What I Ate Wednesday {Colonoscopy Edition}

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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I survived! I made it through 24 hours of a liquid (+ Jello) diet. It definitely wasn’t fun, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. (Well, now that it’s over, of course.)

I woke up craving peanut butter and banana like I normally do, but I wasn’t super hungry, so mango Jello ended up being a great way to start the day (as good as Jello for breakfast can be, I suppose). I ate a couple of servings and went on with my morning. So far, so good.

mango Jello

Around 11:00 is when I really started to get hungry””you know what I’m talking about… a crazy, relentless growling stomach. Ugh, it was awful. I finished off the rest of the Jello and drank some Gatorade.


Eh, it sort of did the trick.


All I could think about was food, so I took Murphy to the p-a-r-k as a way to distract myself.


Watching a happy pug run around the park definitely made things easier for a bit.


Murphy and Tina at the park



On the drive home, I popped into Marylou’s for a decaf Milk Way iced coffee, black (no milk).


I wasn’t sure if I’d like it without milk and sugar, but it was actually pretty tasty.


When I got home from the dog park, all I wanted to do was eat lunch. I ended up drinking a big mug full of chicken broth and finishing off my Marylou’s coffee, which warded off my hunger for a little bit. I was still hungry, but not dying like I was before.

pacific chicken broth

Then, it was time to drink the “stuff.” It came with a bunch of different flavor packets, so I added one (orange) to make it taste better and then put it in the fridge since I heard drinking it cold was a little easier. Maybe I’m weird, but drinking it wasn’t all that bad. Of course, it was a lot of liquid to consume and, uh, what it did to my insides wasn’t fun (hey, it wasn’t worse than a flare!), but the whole experience wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. Not eating was definitely the hardest part for me!


When dinnertime rolled around, I did my best to avoid the kitchen and tried not to think about food when Mal was eating his dinner. I drank more chicken stock, ate Jello (lemon flavor this time), watched a movie, and then went to bed early. I survived. Hopefully, the hardest part is over!


My colonoscopy is schedule for bright and early this morning. Wish me luck!

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Questions of the Day

Do you like Jello?

What did you eat yesterday? Please tell me it was more delicious than what I ate!

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  1. Oh, I’m so sorry! Not eating anything has to be the worst thing ever. At least now that is over with. Yesterday i made some clean turkey chili from a recipe i found and it just totally hit the spot! But nothing else was really great.

  2. Good luck! I hope it goes well and they are able to find some answers for you. I have had 5, and am due for another here in April, going on 10 years of UC. You did great on your prep! I agree the hardest part is not eating, the prep drink is no big deal, like you said not as bad as a flare.

  3. Good luck for the colonoscopy, hoping everything went well! In answer to your question, I don’t like jello. And what did I eat yesterday? For lunch I had a delicious seafood laksa. However, it did leave me feeling uncomfortably full for the rest of the day.

  4. Good luck! It sounds like your day went rather smoothly 🙂 Lucky duck. Haha. I didn’t have a hard time not eating or being hungry, but the stuff that I had to take made me literally sick. But, I know it was worth it to get the colonoscopy, and like you said, it wasn’t too bad.

    Will they tell you your results today, or do you have to wait for them to process everything?

  5. I like jello but after that I might rethink it. OMG, you poor thing! That made me sad just reading it! LOL But hopefully everything goes quickly and uneventful this morning and you can celebrate with a big ol’ meal when you’re done!

  6. I still wonder how you survived with taking jello all the day. But sometimes fasting with something is better than starving yourself for food.

  7. The worst of it is over for you. The “cleanse” the day before is the worst. (You were lucky; that stuff they. You won’t remember much about the procedure itself and you’ll be back to eating in no time at all. I don’t know what they are looking for with you, but they were able to diagnose me (ulcerative colitis) and get me started on medication that day.

  8. Tina,
    Wellness on the Water looks incredible; thanks so much for sharing! Sadly for me, this is the same day as The Boston Brain Tumor Ride. I will spread the word at my yoga studio though, since I feel like they may be interested.

  9. Those cookies look delicious!

    As a vegetarian, I know longer eat jello since it contains gelatin. However, before I was a vegetarian, I used to really enjoy it. I definitely would not have enjoyed eating it as a “lunch” or “dinner” though! Not eating for 24 hours sounds tough!! I am happy for you that you made it through it. I hope the procedure goes well!

      1. There is also “kosher” gelatin/JELLO that is made using other ingredients, as dietary observance bans consumption of pig products. They have the full range of flavors — check the kosher aisle in a big supermarket, I think the most popular brand is called KOJEL.

  10. Oh my god, I seriously laughed out loud when I read the title of this post, I love the humor in it. But you are so lucky that the stuff you drank wasn’t too bad, mine did not come with a flavor packet and I definitely almost threw up approximately 200 times while trying to force it down. I’m glad you’re all done with it though!

