http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com When gravel roads are all you've ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:41:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 How I Healed My Perioral Dermatitis Naturally http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/28/healed-perioral-dermatitis-naturally/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/28/healed-perioral-dermatitis-naturally/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:41:43 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=23441 I healed my Perioral Dermatitis naturally. I was just about to give up and get on antibiotics when miraculously I healed at a rapid pace. I cannot pinpoint any one thing, but there are many things that stand out as to why I healed. While I believe that numbers 1-10 below were CRITICAL, I also believe... 

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I healed my Perioral Dermatitis naturally.

I was just about to give up and get on antibiotics when miraculously I healed at a rapid pace. I cannot pinpoint any one thing, but there are many things that stand out as to why I healed. While I believe that numbers 1-10 below were CRITICAL, I also believe that it was number 11 which truly ended up being the key factor.

These things worked for me, and if I can even give one person hope that something might work for them, then my job here is done.

How I Healed My Perioral Dermatitis Naturally www.sarahkayhoffman.com

Here is How I Did It

  1. GAPS Diet: I believe the healing was jump started when I went back (intensely) on GAPS.  I’m not on GAPS right now, but I believe it was critical then.
  2. Moringa: Moringa is an amazing herb that I learned about while at the local Farmers’ Market this past summer. It has been used for many things, and while I initially started using it for digestion, I believe it (maybe indirectly) had positive impacts on the skin condition.
  3. Hemp seed and Hemp oil: Hemp is powerful. In the beginning, I was using Coconut Oil on my face, until the condition seemed to be getting worse. I stopped that, and I started using hemp oil. Additionally, I began consuming a lot of hemp – the seed and oil. We eat it several times a week now in various ways. “Hemp is loaded with all 20 amino acids (including the 9 essential),” and I believe its dense nutrition helped.
  4. Cod Liver Oil: It’s not that I love it, but rather that cod liver oil is highly anti-inflammatory and since Perioral Dermatitis is inflammation, I needed to anti-inflame as much as possible. (I also did this by eating wild fish more in general.) I took 1tsp each day.
  5. Probiotic: I returned to my stringent 100 billion/day probiotic protocol.
  6. Sleep: I have been starving my body from sleep, and in a million ways it manifested into so many unwanted things. I focused on 8+ hours a night. Some nights I could grab more, and some a little less, but the amount of sleep I’m getting overall has greatly increased.
  7. Nipple Butter and Bottom Balm: You think it sounds crazy, but I swear by this stuff now (–> sorry I stole so much of yours, Samarah!) I’m still not using face creams, but I do toggle between these two items for “face moisturizer.” I just use a little, but it made a huge difference.
  8. L-glutamine: I’m still sprinkling it on/in things 1-2 times per day.
  9. Face Wash: I never use traditional face wash anymore. I primarily use Dr. Bronner’s.
  10. Toothpaste: I stopped using all traditional toothpaste as well, and never buy toothpaste with SLS and/or fluoride. It’s “Earthy,” but I enjoy it -> Earthpaste.
  11. Consistency: I have all but healed my Perioral Dermatitis, but it took months. There was no quick-fix-overnight scheme. I stayed consistent, and I did items 1-10 on a consistent basis.

Beginning

Perioral Dermatitis Update from using Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter via www.agutsygirl.com

A couple weeks ago

SKH + Food Babe, Vani www.sarahkayhoffman.com

Love your guts,
SKH

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The Blender Girl Smoothies App + Recipe for Her Pomegranate Slam It! http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/25/blender-girl-smoothies-app-recipe-pomegranate-slam/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/25/blender-girl-smoothies-app-recipe-pomegranate-slam/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:53:22 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24678 I love The Blender Girl. No, I really love The Blender Girl. (p.s. “Bubba” = Samarah -> she wrote the message in the book for Samarah!) I have known Tess for quite some time now, but even if she were not a personal friend, I would still be here telling you about how I adore The Blender Girl... 

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love The Blender Girl. No, I really love The Blender Girl. (p.s. “Bubba” = Samarah -> she wrote the message in the book for Samarah!)

Tess The Blender Girl Smoothies App Recipe via www.sarahkayhoffman.com

I have known Tess for quite some time now, but even if she were not a personal friend, I would still be here telling you about how I adore The Blender Girl Cookbook and (now) her brand new app, The Blender Girl Smoothies App.

{Full disclosure: Tess gave me a code for the app to try out. I bought her book (and also had my mother buy it as well).}

The Blender Girl Smoothies App

The Blender Girl and her healthy, blender-centric recipes have taken the world by storm— and in this comprehensive smoothie-making guide, she takes smoothies to the next level and helps you blast your way to good health and blended bliss. One hundred creative and delicious smoothie recipes each contain three additional boosters (like chia seeds, ginger, or wheatgrass) that ramp up the flavor, nutrient value, or both. And the unique search function lets you punch in what you feel (happy, sluggish, wired), need (a detox, to lose weight, to chill out), and crave (light and fruity, clean and green, an exotic ride) to find the right smoothie every day. Featuring gorgeous photographs of every recipe, an extensive ingredient glossary, shopping lists, blender tips, both Imperial and metric measurements, and other handy tips and tricks, this app makes it fun and easy to find your perfect blend.

