Posts Tagged 'Crohn’s Disease'

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

A bite into this sweet bread brings me back to my mother’s kitchen. It’s sweet, it’s tart and it’s really wonderful. The texture is very similar to the treat I remember as a kid.

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A Fresher Bloody Mary

Have you ever made my Fresher Salsa? Then you know that it can produce a fair amount of liquid.

Try this: Strain out the liquid and use it for a Bloody Mary cocktail. One cup of juice to a shot of vodka over lots of ice. Go ahead, give it a taste. I think you’ll be pleased with its spicy freshness.

Perhaps a stalk of cilantro for garnish? Or maybe a split jalapeno? Lime might look good too…


What single condiment has the ability to improve any food? Ketchup, of course. At least that’s how your kids might see it.

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big flavor

Kadoya Sesame Oil I finally made it to the Asian market to replenish my supply of big flavor. I like Kadoya’s sesame oil for the character it adds to anything from stir-fry to salad dressing. I didn’t use it much pre-SCD, but now it’s a staple in my oil-as-flavor arsenal.

It’s much darker and bolder than the sesame oils I’ve been able to find in my regular grocery store and gives me an excuse to wander around the always interesting Asian market.

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A sweetener by any other name

As I’ve been eating SCD I’ve become an avid label reader. I’ve been surprised at times by the number of names and forms that sweeteners take. I won’t make any claims that this is a complete list, but it should at least give you an idea of the large spectrum of sweeteners. As this list consists almost entirely of sweeteners not allowed on the SCD, I’ve elected not to include honey to avoid unnecessary confusion.

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Phase II

I have read somewhere that  for someone with Crohn’s on the SCD it will probably take 3-4 years to recover. The rule of thumb was to wait for one year past the last symptom before trying any illegals. I’ve been SCD for four plus years and it has been about a year and a half since my last symptom. Now comes phase two of the great experiment. Click through to see what I mean.

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Colonoscopy conundrum

ileum xrayJanuary 1, 2009 marks four full years on the SCD. March of 2009 marks eighteen months since the last time I felt a Crohn’s symptom. I considered myself to be in remission because I am on no medications, had no symptoms and my SED rate was a fantastic two.

Knowing how good I felt, I was very curious to see how good I looked inside so I recently had a colonoscopy. And now I find myself faced with a conundrum. The colonoscopy showed superficial ulceration and the biopsy came back as active Crohn’s. Furthermore, my doctor was surprised that I don’t have any obstructive symptoms given that four inches of my ileum is constricted by about half. He felt that  given that I eat a lot of roughage I would be feeling pain, bloating and gas which I am not. This constriction existed before I began the SCD, so I wasn’t surprised that it was still there.

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