Hi friends. This week I thought I’d switch things up and post about something that’s both near and dear to my heart — and deeply personal. Every year, October is a month for bringing awareness and remembrance of women who have lost a pregnancy or an infant. Did you know that 1 of 4 women have suffered this type of loss? And did you know that I am one of those 1 of 4?
IMHO, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is a wonderful way to send posivibes to all of these strong women — believe me, you must be a strong woman to get though something like this. The day is a good reminder (for me, especially) that this topic is not taboo. It’s not something to be ashamed of or secretive about — but it’s something that can be discussed openly — and, most importantly, without judgement.
My own story is a little too fresh to put into words just yet. Maybe one day. But — it is one of the main things that inspired me to start writing a blog (blogging will help me start expressing my feelings through writing, instead of stuffing them inside), to focus more on my own personal health (physical and otherwise), and to make some lifestyle changes that will help me to grow as a person. None of these things contributed to my loss, but after experiencing something so traumatic, it’s hard not to look at yourself deeply — and even harder not to be a changed person with different priorities than before.
The lesson? In a world full of negativity, challenges, difficulties, and uncertainty, it’s important to find positive ways to express yourself and make a difference. I am lucky enough to have a supportive family and wonderful friends who will listen and be there for me any time, and I’ve been able to find some outlets that make me happy — even when I struggle — exercise and eating healthy help me relieve stress and feel happy for a little while EVERY day! So, find the positive things in your life and spend your time focusing on them. Do what you need to do to comfort yourself. Be thankful for the things you have, and don’t worry about the things you don’t. Do these things, and you don’t know where you’ll end up. It may not be where you thought you’d be, but it might be somewhere better.
If you’re in need of some comfort food after reading this post, check out this amaze-balls recipe for Loaded Cauliflower Mac and Cheese from Fake Ginger. It is legit one of the yummiest, heartiest, most comforting recipes ever — especially if you miss the days of yummy pasta, like I do.
- 1/2 pound bacon thinly sliced
- 2 heads cauliflower
- 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives
In a wide soup pot or heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the bacon into a bowl. Drain off most of the fat remaining in the pan, but don’t wipe the pan down.
While the bacon is cooking, cut the cauliflower florets away from the stems. (You should have 6 cups of florets.) Steam the cauliflower by placing the cauliflower in a large microwavable bowl with 1/4 cup water. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until the cauliflower is fork tender.
Transfer the steamed cauliflower to the pot you used to cook the bacon. Add the remaining ingredients, except the chives, and stir to combine. Stir in half of the bacon and transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with the remaining bacon and the chives. Serve warm.
Thanks for reading! Xo.