I sure have learned a lot about myself in just a few short weeks as 2015 began. After seeing my general doctor, dietitian and Gi specialist, we determined that I have been having a Crohn’s flare starting back in October. I was placed on steroids to calm the inflammation and a special diet. I was racking my brain trying to figure out what caused this to come about and then it hit me. I lost my dog around October 5th and this was a really hard time before, during and after. I landed in the hospital with a blockage on October 26th just a few weeks later. This blockage was in the same location where my original Crohn’s had been. Since that trip to the hospital I have been back and forth to my doctor and all blocked up.
We thought back even further and realized that I had major flares when my daughter was born and then again when my son was born. I was pretty shocked to put this all together, but at the same time I identified a major trigger =STRESS! Along with these situations I am an elementary school teacher and this comes with tremendous stress at times. I decided to go on an anti-stress medication to hopefully diffuse any internal stress that can cause flares.
Now you better believe that I am juicing more than ever. I switched out my masticating juicer for an upgraded Breville because I was not able to digest the fiber from the masticating juicer. I bought turmeric and ginger to add to each juice for an anti-inflammatory kick to help the steroid out.
It was really hard for me to accept that I did not cure myself after all. Stress is the one thing that I cannot seem to control like I can with food and supplements. I need to change a few ideas around, but juicing for crohn’s remains what it is – pure nutrition!
I still believe that you can achieve full remission with a healthy diet, probiotics, anti-inflammatory juices and supplements. I did it for one full year medicine free, but Stress comes out of nowhere. It has been an interesting start – more recipes to come!