Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thank you

First of all, I want to say thank you all for your sweet and supportive comments about blogging shorter posts or less often in order to live life to the fullest. :) With working full-time, trying to work out every day, meditating for an hour per day, eating healthy and cooking for myself, and maintaining a happy and clean household, it gets really tough to fit in posting every night. I love blogging, the photography that comes with it, the community itself, and reading other blogs. I just had to step back on Sunday and tell myself that blogging every day wasn't always going to happen. So, thank you for being wonderful readers and supporting my decision! It means a lot to me.

Yesterday, I went to see a new gastroenterologist and had a wonderful experience. After years of feeling rushed in and out of examinations in a hospital gastro dept., I wanted to see a doctor who actually listened to me and tried new things in order to get me onto a healthier path. I have said this before, but for all of you new readers, I have ulcerative colitis and the new doctor thinks I may have IBS as well. My next steps involve going lactose free for 5-7 days and taking notes on how I feel during that time and then incorporating the lactose back into my diet in the following 5-7 days. I also have to take extensive notes on how I feel on my bad and good days and on other things, like my sleep habits, exercising, what I am eating, how stressed I am, how many hours I am working, and any other factors that may have affected my stomach poorly or for the better. I am really hopeful that after two procedures at the beginning of November, my new doc will help me gain some control over my health problems.

After the doc last night, I raced home and ate some dinner. Then I met Karis to go to the Urban Ecology Center for their Eat Local Challenge book club on Farm City by Novella Carptenter, which I finally finished reading on Sunday evening.

Urban Ecology Center


We had a fun time and the discussion was led by Daniel from Boswell Books. It was nice to hear about everyone's Eat Local Challenge progress and their disclosures on what they had trouble giving up, such as coffee and chocolate. It made me wish I had known about the eat local challenge sooner and would have tried to do it.

The funniest part for me was when I nonchalantly asked when Novella Carpenter started her blog and Daniel asked the group, "is anyone here a blogger?" Karis and I kind of smiled simultaneously and I couldn't hold it in, so I burst out, "we are!"

For lunch today, I tried the Dannon Oikos greek blueberry yogurt. It was ok. Didn't knock my socks off. I am still going to be a Chobani girl. I am not sure I will try the Activia brand of greek yogurt either because my mom tried it and declared it to be pretty horrible. Have you tried any of these newer greek yogurts and if so, what did you think?


dannon oikos greek yogurt blueberry

I am eating lots of dairy because with the upcoming week of going lactose free, I know I am going to miss my dairy! I am a Wisconsin girl after all. :)

Anyone out there lactose intolerant and have any tips for me or any favorite lactose free products they can recommend?


  1. I tried Dannon Oikos recently and yup I'm still a Chobani girl too! Good luck going dairy free. That's rough. Us WI girls are practically given an IV of dairy products from birth. I know when I did my vegan challenge, I found nutritional yeast to be helpful in getting my "cheese" fix.

  2. I feel for you on all the diarizing for your stomach problems. I had to do six months of it for a migraine/headache journal. I hope that this helps you find a path back to feeling good...even if it means giving up dairy.

    You also deserve massive props for being proactive and taking a step back from "doing it all" and instead "doing what is right for you.". It's hard to do itat first (I am guilty of the same behavior) but it does get easier.

    As for dairy free recomendations--chocolate almond milk or any so delicious coconut milk products--they even have ice cream bars! Sooo good!!! Nutritional yeast is def an excellent recommendation for cheesy flavours. The blog Oh She Glows has a fantastic Mac and "cheese" recipe.

    Good luck and get well soon!

  3. Wish I had some dairy thoughts for you. Every so often my husband would say he was going off dairy, but because my kids have it so much, it was hard for him to stay off. We don't think he's got lactose problems anyway.

    We actually like the Oikos better in our house. I think Chobani is more tart than we like. I will need to compare sugar grams though. I know both can have a lot and I like to know how much. It may be that Dannon has more sugar. At least it's not high fructose corn syrup like in their fruit on the bottom yogurt.