Paleo Shepard’s Pie

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Top of the morning and happy Saint Patty’s day to everyone!! Seeing as I hold some Irish blood in my veins (yes I’m aggressive and enjoy whiskey more than the average person) I thought it only fitting to do an Irish themed Paleo post.

I know that most people see Shepard’s Pie as an English food but did you know it’s Irish. The English version is called Cottage Pie. This soul warming staple originated in the late 17th century when potatoes became universally accepted in Irish culture. Previous to this time, potatoes were a “New World” food. Both Irish and English cultures did not care to eat or grow it for hundreds of years after America’s colonization. Such a funny thing to think about isn’t it? Potatoes not existing in England and Ireland? Hmm. If only they knew that such a delicious dish could still be made without potatoes.

I must say, I am a little worried my great grandmother would roll over in her grave if she knew I was replacing the potatoes in my shepard’s pie with cauliflower. Eeeek. But I can’t imagine not eating one of my favorite dishes this lovely holiday and unfortunately potatoes just aren’t on my list of foods any more. I hope you can forgive me great grandma!

Ingredients:

1 Large Onion
2 Carrots peeled and chopped
3 Cloves garlic
4 Strips Bacon
1 lb Ground Beef (grass fed, organic)
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
8oz Organic Chicken Broth
1 Cup Corn
1 Large Head Cauliflower (stems removed, chopped and steamed until soft)
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Fresh Nutmeg
1 TBSP butter (melted)

Steps:
1.Chop onions, garlic, bacon and carrots (keep separate)
2.Heat olive oil in large frying pan
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3.Sauté onion and garlic for 5 minutes until soft
4.While onion is cooking, steam cauliflower

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5.Add bacon pieces to frying pan and sauté until cooked, another 10 minutes
6.Add carrots to pan and continue cooking for another 5 minutes
7.Add ground beef to pan and sauté until brown
8.Add seasoning (Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Chili Powder) and continue cooking for 1 minute
9.Add chicken broth and cook down broth until nearly half is left (10 minutes)

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10.Once it has been reduced, add corn to pan, cook for 2 minutes then pour mixture into casserole dish (or 9×13 in pan)
11.Place cauliflower in food processor or strong blender with olive oil and melted butter
12.Pour mashed cauliflower over beef mixture
13.Bake at 350° for 35minutes

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Happy Saint Patty’s Day Folks! Hope you have a great one and drink a Guinness for me : )

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Meal Prep: Spicy Chili

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This is hands down one of my favorite meal prep items because it makes soooooo much food and tastes amazing! Chili is just one of those things that I could eat every day and never tire of. Im sure someone will disagree with me but I feel its one of the few foods that fits all seasons. In a not so distant past, I loved to add sour cream and cheese to my chili but obviously that’s not an option anymore. So these days I add a dollop of full fat coconut milk to make the chili creamy! It works like a charm : )

As far as the meal prep portion of the recipe goes, I like to freeze the chili in 8oz jars. This makes lunch planning throughout the week so much easier. It yields 15/20, 8oz portions!!! Once the chili is done cooking I let it sit for about a half hour to cool slightly. I then divide chili into individual containters and wait to cover until they are cooled. Do not freeze hot jars. Because of this I always suggest making the Chili in the afternoon. The first time I made this I made it at 7 and ended up staying up WAAAYY too late waiting for them too cool.

This is only half of the final batch

This is only half of the final batch

Warning: This recipe is not paleo! While I eat paleo for the most part, I still struggle to cut out beans from my diet. I understand the reasoning behind not including legumes in the paleo diet but I still struggle with it. Some day I learn how to cut them out, but for now I’m going to eat my damn chili and I’m gunna like it : )

Ingredients You’ll Need:

3 Tbs Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic1 Yellow Onion Chopped
1 Tbsp Sea Salt
1/2 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1/2 Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Turmeric
32 oz of Tomato Puree
1 Jalapeño Roasted ( I put mine in the oven straight on the rack until it starts to shrivel, usually about 15 mins @ 350)
4 Cups Organic Vegetable Broth
3 Bell Peppers, chopped finely ( I prefer Red and Green but you can use whatever kind you prefer)
1&1/2 lbs Organic Ground Beef Cooked & Drained ( you can also use ground turkey here too)
2 Cups Organic Black Beans
2 Cups Organic Red Beans
2 Cups Organic Kidney Beans
2 Cups Organic Frozen/ Fresh Corn
2 Medium Zucchini

Step 1: Brown Beef in Medium Pan, drain and set aside.

