Sarah Kay Hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com Finding beauty in the dust of life's gravelroads Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:34:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-SKH2-32x32.jpg Sarah Kay Hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com 32 32 45930907 Best Gut Health Tips http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/07/16/best-gut-health-tips/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2018/07/16/best-gut-health-tips/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:42:32 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=38214 This past week I did a giveaway on Instagram with Seasnax (my beloved snack). The “bonus” question I asked was to comment with the best gut health tips you’ve ever received.  So many people answered that I wanted to compile them all to share with the Gutsy community. Note: there are some of the same […]

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This past week I did a giveaway on Instagram with Seasnax (my beloved snack). The “bonus” question I asked was to comment with the best gut health tips you’ve ever received. 

So many people answered that I wanted to compile them all to share with the Gutsy community.

Note: there are some of the same answers, which I think is great – and telling – if something is said over-and-over, consider it for your own healing journey.

But here’s the thing about this list (and any list) that says, “Best Gut Health Tips;” they may or may not work for you. While I believe that every single item on this list is high-quality and can work, I don’t believe that they all work for everyone at exactly the same time. It will completely and totally be dependent upon your current circumstances and body. If you want to see my little rant, as it pertains to this, click HERE to read it. 

With that, here is everything Y’all helped put together.


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  1. Probiotics & fermented foods. – @brischneider22
  2. Gut healing tip bone broth. Make it with the feet!! #chickenfeet – @niki_marie13
  3. The best tip I’ve received is to eliminate gluten, dairy, and sugar! It has saved me! Also drinking bone broth! – @natty_saurusrex
  4. Kombuchaaaaaa – @beetsandbroth
  5. Don’t be afraid of probiotics. – @bdoerfler2
  6. Be patient and accept that the journey is going to be trial and error:) – @annakenn_fit
  7. Drinking bone broth. – @owlhowl23
  8. Coconut Probiotic yogurt!! – @mouthfulofplants
  9. Yoga – @walked_by_memphis
  10. Probiotics – @nikolejbg
  11. One of the best gut healing tips I’ve ever received is to take probiotics and don’t eat close too bedtime. – @summerfabulous
  12. Drinking lots of water. – @runner_kelly311
  13. Follow a plant based diet. – @chuchi240
  14. Find the right probiotic- everyone’s body is different! – @balancedbrightlife
  15. The best tip is to rest the gut. We always focus on what we need to put into our bodies to fix it, and forget that our bodies can to some extent heal themselves. Rest and fast for 24 hours. Give your digestion a break and it can use less energy processing and more to heal itself. – @lavesq
  16. Best healing gut tip I received was probiotics from my naturopath that i see for acupuncture she is wonderful don’t know where I’d be without her. – @kellibliss
  17. Best gut tip would be drinking water. – @livingthroughfibromyalgia
  18. Taking 3 deep breaths before eating my meal to promote relaxation and assure I don’t rush through my meal! – @colleens_fitjourney
  19. A clean diet and a good probiotic. @mygirlys
  20. Your 28 things to do for a sibo flare! For real! – @jenn8222
  21. Let’s see… eat REAL food. Cut kombucha, bubbly drinks, eat from light to heavy… take HQ probiotics, reduce and eliminate inflammatory foods. Cut out dairy products— esp cow dairy. Say byeeeee to gluten and watch grains. Eat fruit alone or don’t touch it… test your body’s reaction to grains (watch out for corn esp gmo corn) and FOOD combine— support the liver with yoga twists and herbs and magnesium in the evenings. – @glow_detox
  22. Add collagen to everything! – @katiekmajeste
  23. No dairy, no grains, collagen and bone broth are amazing! – @kylanicole87
  24. Best advise was to listen to your Gut during the healing process! – @tatumsmama
  25. Homemade bone broth and that not all remedies work for each person. It takes TIME! – @jmcblum
  26. Also, kombucha is a big part of gut healing! – @knburnam
  27. Fellow holistic healing babe you’ll appreciate this just as much. *bonus tip for gut healing would be breathing and eating without distractions, elimination diet especially dairy and gluten and probiotics!!! Antiflammatory eating is gold. – @_melrosario_
  28. Bone broth & Aloe Vera do magic when it comes to re-lining & healing your gut! – @glowing.simplicity
  29. Bonus tip: Find the right strains of probiotics that work for your body, no sugar, grains, dairy, and add organ meat to your diet, 3oz once a week is enough. – @vicariouskatie
  30. Decrease stress! – @jackiethechan
  31. The best advice I’ve received is to take my vitamins! That way I make sure I’m receiving all the nutrients I need even when I can’t eat all the food I’d like to! – @knowoski
  32. The best I’ve gotten is to listen to your body! Just because something is marketed as healthy doesn’t mean it is or will agree with your body! – @wholeheartedlivingandwellness
  33. The best advice I’ve received is that no ones body is the same and I should listen to mine and figure out what works. – @__greatbritton
  34. Eat sum ‘gurt. – @oh_my_cutie_pie
  35. Eat mangoes. – @msbrenda.stone
  36. Best advice was do an elimination diet and avoid processed foods with added sugar! @hollys_bestlife
  37. Best advice was keep a good journal because what works for one person might not for you. – @dmrdmr3
  38. Warm lemon water and ACV every morning has done wonders for my digestion! – @colleens_fitjourney
  39. Def keep hydrated! – @hella.fvcking.lit
  40. Iodine for the win. – @laurenjanemckillop
  41. Digestive enzymes with my 2 highest fat meals! – @colleens_fitjourney
  42. Probiotics. – @caitlynnpascua
  43. Collagen powder, liver, kombucha and sauerkraut!! My face has never been clearer since I started having rosacea 3 years ago! – @be_healthy_4u
  44. Drinking a glass of warm water with ACV 1st thing in the morning. – @amma6236
  45. Sip bone broth instead of coffee. – @ajenniferyourthoughts
  46. Have collagen daily. – @snackinspo
  47. Exile gluten, soy & processed foods. Thank you for the chance to win. – @julian_nme
  48. Avoid artificial sweeteners! – @crazyrilee
  49. Other than eating foods with probiotics and drinking water, I like to take a walk at the beach- it gets everything moving and calms you down! – @delights_of_morgan
  50. Don’t give up! Keep searching for answers! – @anngregory
  51. Drink kombucha! (So I started making my own!) – @floatingbuble
  52. Try a prebiotic to compliment a probiotic. – @beetsandbees
  53. Eating fermented foods 3x/day has helped a ton. – @colleens_fitjourney
  54. Drink lots of water. – @mshannon90
  55. Drink enough water. – @health24fitness7
  56. Don’t give up. – @mamamarlos
  57. The best gut healing advice was to deal with stress. That means to cut out/avoid stress when you can, when you are stressed do something to fix it, and always be kind to yourself. Having gut issues alone is something to be stressed about, but practicing mindfulness and meditation have been a huge help so that I’m in control and IT isn’t in control of me! – @mrs.katemoss

What would YOU add to the best gut health tips list?

For more of my own, personal tips grab 28 Things to Do During a SIBO Flare Up, 21 Things to Do During a Colitis Flare Up, and The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut.

Xox,
SKH

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I’m sharing 22 adaptogens for hormones today, and I think you’ll enjoy this post if you have now (or have ever had) hormone problems.

I remember when I started working with my hormone doctor. She told me,

The gut and hormones are directly related. If we work on hormones, we’re also helping heal the gut. If you continue focusing on gut healing, then your hormone function will improve, too. They go hand-in-hand.

I have never forgotten this.

Simultaneously, I have kept my eyes focused on both the gut and hormones. Anything that disrupts the hormones has a cause-effect on the gut. As I’ve grown deeper with my focus on healing the gut holistically (i.e. not believing it’s just food or just any one thing), I am seeing clear correlations.

