Seriously, sometimes that’s how it feels. Prior to my diagnosis, I ate a healthy diet with lots of fruits, veggies, some whole grains, and treats in moderation. I probably drank too much coffee, but hey, I am a barista. The low-residue diet my GI Specialist prescribed when I was in the hospital sort of sent me into a minor panic attack. See, I’m a vegetarian. It’s a choice, I know, but it’s a choice I feel good about, and it’s the way I enjoy eating. Someone telling me I could no longer eat raw vegetables or fruits, most cooked vegetables, dairy, or whole grains felt like a death sentence. What did that even leave? Well, obviously he recommended meat, but tofu would be a suitable substitution, cooked carrots, beets, green beans, and potatoes without the skin. I could also have as much white bread and pasta as I wanted? It went against everything I’d ever known about food, but I knew I must do what my doctor and nutritionist were telling me, so I eagerly set about eating lots of tofu, skinless potatoes, and white grains.
I learned, quickly, that white bread was not for me. I felt gross and bloated; I also started to experience little stabbing pains in my stomach. My food options were dwindling, so I did what every (book nerd) English major would do in this situation. I researched my little ulcerated butt off. I found that sauerkraut could work for me because it has probiotic properties, and then, I did something against all my doctor’s rules. I started to experiment. I mean, they wanted me to eat 2500-3000 calories a day in order to gain back some of the weight I’d lost and to make sure my stubborn digestive system had the best chance at actually getting all the nutrients it needed, which would require eating a lot of everything. The problem, though, was that there was so little food I could actually eat, I was finding it hard to get enough calories, by about 1500 a day.
Finally fed up with the diet and eating six (not an exaggeration) baked potatoes a day, I went to Kroger and bought a bunch of organic veggies and fruits and that very day, I made my first (since the diagnosis, anyway) green smoothie. I need my greens! Yep, my phone’s camera sucks.
Here’s what’s in it:
~2 cups chopped organic kale leaves (no stems as those might be too hard to digest) or other greens
~1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk or milk of choice
1 huge organic banana
1 scoop unflavored soy protein powder (This is what I use.)
2 TBSP raw, organic honey
Ice, optional – I didn’t use any, but if you like your smoothies thicker/colder, it’s a good idea
So far, this has given me absolutely no pain, and check out the stats! (Via MyFitnessPal)
Obviously, the honey is not a great idea if you are watching your weight/diabetic. Also, don’t do this if you know it’s going to cause you to have a flare up. Please don’t kill yourself for the sake of a little potassium, but if you think you can handle it, maybe try a small amount.
I’m not going to tell you this smoothie is some kind of miracle food and my colitis has magically healed completely, or that I can lift a whole car after I drink one, but I will say that I feel more awake, now. I’ve also stopped getting dizzy if I stand or walk for too long at work. I haven’t been to the gym in a while, so I haven’t tested it there, but I’ll let you know.
What are some of your favorite smoothies?