With the issues I have with my stomach, I have dietary restrictions. It sucks, but it is what it is. You have to just roll with the punches and MAKE SHIT WORK, AMIRITE?
I’ve been SO slack lately, eating my weight in sugary cereals, skipping meals, and binging at night. So I’m getting my act together for my health, LOL. My doctor said my C Reactive Proteins were high which means my inflammation is high, which means I should probably stop eating so much sugar, and I should proooobably try not to nap so much. Like maybe I should get up and .. I don’t know, move?
I get asked about food so often when people find out about my disease, so I thought I’d write a bit about it.
I have a narrowing in my intestines so I can’t eat anything that is considered “roughage”. Which is most fruits veggies, legumes, and items high in fiber. I’ve basically put myself on a “low residue” diet. So how do I eat WELL if I can’t eat fruits and vegetables? Well for the last year or so, I haven’t been. AT ALL.
But I sat down and write a bit of a “meal plan” or rather a list of foods I should keep on hand so I’m a) not tempted to eat things that will hurt me, and b) so I’m not tempted to eat junk.
For breakfast I will usually grab
- bagel thins
- bacon/sausage (on occasion)
For lunch (when I don’t sleep through lunch, or have breakfast AS lunch because I slept in) I go for things that are super easy
- egg salad
- deli meats (not recommended for my issues, but I haven’t had any problems with it.)
- microwave soups
- grilled cheese
- baked potatoes
For dinner – since I’ve been home, I usually eat whatever is cooked for dinner. My parents do a lot of
- pastas (vegetable sauces don’t seem to bother my stomach much)
- Mexican (burritos, enchiladas, taco nites, etc. veggies in these kinds of meals are usually minimal, so I can handle them.)
- Chicken dishes
I also have to eat throughout the day as opposed to three large meals. Eating three large meals makes me insanely bloated, sick, and overworks my system. Eating throughout the day though keeps it working constantly but not too hard, and it keeps me from getting uncomfortably bloated.
I try to drink my water, and bought one of these from Walmart for under $3 on a recommendation from a friend. I love lemon in my water and tea. I’ve been also tryyyying to choose tea over coffee since coffee is so rough on my stomach, too. But I JUST LOVE IT. So coffee is a treat, for me. I like peppermint, green, black, and peach tea usually unsweet with lemon. Peppermint I usually add a bit of honey or stevia.
Since I can’t eat a lot of veggies and fruits, my doctor recommended I take shots of carrot, green, and beet juice throughout the week to ensure I am still getting my nutrients. After one day of doing it, I realized this was just NOT going to work. It went right through me, made me so nauseous, and it was honestly horrible to drink. If someone tells you they like green juice, they’re LYING. there’s NO way to make that stuff taste good. I tried stevia. I even tried vodka, like I could make it a bloody mary or something. And it’s crazy because I LOVE celery, but every green juice I’ve tried just tastes like straight celery and it’s the nastiest thing to me. So another friend of mine suggested doing Shakeology so I am planning to give that a go and see how it does for me.
Otherwise, I am on a probiotic, I am going to try and incorporate turmeric into my meals, I’m going to cut out as much sugar as I can mentally handle (LOL), and I’ve been looking into using CBD oil and doing Castor Oil packs. Has anyone had luck with these things? I’ve read TONS of blog posts and reviews on these two things for inflammatory illnesses and it all seems really promising. I just hate to invest when I feel unsure!