This year, I have focused heavily on the lifestyle component of healing the hormones and gut. While food is a part of this, I have tried downplaying it in my head and in the everyday life. Instead, I have been hyper-focused on 4 things:

  1. Reducing stress
  2. Digging to the bottom of issues vs. letting them lay dormant (both personally and health-wise)
  3. Skincare (I talked about this all the time now; small changes, one at a time) 22 Adaptogens for Hormones Beautycounter Makeup Powders #beautycounter #hormones #guthealth #makeup #healthyliving Beauty Should Be Good for You www.sarahkayhoffman.com
  4. Reconsidering workouts

Over time, I have realized the correlation between hormone and gut problems isn’t just me, either. I would say 90% of the women who come to me and/or buy my e-book have both gut and hormone issues. 

Because I know that adaptogens are powerful for hormones, I wanted to put together this list of 22 adaptogens for hormones to share today, and I wanted to release the post on the day when Beautycounter is launching a whole new set of powders including:

  1. Velvet Eyeshadow Palette (Classic)
  2. Velvet Eyeshadow Palette (Romantic)
  3. Satin Powder Blush
  4. Radiant All Over Bronzer
  5. Luminous Powder Highlighter
  6. Precision Liquid Eyeliner

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I stopped pretending my makeup and skincare wasn’t disrupting my hormones. Ladies – it can and it does, which is why I am so passionate about Beautycounter. If you’ve spent thousands of dollars focusing on food as a means for your hormone and gut cures, but haven’t yet stopped to think about all the (hundreds of) hormone disruptors you’re applying to your body every single day, then you might want to join me in the small changes quest. 

Crowd out the junk, and add in healing components; some of which might include the following 22 adaptogens for hormones.

22 Adaptogens for Hormones

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  1. Amla. ‘Amalaki‘ can literally be translated to mean ‘sour,’ indicating its very sharp and sour taste profile. Amalaki also means ‘Dhatri,’ which translates as ‘mother’ or ‘nurse,’ indicating that Amalaki is a primary healing and nourishing herb for the body and soul. It is prescribed for many imbalances, including boosting immunity and digestion, as well as heart and metabolic disorders.
  2. AshwagandhaAshwaghanda is an adaptogenic herb that you might not otherwise think to add for gut healing. Here is why I do: improves thyroid function, relieves “adrenal fatigue,” combats stress and anxiety, and boosts immune function.
  3. Cordyceps. Cordyceps are a type of fungus, better known as a species of edible medicinal, nutritionally beneficial mushrooms. Research shows that, “cordyceps can act like mild stimulants or “adaptogen herbs,” fighting stress or fatigue and naturally increasing energy levels. Some of the most researched benefits of cordyceps also include improving athletic performance, increasing immunity against viruses and even promoting longevity.”
  4. Eleuthero. Eleuthero can help improve the health of your adrenal system, which is in charge of managing your body’s response to stress. In doing so, eleuthero is able to combat stress and the negative effects it causes such as fatigue.
  5. Holy Basil (Tulsi)Tulsi not only helps protect the body from the degenerative effects of stress, but it also repairs the body from its damage. These are the properties of an adaptogen, and tulsi is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s finest. Tulsi treats the body at a deeper level than most other adaptogens, which may be why tulsi’s benefits extend far beyond its ability to cope with stress.
  6. Maca. Maca is considered by researchers to be a true adaptogen (an adaptogen is a substance which raises the non-specific resistance in an organism). Maca does many awesome things for the body, but my favorites are: increase energy and endurance, enhances fertility, enhances memory, learning, and mental ability, helps build muscle and is good for healthy teeth and bones.
  7. Rhodiola. Rhodiola, or Rhodiola rosea, helps prevent fatigue, stress, and the damaging effects of oxygen deprivation. Evidence also suggests that it acts as an antioxidant, enhances immune system function, and can increase sexual energy. 
  8. Panax Ginseng. “Panax,” the genus which encompasses both American and Asian ginseng, equates to “all-heal” in Greek. Panax Gingseng helps with immunity, muscle damage and physical endurance, contains anti-cancer properties, and can provide positive short-term improvements in cognitive function.
  9. SchisandraSchisandra, also known as five-flavored berry, owes its name Wu Wei Zi (five flavored berry) to the fact that it is sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. As an adaptogen, Schisandra is a potent general tonic, decreasing fatigue, enhancing physical performance, and promoting endurance. The berry counters stress by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the blood. 
  10. AstralagusAstragalus contains flavonoids, saponins, phytosterols, and other potentially beneficial compounds. Lab and some human studies have shown that it has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumor, and immune-boosting effects.
  11. Licorice Root. Licorice contains a powerful compound called glycyrrhizic acid. It’s this acid that stops the body from breaking down cortisol. Cortisol is the ‘stress hormone’ made by the adrenal glands and released when the body is under mental and physical pressure. Low levels of cortisol are associated with adrenal fatigue syndrome, and can lead to feelings of tiredness, mood swings and poor immune function.
  12. MoringaMoringa is one of the things I added when healing my perioral dermatitis naturally. But its benefits extend far beyond that, and one of the key benefits is that it helps regulate thyroid function because it’s an adaptogenic herb.
  13. Gotu KolaGotu Kola is an extremely healing herb for the nervous system and has been shown to repair and restore axons [2], which are used to transmit nerve impulses throughout the brain and body. As such, it has been used as an anti-anxiety, anti-stress and anti-insomnia medicine throughout its long history of human use. 
  14. Bacopa. Bacopa monnieri is a creeping marsh plant that is traditionally used as a nootropic (cognitive enhancer), for longevity, and to help with anxiety and depression. It’s possible that the improved cognition is likely a result of the reduced anxiety. Bacopa is an effective adaptogen and can help you cope with stressful situations and decrease stress in all regions of the brain.
  15. BilberryBilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a relative of our cultivated blueberry; both the fruit and the leaves of this plant have been used for their benefits in the urinary tract, reproductive system, respiratory, and endocrine systems. The fruit is high in antioxidants, earning bilberry a strong reputation for use with all kinds of eye disorders.
  16. Dang ShenCodonopsis Root (Dang Shen) is often used as a gentler alternative to the stronger Ginseng, Codonopsis has a long history as being an excellent lung, blood, muscle and overall body tonic. 
  17. He Shou WuHe Shou Wu, also known as Fo-Ti, has benefits which include: DNA protection and repair, longevity and more, libido booster and sexual health tonic, and hair growth and rejuvenation.
  18. Jiaogulan. In the last 50 or so years, there have been numerous studies proving Jiaogulan’s efficacy for: regulating blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, and preventing tumors and improving recovery for post-chemo and radiation treatments. Most medicinal adaptogenic herbs largely serve a primary purpose and may contain a weaker secondary or tertiary benefit. But Jiaogulan works wonders for the benefits listed above as well as several others, including lean-muscle gain, and mental balance.
  19. Lycium. Lycium Barbarum (Goji) contains a high concentration of nutrients that are extremely impressive: plant-derived polyphenolic antioxidants; carotenoids such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lycopene; vitamins C, B1, B2, and niacin; more than 30 essential and trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium, and phosphorus; polysaccharides; and 18 amino acids such as isoleucine, tryptophan, leucine, and arginine. 
  20. Reishi. Red Reishi, commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits.When Reishi is taken regularly, it can restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally. It is also an immune modulator – regulates and fine tunes the immune system.
  21. Shatavari. In India, Shatavari means, “she who possesses 100 husbands,” referring to the herbs rejuvenation effect upon the female reproductive organs. This adaptogenic has so many female indications. Shatavari is best known as a female rejuvanitive. It is useful for infertility, decreased libido, threatened miscarriage, menopause, leucorrhea and has the ability to balance pH in the cervical area.
  22. Suma. Last, but certainly not least, the adaptogen that means, “for all things.”According to the American Pharmaceutical Association, herbalist in North America believe suma is an “energizing adaptogen” as it boosts the immune system and combats low energy.

There you have it – 22 adaptogens for hormones.