Features include:

  • 70 Delicious Smoothie Recipes: Plus, one additional smoothie recipe released weekly for a total of 100 recipes.
  • Stunning Full-color Photography: In addition to images of every smoothie recipe, the app includes photos of frequently used and recommended ingredients in the glossary.
  • Optional Flavor and Nutrition Boosters: Three additional ingredients per recipe can be added to boost flavor complexity, nutrition, or both. Use one, two, or all three options according to your taste or sense of adventure.
  • Unique Search Functionality: Search by ingredient, dietary preferences, or recipe type, or use the unique story feature and fill in “I feel, I need, I crave” options to find smoothies that fit your mood on any given day.
  • Special Dietary and Nutritional Information: Recipe summaries list the health benefits of each smoothie, special icons flag recipes that are appropriate for specific needs (weight loss, anti-inflammatory, high-protein, alkaline, and so on), and nutritional info provides calories, fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugar, protein, calcium, and iron levels.
  • Imperial and Metric Measurements: Set the app to display your preferred system of recipe measures.
  • Customized User Settings: Personalize your experience by setting dietary preferences and update alerts or toggle between Imperial and metric measurements.
  • Comprehensive Glossary: Expanded information on the nutritional benefits of the recipes, including tips on selecting, storing, and incorporating ingredients—along with labeled photos– help you create your own delicious blends.
  • FAQs and Practical Tips: Straightforward answers to frequently asked questions, along with tips on building smoothies and using both conventional and high-speed blenders, give you all the information you need to become a smoothie-making whiz.
  • Blender Recommendations: The Blender Girl shares her favorite blenders.
  • Favorites: Identify your favorite smoothies so you can find them quickly.
  • Notes: Store recipe comments right on the recipe page to keep track of any tweaks you made, ideas for next time, or tasting notes, so you can find your perfect blend every time.
  • Share-a-Smoothie Capability: Share recipes with your friends and family via email or through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
  • Quick and Easy Shopping Lists: Create simple shopping lists right from the recipes that can be edited and supplemented, then email it to yourself or a friend.

Sample Recipes:

  • Tastes-like-ice-cream kale
  • Antioxidant avenger
  • Green mojito
  • Liver lover
  • Happy hydration
  • Honeydewy skin
  • Brownie batter
  • Hangover helper
  • Bloody Mary might be
  • Morning sunshine
  • Sleep spell

By the way, the “Tastes-like-ice-cream kale” is ridiculously awesome! Ryan and I love, love, love it. Yes, Ryan – my husband who is 200+ pounds (her recipes are for everyone!)

I am using the app on my iPad, but it is compatible on: iPad, iPhone4, iPhone5, iPhone6 and iPhone6plus. Just look how beautiful this is on the iPad:

03_ipad_recipelist Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014.  Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

04_ipad_glossary Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014.  Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Okay, okay….now for the recipe! I wanted to share something pomegranate-y (<- I know that’s not a word, but work with me here) since the holidays are looming, and pomegranates are in season!

pomegranate slam it!

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

With a complex, mind-blowing flavor that explodes like a firecracker (don’t omit the cayenne), this is a heart-healthy delight. Pomegranate lowers blood pressure, keeps arteries supple, decreases inflammation in blood vessels, and helps manage cholesterol. Its phenolic antioxidants (also in strawberries) combat oxidative stress, making this an anti-aging tonic.

Serves 2

  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 orange, peeled, seeded, and quartered
  • 1/4 cup (35g) chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/8 cup (3g) loosely packed arugula
  • 1/2 small avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup (160g) frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.

Boosters

  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate powder
  • 1/2 cup (15g) loosely packed chard leaves
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Gut note: you might not be able to do the cayenne and/or red bell pepper. Do what works best for you!

Blender Girl App

Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Friends….this app is only $4.99! Download it now! You will not regret it. (I do not make any money if you purchase, by the way.)

Honestly, the only thing that would make this better is a recipe, two, three or seven that uses the Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter :) But for the record, that’s the beauty of this app….it’s a beautiful place to start and then to add and subtract as it works for you! And also for the record, the holiday season is just around the corner. What an awesome, small gift to give someone….a jar of the A Loving Spoon peanut butter wrapped up with a gift code for the app!

Single White Heart Gift Box

Love your guts,
SKH

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YouTube Interview with Marissa Vicario http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/21/youtube-interview-marissa-vicario/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/21/youtube-interview-marissa-vicario/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:09:56 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24653 A few weeks back I did an interview with Marissa Vicario on, “How your overall health and immunity are tied to your gut.” Please don’t judge the facial expressions. They are one of my most unique features! The interview is about 40 minutes long, and you can (and should) check it out: I do not... 

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A few weeks back I did an interview with Marissa Vicario on, “How your overall health and immunity are tied to your gut.”

Please don’t judge the facial expressions. They are one of my most unique features!

Digestive Interview Sarah Kay Hoffman with Marissa Vicario on YouTube www.sarahkayhoffman.com

The interview is about 40 minutes long, and you can (and should) check it out:

I do not offer 1-on-1 health coaching anymore for a myriad of reasons, but the very best that I can recommend these days is:

  1. Find a phenomenal holistic MD (like mine) and get all the necessary tests done to find out what’s wrong
  2. Grab The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut 2.0
  3. Work with Marissa to help you along your journey (trust me, going it alone rarely ever works).  Learn all about the services she offers.

