Thursday, March 24, 2016

HaPpY 5th BiRtHdAy, SoUpEr DoUpEr SCDer!!!! :D

I have started and restarted this blog post over a million 
times since 9:30 p.m. -__-
The cat's got my tongue. *a-hem!* 
I really don't know what to say. 
MY BLOG TURNS 5 TODAY?! 
Are you for real? 
Or, are you just being a heel?
You better be certain before you speak. 
Unless you're being honest, 
I wouldn't let my mouth spring a leak.
Turning five is no small thing. 
Heck, I'm so excited about this that I may have to sing! 
I've learned SO much over the last five years. 
When I think about all that's happened and all that I've learned, 
I am practically brought to tears.
 All the people I've met...
All the hard lessons I'll never forget...
They've changed me. 
After all this time, I feel like I'm finally able to see. 
I see that if you want to win this fight, you have to reach out.
Of this, I have no doubt. 
I've also discovered that you have to thank people 
who've helped you along the way. 
Trust me when I say that it'll make their day!
Thank you, Elana Amsterdam (from Elana's Pantry), 
for being my light when I needed it the most. 
I can honestly say that you are the greatest woman on the
 entire west coast.
I started my blog because of you, my dear.
You taught me to push forward and have no fear. 
 To my family, I love you with all of my 
heart for constantly 
standing by 
my side through thick and thin. 
   Supportive: that's all you've ever been.
To my outstanding teachers from high school and MC, thank you for helping me succeed during some of the HARDEST years of my life thus far. 
I think you know who you are!!!!!  
To my friends, I love you for coming into my life and for 
making me realize that 
I'm not the only 
one with tummy issues. 
However, when I think about how many of 
us there are in my support 
group, I'm tempted to grab a box 
of tissues. 
To my darling fiancĂ©, I cannot thank you enough for taking 
care of me, for loving me, 
for supporting me, 
and for bringing so much joy into my life
I am SO excited about someday 
becoming your WIFE! 
NOW, I think it's finally time for this post to come to an end.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to me rhyme, my dear friend. 
:) 

Lots of love and healing vibes, 
Allie 

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you precious blog.❤︎ You truly saved my life. I can't believe we've been at this game for five years now. I hope this magic continues and we celebrate your birthday year after year for a LIFETIME. And yes, to my followers who didn't know, I'm ENGAGED!!!! :) 


Monday, February 1, 2016

Chronic illness + social life? Here's how to have BOTH! P.S. We need a little help from our friends. ;)

When you're fighting a chronic illness, hanging out with friends can be quite tricky. In fact, getting out of the house can be nearly impossible
It's not that we don't want to see you, or meet you for coffee
It's not that we don't care about your presence in our life
It's not that we don't appreciate your kind gesture
It's not that we don't want to have FUN with you
Sometimes [most of the time], our inability to see you is 
completely out of our control
Why, you ask?
That's easy!! One word:
U-N-P-R-E-D-I-C-T-A-B-L-E.
Our bodies are simply and relentlessly unpredictable. 
We almost never know when we might stumble into a flare. 
It could be related to...
eating something other than the mere FIVE foods we tolerate, 
foul weather, 
stress, 
side effects from a treatment, 
a full moon [yes, this is a real trigger], 
the fact that it's a Tuesday and not a Wednesday, 
putting on mismatching socks, 
rubbing our tummy and patting our head at the same time, 
sticking to our regiment so well that it's time to be punished...
In other words, 
something completely regular and meaningless can set off a flare. 
Flares don't have to be triggered by a typical trigger
It can be ANYTHING or NOTHING that sends us into a miserable flare.
 {As if that wasn't enough, our a-n-x-i-e-t-y shoots through the roof once we're in the middle of the flare.
 That doesn't help, either. 
We'd prefer not to end up at the local Starbucks with you as our sweat stains reach our WAISTLINE
We'd rather not be at the movies with you if we can't sit still due to severe joint pain from our hips, or the fact that our stomach looks like we've swallowed a watermelon
It's embarrassing for us to feel so poorly in front of others, so we just avoid contact to escape humiliation. 
-SO, you're probably wondering how you will E-V-E-R be able to hang out with us, right?-
Phone calls, 
FaceTime,
Skype,
a cup of coffee at our house,
a yummy lunch in our kitchen that's entirely "gut-friendly", 
LITERALLY show up at our front door, 
a Hollywood hit in our at-home movie theater where we can accommodate our position for any joint pain, 
a gentle walk around the neighborhood for some fresh air instead of chemical-rich air in a mall...
In other words, 
you may have to prepare yourself to take charge of the situation.
We may never feel well enough to make an adventure happen, so you might have to help us out a little bit. ;) 
That's all we ask of you. 
Please, please, please [with cherries on top!] bear with us so we can enjoy your company. 
We promise to repay you in some way, possibly with a BIG BAG of... homemade, 
gluten-free 
COOKIES? :) 
[If that sounds reasonable to you, 
you ROCK!!!!!!!]
XOXOX
~Souper Douper SCDer~

