April is a beautiful time of year. The snow recedes, the winds die down, warmth sets in and the world is exploding with new life. Spring is a period of rebirth; a time of new beginnings. It is no coincidence, in my mind, that 4 years ago April brought me my Graves Disease diagnoses.
A whirlwind of change had fallen into my lap and, if I’m honest, I sometimes continue to fumble with it like a toddler learning to walk. I move on uneasy legs at times, afraid of the next step. Once that fear surpasses I gain more confidence, increase my stride, eagerly bounding forward… and sometimes I fall on my ass and gain a whole new wave of uncertainty. Lather, rinse, repeat. But such is the life of any individual with a chronic illness. And I thank my lucky stars every day that I am a spoonie who’s had many spoons to spare for the last couple of years.
When I was a kid a friend of mine told me about a dessert that her family had made – Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie. I honestly never had the opportunity to try it, but it struck a chord with my sweet tooth… Peanut butter ice cream and pie together at last? This is kismet! I stuck that delicious idea in my back pocket, half-considering an attempt at creating it every now and again, but never accomplishing anything.
Then I became the healthy foodie that I am today and forgot all about the sweet, delicious dream that was Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie. Until now…
One of my favourite things about Health-Esteem is that it has allowed me to connect with so many wonderful people! I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a plethora of inspiring individuals – healthy foodies, inspiring yogis, beautiful spoonies and amazing Graves Warriors. I love hearing your stories and talking health and lifestyle with you!
I am so excited to turn the spotlight on to one of my fellow Graves Warriors today. She is a true Health-Esteem Queen! Misty Totzke is an Essential Oils Educator, Health Coach and Business Mentor. She is a ball of positive, inspiring energy! Her beautiful website mistytotzke.com is a mix of Essential Oil goodness, yummy recipes, Graves journey updates and healthspiration.
Pre-Graves Disease, my plate was regularly populated by the mundane. I’m not saying that I didn’t experience any flavour – most of it was simply artificial, prepackaged junk. I couldn’t find my way through an herb and spice cabinet if I tried. Let’s say I was vanilla; great friends with salt and pepper, occasional late night tangos with cinnamon… These days I have a fully stocked herb and spice cabinet. And I have nutritional yeast – my nutritious, delicious go to flavour house. A vegan, vitamin B Complex that can make the most delicious, cheesy flavoured sauce – perfect for Vegan Mac and Cheese!