Category: Life

Why IBS is Not Just Something You Should “Learn to Live With”

“Thirty days hath September, April, June and November…”

This childhood rhyme played over and over again in my head this morning as I stared at the date on my phone and tried to piece together how on earth it came to be the last day of April.

I had big plans for April… plans to write up a series of blog posts about my struggle with IBS and dive full-force into my experience with the low FODMAP diet. But alas life does not always go according to plan…

Turns out, finding the words to sum up 7 years of pain (both physical and emotional), frustration, and confusion is easier said than done.

So instead, I’m sitting here on the last day of April, scrambling to form semi-cohesive sentences from years of built-up thoughts and feelings. Again, easier said than done.

Why April, you ask? Well if you haven’t heard by now, April is IBS Awareness Month. And while I wholeheartedly believe that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a topic that deserves year-round recognition, I couldn’t sit back and watch this month come and go without letting my voice be heard. After all, this condition has affected my life in more ways than I ever could have imagined, and I know that I’m not alone in feeling that way. (more…)

Best Bytes: Montana Edition

I’m baaaaaack! And still riding that post-vacation high (and that caffeine high… 5:40 AM flights are no joke, people). I’m sad that my time in Montana has come to an end, but I’m happy to be back in my own bed and excited to share all of my amazing experiences with you! So let’s get right down to it…

In all honesty, I should preface this by saying that I was a little skeptical when I learned that my boyfriend’s family was planning a vacation to Montana. I mean, what is there to do in Montana (especially in the summertime)??? Welp, as it turns out, A LOT.

From hiking to sightseeing to exploring national parks, there was certainly no shortage of activities to fill our week-long vacation in Big Sky Country. In fact, I could have easily stayed for several more weeks and never gotten bored. And for someone whose attention span rivals that of a goldfish, that’s saying a lot.  (more…)

Greetings from Montana

Just popping in to say hi!

I apologize for going MIA this past week, but I’ve been too busy hiking, sightseeing, and taking in the breathtaking scenery to sit down and blog.

I’ll be back in a few days with your regularly scheduled programming (aka food posts), but until then…  (more…)