Hope you enjoy the video!

And p.s. my Facebook page is going away soon so be sure to sign up for my email list to keep learning, growing and loving :)

Love your guts,
SKH

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Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/20/style-haul-target-c9-activewear-collection-45-minute-stroller-workout/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/20/style-haul-target-c9-activewear-collection-45-minute-stroller-workout/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:56:20 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24636 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own. There are many things you know about my life, but there are just some things you should never know.   Like this: My closet is... 

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

There are many things you know about my life, but there are just some things you should never know.

Trail. C9 by Champion® Women's Yoga Tank - Black www.agutsygirl.com

 

Like this: My closet is a complete mess, and most of the clothes currently in there are clothes I have worn since high school. I am almost 32. This is not okay.

I need a personal fashion assistant clearly (want to be one for me?!), but in the meantime, I am in the process of getting rid of most of my current wardrobe and replacing it with things that bring me up to 2014-ish speed.

Because I live, work, eat and breathe in workout attire, I figured we could (easily) start with my workout clothing wardrobe.

My Style Haul began with these 3 pieces (tank top, sports bra and capri pants) from the Target® C9 activewear Collection:

Fall Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com

1. C9 by Champion® Women’s Yoga Tank – Black

C9 by Champion® Women's Yoga Tank - Black www.agutsygirl.com

Love, love, love this tank top. As I mentioned in this post, I love a built-in bra, but what I loved most about this one was:

  1. How cute the back is and
  2. There is only one strap for the bra, even though there is technically a shirt + bra

Back C9 by Champion® Women's Yoga Tank - Black www.agutsygirl.com

The tank top runs a little big, so keep that in mind if you’re purchasing it online (the one I’m wearing is a small, and I do not typically ever wear a small).

2. C9 by Champion® Women’s Seamless Sport Layer Sports Bra

C9 www.agutsygirl.com

I cannot even begin to tell you how many Target® C9 Sports Bras I own. I have so many, in fact, that I need to start getting rid of the very old ones.  I love everything about the Target® C9 Sports Bras. They are comfortable, colorful and I love how the back forms a criss-cross (speaking of dating myself, do you remember that group Kris Kross and “Jump?”)

My Style Haul would not have been complete without a new sports bra. One in every color? Yes, please.

3. C9 by Champion® Women’s Premium Reversible Capri Legging

www.agutsygirl.com C9 by Champion® Women's Premium Reversible Capri Legging

Even though it’s still hot here, the shorts-only days are quickly dwindling. But for some reason, when I’m running or lifting weights, I prefer capri-length vs. full-length pants no matter how hot or cold it is outside.

When it comes to pants, the tighter, the better (for me) for running. I like my pants to keep everything in place :) Not only do these pants accomplish that, but they are also super cute and super soft.

Back www.agutsygirl.com C9 by Champion® Women's Premium Reversible Capri Legging

To help celebrate this new Style Haul I’m taking on, I figured I would finally share with you my new running workout.

If you don’t have a stroller-aged child, this will be less appealing, but the stroller is definitely not a requirement.

I have been doing this workout for about a month now. I love it so much that I do it 1-3 times per week.

Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com

I like counting. Call me strange, but counting while running is something I’ve always done. I think it’s because I’m not doing long-distance currently, so there’s never a need to count for miles on end. And along with counting, I like my running workouts to include the baby. This way, I am able to be outside, running and spending time with my favorite little person on Earth.

45-Minute Stroller Workout

45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com

When I first started doing this workout, it took me 43-45 minutes each time. I am now doing it in 37-40 minutes.

You can call me a stroller-striding champ if you want (because yes, sometimes you’ll even find me stroller stridin’ with one hand), but I just call it becoming more efficient with running consistency.

I still have big dreams and lofty goals I’d love to achieve (fitness-wise), but right now, in this very moment, they seem much less important than the dreams I have for spending as much time as possible with Samarah.

A Gutsy Baby. Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com

And so I include her every single second I can, in every activity I quite possibly can.

Truth be told: stylish or not, she loves her mama.

Sam and I. Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com.

Love your guts,
SKH

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All Because of a Photo http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/16/photo/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/16/photo/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:27:27 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24480 When we were in Southern California about a month back, we stayed at my aunt and uncles for one night. They fell in love with Samarah. But of course. My aunt is my dad’s sister, and if you don’t know this about my father, he makes the best custom bird houses. Everyone he meets at some... 

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When we were in Southern California about a month back, we stayed at my aunt and uncles for one night.

They fell in love with Samarah. But of course.

My aunt is my dad’s sister, and if you don’t know this about my father, he makes the best custom bird houses. Everyone he meets at some point, typically gets a bird house. It’s kind of his signature awesomeness.

Before heading back to Nor Cal, my aunt said, “Oh, we’d really love to take some pictures of you guys and Samarah.”

Sam is far from camera shy (I think she already knows she’s stunning), so we took several.

