This bottle is going to be my constant companion at work today. I tweaked my low back somehow. Thank goodness it’s my Friday! 😁 Happy Thanksgiving to all my American family and friends, hope you have a fabulous day with lots of good food! What are you thankful for today?
My oily day at work. I’ve shown you my morning routine and I thought I’d share how I use oils at work. I diffuse all day with my orb diffuser. Right now my oils of choice are Peace & Calming with Citrus Fresh or Christmas Spirit and Stress Away. Valor gets rolled on when I feel like I need a boost in my mood, if I am frustrated or am about to make phone calls because I am a quiet introvert and talking to people is tough! With lunch I take Sulferzyme, one of my favourite supplements. Then on the train home I drink my Ningxia Red packet. Today I rolled on my muscle roller to ease some sore muscles from sitting in my desk chair all day. Tell me how you use oils throughout your day!
Tomorrow makes one whole week out - today we got my drain removed. You can tell by my face it was weird and a little uncomfortable. Luckily it only took 5 minutes and we were in and out.
Next week we'll have my two week post-op with the doctor to remove staples, see how I'm doing and what kind of activity I can return to. Things are still going as smooth as butter. God continues to bless me immensely daily.
I also cleaned out all of my ostomy supplies, information and pamphlets so if anyone could use them or knows someone who could, please let me know!
And a huge thank you to any and everyone who's checked on me, sent up prayers, wished me well, etc. All of your prayers and good vibes have been felt and received and they definitely make all the difference. 💕
I had more of my mama’s soup tonight, but didn’t take a picture. 🥣 so here’s the note she left on the container with the ingredients. 😍 I also had cookies that Jacob ya famed and some pumpkin dip at work. 🤷🏻♀️ it’s the season, amiright? 🦃 I don’t feel good, so I’m going to bed as soon as possible. 😴 love y’all! ✨💕
—A FEW THANKSGIVING TIPS.
1 / Take a digestive enzyme before the meal. Enzymes assist the body in breaking down difficult-to-digest proteins & sugars like gluten, casein & lactose. They improve symptoms of acid reflux, IBS, enhance nutrient absorption & help to counteract naturally occurring enzyme-inhibitors in foods such as wheat germ, nuts, seeds, beans, white potatoes & peanuts. @rainbowlight is my favorite brand for digestive enzymes that can be found at most grocery stores. You can also get enzymes from foods high in them, such as papaya or pineapple.
2 / Take Slippery Elm before the meal. Slippery Elm mixes w/ water to create a mucilage that coats our mouth, throat, stomach & intestines to aid in digestion. The antioxidants help to relieve inflammatory bowel conditions, specifically constipation, bloating & diarrhea. My favorite brand to take is @Nowfoodsofficial.
3 / Manage stress by taking Ashwagandha. Whether it’s cooking, travel or family dynamic, the holidays can be stressful. Taking Ashwagandha before the event can help relax you. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that works w/ your body to adapt to emotional, physical & chemical stress. It reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), improves insulin sensitivity & balances thyroid hormones, ultimately helping to relieve anxiety & depression. @organicindiausa & @nowfoodsofficial both have Ashwagandha supplements or you can get it in powder form from your local health food stores (ex: @wholefoods or @sprouts) to add to a smoothie.
4 / BE PRESENT. Holidays are a rare & unique time that hold space for us to be w/ our loved ones. Keep your phone tucked away & focus on mindful & meaningful interactions. Families/loved ones can be difficult to connect w/ b/c you’re so comfortable around them that intentional interaction isn’t necessary. Instead of just being, try connecting. Unplug from what’s not in front of you.
5 / EAT ALL THE FOOD. Live it up, YOLO. If you have allergies, bring fulfilling options of your own so you’re not missing out. Connecting over a shared meal isn’t an opportunity to miss.
May we all continue to carry the spirit of gratitude w/ us beyond tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!
