One of the doctors at my Gastroenterologist’s office is named Dr. Flax. I kid you not. I laugh every time I see it. I don’t even think he had a choice when it came to picking a profession.
Lately, my life has consisted of studying for the GRE, trying to squat 135 pounds, working at Snap Kitchen and spending quality time with my GI doctor. We’re still trying to figure out these stomach issues. The colonoscopy showed that my terminal ileum was inflamed, a symptom commonly seen in those with Crohn’s Disease. Hmm. That’s the first time that disease has been thrown out there and honestly, it’s scary.
So yesterday, after drinking 16 ounces of barium solution and waiting for 3 1/2 hours for it to pass through my system, I had 20+ X-rays of my small bowel taken. And the results were…normal. The radiologist didn’t see any signs of Crohn’s, but he instead saw what appeared to be a normal bowel. I wasn’t having any symptoms yesterday so the radiologist said that maybe my intestines looked normal because I wasn’t in pain. However the same picture taken on a day when I was experiencing symptoms may have shown an intestine that looked different. The next step is to swallow a capsule that has a camera in it that will take pictures of my intestines. I’m sure that procedure will be just as enthralling as yesterday was.
Anyways, last time at the GI doctor he put me on a medicine that is commonly prescribed to Crohn’s patients and I’ve felt good ever since then. But my stomach pain is so sporadic in the first place that it’s hard to tell if I’m just having a good couple of weeks or the medicine is actually working.
I feel like we’re moving in the right direction. The thought of being 22 and already being prescribed medicine to take for the rest of my life makes me feel sick. But I’m grateful for the doctors, for medicine that can help my inflammation, a sister who reassures me that this is fine and parents who are always there for me. Life really isn’t that bad. Just a few minor speed bumps. I got so used to the idea of having Celiacs that I became okay with it. I remember being scared of Celiacs until I learned how to deal with it. I’m sure that if Crohn’s ends up being my diagnosis, while a very different disease, i’ll go through much of the same process as I did with Celiacs. Being scared of it at first and then accepting it as I learn how to live with it. With medicine and diagnoses, the unknown is scary. But usually, once you learn how to deal with whatever disease or condition, you realize that you’re going to be okay. Life is all about adapting to change. Something that I’m, unfortunately, terrible at. However, I do know that there is still so much to be excited for…
- Having only 1 more year left of my nutrition undergrad.
- Applying for Nutrition grad school/internship programs.
- Having a boyfriend whose taking you on a surprise date this weekend.
- Having a little sister who is recovering extremely well from her ‘break-your-face’ surgery.
- Mexican-Thai Food. I’m making these tonight!
- And the ice cream maker I will be buying this week………
So much good.
And now it’s time for…
So my previous WIAW posts tend to be a collection of my favorite meals that I’ve eaten anytime in the past week. But this post shows you what I actually ate in one day. Except I didn’t photograph the water I drank…or that Diet Coke.
Since this WIAW month we are focusing on fitness, I thought I’d share the workout I did on the day I ate all this food. To be a runner in Houston, if you want to avoid heat stroke, you have to be a morning runner or an evening runner. There is no good mid-day time to run. Unless you want to melt, while getting the worse sunburn of your life. So I’m a morning runner. I have to run before I eat. Otherwise I’m miserable. Stomach hurts, feels like I can’t breathe, just all out of sync. So morning runner it is. Saturday morning consisted of…
4 mile run (32 minutes)
Almost all my runs are 4 miles and my body knows it. As soon as I get to that 4 mile marker I can just feel it. It’s like having an internal clock…but for distance instead of time.
I only did the video up until the oblique crunches. I justified wimping out because I was running late (Lie. It was Saturday. I had nothing but GRE studying to do) but it was really because my abs hurt and because I had been thinking about the below breakfast for almost an hour by then…
Anytime you put stone fruit in something hot, it’s reminisent of cobbler. Sweet, perfect cobbler. Then you add a scoop of cold greek yogurt and you practically have cobbler. Practically. Not exactly. But still, a healthy breakfast cobbler beats no cobbler.
Oatless Oatmeal (made with 1/4 cup chocolate muscle milk instead of 1/4 cup almond milk)
Scoop of Plain Greek Yogurt
Topped with anything that sounded remotely good.
Remotely good included:
Spring Salad Mix, Packet of Tuna, Blueberries, Avocado, Green Olives, Black Olives, Carrots, Orange Slices, Almonds, Peaches, Cherries, Cilantro, Corn Tortilla
For me, eating salads is a really great way to figure out what flavors go good together. Usually it ends up involving flavor combinations that I never would have thought of.
Case in point:
Blueberries, Black Olives, & Avocado
Peaches & Cilantro
This smoothie was so fluffy that I almost died…in a good way.
The rest of my chocolate muscle milk from this morning (~3/4 cup)
1/4 cup orange juice
1 large frozen banana
2 frozen strawberries
Topped with 1 Tbsp Raw Oats
Keeping it oh so classy with the Professional Bull Riding Budlight Cup. I have no idea where these cups came from. We have 2 of them. It’s weird. And the little bull rider man doesn’t have a face. It’s weirder.
If I ever have half the creativity as my mom, I’ll know that I am successful. She’s brilliant. Everything she creates in the kitchen is delicious. Everything. She’s easily the most creative person I know. With my little sister still recovering from jaw surgery, my mom has come up with the most creative recipes that make you (almost) completely forget that you can’t eat solid foods for a month. Recently, my mom deemed it Mexican food night and this meal was created. I could have eaten thirds…and then fourths…
Mexican Night (while on a liquid food diet)
Polenta (without cheese, because she’s perfect and accommodates my dairy issues while preparing these liquid meals for my little sister)
Black Bean Puree
Fried Egg (on mine…not my little sisters)
There was also a Queso-Cilantro-Lime sauce that looked great but I didn’t try.
Oh and then she made enchiladas for my dad too. He’s not keen on eating liquid meals. Like I said. She’s incredible.
It has to be genetic, right?
Glass of Almond Milk
And that was my Saturday:)
Can’t wait to see what everyone else has been eating!!