Step 2: Chop onion, garlic and peppers (keep separate)

Step 3: Heat up large pot on medium high heat. Once heated add olive oil. Sauté onions and garlic
5-6 minutes

Step 4: Add salt and continue to cook until caramelized

Step 5: Add all the dry spices and sauté another 1-2 minutes.

Step 6: Add broth, peppers, jalapeños, beef, and tomato puree. Bring to a low boil and turn down to a simmer

Step 7: Simmer for 20 minutes then add beans and corn

Step 8: Simmer another 20 minutes until thickened.

I al also a huge fan of putting spur cream in my chili. Obviously this is not a “clean” option. So instead, I had started adding a dollop of coconut creme instead : )

For coconut creme, take a can of full fat coconut milk and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours of until creme and water have separated. The creme will rise to the top. Separate the creme and water in to different containers. The water can be used in smoothies throughout the week. The cream can be added straight to chili or can be used for other things including sweet coconut whip!

So there ya go! Happy meal planning folks : )

Boss Girl In The Making

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 Time to get a little personal. I want to talk about goals tonight. Understanding why we choose to do something is just as important as setting up a plan of attack to reach our goals. Do you have goals right now? Are they to get healthy? To get stronger? To get faster? Stop for a second, you, whoever you are reading this (thanks for reading by the way!) and ask yourself why this is something you want. What is motivating you to reach this goal? Be really truly honest with yourself.

You’ve heard me say it before and I will say it over and over again, it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with endometriosis that I truly started focusing on getting healthy. It wasn’t that I thought I was healthy before. It just didn’t matter as much then as it did now. Some people have gone so far as to call me “lucky” for being diagnosed. I have to fight myself from punching these people. But in a way it’s true. My motivation changed when I realized the answer to the pain I had been experiencing MIGHT be partially in my control. After my first surgery, I promised myself that I would do whatever it took to take care of my body in the hopes that I wouldn’t have to have another surgery too soon.

Before my surgery I talked options with my doctor. She said there was very little that could be done to help my symptoms, which at this time were becoming largely debilitating. Chronic back and leg pain, mind numbing cramps, ruptured cysts and highly inflamed digestive tracts just to name a few. She said the best option for me post op would be to begin medication which would cause me to start early onset menopause. Yea, Im pretty certain your face looks something like mine did when I first heard that. Imagine being 24 years old in a doctors office being told that is really your only option. We also discussed a hysterectomy. This all seemed way to drastic and of course was not anything to be taken lightly. So I spent the next couple months researching my disease and reading anything I could get my hands on.

Almost everything I found was too confusing or of no help at all. But then I found an article that discussed several women’s success changing their diet. It seemed too simple when compared to menopause and hysterectomy’s. The more and more I read, the more it made sense. While not much is known about what causes the disease, there is no doubt that a large amount of symptoms are affected by fluctuation in hormones. So of course the smart thing to do is balance these hormones as best as possible.

I could go on and on forever about this topic but I’ll cut to the chase. This was the beginning of my focus on nutrition. Looking back now I realize that what I thought was a healthy life was very very very unhealthy. The first thing I cut out was soy, dairy and any meat that was not labeled “hormone free”. This was a huge struggle for me. Let me tell you! I felt like the whole world was against me. I had to change by habits and that was not easy. I felt very alone in my struggle and had no idea if it was really going to work. I was wandering in uncharted territory and I’m a control freak so that didn’t mix well. In time I felt comfortable with these changes and integrated more. By May I decided it was time to do a 30 day clean eating challenge. This was when it all changed.

Now nearly two years later I am shocked by how much my goals have changed. By the things my body can do and how strong I have become. I still have a lot of days I feel discouraged. When I’m not seeing results fast enough or my time hasn’t increased like I want it to. But then I remember where I started and where I’m going and it helps me put things in perspective.

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I came to terms a long time ago with the fact that I was never going to be thin. Ive got big hips and thunder thighs and very broad shoulders. Such a build does not a skinny girl make. But a boss girl. Now that I can be. Have you seem the boss girls. SOOO MUCH MUSCLE! I’m not there yet but I like to think of myself as a boss girl in the making. Not one of those ones posting the slutty skanky pictures but the one fully clothed mid squat with the tight core and thunder thighs that you can see through spandex! That’s my goal. Those girls aren’t skinny, they’re strong. Stronger than a lot of men. And they worked for every ounce of that muscle.

