My Love of Sauerkraut

mysauerkrautUp until a year and a half ago, I never gave a second thought to sauerkraut…and I’d just assumed I didn’t like it–of course I’d never even tried it. The only acknowledgement I ever gave to sauerkraut was during any sort of German festival, even then I always considered it to be merely a condiment of which I didn’t need. It doesn’t necessarily look appealing and it always seemed like it would be a distraction from the food I actually wanted to eat (meat).
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My Crohn’s Diet 1.0

After starting this blog last week and quickly realizing how many Crohn’s sufferers are in my immediate network, I wanted to cut to the chase and jump right into my diet. It is currently working for me and helping me to feel better than I have in a long time, so I want to share it in case someone else may find hope, inspiration, or benefit from some of the things that are working for me.

As I’ve said before, I’ve tried a number of different diets and lifestyle tricks in trying to control my Crohn’s naturally over the last 10 years. Early on, I tried to follow recommendations to eat low fiber, easy-to-digest foods like white rice, white bread, pasta, and bananas that are commonly recommended to those with IBD…but that actually made things worse. After trying to eat “easy-to-digest” foods, I then tried to follow a FODMAP diet at the suggestion of my doctor. But it was difficult to stay on the protocol that required I cut everything out and reintroduce every food, one by one, back into my diet in an attempt to try and figure out what foods I could handle and what I couldn’t (I didn’t have the patience for that at the time).

At one point I even stumbled across Jini Patel Thompson’s Listen to Your Gut e-book and tried to create my own elemental diet shakes, but I craved real food and the shakes tasted awful. At one point I even attempted intermittent fasting because of all the amazing health benefits associated with it, but I don’t like to go without food and only made it a day. (Interestingly enough, however, I now follow the Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting regimen, which I will write about in another post.)
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About This Blog

In the beginning… Well, let’s just start here for now.

I’m not sure if it’s the journalist in me or my hope that maybe my writings (a.k.a. ramblings) will help at least one person who is suffering from Crohn’s, chronic disease, or poor health to find inspiration and hope along their own journey. Either way, I’ve felt compelled to start this blog, “Crohn’s, fitness, food, and my rocky road to health.” Pun intended.

Where to begin…rather than making this first post as long as I possibly could, I thought I would start with a very brief introduction of who I am and why you may…or may not…want to follow me on this blogging journey; I really can’t promise where this will go, so you’ll have to decide for yourself if the risk of spending your time reading my blog is worth it. 😉
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Who I Am

Stephanie Gish

Fitness Fanatic, Wine Lover, and #CrohnsWarrior

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a suburb just outside of downtown. As a child, I was active with a competitive drive I couldn’t suppress. From about the age of 10, I was involved in the community gymnastics program that our city ran. I hated running (and still do), but that didn’t stop me from trying to win a turkey every year in my elementary school’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot (I never won though) and when I finally got to high school, my tumbling served me well on the cheerleading squad.
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