Hellooo! Once again I feel like its been forever since I’ve posted, and it’s sad. I miss you all. Life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately. I was in Europe for 2 weeks about a month ago, and had the greatest time in Iceland, Paris, and Amsterdam. Upon returning, I did another round of the Alchemy 365 challenge, a Whole 30-ish nutrition challenge with the members of my gym. I was feeling great, and even got back into ketosis, until I started having terrible gall bladder attacks. I had no idea what was happening the first time and ended up in the hospital in some of the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I’ve known for a while that my gallbladder doesn’t function too well, and now I’ve developed stones because of that. Current signs are pointing towards having it removed, but I’d like to keep all of my organs if possible. Would love to hear any suggestions you might have if you’ve gone through this!
Shortly after my hospital visit, my relationship ended. If I thought having a gallstone stuck in a biliary duct was painful, I was in for a rude awakening. Breakups suck. Time really is the only thing you can give yourself. I just recently picked up Rupi Kaur’s new book, The Sun and Her Flowers. The first part of the book -wilting – feels so spot on to how I’m feeling. It’s a beautiful book, and you should definitely read it if you haven’t.
Despite feeling down, I continued on with my 10k training and ended up PRing the course for both my 5k and 10k times! After realizing I could do a 10k without dying, I signed up to run my first 10 mile race on Oct 28th, as well as my first half marathon next summer!! I’m super nervous, but training for this race has really helped with the healing process, too. It’s given me a goal to focus on, a training schedule to take up some of my free time, and exercise to help exhaust myself mentally/physically. My normal fitness routine never really has a defined goal – just generic goals like “lift heavier”, “get more reps”, “climb harder”. It’s been a really unique experience to have a defined goal with a set training plan that I’m working towards. So if you’re going through a hardship of your own, I would 100% recommend setting some sort of physical goal for yourself, and train for it. It helps so much.
Lastly, a few new girl friends and myself went down to Chicago this last weekend for the Tone It Up tour! Although the tour had some glitches that kind of bummed us out, the weekend as a whole was so much fun! We stayed in an AirBnB, went out for good food and drinks, and drank a ton of rose together. It was perfect, and another great way to get my mind off things! So tip #2 for dealing with heartache – spend time with friends.
Between my fitness goals/training, personal hardships, and health issues – it’s been really tough to feel inspired to develop recipes. So I apologize for my absence in that regard. However, I’ve recently been seeing these little no bake pumpkin pie jars! They looked so cute and delicious, but every one always contained either grains, dairy, refined sugar, or all of the above. So naturally, I set out to make one that was totally paleo – no grains, no dairy, and naturally sweetened!
No Bake Pumpkin Pie – Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo
These little no bake pie jars are so easy to make! One things that you NEED to do beforehand, though, is place 2 can of coconut CREAM (not milk) in your refrigerator overnight. If your coco cream is at all warm and liquidy, this recipe will not work. You’re also going to need some paleo/grain-free granola. I LOVE using my Homemade Paleo Granola, but you can use a store bought brand as well. Once you have these 2 things, you’re ready to build your pumpkin pie!