sarah kay hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com When gravel roads are all you've ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:52:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.6 3 Shocking Things I Learned about Healing http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/30/3-shocking-things-i-learned-about-healing/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/30/3-shocking-things-i-learned-about-healing/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:52:16 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25632 These are the 3 shocking things I learned about healing during past few months….   1. Nothing changes if nothing changes….and sometimes that means an antibiotic and/or prescription. I know there is a natural way to do everything, and I believe in the power and desire to heal primarily via natural methods. I have done it time-and-time... 

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These are the 3 shocking things I learned about healing during past few months….

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1. Nothing changes if nothing changes….and sometimes that means an antibiotic and/or prescription.

know there is a natural way to do everything, and I believe in the power and desire to heal primarily via natural methods. I have done it time-and-time again (most recently with my Perioral Dermatitis). But the truth is that when it came to my SIBO, I was doing all the things (following natural protocols to a ‘T’), and after several years of not fully moving to remission, realized I might need a little outside help. I took Rifaximin (antibiotic for SIBO), and I take LDN now daily (for autoimmune). (Side note: LDN is a prescription drug that most western doctors won’t prescribe. It cannot be patented, and therefore it doesn’t stand to be profitable. But if you have an amazing doctor, you can learn all about it and get a prescription (if necessary). I go to the California Institute for Functional Medicine. My doctor practices with Chris Kresser. Chris recently did an entire podcast about LDN, if you care to learn.) I don’t regret Rifaximin, and I would take it again in a heartbeat if my SIBO relapses (which they say tends to happen more often than not). Why? Because I have a new lease on life. Sometimes we need extra help. I am no longer ashamed of this. (Side note: I would be, though, if I “couldn’t understand what was wrong,” but never stopped eating junk, processed foods morning, noon and night because that is simply just a matter of “nothing changes if nothing changes.”)

2. Hobby restriction lead to forced restriction.

If you would have told me 15 years ago that I had to, medically, follow the “restricted diets” I had to follow prior to getting better, I would have been thrilled. No gluten, grains, dairy, bread, starch, minimal fruit, etc? “Perfect,” I would have thought. “Now I can lose weight.” For about 15 years (age 17-ish to 30-ish), I lived a very disordered eating life. I look back and reflect on it as “hobby restriction,” even though it was anything but fun. During these 15 years of restriction, I did so much damage that it ultimately saw me to a place of severe adrenal fatigue, SIBO and autoimmune. Hand-in-hand with that went a digestive system that was completely out of whack and unable to tolerate or process anything. In order to get my gut to a place of healing, I had to focus real hard on starving gut bacteria vs. starving myself. If you think they are the same, I can promise you they are not. But both are a version of hell, I am convinced.

3. My real story surfaced.

During these past few months (after) I hit near bottom with multiple diagnoses and then clawed and climbed my way out into (current) full remission, I learned (because I reflected a ton – remember when I said this during the last ‘Catching up over Bone Broth,’ –> “I have my days and I have my moments where I question every single little thing. I worry. I contemplate. I over analyze. Lately, I’ve been caught up with the idea that things from my past have affected my current and future. That bothers me.“?) that having and living with these conditions is only part of my story. They are the symptoms, the mask to the causes, and I learned that by far the most important thing I can do for myself is to never return to the place of hobby restriction. I likely have a lifetime’s worth of stories to tell. And I’ll tell them, too….because you should never have to take the downward spiral I took, because my life is on a blog, because there is so much more to life and (mostly) because I never want my daughter (or your daughter) to take this downward spiral and follow in the footsteps so many children, girls and women take.

And all along, I still whole-heartedly believe,

When gravel roads are all you’ve ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust.

Xo,
SKH

p.s. Please remember, per yesterday, that if you came here from my personal Facebook page, that I am not likely to share a lot of “these” stories there. If you care to read them, please make sure to either SUBSCRIBE TO MY EMAIL and/or SUBSCRIBE VIA BLOGLOVIN.

