sarah kay hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com When gravel roads are all you've ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:38:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 I Share a Similar Story http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/25/share-similar-story/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/25/share-similar-story/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:38:16 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25222 I share a similar story – thanks for sharing yours. That was the subject line to the email she sent. On Monday, I wrote the shortest “blog bio” that I might ever write (for New Hope 360). It went like this: I blog about finding beauty in life, no matter what the circumstances might be,... 

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I share a similar story – thanks for sharing yours.

That was the subject line to the email she sent.

On Monday, I wrote the shortest “blog bio” that I might ever write (for New Hope 360). It went like this:

I blog about finding beauty in life, no matter what the circumstances might be, and healing via food and lifestyle vs. drugs and medication. I live with autoimmune colits, infertility, a low thyroid, SIBO and adrenal fatigue. They are a part of who I am, but they do not define who I am. I believe in holistic healing, real wellness and living a life worth inspiring others. My blog comprises all of these things and taglines: When gravel roads are all you’ve ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust.

So when I received her email, my arms rose with goosebumps and a thick lump swelled my throat.

I never asked God for many of the things listed above in that “bio.” And yet, so very often, I’ve silently thanked him for unanswered prayers. Yesterday was one of those days.

Her email went like this:

Hi Sarah,

Thank you so much for sharing your story!  Your blog was sent to me just recently at a very pivotal time in my life.  Our stories are almost identical.  My gut too was destroyed by the modern diet, antibiotics, etc. and I have been on a Paleo-ish diet myself for the past six years.  This led to leaky gut syndrome, systemic candida, you name it, and it has taken me years to finally get to a place where I feel healthy again.

Fast forward to this past year where my husband and I have been trying to conceive.  After a few miscarriages, it is determined that we will probably not be able to get pregnant on our own.  I was devastated by this news and had to grieve for what could have been.  We have been praying about IVF vs. adoption.  As you know, this is a very hard decision, but with my past health challenges and the fact that I am anti-drug as well, I did not feel at peace with going the IVF route.  I have recently been praying for God to give me a final answer in the path we should take, when my step-mom stumbled upon your blog and sent me a link.  Talk about an answered prayer!!  My husband and I spent all afternoon pouring through your blog, crying and realizing God’s hand in it all.

As of today, we have officially put in an application to start the adoption process here in Michigan and canceled our appointment with the fertility clinic for next week.  I know God has called us on the path to adoption and we are praying for our child, who ever he or she may be.

So thank you for sharing your journey and your struggles.  I am sorry for what you have been through, but am overjoyed for you that you have your little girl!  We are praying that your adoption will be finalized soon!

Blessings,
(XYZ)

I share a similar story. Thanks for sharing yours. Adoption. Infertility. Colitis. sarahkayhoffman.com

There are so many days when I want to give up on  so so so so many things. (I told you, my life, too, is oftentimes a mess.)

And then I receive an email like this.

I know the Lord is hard at work in my life in helping me see that even when I fall, if I share, the fall has not gone to waste.

I will never stop sharing my stories.

Xox,
SKH

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Nothing Beautiful About This Mess http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/19/nothing-beautiful-mess/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/19/nothing-beautiful-mess/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:29:57 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25132 I used to love that phrase, “Beautiful Mess.” Until I didn’t. I am going to admit today that there is nothing beautiful about this mess. I understand, in theory, how we are to embrace the Beautiful Mess. But what happens when the mess becomes nothing but that — a mess? I realize (because I have been told... 

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I used to love that phrase, “Beautiful Mess.” Until I didn’t. I am going to admit today that there is nothing beautiful about this mess.

I understand, in theory, how we are to embrace the Beautiful Mess.

But what happens when the mess becomes nothing but that — a mess?

I realize (because I have been told time-and-time again) that it appears like I have everything put together. I am calm, collective and I run a beautiful show 100% of the time.

After all, what you see of my life from a birds eye-public-viewpoint are really only just the beautiful pictures.

One day last week, my morning started with this:

Nothing Beautiful About This Mess Wooden Spoon + Coffee Cup. sarahkayhoffman.com

But what you didn’t see behind that teeny, tiny section of my house (and beautiful image), was the reflection of my reality.

Shipping Department Mess. Nothing Beautiful About This Mess. sarahkayhoffman.com

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The chaos of this “beautiful mess” suddenly wasn’t so beautiful anymore. That chaos created several weeks of stress, and these were not my intentions for 2015.

