“You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” While this statement rings true in every walk of life, it especially resonates with diet changes.
Food was never something I thought twice about growing up. I ate regularly, knew my favorite foods and never stopped to think “what if one day, I could no longer eat corn or beans or salad?” It’s hard to go from eating anything and everything to a diet with restrictions. Let’s face it, diet changes are scary. (more…)
During our senior year at Brandeis University, Marnina and I made veggie calzones using Trader Joe’s herbed pizza dough. We chose Trader Joe’s because the dough was kosher (a necessity!), cheap and delicious. Trader Joe’s has three types of dough—whole wheat, plain (white) and herbed. The calzones were melt-in-your-mouth good, and so we decided to recreate a similar dish using an online recipe. Feel free to make your own dough or use your favorite kind of store-bought dough. Calzones are especially friendly for IBD sufferers because most of the filling is usually cooked (to death!) on the skillet, and then the entire calzone is baked, meaning the entire dish is easier to digest. Plus, veggies are full of antioxidants, and antioxidants improve circulation and digestion and also naturally reduce inflammation in the body. We also try to vary the color of our veggies because different colors provide different types of antioxidants (broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms are a staple in our kitchen). (more…)