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My Life is on a Blog http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/29/my-life-is-on-a-blog/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/29/my-life-is-on-a-blog/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:25:37 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25627 My life is on a blog. For some, this statement makes them cringe. For me, I find it a comfort zone. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, and I’ve always used it as an outlet for emotions, all kinds of emotions. Words and stories are a part of who I am, and it... 

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My life is on a blog. For some, this statement makes them cringe. For me, I find it a comfort zone.

I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, and I’ve always used it as an outlet for emotions, all kinds of emotions.

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Words and stories are a part of who I am, and it just so happened that I chose my main stage for sharing these via blog.

I could not have predicted in 2009 when I started my blog (Saturday, April 11, 2009 - the first blog post I ever wrote) that my life would take multiple twists and turns. I could not even have predicted that I would be brave enough to share so many things through it. But then my blog, somehow, began to grow and I began to hear from so many people with their, “I share a similar” stories, and somehow I felt even more comfort that my life is on a blog.

I have gone from a “foodie-fitness junkie” to someone who tells real and raw stories.

Tomorrow, I become even more brave with a post I’ve wanted to write for quite some time.

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My life is not on a blog to post daily meals, tell you about my every waking moment and invite you along with all the moment-by-moment actions. It is certainly not on a blog to make money writing sponsored post after post after post.

No, my life is on a blog because this is who I am, this is what I feel compelled to be doing and this is a space I genuinely desire to help other’s grow, learn, accept, embrace and love.

Xox,
SKH

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Why Adopt from the Foster Care System? http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/26/why-adopt-from-the-foster-care-system/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/26/why-adopt-from-the-foster-care-system/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:47:32 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25617 When you adopt from the foster care system, these are the steps of the adoption finalization process: Your adoption home study has been completed and the child is freed for adoption and has been in your home at least 6 months. You complete the Adoption Assistance Program form and submit it to social worker. The... 

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When you adopt from the foster care system, these are the steps of the adoption finalization process:

  1. Your adoption home study has been completed and the child is freed for adoption and has been in your home at least 6 months.
  2. You complete the Adoption Assistance Program form and submit it to social worker.
  3. The county social worker will meet with you with “full disclosure information,” which includes all available information about the child in the form of copies of reports and evaluations from the file.
  4. The agency social worker will prepare the legal documents you need to finalize the adoption.
  5. The agency social worker and you will complete paperwork for “non-reoccurring expenses,” which are expenses you have related to the adoption.
  6. After the social worker completes your legal documents for adoption, your social worker will file them with the County Clerk at Superior Court in the county where the child is a dependent or the county that the children are living in with adoptive parents.
  7. After filing these documents, the clerk will give the social worker the date for the hearing in court to finalize the adoption.
  8. The Finalization Hearing includes you, your child, your invited family and friends the adoptions social worker, the previous social workers(s) if you wish to invite them and the judge or referee. This hearing is heard in the judge’s chambers unless there are so many people in attendance that the event needs to be moved to the courtroom. Both the judge and you will sign legal documents.
  9. Approximately 9-12 months after the finalization hearing you will receive the new birth certificate from State of California.

Our social worker presented us with this document earlier this week (we are on #7!), and so I thought now would be the best time to discuss adopting via the Foster Care System.

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Got a minute? Have a seat, stay awhile.

There is a stigma about adopting from within the foster care system. People wonder, “why adopt from the foster care system?” They are scared that the children which come from within the system are “broken” in ways that other children are not. People assume that these children are less desirable than via private agency or overseas.

I get it because the truth is that before Samarah, I also had my concerns and doubts. We had our concerns and doubts.

But we have learned so much during these past 19+ months about adoption through the foster care system, and I am at the point on this adoption journey where I just want to share, share, share.

We chose domestic vs. international in the beginning, quite honestly, because we thought it would be “easier.” We would be placed with a child much sooner, and life would go on with our newly formed family.

We then reached out to both the state and to a private agency. If you want the honest truth as to why we chose the state, it was because the private agency pushed and pushed and pushed, and it just didn’t feel right for us. The agency we ended up going with was Lilliput. They were amazing from the beginning, and they specialize in placing foster children to adoption.

