The past 5 days of my life were free from LaLaLand as I ventured to Big Bear Lake for a retreat in the mountains to get certified as a Christian Wellness Coach. My days there were filled with many realizations, especially when it came to being better about my own self care before I assist anyone else with theirs.
For the past couple of years, my body hasn’t been operating at full capacity. I’ve experienced some sickness, weakness, and lots of discomfort when it comes to my stomach. Since my body fairly consistently feels abnormal, if I keep eating “everything”, I’ll never be able to tell what the cause, trigger, or issue truly is. Because of this, I have decided to be intentional about cutting out most gluten and dairy products for the next month. If my stomach feels better, I will be able to slowly incorporate different foods back into my diet to see what works and what causes the problems.
For any of you who may be experiencing something similar, are looking for a change, or are simply interested in learning some new, easy, cost effective healthy, gluten-free, and dairy-free recipes, stay tunes as I will be sharing my journey with you right here on the blog! 🙂
There are many reasons why I kept putting off my own self care. I love people SO much, and often prioritize others and will much sooner focus on their needs and completely forget that I have needs of my own. Another factor being my business, not always having the time in my schedule to prioritize and spend tons of time on food (which is why I will be posting lots of EASY, quick recipes!). Also, I like to stay within my budget, and definitely struggled with realizing it is not only necessary but biblical to invest in my own wellness.
In Chronicles 29:2-5, David, the king, speaks about what was invested in bringing only the best to the house of God:
“I’ve done my best to get everything together for building this house for my God, all the materials necessary: gold, silver, bronze, iron, lumber, precious and varicolored stones, and building stones—vast stockpiles. Furthermore, because my heart is in this, in addition to and beyond what I have gathered, I’m turning over my personal fortune of gold and silver for making this place of worship for my God: 3,000 talents (about 113 tons) of gold—all from Ophir, the best—and 7,000 talents (214 tons) of silver for covering the walls of the buildings, and for the gold and silver work by craftsmen and artisans.”
If we know that our bodies are a temple that the Holy Spirit abides in, why would we not treat our bodies the same way? Clearly, what I have been putting in my body is not working for me, and it is not creating a healthy temple that glorifies God. It is time for change, and it is time to clean out the temple! 🙂
My first gluten-free fall recipe for you is perfect for a chilly evening! It will give your cold night a spicy kick!
Gluten-Free Pad Thai with Spicy Peanut Sauce
-1 box of gluten-free pad thai noodles of your choice (I’ve tried a few different types and really love the texture of Annie Chun’s, which you can find at any grocery store)
-2 teaspoons of honey
-A dash of garlic powder to taste (you can also use 3 garlic cloves minced if you have the time and funds)
-3 tablespoons of Tamari gluten-free soy sauce (you are free to use regular soy sauce if gluten is not a serious issue for you)
-A dash of cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it!)
-4 teaspoons of coconut oil
-1/4 cup smooth, all natural peanut butter
-A dash of fresh lemon juice to taste
-Sprinkle of sesame seeds.
-Cook the noodles according to the directions on the box.
-In a medium sauce pan, slowly melt your coconut oil on low.
-Slowly add the peanut butter, honey, tamari, garlic, cayenne, and lemon juice.
-Keep the heat on low, and whisk often until hot and smoothly mixed.
-Drain your noodles and add them to your sauce mixture.
-Mix well, toss, and garnish with your sprinkle of sesame seeds.
You can get really creative with this recipe! That’s the fun of cooking! Turn it into a stir-fry by adding cabbage, steak, chicken, carrots, or kale.
Eating right can be fun, easy, cost-effective, creative, and tasty! Stay tuned with me on this journey as we treat our bodies as temples and fill them with only the best!