Exercise and Crohn’s disease

I used to say things like, “I’m just not a gym person” and “I’m just one of those people that can’t run”. I was definitely the girl picked last in sports. I was never into exercise much as a child and although I did love Irish dancing, keeping fit was never high on my agenda….

Crohn’s Disease – My Story

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 21. I had been studying in Genoa, Italy as part of my degree when I first began to feel really unwell. In hindsight, I was probably unwell for a long time before that. I always had to have indigestion remedies with me and often felt nauseous….

10 Easy and Quick Snack Ideas for Kids

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post on 10 Easy and Quick Snack Ideas for Kids for some time. My daughter is not on any special diet. When I started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) over a year ago as a means of managing my Crohn’s disease symptoms better, I vowed it would not…

How NOT to lose weight on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

When I first decided to begin the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) back in 2015, I had one main concern. How would I maintain my weight? As someone with Crohns, maintaining a stable weight has always been on my mind. It’s important because regular Crohn’s flare ups can cause dramatic and sudden weight loss. This is…

Mason Jar Salads

Mason jar salads are nothing new and I certainly can’t claim that they were my idea. I have been looking at pretty mason jar salads on Pinterest for a long time and when my wonderful husband bought me some mason jars for Christmas I was so excited to try them. There isn’t a whole lot…

Navigating my latest Crohn’s flare

I have been feeling so well the last couple of months that I almost forgot I had Crohn’s: almost. ┬áThis latest flare up started to rear its ugly head a couple of weeks ago and I did everything in my power to try to beat it. I tried to get as much rest as possible,…

Common pitfalls of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

I am certain that this diet works. Actually I find it hard to see how it wouldn’t work because it’s essentially a way of re-programming the body to heal itself. Oh and of course then there is the science behind the diet. This wasn’t dreamed up by someone who thought it might work, it was…

How to safely decaffeinate your tea

We hear so much about caffeine being so bad for us (which it is in high doses) that it makes sense that the market for decaf everything is thriving. We think that drinking ten cups of decaf coffee is OK because it’s decaf, right? Wrong! It’s impossible to know which or how many chemicals or…

SCD vs Paleo Diet

As diets, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and the Paleo diet are closely related. When I originally began to look for ways to heal my Crohn’s naturally, I read a lot about both ways of eating. In this blog post I outline the main differences and similarities between SCD and Paleo which hopefully you will…

Picking blackberries, apples and other country antics

We rose early on Saturday morning for two reasons: 1. because we had lots of jobs to do and, 2. because our daughter Ciara doesn’t get the concept of lie-ins! Off we set once again armed with our bowls to pick the last of the season’s blackberries. After my blackberry jam won second place at…