But going this route was anything but easy. Here we are, over 19 months later, and we are still working to complete that list. Had we known this back when we started the process, we may have opted for a different route. But thank God that he does not give us this foresight, and that we did not know then what we know now.

Getting Samarah from the Foster Care System has meant the world to both Ryan and I. We have seen a side to the system, a side to the state, that most people will never see. It has been within this journey that, despite the hardships it brings, makes us confident that adopting our children through the Foster Care System is likely the only route we will take moving forward.

There is nothing wrong with adopting overseas or through a private agency, but for us we can see and we can feel the need right here – in the United States – within 30-60 miles of where we live in San Joaquin County. There are thousands and thousands of children who will enter the system, and might never escape it. My heart breaks for all those children who have to hope and wish for a forever home.

We were “lucky” and never had to do visits with Samarah’s birth mom or family members. But we have witnessed, while at various social worker’s offices, what those look like. I’ve seen so many little children bouncing from foster/adoptive parent to birth parent, and I always wonder what they think, how they feel and where their lives will take them.

This ability to physically see these children, hear their sweet voices and breathe in their existence always let me know that adopting right here, from within the system, is exactly what God is calling us to do.

My business, A Loving Spoon nut butter currently donates 10c of each jar purchased to a Love+ 1 Food Project – Haiti, but with our passions for all these children who need things and people right here, we are looking to bring that money home – keeping it right in the San Joaquin Valley (more will be shared on this overtime HERE.) I want to be able to get my hands “dirty” in the work my mission-based business supports.

I think about this stigma that the Foster Care System carries. And then I think about how Samarah was brought into the world, and the medical records that came with her. For many, she might have automatically been a “no, we just can’t.” For us, when we got our call, we didn’t think twice. We immediately said, “Yes, how soon can we come get her from the hospital?

And she is the apple of our eye.

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She is a child of the Lord, not a child “of the Foster Care System.”

To know Samarah is to know a child who deserves everything that any other child deserves.

The Foster Care System has been good to us, and we are ready to continue being good to it.

And yes, even if it is the hardest way possible.

Xox,
SKH

 

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Things Can Change http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/23/things-can-change/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/23/things-can-change/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:38:41 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25591 No matter where you are or how you got sick, you must know that things can change. But first, if you are self-diagnosing yourself, you must stop. As I was getting ready to be discharged from the ER a couple weeks back, I asked the doctor, “So what did you find to be the cause?” He... 

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No matter where you are or how you got sick, you must know that things can change. But first, if you are self-diagnosing yourself, you must stop.

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As I was getting ready to be discharged from the ER a couple weeks back, I asked the doctor, “So what did you find to be the cause?” He replied, “We don’t know.” He then continued, “I have ordered you a couple of prescriptions to pick up.

I replied, “But you just told me you don’t know what’s wrong with me. I don’t understand how you can give me a prescription for something I might not even have?” He responded, “We think it’s one of a couple things, so we gave the prescription for both, just in case.”

I never went to pick up the prescriptions because when I reviewed the paperwork and what they diagnosed me with, I laughed. They just guessed.

I confirmed the denial of the prescription and diagnosis with my doctor.

Educated guesses do not suffice. Popping pills and following “plans” without accurate information is more damaging than helpful.

I know because I’ve lived it.

And every single day, I am asked,

How do I know if I have SIBO, Adrenal Fatigue, Colitis, Celiac, etc.?

My answer is now very simple, “You are diagnosed with it.” Simple to say, hard to understand. I get it.

Things can change, and you can get better but you must know these 2 things:

  1. Go get tested, immediately. Don’t wait any longer. Stop consulting with Dr. Google. Your condition likely shares symptoms with a thousand others, and the longer you dwell on them without knowing a true diagnosis, the more damage you are doing.
  2. You’re NOT insane, and don’t let anyone make you feel that way. You’re only insane if you continue to self-diagnose when you are getting no results (that’s the definition of insane - doing the same things over-and-over, but expecting a different result). I felt insane a lot because people would tell me it was in my head (even after my diagnoses) when I knew “healthy” things like avocado, apples, garlic and onion made feel horrible. But guess what? I wasn’t insane because I’m eating all those foods and all the high FODMAP foods with zero problems these days.