I’ve got some mighty goals right now and they are just for me. I don’t want to be that skinny girl anymore. I want to be strong. Every ounce of muscle lately makes me prouder and prouder. I fought for that. Fought hard. Its rewarding in a way I have never experienced. Its something no one can take from me. No one can tell me it doesn’t exist or alter its significance because its mine. And I love that.

I’ve always carried my weight a little heavier than the rest of my family and in my younger years this was a huge insecurity for me. Now that Im getting older I take pride in my strong athletic body and Im doing everything I can to nourish it properly. I eat and eat and eat. Man do I love to eat. But I eat now to fuel and to help me reach my goals. And knowing what my goals are, is what keeps me focused.

Meal Prep: GF Pancakes 2 Ways

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Between working full time, coaching and training, meal preparation has become an essential part of my survival. The best part of being single and utilizing meal prep is that more often than not, my freezer is stocked with a variety of options for breakfast and dinner. Each weekend I try to prep at least 2 dishes in large enough quantities to last me 5 + plus meals. (As a single girl this means taking a regular dish and separating it into separate single serving containers)

I’m a “hearty” breakfast gal but this weekend I cannot kick this sweet tooth. So pancakes only seemed fitting. I figured if I was going to go through the trouble of making pancakes I might as well make two batches to freeze. So next step was deciding what kind to make (I am not a plain pancake fan).This morning I made gluten free pancakes made two different ways. I prefer to use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Mix.

Almond Butter and Bacon Pancakes:

Gluten  Free Pancake Mix (1 Batch)
6 Strips Hormone Free Bacon
1/4 Cup Almond/Sun Butter.

I cook the bacon until it’s crispy crispy crispy. Once it’s cooled, add it to the pancake mix by crumbling with fingers. Stir in Almond Butter.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes:

Gluten Free Pancake Mix (1 Batch)
2 Honeycrips Apples (Peeled and Chopped)
1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Once all pancakes are made, I wrap in plastic and foil in groups of two and date for 6 months  out, not that they ever last that long. This allows for a quick and easy on the go sweet tooth fix.

Happy Sunday Folks.

Clean Eating Guide for My Mini Vaca – Portland Here I Come

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I’m not going to lie, I have been super nervous about leaving for this weekend birthday extravaganza. I have finally reached a point where my lifestyle change is habit. I’m comfortable at home/ at work/ at restaurants making wise choices about what I eat and how often I eat and the portion sizes. What if my mini vaca throws me off track? I told the birthday girl for months that I wasn’t sure if I would make it down simply because I didn’t know if I would be ready by now. But now that the day is here I know I am ready. So I thought this might be a good time to write about what I’m doing to make sure I will stay on track. But first I want to talk about why I was so nervous to take this trip.

I havn’t been to Portland since August. If you know me very well, you know that’s quite shocking. It’s been 5 months. The longest I’ve gone since I moved there 8 years ago. The trip itself was full of wonderful moments but was ultimately the catalyst for my return to an unfit life.

When I left for Portland in late July, I felt strong. I was running constantly and eating clean. I had spent those last three months pushing myself to the limit to drop the final few pounds I had gained during my diagnosis/surgery period (which in total amounted to 35 lbs). But truthfully, I was motivated for all the wrong reasons.

I had two back to back weddings in Portland. One was my good friend Katelyn’s and I was in the wedding which meant tons of pictures I wanted to be ready for.The other was the wedding of a good guy friend of mine. This one meant seeing a lot of people I hadn’t seen in awhile all in the same spot. I felt an irrational need to prove I was doing so well. Probably because I had spent the previous two years pining over the loss of the boy I thought I loved and most of them had seen my tears, weight gain and insecurity in full over this time. I felt the need to prove that I was over it. That things were great for me and that I was not only doing okay, I was thriving!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t. It was still hard to see him and I consumed more alcohol than I care to divulge trying to numb the pain. The most unfortunate part is looking back and realizing that my motivation for those previous months always had an ending point. That weekend was my goal and I had achieved it. I looked great! But with the end of that weekend came the end of my motivation. I made excuses for why I could cheat that weekend, drinking what I wanted, eating more than I should and not making time for exercise. By the time I got back, a lot of my cravings that I had worked so hard to banish had reappeared. I didn’t go completely back to my old ways but I slowly kept slipping farther and farther away from the successful point I had reached.

What’s my point here? Make sure that your motivation is not anchored to an ending point or routed in an insecurity that needs greater attention. This is how we relapse. And I say “we” because I am still capable of relapse. Everyday is a battle I fight to make progress towards the lifestyle I want. So that one day, it is not a battle. So that I wont be nervous to leave on vacation or go out to a restaurant where I don’t know the menu.

