I've been wanting to talk about my diet for a while now. I mean, you guys have a pretty good idea of what we (used to) eat on the day to day around here. Not perfect eaters, we enjoy french fries and pizza, but outside of the occasional delicious extras (I love you, pizza), we're really well rounded, healthy eaters.
Well, apparently no amount of healthy can prepare you for antibiotic induced c. diff. (waugh waugh). This isn't exactly appetite inducing conversation, but the c. diff left my insides incredibly tore up-- like, my poor colon is crying heavy tears everyday. The other unfortunate issue I learned that comes with c. diff is that most doctors are in no way trained to help you recover from it. With the exception of warning me that I may now spend the rest of my life lactose intolerant (I already was, buddy) and offering more drugs, they tell you to eat whatever you want. WRONG. SO WRONG. (Theres no wonder there is such a high reoccurrence rate). Most (all??) patients who battle c. diff will be left with some form of IBS (or worse). In my gut alone, on top of being left with a good case of IBS, I also now have diverticulosis and ended up losing 10% of my body weight, leaving me incredibly malnourished and deficient in so many basic things. Short story: it sucked.
The good news is, food does heal you. Whether you've had something serious like c. diff or something slightly less worrisome like poor digestion and irregular bowels, when used and eaten correctly, food can do wonders for your gut. So no, I didn't leave the hospital eating whatever I wanted. And I am SO grateful I didn't. I plan on sharing more of the meals I've been eating in a later post, but I've got to tell you, taking the time to figure what I should and should not be eating was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. It's been a slow and sometimes painful process, but my gut is healing. Yes, I have a lot of other problems going on now, but my gut is doing much better. And months later, I did end up being connected with (an amazing) dietician to talk about a meal plan, and she only confirmed everything I had already been doing. Go team.
Recipe after cut--