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I have learned more in these past few months about my health than I have in the past 10 years.

I know what happened, and I know what lead to my ultimate demise.

I am learning (and trying to now embrace) that it’s not about where we started out, but how we grow and ultimately change for the better, in order to get better.

No matter where you started or how you got sick, know that the circumstances can change, that you can get better and of course, that I am always here to listen.

Xox,
SKH

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New Lease on Life http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/15/new-lease-on-life/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/15/new-lease-on-life/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:14:57 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25593 I have a new lease on life. Writing this post makes me feel like I’m knocking on wood, but I’m going to anyways. I have stated here numerous times that I’ve kept meticulous track of everything I’ve eaten since my journey with Dr. Schweig began. This last Saturday was day 206. Yes, for 206 days I... 

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I have a new lease on life.

Writing this post makes me feel like I’m knocking on wood, but I’m going to anyways.

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I have stated here numerous times that I’ve kept meticulous track of everything I’ve eaten since my journey with Dr. Schweig began. This last Saturday was day 206. Yes, for 206 days I wrote out almost everything I ate, along with supplements I took, symptoms felt and lifestyle engaged in. But on day 206, I decided it was time to let go. I have recorded my heart out for 206 days, but I am now in full remission and I no longer need that journal to lean on.

These past several weeks have been nothing short of amazing.

Tomatoes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, coconut ice cream, super-seeded (gluten-free) bread, gluten-free oatmeal, garlic, kale, kabocha, quinoa, mustard, kombucha and more…..

Humm Kombucha. New Lease on Life sarahkayhoffman.com

These are the things I have gone years without eating, or getting instantly bloated upon eating.

The days are lighter.

They are brighter.

A Loving Spoon nut butter Purely Cacao Peanut Butter. New Lease on Life sarahkayhoffman.com

My fiber content has gone from 5g or less per day to no less than 35g per day.

I am eating like a normal, thriving human.

While it might seem like my new lease on life lends itself to eating anything and everything I want, that is simply not the case.

Trout + Cauliflower. New Lease on Life sarahkayhoffman.com

Dairy and gluten are still out, though I’m toying with the idea of adding back in raw, organic dairy.

And crap food is still out. No chemicals, additives, preservatives, and I do organic and non-GMO every single chance I get.

I no longer have to be “Paleo, GAPS, SCD, low-FODMAP, autoimmune protocol” or the like and it feels totally freeing.

Peanut Butter + Gluten Free Bread. New Lease on Life sarahkayhoffman.com

Instead, I get to just eat -> real, whole and natural foods. I learned the REAL meaning of “Gut Healing is Not a Diet.”

You can never imagine what it’s like to live on meat, fat and broth with little fiber for years on end.

You can never imagine what it’s like to be afraid that garlic could send your stomach into a 9-months-pregnant state.

You can never imagine how embarrassing it feels to go out to eat with friends and family who think your’e on some crazy diet.

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But most importantly, I’d never want you to imagine what that’s like. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. I might fight the rest of my life to tell my story and to make sure that you (+ your daughters, friends, family, co-workers) don’t end up in this (forced) trapped state.

I wanted none of the above, but that’s what I got and (in hindsight) I now realize I did it to myself.

Gluten free oatmeal with Nutiva Chia Seeds and Coconut Manna. Farmers Market Blueberries. New Lease on Life sarahkayhoffman.com

But today, and for these past few weeks, I have a new lease on life.

I am tasting and experiencing food like I never, ever thought I might again.

I am cooking and baking once again and eating all the things I make, with no ill effects.

Nutiva Coconut Blueberry Muffins. Farmers Market Blueberries. New Lease on Life sarahkayhoffman.com

I have a new lease on life, and during these past 200+ days I’ve learned so much about myself, my past and (most importantly) the cause for what led me to these past several years, the ultimate demise of my health.

In this state of true healing, it might appear like my story ends.

There is a story in the struggle, a story throughout the journey and a story found from healing via answers.

