Hey friends! I did it! 30 days (well, technically 40, bc I forgot to take my ‘before’ pic until ten days in…. so I had to restart my count) without using any heat on my hair – no blowdryer, no flat iron, no curling wand, nada. I’ve noticed a huge difference in the health of my hair, which definitely motivates me to continue using little-to-no heat on my hair. I think if I keep this up, drink my collegen powder, and get regular trims I’ll have some pretty long hair by this time next year 🙂 Well, long by my standards at least…. Read The Post
I’ve heard that one thing a lot of people struggle with when they first start eating Paleo is what to have for breakfast. Out go the cereal and the toast and oatmeal and waffles, leaving you with…. eggs? What if you don’t like eggs? Or are allergic? Or after a month you’ve started just about gagging looking at an egg, thinking, please don’t make me eat eggs again this morning noooooooo…
Thankfully for myself, I don’t really get tired of eggs, but even so, I like to mix it up every once in a while and have something else. Paleo-fied granola is the perfect answer to your breakfast problem: healthier than traditional granola (no refined sugar, no grains), very filling (lots of fat from the nuts + coconut oil, a little boost of energy with the raisins + maple syrup), and super delicious. I like mixing my Paleo cinnamon raisin granola with fruit (apple, pomegranate aerils, or strawberries are my top choices) and topping with almond milk, but feel free to try it with some coconut yogurt (or your favorite yogurt). as a topping for a smoothie, or just by the handful 🙂 However you like your granola, I think you’ll find this one pretty hard to resist!
Well, it’s been a minute since I did any updates on what’s new with my medical journey, so let’s dive right in!
Since I last gave a health update, I spent a few months not really moving forward with anything. Then, in the last month or two, with the help of my coworker, have been doing some research into autoimmune disorders wondering if that could be the cause of my problems. A lot of symptoms matched up with several autoimmune disorders: my swollen, painful gums, joint pain, fatigue, dizziness, tingling hands, the list goes on. One disorder we kept coming back to: SLE, more commonly referred to as Lupus.
I turn 25 in less than two months, and I finally think I’m starting to feel like an adult. Or, more accurately, I think people assume I am an adult. It’s weird.
One day I was looking in the mirror and looked a little closer… then a little closer….. and realized. My eyes are starting to get a little wrinkly. GREAT. Now I’m just a 24-year old adult who’s getting all old and wrinkly. I decided it’s time to start taking a little bit better care of my skin. Gotta keep the moneymaker looking fresh, amiright?
Hello friends! It’s been a fucking minute, hasn’t it? My apologies, it’s just that winter is stealing my soul and with it all my inspiration and ambition. I am 100% absolutely ready for Spring. One thing that’s been inspiring me so much lately, though? HAIR. All the hair. My hair is something of a hot mess right now, but I’m feeling very hopeful about what the future holds for my hair and how I’ll get there. This past year, I’ve made a few (beautiful) hair mistakes, which only makes me reflect on the past 10 years’ worth of (not always beautiful) hair mistakes and finally, what I’ve learned. Mostly what-not-to-do’s. I think we all have a few of those, am I right?
My hair journey has been colorful, damaging, and impulsive. I love dying my hair, I love bright colors, I love it all, but back in 2007-2011, I wasn’t super familiar with how it all works and why was my hair falling out??? Since then, I’ve learned a lot about bleach, toner (what an amazing thing, that you don’t have to bleach the literal shit out of your hair to get it that blonde??), and more. I’ve decided to quit bleaching my hair for awhile, as heartbroken as I am not to be bright and beautifully blonde anymore, I know I need to do it for the health of my hair. I’ve also decided to quit using any heat tools on my hair for a while; 10 days into my no-heat plan and my hair is already looking so much healthier.
Have you hopped onto the nourish bowl train? This is one health food trend I’m already 100% behind, because my ideal eating situation is always out of a bowl. Everything all mixed up together, lots of sauce, toppings, and crunchies. A good nourish bowl, or macrobowl, requires a few things for me: The basics (protein, grain/carb, and veggies), sauce, and crunchy toppings. Today’s nourish bowl is all about staying warm and eating hearty for the cold days we’ve been having: brown rice, grilled chicken, roasted cauliflower, mandarin oranges, and fresh veggies. All topped off with a delicious homemade peanut sauce and sesame seeds for crunchies 🙂 Expect to see a lot more yummy bowls coming up, because this is basically how I’ve been eating all of my meals lately!
Have you heard of New Wash yet? It’s a new way to “wash” your hair without the use of any detergents (SLS or other foaming agents) and instead uses aloe vera and essential oils to clean the dirt and sweat from your hair without drying it out. Since New Wash doesn’t strip your hair of all its oils, there’s no need for conditioner after. Ooh, that has me QUITE skeptical. It also claims to be appropriate for all hair types, from thick and curly to thin and flat to color treated to natural. Hmmmm.
This is what I’m dealing with in terms of hair: fine and thin, bleach damaged, flat on top with frizzy, poofy ends. You can read my whole hairstory here for more detail. My hair has been pissing me off and is not in good shape. I’ve cut quite a bit off, but unless I go back to a pixie cut (plz no) there’s going to be some damage which I’ll slowly grow out and trim. I’m ready for a life-changing product, as New Wash claims to be. The packaging tells me it can take up to two weeks for your hair and scalp to adjust to New Wash vs conventional shampoos, so I used New Wash for ten days to get a good taste of how my hair reacts to New Wash before sharing my review. Here’s how New Wash worked for me!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I hate to say this….. but I’m glad Christmas is over. Who am I??? I’m usually so so sad once the holidays are over, I just want to go into hibernation and skip January and February. In all seriousness though, this month has been really difficult. If you’ve noticed I haven’t been posting, it’s because there has been a lot of things going on that have been taking my attention. I will be working harder at the start of the year to get back on track with posting and especially bringing new recipes to Odessa Darling.
While doing my “research” for this post (cough, cough, pinteresting and instagramming) I’ve come to the conclusion that I just want to bake (and eat) all the recipes. I’m having such a hard time deciding what I’ll end up baking for my family & friends because I’m so torn! It’s like picking a favorite child. Or cookie, I suppose. I can’t believe it’s almost time again! I feel like I was just baking my Christmas cookies a few months ago, this year has flown by so quickly.
As our Christmas plans fall into place, I have to plan my baking days. We are busy! At least the weekend before Christmas, we have something going on all three days (work party, family white elephant, Dad’s birthday) but I’ll have to manage some time for cookies because…. cookies, you know?
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is, and probably always will be, spending days in the kitchen covering myself in butter and flour and ending up with literal mountains of cookies. That sentence would have been a little weird if I hadn’t added the cookie part… (forever laughing at my own jokes). ANYWAY. My mom and I would always spend the days before Christmas baking up a storm, and even after I’ve started doing my Christmas baking solo, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without it.
I’ve gathered up a bunch of Christmas baking recipes and divided them into two camps: the allergen friendly cookies & other treats, some of which are actually sort of healthy and some which are indulgent but catered to your needs, and the classic gluten and dairy filled versions for those of you who can enjoy them 🙂
Today, I’ll be sharing the gluten free, vegan, and paleo versions of my favorite Christmas cookies, bars, and candies. Onto the recipes!