What To Wear – Extreme/Emergency Options…

Catastrophic overnight bloat anyone? Quick fixes? Probably common sense, but ladies and gents both–belts. Easily added (provided you have belt loops, which as we ladies know is not always the case) and easily removed. Also, perhaps more attainable for the ladies, belly bands. This requires some pre-planning of course, but if you’ve already had the I-just-ate-Thanksgiving-dinner-yet-haven’t-eaten-in-8-hours morning horror, perhaps you’re ready to do a little shopping. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I envy you). Continue reading

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What To Wear When Your Guts Are Wearing You…

Comfy black pants are a staple!

Comfy black pants are a staple!

This should probably be titled “Part 1” because this won’t be the last time this subject is discussed. As I soon learned, UC comes with its own wardrobe challenges. Where to begin? Well let’s see – probably the obvious (at least for those of us with bleeding issues). The color black. (Also substitute dark charcoal gray and navy, perhaps even one of Fall’s hottest trends – oxblood). HA!  Continue reading

Tried and Tested – Gluten-Free Baking Mixes

One of the first things I was told to do was go gluten-free. I’d always had a “sensitivity” to wheat products like bread and pasta, but would always eat them and just tolerate a little bloat. When my trouble started, my guts were having none of it. I didn’t know a thing about gluten-free eating, but I quickly learned, and then got myself knowledgeable on how not to sacrifice taste for health and well-being. I’ve been through a lot of trial-and-error, and I am sure there are still great products out there yet to be discovered, but in 10+ weeks, here are my recommendations for the most authentic-tasting baking mixes at hand: Continue reading

Talking the Truth…

No One is Exempt!

In fair warning, this is a frank blog. Not graphic, not obscene, but frank. Let’s face it, nobody wants to hear about bowel movements (outside, perhaps, new parents and dog owners). We don’t usually dwell on ours (at least I didn’t before UC) and discussing it openly and candidly is a social faux-pas. Except here. Here, there are no fairies or angels to take away our feces overnight, and a scene from one of our trips to the bathroom resembles something out of World War Z rather than that cute children’s book pictured above, Everyone Poops! So faint of heart, stop reading now, because this gal is going to tell it like it is. And guess what? Everyone does poop, so let’s dispense with the awkward embarrassment. As refined, evolved and cultivated as we’d like to think we are, we’re animals. What goes in must come out, and some of us find ourselves in Hell before we find relief. It’s nature, it’s natural, and it’s getting discussed.