My story feels like it might just be beginning.

Xox,
SKH

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We are Moving http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/10/we-are-moving/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/10/we-are-moving/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:06:32 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25581 We are moving, and I am still processing it all. On August 20, 2013 I wrote, “Does Change Mean a Loss?” Almost 2 years later, I find myself in this same place, asking these same questions. Yesterday it became final: our house has sold and we have bought our new home. Ryan and I moved... 

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We are moving, and I am still processing it all.

On August 20, 2013 I wrote, “Does Change Mean a Loss?”

Almost 2 years later, I find myself in this same place, asking these same questions.

Yesterday it became final: our house has sold and we have bought our new home.

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Ryan and I moved into our house shortly before we got married. We have lived in this house for 7 years, and these have, quite honestly, been the best years of my life.

I will never forget the day we walked in, the feeling we had that this was it. This was the house where we would start our married life. This was the house where we would start a family. This was the house that we would make a home here in California.

And it has been all of these things.

These past 7 years have proven good and great, hard and trying, but they have always been sprinkled with love and honesty, care and laughter.

I laid awake last night thinking about all that has happened here, and then that awful pit in my stomach hit briefly. Are we really ready to leave this home behind? But like the Jetta, this house is only a physical loss. The memories from this house we take with us.

I traded my Jetta for an Acadia because we needed something bigger for the arrival of Samarah.

We are trading in this house for our new one for very similar reasons…..the arrival of a new little one. We don’t know who he or she or they are yet, but it doesn’t matter. Samarah was better than our wildest dreams, and we know the Lord has plans (honestly, I think He is really planning because this all happened so fast)!

Before falling asleep one last time last night, I reminded myself that when Ryan and I first walked into the house which will be our new home for the first time, my first thought was, “this is itThis is the house where we will grow our family.”

Change is never easy, but I have to be honest –> I am so excited for this one!

{For the record: we are moving from the town we currently live in to another nearby. I’m not ready yet to talk about the new house (but let’s just say, for fun, that it’s my dream “farm-style” house in a private, little community). When I’m ready to talk about it, I’ll be sharing what we’re doing there, how we’re decorating, what we’re cooking, etc. etc. I’m truly hoping to get back to my passions of blogging and storytelling about life. It’s going to be so fun!}

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Xox,
SKH

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Catching up over Bone Broth http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/06/catching-up-over-bone-broth/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/06/catching-up-over-bone-broth/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 13:22:11 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25569 It’s been awhile since we sipped bone broth together, so I’m glad we’re here together today. Catching up over bone broth is one of my favorite things to do. Sadly, I don’t do it nearly enough….virtually or in real life, with friends and with family. I’d arrive 2 minutes before you, per the usual. I’m always... 

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It’s been awhile since we sipped bone broth together, so I’m glad we’re here together today. Catching up over bone broth is one of my favorite things to do. Sadly, I don’t do it nearly enough….virtually or in real life, with friends and with family.

I’d arrive 2 minutes before you, per the usual. I’m always early, but never without chaos. We’d hug, like old friends do, and then you’d immediately ask me,

I heard through the grapevine you are moving?

I’d tell you that yes, yes in fact we are. This was not in the master plan, not at this very moment anyways. We started thinking about it about a month ago. We met with our realtor to ask some basic questions about the market and about getting our house ready to sell on the market. It was kind of understood that we were still a few months out. Our initial goal was to do this by the end of summer.

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But you know me, right? We got a little crazy. One thing led to the next and then the next, and before we knew it, 2 weeks later our house had a, “Coming Soon” sign in the front yard (and today the house is officially on the market and showing!).

You’d ask me what happened to spur the quick turnaround?

I’d tell you that it was all for great reason. We booked a 1.5 week trip back home to Minnesota in mid-July, and simultaneous booked our Hawaii trip (for Sam’s Gotcha Day celebration) for the end of August. In conjunction with both of those, Sam’s adoption process sped up – to the point where we actually think she could be adopted by our Minnesota trip (more on this via the Adoption Journey soon). And once that beautiful baby is adopted, we want our house to get approved for baby/child #2.

