Setbacks and New Beginnings

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This announcement has been a long time coming and I’ve been putting it off like paying off a sad parking ticket, but I’ve decided to put Little Bliss Nutrition on hiatus. As of last month I’m finally back in school, pursuing my passion — food and holistic health! This is only a minor setback, but I’ll be back, and hopefully as a professional Registered Dietitian.

The end goal seems miles away, but no matter how exhausting this process, the next few years will come and go whether I start or not.

When I started this blog about a year and a half ago, I was coming out of a transition place in my life. I had plans to pursue my graduate studies when I became extremely ill and had to stop. At first it was really hard watching my friends get ahead while I was taking a step backwards. But it’s a funny thing how things turn out. Getting sick lead me to seeking the help of a Dietitian/Nutritionist, which lead me to sharing my experience and ideas on this blog, which now has lead me to changing my career plans to holistic health.

I have plans of where I’d like to take my writing and cooking on this blog, but for now I’m taking time off to focus on school and work. I’ll be posting short thingamajigs to my blog Facebook page. You can follow there or enter your email in the side bar to get notified when I return. Until then, thanks for all your support, and as always..

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Photography: Priyanka Chandra

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Zardozi Magazine Feature

This post is a little overdue, but with the hum drum of the holidays, and with recently being in rehearsals for the music video shoot of “Empire Vampire” for The Goodnight Darlings it didn’t dawn on me until now that the interview I did with Zardozi Magazine months ago was published. So here it is, better late than never, the Fall/Winter 2014 issue, pages 96-97. Check them out and support them. Thank you Zardozi Magazine for the feature and beautiful write-up. I hope to keep spreading the word of health, positivity, and happiness in 2015!

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Photography credits: Bottom left: Rakhi Roy; Top right: Priyanka Chandra; Middle right: Rakhi Roy; Bottom right: Priyanka Chandra

Featured posts: Valentine’s Gluten Free Dairy Free Heart Tarts ; Coconut Bliss Ice Cream New Flavors ReviewOat Flour Crepes Recipe

Bliss: Surprising My Parents

Happy June all! I had been taking a break from my regular blogging posts last month to refocus my attention to some exciting new projects and one of them was throwing together a surprise 30th Anniversary party for my parents. My brother and I were too young at the time of their 25th Anniversary to put something together so we figured 30 years was a great milestone to show our parents how much we really appreciate them.

Let me first say the amount of stress I endured from trying to keep this all a secret from my mom who is the biggest detective in the world was no easy feat. The 30th Anniversary theme was pearls so we decked the party in white, ivory, and pearls and made it a ‘White Attire Party’. Oh yea, that was another challenge, getting my parents to wear all white to their own party. We told them it was a white dinner party at a family-friend’s house and that the party started at 8pm when really it was 7pm. The strings I had to pull and having my brother come in from out of town to surprise our parents were all worth it in the end to see the joy on their faces.

So this is all for you Mom and Dad, thanks for showing us what selfless love really is, not the easy fairy tales, but true working love. Happy 30 and beyond!

Candid moment when they walked through the door

Candid moment when they walked through the door

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Setting off Sky Lanterns for Well Wishes

Setting off Sky Lanterns for Well Wishes

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NYC, 1984

NYC, 1984

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May Blogger Spotlight

Hello again I’m back! I had to take two weeks off from Little Bliss Book to refocus my attention due to a packed filming and work schedule and projects I’ve been working on, but not a day would go by that I would not think about writing or connecting with you all. Over the past few months I was able to connect with a great blogger named Jay of raiseyourself.net. He has a great message and is this month’s featured blogger.

But first, what is Monthly Blogger Spotlights?

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It’s a way to introduce great blogs of all different genres here on Little Bliss Book. The featured blogger will be featured in the sidebar for the month and also get a shout out on the Little Bliss Book Facebook page. You can submit your blog yourself or nominate someone.Here’s how it works…

The rules are simple:

1) Are we friends? If you’re following Little Bliss Book via WordPress, Email and one other blogging platformFacebook/Bloglovin/Google +/Pinterest you can submit even if you’re self-hosted or a blogger on Blogspot.

