feel her kick, but I feel the tug on my heart.

As a woman who is likely to never conceive my own child, and a mama to the most beautiful little adopted girl, I can tell you that it’s hard not to have a 9-month expecting period by society’s standards because on that day when my baby arrives I will have had (likely) less than a few days to physically and emotionally be ready. (This is a whole topic for another day.)

The prize for when the expecting season is over is a beautiful child.

You’ll cry when you see yours. So will I.

So yes, yes we are expecting, and yes it basically rocks.

Xox,
SKH

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Spartan Training, Week 3 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/28/spartan-training-week-3/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/28/spartan-training-week-3/#respond Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:10:48 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26208 During Spartan Training, Week 3, I found a new silver lining. {This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.} Day 19: Fake It Till You Make It Don’t yet see yourself as a super-healthy person? Experiment with […]

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During Spartan Training, Week 3, I found a new silver lining.

{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 19: Fake It Till You Make It

Don’t yet see yourself as a super-healthy person? Experiment with doing a little of what you’d do if you were already supremely healthy and fit. As often as you can, act as if your commitment were unwavering. Revolutionary Act #19, powered by Experience Life

During the Spartan Training recap last week, I told you that I sprained my ankle. I was (more than) bummed, but I took it as my opportunity to rest when I could and find alternatives in other places.

Instead of feeling sorry for myself that I couldn’t run or do anything high intensity on my feet, I hit the pool. Last Monday I was still in quite a bit of pain, and my foot was really puffy, but placing it in the water and getting slight movement felt great on it. I didn’t push anything too hard, but I did swim about 20 laps (mostly with my other leg and arms), and immediately upon getting out of the pool I thought,

This is the silver lining to my injury.

I swam in high school for one season. Hated it, and not because I hated swimming, but I didn’t like the competition part of it. I loved practice. I could swim for days (not really, swimming is really hard!)

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On Tuesday when I went back to the pool, I brought my goggles. Today my foot had improved majorly, and I swam 30 laps. Injury reminded me of how much I love to swim (and also what an awesome cross-training workout it is).

Monday: Swim

Tuesday: Swim

Wednesday: OFF (travel day)

Thursday: Upper body + 10 min. bike

Friday: Lower body

Saturday: OFF (travel day)

Sunday: OFF

My foot felt almost completely recovered by Thursday, but I chose to take it easy for most of the week. I was tempted to do a long run yesterday but ultimately decided that taking almost a full week off from anything high impact was a much smarter idea.

I am looking forward to a fresh week of training this week, and I am also looking forward to more time in the pool…..

Because when things don’t go our way, there is always a silver lining to be found.

Xox,
SKH

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What Really Matters http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/27/what-really-matters/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/27/what-really-matters/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 15:12:24 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26203 What really matters is something that, for a very long time, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get the chance to know would really matter in my life. {This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.} Day 18: Focus on the […]

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What really matters is something that, for a very long time, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get the chance to know would really matter in my life.

{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 18: Focus on the Fundamentals

Drink water, eat good food, move, rest, relax, connect. Don’t sweat the more complex stuff until you’ve got a grip on the basics. Revolutionary Act #17, powered by Experience Life

I was in Manhattan Beach for most of this past week at the ShiftCon Conference for work. It was a wonderful few days of connecting with work friends and other people + brands who are aligned with the same values and missions I stand for.

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I wouldn’t trade my work passions and devotions to making our food system and products better for the world.

Our flight landed in Oakland at 8pm, which meant that by the time I got home, Samarah was sleeping. I parked my car, grabbed both pieces of luggage and my purse (thought to myself, “Did I go away for 4 days or 10?!”) and hauled them in the house. I said “hi” to Ryan, and immediately ran upstairs to see Samarah.

She laid there in her crib, silent and still as can be. She breathed in an out, and I just stood over her, staring. I placed my hand on her head, and I felt so thankful to understand what matters most.

She has a cold, so later in the night, she awoke at 3am. I got up with her, held her and then laid down on the floor next to her crib as she fell back asleep. She wanted my hand, so I placed it between the rails so she could hold it.

Mommy

She said once.

I smiled, my heart so full.

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We waited a very long time to find her, and during that time, I thought there were so many things in life that mattered most. Work was always one, and working out and even healing my gut. They are all so important, but they are nothing compared to raising a child and making a difference in the life of a child.