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I’d tell you that what all of that means is that waiting until the end of the summer for a new house made no sense. We didn’t want to have the state approve our current house because they would have to approve the new house anyways. Furthermore, we had “time” for chaos right now vs. waiting another month.

You’d say, “You guys are nuts.

I laugh. I know this. We are nuts. But Ryan and I have gone through scenarios over and over and over again. It all boils down to –> our family, a growing family we know God is going to bless us with. And while it might seem like it’s all just a little too much, we know that God only gives us exactly the things we can handle. We are excited for this next chapter (and scared and nervous and curious and, and, and…..)

You’d say, “But what about your gut healing? What happened after the eggs and ER episode? How are you post-SIBO antibiotics?

I’d tell you that I continue to thrive! I had an ultrasound a little over a week ago, and it showed nothing. I have not had any eggs since, and I have also had no attacks. Some people would say, “Great! It’s gone.” Not me. I know that what happened for over a week straight was not normal. With the help of my doctor, we are continuing the investigation. I’ll keep you posted as I learn more. And the rest of my stomach, energy, mood, etc? Amazing! I have never been doing better in all my life. I’d love to tell you that I’m confident this will be my new normal for the rest of my life, but I know it won’t. I take this autoimmune disease one day at a time. I think that’s the best and only way.

You’d ask me about A Loving Spoon nut butter.

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Did you win the Whole Foods Redwood City Small Producer Grant?

To which I’d respond, “Yes! Yes we won.” I’d tell you all about what winning the grant means. And then you’d chime in, “Well obviously you can count on me to shop at Whole Foods on Wednesday, June 10.”

I knew I always liked you.

Your broth cup is almost empty. I am kind of quiet for a few moments. We both know the day is ready to move forward, but you quickly ask,

Your world always seems so pleasant, happy and inspiring. I know you well. Do you feel like that 24/7? I’m just wondering. It’s okay if you don’t want to answer.

I tell you that I am just like you. While it might seem like I float on fluffy, white clouds 24/7, I do not. There simply would be no way. I do far too much, and my brain goes far too fast – I can’t even keep up with myself. I am trying my very best to keep me in check because I know that if I do not, I will get sick again. While I am uber-productive, I am missing and lacking time spent with friends. I went to a Friday night outing with some MOPS friends a few weeks back. For 3 hours, I was just me – talking and playing silly pictionary and just being. And it was really awesome. I have my days and I have my moments where I question every single little thing. I worry. I contemplate. I over analyze. Lately, I’ve been caught up with the idea that things from my past have affected my current and future. That bothers me.

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I pause.

But really, we all have things like these. The only difference between mine and yours is just that – they are mine, they are yours.

It’s called life.

And each second I get to stop, reflect and enjoy bone broth with you lets me know that I am never alone, lets you know that you are never alone.

I’ll be better about this time together. Let’s have bone broth again soon?!

Xox,
SKH

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Hemp History Week (and your gut) http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/02/hemp-history-week-and-your-gut/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/06/02/hemp-history-week-and-your-gut/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:18:07 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25551 For those of us concerned with real health and healing and living an overall holistic lifestyle, Hemp History Week is an important week of the year. Let me first clear up the misunderstanding that consuming hemp is illegal and that it’s marijuana. Consuming hemp is completely legal and it is not marijuana. Hemp is a part of the vegetable... 

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For those of us concerned with real health and healing and living an overall holistic lifestyle, Hemp History Week is an important week of the year.

Let me first clear up the misunderstanding that consuming hemp is illegal and that it’s marijuana.

Consuming hemp is completely legal and it is not marijuana. Hemp is a part of the vegetable kingdom, is only related to marijuana, contains only trace levels of THC (less than 10ppm) and will not cause a psychoactive effect. (Things You’ve Always Wondered About Hemp But Were Too Afraid To Ask)

I am so confident of all the above that I feed baby Samarah hemp right along with me.

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So now that we have that cleared up, let me tell you some things about hemp:

Not only has my gut been thriving with hemp, but in many ways I think hemp has helped with the overall healing. Hemp is good for our bodies.