Alright enough of my cathartic writing. Time to set up a battle plan….

I purposefully got a hotel room that had a fridge so that I could bring items with me. I tried to put together a list of items that were convenient and reached all necessary food groups. For a second I was concerned because I had no meat here (except in the chili). I freaked that I hadn’t thought about protein enough until I remember that I had 5 eggs and Shakeo there. Those two things alone would cover my protein for the next two days haha. Pack what suites you best, just remember that you wont have a lot of accommodations.

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So what do I have here?:

1 Jar of Frozen Homade Chili
1 Jar Frozen Hulk Juice
2 Packets Shakeology
1 Blender Bottle filled with 8 oz Almond Milk (For Shakeo)
5 Hardboiled Eggs
1 Cucumber (Sliced)
1 Cup Chopped Lettace
1 Avacado
3 Fuji Apples
5 Cutie Oranges
Do I plan on eating ALL of this food? Not at all. But personally I find the best way to ward off cheating is by leaving yourself options.
Phew. That’s all folks! Off to Portland I go. Ill check in when I get back and let you know how it went : )

An Important Medical Breakthrough You Probably Wont Hear About

“A new breakthrough in a disease that no one likes to talk about” was the tag line for a tweet by The New Yorker this morning that caught my eye. Having a disease no one likes to talk about, I was drawn. Assuming it discussed Chrones or Colitus, I figured it would be ample news for my cousin who is currently raising money for the disease.

I burst into tears the moment I read “endometriosis”. Writing this now I am still fighting back tears.

On of the hardest facts to swallow when being diagnosed is that not only is there not a cure, but the disease is so universally overlooked that even the cause is still unknown. This leaves very little hope at seeing any sort of cure during our generation. This is not to say there are not steps each woman can take to lessen her symptoms in one way or another. Just that there is no known explanation or cure for those of us with the disease.

In the Spring of 2013, after my first surgery and reading anything I could get my hands on, I decided to cut out soy and most dairy from my diet. I switched all meat and dairy products that I still consumed to “hormone free” options and noticed a drastic difference in my day to day functionality. Was it easy? F**k no! But it was worth it.

The most simple thing to understand about endometriosis is that, whatever symptoms you are experiencing, are fueled by hormones. The more regulated these hormones are, the less intense the flair ups. When you consume soy (might as well be a straight shot of estrogen) or dairy/meat products that have been fed added hormones, those hormones are going into your body and adding to your existing hormones. For a woman with endometriosis, this is highly troublesome.

Aside from regulating hormones I tried to eat better all around. I increased exercise and tried to remove all added toxins in my home (primarily by making organic kitchen/bathroom cleaners). I have seen great success with all of these steps. And yet, in August of 2013 I started having severe symptoms again.

Another problem when living with this disease is the wide variety of symptoms. Because the tissue can grow on any organ, every woman has different symptoms. For me, I have sever issues with my bladder, bowl, colan, intestines, stomach and uterus. I have had several days where the muscles from my back and legs have been so severely effected that it makes walking or sitting extremely painful. I have found that the more active I am, the less I experience these symptoms, however, they have never really gone away. This being said, I have read stories of other women with no symptoms at all or with entirely different sets of symptoms. You can imagine how difficult this would make it to find a reason for the disease let alone a cure. Until recently there seemed to be absolutely NO common thread between symptoms and patience. NONE! Lets emphasis the fact that I said, until recently.

The article discusses how researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been working together to find a common thread between patients. “The study is important because it shows the power of a new method now being used to probe a complex disease” writes New Yorker journalist Amanda Schaffer. For people who are not familiar with the disease, this may seem like an insignificant fete. But to those of us aware of the complication of the disease, this is the first of what I can only hope is many steps forward.

You could say that I have more or less come to terms with the fact that I will live with this disease and its progressing symptoms for the rest of my life. It is not an easy fact to come to terms with but its the body I was given and I have the satisfaction of knowing I do my best to take care of it. We will only find a cure when the disease becomes one that is universally addressed. Please share this blog, the article, or any information you find about the disease. While today’s new was uplifting, the greatest step that can be taken now, is universal acknowledgement.

Leftover Quinoa and Kale

Leftover Quinoa and Kale

Leftover Quinoa and Kale

This is my favorite hearty weekend morning breakfast. I first discovered this recipe about a year ago after picking up Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Its All Good”.

