April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. I’m supporting Kate Scarlata’s #IBelieveinyourStory campaign to increase IBS awareness, fund research, and improve patient care. Many of you have already heard my story, but for those who haven’t, here it is… You can appreciate the mid-80’s feathered bangs and purple cable knit sweater, but can you guess how old […]
Archive for the ‘Living with chronic diarrhea’ Category
Posted in Have diarrhea? I can relate, Living with chronic diarrhea, Microbiome, Runner's Trots Book, Running and Diarrhea, tagged American Gut Project, Nutrigenomix, runner's trots, Spectracell, uBiome on February 22, 2016 | Comments Off on What has the Diarrhea Dietitian been up to lately?
It’s funny, this year I will celebrate 20 years of being a registered dietitian. Yet medicine, especially in the area of gut health, is changing so rapidly that I feel almost like I’m starting over. Every week, I pour over new journal articles, blogs, and updates, realizing how much more we all still have to […]
Posted in FODMAPs, Living with chronic diarrhea, tagged diarrhea, diarrhea & hydration, FODMAPs, gas & bloating, gut rehab, microbiome, probiotics on November 23, 2014 | Comments Off on Post-surgery gut rehab
The hospital is full of really sick people. I know, because I had an opportunity to work at the hospital this past week. (This is the same hospital I have worked at for over 18 years, though in recent years I am only there on-call.) Many years ago I was responsible for all the tube feeding and […]
Sometimes, when I’m in a counseling session, I look into your eyes, and it hits me… IT’S NOT ABOUT THE FOOD. Sometimes, I am able to overcome my discomfort to come right out and say… “I know I don’t know you very well yet, but I’m going to come right out and tell you… IT’S […]
Posted in FODMAPs, Living with chronic diarrhea, Tips for Chronic Diarrhea, tagged FODMAPs, hypermobility syndrome, IBS on March 6, 2014 | Comments Off on Low-FODMAP Diet Resources and My Lightbulb Moment
I recently purchased a copy of Sue Shepherd’s “The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet” book. It was a great read. The photography is beautiful and the information is clear. As a dietitian, I absolutely love learning new information. I was reading along and BOOM! out popped an “A-HA” moment for me. How had I missed this important […]
Posted in Have diarrhea? I can relate, Living with chronic diarrhea, The Diarrhea Dietitian book, tagged diarrhea, Diarrhea Dietitian, fecal transplants, IBS, microbiome on January 5, 2014 | Comments Off on Have you ever heard anyone talk about DIARRHEA on the radio?
For years, I have lamented how no one ever says the word DIARRHEA on the radio or tv. If millions of people suffer from chronic diarrhea, don’t you think it should be talked about? Thankfully, one of my dietitian colleagues agreed. I was offered an opportunity to talk about diarrhea for a half-hour on the […]
Posted in Living with chronic diarrhea, The Diarrhea Dietitian book, tagged Crohn's Disease, gut-brain axis, IBD, stress & diarrhea, Ulcerative Colitis on December 4, 2013 | Comments Off on It’s Crohn’s and Colitis Week! 7 Lifestyle Tips to Manage IBD
At first, I was going to title this post “Happy Crohn’s and Colitis Week.” But the reality is, living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (collectively called inflammatory bowel disease or IBD) does not make one happy! My aunt was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) at age 16. According to my grandparents, she was one […]
It’s ironic… I’m about to leave for the national dietitian’s conference to market my book. And I had bad diarrhea today. You know what I’m talking about. The kind where you think to yourself: “Can I make it home in time?” “Or should I turn into the nearest Target (or Starbucks or Walmart…)?” “If a […]
Posted in Have diarrhea? I can relate, Living with chronic diarrhea, tagged eating for chronic diarrhea, food & chronic diarrhea on July 12, 2013 | Comments Off on When you like a food, but it doesn’t like YOU.
As I was having diarrhea the other day (sorry if this is TMI), a phrase I tell my patients went thru my mind, I like corn, but corn doesn’t like me. I find summertime to be a challenging season, because I really love eating fresh fruits and veggies. And I have a garden. And I […]
Posted in Living with chronic diarrhea, Running and Diarrhea, tagged marathon, oral rehydration solutions, runner's trots, running with diarrhea on July 7, 2013 | Comments Off on My Running Story and Eugene Marathon Recap 2013
First off, I’m going to admit right now that blogging is hard work. I envy those who can type out a fabulous, thought-provoking blog post every day, or even every week. I seem to write numerous posts in my head, but they never actually make it into the computer. I think I am somewhat paralyzed […]