Anytime Mal and I struggle in life, we always remind each other of something his Grandma used to say: accept and adjust. I’ve blogged about these words a few times in the past, but when it comes to health issues, they mean so much more.
My own grandfather had a similar piece of advice when things don’t go your way: life is not fair. Basically, you can get all bent out of shape and dwell on the crappy things that happen to you or you can change your attitude and roll with it. Obviously, I’m going with the second one for this colitis stuff.
Things are different for me with UC this time. In the past, I didn’t want to accept it. I didn’t want to accept I had the disease and I really didn’t want to accept it was something I would need to deal with for the rest of my life. And, of course, as I explained yesterday, I didn’t want to accept that some of my favorite things in life (iced coffee, beer, dessert) were possible culprits in making me sick. With that said, I accept that I have Ulcerative Colitis and I’m ready to adjust.
Check out what was part of my breakfast this morning! It’s not iced coffee!
I accepted I can’t have iced coffee and I adjusted.
A reader left a comment on CNC yesterday saying that her husband, who also suffers from UC, drinks Choffy since it’s more friendly on his digestive system. (Choffy is brewed chocolate made from cacao beans.) I had a bag of Choffy in our cabinet from many months ago, so I brewed a batch yesterday afternoon.
I chilled it overnight (obviously), so this morning, I poured it over ice and added almond milk.
I’m happy to report it’s almost as delicious as iced coffee. Choffy has a rich, dark chocolate flavor, so it’s different than coffee, but a great substitute. I drank it around 7:00 this morning and haven’t had any issues so far. It could be a keeper!
To eat, I whipped up a batch of cold “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats, which I made last night and then chilled in the refrigerator in a nearly-empty jar of cashew butter. All I had to do was open it up, grab a spoon, and eat it this morning.
In the mix:
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1/3 cup grated zucchini
- 3/4 cup liquid egg whites
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Last night’s dinner was ugly and boring, so I’ll add it here at the end of this post. I had a piece of grilled sirloin steak and roasted zucchini with truffle oil, salt, and pepper.
Question of the Day
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from your grandparents?