LET IT SNOW! – WENDY BLANCHARD, M.S.

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This is going to be a rough week of “Old Man Winter,” and “Mother Nature!”  If you are in addiction recovery, these types of days can be tough for some out there.  So, here again, are exciting, fun, and productive activities to keep you busy, and active, that I enjoy doing at home!

Whenever it would snow as my kids were growing up, I would love to bake, and would enlist their help!  I do the same with my grand-daughter, Rosie, when she visits, and I, myself, enjoy creating my “Gl-Airy Free” recipes from my business, Blissfully Gl-Airy Free, on a cold, and stormy winter’s day, or a rainy day.   It warms the house, and my heart, and I love the smell that comes from the oven to fill my home!

I love to exercise, but it wasn’t safe outside to walk today, or drive to the gym, so here are a few choices!  I thought about  either using my Pilates equipment, or watch a YouTube Pilates, or Yoga video, to workout with indoors.  I love to turn the music up, up, up, and dance!  Great cardio, and gets my muscles, and joints moving!

Since I’ve been living on my own, I have had to learn how to shovel the snow, and clean off my car for myself, and it has been liberating!  This is what I chose to do as my “working out” today!  Depending on how much snow we get, I have gone out about every two hours to clean off my car.  I also have to shovel the snow off of my deck, which I find to be great exercise, and it is great to breathe in the fresh air!  I do want to thank my neighbor, Keith, for digging out my car!  It was all dug out for me by the time that I arrived outside! It’s awesome to have caring neighbors who look out for each other!

Of course, if you have kids at home, being outdoors building snowmen/women, making snow angels, or building a fort is fun, and it’s great to be outdoors.  Bundle up, the cold is invigorating!

Clean out a closet that you have been putting off, or the kitchen pantry!  Of course, if you are blessed to have a day off from work, read a book, or watch a movie!  I love to curl up on the couch with my favorite blanket, a cup of tea, and read.  I also love to watch a good movie, and then look out the back door to see the beautiful snow falling.  It gives me a feeling of peace, warmth, and gratitude to have a lovely, warm home to take refuge from the storm, and the cold.

So, if you choose to do some baking, this recipe is so much fun, and “Healthy & Eas-e” to make, especially with the kids!  I bought a bag of gluten free pretzels made by Gratify.  They are sesame seed thins, and are wheat/milk,casein,egg, and lactose free, and have non-GMO ingredients.  I used a bag of  Enjoy Life semi sweet chocolate mini chips which are dairy, nut, and soy free.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave, slowly, in 30 second intervals.  Each microwave is different, so time may vary.  Let the kids, (or you!) dip the pretzels into the chocolate, and place on waxed paper.  Put into freezer for about 1/2 hour, and the kids will probably want to eat it right away!

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I also made gluten/dairy/wheat/soy/nut, and egg free (wow! that’s a mouthful!) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  I found a bread mix by living now at the beautiful Nature’s Pantry in New Windsor, N.Y.  This health food store has everything!    I followed the directions on the box, which calls for 3 eggs, 2 ripe medium bananas, and 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, but I used coconut oil instead.  I think it’s healthier.

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In addition to exercise, and keeping our minds active, I strongly believe that the food we put into our bodies will help us to heal, and feel better, especially for those of us in addiction recovery.  I am now in my eleventh month of addiction recovery, and have been eating, and living “Clean and Green” for most of that time.  I tried about a week of adding gluten and sugar back into my diet to see if it would make a difference, and it certainly has!  I began having widespread pain from Fibromyalgia, and Dr. Gregory diagnosed a widespread inflammation,  that even began to affect my clarity.  I began feeling “brain fog,” which is terrifying.  I am just starting to feel better, but at least I know for sure that I cannot tolerate gluten, or sugar, and I know that I have a lactose intolerance which causes gastrointestinal problems.  I will be providing resources, and information on gluten, and its affects on our bodies, and our minds.

In the meantime, enjoy the snow, get ready for the next one, and stay safe, and warm!

To your good health,

Wendy

 

 

 

 

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