I am constantly and forever reminded of what matters most during the most basic and silent moments, and I am thankful everyday for the chance to have them now.

Xox,
SKH

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Conceal or Reveal http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/26/conceal-or-reveal/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/26/conceal-or-reveal/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2015 14:40:06 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26195 Just Label It launched their Conceal or Reveal Campaign. {This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.} Day 17: Reap the Rewards Look and feel better, sure. But also think better, smell better, give better, love better, live […]

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Just Label It launched their Conceal or Reveal Campaign.

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{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 17: Reap the Rewards

Look and feel better, sure. But also think better, smell better, give better, love better, live better, be better. Revolutionary Act #17, powered by Experience Life

I saw this video for the first time yesterday.

As a mother, and as someone who believes it is our right to know what the food we eat and feed our children contains, I felt compelled to share the video and campaign with you.

It’s hard for me to fathom the idea that in this day and age there are still companies out there spending millions of dollars so that you don’t know what’s in your food.

PepsiCo, Kraft, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Hersheys, Mars and more. You can view the whole list HERE, and also find out just how much they are spending to fight your right to know.

This disgusts me, quite honestly, especially when society is trying to tell everyone that chemical-filled foods and GMOs don’t matter. If they didn’t matter, then why would these companies spend millions to fight your right to know that/where they are in the foods you’re eating, foods your feeding the children you love?

As a mother, I am perfectly capable of deciding what foods are or are not best for my child. Should I choose to give her things I would not feed my own body, then that’s my choice. It is also your choice. BUT, you should have the choice when you know and understand all the facts.

It is not a White thing. It is not a Republican thing, or a Democrat thing. It is not a woman thing, nor is it a man thing. The support for requiring labels on GMO foods is overwhelming across all segments.

The food status quo has always said that we are to just accept what a product is. No questions asked when it tastes so good, right?

We are better than that, and our children deserve more than that.

I signed the petition, will you? Learn more.

Xox,
SKH

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Gut-Healing Fast Track http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/25/gut-healing-fast-track/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/25/gut-healing-fast-track/#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:29:21 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26179 I have learned the secrets to the gut-healing fast track. I want to share them with you today. {This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.} Day 16: Learn the Skills Healthy, fit people have learned how […]

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I have learned the secrets to the gut-healing fast track. I want to share them with you today.

{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 16: Learn the Skills

Healthy, fit people have learned how to be healthy. Learn those skills, practice them, and you’ll be healthy, too. Revolutionary Act #16, powered by Experience Life

I spent years trying to find the magic potion. I was like a dog chasing my tail in endless circles. And even though it was a pain for me, there was purpose in it – for you. I learned the skills. I practiced them. I conquered them. And now I teach them to those who want to begin a gut-healing journey as well.

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ARRT Method for Gut Healing

Part of the definition of art is,

….producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

It is an art to heal properly. You are producing works that will be appreciated for a power which will magically appear in your life. Thus, my method breaks it down in this way.

Accurate Diagnosis

Things can change, but only with a proper diagnosis. Dr. Google will not suffice. Even a (mis)-diagnosis from doctors will not suffice. The only thing that will work is an accurate diagnosis. Without this critical first step, you’ll be spinning your wheels forever. I did.

You can’t fix something if it’s not broken, and it’s technically not broken if there is no way to fix it. 

Repair

Once you have an accurate diagnosis, you can begin the initial repair of your gut. In my experiences, this is primarily done via a combination of one or all of the following:

  1. Antibiotics (short term) and/or medication (longer term) (although I rejected all long term medications until LDN)
  2. Probiotics (the probiotic you have to take depends on your condition and needs)
  3. Other supplements and herbs (I have taken and still take several)

Rebuild

After the accurate diagnosis and initial repair, you must rebuild and act as a healing student. This includes some or all of the above. Additionally, about this time is when I really added in the prebiotic foods.

Thrive

What is the point of live if only merely to survive? We should never accept a life where we live just getting by. The goal is to thrive, in all pieces of our life. I believe this starts with our health – our greatest wealth.

