Jul 11

WIAW 19-What I Actually Ate in One Day.

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…

  1. Having only 1 more year left of my nutrition undergrad.
  2. Applying for Nutrition grad school/internship programs.
  3. Having a boyfriend whose taking you on a surprise date this weekend.
  4. Having a little sister who is recovering extremely well from her ‘break-your-face’ surgery.
  5. Mexican-Thai Food.  I’m making these tonight!
  6. And the ice cream maker I will be buying this week

So much good.

And now it’s time for…

Peas and Crayons


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.

and a Random P90x Ab ripper video I found on youtube

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.


I started off this breakfast with a base of oatless oats, originally inspired by Carrots n’ Cake.

Breakfast Cobbler

Oatless Oatmeal (made with 1/4 cup chocolate muscle milk instead of 1/4 cup almond milk)

Topped with:

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.

Chocolate-Banana-Orange Smoothie

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?


Fresh Cherries

Dark Chocolate

Glass of Almond Milk

And that was my Saturday:)

Can’t wait to see what everyone else has been eating!!

9 comments on “WIAW 19-What I Actually Ate in One Day.”

  1. OMG everything looks amazing! I can’t decide what I envy more. That salad looks so tasty. I love the smoothie in the bud light cup! P.s. Can I come over for Mexican night too?!?

  2. Well, I wish you were my personal nutrition consultant and could create me a weekly meal plan. Seriously. Looks great. Would love to know exactly how the salad was made (I get proportions and quantities so mixed up!!).

    I have a lot of stomach problems too. But they are so sporadic that I haven’t “investigated” them. I have a strong aversion to doctors and meds :) (But I applaud your choices; everyone has to make their own personal conclusions of course). I secretly believe it is stress and mental/emotional related. Lots to think about that.

    Anyway, take care. And if you want to give me a 3-day menu plan, just send me a message any time :)

    • Haha I’d love to be your personal nutrition consultant…especially after I’m an RD! My salads tend to be quite large and random but they keep me going until my next meal. Here is exactly what went into this one:

      1 1/2 cup spring salad mix (2 handfuls)
      1 packet of reduced sodium tuna
      1 small peach, cubed
      3 springs worth of cilantro leaves
      1/2 orange, peeled and segmented
      1 small carrot, sliced using a vegetable peeler
      1/4 large avocado, cubed
      1/8 cup blueberries
      2 green olives, sliced into small pieces
      2 black olives, sliced into small pieces
      1 corn tortilla, cut into small squares
      5 almonds
      4 cherries

      For the dressing I poured on:

      1/2 Tbsp olive oil
      1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
      1 tsp apple cider vinegar
      1 tsp garlic powder

      …and then I tossed everything together.

      It sounds like a giant mix of random ingredients but that’s how I like my salads! Keeps me from getting bored while eating them:)

      I’m sorry to hear about your stomach issues and I agree and respect your aversion to meds! I’m looking forward to finding out if there is actual damage being done in my body that the medicine can prevent or if the medicine is just masking my symptoms. If it’s the later, I’d much rather keep trying to figure out what is causing my symptoms than to take medicine. But it’s looking like I have some sort of autoimmune thing going on…so we’ll see. And I agree, there is definitely a link between my GI issues and stress because I experience far more symptoms when I am going through a stressful/depressing/emotional time.

      Thanks for the comment! I appreciate it:))

  3. i just stumbled upon your blog and love the photography! the photos are brilliant! and of course the eats too! :) very creative! looking forward to reading and seeing more :)

  4. Everything looks so yummy. Sorry to hear about your GI issues. Have you heard about Mila? It’s a blend of chia seeds selected to maximize their nutritional value. Anyway, they have the highest levels of Omega-3’s, and omega-3’s act as an anti-inflammatory in our body. I know that people with GI issues have had a lot of reduced symptoms after adding Mila to their diet. It sure has helped me with my GI issues. Not trying to sell you anything here, just letting you know about it :)

  5. Your photographs are really pretty and I love the colours! I really like teh sound of your dessert – cherry and chocolate is always a killer combo! :-)

  6. Wow all of the salads and smoothies sound awesome. Thanks for sharing .

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