This is what throwing-in-the-towel looks like in #colitislife

what I mean by ‘throwing in the towel’ is that I kinda let #vacaymode get in the way and gave up on my stay-in-remission-diet and exercise routine. oye.¬†

I may have gotten carried away with some cheeeeeese tonight. And wine. And gyozas ūüôą. And waaay more crap than I should have over the last 2 weeks.
But I am on a #vacay and it’s summer time. Sooooo. I am allowed to stray from the plan, right?
I NEED to stay away from gluten, potatoes and dairy. + a lot of other crap, but those are probably my main 3 intolerances.
But it’s HARD.
More on that later. for now, I have to tighten shit up. Or this could get out of hand and I’m going to wind up in a flare.
Goodnight from Revelstoke, BC. Xo
(I’m staying in an Airbnb and now I am hooked)

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living the #goodlife. YES, it is still possible with a chronic disease.

at work and i’m ready to go! it’s my #clientsweddingday

I’ve got a long evening ahead of me but i’m excited to be a part of another special day.

*** fast forward thru all the chaos **** I finally have a moment to sit down.

I have a million thoughts going on in my brain right now. trying to weed through them and pick the most interesting ones to share with all of you.¬†well, wait. are ‘all of you’ still out there? or did you stop following me since I’ve kinda been MIA for the last little while!! crazy how I go in to these bouts of ‘just not feeling it.’ [writing/bloggin]

since my last post¬† Continue reading “living the #goodlife. YES, it is still possible with a chronic disease.”

THIRTY. you feel GOOD. Let’s do this!!!

Holy WOW I have THE best family and friends.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who took the time to make me feel extra special yesterday. You guys are what make my world go round. YOU are all what make this life so crazy good.

I appreciate the well birthday wishes… texts, fb posts/messages, emails, the meaningful cards. all THE LOVE.
y’all sure make me feel special. Happy happy girl over here. Each and every bday wish I received means so much to me. Continue reading “THIRTY. you feel GOOD. Let’s do this!!!”

ZERO FOX GIVEN cause it’s international day of HAPPY!

[[International Day of Happiness is March 20th. ] 

today is #internationdayofhappiness so for that I am not letting anything get in the way of my happy! I decided I’m GETTING IN that gosh darn pool! Cause holy smokes was it HOT. I should be avoiding chlorinated pools like the plague, but I went for it :) ¬† ¬†I feel like we always need an exception to the rule. especially on vacation. Right? It’s been 3 days straight ¬†of 95 degrees and I’ve held out for this long. But today I said, F* it. i’m getting in pool. AND. my DAD was also in the pool. I think I can count on one hand how many times in my 29 years I’ve had an opportunity to swim with my dad! So there. Definitely worth it.

I think it’s important to not get hung up on the rules ALL OF THE TIME. ¬†So we do what makes us happy. AND THAT’S OKAY. Continue reading “ZERO FOX GIVEN cause it’s international day of HAPPY!”

Today is international day of happiness!


my mom would not be impressed to see ketchup on my plate ūüėú but I don’t care cause #internationaldayofhappiness . aaand the processed sweet potato tots full of canola oil + cornstarch are another no-no ūüė謆Buuuut, I’m on #vacay sooo..YUM! This breaky makes me #HAPPY! hey, at least my egg yolks aren’t fully cooked so I’m getting some vitamin B! Plus D cause I’m eating in the SUN. Yeah baby ūüėé
#yummybreakfast #mesaarizona #wannabesnowbird #foodisthymedicine #healing #colitisgirl #ibd #ulcerativecolitis #colitis #autoimmunedisease #liveagreatstory #lifestyleblog #winnipegblogger #winnipeg #kateandmeblog #bewell #behappy #bepositive #gratefulheart #justbelieve

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Feel the fear and do it anyway.

today I woke up to two really sweet / encouraging / motivating / inspiring / comments here on the blog. from STRANGERS. so that is always exciting. thank you to those who take the time to give me feedback. it really means a lot and makes a difference because sometimes it’s easy Continue reading “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

fun, eventful, weekend. living life!