If you want the truth, during this time, I had my first real flare up in over 75 days.

No, there is nothing beautiful about that.

Though it seems as though I can run a business, contract 30+ hours a week, teach classes, get well (which includes cooking 99% of the time at home) AND raise a baby WITHOUT having a crumble on the floor, I cannot.

Don’t let my pictures fool you.

Don’t let anyone’s pictures fool you.

And if you’re like I was thinking that these “beautiful messes” are okay day in, day out, maybe it’s time to just clean them up. (For the record, I’m not just talking about the messy house. A mess can be found in any part of our lives.)

Things will become so much more clear.

p.s. I cleaned, cleaned and then cleaned some more. This morning you may have seen this image:

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And that was not fake.

I am on a mission to not only clean, but to update and re-do a lot of things in our house. You won’t be shocked to see that I’m starting with the kitchen.

Nothing Beautiful About This Mess Kitchen Update Full Above Cupboards sarahkayhoffman.com

We’ve lived here about 8 years now. It’s time.

My kitchen is getting a fresh new spin. I’m combining “nature meets functional.

Nothing Beautiful About This Mess Kitchen Update Full Side Not Done Above Cupboards sarahkayhoffman.com

This means things like: mason jars galore, live plants, live herb “garden,” fruit and water in jars, books above cupboards in crates and more.

My style = vintage meets old-country tradition meets earthy/hippie. 

Nothing Beautiful About This Mess Kitchen Update Full Left Side Close Above Cupboards sarahkayhoffman.com

I get that it’s a super bizarre combination. But this is who I am.

Xox,
SKH

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Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/17/flatbread-basil-baked-chicken-red-palm-oil-sandwich/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/17/flatbread-basil-baked-chicken-red-palm-oil-sandwich/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:21:06 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25189 If you have an autoimmune condition like me, chances are you’ll also fall in love with my new Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich, too! There are no breads on the market that I can currently eat. Even the “Paleo” ones use egg whites, and they are, sadly, not allowed at this... 

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If you have an autoimmune condition like me, chances are you’ll also fall in love with my new Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich, too!

Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich sarahkayhoffman.com Chicken Sandwich Red Palm Oil Bite 2 nutiva.com

There are no breads on the market that I can currently eat.

Even the “Paleo” ones use egg whites, and they are, sadly, not allowed at this moment. (Oh, but wait…I thought egg whites were so good for the gut because they have almost zero calories and no fat and are “so healthy.” Sigh. If I had a nickel….gut healing is not a diet.)

Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich sarahkayhoffman.com Chicken Sandwich Red Palm Oil Open nutiva.com

I could sit and drown in the heartache of lack of food options, but I have chosen a different way around it all.

It’s called….

Figuring it out, not moping.

And guess what? It’s not easy. It never has been. It never will be.

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I recently remembered the days when I would go to nasty fast-food joints or restaurants and get a grilled chicken sandwich because it was “so healthy.”

Hardly.

Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich sarahkayhoffman.com Chicken Sandwich Open Faced with Greens nutiva.com

That’s besides the point.

But then I started craving a version of that chicken sandwich.

Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich sarahkayhoffman.com Chicken Sandwich Red Palm Oil Bite nutiva.com

I put my thinking cap on, and grabbed several of the best ingredients to make my own chicken sandwich.

And you can, too.

Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich sarahkayhoffman.com Baked Chicken Red Palm nutiva.com

Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Make Savory Hempseed Flatbread, and then….
  2. Lower oven to 375 degrees
  3. Cover a small pan with tinfoil
  4. Melt the red palm oil
  5. Lightly brush the tinfoil with red palm oil
  6. Place chicken breasts on tinfoil, and brush liberally with melted red palm oil
  7. Cut basil into small pieces and place on top of chicken
  8. Bake for about 40 minutes

Once both pieces are finished, simply place chicken in between two pieces of flatbread (or keep it as an open-faced sandwich). Add any extra greens, basil or sauce as desired.

Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken (with Red Palm Oil) Sandwich sarahkayhoffman.com Chicken Sandwich Cut nutiva.com

Enjoy!

p.s. Need even more ideas for what to do with the Savory Hempseed Flatbread? See: How Did Savory Hempseed Flatbreads Become the Best? Find Out.

Xox,
SKH

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The Perfect Number of Children to Raise http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/16/perfect-number-children-raise/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/16/perfect-number-children-raise/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:18:28 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25180 What is the perfect number of children to raise? Is there such a thing? This past weekend was beautiful so we spent a lot of time outside. Yesterday, while at the park, I thought about how this spring and summer, I would like to take at least one half day, if not a full day, off... 

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What is the perfect number of children to raise? Is there such a thing?

This past weekend was beautiful so we spent a lot of time outside.

Yesterday, while at the park, I thought about how this spring and summer, I would like to take at least one half day, if not a full day, off again to spend with Samarah.Valentine's Samarah Slide sarahkayhoffman.com The Perfect Number of Children to Raise

I did this in the beginning on Mommy ‘n Me Tuesdays, but then “life” got in the way, and that stopped.

I want these days back in our lives because I have been thinking a lot about the fact that these could be some of the few to several final months of Samarah being an “only child.”

Back in November, I was on my way out from a mom’s event when I ran into a friend and her child – her only child.

She was holding him, and I said something along the lines of,

Hope you have a great rest of the day. Mr. Little is so lucky that he gets to have you all to himself. You are so lucky to be able to spend so much quality time just you and him. 

She later emailed, me,

I know it was small, but thank you for your comment about the advantage to having one kid over multiple (do more things). You are the first person to point that out with as much enthusiasm as people put into arguments against, and my heart needed to hear that.

I thought about this for a long time because I truly believed every word I said to her (and because so, it’s the reason I want to steal more time away for just Sam and I for the next several months).

There is an argument for or against anything, but until she mentioned the how-dare-you-only-have-one-child argument, I never even considered the idea that some people think it’s not right.

I have not earned Mother (or Citizen) of the Year. I never will. But what I do know is that choosing one, two, or ten children is neither right nor wrong, selfish or unselfish.

How we choose to raise, teach and love them is what counts.

I know many people with multiple children who have not learned how to raise, teach and love their children. And I know many people with just one child who exceed raising, teaching and loving.

Children are a blessing from God, but God never said and/or intended that all people have multiple children. Genesis 1:28 states,

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

But even one is an “increase in number.” After all, John the Baptist was an only child.

I know, with all my heart, that more children (waiting for their forever homes) are a part of His plan for Ryan and I. Coincidentally, I was never the person to think this even a few years back. But I know it for sure now.

And the truth is that even if we adopted ten more children, someone, somewhere would have a mighty opinion about it.

Children are not numbers, but the number you choose is the perfect number.

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Xox,
SKH 

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Two Steps Forward, Zero Backwards http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/12/two-steps-forward-zero-backwards/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/12/two-steps-forward-zero-backwards/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:35:10 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25165 This week we have taken two steps forward, zero backwards. It feels good, since my last update in December was a hard one for us. Yesterday, we got the call that we should be finishing up the “appeal process” within the next few months and most likely our adoption will finalize by mid-summer! That’s all.... 

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This week we have taken two steps forward, zero backwards.

It feels good, since my last update in December was a hard one for us.

Yesterday, we got the call that we should be finishing up the “appeal process” within the next few months and most likely our adoption will finalize by mid-summer! That’s all. There is no more. We were beaming with excitement last night.

We kind of feel another rock lifted off our shoulders.

Today, was yet another step forward, but not as it relates to the process. Instead, as it relates to Samarah’s growth and development.

We had another high-risk baby follow up appointment.

High Risk Clinic. Two Steps Forward, Zero Backwards. Adoption. sarahkayhoffman.com

Samarah was born at (rounded) 2.5 pounds, but the actual weight was 2 pounds, 4.8 ounces. We learned this and even more today while meeting with the nurses (there were 2 today) and doctor (her NICU doctor) from the NICU.

They weighed her, did her height and all other vitals.

And then they did the “development” tests.

Samarah passed with flying colors.

I am not now, nor will I EVER be the mother who runs around saying I have the Einstein Baby (<–I find that super, duper annoying, actually).

Samarah is not Einstein, but Samarah has grown and developed to the point where she is almost to a “T” on point with any other 17-month old (she turned 17 months today). If you’ve ever had a Preemie, you get this excitement. Today, Samarah is “technically” only 13 months and 27 days.

The nurses and doctor said it’s truly a miracle. She is growing. She thriving. And they can tell that we have stimulated, nourished and loved her just like any baby should be stimulated, nourished and loved.

I heard a couple stories from the nurses today that broke my heart.

Babies should never have to know a life outside of the one in which they deserve….the one that says,

You are loved.