Friday, December 18, 2015

Lucky #7

Siete. 
Sieben.
 Sept.
Sete.
Chee. 
Bay.
S-E-V-E-N.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 
As of right now, there are only SeVeN classes standing between me and my... 
BaChElOr'S DeGrEe. 
Seven years later, after countless days and nights spent working hard on assignments, I will earn my Undergraduate Degree next October in Communications Studies with a minor in Journalism.  
After having no choice but to drop out of school my freshman year, starting the SCD, tweaking the SCD, launching and then being forced to close my own baking company, launching this life-saving blog and support page, attending a community college for 3.5 years and earning my Associate's Degree in General Studies, dreadful weight-gains, multiple trips to the ER, kidney stones, hives for over two months, never-ending food-allergy experimentation, two blackouts, countless wishes for a different body, gallons of tears shed, bizarre medical mysteries, a Chronic Lyme diagnosis (ten years after the tick bite, as well as multiple misdiagnoses), and meeting the love of my life,
"I am finally going to be a COLLEGE GRADUATE." 
It hasn't been smooth-sailing. 
I've wanted to give up numerous times.
Switching to an entirely online program was not an easy decision. 
It's been a lonely journey.
I've had to walk away from dream jobs/internships.
I've watched my social life disappear right in front of me.
My body has pushed me to the edge more times than I can count. 
The years have been sprinkled with severe flares at the most inconvenient of times, some of which left me on the bathroom floor all night, shivering like a leaf in the wind. 
I've had to ask for extensions at times because I couldn't push through the hip pain, or the brain fog, or the pain in my gut. 
But, I have never quit. 
I have continued to put one foot in front of the other. 
I have not stopped looking forward and imaging the finish line within my reach. 
I have not stopped believing that I can beat my body at its vicious game. 
And, here I am, beating my body and approaching the finish line. 
After all these years. 
After seeing countless friends move into the next phase of their life, while I sit over here, slowly plugging away at this one. 
It's about to be my turn to move into the next chapter. 
I told my body that it could try to beat me, but I would do anything to prevent that from happening. 
I told the bugs that they could try to stop me, but I would never let them win. 
E-V-E-R. 
So, here I am. 
Waiting for my last spring semester as an undergrad. 
Waiting for my last summer class as a Communications Studies major. 
Waiting for my last fall semester before reaching the finish line.
OcToBeR oF 2016
That's my target
That's when I'll finally be face-to-face with the finish line. 
That's when this chapter of my life will finally come to a close.
Some say I'll be sad to see it end. 
NOPE. I won't be sad, but I'm sure the bugs will be. 
;)  
 At that point, they'll know that they lost this fight and I WON. 
At that point, I will have...
S-U-C-C-E-E-D-E-D. 
My message to you: always fight. Always push for what you want, even if the bugs try to stand in your way
~Souper Douper SCDer~

Thursday, November 26, 2015

HaPpY tHaNkSgIvInG, sCdErS!! What are YOU thankful for? :) ♥︎

I could NOT let this wonderful day go by without a post. 
HaPpY tHaNkSgIvInG, eVeRyOnE!! 
Coconut positively LOVES shoes. :) I can't get enough of this cutie pie. 
I hope you all were able to spend some quality time with family/friends that are basically family today. I'm so grateful/thankful for my incredibly healing family. 
(What are YOU grateful for??)
♥︎ 
Time spent with family has the potential to lower inflammation throughout the body. ;) 
Was there laughter involved?? I hope there was, guys! Laughter is ThErApEuTiC!!
Did you have your own personal plate of Thanksgiving dinner (with plain food, no gluten, no sugar, no dairy, no fruit, no grains, no potatoes, etc.), or were you able to tolerate some of the meal on its own? 
I also wanted to take the time to remind you that it's the
H O L I D A Y S.
In other words, please BE SURE to love yourself during this time of year.
Don't cave in to TeMpTaTiOn.  
Don't eat something...
SCD-illegal
or high in FODMAPs, 
or high in histamine.
Eat "YOU-friendly" FOODS to avoid a FLARE! 
Do whatever you have to do to be happy during this 'sweet' time of year, 
which is overflowing with goodies that will 
set you back for WEEKS
 I promise you that one bite of cake/pie/a cupcake/chocolate/apple/mango/brussels sprouts/potato/grapes/pineapple is NOT worth the negative consequences. 
TRUST ME, PLEASE!!!!!!!!! I KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, GUYS!
I want to hear how WELL you are over the next month 
during the most delightful 
H O L I D A Y S 
of the year.
:) If you need any help with "YOU-friendly" snacks, 
or desserts that won't send you into a horrible flare, 
please don't hesitate to 
comment here or email me!  
Until next time, 
please be endlessly happy, be friendly to yourself, and LOVE YOUR GUT!
Lots of love, 
Allie 
:) 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

HaPpY HaLlOwEeN, ScDeRs!!