Getting an accurate diagnosis then repairing and rebuilding are sort of the “easy” parts. You know what to do, and you can even have a template via protocol for it. But lifestyle is hard. It is really hard because life throws us so many different variables. What I’ve found is that in order to thrive and to move forward with total gut healing, it is critical to focus on 5 main areas for thriving (the PRESS’ing-on method).

PRESSing on

  1. PURPOSE: Find it. Live it.
  2. relationships: Work on them, remove the ones that don’t work, and fight for the rest.
  3. exercise: Not too much, not too little. This one was huge for me.
  4. stress management: The gut-brain connection is massive. Until you learn to truly control stress, you will never thrive.
  5. sleep: Don’t make it a second priority. I’ve always hated the saying, “You can sleep when you die.” A lack of sleep has a trickle effect for negative consequences. Severe adrenal fatigue was one of those consequences for me. Make it a priority or you’ll find your own.

And finally, during the entire process, you must pay attention to and be very cognizant about the food you choose to nourish your body. This means choosing the most nutrient dense, real food every single chance you can. It means keeping preservatives, chemicals and anything artificial out of that food. For many, this will not even be enough. You will need to learn and understand which foods are not behooving your healing process. You may need an elimination diet to determine that, or specific blood tests. But I can guarantee that without properly filling your body with proper nutrition, you will never fully heal.

Just like life, what we put in is what we get out.

Please don’t mistake the gut-healing fast track for fast, overnight results. Don’t even mistake it for a 1-week, 1-month or 1-year process. It could take a few years for some of you, but you should not feel discouraged by that because you now know the pieces and the steps to start healing.

Each day is progress.

I am living proof.

{For more information, grab The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut or make the choice to work with me. Sign up for my email list so you never miss a post, news and information.}

Xox,
SKH

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Purpose http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/24/purpose/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/24/purpose/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:38:23 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26171 We all have a purpose, sometimes it just takes awhile to arrive at it. {This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.} Day 15: Raise Your Sights Don’t get sucked in by obsessions with six-pack abs and […]

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We all have a purpose, sometimes it just takes awhile to arrive at it.

{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 15: Raise Your Sights

Don’t get sucked in by obsessions with six-pack abs and buns of steel. Don’t play “compare the bodies.” Fulfill your best-self vision. Revolutionary Act #15, powered by Experience Life

After college, I got a job with a division of News Corporation in Los Angeles. At the time, I was sure that wearing a fancy suit and hose everyday was my life’s calling. I was going to be a rising star within the company, and someday I’d eventually work my way up to be “known” throughout all of News Corporation.

Those best-laid plans failed not even a year later, and during the next several years all of my highly-detailed career plans also failed. I felt like a career failure because I had not lived up to what I thought society wanted out of me: a girl rocking the corporate world.

I simply had not found my purpose.

As I drove to the airport yesterday, thoughts that have been stirring in my head for quite some time came to fruition. I sent the following text to Ryan and my mother:

I’m going to write a book, and I’m going to tile it “Gravel Roads.” 

Ryan responded,

I listened to this Tedx speech from my dad’s friend today while stuck in traffic and it resonated with me, but I also feel it speaks directly to what you are considering….

And so I listened and watched Richard Leider speak:

I took notes on almost everything he said, and many of the things will be guiding ideas and motivation moving forward.

But two things stuck out to me immediately:

  1. He says there are three C’s in the Power of Purpose. The second C is “Curiosity,” in which he mentions, “finding extraordinary in the ordinary.” One of my biggest fears in life was to remain ordinary. Even from a very early age, I was afraid of being ordinary my whole life. (This is one reason I think I set my goals to climb to very high Corporate-world levels at an early age. I wanted to be recognized and stand out among the crowd.) Before my wedding, I saw a therapist for awhile. She called me, “average.” I despised her for it, and she ultimately fired me. (Ha!) But here’s what I learned (in very few words), I am ordinary, and that is okay because I found the extraordinary within ordinary. It was within this place where I found my life’s mantra, “When gravel roads are all you’ve ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust.
  2. The two most important days of your life. At the very end of his talk, Richard Leider describes the day that a man from an African tribe (where he was traveling) asked him what the two most important days of our lives are. Leider responded (as most of us would have responded), “The day you are born, and the day you die.” He responded back, “The day you are born, and the day you decide why you are here.”

I confused a job and career with a (true) calling when I thought News Corporation and climbing mighty corporate ladders was my destiny. At the time, my purpose was to fit in, be recognized and deemed highly worthy of prestigious accolades.

