Does IBS feel like a tiger you gotta fight? Gotta be a brawler? The villain is your gut, and you gotta Wonder Woman your way out of this battle. Every. Damn. Day.
But YO. That gut is a part of your body. It’s ON YOUR TEAM. So, like, the fighting thing… may not be the best idea. You gotta work WITH it. You gotta see the GOOD in it.
The thing with a fight, especially when it’s within yourself, is that you run out of slay power at one point or another. In SESSION ONE of the Healthy Gut. Happy Mind. program we don’t just talk about WILLPOWER [[the push]] we talk about WHYPOWER [[the pull]]. All of a sudden you’re like freakin Ghandi or Mother Theresa with that tiger. You love it. You appreciate it. Flaws and all. And you realize that you don’t have to fight so hard to get where you want to go. You just gotta dance with your fear. You gotta hold tight to the great compelling reason/person/thing that makes you want to BE more. Time to lay down your bow and arrow, Wonder Woman. This isn’t a fight. It’s healing.
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As I sit here on bed rest for the third day, I have perhaps written the most real, raw, detailed, and vulnerable blog post ever. I have been working on it for weeks, but have been terrified to hit publish. Today, I’m facing some of my fears and putting it all out there. My goal? To help you understand what it’s like living with #ulcerativecolitis , recount my personal experiences and offer some support. It’s a lengthy read, but I hope you’ll take the time to get to know me just a little better. Link in bio! 👩🏼💻🔝
🌟 Next, we have Steph! 🌟
Hello I'm Steph! I am an economics graduate, 👩🏼🎓rugby player 🏉 and I live in Surrey with my family. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 3 years ago, which made it very difficult for me to be a 'normal' university student. I have tried every possible drug used to treat ibd but have never reached remission. I had emergency surgery in December and now have a temporary ileostomy which has given me the chance to enjoy life again. I volunteer for Crohn's & Colitis to help raise awareness of the disease and to have the chance to support others facing the challenges of it. It is important that we fight inflammatory bowel disease together! 💪🏼💜
YOU WERE NOT BORN TO BE MEDIOCRE. But you knew that already. You’re a good person. A hard worker. A huge giver. A big heart. So… Why did the Universe give you IBS? WANT TO KNOW THE SECRET? You were gifted this dis-EASE is so that you learn to trust, let go, and allow EASE into your life. The pushing/grinding led us to the IBS. The releasing/healing will lead us out of it. And that feeling of letting go… you need that for whatever is next for you as you continue stepping up. Cause no. You were not born to be mediocre. This obstacle is leading you to greatness. Comment “YES” 👇🏻 if you know this to be true!
Some of last night’s circuit. I’m starting to work on more dynamic movements. I tried jumping a few weeks ago and it didn’t feel right so I waited another 3 weeks before doing these again. They felt great this time! Continuing to work on getting stronger! P.S. I’m back to my pre-surgery weight 112-114lbs 💪! This means I’ve put on 14lbs of healthy weight since February. Always remember the scale is just a number it’s all about how you feel and so far, I’m feeling pretty great!
4 WEEK TRANSFORMATION 💫
I never thought at 4 weeks post Total Colectomy surgery - a MASSIVE surgery I would feel this damn good.
The photo on the left - I was happy inside. I survived the most frightening surgery. That warranted a cheeky thumbs up, pasty faced photo where I look incredibly sick. I couldn’t sit up. I couldn’t string a sentence together, drink water, walk or eat. Though an 11/10 snoozer. •
The photo on the right - I have pushed through the bad times, through several days of trying to sit up, walking 3 steps to my chair to walking 3km on a treadmill, crying from pain to having a small amount of panadol, to being unable to shower alone to showering competently, to not eating for a week to eating mostly normal, from being unable to do any form of stretching to stretching daily, from being unable to drive to driving competently, from feeling like I there was no way that I was going to recover in 6 weeks, to being truly surprised how fast I have bounced back in just 4. •
Let me tell you - how the human body functions is amazing. My scar has practically healed over - though still red and raw on areas, my body is adjusting slowly but surely. I have days where I feel bruised and battered, others I feel like I could go for a run (don’t worry I don’t!). Insane. Totally insane!
If I had to take just one thing from this entirely unfortunate experience it would be to appreciate my body more and take bloody good care of it. Eat well, get fit, go for walks because your body deserves that at the very least. Trust me! I have never in my life appreciated my body so much, many people get wrapped up in what they look like, but be proud of what you have got regardless, because it’s with you to stay. I have this wicked scar.. did I ever expect to have a scar of 20cm down the middle of my stomach for the rest of my life? Absolutely not. But without it, I’d be in pain and I’d be unhappy. So I’m going to embrace it, and appreciate my body for getting through it!