The last picture we took was of her alone. My aunt thought it would be priceless to have a picture of Sam sitting on a bench with the birdhouse my dad made for them.

Samarah and Birdhouse www.agutsygirl.com

She was right. The picture is priceless.

On Tuesday morning, when Sam’s Social Worker called she said, “We have court tomorrow. Mom wants a picture of the baby. Do you think you guys could get a few together to send to me?”

Giving pictures is even hard for us. We knew that Mom would fall in love with her.

But nonetheless we agreed, and Ryan sent three, including the one above.

It was a big day in court for us yesterday. Seems like it’s been forever since our “120-days” began, but here we are – on the other side of 120.

The letters from birth mom recently told us that she wants Samarah. Couple that with the pictures she was about to see, left us a wreck.

I got a call around 2:15pm yesterday, immediately once the hearing was over.

TPR (termination of parental rights) was issued. It’s over. The judge ordered just a 60-day appeal time. After that, it will all be final. We will be starting to work on the adoption placement soon.

(Beaming.)

So I asked, “Did her birth mom come?

Yes, birth mom came. I put the pictures Ryan sent into a little book and gave them to her. She broke down crying.

(Lump in throat.)

Our prayers were heard and yet, in that moment, my heart ached for a woman I’ve never met – a woman I’ll never meet.

It is hard to wrap my hands around all of this because I have, without a doubt, felt anger along the way. I think that’s human nature.

But Samarah’s birth mom is human, too. God doesn’t give us the right to judge or to keep spite for those we have never walked a mile in their shoes.

She didn’t fight yesterday (or so we’re told). She cried. And then she made one small request, which we will be honoring once this is all said and done and final.

She simply wants to see a picture of Samarah each year, perhaps around Christmas. Through the agency, never through us, but just a simple picture of that beautiful baby from above.

Our forever day with Samarah is coming soon. The journey has been a very long one, but by His grace we are stronger than ever and we have this little girl who steals our heart each second.

No one ever tells you about all the emotions that come out when you adopt a child via foster.

I found a new one yesterday, and all because of a photo.

p.s. Thank you for all of your prayers, all of your support. Messages upon messages yesterday took me by surprise. Some people never fail to amaze us.

Love your guts,
SKH

(What, your babies don’t play with Nutiva Coconut Oil, too?!)

Samarah with Nutiva Coconut Oil www.agutsygirl.com

 

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Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Real Food Baby Food Recipes http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/14/fresh-squeezed-squeeze-station-3-baby-food-recipes/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/14/fresh-squeezed-squeeze-station-3-baby-food-recipes/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:19:42 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=23519 Disclosure: I was sent all products used below from Infantino. I was not compensated for this post, and all thoughts (and recipes) are my own. But let’s at least get this out of the way immediately –> WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station. Mother’s everywhere are asking if it’s “worth it,” and... 

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Disclosure: I was sent all products used below from Infantino. I was not compensated for this post, and all thoughts (and recipes) are my own. But let’s at least get this out of the way immediately –> WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station. Mother’s everywhere are asking if it’s “worth it,” and if they should get one. The answer is “yes,” but this will become very clear throughout this post.

Face. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

Sam was born A Gutsy Baby, but even if she were not, feeding her the very best would still have been on the top of my list.

People used to always say to me,

You just wait. Once you have children, you will not spend time in the kitchen anymore. 

They were wrong then. They are wrong now.

still spend hours and hours a week in the kitchen. For you, for me, for A Loving Spoon nut butter, but mostly for Samarah.

Feeding her the very best I can is a true passion. This includes at home and on-the-go. So when a friend of mine reached out on the Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station, I was so excited! Making my own baby food and combining it with a way for us to have it on-the-go = perfection.

Here is what I got:

Note: I have not used the Keeper Squeeze Pouch or Couple a Spoons quite yet.

Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

Baby Food Recipes

I post a lot of baby food stuffs on Instagram, and consequently people are always asking me the “hows….” How do I know what to make? How do I know what flavors to combine? How do I do it? For me, this all feels very natural. It comes to me quickly, but I know it’s not that simple, and so I am happy to share what I do.

But the absolutely biggest piece of advice I could ever give any parent on “how to make baby food concoctions” is this: Ask yourself, “Would I eat it?” Babies don’t need a ton of flavor, but the last time I checked peaches, apricots, carrots and yogurt – pureed – just sounds plain rotten. I wouldn’t eat it, so I don’t feed it to her. (I could write a million posts on this. I’ll spare you.)

Ready?!

3 Real Food Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

Purple Potato Punkin’ Chunkin’

(Do not judge the recipe names. When I’m in the kitchen doing these for hours on end and talking baby talk to Samarah, they just kind of start rolling off my tongue. She loves it. You would, too.)

Let me first start off by saying that I did not plan to have purple yams. Our local farmers’ market has one stand that I am in.love.with. I get my Moringa each week there (post coming on this soon) and so when I saw some hefty yams, I figured they would be perfect for this recipe.

Purple Potato Punkin' Chunkin' baby food recipe Squeeze Station www.agutsygirl.com

But then I got them home, washed them and baked them, and when I cut them open, purple is what I saw.

Cut open potatoes. Purple Potato Punkin' Chunkin' baby food recipe Squeeze Station www.agutsygirl.com

Seriously, how awesome is that?!

