Holidays are challenging for everyone, whether you have IBD or not. There is constant chatter on blogs, websites, news sources and magazines about how to avoid the holiday weight gain. Let’s face it. Thanksgiving, while it is about being thankful for the season’s harvest, it has been turned into a holiday governed by food. Thanksgiving is about turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie. As a Crohnie (someone with Crohn’s Disease), Thanksgiving is a recipe (pun intended!) for disaster. (more…)
Archive for November, 2011
Invariably, the onset of cold weather leads Marnina and I (and probably most everyone else) to crave certain foods. Cold smoothies, garden vegetable dishes, and fish with a glass of white wine are replaced with warm soups, hearty chili, red wine and stews. This week, Marnina and I were in the mood for a filling stew that would last us the week – we often spend a large chunk of Sunday night slaving away in the kitchen to prepare our lunches and dinners for the upcoming week. Marnina had picked out a winter veggie stew with Moroccan spices, and after shopping for all the root veggies (we even found some purple carrots!), we were ready to begin the stew…until we realized that the recipe called for a Dutch oven…a tool that we did not have. Instead, we used a large cooking pot that would accommodate all the ingredients, but also require more work to ensure that the stew was evenly seasoned.
After a particularly fat-laden meal, Marnina will often complain that she feels irritated and bloated. Crohn’s disease often affects one’s ability to digest or absorb fat normally. When Marnina does occasionally eat red meat (that is not lean) for dinner, she will wake up the next morning and claim to feel like last night’s dinner is still sitting in her. Her body just does not digest fat very quickly and instead sits inside of her. While many fatty foods are trigger foods, there are some foods that are particularly troublesome, such as butter, margarine, ice cream, fried foods and fatty red meat, among other foods. Fat is harder to digest than other nutrients, plain and simple. (more…)
I Be a fooDie recently had the unique opportunity to communicate with fellow Crohnie, Damion Moyer. While Damion has been struggling with symptoms of Crohn’s Disease throughout his life, he was officially diagnosed with the disease this past summer. In an effort to maintain his health, Damion has committed himself to following the SCD Diet (Specific Carbohydrate Diet). Below, you can learn about the diet and about Damion’s journey with SCD.
If you are interested in following Damion visit “My Cranky Gut” at http://mycrankygut.wordpress.com/.
For those with IBD, owning a crockpot (AKA a slow cooker) should be a necessity. Crockpots can be a time saver — you can set them up to cook while you are at work and then come home to meals without having to slave away in the kitchen. Crockpots are especially useful for making stews, because they cook vegetables, meat and potatoes “to death” while still providing a wholesome and nutritious meal. The slow cooking breaks down the fiber and connective tissues in foods, making them softer and more digestible. This cooking method also allows the seasoning and sauce to infuse into the cooked veggies, meat, etc. The final product is always moist (as long as there is enough liquid), and incredibly flavorful. If you are cooking meat, a crockpot will yield fall-apart meats, which not only sound good, but taste good. Slow cooking on relatively low heat tenderizes meat, and since Marnina and I often cook with lean meats that are inherently less tender (less fat = less tenderness), we often use the crockpot to tenderize our ground turkey or ground beef. (more…)