Happy Intesti-versary!

I woke up yesterday morning to a ping on my phone. “Happy 6th Intesti-versary!” I rolled over and went back to sleep with a smile on my face. On April 4, 2011 I had surgery to remove my terminal ileum (part of the small intestine that attaches to the large intestine and absorbs vitamin B12),…

Volunteer at Summer Camp!

Having Crohn’s or UC doesn’t come with many perks, but I have to say by far the best part of dealing with IBD has been volunteering at the CCFA’s Camp Oasis. The past two summers, I’ve spent a week of my time in the mountains above Palm Springs laughing, crying, and learning from kids who deserve…

Cookie Craze

All this election tension has me stress baking like my life depends on it! In an attempt to steer clear of the sugar in chocolate I made some gingersnap cookies from Primal Palate over the weekend, which were quickly devoured by my improv team. Most of the grain and dairy-free desserts I’ve baked (see donuts, more donuts, and coconut…

Conference Time

A few weeks back, I was asked to speak on a patient panel at the CCFA’s Los Angeles Education Conference. I attended my first conference in 2011 as a newly stitched up patient, fresh from the surgical table. I learned a lot about treatment options, new research on the horizon, and met people going through…

Tastes Like Fall

Fall is almosttt in the air here in Southern California (it’s a chilly 79 degrees here at Warner Bros. today) and my peanut m&m’s addiction is as debilitating as ever. In an attempt to better hold myself accountable for what I put in my body, here’s my best attempt at remembering what I ate over…

This Week’s Eats

  I am four months into this elimination diet, and while it’s been strong going pretty much the whole time, I am feeling my momentum lulling just a tad. After a less than fun dining out experience tonight, I am renewed in my resolve to stick to the diet since it really, truly has improved my…

The Game Plan

Like many American youths, I have played soccer since the requisite signup in Kindergarden. My love for the game expanded with every seasonal patch I added to my rec league jersey and continued through the years of matching sweats and pre-wrap headbands on competitive teams. Nothing will ever beat the feeling of my first header…

Produce in a Box!

Starting this elimination diet three and a half months ago was the biggest step I’ve made outside of medicine to taking back control over my health. I’ve seen many improvements in my health along the way, but I also see a lot of ways I can make my cooking/eating/health more efficient/economical/better overall. So, I’ve been looking…

‘Buch Hooch: Kombucha Success!

And just like that, my first batch of kombucha is done! I let the tea flavor with blueberries, raspberries, ginger, and combos of the berries for two days. I “burped” the bottles each day to let the air from the fermentation process out. If the air builds up too much, it can create a tiny bomb…

Delicious Donuts: The Elusive Paleo(ish) Treat

In the search for grain and dairy-free sweet treats other than my trusty Coconut Layer Bars, I’ve turned to donuts. The first attempt ended in an inedible crumbly mess, but at least it smelled good! I’m happy to say the second batch was much improved, but there are still so many adjustments I want to make in…

Kombucha Watch: Day Five

I took the scoby out of the cupboard for quick walk around the block this morning. Looks like everything is coming along nicely in the fermentation process and the scoby is healthy and growing in both jars!   In a couple days I’ll start taste-testing the kombucha to see if it is to my liking….