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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It can wait — No it can’t

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I wish I could tell you that I didn’t just finish half of this chocolate bar by myself, but I’d be lying, because I ate the emotional crap out of it.

I have about every burner on my kitchen stove going and I’m waiting for dinner to get done. Word to the wise — don’t wait until you’re starving to start making dinner because you’ll probably be reaching for anything in your pantry at that point to hold you over until you’re done cooking in desperation. Or on a bigger scope of things, don’t wait to start anything in life. Don’t wait for permission, don’t wait for “the right time”, don’t wait for when things “feel right” because you’ll be stuck in the waiting room forever.

“Good things come to those who wait” some say, but waiting around doesn’t bring about good things, that’s luck. When you break it down, luck really favors those who take more chances and create opportunities for themselves. I think the saying should be changed to “Good things come to those who persevere.” The difference between waiting and persevering is that one lends itself to passivity  while the other requires the act of pursuit. Perseverance teaches you to be resourceful with what you have while you’re working towards what you don’t have (yet). If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done. What do you have and what do you need? What will you need to do in order to get it? Write it down and have a clear vision. If you come to a fork in the road, that’s really just a growth spurt in disguise; it’s there to teach you something. Listen to it, and cross that bridge. Whatever you do though, don’t neglect the relationships in your life. Those can be the fastest bridges to burn if you lead with too much haste. In the end make your move and don’t wait too long or it’ll taste a lot like the bottom of this empty dark chocolate wrapper. You may wish and wait all you want for it to reappear but you’re better off looking for food elsewhere.

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By the way, don’t get this chocolate, it wasn’t sweet or bitter. It was the most confusing piece of chocolate I’ve ever had.

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Blogiversary and My Favorite Mistake

It’s officially been 1 year since I started this blog and close to 100 posts later, I thought it would be fun to answer what I’ve learned over the past year.

 Is there a mistake you’ve made that turned out to be a blessing – or otherwise changed your life for the better?

 I could probably name a few, but for time’s sake and to keep this post relevant I would say my favorite mistake would probably be of me posting my first selfie, seatbelt in the car and all. I’ll save myself the embarrassment of not re-posting myself making a duck face sipping on a straw from a smoothie cup. I was on an elimination diet last year and on a whim I decided to publicly announce to the world that I was going to start eating clean and as proof, I took a quick self portrait with my first green juice. The second I hit ‘Share’ I felt like I had made a mistake and I wanted to take it all back. Before I could take it down a few ‘likes’ and comments had already started to trickle in so at that point I figured I might as well just keep it up. I didn’t check my phone for the rest of the day, but when I did, all the feedback was positive. People were asking me what I was eating, why I was doing it, and if the symptoms of my autoimmune disease were improving. I was touched that people were even curious to begin with. It inspired me to post recipes and foodie pics and eventually when answering questions on how to start a detox became redundant, I decided to start Little Bliss Book, a playbook on food, positive thinking, and finding bliss in the little things. So my little accident became my favorite mistake, and my favorite mistake lead to this blog.

A look at my first post:

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Some other takeaways I learned from blogging this past year were:

1. Learning to really cook.

I learned where my ingredients were truly coming from, I learned to read ‘labels’, and since I couldn’t rely on jarred bottles and sauces to cook anymore I learned to cook from scratch the old-fashion way, through trial and error, but mostly through error. Unfortunately.

2. Patience.

I think I believed I was going to become a great cook overnight. HA! I’d spend some weekends frustrated in the kitchen when I had no clue what I was doing. I wanted to quit sometimes and go back to the days of pre-processed foods and then I remembered I had a blog and I had to be accountable.

3. Accountability

Do what you’re going to say you’re going to do and stick with it. If you feel like you’ve failed, just try again. Repetition makes habit, and sometimes that habit can take months to stick.

4. Put yourself out there.

Don’t take everything so seriously. Be a little spontaneous. Yes post that selfie, or that picture of your meal that you just made, hashtag to your heart’s desire. Who cares. Some things you post may be socially unacceptable to some, while others can find the humor or inspiration in it. People appreciate individuality and authenticity more than you think. Be bold.

There’s no knowing where this blog will take me in the next year. Outside of food, I plan on taking my camera to as many places as I will go, document as much as I see, create as much as I can create, share as much as time will allow, and write for just writing’s sake. Thank you to everyone who has read this blog, commented, liked, shared, and supported me this past year, you’ve all inspired me in some way or another. I’ve learned hiccups are bound to happen, and sometimes you won’t know the answer to anything. Take a breather and make discoveries during the challenges.Happy mistake making!

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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)

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Fail & Success

Gluten-free baking from scratch is a beast of it’s own, one that I’ve been avoiding for the longest time. Many attempt, but few succeed. I finally took up the challenge this weekend to make a gluten-free carrot cake, and just for fun I thought it’d be a good idea to try making it vegan as well. It was a terrible idea and I failed miserably. Two days, wasted batter, and a disappointing spirit later I cut my losses. So all my efforts weren’t all for nothing (and because I still wanted carrot cake) I reached for a box of Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Cake Mix.

Why I Love It

  • No hassle
  • No preservatives or artificial flavors
  • Tastes like regular cake, you can’t tell the difference
  • Made with Rice Flour

The only down side is it’s made with sugar instead of stevia, which is an ingredient I generally use to sweeten my food with. When I get the courage to try my hand at gluten-free baking again I’ll be sure to sub in the stevia. Stay tuned :)

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again

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A real lady matches her nails to her cupcake