Hemp seeds are a nearly perfect food source. High in digestible protein, healthy Omega essential fatty acids (EFAs) and naturally occurring minerals, hemp seeds are also free of gluten and have no known allergens.

We eat hemp in our house almost daily. My 3 favorite hemp products:

  1. Organic Hempseed
  2. Organic Cold-Pressed Hemp Oil
  3. Organic Hemp Protein 15g

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And here are some recipes using the above hemp:

  1. Lemon-Garlic Basil Spaghetti Squash
  2. Low FODMAP Berry-Licious Hemp Smoothie
  3. Savory Hempseed Flatbread
  4. Ideas for what to do with that Savory Hempseed Flatbread
  5. 33 Favorite Hemp Recipes

With all the amazing that is hemp, it is still not legal to grow in the United States. But we can change that by taking action now. I am, will you?

If you’ve never tried hemp, do yourself a favor and grab some.

I might be biased since I work with Nutiva, but their hemp products (and standards) are by far the best. Today, for 24 hours, Nutiva has all their hemp products 35% off. Click HERE to take advantage. Let me know what you get, and if you want more ideas for what to do with it! {I do not make any money off of your purchases from Nutiva. I simply think they are the best.}

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Happy Hemp History Week!

Xox,
SKH

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Eggs and the ER http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/05/27/eggs-and-the-er/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/05/27/eggs-and-the-er/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 12:44:21 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25541 There are many incredible things about the edible egg, but probably just not for me. Things were smooth sailing for Mr. Egg and I, until I landed in the ER last week. It all began on Friday, May 15. Late that afternoon, I had an upper-stomach punching. I thought I was getting the flu, but... 

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There are many incredible things about the edible egg, but probably just not for me. Things were smooth sailing for Mr. Egg and I, until I landed in the ER last week.

It all began on Friday, May 15. Late that afternoon, I had an upper-stomach punching. I thought I was getting the flu, but then about 30 minutes later it subsided. This pain returned for about 2 hours on Sunday, May 17. It was a dull, minor version on Monday the 18th and Wednesday the 20th. And then on Thursday, May 21 it got severe. Upon eating lunch, I couldn’t shake the terrible pains. I drove myself to urgent care. They sent me to the ER. Per the usual, the local ER was horrendous. I threw up, was shaking, in severe pain, but left the hospital that night with nothing more than pain meds/anti-nausea meds, a bogus diagnosis and a prescription for something I should have never been prescribed. (I never went to pick up the prescription the day after. More on this at a different time.)

I woke up Friday morning, ate breakfast, and the pain returned. Same thing happened right after breakfast on Saturday, May 23, and the final episode happened on Sunday. It was by far the worst episode, lasting from noon-6pm, almost sending me back to the ER.

On a scale of 1-10, my pain ranges from 7-10+. This is not the bloating pain I know all too well. This is a pain unlike any that I have ever experienced before. It begins as an upper-stomach punching pain. Then it burns all over. My stomach moves and twitches like crazy. I am crampy. The pain takes my breath away almost. I get goose bumps all over, but I sweat and have the chills. It is, quite literally a pain I would not wish upon my worst enemy.

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So back to the egg.

I am 189 days into working with my new doctor. During this time, I have meticulously tracked almost everything from sleep to food to supplements, symptoms and more. I am so grateful for this, and for my knowledge of food because I caught on to the common denominator immediately – eggs.

The times I had mild reactions (lasting less time), I had just finished eating chicken eggs.

The times I had major reactions (ER day + last Sunday in particular), I had just finished eating duck eggs.

For my first test, I ate minimal last Saturday, but breakfast included my new amazing protein pancake (1 duck egg + 1 tbsp. Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour + 1 tbsp. Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein). I was sick for 3 hours. I wasn’t sure which piece it was, so Ryan said the next day maybe just do the duck egg.

On Sunday around noon I ate a duck egg. I had one duck egg, nothing else. Within 5 minutes my hell had arrived – literally.