holy bleep did I just make a big freakin mess of my kitchen! but man did I make a masterpiece for dinner. I enjoy pinning recipes / food + beverage ideas on my ¬†pinterest board ‘Bon Appetite’ ¬†and tonight’s meal was inspired by spaghetti squash chow mien¬†+ egg roll in a bowl¬†. actually the idea to make this came from the left over cabbage I had from the sauerkraut I made this afternoon. ¬†and then I used the pinterest recipes as my guide. and it was faily easy! though you’d prob wonder if you saw my kitchen?!

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so this is what I did: I threw the spaghetti squash in the oven, ¬†fried up some ground turkey¬†with¬†onion flakes, garlic, salt / pepper. fried up the cabbage, shredded carrots + red onions. then made my sauce: extra virgin olive oil, garlic, ginger + coconut aminos [i’m really trying hard to limit soy in my diet. cause hormones].and garnished with green onions.

so now that dinner is done I’m having some cravings for the damn cookie dough I made yesterday. i’m trying hard not to have any because I’ve been cheating a little too much lately. testing myself. pushing the envelope, eating things that I should not be eating. like POTATOES. OR. eating¬†lots of something I should really only be eating in moderation. like….¬†cookie dough. and wine. I maybe drank too much wine last last Friday and then again this past Friday. BUT, I feel like i’ve been managing my stress levels well and I’ve definitely increased my gym visits. so no flare-ups allowed!

cheese. I also had some cheese on Friday. cause wine. too much wine. in fact it was a child’s third birthday party, ha. but that’s our fam. and we do fun.
my sweet birthday boy, Mason, helped aunty make her special pizza. while everyone else ate 222222222222. and I can guarantee mine was SO. MUCH. BETTER. in the yummy sense and health-wise. (obviously). ¬†>>insert some reader’s eye-rolls here<< ¬† ¬† lol. it’s okay.

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so, yes! a great, busy, fun-filled ¬†weekend was had….

kate’s place / maseman’s bday party on Friday night with all my favourite people. {well some were missing}. yesterday I did a lot of work with just believe and this blog… been working on my next post about SALT. then my mom and I hit up the parade of homes yesterday. I made my fav cookie dough. [which, dammit, I am eating now.]
today I had no one to get my butt to church so I just attended online :) ..did lots of house chores and some packing cause i’m gonna be flyin’ high again soon. (Arizona here I come!!) ¬†finally got to making my ¬†sauerkraut. now it has to ferment for 6 days. then started step 1 of another batch of my sprouted /fermented homemade bread. and I am still so excited about the yummy dinner I threw together. I think my mama mia over at the mia cucina blog would be impressed ;-)

so that is all. thanks for being here! and somebody come take this cookie dough away from me.

lots of love. ciao. xo

‘just believe’, I love you and I’ve missed you.

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hello my loves! check this out!! a perfect stranger and JUST BELIEVE!!!!! 4500 KMs FROM HOME!!

just believe World [est. 2010] has been on my mind a lot in the last few months. unfortunately it took a back seat 5 years ago when I started my new job at the College.

and now I run in to this guy! WEARING MY #JUSTBELIEVE SHIRT!!!! IN MEXICO!!!!!
if that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is.
(I ran up to him and complimented his freaken’ AWESOME shirt and excitedly told him and his wife that I was the founder of the brand. we had a really great chat about what ‘just believe’ means to him. as I left them to go for my walk on the beach my heart jumped with joy and gratitude, thoughts running wild with a big bleepin smile.)

i’m SO thankful for this moment, and more than ever now, i’m ready to continue this journey with just believe World. thank you to all of my family and friends AND STRANGERS who have continued to support this brand and dream since it’s conception 7 years ago. to the lovers and BELIEVERS of ‘just believe’, you know who you are, you’re gettin in on this journey too and we’re gonna rock the heck out of this.