You only have one body, take bloody good care of it because it’s trying to take care of you 💖👌🏼💫 and most of all BE PROUD OF YOURSELF .. it gives you a sense of achievement⭐️ 2 WEEKS UNTIL NORMALITY 😍
#IBDSuperHeroes share - @chronically_successful:
I wasn't going to share this on this page as I try to keep this for positive stories and to inspire others that they can work with a chronic illnesses... But I feel that it's important for everyone to see the worst sides of my life, as well as my best. .
The truth is... Sometimes it's okay to not be okay! I'm far too poorly to be working and so I've come to terms with the fact I need to rest. .
I'm crying in pain and it looks like another trip to the doctors this evening... I cannot move or breathe normally without excruciating pain so think this isn't just a chest infection 😭
Sorry for the negative post but this is what having a chronic illness can be like... We unfortunately tend to pick up every single bug going around. Therefore, if you are serious about helping people with chronic illnesses continue at work, why not encourage your employees to either take a day off when they are sick or work from home if they are able to... That way only one person is sick and not your whole office... 🙄
Breakfast goals || 🍳
During the week protein blends are my go to for breakfast as I'm already out of the house before it is time to eat. I don't have the facilities to cook up a storm at work but if I did, it would look something like this || 👩🏼🍳 #breakfastgoals#howdoyoulikeyoureggsinthemorning
My new nighttime elixir to assist with the prednisone insomnia😬: @traderjoes chamomile tea, two scoops of @vitalproteins collagen (10g of protein!!) and two teaspoons of @traderjoes Manuka Honey...because sleepy time tea + easily digestible protein is always a good idea. So, what is Manuka Honey? I read online about Manuka Honey’s serious antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, treating everything from MRSA to numerous digestive disorders and diseases including IBD, IBS, SIBO, and acid reflux. A study by Almasaudi B, et. al states “Manuka honey has been shown to prevent infection in rats with ulcers” (2016). Swipe right to see information about this New Zealand native honey and IBD. TIP BEFORE PURCHASING💥💥 verify the quality before you purchase. Look for a rating on the seal that states UMF 10+. Any range above 10 is therapeutic. The 10-15 range is a good place to start. Cheers!
Hi Friends, I’m a little late but I wanted to take the time to acknowledge #gratituesday with this Repost from @fixitontheinside ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
In light of the tragic event that occurred in Toronto yesterday, I have been reflecting on what I am grateful for. I am grateful for my family, my friends, and my colleagues but I am also grateful for the challenges that are brought my way. These challenges push me to be the strong person I know I am and allow me to be more open... check out @fixitontheinside ’s words of wisdom below💜xo - ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
Let’s talk patterns! Take a step back and look at your life. What are the common themes that seem to occur over and over again? Bad relationships? Self-sabotage? Friendship breakups? Affairs? Shitty jobs? I could go on! The thing is, God will continue to put you in the same type of situation (on repeat) until you learn the lesson and evolve. Each one of us chose what our big life struggles would be before we came down from heaven. We believed in ourselves then, it’s time to believe in ourselves again! Be honest with yourself. What really needs to happen to break these cycles? What’s standing in the way? What have you been refusing to do? Your life can change the moment you decide to act and do something different! Open those new doors because you deserve it!
I believe in you! Your angels are ready to help you and they are your biggest supporters! Just ask for help!
Wishing you new shiny doors!
Ps...If you need help sorting your feelings about this, reach out. Even just one life coaching appointment can change your life.
