I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in August 2017 when I was 21 years old after months of uncomfortable symptoms. Hearing that I had an autoimmune disease felt, crazily enough, just as relieving as it felt scary.
If you have gut health issues you know that traveling can be a doozy. I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit in my life and I’ve learned to LOVE it, but I’ve always felt a bit of an apprehension each time I think of planning a trip or getaway.
With Crohn’s and colitis awareness week having been last week, my autoimmune disease was on my mind almost 24/7. Getting to connect with so many other IBD warriors and share their stories on my Instagram was so amazing and showed me how bada** dealing with IBD truly makes us.
When you think of the holidays what pops into your mind? Family? Friends? Laughter? Food? Bingo! Let’s be real. Holidays are always filled with food and I think that’s one of the best parts! Good food shared with good company is truly the way to my heart. But we all know holiday gut health can be tricky.
I can’t believe the day is FINALLY here!!! After months of creating specific carbohydrate diet friendly recipes, testing them (and retesting them), photographing them, editing photos and designing the pages of this ebook, it feels surreal that it has finally launched.
I realized it was time for a health update, because it’s been a hot second and, as always, my health journey is ebbing and flowing. As you know, when I got diagnosed with IBD this summer, the doctors first believed it was Crohn’s Disease…
I’ve been getting asked the same question quite frequently lately – “when are you running another marathon?” And if it isn’t that exact question then it’s some close variation – “do you plan on running another marathon?” “do you still follow a running plan?” “do you still do long runs?”…
Because I believe food is medicine, I'm hoping to treat these issues mainly through a change in my diet. After a lot of research (and help from my parents), I've decided to start following "SCD" (the specific carbohydrate diet). It's like paleo in the sense that it is a grain-free diet, but there are differences.
Before I truly dive into what IBS is, how I figured out I have it, how I discovered the foods that trigger it for me and what I do to help me feel better, let’s back up a little and take you through a history of my stomach.
I’m sure many of you know that I have a very very very long list of food sensitivities. Let’s give it a go- gluten, dairy, soy, apples, pears, raw cauliflower (for some reason super cooked cauli is fine though?
With all of my food sensitivities and unknown stomach issues (thankfully I’m on the way to getting some answers!), loving my gut is necessary. I do whatever I can, whenever I can to help it stay healthy. I do this by eating healthy, eating as little processed foods as I can.