Have you ever used any of these 22 adaptogens for hormones? Do you currently use any?

p.s. You might enjoy THIS private Facebook group for all things Gut Health, ‘Adrenal Fatigue,’ Hormones.

Xox,
SKH

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We will celebrate the ‘Gotcha Day’ anniversary three times each year, and each time we do, I’ll have something to share – child specific or on adoption in general. Today I’m sharing about the four words I hear (or see written) often, “Adoption isn’t for us.”

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Three years ago today, our little Samarah officially became Samarah Josephina Hoffman.

I didn’t know the angle I wanted to take for Samarah’s Gotcha Day, until Samarah made it so clear last night.

Sometimes she and I like to play the whispering game. I tell her a secret, and then she tells me a secret. Last night I started the session by whispering to her, “Samarah, tomorrow is your Gotcha Day anniversary. Tell mama what that means.” 

I got nothing from her. She whispered a few random things to me, and then she was done. Until she wasn’t. She walked back to me, and told me she had one more thing.

Maybe you can be Black like me.

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My mom asked me, “So what did you say?”

You guys want the truth? I just couldn’t stop laughing. Nothing gets by little Sam; nothing. And then she finished her thought,

Maybe we could just paint your skin, Mama.

Besides the fact that I just love that little girl with my whole heart, it helped reel me in for her 3-year Gotcha Day anniversary post.

Adoption Isn’t for Us

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Samarah and I are so different, and she was born to a woman I can’t relate to in the slightest. 

But there is something about our connection and how much I adore her every move that’s almost biological. 

I think about this so much, and I have thought about this so much, during this past year.

In case you aren’t aware, infertility is on the rise, and I meet, talk to, and even know many of the “infertile” women who have walked in my shoes. 

I’m not the person to push for any decision. To each is own. If you are unable to conceive a child on your own, then the path to getting a child is miraculous in and of its own. 

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But sometimes when I hear – or see it written – “adoption isn’t for us; it’s just not” – I can’t help but wonder, “Why?”

There are challenges that come with it. I have stated it before, and will talk about it, openly, forever. But have you ever met a mama (or family in general) that didn’t have challenges? 

Some women tell me it’s their husband. “He just doesn’t think we would love the child like our own.”

I can never be Black like Samarah (and no, we aren’t painting my face, sweet darling!) But here’s what I know:

  • If I could look like my stunning children, I would. 
  • From the very first moment I laid eyes on Samarah, I never desired birthing my own child again.
  • While there are surprises and things you don’t know/can’t possibly know about children you adopt, I’d argue that it’s the same thing for children you birth. Heck, I just learned things about my best friends this past weekend that I didn’t even know. 

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I always wanted to adopt, just not in the way it happened. I’ll even make it very clear that, during IVF, I’d gather I told myself over-and-over, “….because adoption isn’t for us.”

And in the end, after everything – adoption has been the very best thing Ryan and I have ever known. In 2015 I said, “adoption has changed our lives.” I believe that more than ever today, and while I maintain to never push anyone to adoption / foster-adoption, I won’t ever stop talking about how it might be the greatest blessing someone may have ever known.

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And to you, Samarah Josephina Hoffman, today:

Mama can never be Black like you. There will never be another oh-so-beautiful Samarah Josephina like you, in all the world. Mama tells you it constantly, “Jesus made you that way.” And I’ll tell you every single day that same skin color or not; same blood or not, you are my little angel forever. You were the birth for an eruption deep in my soul that said “Yes, ah yes. Now I get it. Everything is totally, and magically, beautiful in its time.”

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p.s. Wanna know a little secret? I’ve been feeling this strong desire to write and work on that pivotal, life-changing mantra that helped guide (and continues to guide) my life. The title: Ecclesiastes 3:11.

Xox,
SKH

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Who knew that I’d get to the point someday where I’d be sharing a blog post titled, My Two Favorite Night Creams?! Alas, I am no longer 15-years-old, and I do need a little boost of help – preferably at night when I’m sound asleep, and all is calm and still, replenishing and repairing.

Saturday was such a fun day. I went out on the lake with my three best friends in Minnesota for one of their birthdays. Per the usual, I put sunscreen on my face (I love this stick), but remembered it a little too late, and didn’t get my nose super well. The combination of sunglasses and not fully masking the nose, left a little red-nosed streak. I also failed to get the top of my legs covered well enough, so by the time I got home Saturday night, I was redder than usual in a few places. 

Every. Single. Time. You know? How is it that I can make sure the kids are fully covered with sunscreen, head-to-toe, but not myself?! 

I digress.

Before bed, I lathered up with the Citrus Mimosa Body Lotion for my whole body, and then of course put the night cream on thick.

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By now, it should come as no surprise that 80% of the products I use are Beautycounter. I have been a fan long before I shared My Beautycounter Story, and today I’m even more of a fan for two main reasons:

  1. The products rock. I love, love, love them. I continue buying them because they work and they are lovely. In fact, on Saturday I grabbed another Charcoal Cleansing Bar and finally grabbed myself the No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask (aka activated charcoal facial mask – I’ll apply this to show you how it works via my Instagram Stories as soon as it arrives, so make sure to follow along HERE). I believe in the products, wholeheartedly.
  2. Business. It’s a great business that naturally meshes with my blog, lifestyle, and overall business model. And guess what? I don’t even have to post 10 times a day via social media to “get sales” or “recruit team members.” Nope. I just go about my days, sharing and using the products when it makes sense. (But listen, you can purchase from me HERE and I’d love to mentor you on my team to help you reap your own benefits. I have put together a post around becoming a Beautycounter Consultant HERE.) 

But still, even after those two main things, I would be lying to you if I told you I only use Beautycounter 100% of the time. Because I don’t, and I believe that anyone who tells you they do, might not be telling the full truth. I want the best for you, so I am committed to sharing what I think those products are with the hopes that you will find all the value in them, too.

I could share with you all different makeup and skincare categories and products (both Beautycounter and not Beautycounter, also DIY skincare products) that I love, and over time, I will, too. 

For today, I’m sharing my two favorite night creams because I’m currently hot on their trails. 

You might be, too.

But first, why should we even use a night cream as part of our skincare routine?

Why Is It Important to Use Night Cream?

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Here are my top 4 reasons I believe it’s important to use night cream:

  1. A night cream can double the skin’s moisture and support anti-aging benefits. (source)
  2. “After a tough day battling impurities your skin naturally rejuvenates overnight and the majority of night creams are specifically designed to enhance this process by boosting the skin with moisture and also targeting specific skin concerns like fine lines or hyperpigmentation.” (source)
  3. “Like the rest of the body, skin does the bulk of its repairing, restoring, and regenerating while we sleep, so night creams are focused on moisture and recovery. They contain the most powerful, slow-absorbing moisturizers that are designed to penetrate over the course of several hours; since there’s little to no concern about sun exposure, they also contain the highest concentrations of anti-aging compounds ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, and hyaluronic acid, which are able to do their work without interference from sunscreens.” (source)
  4. Helps counteract oiliness, dryness, and other common skin problems. (source)

Now that you know a little more about why, here are the two I fully recommend.

My Two Favorite Night Creams

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  1. Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream. This was the first night cream I started using, and since first getting it, I’ve purchased probably 3 of them. The key ingredients include: Hyaluronic Acid, Plum Oil (Prunus Domestica Seed Extract), and Tara Gum (Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum), with the Plum Oil being my favorite because it is rich in omegas 6 & 9 and vitamin E, and reinforces the moisture barrier for healthy-looking, vibrant skin. Consumer panel test results indicated: 96% said they woke up with softer, smoother, vibrant-looking skin*, 100% said skin felt nourished*, and 93% said skin looked radiant.* I agree on all fronts. The cost is $55 for 1.7 fl. oz, but it will last awhile, and it’s totally worth it. (Alternatively, people love and rave about the Rejuvenating Night Cream. If you click HERE you can see the differences between them.) My Two Favorite Night Creams www.sarahkayhoffman.com #beautycounter #healthyliving #saferskincare #skincare
  2. Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Night Cream with Bee Venom. The biggest difference between the Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream and this one is the texture. The Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Night Cream with Bee Venom is super thick. For me personally, I absolutely love that. My skin tends to lean on the dry (vs. oily) side. The key ingredients in this product are Manuka honey, bee venom, and rosehip oil. Manuka honey is a natural humectant that draws moisture to the skin to enhance its elasticity, giving your face a firm, brighter and youthful look. Bee venom works to stimulate the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines for smoother, firmer feeling skin. Rosehip oil is full of antioxidants that work to help protect skin from environmental stressors and leave skin feeling rejuvenated. (If you have allergic reactions to bee stings, you should not use this, though.) The cost is $36 for 1.7 fl. oz via Amazon Prime and $49.99 on their websiteMy Two Favorite Night Creams www.sarahkayhoffman.com #healthyliving #saferskincare #skincare

Let me know if you have tried either of my two favorite night creams and/or if you have any questions.

Xox,
SKH

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I am moving forward from SIBO, whatever that means and whatever it takes.

This is the final part in my post-Rifaximin/Neomycin series. In case you missed the first two:

  1. My 28-Day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO Journal
  2. Does SIBO Ruin a Healthy Life

In the last post I listed out the correlations I made and ‘things I knew for sure’ after carefully reviewing my 28-day journal.

And then I said,

This time I will really move forward from SIBO because I am desperate and it’s imperative.

But how? Today I’m sharing with you how I’m moving forward from SIBO. (Think you might have SIBO? HERE are some symptoms.)

Moving Forward from SIBO

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When I thought about this blog post and these actions I must take (have already started taking), I remembered a blog post I wrote about a year ago called, “Wherever You Are.” At the end of the post I stated,

Going through these daily motions is not easy or hard compared to anyone else or any other season of our lives.

It is only easy or hard compared to the here and now, you and you alone.

It brought me to the first thing from my list……the bloat and running correlation.

  1. No Running. If you told 10 people they could not run so that they would heal, my guess is 8-10 of them would roll their eyes and say, “Um…okay.” But they are not me; they are also not you. If you love running, I feel ya. On June 2, 2016 I wrote, The Rules of Running. Two years later and I still believe in the words I wrote, but my body via journaling proved to me that right here, right now – me + SIBO – we are just not going to coexist. If I could only tell you how heartbreaking that realization was for me. Remember, my hard in this season; no one else’s. I understand if no one else gets this. I fought the bloat and running realization hard, too. But the signs were all there. So I posed the question (via email) to my new doctor, asking if it could be true that running was keeping me miserable and might prohibit me from ever healing. Here was his response (verbatim), “It has been researched, running causes an oxidative stress in the gut and “LPS” is released and this can be a major reason of bloat and runners diarrhea. It has to do with overtraining as well, so maybe less miles and/or decreased intensity.” I told Michelle. I also told LilliAnne (I’m still paired up with her, though, because you don’t have to run – any workout counts – and I’m not stopping workouts altogether). For the time being I just cut – cold turkey – any and all long distance workouts. I’ve had to get it out of my head that there will be no trail races this summer/fall. Mentally, I made a promise to myself that if I stayed symptom free for a couple-ish months, I could return to some sprints or lighter running 1-2 times per week. 
  2. No WOD’s. There was also a correlation with intense workouts period (also confirmed by my doctor). Once the correlation with running was made, I refused to see this one, but it was fairly strong and in my face, so I didn’t have a choice. A year ago, an intense 20-minute workout left me feeling strong and energized. This past month, though, the aches and fatigue lingered. 
  3. Lower back. In 2012, I did a workout program that overused every single part of my body. I am still paying for it today, namely in my lower back. My lower back doesn’t hurt; it’s more like an “itch,” inflammation of sorts. When I used it too much (usually during hard workouts), I always noticed how it would leave me bloated later in the day. There was a direct correlation; one I never saw before. I need to start focusing on strengthening those low-back muscles; they are so weak.

So then what am I doing? How am I moving forward from SIBO (without losing my mind – remember, my hard, not yours or anyone else’s). 

These are the 6 major things I’ve defined already, taking all things into consideration. (Click HERE to save them for later.)

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  1. No running + no WOD’s, but that doesn’t mean I’m not working out at all. Not working out is not the solution. Smarter working out is the solution. I’ve gone back to straight lifting where I can focus on making sure my core is super tight to support the lower back at all times. The lifts can be as easy or hard as I want them to be, but right now my goal is to build strength without the addition of anything too intense. I’m doing a Nia Shanks dumbbell program. I’ve been doing it a week already, and I am so grateful for it. In fact, I emailed Nia these exact words, “I love your workouts, and I love what you put into the world. And I just wanted you to know it.” If you’ve never read anything of hers or bought one of her programs, she (like Jess) are top recommendations. I’m already feeling stronger (and am appropriately sore vs. achy sore) without having massive fatigue from it. Moving Forward from SIBO www.sarahkayhoffman.com Nia Shanks Dumbbell Strength Training Guide #workout #Fitness #guthealth #healthyliving
  2. Low-back focus. In addition to Nia’s program, I am adding in more low back stretches and exercises here and there. I am saving some of them HERE. When I do these workouts and in everyday life in general, I am focusing on my core as much as possible – it’s all connected. 
  3. Walking x’s infinity. I don’t feel the need to be doing all the cardio, but I do feel the need to walk and move as much as possible without intensity. Walking is probably the best, hands down, form of “cardio” anyone can do. There is research to back it, and it helps with healing efforts for almost every single condition out there. If I’m not shooting during the weekday, I am sitting an awful lot while I work. Getting out to walk is something that must be very intentional. On the days I go lift, I walk for 20-30 minutes on the treadmill. Other days I just take myself outside for an hour-ish. I don’t care what the time commitment is, simply walking right now is critical.
  4. Super low-carb and low-FODMAP, but not for long. Tuesday was the first day I’ve had a banana in like 2 weeks. On Monday I had blueberries. I have also been experimenting with a low-carb, low-ish FODMAP 60-second microwave cake recipe, and that uses a tiny bit of almond flour and coconut flour. And yesterday (on the 4th, I had an Epic Bar that had onion and garlic in it – a small amount – but still, along with a ton of low-FODMAP fruits). Outside of those, not a ton of carbs and/or FODMAPs. I have had no bloat. My goal is to stay like this until Italy (except for the day before my Colonoscopy and Endoscopy) and then re-evaluate. With SIBO, I believe there is a time and place for super strict diet adherence, but I also believe that you must learn to reintroduce foods, at the very least, the “healthy” FODMAP foods like fruits and vegetables. In my experiences, the longer you avoid foods, the more intolerant you can become of them. I absolutely don’t want that; I also want to feel well now, so the balance has me walking a fine line that I’ve perfected. 24 Low-FODMAP Items from Thrive Market www.sarahkayhoffman.com What are FODMAP foods fodmaps sibo ibs
  5. Massages. Maybe it’s me justifying; I don’t care, but I feel like if I have to give up running and certain workouts, some foods, and other things, then I get to add in massages and other lovely self-care things. One night just before I started Rifaximin and Neomycin my low back was so bad and bloat insane that I booked a last-minute massage to see if it would help my body find relief. It was probably the best 60-minute massage ever because the (physical) pressure was taken off my entire core, and I had relief for a couple days. Since then, I’ve been in for another one. My massage girl said that my right side is where all my troubles lie. And that’s where I feel it the most (where all my lower stomach “sloshing” occurs, too), and where I’ve always noticed problems begin. I’m trying to get a massage at least once a month now, if not 2-3. 
  6. Chill the $%@# out. But for real. There have been so many times during these past few months when I’ve felt bloated to the nth degree, had anxiety like crazy, and then stopped myself dead in those tracks to physically feel myself not breathing. When it all gets to be too much, I’ve been checking my breath, stopping, breathing, breathing some more, and then reminding myself to just chill the @#$% out. I continue to say over-and-over, “You must live life.” And I’m putting it all into practice again. 

