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…

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…

Donut Worry…

… I’m back! And absolutely terrible at making donuts. In fact they’re worse than my puns. For now at least. I’ll try again tomorrow. My sister came over today and we saw Finding Dory and cooked dinner. We picked up some shrimp at the store, sautéed them in lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil, and…

The Key to Living a Spontaneous Life with Chronic Illness Is…

…always having a plan! “But hold up a sec.” you say. “Plans are the opposite of spontaneity. Nay, the ruiner of spontaneity, it’s nemesis, antithesis. Plans are the kryptonite to the Superman that is spontaneity.” A great point I grant you, though I would have gone with a Harry Potter/Voldemort metaphor or perhaps Jon Snow/Scary Ice…

Cooking While Working and Roadtripping

Last week was my first big test to see how the elimination diet goes while adding work into the equation. I’ve had the luxury of time to plan and cook the first three weeks of the diet (I can’t believe it’s been that long already!) and now I really have to think ahead about what I am…

Cooking on the Road

This weekend my family went up to the mountains for Mother’s Day, presenting the challenge of preparing several days worth of meals in advance. The goal once I’m back to work/reality is to prep a week’s worth of meals each Sunday, so this was a nice little test run. But like any test run, it…