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Archive for December, 2014

2014 in review

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Simple Is Better

This last year has taught me so much! I have learned so much with the Low FODMAP diet! It has also given me a greater sense of power….to know that there are a lot of things that I can do to help control the balance of my symptoms.

I know that there are things beyond my control….stress being one of them. I am so blessed to have had this last year and a half to participate to assist with all our son’s activities.

One thing is certain….the Low FODMAP diet has taught me that simple is better! The limited spices and paying close attention to the portions is truly not as restrictive as it appears! The freedom is so great!

I have learned to be more creative….to test….to try substitutions…..and to most importantly, not fear failure! Not every recipe works out….not all substitutions work. However, with continued perseverance and research the number of recipes has grown!

I now have breads (including rice flour muffins), cookies, pie and brownies for treats! Better yet a number of main dishes (casseroles, spaghetti, tamale pie – thanks to alternative pastas and corn meal), basic salads, soups, stews, and other side dishes (like Quinoa). So tasty!

I still bake my son his bread and enjoy preparing some of their favorites even though I can’t have them. I just have some of my modified foods in those instances. It is just nice to enjoy meals together!

Funny! My hubby and son are enjoying my modified diet as much as I am when it comes to our meals! They do prefer their breads! LOL


I so enjoy this time of year! Attending Masses during this Advent Season….watching our son decorate the Christmas Tree…..seeing his excitement as he selects gifts for family members.

The subtle smells of pine and fir boughs……of cinnamon….the warmth of candlelight and a roaring fire.

The greatest joy is watching our son counting the Advent candles in anticipation of celebrating Jesus birth! He understands the meaning of this wonderful season.

And yet, he can still be our little boy! Our wide-eyed enthusiastic boy who is eagerly awaiting Santa….and looking forward to time with family!


Time to be honestly brutal! I am not where I thought I would be…that is the truth. Would I change where I am? NO! Never….not a chance!

I had grand hopes in my youth to be in the medical profession and to help others……however, I digressed. I was snookered! More so…I was betrayed. I experienced what I would hope no one would have to endure…..

After breaking free….I rediscovered life…..found my hubby (a childhood friend)…..and our so awesome son!

The struggles of my health have been huge! I now see that I would not have been healthy enough to go through stresses that my dreams desired. My dreams did not understand the limitations of my body.

So thankful that there is a higher power, God, that directs all these pieces!


I have close to a year under my belt with the Low FODMAP diet. It has helped so much in settling down my symptoms!

This in turn showed me the frustration that my specialists had! My system was so over-reactive and dysfunctional that there was no way to label what was wrong with me!

Now that my sigmoid colon, anus and rectum have been removed…..and I now have the Low FODMAP diet in place……my digestive issues are under control!

I now understand that my intestinal system is “not right”…..it is extremely overreactive! Only by controlling what I can….this means DIET….can I hope to maintain a semblance of normalcy!

There will always be that portion that I can not control….the portion called “stress”…..I can only hope to keep it minimized….as best I can. I will offset that with exercise, relaxation and just family time to minimize its impact!



I decided to open my hope chest today! In going through it, I rediscovered a number of treasures. This was one of the many items I found that my baby sis had made for me! Several of these great art pieces were from her preschool and kindergarten years!

Christmas Tree


Our son was so excited today! We rearranged the living room so that the Christmas tree could go up! Of course, he was in charge of the decorating! And, his enthusiasm is infectious!!!!

We were able to get the last of our Christmas shopping done (for Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousin)…….the gifts are wrapped and under the tree. He did a great job (as usual) in selecting the gifts for each!

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