August 21, 2012

How I spent my summer vacation.

At the rate I'm posting, you'd think that I just up and left good ol', but it's not true! All summer long I've been composing posts in my head with all of the fantastic gluten free things I wanted to share with you, but getting them knocked out has been the hard part.  Between all of the summery activities, beautiful weather, and some health issues, coming home to blog all about it is the last thing on my mind.  I'm sure you understand.

To prove I'm wasn't laying dead in a ditch somewhere here's some highlights of how I spent my summer:

  • I became a purely elizabeth. Ambassador! If you haven't heard of purely elizabeth. you are missing out! I remember finding her blog on Blogger in 2009 when I first started blogging. I loved that we shared a name and were both gluten free. She just started a line of gluten free baked goods that were different than all of the rest in that they were gluten free and vegan, organic, low-glycemic, and made with real ingredients (millet! flax! teff! hemp! chia!) I didn't get my hands on a box of blueberry muffin mix until years later and it was love at first bite. When I saw they were launching an Ambassador Program, I jumped at the chance. I was thrilled to be chosen to represent such an amazing company and can't wait to turn all of you guys on to them as well.
  • I lived the dream of the 90s in Portland!  I rarely get to go on vacation. My trip to Vegas a couple years ago only happened because of my cousin's wedding.  This time around I had the chance to have a "Sniecesters' Getway". My mom and her three sisters have sisters' weekends every year and this year they invited their daughters (the nieces) and it was one, big, happy time. I don't see my aunts and cousins as much as I would love to due to the geographic locations of all of us, but when we do it's filled with lots of laughter and sharing/making memories. I'll recap in another post because Portland is one of the most gluten free friendly cities in the US of A and it deserves your full attention.
My poor little adrenals.
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  • I've been battling Adrenal Fatigue. This has been an ongoing health issue for the last couple of years, but this year I reached my breaking point. I can't sleep, I have zero energy, I ache all over, I can't focus or concentrate, and I'm gaining weight like crazy. I've been trying to pinpoint exactly what has been going on for quite some time with no avail until I went back to my go-to natural health center, Trager Healing Center.  I started seeing Dr. Kim in 2000 when I was first diagnosed with celiac disease for general aches and pains. I go back every few years for whatever ails me. This time around I saw Candace for some nutrition help and she's been slowly getting me back on track. I feel noticeably better. I'm definitely not 100% yet, but give it some time and I think I can feel alive again. I've been reading a lot of books on the subject and have a great one for the Gluten Free Betsy Book Club
  • To end on a high note, last but not least, there was a Hello Kitty birthday party for a particularly awesome 3 year old. Who decorated for her own party. And of course no Hello Kitty party is complete without Pin-the-Bow-on-Hello-Kitty.

How was your summer?

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