2) Contact me! Click on ‘Contact’ at the top of this page on the menu bar and briefly explain what your blog is about like this:

I’m a Bliss follower, yoga and DIY enthusiast, Amateur Chef focused on Gluten-soy-free clean eating, and eczema-free living

Mention who your general audience is, something interesting about you, and if you could follow your bliss what would it be and why.

3) Send me a quote! Who doesn’t love a good quote. I like bottling words of wisdom and inspiration and making it sharable to everyone so send in a quote to feature as well.

Here’s what Jay had to say…

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1) The main audience for my blog are those who are looking for more out of life and are sick and tired of the normal routine of going to work and coming back home, just as I did. I am hoping that my blog will provide people with the necessary motivation and inspiration to make some positive changes in their lives. I feel the World will be a much better place if everyone started to feel much better about themselves by being more positive through self development and awareness.
2) Something interesting about me, mmmm! I am a pescatarian and I like to wear cardigans! I just bought a new cardigan over the weekend! I truly believe that anyone can make it in life as long as they have a burning desire in knowing what they want and going after it. All we need to know is our purpose in life.
3) My bliss would be to live life to its absolute fullest, by being able to do whatever I want whenever I want and not having to worry about job/work commitments. I feel that way I will have more control over my life, rather than be dictated to on what my life should be and how I should be living it.
4) A quote that I love and that always makes my hairs stand on end, is a quote by the late Steve Jobs:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

March Blogger Spotlight!

Happy Monday! As mentioned in last month’s February Blogger Spotlight Post, I will be doing random monthly features here on Little Bliss Book. So drum roll please, our March Blogger Spotlight goes to Debby of http://MySpecificCarbohydrateDiet.com. She’s just an inspiring ‘girl sitting front of her blog, asking her belly to love her’. Scroll down to read more and check out her page. I’m still looking for more people to submit for next month. Your blog can be on any genre, so don’t be shy and enter. Just do it! 

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Want to be featured next month?

The rules are simple:

1) Are we friends? If you’re following Little Bliss Book via WordPress, Email and one other blogging platform Facebook/Bloglovin/Google +/Pinterest you can submit even if you’re self-hosted or a blogger on Blogspot.

2) Contact me! Click on ‘Contact’ at the top of this page on the menu bar and briefly explain what your blog is about like this:

I’m a Bliss follower, yoga and DIY enthusiast, Amateur Chef focused on Gluten-soy-free clean eating, and eczema-free living

Mention who your general audience is, something interesting about you, and if you could follow your bliss what would it be and why.

3) Send me a quote! Who doesn’t love a good quote. I like bottling words of wisdom and inspiration and making it sharable to everyone so send in a quote to feature as well.

Bloggers will be selected at random on the last Saturday of the month and be contacted the next day to feature on the first Monday of the month. Along with being featured in a post, you’ll be featured in the sidebar Monthly Blogger Spotlight.

So get ready and introduce yourself, I look forward to reading your submissions and blogs!

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What’s your blog about?

I’m keeping a blog that follows my first 90 days on the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), because when I decided to embark on this extremely tough diet, it was the most challenging thing I’d had to do in a long time – and all I really wanted was to know how it *felt* to be on this diet every day for 90 days. I couldn’t really find anything like that, so I decided to create it myself, for anyone else who is doing SCD or thinking of doing it. It’s also helping me stick to my 90-day commitment, by committing to a daily blog post, and it’s something that I’ll definitely continue afterwards. My honest, detailed daily account could, I believe, be really helpful to others who are unsure, apprehensive or just needing support on this diet.

What’s something interesting about yourself?

Interesting about me. Hmmm. I live in Cape Town and I’ve travelled all over the world. My favorite childhood memory is of my dad leaving two-finger Kit Kats or boxes of Smarties next to the TV, every Saturday morning, for my sister and I, for when we’d get up early to watch TV. My first job was on a radio station, and I would give my left kidney to see the Spice Girls in concert (yes, even now!). I came out when I was 27 and I shocked my whole family and most of my friends. They all recovered and now I have a wonderful partner and no one can remember a time before her. I like to make sandwiches out of two slices of fresh cucumber and a cooked egg yolk (this is a no-judge zone, right?), and the best baker I know is my Dad. I miss his raisin cake soooo much! I suck at frying eggs but I am proud to have mastered cooking a good steak. I can do push ups and ‘wiggle’ my eyeballs.

