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August 2018

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Ulcerative Colitis – Colons gone wild!

August 17, 2018

My wife, unfortunately, has been diagnosed with this terrible disease known as Ulcerative Colitis. UC fort short is a described as “A chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract”. Just to keep it short and simple its basically ulcers in her large intestine. Symptoms for this disease include rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and pain.

Something is wrong here.

For about a year and a half my wife has been having slight issues going to the rest room. We always attributed her issues with what our local doctors thought it would be (by local doctors I mean our parents). “Dont worry! It’s just stress”, “Dont worry! It could be hemorrhoids”, “Dont Worry” , “Dont Worry”. At what point do we worry?

A few months after the soft stool, blood, pains, and general discomfort I recommended my wife go see a gastroenterologist. Basically a stomach doctor.  Now if you thought getting an appointment to a regular physician was tough this is tough times 100. Not only did it take months in order to see the specialist they tend to waste your first visit on garbage. After waiting 2 1/2 months to hopefully find a solution to the problem we were met with heart break. The machine, as the doctor put it, was damaged and there were no replacements available. How is it that in 2018 there is a medical machine can broken and broken for 2 months? Months passed and my wife learned to fight through the pain and discomfort and she put the follow up on the back burner.

2 Months prior to me posting this my wife was forced to schedule an appointment with her gastro by myself.  I was sleeping in our bed, and she woke up in the middle of the night as she normally does. This time around she had such a discharge that it actually woke me up. I dont know if I was mad that it woke me up, or that she never went back to the doctor. But I was mad! I called her mother without her noticing and I enlisted her in my evil plan to somehow sucker my wife into getting an appointment. A few phone calls later we were able to sucker my wife into getting further tests done.

1 Camera in the colon is worth 2 in the bush?

No Hello

Credit – http://royalthighness.com

Leading up to the colonoscopy my wife had to undergo a rectal purge and clear out her system. She was given a laxative like solution which made her already soft stool even worse. Oh and you cannot eat or drink anything with a red tint to it. Sorry red jello but you’re out!

The actual procedure day consisted of visiting the outpatient center, getting put under, having the doctor stick things into her colon, and her waking up as if she were beat up. Upon coming to from her deep slumber she informed me that she was Diagnosed with UC. Along with the diagnosis she would also have to start a regimen of 8 daily pills ( 4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon) as well as a daily enema. Maybe, just maybe, if this was caught earlier she might have not even needed to take any pills.

Colonoscopies – 2 for 1 specials all month long!

If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, or any for that matter, please go get checked out. Being cheap and not spending the 50 – 70 dollars to see a specialist is just not worth a lifetime of sorrow. Granted, my wife does have to take 8 pills and do additional work but shes not dead. There are people in far worse positions than she is but nobody wants to take pills forever.

 

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Keto

Keto Recipe – Almond Flour Crust Pizza

August 8, 2018

This recipe all of a sudden manifested itself when my wife was mentioning something along the lines of wanting to eat pizza. Being on Keto limits what I’m allowed to eat and not.  I’ve made Keto crackers with almond flour quite a few times and they came out great. The Idea behind this is wanting to eat something different, be something easy to make, and be something new. Taste tests from my young children, mother, and wife all came back with great feedback ( it was tasty).

Only thing I would change to this would be to chiffonade the basil and add it a couple of minutes before the timer ends on the last oven placement ( just so it doesnt wilt as much).

 

Keto – Almond Crust Pizza

Low Carb alternative to eating Pizza!

  • 1 tbsp Almond Flour
  • 1 pinch Salt (Himalayan)
  • 1 pinch Oregano
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese (Grated)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (Grated)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup Trader Joe's – Three Cheese Pasta Sauce

Prep Work / Making the Crust:

  1. Add Almond Flour, Salt, Oregano, in a bowl and whisk until mixed.

  2. Add 1 Large Egg into mixture, continue to turn until it becomes a doughy texture.

  3. Add 1 cup of Mozzarella Cheese to doughy mixture and combine the two.

  4. Spread combined mixture onto parchment paper and roll into pizza like shape. Don’t spread the mixture too thing or else it will be susceptible to burn.

Baking the pizza

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350

  2. Place pre-mixed / rolled  mixture in the oven. Wait 10 MINUTES

  3. Spread sauce on top of pizza, Add 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese that was left over as well as the Parmesan on top. Spread evenly.

  4. Place pizza back in the oven for 10 minutes.

  5. At the 10 minute mark add basil and leave for 5 minutes

  6. Eat pizza!

Keto

Keto Recipe – Reece’s Fat Bomb

August 4, 2018
Keto Peanutbutter Cup

Desserts are something that are very difficult to have while on a diet. These fat bombs will give you a huge intake of fat while remaining true to the Ketogenic Diet. While this might not be the most optimally Keto desert it definitely is something that helps me remain on track. I would like to also add that I do in fact save my bank of carbs for snacks.

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Keto – Peanutbutter cup

This creamy and delicious peanutbutter cup is the closest thing to having something close to the real thing.

Keto Peanut Butter Cups

    Layer 1 [ Bottom Layer ]

    • 2 tbsp Earth Balance Peanut Butter
    • 2 tbsp Whole Milk [ Can Subtitute]
    • 10 drops Stevia

    Layer 2 [ Middle Layer]

    • 2 tbsp Earth Balance Peanut Butter
    • 1 tbsp Land O Lakes Butter
    • 10 drops Stevia

    Layer 3 [ Top Chocolate Later ]

    • 1 oz Lilly's Dark Chocolate
    • 2 tbsp Land O Lakes Butter
    • 10 drops stevia

    Bottom Layer

    1. Place the items required for layer 1 into a cup/bowl and mix until creamy.

    2. Evenly space contents into 5 large cupcake molds or 8 small ones [ You want this to cover the entire bottom but not form a huge layer. The Layers have to be even.

    3. Place cupcake pan into freezer (you will place it in there while you make layer 2).

    Middle Layer

    1. Place the items required for layer 2 into same cup / bowl.

    2. Microwave for 10 – 15 seconds depending on your microwaves power. You do not want to burn the butter. Less is more! The butter will eventually dissolve into the peanut butter / steveia mix.

    3. Remove previous pan from freezer and evenly space contents among previous bottom layer.

    4. Place pan back into the freezer.

    Top Layer [ Chocolate ]

    1. Take contents and place in cup/bowl (no stevia yet).

    2. Place in microwave for 10 – 15 seconds. It is imperative you do not overcook this layer. If you put it for too long your chocolate will turn into a brownie. (less is more).

    3. Stir until everything is dissolved.

    4. Add 10 drops of stevia (after the microwave).

    5. Remove previous pan from freezer and evenly space contents among previous middle layer.