Posted on April 27, 2013
Why settle for mediocrity?
It’s the freakin’ weekend! What are you guys up to? Anyone racing?
I don’t normally post a whole lot about IBS, because I prefer to keep the blog focus on running, living life, and other random stuff I come up with. But since I did the GI update post earlier this week it got me thinking about the 10%.
While I’m feeling much, much better I also feel like I’m just settling on mediocrity. I’m selling myself short of feeing 100% for no good reason. I mean who want’s to go through life not feeling well 10% of the time if it can be prevented or managed, right!?
The only person who can make changes is well, me. So I said “Self” (that’s what I call myself when I’m with myself) <- totally something my dad would say ha! it’s time for a change.
So I did some research and asked Cristin (she’s an RD) for a little help.
Here’s what I came up with:
“Unfortunately, some people with IBS find that the “healthier” they eat, with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and milk, the worse they feel.” source
When I read the line above, I shook my head in agreement because I can completely relate to it. But then my heart sunk a little because I knew I have to re-learn what a healthy diet means for me.
It’s a good thing I love a good a challenge.
Yesterday I wandered through Whole Foods. That place is amazing, how is it that I automatically feel healthier just walking into that store!? I kind of want to live there. Anyway I decided to try juicing again. I stopped awhile back when I figured out fresh apples gave me a horrible stomachache and apples are the key ingredient for me. I was ready to give them another try since it seems that I can now tolerate everything I couldn’t before.
The experiment: celery, a pink lady apple, a carrot & 1/2 lime.
It’s my favorite blend and I’m so happy to report that it sat really well on my stomach. Whew.
The nerd in me even calculated that it cost $1.66 to make. Cheaper than a cup of coffee at Starbucks, but don’t get any funny ideas, I’m not giving up my beloved coffee anytime soon.
I think juicing will help fill in the gaps with vitamins & nutrients I need while extracting the fiber in fresh produce.
A couple small changes I’m going to work on:
- Juice several times a week.
- Stick with white grains
- Work on getting 15 grams of fiber per day.
In case you’re interested, here’s a couple resources (thank you Cristin!!) that I found really helpful.
IBS/Crohn’s friends, what works for you? Please spill your secrets.
Do you juice? What’s your favorite combo?