You can use any color sweet potato/yam you want.

Just preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Place the potatoes on a tinfoil-covered pan, poke a few holes in each and lightly brush with coconut oil. Bake them for about 60 minutes.

Potatoes on pan. Purple Potato Punkin' Chunkin' baby food recipe Squeeze Station www.agutsygirl.com

When the potatoes are ready, you can dive into the rest of this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 full sweet potatoes/yams, de-skinned
  • 1 c. coconut milk light
  • 1 c. organic pumpkin (canned is fine, and they have a great one at Costco)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. honey (I use local, raw and organic)

Directions

  1. Throw all ingredients into a Vitamix (or good blender).
  2. Blend to a puree.
  3. Pour puree into your Fresh Squeezed Squeeze station (setup instructions below), cap and put away!
  4. The end.

Organic pumpkin. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

In Vitamix. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

Into pouches A. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

NOTE: this recipe uses honey, so if your child is not yet 1 years of age, make sure to ask your Pediatrician if honey is okay (it’s generally noted to not be okay until age 1. In that case, substitute with Coconut Sugar.)

* Recipe made about 8 pouches.

Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station

  1. The base stands upright.
  2. Insert Squeeze Pouch into Squeeze Station.
  3. Place the puree base (clear tubes) on top of base, and lock in place.
  4. Pour in puree.
  5. Using the soft rubber press, press down puree to fill the pouches.
  6. Remove pouch from base, cap and put away.

Squeeze Station setup. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

Squeeze Pouch to go. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

Honestly, I wish I had a more dramatic way of explaining it to you, but I don’t because it really is that simple. Pouches slide in and out easily. Puree pours in easily. Cleanup is simple. Having one of these ensures me that for our next baby I will never, ever need to buy an on-the-go pouch again (I lie, unless of course we are stuck in an airport or something ridiculous like that sans-baby food.)

‘Nanna Oats

I do not make my child be gluten free like I am. Unless we find out she is intolerant or allergic to something (i.e. dairy like she is!), then I am doing my best to ensure that she is eating the most nutritionally-sound, gut-friendly diet possible.

Except for oats. She does eat gluten-free oats. This is purely because these are the oats I used to eat, and I think they are the best.

For her oats, I first grind them into a flour.

Gluten free Oat flour. Squeeze Pouch to go. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

I then take 3 tbsp. oat flour and mix it on the stove with 5 tbsp. coconut milk light.

making gluten free oatmeal. Squeeze Pouch to go. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

stove gluten-free oatmeal. Squeeze Pouch to go. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

It takes all of 1 minute, and then we get ready for the Squeeze Station.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp oat flour
  • 5 tbsp. coconut milk light
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/3 c. coconut milk light

Directions

  1. Combine the first two ingredients and make the oatmeal, per the above.
  2. Once the oatmeal is done, place all ingredients in a blender (smaller blender for this one will work better).
  3. Blend to a puree.
  4. Pour puree into your Fresh Squeezed Squeeze station (setup instructions above), cap and put away!
  5. The end.

'Nanna Oatmeal. Squeeze Pouch to go. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com

* Recipe made about 3 pouches. I made 2 batches.

Tropical Beans ‘n Coco

We need a moment for full disclosure on this one. Samarah absolutely loved this one. The problem is that it did not love her back.

Tropical Beans 'n Coconut. Baby Food. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com
Even though I am A Gutsy Girl and should have known better with A Gutsy Baby, I wanted to at least try it. As I mentioned above, I do not believe in food group restrictions on our baby unless we are 100% sure she is intolerant or allergic to something.

But beans….ah, beans. There are easier ways to digest beans, but for her, I just mish-mashed some things together and fed her.

What I mean by mish-mash is quite important and is a money-saving baby food secret: I go to the local farmers’ market and find the stands with the “old fruit” (i.e. extremely ripened). I buy this in bulk because it’s only 75 cents per pound, and then I freeze it to puree later.  So when I mention “mixed fruit” in the ingredients below, this mish-mash is exactly what I am referring to (recipe is called “Tropical” because those are the sorts of fruits I used). You can use whatever fruits your baby likes best (though you probably won’t want to mix oranges, kiwi, strawberries, etc. in this one)

Baby Food. Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station + 3 Baby Food Recipes www.agutsygirl.com Beans 'n Coco BabyFood Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 c. organic (no salt) black beans, rinsed
  • 1.5 c. mixed fruit
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk light

Directions

  1. Rinse your black beans.
  2. Combine all ingredients and place into a blender (I used our Vitamix, but a smaller one will work as well.)
  3. Blend to a puree.
  4. Pour puree into your Fresh Squeezed Squeeze station (setup instructions above), cap and put away!
  5. The end.

* Recipe made about 5 pouches.

Tropical Beans 'n Coconut Baby Food Recipe via www.agutsygirl.com

This has been a really long post. I get that.

Where once it was my goal to solely teach you how to eat real food and live with your IBS and/or IBD in the best way possible, has now turned into the *ADDITION* of doing the same for mother’s trying to make the best real food possible for their babies.