In addition to those main things, I am adopting and practicing little new things each and everyday (more water, writing, new research, etc.)

While I don’t like some of the changes I’ve had to make, I refuse to live with SIBO symptoms my entire life.

I would rather live life and eat normal food than run a million miles. 

At least for the time being, I have completely shifted my goals. I am the queen of the Type A club and ultra-goal driven so right now, the goals are three-fold:

  1. Find my strength again. I am talking about muscle strength (running took a lot of that away), but I’m also talking about the strength to just do all these things I need to do to get this gone for good.
  2. Continue exploration through further testing to see what might be bottle-necking this to be gone forever (or is it JUST a matter of my lifestyle choices?!)
  3. Stay symptom free, and get rid of SIBO for good while proving that this is done, almost entirely, by lifestyle and not diet (because I believe it now more than ever, and no top doctor, nutritionist, or scientist can can help with that).

By the way, you should know that I am still 100% symptom free since day 26 of Rifaximin/Neomycin. The bloat is gone (YES, even after the minimal FODMAP foods yesterday and fruit!), and consequently, the weight is starting to go with it, too.

I feel happier, and I feel stronger. I no longer have aches and fatigue (I did, however, need a 3-hour nap yesterday, but the beauty of listening to your body during recovery is that that’s okay)

And I’m totally, 1,000% moving forward from SIBO. Whatever it is that plagues you today, I am believing in the same for you.

p.s. I get so many emails and DM’s via Instagram about SIBO and healing. If possible (meaning, it’s nothing too private), can you please just leave your questions in the comments below? This way, I can publicly answer so everyone can benefit. With that, grab my e-book HERE (where you’re likely to find most answers) and then ask away for all the other things. I’m here to respond!

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Xox,
SKH

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I have avoided this blog post for quite some time because I have avoided admitting it to myself. But I’m about as transparent as they come when it comes to healing the gut. I have questioned (mostly at rock bottom), “Does SIBO ruin a healthy life?” 

Maybe I should state it the REAL way, 

Does SIBO ruin a healthy life or is that life not all that healthy?

I cried as I texted my mom the other day,

I am so angry. This (SIBO) has, literally, affected every single piece of life, and I hate it so much.

She responded,

I know you do, and I feel so bad for you.

And I said,

I just want to eat vegetables and roasted garlic and run; the basics of a healthy life, and I can’t.

The rest of the day, I could not get over that simple thought about the “basics” of a healthy life.

Things I Know for Sure

Yesterday I shared the post, My 28-Day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO Journal. If you haven’t read that post yet, you should definitely start there because this will all make so much more sense.

As I stated at the end of the post, 

However, upon studying my 28-day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO journal, there are things I know for sure. I can draw many conclusions, and I can take the very worst days and see possible connections for why they were the very worst days.

Here is what I was referring to when I said the, “things I know for sure:”

  1. In my journal, there was a direct correlation with bad days and long and/or intense running days.
  2. Throughout my journal, there was a direct correlation with bad days and intense WOD’s (20-minute workouts).
  3. There was a direct correlation between workouts that involved my lower back and the level of bloat I had.
  4. Atrantil worked for me for a long time, but because the SIBO wasn’t completely eradicated back then, I don’t believe it’s working for me any longer. And if it’s not working, at some point it will strictly just mask symptoms while costing a lot of money. (That said, if you’ve never taken Atrantil before, I strongly recommend it. It worked so well for me in the beginning, and I will not remove it from the Recommended Supplements page. You just have to pay attention to all the other things I’m mentioning simultaneously.)
  5. Right here, right now, in this season of healing, me + carbs with SIBO and me + too many FODMAP foods just don’t mesh well. I don’t care if it’s a low-FODMAP food (like white rice) or good-for-you FODMAP like garlic….it’s just not working. I can’t fit a square in a circle no matter how hard I try. And believe me – I have tried, and tried, and tried. I’m tired of trying.

Does SIBO Ruin a Healthy Life

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So the question at hand for me right now, after reviewing the things I know for sure is,

Does SIBO ruin a healthy life?

And in the end, I have concluded that YES, SIBO does in fact ruin a healthy life, but only once we have ruined the very definition of what’s healthy for us.

You want the truth?

All the things I can’t do because of SIBO are all the things I overdid (and/or neglected to do – i.e. focus on my lower back) when I did or didn’t (I have no clue when SIBO was first present) have SIBO.

Do you even know how many seemingly healthy and fit women come to me these days with massive gut issues?

Can I just tell you that even women with half a million followers on Instagram because of their fitness following are now coming to me wanting to join the journey and desiring to heal? 

Probably the most significant and eye-opening thing I learned from my 28-day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO journal is that dwelling on food only as help or a hinderance to healing will get you nowhere.

And probably the saddest thing I learned is that it’s possible to love something so much that it becomes your greatest demise. 

This time I will really move forward from SIBO because I am desperate and it’s imperative. 

How? I’m sharing that in the next post, “Moving Forward from SIBO.”

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Xox,
SKH

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As soon as I mentioned I’d be starting Rifaximin + Neomycin again, everyone started asking me to share what the days were like on it; side effects, ups, downs, etc. So I chose to document the 28 days, and now that they are over (ended on June 28, 2018), I’m ready to share my 28-day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO journal with Y’all.


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I wanted this to be as helpful and useful as possible for anyone who might come across this blog post without me needing to give every single last detail about each of the 28 days. 

So with that….

My 28-Day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO Journal

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I used a small notebook, in fact, it’s just my journal and I used the last 28 pages of it for this little experiment.

At the top of each day I wrote (example): Day 1: Rifaximin + Neomycin Friday, June 1, 2018.

Beneath each day, I had 6 sections. They included (in order):

  1. Food: where I recorded the things I ate (not quantities, just types)
  2. Medicine: where I recorded any and all medicine taken
  3. Supplements: where I recorded any and all supplements taken
  4. Mood: how I was feeling
  5. Workout: what I did for a workout
  6. Notes: all miscellaneous notes

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Here we are the key (consistent) things from the 28 days:

  1. My food didn’t change a ton. I toggled between no, low, and high-FODMAP, depending on the day, how I was feeling, and what I was comfortable with.
  2. Every single day from Day 1 – Day 14, my medicines consisted of Rifaximin x 3 per day, Neomycin x 2 per day, LDN (low dose naltrexone) at night before bed, WP Thyroid on an empty stomach immediately upon waking up each day. 
  3. Once Day 15 hit, all medicine was the same except no more Neomycin.
  4. Almost every single day, my supplements stayed consistent with just digestive enzymes, HCL, and Adrenal Glandular. There was a period of time when I took Antrantil (2-3 times per day x’s 2 pills per time) as well.
  5. I was working out almost every single day, and barely ever was it “light and easy.”

