August was a rough month. As much as I am a firm believer that all things happen for a reason and things will work out as they are suppose to, it was a hard month to stay positive.  I quit my job and shortly after was diagnosed with an eating disorder.  Although these seem like two very negative things (in reality they are), leaving my job when I did was probably one of the best things I could have done for my recovery.  And Matt making me seek professional help when he did and finally being diagnosed with the eating disorder was probably life saving.  If things did not happen when they happened, I not only wouldn’t have a job, but I probably wouldn’t be alive.  I have grown so much over this last month and have made many positive changes for my life, my health, and my spirit.

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I have also met some amazing people and have made some amazing food.  I want to re-cap my month by acknowledging all the wonderful people and wonderful food that have truly helped me through this recovery process.  The fact that I get to find and share amazing new recipes everyday has given me the opportunity and more desire to want to get healthy again.  I really believe if I did not emerge myself into this community and was stuck eating the same foods I was, I wouldn’t be having the same recovery experience as I am now.  I actually enjoy my food now. Listen to my body. And I don’t count calories.  I think if I stayed in my old routine, with my old foods, I would be way more resistant to following my recovery plan. There are so many great stories out there, some similar to mine, all unique in their own ways, but I feel there is such a positive support system here, that really helps in the recovery process.  At least it has for me.

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So let’s take a look at some of the amazing things that have entered my mouth this month.

(Can you believe it’s only been a month since I started blogging? It seems like it’s been waaayyy longer.)

I bet you guys think I’m going to start with oats. But I’m not! Ha!

First is Nicky at kabochafashionista’s banana bread hummus.

This stuff is amazing. And so is Nicky. She is truly a God sent angel. She has been incredibly supportive and has not only introduced me to amazing new tastes, but insight on my disease as well. Love ya girl!

all i can say is yum. and this doesn't last long in my house.

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It took two attempts, but I also finally mastered Ashley at the edible perspective’s cake batter cashew butter.

Super creamy/sweet/savory delicious.

And cute to look at!

first attempt as cute as those rainbow dinosaurs may look this batch came out pretty thick. my fault for not letting it process long enough. still tasted amazing.

second attempt. oh hello creamy goodness. success!

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I also recently tried…let’s just say a bizarre combination.  But I trust the creator and she typically knows what she’s talking about.  Of course I am talking about the wonderful Miss Tori at FreshFruition. She posted about this and I just had to try it. And you know what. I’m glad I did. Tori, you didn’t give it a name, so I’m just going to call it randomly delicious soy chocolate pudding panini.

soy chocolate pudding, cream cheese, soy pepper-jack cheese. on the side a mini yogurt mess and baby cheesy puffs.

So good I made it again.

soy chocolate pudding, cream cheese, soy pepper-jack cheese and this time i added half an apple with cinnamon. yum. on the side was trader joes greek yogurt topped with fresh strawberries and kiwi.

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Averie at love veggies and yoga introduced me to microwave banana oats.

this little baked goodie is a perfect snack, and i love that i can just stick it in the microwave!

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I also baked muffins! Which is a feat on it’s own because I am NOT a baker. I’ve had way too many muffin disasters in my time, but I had company and baking was requested. To the rescue was Cait at Beyond Bananas with her Very Berry Almond Muffins. This was a muffin success!

these were a huge hit. they were gone in two days.

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And there are plenty more people and recipes.

But the fact is I love this blogging community. I love the openness, the generosity, and the overall sense of welcome and comfort I have received from it. It truly has been a tremendous help in my recovery and my path to being healthy again.

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So has August been a rough month. Yea, maybe.  But I am still a firm believer everything happens for a reason and everything will work out as it should.  If I don’t have that positive attitude and faith, I have nothing and I can’t expect to get healthy.  So September. Bring it on. Because I am a fighter.

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Did you have  a good or bad August?

What are your goals for September?

Has anyone in the blogging world inspired or helped you?