For anyone who’s new here.
Let me introduce myself…my name’s Adam.
I started the ihaveuc website a few years ago and as you guessed, it’s all about Ulcerative Colitis and stories from people living with the disease from all over the world.
It’s been a blast learning what other people are doing to treat their UC, and I’ve learned alot about myself during the past few years as well.
It’s been 3 years since I was diagnosed with UC, actually 3 years, 1 month and a few days to be exact. Some things have changed since my diagnosis, but other things have stayed the same.
Just about 1 week ago, I learned something pretty incredible(thanks to Erik!). (Erik, another UC’er from Oakland is the guy who turned me onto coconuts). Well…it also has to do with smoothies.
My Smoothie Background and Education:
I drink probably 10-12 smoothies per week on average. Yes, that might sound incredibly high, but what can I say, I like them. They are often my breakfast, sometimes my lunch, and usually my dessert for dinner. It all just depends on the actual day. But I love them more than anything else in my diet. And, the best part is that my ulcerative colitis likes smoothies too.
My Smoothie Work Experience:
- I was probably making smoothies before you were born, if you were born past maybe 1989 (ish)
- unless you’re doing 100 smoothies a month, I crank them out more than you
- I crap out more smoothies than you (probably)
- August 2009, received a wedding present of a Cuisinart Blender, learned how to turn it on and off pretty quickly
- September 2009, started making blueberry/strawberry smoothies with orange juice (didn’t add the honey til later)
- January 2010, started making smoothies with peanut butter (sugar free peanut butter of course)
- January – December 2010 probably made over 600 smoothies, and NEVER ADDED MILK or ICE
- November 2011, learned how to make home made coconut milk
- November 2011, started adding coconut milk to the smoothies
The Bomb Ass Smoothie I’m Now Making:
So here it is, I have a new smoothie, that’s based on my original recipe, but this one is cranked up a notch or two. It has more fat in it, and more calories, so when I’m in my bulk up mode, it comes through there as well. (I go through how I got out of my recent flare in the email newsletter, below)
The COCO COLITIS SMOOTHIE:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2-3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon peanut butter(organic NO sugar added peanut butter only)
3/4 cup or a tiny bit more Fresh Orange Juice (must be Not from concentrate)
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup fresh made coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
First, clean out your blender, if you’re anything like me, you usually have a dirty blender in or near the sink. Next, add your frozen strawberries and blueberries to the blender. Next, add your ripe banana to the blender. Next, add your tablespoon of peanut butter(optional, if you don’t like it, feel free to leave it out). Next, add the orange juice and the coconut milk. Then start to blend it up. If it just blends for a few seconds, and then the blender blades start spinning without blending. That’s OK. That happens to me roughly half the time too. Just turn off the blender, and shake up everything, put it back to work, and it should be fine.
Next, add in your honey while its blending. After a total of 1 minute of blend time, I usually call it quits and pour it up.
This smoothie in my opinion is FRIGGIN UNBELIEVEABLE. And, it is jam packed with good calories that my body loves and lives off for several hours after inhaling it.
When I am in the middle of a flare up, I do not make nearly as much smoothies, and often I will quit them completely until the flare is over. That’s what I did for much of October 2011 for example where I had a minor 2 week flare. But once the flare is over or nearly over, I’m back at it with the smoothies like I have been for several weeks now.
I do not use any medications, and have not been on any medications at all since the beginning of March 2011. This type of smoothie may react in some crazy ways with medications, you might start growing buffalo horns or something strange if you make too many of these, so ask your doctor if you can crank a “Coco Colitis Smoothie” before you even attempt to bust out your blender.
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