After all, babies guts grow into children’s guts, which then become adult guts.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this, and if you know of a mother or soon-to-be mother who might benefit from this post, click HERE to share it on Facebook and HERE to share it on Twitter. You can also email this link directly to them: http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/14/fresh-squeezed-squeeze-station-3-baby-food-recipes/

Love your guts,
SKH

p.s. Today is National Dessert Day. Baby Sam celebrated with a new Flourless 4-Ingredient Breakfast Mini Muffin {gluten, grain, dairy, egg free} recipe her mama created. To say she loves them is an understatement. Your child(ren) will love them, too. Grab the recipe HERE.

p.s.s. The recipe uses 1.5 jars of Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter. If you hurry you can get this fall gift 2-pack!

Flourless 4-Ingredient Breakfast Mini Muffins {gluten, grain, dairy, egg free} www.alovingspoon.com

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If You Follow Chris Kresser, then…. http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/10/follow-chris-kresser/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/10/follow-chris-kresser/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:07:08 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=23513 You read this article and you have now been introduced to my new doctor. I have one friend who truly knows what I go through on a day-to-day basis. She understands this, like no one else: And when I read that article, all I could do was think, “Thank you, dear friend.” (And also, ahhhh…now I get why... 

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You read this article and you have now been introduced to my new doctor.

I have one friend who truly knows what I go through on a day-to-day basis.

She understands this, like no one else:

She's standing on a line www.agutsygirl.com

And when I read that article, all I could do was think, “Thank you, dear friend.” (And also, ahhhh…now I get why he’s so expensive. Healthcare, like everything in life – we get what we pay for.)

I did not find him on my own. She found him for us.

I was supposed to do all my tests weeks ago. I’ve procrastinated because I’ve been too busy with my business and with our little legume.

But I am more motivated than ever to get my tests done, and to see him for my follow up mid-November.

Chris Kresser states (about him):

I joined forces with Sunjya because he and I share similar a similar approach to functional medicine and patient care, and have a similar vision for how to revolutionize medicine. I also have tremendous respect for Sunjya as a clinician (he is my doctor—that’s how much I trust him!) and as a person. 

I feel more confident than ever that I am going to get to the bottom of these last gut issues that “no one can figure out.” I am also confident that my friend is going to find continued healing.

After all, my dear friend and I now share doctors with Chris Kresser! (squeeeeeee……)

Love your guts,
SKH

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Tricked by Red JELL-O http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/05/tricked-red-jell-o/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/05/tricked-red-jell-o/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 14:34:26 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=23478 You are being tricked by Red JELL-O. Red JELL-O seemed to be a common denominator symbol of anti-healing at Shiftcon. I listened as Robyn O’Brien told the story about when her son ended up in the hospital after an allergic reaction and nurses brought in Froot Loops and Red JELL-O. In that moment, she made it... 

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You are being tricked by Red JELL-O.

Red JELL-O seemed to be a common denominator symbol of anti-healing at Shiftcon.

I listened as Robyn O’Brien told the story about when her son ended up in the hospital after an allergic reaction and nurses brought in Froot Loops and Red JELL-O. In that moment, she made it her mission to fight for her child and through this became a Food Activist.

A day later, I listened to Vani Hari’s (aka Food Babe) story which landed her in the hospital with an appendicitis, again bringing in the Red JELL-O to help her “heal.” Today, Vani is also a passionate Food Activist.

When we are sick with anything from the stomach flu to advanced forms of inflammatory bowel disease (and illness/terminal illness in general), it is so easy to reach for that “tummy calming” Red JELL-O.

There are a whole host of healthy lifestyle bloggers who live with IBS and IBD who will tell you their Red JELL-O helps “get them through.”

I am 1,000% confident that if you are like me and have Colitis or you are not like me and have any other form of IBS or IBD, that Red JELL-O (and a million other “tummy calmers”) are not only not helping, but they are also preventing you from a true healing journey.

Meet Red JELL-O

There are several flavors of Red JELLO, but for the sake of this post, I’ve chosen just one (and made sure it was also a sugar-free version because, let’s be honest, it only has 10 calories, is sugar free and therefore it’s clearly the “healthiest” version <- insert sarcasm): Cherry Sugar Free, Low Calorie Gelatin Snacks.

Red JELL-O Ingredients www.agutsygirl.com

Meet the Ingredients

Water

Fine

Gelatin

Not all gelatin’s are created equally. Here is a Guide to Choosing Gelatin Powder. I can guarantee they do not use the gelatin I use. Truthfully, I don’t want my gut to deal with byproducts of the CAFO Industry, which means that we are inevitably ingesting products laced with drugs and hormones.

Adipic Acid

This is what gives the JELL-O its tart flavor and gel-like shape. “According to the Food and Agricultural Organization and World Health Organization Food Standards website, adipic acid might be listed in the ingredient list as food additive 355.” Only a small amount can be metabolized by humans, and it is known to aggravate food intolerance (among other things).

Sodium Citrate

This is food additive E331. “Citric acid was the first additive that was produced on a large scale biotechnically. The classic method used the metabolic power of certain fungi (Aspergillus niger). Research has been undertaken with genetically modified Aspergillus niger to obtain higher yields. It is possible that these methods are already used commercially. Irrespective of possible gene modifications, citric acid-producing microorganisms grow on culture media that usually contain molasses (sugar beet)) and/or glucose. Glucose can be produced form maize starch. This can be derived from GM maize.

