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Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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Splurge Alert – LA – Glendale – Foxy’s!


The pictures explain it all. Tom had Chicken Chilaquiles and Cinnamon Roll French Toast. I had an omelette with fruit. And yes, that’s a toaster at the table to toast your bread to your liking 🙂

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Diets: The Good, The Fad, and The Ugly!


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It’s true! Moderation is always key. I’m trying to find a great balance for my life… It is truly a lifestyle change, not just a temporary change in diet. What is realistic long-term? Find the right balance, and what suits your needs according to your exercise regime, and likes and dislikes in foods 🙂


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Diet & UC / Crohn’s


What's the difference between Crohn's & Colitis?

What’s the difference between Crohn’s & Colitis?

The article I was reading this morning intrigued me because it said that eating certain foods may not trigger IBS, but that it will irritate symptoms. This makes perfect sense, but I never thought of it like this. Foods may not trigger the disease itself but only a symptom. A symptom is a feeling or observation made by an individual. Interesting…

Symptoms of IBS, food allergies and intolerance’s are very similar. These include stomach cramping and pains, nausea, loose bowels, and urgent bathroom trips. Food allergies and food intolerance’s should be watched carefully as there is actually quite a difference. People with UC have an immune system that is switched on very easily, causing major inflammation, which then causes the body to want to eliminate any waste or potential harm to the body. This is a normal reaction, however not to the extent of time a person with UC has it. Their bodies stay in ‘fight or flight’ mode for a long time after the potential threat is eliminated.

Everyone is different. For Tom, Popcorn is the culprit. Nothing else seems to do it like popcorn does. The symptoms get so bad that he’s not even tempted by it! That would be like me drinking a glass of milk. Geez that would hurt and cause SO much discomfort! But I know it would be gone within a day or two. That popcorn for Tom makes the discomfort drag on for an entire week! We believe that because popcorn kernels are more difficult to digest, it may irritate the intestines during digestion causing his symptoms to flare up. Of course, this is just our speculation.

I wonder… what other foods trigger the symptoms of IBD/UC/Crohn’s?

Key:
IBD = Irritable Bowel Disease
IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome
UC = Ulcerative Colitis

Visit the link below for more useful information. I have been reading more on the recent studies as well the causes, triggers, and treatment.
http://www.ccfa.org/resources/diet-and-ibd.html


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Wedding Food Tasting


Who doesn’t love food tasting?

For our wedding we are having a roaming reception with passed appetizers, and small plates. This way, we don’t have to deal with assigned seating, place settings, linens, escort cards etc. This is the fun part 🙂

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Traeger Ribs

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Smoking some delicious ribs tonight! We actually buy the preseasoned ribs at Costco and then add my homemade BBQ sauce towards the end!

We may try something different tonight… Smoking them for an hour or two and then grilling with non-direct heat.

Recipe to follow!