Safe to say it has been a while since I have posted anything to TLCTC – I wish I could say I was on a fabulous vacation in Europe or locked up secretly taping episodes for The Food Network, but I simply haven’t had the energy to do much more than work, sleep, and eat. The past few months I have been dealing with a new diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and been struggling to find the right treatment. I will spare you all the yucky details of my past few months, and simply say I feel so blessed to finally be on the road to recovery.
As a nurse, I sometimes feel as though I know everything there is to know about everything healthcare related. Boy, did I have my misconceptions about UC, it is way more than just discomfort and embarrassing runs to the bathroom. I used to be the girl who could do marathon gym trips on 2 hours of sleep, now after 14 hours of deep sleep on my days off I was needing a 3 hour afternoon nap, and walking the dog became my idea of serious cardio. My once athletic body was bloated and puffy, I literally looked like I was 6 months pregnant, which meant living in leggings and sweatpants instead of my favorite outfits, feeling so self conscious that I didn’t want to go out. High dose steroids made me cranky, God bless my boyfriend who dealt with my sassy pants so well! Having UC became way more than just the actual disease, and really so much more about how it effected each and every day of my life in so many unexpected ways.
After a sudden trip and admission to the hospital, I am finally weaning off the prednisone and starting a new medication regimen, involving frequent IV infusions and daily medications that will lower my immune system (a new scary battle.) Equipped with every vaccine under the sun in my body, and so much support from my family and friends I am so ready for the next chapter in this journey.
So enough about all my health issues, and finally back to the blog after all of this crazy health shit (no pun intended). One thing UC has taught me is to pay attention to how food effects my body. I used to spend so much time analyzing calories, cutting carbs, and watching the clock for when it would be socially acceptable for me to fill my grumbling belly again. As a result, TLCTC will now be focusing more on the nutrition of foods, rather than the calories. No more nutritional breakdowns because simply “calories are demons”. If you listen to your body, eat real food when you are hungry, and stop when you are full, calories should not matter. Instead, I’ll focus more on bright, fresh recipes that are still super easy, budget friendly, and, of course, yummy! I can’t wait to share some of my favorite products, workouts, and day to day adventures with you too, as TLCTC transitions to a blog about continuous improvement, self love, and embracing the adventure of each day!