Follow your bliss…

If I could follow my bliss, I’d move to Thailand and spend my days fulfilling my copywriting commitments on the beaches of Koh Phangang. Both the Thai cuisine and the climate agrees with me beautifully.

My favorite quotes – I have a few:

Transformation is not a future event; it’s a present day activity – Jillian Michaels
Your health is your responsibility – Jillian Michaels
What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.
You get what you give – The New Radicals

What’s in my Birthday Gift Bag?

Happy Sunday! I’m having a lazy Sunday to be honest. The sun is out and shining, the palm trees are swaying, March is beginning to feel more like summer, and I somehow managed to get myself ready this morning only to find my way back into bed.

Spending a lazy Sunday in my new Hogwarts henley that I received for my birthday.

Spending a lazy Sunday in my new Hogwarts henley that I received as a birthday gift

I shared with you on my Have The Courage To Fail In Order To Succeed post Wednesday that it was my birthday last week.Thank you everyone who wished me a happy birthday, I felt spoiled rotten. I received some amazing gifts, spent a memorable night out with friends for drinks, appetizers, and a game of laser tag because that’s just what grown people do, and I received an unexpected present from my parents that took me by surprise.

My coworkers managed to surprise me with strawberry shortcake, my favorite and a chocolate bouquet They weren’t gluten or soy free, but what’s a birthday without some cake. I was good and had only a slice and gave everything else away.

My best friend gifted me with these cute pastel arm bracelets. I wear them everyday now.

Wish. Grow. Dream. Hope.

As you know, I like blissful little sayings and books, and my best friend also got me this inspiring book written by Demi Lovato. It has a inspiring message for every day of the year. I particulary like the message for tomorrow March 3rd.

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

– Ayn Rand

 

So tonight I’ll wrap up my Sunday by making dinner and watching The Academy Awards, fingers crossed for Leonardo Dicaprio to finally win that Oscar that he’s been deserving of.

What’s your Sunday like?

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Have The Courage To Fail In Order To Succeed

It was my birthday yesterday, and like clockwork, my parents always present me with a card every year, but this year’s card took me by surprise. Every child wants to make their parents proud one day by accomplishing something, an end goal, get that corner office, have their work published, have a big title, etc. But to read that it’s not what I’ve achieved, or rather lack thereof since I’m still just starting out on my career that makes my parents proud, but rather by having resilience in the PROCESS even in spite of failures and drawbacks gives me courage to continue. We focus so much on the end result that sometimes we forget it’s the middle road that shows the true character of a person. We never stop to think that our stumbles can be pride-worthy, but to our parents eyes they are. Thank you Mom and Dad for being the supportive parents you have been for the last 24 years and for allowing me to pursue my dreams against a status quo and for believing that driving to be happy regardless of anything or anyone else in life is enough.

Cured on a Film Set?

Earlier this past week I was filming on set for a short which explains my lack of posts since Monday. But I’m back.

In the film world, as they say, early is on time, on time is late. Filming is a perpetual game of ‘hurry up and wait’. Setting up, breaking down set, moving camera equipment, and multiple takes later you’re still running out of time…and film. So back to my ‘cure’.

Behind the scenes

 I have an on-going list of food allergies so I basically eat clean and am very careful with what I put in my body. When craft services asked me about my food allergies on set, I didn’t want to burden anyone and list out my ridiculous list, so I just stated the major ones like peanuts and seafood. I figured I would just bring my own snacks and cross my fingers that the day’s catered lunch wasn’t going to make me sick or cause me to break out in hives.

My first day on set my skin was slightly broken out in eczema so I was careful with how I ate. The three days of shooting after that I ended up leaving my snacks at home and started eating the food on set just to see if my immunity had improved since I had been avoiding those foods for so long. Not only did my skin NOT break out, but it cleared up completely. The only reasoning I can think of why my skin healed and why I didn’t get sick was because my stress levels were virtually non-existent. I was doing what I loved. Outside of acting, I work a traditional corporate job and with it comes a large amount of stress. Stress I didn’t realize was affecting my autoimmune disease until this week. So I’m starting to think stress has more to do with my food allergies than the foods itself. It’s an important revelation that’ll help me continue healing on my journey. Just goes to show your mind is much stronger than your body.

This post is a part of Fiesta Friday on The Novice Gardener