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Let It Go

Hey ya’ll! It’s almost Friday, which means it’s almost Thursday, which means it’s almost my Birthday!! (5/18!) I LOVE Birthdays. This year however, I won’t be celebrating as outlandishly as I did last year, but it will still be a celebration nonetheless! A good friend reminded me that even if the gathering and celebrations are small, every year of life should be worth celebrating…no matter how old you are!

I’m going into this long Birthday weekend on a clean slate. I just made the decision to let one of my very part-time jobs go. While I hemmed and hawed about it, I finally came to the conclusion that doing only five hours of work a week for this particular company was causing me unwanted stress and keeping me from pursuing other goals, like keeping this blog going! It would also interfere with an upcoming design project that I have just started. I will reveal more details soon! I’ll just say that this project will be my most challenging yet. But I am so up for the challenge you have no idea! I live and breathe this stuff (interior design), so I think it will be a wonderful opportunity to let my talents shine.

Although I’m pretty sure I’ll be dreaming of ideas for this project and some things may keep me up at night or wake me early in the morning, but it will be in the best way. And in those moments I will just have to BREATHE and thank my lucky stars at how grateful I am to be given an opportunity to do what I truly LOVE.

I hope ya’ll have a great rest of the week and I’ll be back Friday with my Pictures of The Week.

Xo,

Ellen

 

 

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Update on that Off Feelin’

Hey ya’ll! So to give you an update on how I was feeling last week, I am SO MUCH better this week! I’ve strayed from gluten, dairy, soy, lecithin, and some other oils that are often found in allll the GF chips I like to munch on. The only exception has actually been today, when I have just had three mini Reese’s PB cups. I had a craving for chocolate and did not prepare to bring my own chocolate to work, so in comes the Reese’s.

I’ve been more in tune with my body this week. Really listening to fullness cues and hunger cues, and appreciating when I feel full. I’ve been really nourishing my body and not just feeding it with crappy processed snacks.

See, I’m a full time nanny, and very often snack on their snacks. Not in huge amounts, but I think over time, these processed foods just build up in my system, and finally, the bubble bursts, in the form of an outbreak on my skin, or in extreme bloating.

I’ve always had digestive issues since birth, so it’s not a surprise that every now and then, I have some sort of wake up call that tells me to slow down and re-assess my diet.

In a world where there are TONS of gluten/dairy/soy/nut/oil free humans out there, it has become easier to learn how to live with these limitations or should I say thrive?

It will take work and preparation, but I’m willing to do the work and prepare all the home-cooked meals that I can.

So that’s where I’m at right now.  I’ll be sharing more foods, brands, and recipes that I like that are of course gluten/dairy/soy freeee! So stay tuned!

Xo,

Ellen

 

 

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Feeling Off

Just randomly saying hey here because I don’t know if it’s really relative to be telling, or should I say, boring anyone else about my digestive woes. I could call my mom and describe how I feel like I have a blob of butter or something stuck in my stomach and how GD bloated I feel, to the point where it’s making me anxious and I’m practically inhaling an entire bar of non-GMO, g.luten free, vegan chocolate bar…I’m looking at you Theo Chocolate 😉 And I’m also very inspired by #girlbosses like Laura Lea of Laura Lea Balanced and Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple, who vulnerably share their story and health journeys to the world.

Getting to the point of bloatation here, back up to Monday, I went over to my high school friend Liz’s house, along with a few other high school friends, to have dinner. Liz generously ordered Zoe’s Kitchen. Our take out Mediterranean dinner included chicken and salmon kabobs, orzo, white beans, and a classic Greek salad with allll the Feta 🙂 So I had like one and half plates of this delicious “fast” Mediterranean food, followed by ice cream from the local Gelati Celesti. It was a pretty good portion of ice cream for someone like me who avoids ice cream at all costs, because if I indulge, I will feel sick pretty much in minutes after ingesting said ice cream. Not fun.

This is a different bloating feeling though. I’m still chalking it up to the ice cream, but maybe too it’s some nut butters I O.D.ed on last weekend.

So yeah, I feel so blah. Just off. The more and more I read about all this gluten, dairy free stuff, even grain free, I think I might be the perfect candidate to see for myself and maybe be another foodie “success story”.

I know it will take a lot of work, time, and patience, but I’m willing to put in the work. Lots of trial and error will go down to see what works and what doesn’t work for my body.

Ok, that’s my rant for the night. But really ya’ll, I’m inspired by all the bloggers, foodies, makers, nutritionists, out there, so I’m jumpin’ back on the blog wagon and seeing what difference I can make in this world! (written with sarcasm, but not really/really).

K. {side note: I cannot stand when people text “K”. what is that supposed to mean??? elaborate please!!} Until next time!

Xo,

Ellen

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