It’s knowing when you need to step back and take a breath. It’s accepting you will not sweep the floor or clean the dishes in that moment because you have a fever and perhaps, rest truly comes first. It’s knowing that you can ask for help, receive it, and this did not make you weaker.
Its knowing that you may have some health conditions that might follow you all your life but that does not limit you. It might challenge you but it does not limit you.
It’s coming from a history of hardship and lack of support but you decide, it is infinitely worth it to work on yourself.
Can I just say I am extremely lucky that my boyfriend happens to make the trek with me out to LA (Erewhon specifically) to get the most delicious gluten-free bread. If you live in LA or happen to be visiting, I really recommend visiting Melrose. An adventure is to be had when you load up an electric scooter and ride your long along the colorful streets with unique eateries. Erewhon is a magical, self described “health food market” with plenty of allergen friendly foods and products. Erewhon carries Bread Srsly, which meant we stocked up on plenty of loaves and rolls.
Bread Srsly was the first gluten-free bread that tasted like real, quality bread, which for me meant I wasn’t missing out on flavor and texture. I hadn’t had their delicious bread until recently when we went to the Celiac Disease Gluten Free Expo. While we were there, we sampled their new varieties. It is worth every penny for this bread. The tangy sourdough flavor that leads to peak bread-high. I attribute this to the bread being wild-fermented, or cultured.
I’m a sap for breakfast provisions. Perhaps because of their indulgence: fluffy pancakes dripping with maple syrup, the warm buttery glaze of a good French toast, and of course a deliciously rich waffle.
I haven’t had too many waffles in my life, and no the refrigerated variety you can continentally heat & go don’t really count. A true waffle is created from batter and baked to a golden consistency and immediately consumed with butter & fruit (or chocolate chips if you’re feeling daring). But don’t get me wrong, when you can’t make waffles from scratch, do enjoy a frozen waffles!
These traditional breakfast spreads go amiss when you can’t have them due to a food allergy. Or so you think – the beauty of today is how versatile we are becoming when it comes to revising the menu. Case in point: cassava flour. Hailing from the yucca root – it’s an under the radar ingredient that can yield a delicious waffle full of airiness and the old-fashioned cake-like consistency of a waffle. It’s a wonderful grain-free/paleo/gluten-free option, and this recipe came together quite easily, just be sure to stir very well!
I’m definitely someone whose constantly on the move. Restless by nature until the urge for a nap kicks in and I have to recharge. When your day happens to revolve around the hustle – simplicity works best.
For those busy days I try to plan ahead and consider what I’ll be nibbling on during the day. I make these choices because I know I feel better when I’m giving my body whole foods. I speak passionately about this because I used to deal with frequent health issues, and in the past I was not always eating nutritiously. Now, I’m in the stage of my life where I am prioritizing my health and what I consume. Sticking to whole ingredients (most of the time), but not limiting myself to indulgences every so often (non dairy cookie dough ice cream).
This is a reminder that the external care does not equate or replace internal care.
Recently, I had one of the most difficult weeks I had ever experienced. Filled with deadlines, skipping meals just to hustle forward, lack of sleep, unconscious jaw clenching, and isolation. The extent of my unwinding included a glass of wine and conversations with my boyfriend about how I felt I was whirling. It subsided my anxiety a bit but it didn’t dispel it.
Once the weekend came I found some spark of joy in a new eye shadow palette, treated myself to a fancy non dairy cappuccino, painted my nails because I had some social plans lined up. Because, as I said to myself, “I deserve it.”
There was also brushing off the stressful build up from the week and continuing to move forward. We like to believe that we can out of sight, out of mind. Then the thoughts may creep up of you might find yourself over analyzing a situation, anticipation an outcome, etc.