We have taken two steps forward, zero backwards.

And these steps can only mean two things:

  1. Our forever day is coming.
  2. Our next step as a family of three (five if you count our bratty dogs!) is ready to pay it forward together – to give another child everything s/he deserves.

JJ, Ryan, Samarah Manhattan Beach. Two Steps Forward, Zero Backwards. Adoption. sarahkayhoffman.com

Xox,
SKH

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105 Things in 1,095 Days http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/10/105-things-1095-days/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/10/105-things-1095-days/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:05:37 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25151 Last year on my 31st birthday, I gave thanks for 30 things I was glad I didn’t know would happen in year 30. (Source) I loved that post and last night when I re-read it, I loved it even more. But today I turn 32, and this year it seems like I am closer to... 

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Last year on my 31st birthday, I gave thanks for 30 things I was glad I didn’t know would happen in year 30.

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(Source)

I loved that post and last night when I re-read it, I loved it even more.

But today I turn 32, and this year it seems like I am closer to 35 than to 30 (which is not true, until 7 months in). I don’t mind aging. I never have, and I hope I never will. I am choosing to not look backwards, but instead to set intentions for moving forwards. It’s kind of a bucket list, only it’s more specific…..things to do before I turn 35.

I got the idea from Meg, who got it from several others (including Mackenzie). They all do “101 in 1,001 days” (1,001 days = 2.75 years). I am doing 105 in 1,095 days because that’s 3 years (or right up to my 35th birthday).

Eventually, I will mesh this page on to its own page or category of my blog so I can track progress, and watch all the things cross off beautifully.

105 Things in 1,095 Days

  1. Come up with a list of 105 things (February 10, 2015)
  2. Inspire someone to write their own list of 105 things
  3. Finalize Samarah’s adoption
  4. Go to Vietnam
  5. Watch a friend’s child(ren) so they can have a few hours to just be
  6. Finish One: Impossible Starts Here
  7. Adopt baby/child #2
  8. (begin the process to) adopt baby/child #3
  9. Send a surprise package to someone
  10. Get Sam a Piggy Bank
  11. Do 7 unassisted pull-ups
  12. Create a genealogy tree
  13. Wear a swimsuit to the pool/beach (<– sad, but I have not done this in 2 years)
  14. Begin writing a book
  15. Go to Expo West 2015
  16. Go to Expo West 2016
  17. Go to Expo West 2017
  18. Remove all plastic from the kitchen
  19. Go to Hawaii
  20. Release a bold video on my blog
  21. Write a bold post on my blog
  22. Speak at a large conference
  23. Release A Loving Spoon flavor #3
  24. Release A Loving Spoon flavor #4
  25. Release A Loving Spoon flavor #5
  26. Release A Loving Spoon flavor #6
  27. Read through the Bible
  28. Read through the Bible (a second time)
  29. Take 12 days off of work where I just stay home and nest (4 per year, 1 per season)
  30. Finish the A Loving Spoon 5-year business plan
  31. Finish the A Loving Spoon 10-year business plan
  32. In addition to 147 Million Orphans, partner with a non-profit through A Loving Spoon that gives predominantly to children in the US
  33. Get baptized (again)
  34. Send snail mail (just because)
  35. Cry when I feel like crying
  36. Smile when I feel like crying
  37. Watch the sunset from somewhere other than in our house with my family + dogs
  38. Take an official food photography class
  39. Unplug completely for an entire day
  40. Organize all digital photos
  41. Buy a small, fuel efficient car (I miss my Jetta)
  42. Memorize 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  43. Share my story in a major publication or on TV
  44. Meet Dr. Mark Hyman
  45. Go on a girl’s-only trip
  46. Have a girl’s night out
  47. Go to Telluride
  48. Redo this blog to reflect who I am now, and where I want my missions to take me
  49. Make 25 stocking-stuffer kits to donate to local foster care agencies at Christmas
  50. Go horseback riding
  51. Mentor someone
  52. Find a mentor
  53. See A Loving Spoon on at least one Whole Food‘s store shelf
  54. Invite someone to church
  55. Write a letter to someone who made a difference in my life
  56. Have a garage sale to clean out the house, and donate half the proceeds
  57. Surprise Ryan with a day trip
  58. See Miranda Lambert in concert
  59. Be in our forever home (or have a plan for it)
  60. Get a Beach Cruiser
  61. Throw out all recipe books, and replace them with one recipe box filled with my favorite recipes and/or handed down family recipes
  62. Make ornaments and bring to a local nursing home
  63. Make my famous Bone Broth for a sick friend
  64. Say a prayer for someone I don’t necessarily agree with and/or like all that much
  65. Begin the day with a glass of water + lemon every day for 2 weeks
  66. WALK a half marathon with Carla, just because
  67. Go on a mission trip
  68. Send a jar of A Loving Spoon nut butter to brighten someone’s day
  69. Re-paint Sam’s room
  70. Build a Gingerbread House
  71. Do mommy ‘n me baby yoga with Samarah
  72. Send flowers to my mom (just because)
  73. Send flowers to my mother-in-law (just because)
  74. Make a vision board
  75. Have Elizabeth make Samarah an amazing Gotcha Day cake
  76. Fully tithe
  77. Begin concept and implementation of: “You Got Smoothied” or “You Got Real Food-ed” (surprising people with random drops of goodies, real food style vs. the standard chemical, additive and preservative-laden junk)
  78. Bring food for the homeless on a random day
  79. Get Carla’s new book
  80. Complete Nia Shank’s 6-week Lift Like a Girl Strength Program
  81. Complete another Nia Shank’s program
  82. Eat sardines
  83. For 7 days straight, begin the day by reading my Bible, followed by 5 minutes of meditation (before ever looking at my phone, turning on computer)
  84. Re-paint my current office (our next child’s) bedroom in preparation for their arrival
  85. Practice a form of yoga every day for 7 consecutive days
  86. Write 500 words for 15 days straight
  87. Write The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 3
  88. Compile the best and most comprehensive list of low FODMAP foods to include in #62
  89. Have my Social Media Content class become an online program in addition to an ongoing on-campus class
  90. Say “no” to something I typically say “yes” to
  91. Sleep in until 9am (unless I’m sick, I haven’t done this in probably years)

