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Yogurt Treat

For almost 18 months my main after-dinner treat has been homemade yogurt with blueberries.  Thankfully, I still love it!  Yesterday though I realized I needed to eat up some bananas, and decided to try something different.  It turned out so good, my picky daughter even ate it!

This is what I did:

Take one banana, slice it up and put it in a bowl

Put about 1/2 cup of homemade yogurt on top of the banana

Drizzle honey (I put about a tablespoon) on top of the yogurt

Top liberally with toasted pecan pieces (I bought mine from Trader Joe’s)

This can work for a treat, or even for a meal if you add something else with it.  I call it dessert because I cannot eat regular ice cream or cakes or stuff like that, so this is a sweet treat for me.  Enjoy!

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Traveling Food

Well, my trip with my daughter to sunny California is fast approaching!  I am sooooo looking forward to this time with her. 🙂  I’m trying to process through food while I’m gone.  I’ve looked at the menu for the hotel we are staying at, and the prices will make it impossible to eat there at all meals.  This is a bummer for me because at an upscale restaurant, I know that I could order food that I can eat.

So, I’m not stressing over the food, I’m just not sure how much I’ll be able to find to eat.  There is a food court in a mall close by, and I have found that I can eat McDonald’s Bacon Ranch salad with grilled chicken and no dressing.  Well, let’s say that of the 4 times that I’ve eaten that, only once did it cause me problems!  I think there is a grocery store in the same mall, and so I’m thinking of some things I could buy.  Knowing we will be possibly standing in lines for a while and not anywhere where I could make food, means I need to have portable energy on hand for me.

My plan thus far consists of this:

  • Hopefully I can eat a big egg/veggie/fruit breakfast each morning.  This will carry me a long way in the day.
  • I’ll be making a huge batch of Energy Bites.  I’m thinking I can eat those throughout the day to give me boosts when needed.
  • I might bake something else like cookies or cinnamon rolls to take and keep in the hotel room.  It’s not ideal, but both of those contain natural sugar in the form of honey, and protein in the form of almonds.
  • If I can find some banana’s and apples I will carry one of those with me at all times.  Those are quick bursts of energy as well.

That’s all I’ve got so far.  I’ll have a very small fridge to use, so I really can’t take much food with me.  I’m playing with fire a bit, going and not knowing how I’ll be able to feed myself, but I’m not worried.  I’ve come to know my body pretty well, and know how I can survive on just a few things for a few days, when needed.

I just know that I’ll pig out when I come home!

 

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Crohn's Journal

 

Update

Honestly speaking?  Sleep was a bit difficult last night.  My mind was tossing and turning about what we would sell and what we would keep if we lost the house.  It’s a very interesting place to be in…..thinking about losing your home.  At time is makes me very nervous with endless questions.  What will we do?  Where will we go?  What will we tell this kids?  And at other times the peace that I need is right there, calming my spirit, knowing that it’s all going to be okay.

To be clear…we still have a plan that we are hopeful will work out with us saving our house.  The bankruptcy stalled the foreclosure proceedings for a time, as it was designed to do.  But we still have to try to negotiate with the bank to lower the debt on the property, and that’s a turkey shoot.  We’ll move forward on that soon, and then have some clarity on what might really happen.

I don’t want to move out of my house.  I love the LIFE that we have brought and lived in this house.  This is where my children have grown up.  This is all they know.  I don’t really get scared thinking of losing this part of our lives.  I just don’t like it.  It’s not comfortable to think about.  I know that a house does not make a family, but when it is such a big part of your lives, to think of losing it can make you a little on edge.

A part of me is coming the grips with the fact that we may lose it, and that it would be okay.

Yikes!  I said it.

I guess I say those words because, in the past 3 months, we’ve been kinda starting over.  My husband got a job at a big company for the first time in decades.  I’ve been working.  We lost 2 cars to repossession but now have two working vehicles free and clear.  Things are trimming up.  And maybe to complete this “rebirth” we need to lose the house.  I don’t want it to go down that way, but I’m adjusting my thinking to that possibility.  That maybe God has bigger plans for our lives, and if we keep fighting to stay in this house, we are fighting against those plans.

Yuck.  Sigh.  Puke.  Stomp foot here…….

Sometimes we don’t like the feeling of God’s plans being fulfilled in our lives.  Sometimes we would rather take the reins and drive ourselves, because where we want to go is more comfortable.

But my family lives trusting in the Almighty and his plans for us.  We have taught that to our children, and continually reinforce that.  What an awesome lesson in their lives of trusting in him with everything, if it happens that way.

I don’t want to lose my house.  I like it here.

But…..I guess I’ll go where He sends me.

And hopefully, if we do lose the house, it will be across the street to the house that will be for rent in August, so that we can continue to live in the community we’ve built right here.  🙂

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in Crohn's Journal

 

The difficulty of food

Probably the hardest part of this disease for me right now is the unavailability of foods that I can eat when I am away from home.  I try and take something with me if I’m gone for more than a few hours.  But there are times when I forget, and after a few hours I find myself dropping.  What that means is a serious lack of energy.  I’m not sure if it could be low blood sugar.  I know some other Crohnies deal with that when they don’t eat every few hours.  I do know that with me, I need to eat every 2-3 hours or I start to fade.  I don’t like getting like that.  Food can just be a difficult but necessary aspect of life when you have a digestive disorder……..

Today I went to Seattle with the kids.  I thought I grabbed an apple to eat on the way home, which would have been just the right timing, but I didn’t.  So, as we were walking back to the car, my energy took a nose dive.  A 40 minute drive home, plus a quick stop at the store, put me at an hour or more past when my body really needed to fuel.  Ugh……sometimes it’s hard to do anything much even after I’ve gotten something to eat.

If you don’t know by now, the reason I don’t just grab something at some place along the way is this stinkin’ disease.  I have to be very careful with the foods that I put in my system.  If I put the wrong thing in, I usually feel it within an hour.  I can get some serious gas cramps going on, as well as aches and pain.  It can last a day or more.  I guess if it was life or death, I’d eat something and deal with the Crohn’s consequences later.  But if I can, I wait until I can get home to where I know there is likely SOMETHING that I can eat.

I used to love to eat, and cook.  With life these past 9 months I feel like I’ve just been surviving in terms of food.  I’m not very creative any more.  I miss the rich flavors that I used to be able to create and eat, and know I could get there again if I had the time.

My ultimate wish?

To have my own private chef for a year to make delicious foods that I can eat, and then recreate on my own.  Maybe then food wouldn’t be so difficult……..

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Crohn's Journal

 

Sausages

Oh, this is yummy!  I found this recipe for homemade “Jimmy Dean” sausages on one of my Crohn’s sites, tried it, and fell in love!  Because of possible preservatives and unkown ingredients, I can’t have commercially prepared sausage, but these ones do the job just fine!  This morning I just about tripled this recipe, and made enough to last me for a couple of weeks.  I’ll put most of the cooked patties in the freezer, and just pull out one or two at a time for breakfast.  Finally, something more than just eggs and veggies for breakfast!!!

Sausages

16 oz. ground pork

1 egg

1 tsp salt (less if you think it might be too salty)

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp dried sage

1/4 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp dried cayenne pepper (sounds like a lot but has the exact bite the Jimmy Dean’s do!)

1/4 tsp dried coriander

Mix everything together, form into patties, and fry in coconut or olive oil.

Enjoy!!!