I’m basically not allowed to eat ramen right now…. cos it’s food and liquid… and I can’t eat and drink at the same time DX So no noodle soups for me…. no hotpot… which sucks… cos I love ramen… but hopefully it won’t be for much longer…
Click the link to go to a page about sticky thai rice, from top left clockwise, it’s sticky thai rice, Japanese short grain, and then thai jasmine rice. I prefer short grain rices.
It may seem like an obvious boring one, but rice really is brilliant. And on it’s own, simple. Simple enough for stomachs and guts which are recovering it seems. And it’s so versatile in it’s uses. Think of how many dishes rice is used in. You have your basic currys, chilli’s, your fried rice, rice pudding, it’s used to make cereal even! You can have it with stir fries, you can put it in omelette’s, you can even make it into soup. And fill it with meat and wrap it with leaves. It’s seriously brilliant. And sushi! How do I forget to mention sushi?
So I threw up the 3 Elemental 028’s I drank from 9am to 2pm-ish. Not sure if I drank them too quick or if soluable paracetamol would have reacted with it. But either way, they weren’t sitting well regardless and drinking 8 a day just to maintain my current weight… which is underweight anyway, was ridiculous. At 250ml each. My only two options now are either going back on Fresubin and getting 6 down a day, or an NG tube. Which I’d much rather avoid to be honest…
So bacon with too much fat on is apparently a very bad idea. I can’t think what else messed up today, so it must have been the bacon muffin I had after my gastro appointment(will elaborate later). But it seemed to just sit in my stomach all day till I hurled in the evening. Tmi I know, but most folks with Crohn’s and IBD have to get used to talking about bodily functions, so it’s probably not that shocking.
I know some things I’ve read have said that fat in general is harder to digest, and therefore bad for Crohn’s. Which I’ll go with, since processed hot dogs and stuff like that seem to bother me, during a flare up anyway. Even though I ate canned/jars of hot dogs loads before. And beans… I miss baked beans… but right now thinking of food isn’t what I wanna do. But there are good fats we need too right? Either way, I went from feeling meh, to feeling seriously bleh… literally.
Is it all in our heads? Some people seem to think Crohn’s and IBD related diseases can also be psychosomatic, which in layman’s terms basically means stress and stuff can affect us in a very very bad way, more than people without IBD. Our guts might be attuned to our mental well being even more so than people who get butterflies in their stomach when worried, or get stomach aches when they’re stressed out. Folks like us with Crohn’s and IBD would react… worse… in theory. Again. Theory. Because there is still so much to be learned about Crohn’s and IBD, alot of it’s still theory, and heck, they’re not even sure what causes it yet…
So I figure, distractions are key. Keeping your mind OFF THE CROHN’S. When I was first diagnosed, I think I was probably revising/studying for exams and stuff, I know I missed an exam because of symptoms and had to do it later on. So that would align with the stress/mental health theory.
If this is what you want, turn away now, because mine is a quick and lazy version. No grill involved. But plenty of melting.
So I’m meant to be on a low residue, low fibre diet. And I can’t eat massive portions at once, so it means I have to snack literally every couple of hours if I want to get all of my calories. I also need to replenish my protein, which is even harder since the Crohn’s is probably making it so it’s not getting absorbed even if I do eat enough. And apparently things must be fairly low in fat, because fats are harder to digest, so no hot dogs, sausages, processed meats, all the things I loved to snack on… specially hot dogs… and things like cheese, are apparently harder to digest, so when I do brave some cheese, I have to do it in moderation, same for milk products, but that’s mainly because I get phlegmy lol. I think rich foods are also not a great idea for me at the moment, but that’s just me. Everything has to be in tiny pathetic portions either way…
I’m currently looking for quick, easy snack foods that require very little prep time, because sometimes you don’t wanna spend ages making something you then don’t really feel like eating, am I right? So this, a Tuna cheese melt, done the extreme lazy way, and power saving too, I’d like to think.
For the past… must be 5 months or so now, I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the Food Network. In particular, Diner’s Drive in’s and Dives with Guy Fieri, but obviously, when you have Crohn’s, or IBD, alot of that highly spiced/flavoured delicious looking meat fests that get featured on the show, are off limits to us. Though occasionally there are lighter things, noodles, pasta, rice dishes, it would still be difficult for us to adapt… of course it depends on the person, as Crohn’s and IBD seems to be a fickle mistress unfortunately.
I’ve just got food on the brain. Literally. Even if I’m not hungry. I want to eat and/or cook things. Which is a waste of time… I made Sesame cookie things a few days ago, and ate hardly any of them…. which SUCKS. I want my huge appetite back. And I want to be able to eat what I like again.
This blog will hopefully be a mix of helpful tips and recipe things that don’t bother Crohn’s and IBD, things that don’t agitate our stomachs and bowels. Because right now, mine is bubbling away merrily, though it seems to do that no matter what I eat. That’s my goal. To make my tummy quiet again T-T.