I love yas. + happy Saturday <3

With a #gratefulheart,

-me

How do YOU survive a colitis flare? day7 and it’s been a #shitshow thus far.

Well 5 days ago I thought I was gonna get crowned ‘master colitis-flare-up-kicker-asser’. In my mind on #day1¬†of the flare I was already #winning. but then the wicked evil Mr.jerkface called STRESS kept getting in the way. stress prevails. stress wins. stress kills. all the time. even thinking and writing about¬†the past week¬†is probably gonna do damage.

today is day 7 and I’ve been in bed all day. [feeling thankful for an ensuite. ha.]

this is how everything went down….

day 2 of the flare: my truck had to get towed to the shop. being without a vehicle sucks, but the $930 estimate sucks even more. I own a home and run it on my single salary. (plus my special diet full of non-gmo and organic foods, and a lot of supplements.)  money is tight. ESPECIALLY after Christmas.

Continue reading “How do YOU survive a colitis flare? day7 and it’s been a #shitshow thus far.”

Happy New Year + [not so happy] new flare. colitis.

I’ve been working on this post for the last two weeks and the title was supposed to be ‘199 days in remission for colitis girl! and now today is day 1 of another flare. insert sad face here. nice to meet you too, 2017.

I can’t say that I am surprised though. that I’m in a flare. in the last month and a half¬†i’ve been carrying on like I was magically cured and could eat, drink, and do whatever I wanted. maybe that’s a bit dramatic because I do actually work hard and limit myself very much so. ¬†but this time of year it’s a lot harder¬†with all the holiday gatherings and treats constantly shoved in my face. when I say treats I don’t mean just baking and chocolates. treats for me are POTATOES of all kinds (mainly potato chips), ¬†gluten, dairy (cheese is a super hard one for me and tis’ the season for eggnog!), + WINE. wine wine wine.

I am usually pretty¬†dedicated when it comes to following my restrictive diet except when I am invited over to other people’s places… if there’s only one kind of appetizer on the table in front of me that I should NOT be eating, 9 times out of 10 I’m gonna eat it. (unless I’m in a flare. when I’m in a flare I have all the willpower in the world to not touch something bad) ¬†My one dear friend though, mama Mia, always goes above and beyond for me. When she has me over for dinner she always caters to my needs and I am beyond grateful to her for that. she also LOVES to cook and she started her own blog recently…¬†www.miacucina.blog. (check it out!!) I can’t wait to collaborate with her on some colitis-friendly recipes and I will be sure to share them here.

anyywaaay……

for the last 6 days or so I’ve been getting some warning symptoms. as soon as I was waking up in the morning I’d have the urge to go to the washroom right away. and more than once. my instincts were telling me that it was a bad sign but I talked myself out of it because: my tummy wasn’t big and bloated, I wasn’t experiencing¬†my typical colitis tummy ache and pain, no cramping + there’s been NO BLOOD. except this morning. the damn unwanted guest came this morning. but not lots, thank God! I had a ladies night at my place on Friday and I’m pretty sure (along with a couple other bad dietary choices days prior to that) that that’s why I am back in a flare. the appie menu I had served was pretty much all okay for me to eat on a good day… in remission, far away from a potential flare. like: non-gmo cornflakes for gluten free chicken nuggets (and all other non-gmo corn for that matter *in moderation*), goat cheese, nuts, grains + more examples in another post. the killer for me on Friday night, was almost an entire bottle of wine. insert feeling stupid face here. it was also a 3 am-er and I got maybe only 5 hours of sleep because I was hosting brunch the next morning. needless to say, New Years Eve was a very chill evening (+ NO alcohol cause I had a hunch I overdid it) and Bax and I did the countdown in bed. lol. I’m surprised I even made it til midnight. Anyway all that carelessness brings me here to today. in a flare. resting. I haven’t left my peaceful pad since. trying to redeem myself with lots of R & R and very strict eating.

