New Year : New Challenges


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!

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12 thoughts on “New Year : New Challenges

  1. Thanks for the update. I have had different health challenges, but related to autoimmune. I’ve also made much progress by drinking juice and green smoothies and eliminating the processed foods. I’m starting to experiment with cultured foods now (kefir, kombucha, cultured vegetables). I’ve learned (and am still learning) to not ignore the emotional and stress challenges in my life, as they can trigger a flare. Prayer is helpful for me,too, specifically praying the scriptures, casting all my cares over on the Lord because He cares for us. I Peter 5:7, Psalms 23, I Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:4,5. Psalms 103:1-5, and many more. We all need a little help from the One who made us. God bless you. You are in my prayers.

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  2. I’d really recommend reading the book The Healing Code by Dr Alexander Lloyd. It contains a simple energy healing meditation that removes stress at its source. I’m knowing from my own journey with Crohn’s that unless I am healing at source, diet etc alone or medication can only get me so far. It’s great you’re identifying the stress triggers. I totally quit work since the start if my lasted flare up last August and I never thought I could do that – financially but its been such a gift to surrender into nothingness. It wasn’t easy and still feel judgement and fear of what’s to come next but keep trusting deepening and allowing it all 🙂
    Beautiful that you’re sharing your journey and knowing that you can heal this – its not fun being told you’ve got a life long illness and so empowering to reclaim your life – I’m knowing this for my self too.

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  3. Don’t think you didn’t heal yourself because you did. You started the healing process. And healing is cyclic not linear. So now you realized your biggest trigger and now you can work on managing that along with how well you have been taking care of yourself! Because imagine if you didn’t start the juicing and managing gut bacteria- your flares could be much worse.

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