Eggs. Chicken eggs, duck eggs…..eggs. They are either triggering these attacks or are they are the main cause for these attacks.

I met with my doctor yesterday on a last-minute notice.

He suspects: gallbladder, an ulcer, a (very uncommon) reaction post-Rifaxamin (unlikely, but can’t rule it out) or an allergy of some sort to eggs.

What next? I have an ultrasound scheduled for Friday morning. In the meantime, I’m about as bland as I can be with my diet, greatly reducing fat. Since I’ve done this (2 days now), no horrible spells.

And of course, NO eggs. Like I imagine anyone with a severe allergy to a food feels, I am deathly afraid of eggs at this point.

Just when I solve one problem, another pops up. And for this reason, I am really, really, really doing my best to embrace my mantra today:

When gravel roads are all you’ve ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust.

Xox,
SKH

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SIBO, Adrenal Fatigue and Autoimmune Update http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/05/20/sibo-adrenal-fatigue-and-autoimmune-update/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/05/20/sibo-adrenal-fatigue-and-autoimmune-update/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 13:19:37 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25534 Someone reaches out and asks me about my healing progress almost daily. So I put together my SIBO, Adrenal Fatigue and Autoimmune update for you today. It has been a little over 1 month since I ended Rifaximin, the SIBO antibiotic. I continue to heal. I continue to thrive. Here’s how: I cut fruit. I cut... 

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Someone reaches out and asks me about my healing progress almost daily. So I put together my SIBO, Adrenal Fatigue and Autoimmune update for you today.

It has been a little over 1 month since I ended Rifaximin, the SIBO antibiotic. I continue to heal. I continue to thrive.

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Here’s how:

  1. I cut fruit. I cut it completely for a few weeks, and then I added in one piece every few days. This past week I’ve had more than usual, and my stomach can tell it. I’ll cut back again. Fruit is subjective for everyone on any journey at any moment. I have learned so much about it these past several months. For the most part, keeping it out helps me thrive.
  2. Greens times a million. I eat over a pound of greens per day. This has been critical to my healing, I believe. I don’t eat all greens (i.e. broccoli), but I do drown my system in greens (like Asian greens) daily.
  3. L-Glutamine. L-Glutamine helps repair the gut lining, while also helping to preserve muscle mass. It’s doing a double bonus for me, and I am careful to take it 2 times per day (I incorporate it into my gut-healing chia seed pudding).
  4. Fish. While I love my grass-fed beef, these days I’m eating much more fish like salmon and trout. I eat red meat only about 1-2 times per week typically.
  5. HCL. My stomach acid is still low. How do I know this? Because I am still taking 6 HCL about 3 x’s per day (with heavy protein meals). HCL has been critical.
  6. Dr. Schweig Supplements. My regimen is still grueling. I still have to take way too many supplements, but I am consistent with them and I believe they have been instrumental to my healing.
  7. I quit caffeine. I wrote about this. Here is how I quit caffeine.
  8. Minimal workouts. I told myself for a very long time, “But working out a ton helps me release stress.” Turns out, it was only causing me more stress – stress on my mind, body and soul and dangerously affecting my gut and healing. I quit running and have returned to lifting primarily. I am currently almost at the end of (Phase 2) Nia Shank’s 15-week Muscle Sculpting Program, and I am totally loving it. Simple. Sane. Effective.
  9. Understanding of all food properties. My background has equipped me for this. I understand all food properties/categories (FODMAPs, starches, sugars, fat, nightshades, etc.). Because of this, I am able to easily navigate the everyday food options.

I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m nervous.

I’m nervous for a SIBO relapse. Most people, research has shown, relapse as soon as a month after the antibiotic is finished. For this reason, I am doing everything I can to avoid a relapse.

I have only had a couple days where I’ve felt off, but during those couple of days, I have felt very uncertain about what might happen next.

I will see my doctor again within the next couple of months, and I’m guessing we will be retesting levels soon to know more about where I’m currently at.

For today, though?

I feel grateful to be in such a wonderful place, in remission.

Xox,
SKH

p.s. You can now hire me to “pick my brain.”

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