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
  ❤︎

Friday, July 31, 2015

über busy being HAPPY and in LOVE

GAH! Sorry for the HUMONGOUS spaces in between my posts. I've been SO, SUPER, über busy with keeping myself distracted from my body. What does the trick, you ask? LOVE and HAPPINESS.
*My soulmate, and my partner in my fight against Chronic Lyme Disease.* 
I didn't want July to go by without a post, so I'm just sticking this one in before it strikes midnight!!!
My message to you on this lovely last-day-of-July evening? 
CHOOSE HAPPINESS. 
Don't let these nasty diseases keep you from smiling. Take it from me; letting these illnesses win is the LAST thing that you want to do. 
Fight through the tears, push through the pain, look for the light in your darkest of moments... and find it within your soul to let a SMILE shine on your beautiful face.
Love and healing vibes to each of my friends fighting an invisible disease, or multiple diseases. We're in this fight together. 
 ❤︎

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LOW-FODMAPs Diet: What you NEED to know

If you're on either the...
*SCD diet,
*GAPS diet, 
*Low-histamine diet,
*Lyme diet, 
*AIP diet, 
*OR, a combo of these diets, 
and you are STILL unable to achieve wellness, 
this post is for YOU. 
Bloated? Cramping? Constipated? D*******? Gas? Abdominal swelling? 
☞[KEEP READING!]☜
A hamburger ordered with GLUTEN-FREE specifications! Hon ate the rest of my plate. 
I'd like to introduce you to the concept of...
F-O-D-M-A-P-s
"What the heck is a FODMAP???"
_ _
O
*That's what my face looked like when I first read 
about FODMAPs, too!*
[Well, here's the secret behind the acronym]
Fermentable
Oligo-
Di-
Monosaccharides 
And
Polyols.
In other words, they are...
C-A-R-B-O-H-Y-D-R-A-T-E-s.
HOWEVER,not ALL carbohydrates are lucky enough to be called FODMAPs. 
Here are the repeat offenders:
*Fructose *Lactose *Fructans 
*Galactans 
*Polyols 
SO....
"What do you DO with this information, you ask?"
I would recommend following a... 
LOW-FODMAP diet. ✔︎
One of the stunning views from the Washington National Monument. 
Since I suggested a LOW-FODMAP diet, you probably want to view a list of the foods that are HIGH in FODMAPs and LOW in FODMAPs so that you can feel better! 
[I got the lists of foods from IBSdiets.org. THANK YOU, GUYS!!!!!]
❤︎
The list is a BIT lengthy to include in this post, so please feel free to 
access the link I listed above within the brackets. 
H-O-W-E-V-E-R, 
here are some of my FAVORITE foods that I've had to cut out as a result of following a LOW-FODMAP diet. 
I'm telling you this because these foods
 might be your favorite 
(but DEADLY
foods, too! 
_ _
O
*Don't panic!!! I promise you that once 
these foods make their way out of your system, 
you will be ECSTATIC!!*
Garlic
Onions
Cauliflower
Scallions (the white part!)
Apples
Watermelon
Avocado
P.S. I have had to cut these foods out for other reasons besides adhering to the LOW-FODMAP diet, but now I know to NOT add them back in!
In conclusion, 
I hope this post has helped you to understand the FODMAPs diet!
❤︎ 
ALWAYS REMEMBER...
to listen to your body as you tweak 
your diet to achieve 
wellness.  
Lots of love, 
Allie 

P.S.  I am not a doctor. This post comes from my heart, regarding my own personal experiences throughout my battle for wellness. I've gathered this information through extensive research. PLEASE feel free to contact your physician or a naturopathic doctor regarding the LOW-FODMAP diet. You may only have to be super restricted for two months, while others may have to stay on a LOW-FODMAP diet forever (such as myself). You just have to listen to your body!!!!! XOXOXOX

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Adulthood is hard." - says every parent

"Adulthood is hard." - says every parent
That's what your parents tell you when you're growing up, right? You go to your parents, asking for help with geometry homework, and they giggle. They giggle because they WISH geometry homework was on their insanely long to-do list. Everything changes when you grow up; I realize that now that I'm getting closer to being a legit adult. Childhood really is a SURREAL time in one's life that does not compare to any other period of time. 