In my previous life, I used to bake deadly CuPcAkEs to celebrate Halloween.
*The only 'deadly' thing about these cupcakes was the presence of GLUTEN!*

Nowadays, I do something a little different to 
celebrate this SpOoKy holiday.
Something more along the lines of a date that certainly keeps you on your toes.
I figured that a good ScArE would frighten away all of the inflammatory cells in my body. SO, two weeks before Halloween, Hon and I went to a haunted house. However, when we got back, something was different. It was almost as if we brought the 'HaUnTeD'-ness home with us.
BOO!
:D
HaPpY HaLlOwEeN, 
SCDers! 

Lots of love and wellness, 
Allie 
❤︎



DISCLAIMER (and reason for no current photos): 
This is really the FIRST year (in a while) that I wasn't well enough to "DO" Halloween. [We ventured through a haunted forest several weeks ago.] Being an October baby, Halloween is basically my holiday. It's in my genes to LOVE Halloween. The fact that I was sick the whole week prior to this bloody holiday makes me so incredibly sad, but I'm trying to make the best of it. :) I hope YOUR guts/bodies were cooperating, and that you were able to be whoever you wanted to be on this freaky holiday! Share photos of your costumes, if you'd like to spread some ghoulish cheer!! ^__^ 
P.S. It's sort of my tradition to post on the last day of the month, so I couldn't break the code, right??? ;) 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Taking a moment to say... THANK YOU :)

I'm sorry, but, does it honestly get ANY cuter than this?????
My cuddle bug. Ain't she PRECIOUS?!
Pictured: Miss Coconut Cashmere Cabana, healing me more and more with each passing day. 
This post goes out to my guardian angels (you know who you are!).
I reached out to them via Facebook for help with a journalism assignment, and they immediately embraced me with open arms. 
(I LOVE YOU!) 
I may be drowning in school work, 
my list of 'safe' foods may be about as long as a toothpick
my inflammation may be through the highest roof in allllllllllllll of the land, and
I may be struggling to see the light at the end of this ridiculously LeNgThY tunnel, BUT... 
 I know I will be OK and I owe it all to you guys.
I haven't been well, and you all were more than willing to assist me by providing information for my assignment. 
Turns out I received an A on the News Story. 
That A is...
totally yours
Since I can't bake you a big batch of cookies like I would have done in the past [trust me when I say I wish I could!], I'm going to try something new: 
I'm DeDiCaTiNg this blog post to you
Thank you so much for helping me with the assignment. 
I was overwhelmed by 
your love... 
kindness...and
warm EmBrAcE
I hope the photos of Coconut bring you smiles, too!! :) 
LOVE, 
Allie 
❤︎

Monday, August 31, 2015

BEEisms

Bee happy
Bee optimistic
Bee silly
Bee carefree
Bee giggly
Bee playful.
Bee emotional
Bee messy
Bee creative
Bee artistic
Bee imaginative
Bee active.
Bee inspired.
Bee motivated
Bee determined
Bee tough
Bee strong
Bee committed.
Bee adventurous.
Bee daring
Bee curious
Bee outgoing
Bee confident.
Bee brave.
Bee calm
Bee hopeful
Bee alive.
Bee ambitious
Bee busy
Bee cheerful
Bee childlike
Bee affectionate
Bee delightful
Bee enthusiastic
Bee fearless
Bee fierce.
Bee joyful
Bee kind
Bee kindhearted
Bee organic
Bee natural
Bee raw
Bee grateful
Bee appreciative
Bee wild.
Bee well.
Bee healthy.  
BEE YOURSELF.  
❤︎
It's been a month since we last spoke. 
This seems to be happening quite often, doesn't it? ;) 
I promise you that once I get another break from school, 
you will see more posts from me. 
 I wanted to send you all this message before August comes to a close. 
I saw this little bumble bee the other morning, and he passed along some of 
his 'bee'-utiful wisdom to me. 
My goal? My goal is to just BEE. I don't want to overthink things, 
or stress myself out about trying to be well. 
[That's easier said than done, I know... 
But, we can try.]
I just want to take things one day at a time, and just BEE
I don't want worrying about healing from these diseases 
to consume 100% of my thoughts. 
"I want to bee a busy bee, thinking about other bee-utiful things." 
And...I would love it if you guys did the same. 
:) 
Until next time, 
BEE happy, BEE tough, BEE YOU. 
LOTS OF LOVE 
AND 
HEALING VIBES, 
Allie/Souper Douper SCDer
  ❤︎