Now a staple in my kitchen, I recommend anyone trying to get clean to pick it up immediately! Her struggle to become healthy is inspiring and her recipes are clean, easy, and delicious!!!

What You’ll Need:

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or fat of choice)

1 clove garlic minced

2 large leaves of Kale (stems discarded) finely chopped

1/2 cup quinoa (cooked, follow directions on package)

Coarse Sea Salt

Fresh ground black pepper

1 Egg (Gwyneth suggests it poached but I like mine sunny side up, cooked in olive oil)

1 Scallion

Heat oil and garlic over medium heat in a small skillet until the garlic begins to soften (about 1 minute). Add the shredded kale and cook, stirring now and then, until the kale is wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring, until warmed through, another 2 minutes. Season the mixture to taste with salt and pepper. Place the mixture in a shallow bowl or plate, top with egg and scallions.

Serve with Hulk Juice or Fresh Coffee : ) Happy Saturday!

Top 10 Items to Have in Your Paleo Pantry

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When I first started eating clean 12 months ago, it was truly an exercise in patience and commitment. I found too often that if I did find a recipe I wanted to try, I had half or none of the ingredients needed to make it (usually once I was already hungry and set to cook). Most American’s are raised with the same items in their pantry and fridge. Staple items you can almost always count on having on hand: Flour, sugar, butter, eggs, pasta, milk, oatmeal/ cereal, peanut butter, jam, bread, variety of spices. When you start eating clean/paleo, most, if not all, of these items go away.

The good news is, there are just as good, if not better substitutes  for all of these items. Below are the 10 paleo necessities I have on hand at all times for easy, clean cooking at home.

Quinoa – Anyone who knows me knows this is a staple in my house. I use it primarily to substitute oatmeal (adding fruit, sun butter or chia seeds). It also serves as a great rice substitute with veggies and spices for dinner.

Quinoa (Clearly its nearing grocery day)

Quinoa (Clearly its nearing grocery day)

Coconut Flour – My most recent and adored addition. I am finally eating bread items again thanks to coconut flour. It is a NECESARRY item in my opinion.

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Almond Milk – I was never a big milk fan before, so giving it up was not that difficult. However, milk is one of those items that ends up in other things all the time. I like to add almond milk to my quinoa and sun butter in the morning, use it in smoothies, add it to my gluten free mac and cheese, you get the picture. Whatever calls for milk, I use almond milk. Just be careful not to buy vanilla and use it like regular milk. You’ll make this mistake once and only one haha

Raw Honey: Make sure it’s raw. This is a great way to sweeten breads and the like.

Coconut Oil: I really don’t know what I did before I found coconut oil. I use it to grease pans before cooking EVERYTHING. I also use it instead of olive oil depending on the recipe. These are just two of the many uses for coconut oil in your house. LOVE LOVE LOVE COCONUT OIL.

Coconut Oil ( I keep both Virgin and nonvirgin)

Coconut Oil ( I keep both Virgin and nonvirgin)

Sun Butter: Let’s be honest, this will never truly replace peanut butter in my heart. However, it still  tastes great and serves the same purpose as peanut butter. Another choice is Almond Butter which I have on hand as well but it all comes down to personal preference and the recipe.

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Grass-fed Butter: MMMM butter. I prefer Kerrygold spreadable salted. I also keep unsalted for the days I like to make Bulletproof coffee.

Both Salted and Unsalted

Both Salted and Unsalted

Olive Oil: This is pretty straight forward. You get to keep olive oil. Yiii.

Almond Flour: The sister flour to coconut, I keep this around for my meatloaf primarily.

Vegetable/ Chicken Stock: I left this  one for last because it really is dependent on how you like to cook. I find the itch to cook soup more often than most, hence the constant supply of vegetable stock. Chicken stock I like to keep around for quick and easy chicken based meals. ( a little butter, fresh lemon and chicken stock in a pan with almond flour dipped chicken and you’ve got a winner!)

So there you go. Those are my top 10 paleo necessities. You’ll find in time what works best for you but hopefully this helps.

Hulk Juice

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Nearly a year ago I started drinking a thick green kale smoothie every morning to boost energy and digestion. I had heard people talk about juicing and drinking juice smoothies but it never interested me until my post op, post diagnosis, health food awakening. There a million so called “amazing” juice/smoothie recipes out there but the hard truth is it’s all about finding what tastes best and works best for you and your needs. Try everything!!! Even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally eat in real life, it might be something you love in a smoothie. Try to keep milk or milk products out of it. It should be all about the nutrients in the juice.