Can anyone spot my little dude? he was helping me colour earlier…¬†peaceful_pad

so the plan for today’s post was gonna be a bit of bragging for being in remission for 199 days. ha, that backfired a bit. and then I was gonna finally share my colonoscopy story which is about 6 months overdue.

here’s a quick side note for my fellow #ibdfighters who may be inspired to ‘cure’ themselves too! ¬†last year I made it almost an entire year without going in to a flare. that’s a record for me in my 12-year-colitis-life. almost 11 months in remission. and that was also the year I was introduced to bone broth and started drinking it every. single. morning. except for right now!! lol. which probably has a little something to do with me being in a flare again. I ran out of bones right before Christmas, and I was supposed to steal some already-made broth from my aunty but that didn’t happen. I called farmer Jim a couple of days ago so hopefully he’ll have me hooked up soon!! I ended up stealing some bones from my aunty and they’ve been in the crockpot since last night. beef bones take 48 hours so they’ll be done tomorrow night. not soon enough!!!

 

SO. two of the biggest changes / additions in my life, that I’ve done since¬†I got out of that last flare….

ditching my Brita/tap water!!! ¬†for the last 6 months I’ve been buying distilled water from World of Water. thanks goes to my interior design instructor! when I was missing all those classes last spring because of how sick I was I finally told her what was up. that I had colitis. she was very familiar with a similar disease and she’s the one that pointed out to me that the chlorine in my tap water was killing the good bacteria in my gut. I guess I thought the Brita was taking out ALL the harmful stuff in my tap water. little did I know that it was still full of chlorine. I am SO angry at this oversight. all these probiotics I was pumping in to my gut and the TONS of tap water that I was drinking every day was counteracting my efforts. so, so grateful to her for bringing that to my attention. I hooked myself up with an pretty water cooler (thanks, mom) and also looked in to getting a filtration system put on my shower as well. our skin absorbs 10 times more than any other organ in our bodies… (think about what we put on our skin every day…washing our hands with anti-bacterials, lathering up in body lotions, face creams etc.) I now save my bathtub time for at the lake where I can soak in *just* lake water. and I’ve also been making my own body butter for the last year and a bit. [I use this recipe and sometimes add beeswax.]

the next best thing in my life has been KEFIR. all thanks to my moms friend from work. I had heard of the stuff before but didn’t pay too much attention to it until it* showed up at my doorstep shortly after my colonoscopy. I’ve been making my own kefir and eating it everyday since! and this post has gotten waaaay too long so more on kefir later. [update: i’m a bit skeptical of the dairy kefir. so for that I’ve been off of it.]

 

because of the minimal blood today, no tummy aches or cramping, I’ve got a gut feeling *no pun intended, ha* that I’m gonna nip this little b*tch in the bud and i’ll be good as new SOON. ¬†I’m pretty confident that the new additions to my diet / lifestyle in the last 6 months have been making a positive difference.¬†¬†I honestly believe that I have the power to control this disease. it’s not easy, and I suck at it sometimes, but I BELIEVE. and that’s always half the battle. our mindset.

so quick quick before I go, for my fellow #ibdfighters, here are some of the things I do when I go in to a flare (in addition to my daily restrictions regardless of being in a flare) :

I ‘up’ the asacol from 3, 800mg pills to 6 pills per day.¬†take salofalk suppositories before bed. increase probiotics. no more daily coffee (that’s the hardest for me) no cold liquids/foods. try and limit solid foods… more smoothies the better. limit grains. absolutely no alcohol, no corn and popcorn, no seeds, no turmeric (or spices), no soy, limit meat, increase alkaline foods, limit exercise to yoga or walking – I don’t do my regular 3 flights of stairs at work, no body building, nothing that will leave my body having to rebuild cells. get TONS of rest and be mindful about STRESS and avoid it as much as possible. and REST if I haven’t already said it ;-) go for a massage and chiropractor (I see Dr. Kelly who practices Korean Specific Technique).

holy moly that was long. thanks to everyone who read right to this point. I love yas. you keep me going.

nighty night. xo

-me