  11. Glad you made it through!
    The only Jello I ever liked was a jello “casserole” that my grandma would make–it included berries, pineapple, whip cream…

  12. Praying your colonoscopy goes well today!

    Also, I tried your carrot cake cookies last night since company was coming over and they LOVED them!!!! Sadly the 4 of us killed the whole batch 😏 Tweaked them a bit by taking out raisins, adding some white chocolate chips, and subbing in melted coconut oil. TO DIE FOR! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Glad your prep went okay-that really is the worse part. Hope everything goes okay today and that you get good results!

  14. I have really fond memories of my grandpa making me lime jello when I was little, so when I had my colonoscopies that’s what I ate! I’m really jealous that the prep drink didn’t make you sick. The first time I did the drink and threw up for hours so the second time I went with the pill prep instead, thinking it would be better. And I still threw up for hours. That’s the only reason I never want to have another colonoscopy. Anyway, good luck and I hope you find some answers!

  15. I actually do like Jello and make it in the summer sometimes! I had nothing too exciting, almond butter and toast, a not so good work luncheon and turkey meatball subs for supper.

  16. Good luck today! Congrats on making it through! My best meal of the day was the wine and salad dinner I had while waiting on my flight at the airport!

  17. Good luck today, T! For dinner last night we had the Paleo Pad Thai from the Well Fed cookbook – soooo good! Killed two birds with one stone using the sunflower butter to make that and some homemade dog treats 🙂

  18. You’re a trooper. Hope it goes well and you can FEAST when it’s over. Have a least 6 of those cookies to start.

  19. Good luck today…I can’t really imagine how hard it was to go without eating that long, especially someone like me who feels like I need to eat just a little something every hour it seems like. Hope everything goes well 🙂

  20. Totally – my flare ups some times are worse than the prep! I thought my prep wasn’t bad! I got my biopsy results in about three days, praying fast results for you! And answers and then good treatment! I’m not a fan of jello and I’m still recuperating from being hospitalized from my latest colitis flare up, so well, I had carrots at dinner last night!!!! :). I actually don’t mind not eating as my condition makes eating painful 🙁 soooo it’s a struggle to eat.

  21. I like jello pudding a lot; the plain jello is okay too. my fiance is australian and his aging grandma can’t eat solid foods, but australia doesn’t carry jello. so everytime we go over to australia we bring a big bag of 30+ jello packets to her. she loves them!

  22. Good luck. Being over 50, I had my first one a couple of years ago, and have the next one soon. It is a great sleep during the procedure, and you get to eat a great meal when it is over. Enjoy eating again.

  23. Oh I’m glad you got that over with. I absolutely hate jello! I don’t like the way it moves in my mouth without me having to move it. It feels like it’s alive, haha! I know that sounds silly, but it’s the truth!

    Yesterday I actually had steak for dinner! One of the churches in town was having a steak dinner open to the public so my fiance and some of our friends went and enjoyed it. It was delicious! 🙂

  24. Wow…that does not sound like a good time..I didnt eat anything too exciting yesterday, but for dessert I had 2 handfuls of Robin Eggs (my favorite Easter candy) Good luck with your procedure!!

  25. Oh I am so sorry! In the end it is totally worth it because you know what is going on inside of you to make you feel the way you do! (I have celiac, so I know just how you feel!) Thank you for the GF recipe I can’t wait to try it!

  26. You poor thing. 🙁 At least you DID get to eat jello, drink coffee, and gatorade. Could have been strictly water. Trying to think positive.

    I used to love jello as a kid but I haven’t had it since college years – ie jello shots.

    The best thing I ate yesterday was a plum. It was SO juicy. I was surprised since they’re not in season yet.

    Good luck this morning! I’ll be thinking of ya and praying for you!

  27. I HAVE to make those cookies when I finish my Whole 30! I don’t know how you made it through yesterday. I hope it all goes well today.

    Yesterday I ate a veggie frittata with anchovies and an orange for breakfast, a roast salmon salad and an apple for lunch and homemade beef burgers with homemade guacamole, slaw and sweet potato and parsnip fries for dinner. A good day!

  28. Very impressed you survived the not eating- so hard to do! When I was pregnant, I didn’t make it through the fasting glucose test. They had to let me eat. Pregnant or not, I am not good at not eating.

  29. Hope today went well! Not getting to eat must have been the worst, but I hope as soon as you’re done at the doctors you go and eat something super fantastic -you deserve it! Keeping my fingers crossed for good test results 🙂

  30. Hope all goes well today! Hope you have a great meal planned for sometime afterward!

    I do like jello but I never make it. My favorite recipe using jello is for a ‘salad’ using raspberries, whole berry cranberry sauce, raspberry jello, and sour cream. Yes, sour cream. So good! (never thought I’d say that as I was growing up!)

    Yesterday for dinner was mac ‘n cheese with broccoli and leftover Easter ham mixed in. Loved it!

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