Archive for June, 2012


Meeting the Dietician

by marilynk

In November, I met with a dietician who is attached to the gastroenterology clinic that my Crohn’s specialist belongs to. I’m glad I met with her, but I honestly didn’t find the appointment all that helpful.

Before the appointment, I had to keep a food diary for three days so the dietician could see what my eating habits are like: what foods, when and how often I eat and if I noticed any symptoms that were tied to certain meals. She didn’t see any nutritional deficiencies in my diary and she liked how the meals were spaced out. Her only suggestions were to:

  1. Eat at least 3 food groups at meals and 2 at snacks (so throughout the day you have your bases covered).
  2. Continue eating small meals throughout the day (it’s easier on my digestive system than 3 large meals).
  3. Continue eating as wide a variety of foods as possible…until something triggers symptoms (the goal is to get as many nutrients from actual food as possible).

We also talked about the two kinds of fibre and how to use each to address symptoms. Of course, my symptoms are atypical, so that’s not much of a worry for me at this point. And we talked about pre- and pro-biotics (personally, I think these are mostly marketing hype – I’ll stick to greek yoghurt). There is some evidence that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial and I should probably eat more fish, but I think I’ll stick to flax seed and nuts. It was a nice chat and the dietician is a lovely woman. I just didn’t feel like “keep doing what you’re doing until you feel horrible, then stop eating the thing that made you feel bad” was particularly useful advice.

Things were going pretty well diet-wise before Christmas, but fell off the rails in the last few months. You’ll see in upcoming posts that I’m starting to get things back on track.

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Tomato Sauce Challenge 4 & 5: Sloppy Joe & Chili

by marilynk

Hi guys! Long time, no writing. Let’s just say life got away from me a bit. But I’m back and have a few posts queued up!

I actually thought these two had posted before I took my little break. Sorry about that! I’ve combined them into one post so we can move on to current things more quickly. Enjoy!

Sloppy Joe

For the Sloppy Joe, I combined the rest of my sauce with browned ground beef, some shredded carrot and a can of tomato paste. I ate it on a bun (toasted) from Tree Stone Bakery, topped with shredded cheddar cheese. A simple side salad rounded out the meal.



I am not a traditionalist when it comes to chili. My Texan relatives would never acknowledge what I make as chili. That being said, I like mine better. To me, chiliĀ should have lots of veggies and beans in it. Meat in sauce is just…boring.

So. My chili consisted of the Sloppy Joe mix from the night before with the following additions: pre-soaked red kidney beans (1 cup dried) that had been soaked overnight (a can of any kind of bean would work just as well), diced tomatoes (3), and a diced orange pepper. I also added chili powder, garlic powder, and some cumin. I had the chili with Tabasco sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, and a nice thick slice of Prairie Mill sourdough.

Again, I’m sorry for the gap between posts. But as you can see, a jar of pasta sauce can generate a number of different meals and sometimes leftovers don’t have to just be reheated and served. I hope this week’s worth of meal ideas inspires some of you to experiment with your ingredients. If you have another idea for a food challenge, please send it my way!