HOWEVER, what about the things our parents DO NOT tell us about adulthood???  What about all of the MAGICAL things that come with being an adult???? Why don't our parents ever prepare us for the HAPPINESS we will experience in our future??? Those are the things we WANT to know about, moms and dads!! ;-) 

A job as a personal chef that brings you more joy than you can 
describe in words. 
Family outings that leave you out of breath from endless laughter. 
A homework buddy who purrs like a motorboat, and makes it a thousand 
times easier to write essays. 
Meeting your "SCDing sister from another mister" for the first time, 
who shares the burden 
of having an angry gut. 
Grilled drumsticks that taste delicious enough to fill the 
"dessert void" inside your gut.
A trip out on the town--with a HAPPY TUMMY--with 
your soul mate at your side.  
Getting your first PAYCHECK. 
"Adulthood might be ugly at times, but if you look closely, it can also be quite supercalifragilisticexpial-idocious." - says my heart & soul
My health has really complicated things in my life; I'll admit it. I thought I would leave my struggle for wellness BEHIND as I got older, but that doesn't appear to be the case. NOT COOL, BOD. NOT COOL.  -_- 

HOWEVER, instead of using this as fuel for anger, I've turned it into fuel for POSITIVITY and  APPRECIATION. I'm incredibly grateful for the little things in life, and I have my fickle body to thank for that. I'm proud to admit that I know how precious people are, and that pets are healing. I never miss the opportunity to tell my family/friends how much I love them. Yes, life is hard, especially as an adult (and especially when your gut has attitude problems). :-P BUT, as I've proven above, life can be rather spectacular, too. You just have to train yourself to focus on the good, not the bad. 

I hope you all are reading this, and thinking of alllllllll the things that make you smile. I'm sure it's a LENGTHY list of things, too. I also hope that for my friends with fragile bodies/tummies, I hope your body is cooperating on this LOVELY evening in May. If your tummy is not happy, I hope this post has distracted you from your bodily discomfort. I'm sending LOADS of healing vibes to each of you. :-)  Next time you're feeling frustrated, just remember that I'm fighting the fight with you, and you are NEVER alone. 

Lots of LOVE, 
Allie 



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FoUr YeArS oN tHe SCD tOdAy!!

Four years of nothing but....
❤︎Laughs
Tears
Trips (both literally and "clumsily")❤︎
Recipes
❤︎Chicken (ground chicken, 
chicken breasts, 
chicken thighs,❤︎ 
drumsticks, 
❤︎chicken wings, chicken soup, 
chicken pancakes... 
I think you get the point!)❤︎
Diary entries
❤︎Lessons 
Foodie photos
Naps on the couch❤︎ 
Blog posts
❤︎Yoga sessions
Whole Foods adventures 
Vitamins❤︎
Herbal tincture trials 
❤︎Electrolyte water
Sparkling water
Lemon water❤︎
Zucchini pasta
❤︎Salt baths
Grilled carrots
❤︎Diagnosed with Chronic Lyme 
Grass-fed hamburgers❤︎ 
Lamp chops
❤︎Roasted veggies
Jumps for joy (specifically on days 
WITH skinny ankles,❤︎ 
no reaction to 
❤︎a food, no joint pain, 
no swelling, no bloating, 
no exhaustion,❤︎ 
no acne around my 
❤︎mouth, no brain fog, 
no muscle pain, no sadness, 
no frustration,❤︎ 
no skin rashes 
❤︎from a product or food, 
no twitching, 
no histamine rashes, no fear of❤︎ 
my unpredictable future, 
❤︎& no shame of my delightfully, 
SUPER-fragile body)
Magnesium cream❤︎
Tiger balm
❤︎Compression socks
Sauna sessions 
Hugs (both actual hugs and❤︎ 
cyber-space hugs)
❤︎Friendships (both near and 
far, far, FAR away)
Ugly days (with lots of movies,❤︎ 
tiger balm, and sauna sessions)
❤︎Beautiful days
Loud music (oldies, newbies, 
rockies, popies, R&Bsies...)❤︎
Fuzzy socks
❤︎Meatballs 
Pink Himalayan sea salt
Netflix (scary movies, romantic❤︎ 
comedies, funny 
❤︎movies, dramas, 
thrillers...)
❤︎Stephen King (Gerald's Game, 
Bag of Bones, Needful Things...) 
Foodgawker❤︎
Dreams (big ones, wild ones, 
exciting ones, 
❤︎supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 
ones...)
Triumphs❤︎
Surprises 
❤︎Healing
Kidney stones (twice)
Inflamed ileum❤︎
Hives
❤︎Hot yoga (successes 
and failures) 
❤︎Fruit (and then the 
removal of fruit)❤︎
LDN
❤︎IVIG
...
As you can probably tell, these last four 
years have been 
the MOST MEMORABLE 
years of my life 
(for a number of reasons). 
I want to thank you for 
letting me share 
my journey with you, and 
for letting me 
into your personal lives as well. 
I've bonded with so many others 
who are on their own
 journey to wellness
and it has been 
a magical experience. 
I cannot thank you enough. 
LOTS OF LOVE, 
Allie :)
❤︎

