nutrition intuition

This past weekend I attended a great workshop at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis on twisting for spinal and digestive therapy. It was a fantastic two hours that, to quote the instructor, “squeezed and soaked” my innards and left me feeling grounded and happy.

Whether you practice yoga or not, twists are simple movements that you can make to help ease digestive discomfort. And the benefits go beyond the digestive tract, too. On the musculoskeletal level, twists can improve posture (It’s true—I measured a whole 1/2 inch taller at the doctor this year. My inner fourteen-year-old is thrilled.) and spinal flexibility. On a visceral level, old blood is squeezed out of organs and fresh blood is encouraged to flow in, which is hugely important for repairing tissue. And on an emotional level, twisting brings your awareness to your center, encouraging stability and healing in your body’s core.

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A Guy With Crohn's

Almost everyone with a chronic illness has probably heard of the Spoon Theory.  Here it is if you have never read it before.  I belive the originator of it was Christine Miserandino so I am crediting her.  You can check out her website at www.butyoudontlooksick.com

Spoon Theory

My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating French fries with gravy. Like normal girls our age, we spent a lot of time in the diner while in college, and most of the time we spent talking about boys, music or trivial things, that seemed very important at the time. We never got serious about anything in particular and spent most of our time laughing.

Cartoon image of Christine Miserandino holding a spoon
As I went to take some of my medicine with a snack as I usually did, she watched me with an awkward kind of stare, instead…

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Hometown flushtrations.

My family has always been preoccupied with my weight, but that could be written about in a blog entirely to itself. I just want to talk about recent flushtrations I’ve experienced while on a visit to my hometown to spend some time with family.

My mom and aunt have both asked me about whether or not I’ve lost weight with this new diet. I replied by saying that I didn’t know, because I wasn’t weighing myself. I told them that I wasn’t following a weight loss diet, and wasn’t worried about whether this diet would make me lose weight or not. It’s about my health. Not my weight.

I know there is a problem with the word “diet,” in general, but it offends and hurts me that my family automatically goes back to my weight when talking about my health.

My weight has never affected my health in my 22 years.

My Crohn’s disease has continuously affected my health, in a very detrimental way, for over four years.

Am I alone in this? How can I make them realize the importance of healing my body without making it about my weight in any way?

SCD chicken soup!

I was skeptical of this soup, but the longer it cooked the better it smelled!

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I can’t wait to try it tomorrow.

Today went really well! 2 scrambled eggs for breakfast, broiled beef patties for lunch and dinner. I have also enjoyed some delicious apple cider for dessert.

I still haven’t found a yogurt maker or any dry curd cottage cheese, but I’m excited to vary the food a little bit tomorrow. 🙂

I should probably also mention…

I’m about 102% sure I have a binge eating disorder.

Sometimes, like tonight, I feel like the only comfort I’m ever going to feel again is the next sip of Dr. Pepper. Or my next double cheeseburger, taco, cookie, philly cheesesteak, etc, etc. 

This is also absolutely the biggest hindrance in my journey of wellness. 

I’m completely aware of what I’m doing to my body. I know all about what is healthy, what is not, and especially in terms of my Crohn’s. Although, that part is what I’m still constantly learning about. 

I’ve had the awe-inspiring epiphany that there is no way my ulcers can heal if I constantly shove food down my throat to rub on them as they make their way out of me. 

Logically, I know this. 

But, I still can’t seem to stop myself. 

Is there anybody else out there that struggles with this too?

First post!

I guess this is where I’m going to vomit all of my flushtrations about Crohn’s disease and my journey to wellness.

For over four years now, I’ve been sick. It took me three years to admit that I couldn’t fix it by myself and get help. That’s where the colonoscopy comes in, as well as the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. 

If you don’t know what Crohn’s disease is, and you have a weak tolerance for poop talk, you won’t want to read any further. 🙂

My version of Crohn’s includes unlimited amounts of diarrhea, with the occasional bouts of pain and flatulence. It makes my body, head, and heart hurt. I’m sick of being sick. And I’m done waiting on medicine to fix it for me. I have to step up, do the research, and make uncomfortable changes.

It’s going to be hard.

It’s going to suck.

But, I’ve gotta do it. I’ve gotta start loving myself. I’ve gotta do this for myself.

Who else will?