Citric Acid

Fascinating -> “The reason this artificially-produced citric acid is called “natural” or an “organic acid” is that it has three carbon bonds in its formula and is therefore water-soluble. If an acid has no carbon bond it can’t be called organic. Citric acid actually grows on a fungus, namely Aspergillus niger, the ugly black fungus found around kitchen sink and bathtub tiles. But it comes in handy for manufacturing citric acid by mold fermentation of carbohydrates from molasses.

Aspartame (and Acesulfame Potassium)

I already wrote about this horrid additive in 2012 with, “Scary: Food Additives Part II –> 7 Scary Food Additives to Avoid.” Additionally, research has shown that it tinkers with gut bacteria and can lead to obesity (<– yet another reason I preach that Gut Healing is Not a Diet).

Artificial Flavor

Artificial flavors are simply chemicals derived in a lab, but this term is (one of) the most ambiguous terms a company can use in their ingredient list because we truly have no idea what it means. We do know, “Artificial flavors come from anything that is inedible (i.e. petroleum) that is processed to create chemicals of flavorings.

Red 40 (also Allura Red AC)

The U.K. has already figured this one out. They have banned it, and for good reason. It has been linked to cancer, childhood spectrum disorders, stomach issues and more.


Salt

Debatable. Maybe. Maybe not. (Many low-quality salts contain anti-caking agents.)

Blue I (Brilliant Blue FCF)

This is anything but “brilliant.” It’s so not brilliant that it is banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden. It can cause hyperactivity, skin rashes, chromosomal damage and more. “In 2003, when Brilliant Blue was used as a dye in feeding tubes, the FDA issued a public health advisory because of side effects like blue-tinged skin, urine, and feces, as well as hypotension and death.

Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine

This relates to aspartame (see above), and it is a requirement on labels as a warning for those who have PKU.

How Does Your Stomach Feel?

Don’t let the food industry or anyone else try to trick you into thinking your stomach is going to feel better (temporarily or long-term) from “simple foods” like Red JELL-O.

There is reason that we are not only not getting better, but that we are also getting even sicker.

Doesn’t it ever make you stop to think why it is that the U.S. Healthcare Ranked Dead Last Compared to 10 Other Countries?

Dead. Last.

I’ve been Gutsy for many years now, and even though I’ve spent these years beginning to tell my own truths to HELP the Gutsy community, I have not told all.

I feel like a new passion, a new spark has been lit.

If you know someone who has IBS or IBD, share this post on Facebook, on Twitter or copy the link (http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/05/tricked-red-jell-o/) and share however you wish!

Love your guts,
SKH

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Want to Chat Over Bone Broth With the Baby? http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/01/want-chat-bone-broth-baby/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/01/want-chat-bone-broth-baby/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:10:24 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=23458 While I love chatting over bone broth with you, today I’m letting the baby do it. Seriously, our baby loves bone broth…..and she drinks it straight up – bottle style. If the two of you had bone broth this morning (and she could talk in something other than baby talk), she would say: It’s October, which means... 

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While I love chatting over bone broth with you, today I’m letting the baby do it.

Seriously, our baby loves bone broth…..and she drinks it straight up – bottle style.

A Gutsy Baby drinks Bone Broth from her bottle agutsygirl.com

If the two of you had bone broth this morning (and she could talk in something other than baby talk), she would say:

It’s October, which means that even though it’s still in the 90′s where we live, I am so excited for my first full fall with mama and daddy. They made me Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal already, and so I think I’m going to enjoy this whole “fall” bit with them.

Homemade PSL www.agutsygirl.com Spices

My mama made a brand new Pumpkin Spiced Latte recently. I wanted to try it, but she said “No, Samarah, coffee is for mommies.”

DIY www.agutsygirl.com Pumpkin Spiced Latte Close

She also made a Pumpkin Spiced Creamer to go along with it, and because there is no dairy in it, she let me try that one. I ate several bites!

Pumpkin Spiced Creamer for PSL nutiva.com agutsygirl.com

She is working on a new banana bread recipe for me using coconut flour, and she wrote this article for Nutiva called, “13 Things to Know About Coconut Flour” to help other people bake with one of my favorite flours!

Nutiva13thingsCoconutFlour_2 www.nutiva.com www.agutsygirl.com

I saw my mama reading through pages and pages of emails, texts and private messages since she told y’all about this new beauty in the dust. She smiled, and felt so grateful for the love and support of people she knows, but also people she barely knows.

It was a big day around our house yesterday when we announced that my mama’s business, A Loving Spoon nut butter is giving 10c for each jar purchased to the 147 Million Orphans Love+ 1 Food Project – Haiti.

She really does believe:

Our Mission www.alovingspoon.com

I was at home with her all day yesterday, and I watched her put together these fun gifts for Halloween. I tried to grab and pull the fun orange, black and white crinkle paper, but she’s always quick pull it away from me. (There are still some of these left and you can buy one HERE.)