And here are the interesting/telling things from the 28 days:

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Days 1-14 (Rifaximin + Neomycin)

  1. On day 1, I felt great until 4pm when I started feeling semi-nauseous. Just prior to starting, though, I had been low-FODMAP so I wasn’t expecting to feel anything less than great. I also forgot to eat FODMAPs on day 1, so there was that.
  2. On day 2, I still didn’t have any bloat, but the nausea started hitting me. I got some ginger mints and that worked wonders. It was a Saturday so I had a long, 8-mile run that day which I noted left me completely wiped out and fatigued. 
  3. Day 4 was a major high. I made note that night: “No bloat. No gas. 2 great BM’s. Almost no nausea. Very tired around 3pm, but I also only got 6 hours of sleep last night. Still no back acne returned.”
  4. But then day 5 hit and bam – most of the rest of the 28 days would be misery. That day I did a hard 20-minute workout, and I made note: “Sometime after workout = bloat, bad at night with huge bloat.” I also then commented, “Correlation between the hard workouts, my lower back, and bloat?”
  5. The super bloat continues, and on day 8 my notes said: “Super bloat all day. Sitting in lower stomach. Lower back made it worse after early morning workout. So bloated I could barely breathe. Left-side pain-like gas and nausea.”
  6. I start getting super paranoid that nothing is going to work this time, and I dig deep back into all the research. On day 10 I noted: “Methanogens are tough characters (Dr. Pimental). I was so tired in the morning, felt super blah, dozed off about an hour, bloated and sitting in my lower gut.”
  7. By this point I’m eating all the FODMAPs because I continue telling myself to, “just trust the process.” But it feels like hell, and on day 12 I note: “Feeling so uncomfortable in my clothes – nothing fits, left-side pain all day. My mouth is highly irritated.”
  8. At the beginning of that week, days 10-13, I was in New York for work. When I get home and settled on day 14, I noted: “Horrible fatigue today. A lot of nausea. Coffee aversions. Overall down day.” I will never forget this day because I got out of bed that morning thinking (remembering) how it was around day 13/14 of the previous SIBO anitibiotic cycles when seemingly overnight I felt 100% again. I had so much hope, but not even an hour after waking up, I was back in bed, thinking maybe I had the flu. I felt miserable. And when I did spring back to life, I began having the coffee aversions, which lasted for most of the rest of the 28 days. I mean, who was I anyways?! But that was day 14, which meant the final day of Neomycin.

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Days 15-28 (Rifaximin only)

  1. Miraculously, on day 15, all nausea went away. Don’t you dare think this is made up, either. It’s a very common side effect of Neomycin. The nausea is the worst. I did a hard 20-minute workout that day, and at night I felt so fatigued, drained, and my throat even hurt some. By the way, at this point in the game, my weight was still creeping up some.
  2. The next day, on day 16, I felt achy and sick again. I was so achy that I even had to take some Advil to get through the day (which I never, ever have to do unless my female monthly friend is visiting). Because I was getting so afraid, I figured I might as well start Atrantil to see if that would help. I was insane (yes, looking back, just pure insanity) and ran an “easy” 7 miles that day. 
  3. And looking back, it’s no surprise, then, that on day 17 I was still so achy and had to take Advil yet again. I also developed a stye in my eye. But at least I completely took the day off from working out that day.
  4. I should mention that even though I was on the struggle bus this entire time, I was going to the bathroom every single day like a normal person with BM’s that were just fine. That was my sign for hope that repair could happen. 
  5. On day 19 I didn’t eat much, but here’s what I did eat: coffee, coconut milk, monkfruit, chicken, honey mustard, Chipotle Rice Bowl with that huge heaping of guacamole, S’mores Quest Bar, booch, peanut butter, espresso coconut chips. And overall I just felt off and blah. I noted, “I’m bloated, lower stomach sloshing, frustrated – mad – sad, I think it’s just time to follow the tried-tested-true diet for me.”
  6. So on day 20, I stopped eating the FODMAPs and grains, dairy, and anything else that’s “technically” encouraged during the antibiotic protocol. I also started fasting again, and fasted for 14 hours that night/morning.
  7. I stayed the course, but on day 22 felt the super bloat again. I noted: “All this bloat — when I started Atrantil again?” But I stayed with the Atrantil through day day 24.
  8. On day 25, I cut the Atrantil cold turkey. Day 25 was miserable (I also ran 6 miles that day), but I decided to finish my last few days with some FODMAPs and grains and carbs sprinkled in here and there, but no Atrantil. 
  9. Here is everything from day 26.
    1. Food: coffee, coconut milk, monkfruit, smoothie (Elmhurst Milked Unsweetened Hazelnut, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, banana, blueberries, hempseeds), Banana, Paleo Bar, pork rinds, collard greens, homemade dressing (olive oil, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar), chicken, turkey, flaxseed + pumpkin seeds, 100% chocolate, walnuts, banana and almond butter
    2. Medicine: Rifaximin x 3, WP Thyroid, LDN
    3. Supplements: HCL, enzymes, L-Glutamine, gelatin, adrenal glandular
    4. Mood: great
    5. Workout: Nia’s workout (which is straight lifting) + a 1-mile walk
    6. Notes: BEST day yet! ZERO bloat. 
  10. I finished day 27-28 the exact same. No bloat; perfection.

And there you have it….my 28-day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO journal.

What’s the point of keeping a meticulous journal so we can see progression (or regression for that matter) like my 28-day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO journal or a Bullet Journal for gut healing if we’re not going to act upon the findings

While I did want to keep track of all this so I could share the experience and journey with those who have SIBO and/or are thinking about doing the antibiotics, I also wanted to do it for myself – to understand exactly what to do next and why. 

Because listen, my testing results for anything underlying are still inconclusive. Numbers are off, but specific tests are still negative (i.e. I don’t have Lyme disease).

I will never stop seeking the real answers (i.e. mold test, the Colonoscopy and Endoscopy, etc.) as to why I would relapse 4 times now when my lifestyle would (otherwise) indicate a relapse should never occur.

However, upon studying my 28-day Rifaximin and Neomycin SIBO journal, there are things I know for sure. I can draw many conclusions, and I can take the very worst days and see possible connections for why they were the very worst days.

So stay tuned….I still have two more blog posts to share with you on this topic.

Questions? Ask in the comments below or EMAIL ME.

Xox,
SKH

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Better late than never, right? You may or may not have noticed, but I skipped the May 2018 catch up over bone broth. It was somewhat on accident, but also not really. May was a lot, and actually June was as well. But now that June is over, I’m ready to chat – here and present for the June 2018 catch up over bone broth.

June 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth

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Health

For most of May (I had a couple good days in there around Memorial Weekend) and almost all of June, I battled SIBO. My Rifaximin arrived on May 31, so on June 1, I started the Rifaximin + Neomycin combination. It was my fourth round of the combination, and it all ended this past Thursday, June 28.

How do I feel today? Phenomenal! But if you want the truth, I don’t know how much credit I’m giving to the antibiotics; rather to other things. I have 2 posts all ready to share with you this upcoming week around it, so I’m saving the details for then. 

In May, however, I finally saw my new doctor in Minnesota. I mentioned him in Carbs and SIBO, but I started seeing Dr. Jeff at Between the Bridges Healing Center. I thought I could somehow work with Dr. Schweig and Dr. Amy in California forever, but who was I kidding? That was never going to work. It’s not realistic to have a doctor 2,000 miles away. 

I am so excited about Dr. Jeff, and the reason I wanted to see him so soon was so that I could, finally after about 10 years, get in for another Colonoscopy and Endoscopy. He made it happen fairly quickly. I have my pre-op and procedure both coming up in July. I am absolutely dreading it, but it’s time.

I am so thankful May and June are behind me (well, actually March – June) from a health standpoint because the. struggle. was. real. SIBO is so real, and I would not wish it upon anyone. 

Fitness

Due to SIBO, I also sat on the struggle bus from a fitness standpoint in June. My determination saw me through it all, but at the expense of feeling well.

I finally made it through the 3rd round of Jess’ program. I still stand by this program 1,000% and when I know for sure I’m better, I’m picking it up again (also holding out for her new Kettlebell program coming).

More than anything else in June, I spent time running. I followed Michelle’s plan to a ‘T.’ And guess what? I ran well. During each run, for the most part, I felt really great.

But no part of my workouts in June left me feeling well. Jess’ workouts, albeit super short, are intense (which is why I love them and think they are so effective for me when I’m well). And running – well, running is always intense – even when they are easy paces (no faster than 9-minute miles).

I am going to share more about this in the SIBO update/chat this upcoming week, but here’s a foreshadow that I’ll tell you today – on Wednesday, my mom and I went for about an hour walk. I did the same on Friday. Do you even know how therapeutic walking is?! And yes, even in this awful heat and humidity.