If you have Crohn's or Colitis, one of the most important things you can do is chew your food. Although dietary changes are highly recommended, it's not something to change radically overnight (in my case I did because I was sick of feeling sick). Even if you don't make dietary changes, simply remembering to chew your food until it feels like liquid is a major step forward. Chew your liquids and drink your solids. Even if you make a juice, chew it! Same with your smoothie. Although it's blended, it still needs the amylase from your saliva to begin breaking down carbohydrates. Digestion begins in the mind. When you smell your food, your brain is already working to create the proper chemistry in your mouth and in your stomach to prepare for the meal ahead. Next, food enters the mouth. We're so trained and conditioned to bomb our food down the hatch from a child that we forget to chew! I'm right there with you knowing things taste good but this is going to create a downward spiral of digestive issues in the future if this becomes habitual. Undigested food chunks are going to cause trouble. Chewing your food allows for the enzymes in your saliva to begin breaking everything down. It also allows your brain to properly connect with what you're eating to signal to the pancreas what to begin secreting. Also think of the surface area and how the intestinal villi (tiny fingers along the GI tract) can increase the absorption of nutrients. If there are large unchewed pieces of food, there is no way any amount of stomach acid, bile or enzymes are going to penetrate these pieces to reap the maximum benefit from the food you just ate. If we're not getting enough nutrients from our food, the body is going to become deficient. Deficiency is one of the primary causes of dis-ease in the body next to toxicity. We believe our stomachs are magical masticating, churning gizzards that break down our food completely. Our stomachs unfortunately do not have teeth. Check your poop, too. Start getting familiar with what comes out of your body and how much it can tell you about the health of your interior. ⏬Continued Below⏬
I’ve never actually shared this w/ ppl other than my family. I’m just sick of ppl being unaware of what they say. Here’s a little about my story, & hopefully people reading this will try to be careful when speaking. I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, an incurable one that effects my intestines. It’s more common than ppl think. When I was diagnosed I had to google what Crohn’s disease was bc I had no clue. All I knew was that certain foods made me sick & I had to learn on my own what my body could handle. As time went on I realized there was so much more to it. For years in & out of the hospital always falsely diagnosed, finding the real diagnosis was a relief but also been a hard journey. I learned why I’m so tired all the time even if I’ve slept 13 hours, & that no matter how hard I work out my body tends to be however it wants to be. For so long I was depressed I was too fat in my eyes while my friends were so fit. I would randomly shed tons of weight & ppl would ask if i was eating. I’ve never been consistent with my weight since my junior year of hs. I recently lost 15lbs & I was so excited thinking it was my hard work & diet. reality is some of that weight may be from that, but also a portion of it is due to IBD. That being said there’s a chance I can gain some back & that’s when ppl judge. I’m constantly in pain, sometimes it passes & at times it’s unbearable. I’ve gone days eating one meal not feeling hungry. There’s been countless times the bathroom has been my best friend, my mom even calls it my “office”.. at the age of 23 doctors have given me enough pregnancy tests to fill a clinic due to symptoms I’ve had bc they never believed me when I said I couldn’t be pregnant. I can go on & on but my major point is some of the things said are hurtful. I’m not tired bc I want to be, I didn’t gain weight purposely, I’m not lazy, it isn’t a bad day, I don’t look mad, I’m in pain. Thru ALL OF THIS I’ve learned to love myself unconditionally. It’s a struggle & I may not look or feel how I want but I push myself. I work 2 jobs, I don’t say I can’t, & I don’t stop living life. So please be conscious of what you say. I am dedicated so don’t assume. #ibdawareness
CLC MEMBER FEATURE: Hi There, my name is Lauren and I was diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease at the age of 12. I’m now 25 years old living in South Boston and working at an advertising agency. Normal, right? But what most people don’t know about me is that I’ve had a permanent ileostomy bag since I was 19.
It took quite a few months to diagnose my disease, but it all started with the bathroom. When I wasn’t in the bathroom, I was thinking about going to the bathroom. Where was the bathroom in the mall? How am I going to ask my teacher to leave class more than once in a period? I couldn’t eat, couldn’t keep any weight on, and quite frankly didn’t know what it was like to not have a stomach ache. One colonoscopy later and I’ve got Crohn’s disease!
Since diagnosis, I’ve had quite the journey - and a difficult one at that. My disease took a turn for the worst right at the end of my high school career as I entered college. It was during that time when I acquired multiple abscesses, drug reactions, and eventually wound up on the operating table for an emergency surgery due to a total bowel obstruction. A few more surgeries and resections lead to my permanent ileostomy bag and I wouldn’t change it for the world!
Besides my Crohn’s, I love all things fashion and you can usually find me at the yoga studio or the closest TJ Maxx. I’m newly super open about all of this, and would love to chat about similar experiences :) Never let this disease get you down!
You have ran my life for too long this past month. It MAY have taken two servings of preworkout to get the energy, but I’m about to push play and get my workout done. The Chicago Half is coming too fast, so it’s time to get active.
SO you can just take that! 👊🏻 I’m over you and I hate your guts....literally..(get that- Crohn’s joke there 😹) Love,
I have realized if eat like one ounce of cheese and never mix my meats with vegetables...then wait thirty minutes before and after my meal to drink water and do three full somersaults and recite the alphabet backwards I have no issues with my digestion...🙄 #crohnsiscray#crohns