**Smooth Minty Green Recipe**


I had to post this one right away before I forgot the ingredients.  This is a really good creation that you have to try + great health benefits.  

  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 1 small bunch mint 
  • 2-3 kale leaves
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 thumb ginger 

This recipe is so smooth, sweet and refreshing.  It is a perfect tasty blend.  My goal here was to make something soothing to the gi tract to help with IBS or Crohn’s symptoms.  The fennel and the mint help in this area.  They also taste perfect together.  The mint is also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.  The cucumber is cooling/soothing and the pectin in the apple is great for detox.

Keeping this one short – just enjoy this one!

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**Ideas to help gain weight/heal**


I have trouble keeping weight on and gaining it and I know there are many out there who hate me for this.  It is equally annoying when your clothes don’t fit from lack of weight as it is to not be able to lose weight.

One of the problems with Crohn’s/Colitis and IBS is the damage it can cause to your intestinal villi that help to absorb food. The other problem is that these conditions increase and decrease intestinal transit time and in many cases the food moves through too fast.  The villi are actually pushed over and the food literally runs right through you!

#1:  Take HCL Supplements – I have been taking these for about 2+ weeks and I have been gaining a bit of weight without trying that hard.  It helps to add stomach acid to break down food into a more digestible form.  It also helps to kill harmful bacteria in your food so it does not get into your small intestine and cause major overgrowth problems.  Here is the link for the HCL that I am taking:  http://www.amazon.com/Metagenics-Metagest-90-Capsules/dp/B004N2I9DG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420390964&sr=8-2&keywords=metagest

#2:  Take L-Glutamine – This next one was recommended to me long ago by a certified nutritionist and after reading the comments from those on Amazon, it seems to be working for those with leaky gut and IBS.  This product works to heal the lining of your gi tract and also lifts up the villi that has been pushed over by Crohn’s and IBS.  When these villi are lifted up and healed they can better digest and absorb nutrients from your food causing weight gain. Here is a link for L-Glutamine http://www.amazon.com/Foods-L-Glutamine-Pure-Powder-1-Pound/dp/B0013OXEKK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1420391322&sr=8-3&keywords=l+glutamine 

#3:  Adding Coconut Oil / Avocado to your Juice!:  When you make a freshly extracted juice, you already have mega vitamins, nutrients and many healing properties.  You can then add in coconut oil or avocado by blending it in to add calories to the juice.  Coconut oil is also amazing for killing off harmful bacteria and candida yeast.  Avocado has healthy fat and calories that help to add a richness to your juice.

I hope that some of these ideas can help a few of you out there.  For those who are trying to lose the weight, juicing can be amazing for that as well in addition to a good balanced diet.

Bonus – Super Tasty Juice Creation:

  • 4 Carrots
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup of cranberries

Crohn’s/Colitis Specific Juice + Cool Tip


This recipe below focuses on healing of the gut lining, correcting the imbalance of bacteria and reducing inflammation.  After making the juice, see the cool tip at the bottom to chill the juice down without watering it down.

Balance Juice

  • Pear – Colon health, anti-inflammatory, immune booster
  • Carrot – Alkaline, anti-inflammatory, immune booster, ulcer healer, intestinal soother
  • Beet – Alkaline, Cancer fighter, blood cleanser, detox, ulcer healer
  • Purple Cabbage – Cancer fighter, Ulcer Healer, immune booster,
  • Fennel – Cancer fighter, gas and diarrhea fighter, indigestion
  • Ginger – Flatulence, Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic
  • Lemon with skin – Alkaline, digestion, anti-inflammatory
  • 2-3 coconut water ice cubes – Immune booster, hydrating, detox, alkaline

Cool Tip:  I thought about this idea today and I am sure others have figured this one out before.  I love to add coconut water to my juice to both smooth it out and cool it down.  I thought why not just pour the coconut water directly into an ice cube tray.  It will add a bit of extra sweetness to your juice to cover possible bitterness and cool the juice down without watering it down.  Coconut water also has electrolytes and works better than Gatorade to provide hydration to the body.

 

The right amount of fiber for Crohn’s


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Fiber intake is a tricky decision when it comes to Crohn’s or IBS.  Doctors tell you to get between 30-35+ grams of fiber a day, but that is for someone with no digestive issues.  Fiber helps to move things along faster to clear out your body.  If you have a digestive disorder, your body is already acting like it has taken in 30+ grams of fiber naturally.  When you add more fiber to this, you get to basically live in the bathroom. 

I basically avoid almost all fiber and take the supplement above Metamucil.  It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber and is great for diarrhea or constipation.  If you have IBS-D / Crohn’s, this supplement bulks stool together for a healthier morning trip to the restroom.  If you have IBS-C for constipation, it adds some water to soften things up.  It is the perfect balance of fiber for those who have problems with fruit/vegetable fiber. 

Since most with Crohn’s or IBS-D cannot eat excess fruit/vegetables, juicing is the perfect way to get the nutrition without the fiber.  The juicer takes out almost all of the fiber and leaves you with all the goodness that you are missing when you avoid these foods.  As I have said before, you would never be able to eat all that you juice.  If you made a smoothie, it might be just too much fiber for your system to handle. 

Quick tip on fiber for those with Crohn’s/Colitis or IBS-D:  Look for food that contains soluble fiber instead of insoluble.  The soluble is able to dissolve, absorb and become a gel.  The insoluble stays in its’ original form all the way through and can be irritating. 

 

Super Tasty Juice Mix


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This juice mix was so tasty and good for you that I had to share it right away.  It starts off with ABC ingredients and adds a few others to bring in even more nutrition.  Lastly, the coconut water really brings it all together for a smooth sweet taste. 

  • Apple
  • Beet peeled
  • 2-3 carrots
  • Pear
  • Kale
  • Ginger
  • 10oz coconut water

This was is a quick and easy recipe and the benefits are too many to list.  Hope you like this one!

Juicing and diet for IBS


**I have had a few comments on what to do for IBS, so this is for you!**

Juicing can work wonders for those with IBS. I would know because I was also diagnosed with IBS along with Crohn’s. They seem to come together these days. 

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  1. The first thing you need to do is look at your diet and eliminate trigger foods.  This is different for everyone so I will not bother with a list of foods to avoid.  Even if you juice the most amazing combinations, a trigger food will still cause you problems until you fully heal. 
  2. The second thing you need to look at is how much fiber you eat per day.  With IBS you need to think opposite of everyone else. When you have this problem your colon has no problem at all moving things along.  In fact, for some people it is constantly moving.  When you eat fiber it helps to increase this motion and you will basically live in the bathroom.   I take Metamucil original coarse without the flavor and the yellow 6 as my daily fiber. 
  3. The final thing you need to do is add some great juice combinations.  These would contain items that soothe the digestive tract.  Here are some ingredients that help to soothe the digestive tract, heal the lining and stop the production of mucus:  Carrots, Cabbage, Beets, Fennel, Parsley, Kale, Cilantro, Spinach, Bell Peppers and Ginger. 

Here is a great juice recipe that I created when I got home today.  It was super tasty and great for IBS/Crohn’s/Colitis!!

  • 4 yellow carrots
  • 1 yellow beet
  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach
  • Half container of red grapes
  • Ginger
  • Half cucumber