Professional

June 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats elmhurst1925.com #healthylifestyle #glutenfree #dairyfree #plantbased #SimplerBetter

psssst. Want the recipe for this 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats image above? It’s HERE.

This past week I shared with you Top 7 Ways to Support Mompreneurs. I believe that I am now finally on my best path ever as a Mompreneur, but May and June challenged me in incredible (incredibly hard and trying) ways to get here. 

I mostly talked about all of it in Fixing. That’s where it all started. 

I cut clients and hours, and during June had some conversations around all of it with various people. The best part of my conversations with clients I let go of and/or reduced hours significantly by was that when I was completely open and honest with transparency at its finest, they all not only understood, but were also supportive. In fact, one of my clients (who I actually consider more of a friend than anything) told me, “You’re making the right decision, and I fully support whatever you decide.” 

Because of the changes, I spent a lot of time in June transitioning. In July, I will fully be off of any outstanding day-to-day work, and will maintain 100% project work.

I have been doing a ton of writing and shooting for various clients, and about a week ago did an interview on behalf of a client that will be featured in The Box Magazine

Part of the reason I wanted to scale back so much of the day-to-day client work is because I also want the breathing space for this spacemy blog, my health coaching (1-on-1’s + e-books), mentoring for those who are interested in becoming a health coach and/or starting their own online business, and Beautycounter (using Beautycounter product for all makeup and skincare needs and/or joining our Beautycounter team to become your own boss/business).

Why? Because it’s the work that I feel I was meant to do. It’s the work that is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people. And while it’s financially sound, it’s also fun, rewarding and totally thrilling for me. I’ll do it my entire life, and I can’t say that about anything else.

Personal and Family

We are really getting excited to move out of this house and into our new house. Our timeline is now down to probably about 5-ish month (but who is counting anyways?!). With that, I have been Pinteresting all the things, mostly for Samarah, Isaiah, and Amiya’s rooms because we are hoping to start working on them late summer. 

June 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Lake Caribou Coffee #onlyinMN #lifestyleblogger #coffee

People keep sending me private messages wondering about this house – are we building it, is it in the same, small town we are currently in, and what does it look like? The answers are: No, we are not building it. Yes, it’s in the same, small town we are currently in. And it looks like something Ryan and I would have built had we built our own home 🙂 Most people around town know now, so once we return from Italy, I’ll share.

I can’t even begin to describe how incredibly lucky and grateful feel to be back home, in Minnesota, in this small town. In June, Ryan and I started couple’s golf night at the golf course. We have only been able to make two nights so far, but even something as basic as that has been so good for us. It has allowed us to return to a “date night” while meeting and hanging out with other adults (such a novel concept when you have a 2, 3, and 4-year old amiright?!)

We spend a lot of time with family and friends, so much so that time is flying by even quicker than before. There is always something to do or someone to see, and we love that!

Mom, Dad, and I headed to the VA this past Thursday. Dad was having a couple strong months, until a few weeks ago. This last round of chemo did a number on him, so Thursday was not a great appointment. We were there most of the day, as he needed 2L of fluid (dehydrated). The best part of the day was when his doctor told him, “The best and worst parts of working with Veterans are the same thing. The best part? Vets never complain. The worst part? Vets never complain.”

How true – this describes my dad to a ‘T.’ But because he never complains, it’s always too late for a quick fix. He’s dropped weight again and his numbers were off. We made some tweaks, though, and I’m confident he’ll be on the mend again. 

You know, I love that I have never had to miss an appointment (unless I’ve been traveling for work, which I think was just once). I go to all of them with Mom and Dad. I go to the ones where I know it will be all good news; no changes needed. I also go to the ones where I know they won’t be as pleasant. But I don’t care. Good or bad, every third-ish week, I pick them up early in the morning, and we drive to the VA in Minneapolis to see his doctor and other specialists. I ask all the questions, make clarifying statements, and help make sense of things when I think sense needs to be made (aka. NO, we do not need to see the nutritionist again 🙂 )

Samarah, Isaiah, and Amiya are growing like little weeds and living out their best life this summer.

June 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Samarah Isaiah Reagan #greatdane #lifestyleblogger

Katie has them doing all the things, and on the weekends we make sure they are busy little bodies so that by night they are too exhausted to throw up anything more than one major meltdown (and one major meltdown by at least one of them happens, like clockwork, every single night – last night it was Zay).

The kids have spent ample time in the pool. Samarah is a little fish, Isaiah is close behind, and Amiya usually hates it. We went to a pool party yesterday where I held Maya for over an hour while my feet were dipped in the water because she wanted nothing to do with it. Isaiah played with a blue and yellow boat on the side of the pool mostly, and Samarah was flounder. 

June 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Isaiah Samarah #lake #onlyinMN

I think all three have gone through growth spurts. Samarah and Isaiah, namely, have gotten tall. Samarah’s legs have shot up and she seems so tall to me; same with Isaiah, only he also continues to bulk up as well (probably because he eats as much as Ryan at mealtime). 

Amiya is now counting to 11 and talking nonstop. She has more attitude than I can handle, but her hugs are still the best.

June 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Amiya life jacket #onlyinMN #summer #lifestyleblogger

Isaiah might be getting closer to being potty trained. Katie does an amazing job with him each day, and while some parents roll the eyes at rewarding potty and poop behavior with treats, I’m all, “Whatever it takes. You get to judge when you have a 2, 3, and 4-year old in tote, and even then, I don’t really care.” I’m so ready to be done with diapers, and there is still one to go.

Samarah is just blooming into the most beautiful, little girl. Only two short months until she’s 5. She let us all know she wants a “rainbow” birthday party. She wants Grandma Nancy to make her cake, and she wants all the colors, and all the people there. Ugh. That girl kills me in the best and purest way possible.

June 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth www.sarahkayhoffman.com Samarah pool #onlyinMN #summer #lifestyleblogger

I’m ready for May and June to be behind me because of all the SIBO ish, but life is good, and I’m so excited for July. We are kicking it off today with a Pizza Farm night with friends and family. My cousin and his girlfriend own it, and we love the open space, music, and fun! While July means I have to go through the Colonoscopy and Endoscopy, it also means the county fair, family time up North on the lake, and then……

ITALY – FLORENCE, ROME, VENICE, TURIN.

Guys – Ceci has planned the entire trip for Ryan and I. She sent us timetables and details, booked trains, all of it. She is meeting us right away, and we will spend our entire time with her and then also with her family. To say we are excited is a massive understatement. I’m so ready to see her again and to actually go on vacation, a long vacation – just Ryan and I. We leave July 25th.

Blog Posts I Wrote (in May and June)

  1. Can You Heal Your Gut on a Vegetarian Diet
  2. When SIBO Keeps Relapsing
  3. Microbial Reset Diet
  4. Funniest Motherhood Quotes
  5. Happy Birthday, Isaiah {You are Three}
  6. Oatless Protein Oatmeal
  7. Healing vs Wholeness
  8. Slow Down
  9. You Are Two, Amiya
  10. Waiting on Rifaximin
  11. Tummy Mommy Sequel
  12. NOW Foods
  13. Fixing
  14. Could Your Acne Be Caused By Gut Problems
  15. My Costco Grocery Shopping Cart
  16. The SIBO Weight Gain Connection
  17. Yes SIBO is Real
  18. 8 Ways to Celebrate Gotcha Day Anniversary
  19. Strong
  20. 8 Favorite Gluten Free Foods
  21. Carbs and SIBO
  22. I Run 4 LilliAnne
  23. Why I Believe in Gelatin for Gut Healing
  24. Top 7 Ways to Support Mompreneurs
  25. Micronutrients and Macronutrients and SIBO
  26. Minnesota Sushi

Tell me something new and good about YOUR June!

Xox,
SKH

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I’m still laughing over those two words, “Minnesota Sushi.”