A job and a career are different than a calling. Leider gives equation:

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I have arrived. I have found my purpose at this phase of my life (which Leider says needs to be re-imagined at different phases of our lives).

My purpose seeks nothing fancy. It seeks no title. It seeks not money, nor luxury nor the approval of people in places for which I couldn’t care less about approving.

My purpose will be told, shared and celebrated via “Gravel Roads,” and I can’t wait to start writing this book.

Xox,
SKH

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Loving and Forgiving Like a Child http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/23/loving-and-forgiving-like-a-child/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/09/23/loving-and-forgiving-like-a-child/#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:10:47 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=26162 In my adult life, I have never been as loving and forgiving like a child loves and forgives. I realized this from Samarah. {This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.} Day 14: Leverage Your Big “Whys” […]

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In my adult life, I have never been as loving and forgiving like a child loves and forgives.

I realized this from Samarah.

{This post is part of my 101 Days of Blogging series, inspired by Experience Life magazine’s 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy, authored by Pilar Gerasimo.}

Day 14: Leverage Your Big “Whys”

Know the specific reasons your health matters to you. Write them down where you’ll see them daily. Revolutionary Act #14, powered by Experience Life

I told you yesterday that Samarah got hurt last week. She did, and it was not pretty. Here is the skinny on what happened.

Samarah feeds the dogs with Ryan every single night. She loves it. When Ryan tells her it’s time, she grabs Reagan’s (the Great Dane) bowl, then runs to the garage where her food is. They fill the bowl, then head to the sink to fill it with water (we soak Reagan’s food so it’s easier for her to digest). After that, Ryan helps her carry it to the other room, where they place said bowl in its place. And then Ryan and Samarah leave the room, the dogs eat and all is well in the world.

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Except for last Wednesday night when it didn’t go so smoothly. After they left the room, Samarah returned. Within moments, we heard her scream. I ran in, Reagan crouched down (out of shame) and we saw that Sam’s face was bleeding. She cried, we held her and (literally) within 10-15 minutes (even with blood still coming out) she wanted “puppy.” She wanted to play with Fiona. She asked for, “Reagan, Reagan.”

We monitored her that night, making sure a fever didn’t spike. The following morning we took her to urgent care, where they said all should heal on its own. In one place, they had to put “glue” to hold the skin together. She also had to have a 5-day round of antibiotics just in case.

We are 98% confident that Reagan did not bite her nor did she paw her with her large paws and sharp claws. Our Dane is skittish. She was eating; Samarah was on her left side. Samarah likely put her hands in the food or on Reagan’s body (she loves to pet her) and Reagan jolted, with her mouth open and slightly swiped Samarah. Based on where the marks are, this is the only logical explanation. But for the 2%, we really don’t know for sure.

This isn’t a post about the accident. It isn’t a post about how I felt like a horrible mother. And it certainly isn’t a post to debate “is my Great Dane vicious?” The answers are: yes it was an accident, no I am not a horrible mother and our Great Dane is anything but vicious. (This picture was taken yesterday –  she is healing so well!)

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This is about loving and forgiving like a child.

I mentioned it before, but immediately after, all Samarah wanted was her puppies. She wanted to pet them, see them and talk to them.

Truth be told, during those first few days afterwards it killed me.

How could she love and forgive something that had just hurt her so badly?

I was so angry at Reagan. I could barely look at her, and she had never physically hurt me a day in my life (I mean, except for when she accidentally steps on my feet).

But Sam was not angry – not even just a little bit, and I thought that when she woke up the next day or the day after that or maybe even the day after that, she might be afraid and want nothing to do with the dogs anymore. Instead, she calls for them all the time. “Reagan, Reagan” (we are currently saying everything  twice in a row) or “puppy, puppy” or the most adorable, “Reagan, Reagan, sweeping, sweeping” (that’s sleeping for all of you who would like to learn 2-year old talk).

And gosh….I can’t help but adore that. I can’t help but hope for that for Samarah her entire life (although it scares me – so much trust and forgiveness).

He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. – Matthew 18: 2-4

Deep down, I believe that this is what we are called to do, to see the world through the eyes of a child….

To love like them.

To forgive like them.

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Xox,
SKH

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