We all have different bodies and different health challenges. I try to learn as much as I can about health, food, and nutrition, and I share all of it with you guys. But there is no substitute for experience. I reached out to Bethany, aka @lilsipper and she shared some of her experience dealing with Crohn’s and IBS …and included a smoothie recipe. Don’t forget to pass it along to anyone you know who might like more info. You can find her on instagram and at her blog.
Chef Amber: As someone with Crohn’s & IBS, what are your safest & most nutritious foods to eat?
Bethany: For me, plain Greek yogurt is always a go-to. It’s fast, quick, and packed with tons of protein and probiotics which really eases my stomach.
Chef Amber: And what are the foods you have to avoid?
Bethany: I try and stay away from all gluten, peanuts (horrible for your digestion – I talk about it in detail on my blog), pork, stevia/artificial sweeteners, small seeds that can get caught and trapped in your GI tract (like chia and flaxseeds – unless ground), dairy like milk and cheese (this does not include cultured dairy like yogurt, kefir, etc which I consume regularly) and pretty much anything with a long list of ingredients. I always make sure my food is fresh, preservative free, and contains only the cleanest, purest FOODS…I even hate to say “ingredients” as that term can be referred to as anything these days (not just food).
Chef Amber: What’s your favorite creative way to get the foods you need into your diet?
Bethany: A smoothie! Most of my followers know I am a smoothie addict! I have one at least once a day and it does wonders for anyone’s digestive system if you put in the right nutrition. I also make savory smoothies if I crave veggies. Yes, I’ve been known to throw in cauliflower, squash, even peas!
Chef Amber: What’s your favorite tonic or drink recipe that helps you heal & nourish?
Bethany: I honestly LOVE sweet potato smoothies! It may seem weird at first, but once you try it you’ll never go back!
1 cup frozen white sweet potato (pre-roasted)
1/2 cup frozen cauliflower (pre-steamed)
1/2 frozen banana
7 oz plain greek yogurt
2 soaked Medjool dates
2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen (so healing for the gut!)
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
Blend everything in a high speed blender (I use my Vitamix) then stir in 1 Tbsp of raw cacao powder. DONE!
Chef Amber: What are some misconceptions people have about IBS and/or Crohn’s that you can shed some light on?
Bethany: The term “IBS” is soooo over used to the point where I get angry. Doctors basically “label” someone to have IBS when they themselves don’t know what else is going wrong. So now, people that have occasional bloating/gas are put in the same category with the same people who are bed ridden (like I was) and in so much pain they want to die just because a doctor told them they have “IBS”. Sadly, more people are familiar with “IBS” as the former, so when someone who REALLY IS in a bad condition states they have IBS they aren’t taken seriously.
Chef Amber: What is your all time favorite treat?
Bethany: Hmmm? Can I suggest a smoothie a third time? LOL
Chef Amber: How can our readers find you to get more of your amazing tips and recipes?