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!
I’m so happy the election is over so we can move on with our lives…. said nobody. BUT, I’m not going to be bringing it up anymore. Let my blog be a happy place for those of you who, like me, need a place on the internet that isn’t oversaturated with politics and misery. So, let’s dive right in and just talk about this granola, mmkay? More specifically, salted caramel granola. Paleo, gluten free, grain free, vegan, delicious salted caramel granola. This granola is a more subtle approach to seasonal treats that isn’t uh… unnecessarily doused in pumpkin spice. NOT A FAN. Sorry not sorry. Pumpkin spice, step aside for salted caramel, the real winner of Fall. We all know it, right?
Well, it’s been a while since I talked about my stomach problems and at this exact moment, I’m being constantly reminded ‘hey I exist remember me’ by what I refer to as the baby sharks in my stomach SO let’s dive right in, shall we?
The last time I updated, I talked about the low sulfur diet my naturopath had me on to see if sulfur and sulfates were the root of my stomach problems. Spoiler alert: they’re not. With the huge amounts of elimination diets I’ve been doing this year, my naturopath and I have basically come to the conclusion that more likely than not, my problems are not due to the foods I’m eating (to an extent, I’ll still be following a mostly-Paleo diet because it does make a difference to cut out grains and dairy), but rather the fact that my insides just do not work the way we need them to. My pancreas doesn’t release enzymes when it’s supposed to, my gallbladder doesn’t produce enough bile to break down the foods I’m eating, and my digestion is slow and painful. The frustrating thing is that we can know all of that, but it doesn’t lead us to a solution. How to make me feel better.
Hello hello! As my search for the best of natural and organic makeup goes on, there’s a product I haven’t seen much of: color correcting concealers. As someone who deals with breakouts, flushed red skin, and dark undereye circles, I can certainly use a little help. A quick google search for ‘natural green concealer’ brought me to Glory Boon Wholesome Cosmetics, an organic and natural makeup shop on Etsy. Glory Boon creates safe and detoxed cosmetics in small batches, and for natural makeup, the price is pretty dang good.
Happy Hallow’s Eve!
I know this is such a ~basic~ thing, but I really do love Halloween. Not so much for the candy anymore, but I adore seeing other people’s creativity expressed through incredible makeup and costumes. I love the cold, chilly night Halloween always seems to fall upon, the crunchy leaves on the ground, and of course, all the Halloween episodes of my fave shows. You can’t deny they’re always the best, am I right?? J and I just finished American Horror Story Hotel, and I loooooved the Halloween episode. So spooky. Yes, I know I’m a year behind everyone else. Also, I hate PLL, but the Halloween episodes? THE BEST!
I can’t believe that October marks 11 months of blogging on Odessa Darling! It’s been a year of growth, both with blogging and personally. I’ve been facing a lot of issues head-on that I’ve been avoiding the past few years and all that’s coming back to me is good and pushes me to keep going. I’ve grown up a lot this past year. I’m a lot different than I was last October, and not just because I’m blonde now. I’m doing better and better keeping toxic thoughts from my head, toxic things out of my body, and learning how to take care of myself. I still fail and fall down, but I’m able to pick myself up a hell of a lot faster than I used to.