(Below are all the things from Healing through Intention in 2015, which should absolutely be added to this list)

  1. Create my own yearly planner
  2. One-liner Samarah
  3. Scrapbook/Life book for Samarah
  4. Samarah’s Gotcha Day video
  5. Kitchen de-clutter and organization
  6. Home office de-clutter and organization
  7. Samarah’s room de-clutter and organization
  8. Master bedroom de-clutter and organization
  9. Begin an herb garden
  10. Read Erin Brown’s As Is
  11. Solo day/weekend getaway
  12. Avoid the scale for an entire year
  13. Finish Bible Study/church study Journal #2
  14. Begin Bible Study/church study Journal #3

I am grateful for the years leading to today.

I am grateful for today….mostly for my husband –

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And for that little girl who steals our hearts by the second.

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Finally, I am grateful to and hopeful towards all the tomorrows to come.

Xox,
SKH

p.s. Raise your hand if you’d like to help me cross off #2 on my list!!!!

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The Path to Success is Not Linear http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/06/path-success-not-linear/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/06/path-success-not-linear/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:26:58 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25134 Today is Day 79. I learned this week that the path to success is not linear. It was a rough, rough week. In every way, shape and form this week, I did not adhere to healing through intention. The only thing I did right was the diet portion, making me more convinced than ever that 80+% of my... 

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Today is Day 79. I learned this week that the path to success is not linear.

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It was a rough, rough week. In every way, shape and form this week, I did not adhere to healing through intention. The only thing I did right was the diet portion, making me more convinced than ever that 80+% of my final healing journey lies not within what I am eating, but in “everything else.” I focused for so many years on how to heal with food, that I forgot what I preach:

Food AND lifestyle vs. drugs and medication.

I am brave enough to admit my week’s failures because I know that the path to success is not linear.

And even though I am brave enough, it doesn’t make this any easier.

A brand new flavor (Purely Cacao Peanut Butter) launched (and almost sold out already) (yes it’s that good, and yes you need a jar immediately):

Purely Cacao Peanut Butter with mini heart spoon alovingspoon.com

New recipes developed and published (the best = Slow-Cooked Lemon-Pepper Chicken Drummies):

Single Drummie Open nutiva.com Slow-Cooked Lemon-Pepper Chicken Drummies

A 60+ PowerPoint presentation created for a class which was to begin this past Tuesday (now beginning this upcoming Tuesday):

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Little sleep.

Disaster in my house (post coming soon).

And an overall unsettled, anxious self.

This is not where I want to be.