10 days away!!!! Tis the season for giving. And we are 10 days from the Crohn's & Colitis spin event in NYC!! I would so appreciate your donation for a future cure. You’ll be entered to win this cool colon-themed gifts from @iheartguts! You can donate to my fundraising page linked in my story and profile. http://online.ccfa.org/goto/laurascavspins
At the beginning of this month I went to a medical meeting at my hospital run by Crohn’s & Colitis UK. It was based on the complications of IBD & although a depressing & scary subject, a very important one. People don’t like hearing what could happen or knowing the risks but without knowledge you have no power 💫 once you understand all of the complications and risks, it becomes easier to live your life doing your best to avoid these from happening ! It’s not always possible to avoid the complications but it is always good to try ✨ I have suffered from many of the complications spoke about including : abscesses, bowel strictures & a bowel resection & a few more... not all complications with my Crohn’s are related to my bowel & that’s what is also important to recognise. I have suffered in my mouth, oesophagus, bowel & one of my main complaints is my joints! I wish I knew all the information I do now when I was first diagnosed 4 years ago !! Knowledge is MY power 💪💫✨💜
I want to share with you the steps I take to avoid going into a full flare at the first sign of IBD symptoms. Maybe something here can help you....I have ulcerative colitis - for those of you that don't know what this is it's inflammation and ulceration of the intestines that can cause bleeding and other nasty symptoms.
The first sign that something is wrong for me is usually pain left side lower belly. Very tender to touch and painful to lift my knee towards my chest. Below are the changes I make as soon as I get that first sign of symptoms. Hopefully avoiding going into a full flare up.
1. DIET - most important change! I go back to basic SCD diet. Over 3 - 5 days I will only eat the following foods. Eggs, avocado, chicken broth, chicken, fish, carrots, low fibre veggies such as spinach and kale, ginger tea, peppermint tea, turmeric, ripe bananas, smoothies. I strictly avoid grains, dairy, raw food and high fibre food. No garlic, no seeded fruit or veggies, no nuts.
2. Exercise - I stop all exercise and rest until I am pain free and have energy back. I rest. I accept this. I know I'll get better.
3. Work - I continue to teach yoga but I tell my students that I cannot demonstrate or adjust much because it hurts me to move around. I teach only what's necessary and don't take on extra classes.
4. Other - I have recently started using aromatheraoy oils - I massage peopermint mixed with coconut oil into my belly. I've heard ginger oil is good so I will try that. hot baths, early nights, meditation to relax muscles, laying flat.
5. I work out what triggered me and add it to the NOT TO DO list. This time it was tequila 😳😲🍸 Thanks for reading! Feel free to DM with any questions!
We find out tomorrow what all my American friends get to choose from for Black Friday sales! Hopefully Canada gets a sale too - stay tuned and I’ll keep you all posted! I am so excited!
Don’t forget there’s an oils and pets class happening tonight on Facebook, comment to be invited!
Looking 👀 for planner recommendations for keeping my crazy hectic schedule contained! #momlife I need a place to keep notes and jot down ideas in it too. It’s so hard deciding on one when you only get to see pictures of it online, you know? So, hit me with all your suggestions please! 👍🙌
Nothing like some homemade soup from your mama when you’re not feeling well. 🥣 I added extra chicken and some chedda, but the soup had green beans, okra, corn, kale, beans, tomatoes, and potatoes. 🙌🏻 lots of veggies and goodness. Hopefully it does the trick. ✨💕
My mama took me out to lunch today before we went shopping for some things. 🥪😋 I don’t feel that great today, so I’m glad to be back home and just cleaning up and relaxing. I hope you guys are having a great day! ✨💕
Lately I’ve been commenting on my weight gain, particularly my round face.
This morning this photo popped up on my newsfeed from last year. I was in the middle of my awful flare up and losing weight quickly. At about 80 lbs in this photo, I put on a brave face and went on with my day.
It’s insane to see the difference. I really shouldn’t be complaining about my weight gain. I’ve wanted this for years. At 118lbs, this is the heaviest I’ve been. I am enjoying my new curves and feeling healthy, but still, at times, I feel a bit self conscience.
So I never made a follow up update for Insta....
Things went well, great in fact, at the hospital. Hardly any pain. I passed gas and had my first bowel movement the very next day. We were even sent home that evening. I've already been home for two days and everything couldn't be better! Only mild soreness and no issues with eating or bowel movements. I couldn't have asked for better results. I've definitely chalked it up to answered prayers.
Before this surgery, I had read so many horror stories of reversal surgeries going wrong and all the complications to follow, so I want my fellow crohnies and ostomates to know there are good outcomes! Have hope and faith! Now I just pray every day is even easier than the last 🤗😁