Today, I don’t take any prescription medications for Crohn’s disease. I used to take an immuno-suppresive OTC for years until I weaned off it.
The Diet I Follow
The Nutritional Balancing program has a diet targeted towards the fast oxidizers and one for the slow oxidizers. After considering one diet to the next, from the Paleo Diet to veganism, I naturally gravitated toward the “cooked vegetable diet” and find it’s the most sustainable and detoxing of anything else.
I stick with simple meals (for the most part). The part that takes time is cooking the vegetables. I’ve learned to see beauty in not needing to go all out in food combining. Besides, it’s easier on digestion.
My Main Dietary Staples
-A bag of sweet peas in the morning smothered with a tablespoon of grass fed butter (more to this recipe here).
-Big serving of steamed rutabagas. After, I layer on some plain yogurt or cottage cheese with garlic sprinkled on. Otherwise, I melt some organic butter on top with dried spinach flakes or similar with a lightly cooked egg (yolk left raw).
-A bag of baked brussel sprouts in olive oil. Usually, I’ll include an organic grain like blue corn chips. Almond butter is tasty here as well.
-Daily homemade carrot juice (10-12 ounces at most) (I use this Omega J8004 juicer).
–Steamed cauliflower or broccoli with either a can of sardines or 3-4 ounces of poultry or lamb (beef less occasionally).
-Evening meal almost always consists of a sliced yam or sweet potato with a handful or so of fresh green beans- all steamed until soft. Top it off with some grass fed butter, a raw pastured egg yolk, ginger powder, dried aloe vera leaf flakes, spinach or parsley flakes, garlic, and Celtic Sea salt. Real salt (the brand) is also good.
Following my yam and green bean meal, I’ll occasionally indulge in a bowl of organic cereal and milk (Kalona Supernaturals is my favorite, plus they’re non-homogenized).
I enjoy cold cereal made primarily with oats, quinoa, or amaranth. Now, I know boxed organic cereal isn’t as healthy as cooking a serving of quinoa or amaranth and adding the milk afterwards, but it’s much less prep work considering all the hours I’ve invested in cooking for that day.
What Supplements do I take?
I was underweight last winter (according to my BMI), and thank God I’ve gained about 20 pounds since then. In my opinion, it was the digestive enzymes (ox bile and pancreatin) I started taking with almost every meal (still do) that allowed me to absorb more of what I was eating. (Oh, and my evening bowl of cereal with milk!).
Kelp is great as well. I’ve probably accumulated toxic amounts of fluoride over the years by drinking tap water, taking showers, and even washing my hands, that the iodine in kelp helps to detox of.
What I don’t eat
-Fruit (except a dried black botija olive once in a while),
-All fish (except sardines)
I really do miss the American hamburger and pizza I grew up with. I can do without all that, however, by treating myself to a serving of either red meat, poultry, or sardines a day with some kind of grains, usually organic blue corn or oats, to satisfy that craving.
I try to keep the grains and animal proteins separate to ease digestion, but some ground beef in a blue corn tortilla or taco shell isn’t the worst thing.
Mixing two animal proteins in one meal. This seems foreign now, and strange. Think of the classic bacon cheeseburger. You’re getting three different animal proteins in one go (bacon, dairy, and beef, traditionally). Why complicate it? You’re setting up the digestive process to fail. As long as I’m in-taking one quality protein (3-4 ounces) for one meal, I’m doing good.
Almost every time I have animal protein, I cook up some vegetables (a good pile of it) to complement it. This is usually sliced golden beets and onions (in olive oil) baked in a 350 degree oven, with either steamed cauliflower or brocolli. These provide some serious nutrients all in one meal, lower in carbs (especially without any grains), as well as the supplements I take.
Lifestyle with Crohn’s Disease
–Going to bed early (9pm or 10pm), and taking a nap or two later in the day when I feel I need it.
– Minimizing stress. I’m still looking for an offline job where I feel comfortable and get along with my co-workers. This is probably the biggest variable that affects my stress level. Usually, I’ll feel much more calm and relaxed on my day off or knowing I won’t work with particular people that I get anxious around.
I’ve been a Post Office PSE Clerk since September 2015. While it’s much better than my previous fast food job (better pay, no customer interaction), it does bring about stress with the 6-7 day work week, certain co-worker(s) I feel anxious/awkward around, limited benefits (very little vacation time), noisy dock work, and my undiagnosed TMJD acting up from moving heavy equipment and parcels around.
My aim is to slowly replace my offline job with other streams of income, like with blogging. Then I can apply for a job with less hours (3 or 4 days/ week) I feel more passionate and optimistic about. Have any ideas for me?
–Spending time with family. This is a great stress reliever, as well as making each other laugh. Some of my favorite moments are when we play a game like Scrabble or Scattegories.
If you have any questions or would like some support, please get in touch with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Skype (username is zep123dmc).