But these are the realities of learning to re-teach myself how to live (NOT how to eat) in order to manage autoimmune disease and to keep myself from regressing.

The path to success is not linear….not in business, not in relationships, not in healing and not in life.

I can be confident in all of this, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to do better for ourselves each and every single day.

Be good to you this weekend.

I know I will. I must.

Xox,
SKH

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Love Always, Mama http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/03/love-always-mama/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/02/03/love-always-mama/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:19:29 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25123 In the beginning of January, I started ending each day by signing off a little note to Samarah with, Love always, Mama It seems like just yesterday we picked her up at the hospital weighing a mere 5.15 pounds. And now our sweet baby angel walks. Some of our days seem so long, yet I realize that these... 

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In the beginning of January, I started ending each day by signing off a little note to Samarah with,

Love always, Mama

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It seems like just yesterday we picked her up at the hospital weighing a mere 5.15 pounds.

And now our sweet baby angel walks.

Some of our days seem so long, yet I realize that these moments are fleeting. The days get so busy and go by without us stopping to reflect on the simple things in order to preserve them forever.

I have created my own 2015 planner. Within my planner, there is a special place at the bottom which begins:

Dear Samarah:

Each night before bed, I write a simple line or two, something that reflects on the day. And even though it’s just a line or two, I have been amazed already when I look back on even a few weeks ago.

Time never stands still. Things change daily. Samarah changes daily.

I am busy, we are busy, but I never want to look back and think, “What were the days like then? What was Samarah doing? How was she growing?”

Perhaps more importanly than that, I want her to know that at the end of every single crazy-busy day, the last three words I said to her were,

Love always, Mama.

Because for Sam, it all comes back to…. love always.

Love Always, Mama for you, Samarah sarahkayhoffman.com

Xox,
SKH

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Critical Bonding Period http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/01/28/critical-bonding-period/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/01/28/critical-bonding-period/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:48:57 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25116 I often wonder if I missed out on the critical bonding period with Samarah. I see my new-mom friends with their newborns swaddled in tightly, close to their chests. They spend a good portion of their days clenched together as such. A lot of research seems to confirm how important the critical bonding period is.... 

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I often wonder if I missed out on the critical bonding period with Samarah.

I see my new-mom friends with their newborns swaddled in tightly, close to their chests. They spend a good portion of their days clenched together as such.

A lot of research seems to confirm how important the critical bonding period is.

When we got Samarah, she was only 5.15 pounds, but yet she had already been on this Earth for 2 months and 2 days. I did everything I could to “make up” for those 2 months she spent, alone, in the NICU. There was a sadness that lay over me,

How could anyone not be desperate to hold this child every single moment?

I did my very best to wrap her in close to my chest. I practiced skin-to-skin at night, as often as I could.

But if you want the honest truth, she really wasn’t a fan of either.

I can’t help but think, “Did I miss the critical bonding period?

There are moments – sometimes full days – when Samarah doesn’t want a whole lot to do with me. I see other children crying for their mama’s to return, and I can’t help but return to, “Did I miss the critical bonding period?”

I so often feel like the love signals are few and far between.

As my eyes wondered at MOPS yesterday to the mother’s who had their infants swaddled in tightly, it began to occur to me that even if I did miss the critical bonding period, God has given me everything I need to be the mother to Samarah that will love her like no one else. Maybe for us the critical bonding period will turn out to not be so critical after all.

I believe with my full heart that love is the only true critical factor.

Moments like this have me reflecting that YES, yes adoption is hard. And YES, yes it scares me so often that those 2 months might be a little “set back.” But there is nothing as hard as imagining a life where Samarah never calls me “mommy,” and where Samarah is left wondering who loves her.

These real and raw feelings, the way in which we love that little girl and how the Lord has equipped us for everything up until now (and everything that is to come) far outweighs the importance of the critical bonding period.

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Xox,
SKH

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134 Corn Sources and Alternate Names http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/01/23/134-corn-sources-alternate-names/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2015/01/23/134-corn-sources-alternate-names/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:45:39 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=25051 In case you thought corn consisted only of corn-on-the cob, I put together a list of 134 corn sources and alternate names to show you otherwise. This past summer, I put together a list of 192 sugar sources and alternate names. There are 8+ lists of this sort in The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the... 

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In case you thought corn consisted only of corn-on-the cob, I put together a list of 134 corn sources and alternate names to show you otherwise.

This past summer, I put together a list of 192 sugar sources and alternate names.

