a romantic dinner full of semi-SCD treats on friday night:

  • cheese with mustard and raw honey
  • sausage and almonds
  • greens, sliced pork chops, horseradish, and mayo
  • loads of red wine!!!
@2 days ago with 1 note
#dinner #specific carbohydrate diet #crohn's #crohns 
i haven’t been eating enough veggies lately, but we just got arugula (my favorite green) in our farm share and i couldn’t resist.  since i knew i couldn’t handle it raw, i cooked it with already-roasted chicken, walnuts, a little ghee, and some spices.  it was delicious.

i haven’t been eating enough veggies lately, but we just got arugula (my favorite green) in our farm share and i couldn’t resist.  since i knew i couldn’t handle it raw, i cooked it with already-roasted chicken, walnuts, a little ghee, and some spices.  it was delicious.

@1 month ago with 1 note
#SCD #specific carbohydrate diet #crohn's #crohns #ulcerative colitis #chicken #arugula #walnuts 

i made pork ribs for the first time this week.  i had read that a lot of people use a dry rub but i created a wet rub using coconut oil, ghee, and honey as a base.  i likely will do this differently next time, but see below for what i did.

SCD pork ribs

ingredients

  • pork ribs
  • some kind of fat (i used half coconut oil, half ghee)
  • raw honey
  • spices of your choosing (i used salt, turmeric, pepper, chili, curry)
  • vinegar (AC preferable, but i only had white)

directions

  1. preheat your oven to 300 or so (mine was up high at 360, which i realized later was the wrong approach)
  2. if preparing a dry rub, mix your dry ingredients together and rub thick onto both sides of the ribs.  for a wet rub like the one i made, start by blending your fats and honey together, then add the spices and continue to mix.  then, rub onto both sides of the ribs.
  3. line a baking pan with foil.  put your ribs meat side down on the foil and cover with a second piece of foil.  bake for 2-3 hours, pulling out the ribs every 30-45 minutes to baste with both pan drippings and with vinegar.
  4. when done, let them sit covered for a few minutes and then devour.
@1 month ago with 1 note
#pork ribs #SCD #specific carbohydrate diet #crohn's #crohns #ulcerative colitis 
one more mostly-SCD breakfast: lemon yogurt, gluten-free granola, raw honey.

one more mostly-SCD breakfast: lemon yogurt, gluten-free granola, raw honey.

@1 month ago with 1 note
#yogurt #granola #gluten free #honey #raw honey 
roasted carrot soup with mushrooms
ingredients
carrots, chopped
bone broth (or whatever broth you have on hand)
mushrooms, sliced
butter (or oil of your choosing)
spices of your choosing (i used turmeric, salt, pepper, ginger, and a little clove)
ingredients
in a small saucepan, throw in chopped carrots and broth and bring to a boil.  boil until the carrots are soft enough to break with the back of a spoon.  pull from heat and throw into a blender until smooth, adding more broth to thin out if you need.  throw soup back into the saucepan and bring to a slow boil, adding spices of your choosing and stirring for a minute until well-incorporated.
in a frying pan, melt butter, add sliced mushrooms and top with salt and pepper.  let the mushrooms sweat and saute to the consistency of your liking.
to serve, put soup into a bowl and top with mushrooms.

roasted carrot soup with mushrooms

ingredients

  • carrots, chopped
  • bone broth (or whatever broth you have on hand)
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • butter (or oil of your choosing)
  • spices of your choosing (i used turmeric, salt, pepper, ginger, and a little clove)

ingredients

  1. in a small saucepan, throw in chopped carrots and broth and bring to a boil.  boil until the carrots are soft enough to break with the back of a spoon.  pull from heat and throw into a blender until smooth, adding more broth to thin out if you need.  throw soup back into the saucepan and bring to a slow boil, adding spices of your choosing and stirring for a minute until well-incorporated.
  2. in a frying pan, melt butter, add sliced mushrooms and top with salt and pepper.  let the mushrooms sweat and saute to the consistency of your liking.
  3. to serve, put soup into a bowl and top with mushrooms.
@1 month ago
#mushrooms #carrots #broth #carrot soup #SCD #specific carbohydrate diet #crohns #crohn's #ulcerative colitis 
this is not a great picture, but i made turmeric tea for the first time this weekend and it was amazing.  i ended up drinking three cups.  the honey and lemon alter the taste of the turmeric, bringing out different elements of its flavor.  find the recipe on 101 cookbooks.

this is not a great picture, but i made turmeric tea for the first time this weekend and it was amazing.  i ended up drinking three cups.  the honey and lemon alter the taste of the turmeric, bringing out different elements of its flavor.  find the recipe on 101 cookbooks.

@1 month ago with 1 note
#turmeric #turmeric tea #101 cookbooks #tea 

i cooked the biggest portabello mushrooms ever the other night.  with eggs, which look funky in this picture because they cooked in mushroom oil.  yum!

@1 month ago
#SCD #specific carbohydrate diet #eggs #mushrooms #crohn's #chrons #ulcerative colitis 

callowhill:

this is the stark view from the chair at quest where i get my bloodwork done.  the room is almost completely bare and cream-colored, save a couple of old framed pictures of flowers on the walls and a clear shelf stacked with colorful vials, ready to be filled with blood.  whenever i come into this room, i know i will be surprised by the number of vials they need to fill; i will count the vials, before they are filled and during (having to recount often because counting can feel dizzying), and try to believe that this is just a part of life, that there is nothing wrong with looking at vials filled with liquid that used to be a part of me; to normalize the idea that this is something i am expected to do, that i am somehow accountable to my doctors, to their requests that i deposit my blood in a lab near my house so they can analyze it, so they can better understand what’s going on inside me.

but as i become more familiar with this process, as ten vials starts to sound like a reasonable number and a relief compared to what they took last time, i become equally familiar with the results.  i know my iron will be low.  i know they will ask me to take more supplements, to start taking my iron pills again.  i know they will tell me i’m not absorbing vitamins B or D well, that they might ask me to do another stool sample, which will take me six months to do because the whole process feels demeaning and tedious. 

soon, no part of this process will surprise me at all and i will feel no engagement in it, will have no emotions to devote to it.  pick up scripts from doctor, check. make appointment at quest, check. take a half day, check.  eat and drink before appointment, check. look away before they stick the needle in, check. count the vials but don’t care about the number, check.  listen to results and pretend to care, check. nod when asked to purchase more supplements, check.  continue on with your day, check.

from my daily blog

@1 month ago with 3 notes
#crohn's #ulcerative colitis #crohns #uveitis #chronic illness #bloodwork #tests 

yummy, mostly-SCD breakfast: fried eggs, bacon, chard, gluten-free english muffins, and coffee.

@1 month ago
#breakfast 
we recently started buying gluten-free english muffins (not SCD) and my husband has been making me the most delicious egg sandwiches with them.  they are amazing!

we recently started buying gluten-free english muffins (not SCD) and my husband has been making me the most delicious egg sandwiches with them.  they are amazing!

@1 month ago with 1 note
#gluten free english muffin #gluten free #egg sandwich