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A couple weeks back, my fridge looked pathetic and the kids wanted a snack before we headed out. I opened the door and found some lunch meat, mayo, and a few pickles. I remembered a little snack (also an appetizer) I’ve had several times over the years.

You take that lunch meat, spread cream cheese over it, and insert pickles. Then you roll it up, and bam – you have a snack.

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Well we rarely eat cream cheese because of the dairy factor (although, on my list is to get some Miyoko’s and/or make my own) so that wasn’t an option. 

Minnesota Sushi www.sarahkayhoffman.com Low-FODMAP snacks #healthyliving #snacks #recipe #glutenfree

The mayo was an option. I swapped in the mayo for the cream cheese, and delivered to the children (and myself). 

Minnesota Sushi www.sarahkayhoffman.com pickle ham turkey mayo #healthyliving #snacks #recipe #glutenfree

Ryan had just left for a work trip, so I sent him a Marco Polo (with my face stuffed obv), and told him all about the brilliance of this snack. He Marco’d me back, and said,

Yes, it’s called Minnesota Sushi.

I literally spit my water out because I was laughing so hard. In all these years, I had never heard that term. Google it, though, and you’ll see.

Minnesota Sushi www.sarahkayhoffman.com Applegate ham #healthyliving #snacks #recipe #glutenfree

It’s also commonly referred to as “the pickle roll-up.” That makes sense, and isn’t that funny, but Minnesota Sushi? Classic.

Minnesota and California Sushi

Here’s the deal, after living on the West coast for 11 years, I wasn’t afraid to admit (once I had been back to Minnesota a couple months) that I had been living in the California Bubble. Before moving out West, I never ate Sushi. I didn’t even really know what it was. Out there, though, it could have been a 5th food group for us. We had access to everything

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I was thinking, while noshing on my Minnesota Sushi, about how (funny!) vastly different Sushi and Minnesota Sushi are; two completely different lives. I thought about the comments people have made to me over the years. Those from here, “You’re so lucky you lived in California; I’d love to move there.” And those from California, “Why would you ever move back to the Midwest; it’s so dull, cold, and basic there?” 

And it’s funny using those comments and the two different Sushi’s as metaphors for both. 

I couldn’t care less about all the upscale, delish Sushi in the world at this point (by the way, go to Minneapolis and you’ll find Sushi that rivals Sushi found in California). 

Nope. I’m totally cool being basic – killin’ it with this Minnesota Sushi.

Minnesota Sushi

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Minnesota Sushi www.sarahkayhoffman.com turkey ham mayo pickles #healthyliving #snacks #recipe #glutenfree

Even though I’m all about the Minnesota Sushi, I’m still not interested in just buying any old lunch meat and mayo. 

For these, I used:

  1. Applegate Ham
  2. Applegate Turkey (no, these are not traditional, but we love them using turkey instead of ham, too)
  3. Sir Kensington’s Classic Mayo (an alternative would be their Avocado Oil Mayo)
  4. plain pickles (the ones this time were the Tru brand, but usually we buy Bubbies Pickles)

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Before anyone gets in a tizzy about these being “uncommon” foods and hard-to-find, I’ll let you know where I got each:

  1. Applegate – Found at Hy Vee (in Owatonna, Mankato, and Shakopee). They have been on sale lately for $3.99 a pack, so I will buy like 5 or more, and freeze what we won’t use in a week.
  2. Sir Kensington’s – Found at Walmart in Waseca. Yes, it’s true. Just go where the mayo is.
  3. pickles – I got the Tru brand at Hy Vee (same as above)

I continue to do the best with what we have in a 30-mile radius.

There is no recipe for these little delights. It’s so simple. Lay out your ham or turkey, coat with mayo, place little pickles inside, roll up, cut, and enjoy. 

Here is how easy it is to make them (click HERE to save the video for later):

Now listen, you know you want to make these ASAP. If you are Gutsy like me, know that they are: low-FODMAP, low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, sugar-free, and grain-free. They are Paleo-ish (the Mayo is where the -ish part comes in for me). The Mayo has egg in it, so they are not egg free. If you don’t want egg, you could sub in Just Mayo (It’s also found at Walmart, but I don’t like the ingredient list as much in that one, way too many ingredients).

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I hope you love this little snack idea. Serve it at your next party, no matter where you live. Even if you get a silent eye roll or two, they will be gone because they are so d#$% good.

Xox,
SKH

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Over the years, SIBO has robbed many of my micronutrient levels (it’s also robbed my life in general – and more on that in another post!). I have also come to realize how it drastically affects the  macronutrients I’m able to (comfortably) consume and in what quantities. Enter micronutrients and macronutrients with SIBO.

I had this idea for a series on micronutrients and macronutrients and SIBO a long time ago. I never pursued it, though, because I wasn’t sure how important or interesting it would be to people.

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And then my blood tests came back recently, and for the first time ever, I was deficient (or borderline deficient) in several things. I mentioned this in Carbs and SIBO, but here they are again…

  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin D3
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Pantothenate
  • Selenium
  • Copper
  • Carnitine
  • Vitamin E
  • Manganese
  • Lipoic Acid
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K2

Because I know this is going on with thousands who live with a stubborn case of SIBO, I knew this series would be both important and interesting – for you and for me.

Micronutrients and Macronutrients with SIBO

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Before I dive into any one micronutrient or macronutrient, let’s break down exactly what a micronutrient and macronutrient are.

What is a Micronutrient?

Micronutrients are,

a chemical element or substance (such as calcium or vitamin C) that is essential in minute amounts to the growth and health of a living organism

Harvard Health stated that while, “while you only need a small number of micronutrients—vitamins and minerals—failing to get even those small quantities virtually guarantees disease.” They shared the story of British sailors from centuries ago to prove the point.

British sailors learned centuries ago that living for months without fresh fruits or vegetables—the main sources of vitamin C—caused the bleeding gums and listlessness of scurvy, a disease that often proved fatal. Even today in many low-income countries, people frequently suffer from a variety of nutrient-deficiency diseases.

We are not British sailors from centuries ago, yet these problems continue to be a widespread problem. And yes, even in America.

What is a Macronutrient?

Macronutrients are,

a chemical element or substance (such as potassium or protein) that is essential in relatively large amounts to the growth and health of a living organism

We know macronutrients as “the big three:” protein, fats, and carbohydrates, but they actually extend far beyond that (hence the example of potassium above). 

Macronutrients, presented as the big three (protein, fat, and carbs), are eaten in large amounts and include the primary building blocks of your diet which provide your body with energy. 

According to an article published in 2012 via Today’s Dietitian

Due to the bacterial overgrowth, patients often experience various nutritional deficiencies. Malabsorption induced by rapid intestinal transit time can lead to the loss of both macronutrients and micronutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids and liposoluble nutrients, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K.5.

Once your body begins to heal from SIBO, it also starts absorbing food properly once again.

And that is step one, even before we get so concerned with everything we are or are not absorbing.

I no longer believe this is a game of chicken and egg. I believe that SIBO came first, then our bodies started becoming deficient and not able to process things, and then it became the chicken and egg scenario with a vicious cycle ensuing. 

Focusing on healing SIBO is king, but learning about and understanding micronutrients and macronutrients with SIBO is queen because once you’re on the path to healing SIBO, you must work on increasing any outstanding deficiencies while (re)training your body to enjoy all macronutrients (not just protein and/or fat). (By the way, I know not everyone is going to agree with me that we should be including carbohydrates, but I believe in real life and not a stringent lifetime diet.)

Each post throughout the series will focus on just one. This is so that you can easily find them in the archives when you need it.

I am really excited to dig into various micronutrients and macronutrients on a deeper level. My plan is to start with the ones I have listed above (plus B12 – a critical and common micronutrient deficiency with SIBO), but feel free to CONTACT ME if there is one you are very deficient in and would love for me to feature.

Xox,
SKH

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