Spot sugar now. 192 sugar sources and alternate names via www.agutsygirl.com

There are 8+ lists of this sort in The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 2.0.

Just like sugar, not all corn is evil. The reason I put together these lists is to show that so many things are and/or contain corn. Many people have an intolerance to it, so having a list like this at all times comes in handy.

That said, a lot (not all) of corn and corn-based products are not good. Corn consistently stays on the top 10 list of GMO crops. And research is beginning to show the link between GMO foods and digestion.

Take that for what it’s worth to you. 

In the meantime, here is my contribution to helping you spot corn! (Click HERE to save and share the image below to your Facebook timeline for later reading or to easily pull this list up on your phone while on-the-go!)

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134 Corn Sources and Alternate Names

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  1. Acetic Acid
  2. Alcohol
  3. Alpha Tocopheral
  4. Artificial Flavoring
  5. Artificial Sweetener
  6. Ascorbate
  7. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)*
  8. Aspartame
  9. Baking Powder
  10. Blended Sugar
  11. Cake
  12. Calcium Citrate
  13. Calcium Fumarate
  14. Calcium Gluconate
  15. Calcium Lactate
  16. Calcium Stearate
  17. Caramel
  18. Caramel Coloring
  19. Candy
  20. Canned Fruit
  21. Cellulose Microcrystalline
  22. Cereal
  23. Citrus Cloud Emulsion
  24. Confectioner’s Sugar
  25. Cookies
  26. Corn
  27. Corn Alcohol
  28. Corn Gluten
  29. Corn Extract
  30. Cornflour
  31. Cornmeal
  32. Cornstarch
  33. Corn Oil
  34. Corn Oil Margarine
  35. Corn Sweetener
  36. Corn Sugar
  37. Corn Syrup
  38. Crystalline Dextrose
  39. Dextrin
  40. Dextrose
  41. D-Gluconic Acid
  42. Distilled White Vinegar
  43. Erythritol
  44. Ethanol
  45. Ferrous Gluconate
  46. Flavorings
  47. Food Starch
  48. Fructose
  49. Fruit Juice Concentrate
  50. Gluconate
  51. Glucose
  52. Glucose syrup
  53.  Glutamate
  54. Gluten
  55. Glycerides
  56. Golden Syrup
  57. Gravy
  58.  Grits
  59. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS, HFCS 42, HFCS 55)
  60. Hominy
  61. Hydrolyzed Corn
  62. Hydrolyzed Corn Protein
  63. Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  64. Ice Cream
  65. Infant Formula (not that you would eat this, but in case you have an infant – good to know)
  66. Inositol
  67. Invert Sugar
  68. Invert Syrup
  69. Iodized Salt
  70. Jam
  71. Jelly
  72. Ketchup
  73. Lactate
  74. Lactic Acid
  75. Lauryl Glucoside
  76. Lecithin
  77. Linoleic Acid
  78. Lysine
  79. Maize
  80. Malt
  81. Malt Extract
  82. Malt Syrup
  83. Maltitol
  84. Maltodextrin
  85. Maltose
  86. Mannitol
  87. Masa Harina
  88.  Mayonnaise
  89. Methyl Glucose
  90. Modified Cellulose Gum
  91. Modified Corn Starch
  92. Modified Food Starch
  93. Molasses
  94. Monosodium Glutamate
  95. MSG
  96. Natural Flavorings
  97. Olestra/Olean
  98. Polenta
  99. Polydextrose
  100. Polysorbates (i.e. Polysorbate 80)
  101. Popcorn
  102. Potassium Citrate
  103. Potassium Gluconate
  104. Powdered Cellulose
  105. Powdered Sugar
  106. Processed Food
  107. Pudding
  108. Saccharin
  109. Salad Dressing
  110. Semolina
  111. Soda
  112. Sodium Citrate
  113. Sodium Erythorbate
  114. Sodium Starch Glycolate
  115. Sorbate
  116. Sorbic Acid
  117. Sorbitan
  118. Sorbitol
  119. Splenda
  120. Starch
  121. Stearic Acid
  122. Sucralose
  123. Sucrose
  124. Sugar
  125. Sweet ‘N Low
  126. Syrup
  127. Unmodified Starch
  128. Vegetable Gum Protein
  129. Vegetable Paste
  130. Vegetable Starch
  131. Xanthan Gum
  132. Xylitol
  133. Yeast
  134. Zea Mays

Xox,
SKH

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