Spicy Tuna Salad and everything else you are missing!

Don’t forget to skip on over to HDasher.com and subscribe! I’ll be posting there from now on and it’s ad free!! Check out my recipes for Roasted Pepper Enchilada Sauce and for Spicy Tuna Salad while you’re there! See you soon.

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I’ve Moved!

Hey friends!  I have been working on my blog behind the scenes and there will be a few changes coming up.  The biggest, and the best, is that it will now be ad free!  Woo Hoo!!  There’s one thing though, you will need to re-follow at http://hdasher.com/.  I hope you will!  All of my old posts will be there along with the recipe for what I had for lunch today.  You won’t want to miss it.  I hope to see you there!

Sarah

Eat What Makes YOU Feel Good

If you spend any time at all on social media I’m sure you have seen how caught up we all are in diets.  Whether we are restricting calories, carbs, grains, dairy, all animal products, sugar… you name it, there is someone who wouldn’t touch it with a 9 ft. long fork.  Paying attention to what you eat, or don’t eat, is a good thing until you start to focus on the restrictions and not what you are actually consuming.  Yes, french fries are vegan, grain, and sugar free but are they good for you?  How about all the “diet” and “fat free” foods you can find on the shelves of just about any grocery store you come across?  Butter has absolutely no business being fat free, neither does cream cheese.  Or how about the vegetarian meat products.  Have you ever read the labels?  When my family became vegetarian we relied heavily on those Frankenfoods and felt good about it just because no animals were harmed in the making of our chickain’t patties.

Boogers are 100% natural and don't cost a dime!  But we can do better than that, I think.

Boogers are 100% natural and don’t cost a dime! But we can do better than that, I think.

In my quest to heal my hypothyroidism naturally I have done a ton of reading about diet and how much food really does affect our health.  You are, literally, what you eat.  A friend recently encouraged me to start keeping a food journal and it has been invaluable in figuring what is and is not working out for me food-wise.  It does take a bit of discipline but paying attention to what your body is telling you is so worth it. Try it for a week or so, you might be surprised by how much your body will tell you if you pay attention.  Some people are just fine eating dairy in moderation, others can’t tolerate it.  Same goes for grains, caffeine, and nuts and seeds.  You may not be full on intolerant or allergic, but most everyone has some type of sensitivity to something thanks to GMO’s and the toxins we absorb daily.  Whatever you eat, make sure it’s real food and not a bunch of chemicals shaped, dyed, and scented to look like food.

Bison Stuffed Bell Peppers.  Recipe coming soon.

Bison Stuffed Bell Peppers. Recipe coming soon.

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently cut gluten from my diet.  I have an autoimmune disease and gluten was feeding the problem.  I have been making a very careful effort to focus on what I can eat rather than trying to desperately fill the bread void.  Not that I haven’t baked some yummy gluten free breads and scones but I’m focusing on filling the gluten gap with vegetables, ancient grains, and grass fed, hormone free meats (in moderation).  I have almost eliminated packaged foods from my diet and I am feeling pretty great, even with my hypothyroid.  I haven’t spent any more time cooking than normal and our grocery bill has actually gone down a bit since we quit buying packaged items and bread.

Dirty dishes are still the bane of my existence.  I'm pretty sure this stack is going to collapse tonight at 3 a.m.

Dirty dishes are still the bane of my existence. I’m pretty sure this stack is going to collapse tonight at 3 a.m.

Life. And living life. It gets real, ya’ll.

Choose joy

Hey friends!  Can I still call you that after so long away?  I hope so.  I have been beating myself up for being such a terribly irresponsible blogger and have been finding it hard to post my first second first post.  Does that make sense?  I have let life take the best of me for the past few (several) months and I have been working on changing that mindset lately.

Let me start by saying that I hope this post inspires and encourages you to move past whatever is holding you back.  Monkeys will throw poo at the ceiling fan, it’s inevitable.  The only thing you can control is how you react.  Life is life, good or bad, and it should never be intimidating.  Life is a gift and it should never be underestimated or underappreciated.  You will find some pretty funny descriptions of things you might find in a gift box on SNL, or you might find a hand knitted sweater from Granny Fanny under the tree, or Aunt Matilda’s “prized” fruitcake, or plane tickets to Bermuda.  My point is, there are happy, content people all over the world and I believe it is by choice rather than circumstance.

Don’t get me wrong.  I live in a nice, safe condo with clean wood floors, running water and electricity.  There is even a pool out back.  Yes, I have had a few setbacks (changes) these past few months that I allowed to get the best of me.  Moving back to the city of Los Angeles was rough.  I’m not a big city girl.  I dislike crowds and name dropping, more perfecter always people.  Then I caught a chronic cold which turned into pneumonia, along with a temperature of over 106 degrees.  If you have never had pneumonia, do your best to stay that way.  It takes a long time to get over, even with a very healthy diet.  Then came another big move in the works, a good move actually, but still a big change.  We are headed to Bend, OR.  There are seasons there, people actually go out without makeup and their ponytails are probably not teased into a bouffant.  Hiking is way more accepted than “dieting”.  People have dogs who aren’t groomed and the women drink beer.  Sign me up… sort of.  Read on.

One last huge change that gets its own paragraph because I will probably be mentioning it in the future, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  In the last few months I gained 20 pounds even with a very healthy diet and exercise, my hair thinned, I got more cranky than the average bear, my brain got foggy, and just waking up exhausted me.  I am choosing to heal my thyroid with my diet rather than to start taking hormones or drugs which is not a prescribed or popular decision.  This will not become a “thyroid” blog but I do hope to offer useful information to those who are suffering from thyroid conditions or any auto immune disorder.

I know you will still find value here.  I’ll continue to post healthy recipes though they will mostly be gluten free and I’ll post my WHY soon, any wisdom I gain or humor I have to share will be found here, and if I happen to find an all natural mascara I love, you will be the first to know.  I won’t post every 3rd day or whatever.  I’ll post when I have something of value, or if I think it has value, or if I have a single malt scotch or two (it truly IS gluten free!!  Yay!).

Thanks for sticking around.  The future is bright.  🙂