Limited! Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter 4-Pack {Halloween Theme} www.alovingspoon.com Spoon

Tomorrow she’s leaving for Los Angeles to lead a panel about food allergies, “Why are we so allergic?”. She’s told me at least 7 million and four times already how much it hurts her heart when she’s away from me. I told her, “Look mom — daddy has got this under control :)”

We are getting ready for some fun travel because my mama and daddy are teaching me that to see the world is a beautiful thing.

See the World Travel www.agutsygirl.com

Life is good, and life is busy….we aren’t sitting around worrying about the unknowns.

Today we have each other –> me, mama, daddy, my Great Dane, Reagan and Fiona the Peekepoo (sorry I pulled your tail and made you squeal like a pig this week, Fiona)!

Signing off – back to my bottle ‘n bone broth!

A Gutsy Baby Bone Broth www.agutsygirl.com

A Gutsy Baby,
Saramah Josephina

p.s. My mama has some new baby food recipes for y’all soon (never miss a post by following us HERE).

Homemade Baby Food Infantino www.agutsygirl.com

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Finding Beauty in the Dust http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/09/29/finding-beauty-dust/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/09/29/finding-beauty-dust/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:17:31 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=23445 Since early Friday morning, I’ve been finding brand new ways for finding beauty in the dust. Gigi’s 4th Birthday Gigi (my friend Susan’s little) turned four, and so Samarah and I went to her 4th birthday party together on Saturday. Samarah wore a cute, little girly and purple tulle skirt, long-sleeved princess shirt and a purple... 

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Since early Friday morning, I’ve been finding brand new ways for finding beauty in the dust.

Gigi’s 4th Birthday

Gigi (my friend Susan’s little) turned four, and so Samarah and I went to her 4th birthday party together on Saturday. Samarah wore a cute, little girly and purple tulle skirt, long-sleeved princess shirt and a purple headband. As soon as we got there, Susan grabbed Gigi (away from the herds of people) and came over to us saying, “Gigi, Samarah came to celebrate your birthday.” Gigi looked at Sam, touched her headband and said, “Hi, Samarah. Thank you for coming to my birthday party. I like your purple headband.

(Lump in throat. Carry on.)

Fast forward about 45 minutes when it was time for us to sing Happy Birthday to Gigi  and to watch her blow out her candles. We sang, she smiled and then, innocently, she blew them out.

(Lump in throat. Getting larger. I held back tears.)

Later that night, Ryan put Samarah to bed at the usual time. She woke up around 10:30pm screaming and after awhile, I went in, picked her up and rocked her back to sleep.

It was now just Samarah and I, there in the silence, with nothing but each other – and my thoughts. I stared at her as she slept so peacefully in my arms. The lump returned again, and this time a tear fell.

Early Friday Morning

Last Friday morning started out like many before, on the days when Samarah’s social worker/our adoptions worker comes to visit.

But this time was actually very different than all the other times, and I was not prepared for it. For the first time in (over) the 10 months that we’ve had Sam, the social worker brought letters upon letters from Sam’s birth mom.

I have read through the pile just one time since, as I can’t bring myself to read them over-and-over.

Where I once thought “the end was in sight,” suddenly seems so far away.

What the letters say will never be shared, but the feelings they left me with that day are feelings I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

These are the tiger stripes on my heart I was talking about so long ago.

One mother carries this child for 26 weeks and 4 days, the other has prayed for this child and has left her heart on the line for this child since the very moment we got our call.

There are things I can never understand “from the other side,” but what I know more than anything I’ve ever known before is that Samarah truly is a miracle baby, a miracle baby who has never known anyone but Ryan and I, and a miracle baby that would shatter our lives if she left.

I never knew my heart would fall completely vulnerable to a child I did not physically give birth to. But it did.

Gigi’s 4th Birthday

Gigi blowing out her candles at her birthday party, surrounded by family and friends and more love than she could ever know had me digging deep to fight back tears.

I saw my own little Sam in her shoes.

I found myself thinking, “Dear God, please let us see the day when Samarah is blowing out her own 4 candles, smiling and happy. Please.

Her 1st birthday should be just the first we get to share with her…..

Samarah's 1st birthday with cake agutsygirl.com

The Dust

A woman that I barely know wrote the following to me Friday morning after I told our private adoptions group about the morning:

Stay strong and enjoy every moment with that precious baby – your own blog has the best advice for you – find the beauty in the dust, and take each day one at a time.

(As a side note, this is a group I would never take for granted. Each and every single person in there knows these feelings all too well, as they deal with them daily.)

I thought about this a lot this past weekend. I’m still proud of these gravel roads, and I do maintain that I find beauty in the dust. Even though we are going on almost a year of “dust,” there has been nothing but amazing and pure beauty in our lives.

When I live in the present, and when I give this to God, I feel so much more at ease.

There is a plan for this baby girl, and even though there are multiple parties involved currently, I have to remain positive that the day is coming when we won’t have to worry any longer.

Today I won’t worry. I don’t have it in me. Today I only have love (and giggles) to give her and share with her.

And ps. tomorrow my company (A Loving Spoon nut butter) will announce the organization we are partnering with. If you’re guessing it has something to do with children….you would be correct. My mission is just beginning…..

Love your guts,
SKH

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