Moving on from my lecture on nutrients, I call this  Hulk Juice because it was aptly named that by my co-workers. I drink this almost every morning. A strong green color, it takes up half to all of my coveted Blender Bottle each morning and to say that I am addicted is an understatement.

Hulk Juice:

1 1/2 cups cold walter

The juice of one lemon

1 inch ginger grated

1 cucumber, cut into slices (skin or no skin)

1 apple, cut into slices ( skin or no skin, I prefer Honey Crisp or Fuji)

4 sprigs parsley (optional)

2 Large Leaves of Kale

I make two different versions of this drink.

For a Smoothie: I remove skins from the cucumber and apple before blending.  Put all ingredients except the kale into a strong blender. When properly liquefied, place the juice in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. When time is up, add the kale and blend until smooth.

For Juice: Add all ingredients to the blender and liquefy. Pour through a fine mesh strainer for clean pulp free juice. To make sure this juice is cold, I suggest keeping your apples and cucumbers in the fridge.

Happy drinking : )

How to Survive Your First Colonscopy

Unlike most of my posts, this one is not all too appetizing. I mean really, who wants to read about colon health? Id much prefer writing about making my first paleo Shepard’s Pie tonight but that’s not the reality of my life right now so here we go. (Don’t worry, the Shepard’s Pie post is coming soon!)

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014 there will be an estimated 96,830 new cases of colon cancer reported, 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer and roughly 50,310 deaths from colorectal cancer. The statistical odds of developing colon cancer during a lifetime is 1 in 20…. 1 in 20!!!! Its the third leading cause of cancer related death in Americans each year. Is that not insane?

We grow up hearing that early detection saves lives. But when it comes to maters of the bowels, Americans remain hesitant to discuss the issue…. Well not this American!

After struggling with stomach and intestinal issues for the last 20+ years, my symptoms reached a more than typically disturbing level of intensity a few months ago. After a string of visits to my doctor in December, she determined it was time to take our relationship to that next level. Time for my first colonoscopy.

In the weeks leading up to this procedure I goggled any information I could get my hands on.  I figured what better time to blog about “surviving” it than when I’m in the throws of preparation (supposedly the hardest part).

If you’re reading this  and preparing for your own  colonoscopy my best advice to start with is to make sure you take the day before and the day after off of work. Its not necessary so much as helpful.

In the week leading up to the procedure, pick up your prep day feast (see picture below) and your prescription.  Your doctor will give you a list of allowed/ recommended food to eat on prep day. My saving grace was Pedialyte popsicles. Funny I know, but it’s sooooo nice to have something solid to munch on when you’re hours in to a liquid diet day. I suggest Pedialyte popsicles over any other popsicle as it contains electrolytes your body needs to prepare for the cleanse.

Other items I found super helpful, Jello and beef broth. Never in my life have I enjoyed beef broth so much. If you are vegetarian, vegetable broth works just as well. You can also find meatless broth in the organic section at your local grocer.

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My Shopping List:

Pedialyte Popsicles

Pedialyte ( I like mixed fruit)

Organic Beef Broth

Organic Chicken Broth

Gatorade (nothing red or orange)

Jello (I bought peach, it had the least coloring)

Coconut Water

I also bought all the ingredients to make my favorite Green Juice (see recipie) I left out the Kale because it would make the juice too green. It was comforting in the morning to have something hearty and filled with nutrients. The doctor suggested apple juice but since I started making my own juice 6 months ago, I don’t trust a damn ounce of juice you get out of a bottle at the store. When you’ve had homade juice, nothing compares. It is super easy to make and delicious. I recommend trying it.

So now what? Just prepping for that nasty juice drink. My landlord just showed up mid posting and asked if he could work on my pipes. (anyone whose visited me in the last year knows they leak like Niagra Falls) Flush faced I had to explain to him that I was 5 minutes from starting my colonoscopy prep so now was clearly not a good time. Yikes. He agreed and decided to come back next week.

I could not be more excited to chug this baby!

I could not be more excited to chug this baby!

I’m all prepared in sweats, have movies lined up, the heater on  in my bathroom and everything ready for the morning. I think it’s almost go  time.

As I prepare to start drinking that highly feared solution I’ve heard so much about, all I can think is “this is all going to be worth it”. At the end of this tunnel is answers. Answers to questions I have had my whole life. Answers that will hopefully help me improve my quality of living from here on out.   Whether its chrones, colitis, celiac or IBS, it will be a blessing to finally know for sure. And that, my friends, makes it all worth it!