A Crohn’s Update … On Probiotics?

Last we spoke about Crohn’s I was a bit whiny.

This year has been riddled with flares. Big and small, serious and manageable. The lesson that I have learned is that I will never fully have this disease under control … much like life, the minute you try to control something is when it becomes the hardest to manage. Crohn’s is a sneaky minx, she comes around when least expected and hides away when I’m not really paying attention.

These past few weeks, maybe its a month, I have been pretty OK. I went through an awful flare followed by an equally traumatizing round of medications that didn’t really do anything. Wait, thats incorrect, they did some things … they made night sweats worse, they gave me mouth sores and they turned me into an evil short tempered person who I’m embarrassed anyone had to meet. I’m not taking them anymore. And I’m feeling better.

I will be the first to say that I am a quitter when it comes to prescribed medications. I don’t have patience for the “it gets worse before it gets better” mumbo jumbo. I truly believe in my heart of hearts that I have remission in me again and I don’t think that it will come with the help of any controlled substances. Call it a gut instinct … and lets not discuss the fact that my gut isn’t fully functional. An instinct is an instinct.

So what am I doing?

I know that certain foods trigger my symptoms.

  • Grains are my # 1 suspect. I eat grains (that includes gluten free grains) and I bloat up like a hot air ballon. Does that mean that I am a die hard Paleo now? Nope. I do my best to steer clear of grains and opt for other sources of carbohydrates to fuel my body but its not 100%.
  • Raw vegetables. Salads can leave me in a fetal position for hours … but again am I boiling all of my food 100% of the time? No, I am not.
  • Alcohol. Oh how I love wine. It does not love me. I am sad.
  • Eggs. I have tried eggs in every possible way because I love them but the sad ending to the story is that I can’t eat them. Oh Brunch, you used to be so yummy.

Here is the deal, if I eliminate all of the above I am basically a Cooked Food Only Paleo/SCD Pescatarian. Whew. That a mouthful. Thankfully I am not a fan of labels so rather than trying to stick 100% to what my healthy eating title is, I just do my best. I really wholeheartedly do. I try not to stress about it, because stress makes everything worse, and I make healthy choices. And I live a little on edge that Crohn’s will veer its ugly head again, but I remind myself over and over again that there are things that I cannot control

Some things I am doing everyday:

  • Starting my day with a green juice. There is something magical about a green juice in the mornings. I have energy, my stomach is happy and not overworked. Life is good.
  • Eating small meals throughout the day and trying not to fear food. When food is mean to you – you tend to avoid it. Until you are ravenous and then you eat and everything hurts (story of my life) … I am really trying not to do this. Small meals and not letting myself get ravenous are key!
  • Getting massages and going to yoga. Twisting and turning, taking deep breaths and relieving some pressure from my “so tense” body is a good thing. I’m a believer. I try to do one of these 2 once a week, and I am ending my days with a bit of stretching before I go to sleep.
  • Taking Probiotics. These babies fell into the category of “gets worse before it gets better” for a while … but the last time I tried to take them I think they worked?! I have no idea if that is true, but they didn’t make things worse so … win. And the research on probiotics building a healthy gut lining is very convincing.

The lovely folks at Evolve had heard about my struggling intestines and they offered to send me samples of their Probiotic Kefir Greek Yogurt.

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I figured that even if I don’t like it, the G’s are greek yogurt eating machines … so it will not go to waste. What arrived is a little slice of probiotic heaven. Seriously, I am not in a place where I’m excited about food and I just love this stuff. For me and the kids.

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They love the strawberry … and I love that it is super low in sugar for a fruity yogurt. Also, check out the nutrition fact, there is nothing bad in the stuff at all. Love.

Kefir is also said to enhance the immune system, which I think is amazing. NYC kids are basically exposed to every germ in the world, so any extra help we can get in the immunity department is welcome!

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I am a fan of the plain, I like to control the add ins. So I top my plain with a scoop of fruit spread, blueberries, hemp seeds, maybe even some dried cranberries. Delish. And 16 grams of protein in 90 calories. WIN!

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Because I love the fact that this sweet sweet NY based, family owned and operated company is looking out for my Intestinal Health … I would like to share the love with you.

Evolve would like to send one variety pack of their yummy Greek Kefir Yogurt to one luck winner.

Entry is super easy:

Leave a comment on this post telling me:

What is one healthy thing that you do for yourself everyday?

I will pick a winner via random selection on Monday August 5th.

Good Luck! And may the probiotic odds be ever in your favor …


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15 thoughts on “A Crohn’s Update … On Probiotics?

  1. I love your outlook! I’m in the same boat as you are with the “gets worse before it gets better” things. No thank you. That yogurt sounds amazing! I start my day with a big green smoothie everyday- it fuels my morning, fills me up, and sneaks in a heart serving of greens first thing!

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  2. Everyday I take at least 15-30 minutes to myself to study my Bible and devotion. Leaves me feeling refreshed and energized for the day!

  3. I run (and roll) to keep me sane and healthy. I have s friend who was just diagnosed with Crohn’s. I’m going to send her to your blog.

  4. I make sure to start my day with a filling, protein-packed breakfast to keep me going throughout the morning!

  5. Oh boy do I have digestive battles! I try to add protein to my diet daily, but my tummy doesn’t seem to like animal meats so well…I know, weird! Are you able to tolerate the dairy in this yogurt? I would LOVE to be able to eat yogurt again. I love it and it’s packed with protein!

  6. I like to prepare my breakfast the night before so I know that I’m going to start the day feeling good. Lately I’ve been doing the overnight oats and I love having them ready to go after a run!

  7. I also have intestinal and stomach issues…IBS, GERD, whatever else my digestive tract feels like throwing me each day…and my number one remedy is relaxation. I try to end each day with some hot water or tea and a foam roll or stretch followed by a solid night’s sleep. If I worry too much about food, it all comes back to haunt me, but if I wake up refreshed and relaxed, I tend to do alright, even if I splurge on some acidic dark chocolate or wine!

  8. relHaving Lupus I know what it is like having flares. I make sure to stay away from caffeine and alcohol. I exercise and take vitamin D religiously.

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