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Self-LOVE

Where have I been, you ask?
I've been focusing on the positives, such as...
Polka dots on my toes.
A new jar of organic, unrefined coconut oil. 
Fuzzy socks. 
Two packs of Paleo (sugar-free) bacon from Whole Foods.
Sleeping heavily enough to miss my alarm. 
A beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers from my boyfriend. 
Going to my first yoga class in almost THREE years.
Positive changes as a result of adherence to the low FODMAP diet.
Mismatching socks. 
A message from my professor that says, "Allie--You're doing great! Hang in there!"
Skinny ankles.
Zucchini noodles.
Affectionate nudges from my kitty.
Enough energy to do laundry, empty the dishwasher, send emails, and do homework all on the same day.
No bloating. 
Joints that sing instead of scream. 
Food seasoned with nothing but pink Himalayan sea salt. 
Steak. 
Earning a grade of 100% on your Research Proposal that was completed while battling tears, muscle fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, & frustration. 
Gluten-free, organic, non-GMO sweet orange-scented shampoo. 
Falling asleep without having to take Benadryl. 
"Pizza" meatballs.   
Grass-fed meat. 
A day free of pain, both emotionally and physically.
 The existence of an online education.
When your already-short list of "safe" foods shrinks even more & your body still requires a boatload of TLC from you, you have to focus on the positives.
Despite the fact that launching this blog saved my life (in more ways than one), posting seemed like an impossible task.
[To be perfectly honest, I wanted to be able to write you all & tell you that I'm a new person.]
I wanted to tell you that I'm working full time, going to the gym every single day, drinking healthy protein shakes, munching on granola bars, eating salads for lunch, running the New York marathon, no longer receiving tri-weekly infusions, and moving out of my house to live on my own.   
However, that time has not come yet. MY body has some more healing to do. SO, in the meantime, I shall continue to do what I've done for the last four years: write posts that encourage daily positive thoughts, creative recipes for restricted diets, & self-LOVE, for that is the only way to heal oneself from these dreadful diseases.
Lots of love & healing vibes,
Allie
❤︎
   

Saturday, February 14, 2015

HaPpY vAlEnTiNe'S dAy! ❤︎

Happy Valentine’s Day, you lovely people!!! 
❤︎
Show someone some love by cooking them a batch of pizza meatballs! 
❤︎
~GLUTEN-FREE/DAIRY-FREE/SUGAR-FREE/SCD-FRIENDLY PIZZA BITES~
❤︎
Ground turkey breast 
Sugar-free bacon, pre-cooked & chopped (I buy mine from Whole foods)
Organic dried oregano 
Organic dried basil 

1 Mix chopped bacon bits, oregano, basil, & ground turkey
2 Bake at 350 for 20 minutes (maybe as much as 23 minutes; just split one in half to see if it's done!!)
3 VOILA!!!!! You have successfully made a batch of gut-friendly pizza bites!!! 
4 ENJOY!!!
❤︎
Lots of LOVE, 
Allie
❤︎