It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I figured I would condense a few meal ideas into one entry. Some of these are simply links to the recipes I used while others are recipes I created myself. I don’t often measure when I cook and I had not intended to post most of these as recipes, but, at the very least, you can be inspired by the ideas. Enjoy!
Distilled Water, about a gallon
Garlic sauteed in olive oil
Peas, spinach, and celery
Green cabbage, half a head just used for flavor
I added shrimp, chicken, or cod as I ate it over the course of the week
Pan Seared Shrimp and String Beans
Sauteed with butter, honey, and cumin
Mixed Mushroom Omelette
Portabella, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms sauteed in olive oil
The eggs were beaten with yogurt added and DCCC
Green Smoothie 1
50/50 grape juice and water
Green Smoothie 2
50/50 grape juice and water
Baked Pork Loin and Zucchini
Pork loin rubbed with sage, rosemary, salt, and pepper in olive oil
Zucchini in olive oil, salt, and pepper
1lb of ground beef with seasonings, 1 egg, and DCCC added
Fried in canola oil with garlic cloves
Sauteed Chicken and String Beans
Chicken breast sauteed in olive oil, seasonings, and honey
This is my SCD Monster Cookie tweak. I wanted something with a bit more substance for Christmas Eve and I do love Monster Cookies, so I felt that this was a natural progression. Enjoy! Leave a comment with your thoughts and/or any adjustments if you try them.
I really needed protein to help with a little mini-flare (super mild) and was craving some authentic fried meatballs. I also didn’t want to introduce eggs again while flaring as I am a tad reactive to them (higher end of the LEAP scale). I decided to try it with banana and it worked great! I’ll be making this recipe using turkey for Thanksgiving and will post the recipe after the holiday. I decided to lightly fry the tops and bottoms of the meatballs to get that wonderful crisp before baking. I wasn’t sure how well my body would handle a totally fried meatball. All in all a wonderful treat.
I felt like creating something original today. I think it could still be better, but it definitely hit the spot. Right now I am not sure I can have honey, so I’ve been playing around with baking using fruit as the only sweetener. Hopefully, if my love affair with honey must come to an end, I will tolerate dates instead. A girl needs something! Anyway, if you decide to try these, please comment on how you adjusted them or how you think they might be best improved. Enjoy!
I made these cookies because I am still on the LEAP program and I am limited as to what ingredients I can use to create things. I haven’t had a baked good in a while and I made chocolate chip cookies for some guests later. I want to enjoy a snack as well, so I gave these a shot as well as a banana peanut butter cookie that I found here (sweetener omitted). Both of these cookies are decent when you have not had a baked good in a bit, but they pair better with milk or tea or coffee.
***I moved recently, so I apologize for my absence!***
On 8/20/17 I started my LEAP/MRT program. I am about to wrap up phase 2 and enter phase 3. I feel pretty awesome despite how tough it can be to hold off on beloved foods. I am keeping a few notes about questionable foods (raspberries, mustard, and beets) that I am unsure if the response was from external allergens or the food itself. I will retest those again later. I don’t care too much for any of them that I need them right now, anyway.
So, as I enter phase 3, I wanted to say that I would do this program again without a second thought. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it requires discipline and endurance. But, there is a real improvement and that’s all that matters to me.
Here’s what I can have beginning on 9/16/17:
Coconut 1.6 (9/16)
Turmeric 1.6 (9/17)
Garlic 1.4 (9/18)
Lemon 1.5 (9/19)
Salmon 1.7 (9/20)
Cashew 1.4 (9/21)
Walnut 1.6 (9/22)
Orange 1.6 (9/23)
Eggplant 1.5 (9/24)
Basil 1.4 (9/25)
Honeydew 1.4 (9/26)
Celery 1.4 (9/27)
Cabbage 1.6 (9/28)
Beef 1.7 (9/29)
I actually ordered these beginning with my favorites because last phase I did it based on level. It was terrible waiting to get to peanuts (I will eat an entire container of PB in a day if no one stops me).
Below are some of the foods/meals I had while on phase 2. You can check them all out on my instagram account.
Well, how about that nicotine experiment? Today marks 63 days (or, 2 months) using nicotine replacement therapy. On 10/5 I will have a procedure (flex sig) to determine how I am doing in terms of clinical healing. I am so nervous. I’ve also not told my GI just yet, so let’s keep this between us – haha!
Regarding how I feel in general? There are times I have forgotten to take my meds and had to circle back, terrified. Forgetting the canasa isn’t so much of a big deal, lately. However, forgetting the lialda and the GERD meds scares me. I’ve actually forgotten those both on 2 occasions now and simply took 2 lialda later in the day (too close to my next dose to take a full dose). Maybe it means I will be ready to be on the maintenance dose of lialda (2) instead of the 4 pills?!
Anyway, all that above just means that I feel great. I have forgotten that I have this terrible disease because on most days I feel wonderful. Of course, I still suffer from some secondary symptoms which I can’t totally fault UC for. I am wondering if some are related to the meds. For instance, I have severe dry eye in my right eye mostly. I have to use drops in the morning just to open them without feeling like I am ripping off my eyelid from my eyeball. They get a little red, also. My hair and skin are dryer than normal and I have an itch (that I attribute to the dryness). I do still suffer from occasional fatigue and body aches, but I am able to be active and actually get a real workout in (I’m a lifter). This is great considering I was in the hospital nearly 2.5 months ago wondering if I was dying (dramatic fall).
I’m still vaping, but I have arrived at a solid love for the 6mg dose. In my research, it’s estimated that my old preferred brand of smokes deliver about 2mg per smoke, with about a 90% absorption rate. If I use the vape like I would a cigarette, then at 6mg, I would estimate my absorption at about 1.8 to 2.5mg per 10 minute session. Unfortunately, you have to vape longer and harder than when smoking a real cigarette, but I am simply trying to mimic what I would have smoked in my previous life before the emergence of UC. I want to mention that I’ve been using 100% VG Organic Juice from ECBlendFlavors.com. Totally reasonable prices and I’ve had no issue with their juice. Check them out if you vape.
After struggling through phase 1 with only 2 proteins and 2 veggies (I ate a lot of bananas and pecans), I must say that it was well worth it. I have literally no bloating when I’m done a meal and I’ve lost about 3 to 4 lbs and can finally fit into a bridesmaid dress I need to wear in a month.
The first 3 to 6 days are brutal on phase 1. I actually felt worse for 4 days. On the 5th day everything changed. I felt absolutely wonderful for the first time. I’m not proud of this, but I forgot to take my meds because I felt so much like my old self!
I’m now 3 days into phase 2 and I’ve introduced clams and mushrooms. I’m preparing scallops and broiled cod tonight with fresh ginger and mushroom spinach. Tomorrow I will have some pickled beets!
I seriously feel wonderful. I hope this continues. Here’s the remaining list of phase 2 items I’ll be introducing over the next 15 days:
So many favorites coming back into my diet. Hoping they will get to stay!
Until next time, here’s some food I’ve been eating on the LEAP program: