This Is What Heaven Looks Like

Wednesday and Thursday were ridden with IBS problems. I have not introduced any new foods into my diet, so I have no idea what provoked my attacks the past 2 days, but it was bad enough that I needed to take some time off from work yesterday to go home and rest.

Overnight Oats In A Jar (OOIAJ). Old-fashioned oats, coconut milk yogurt, flaxseed meal, and chia seeds left in a WCW pb jar overnight. Mixed with soymilk and topped with cacao nibs, sweet potato puffs, and granola the next morning.

Wednesday was hot, hot, hot. Tuesday and Wednesday placed Michigan in the middle of a heat wave and the temps rose to above 95 degrees! So crazy, so uncomfortable, SO not running outside. There were several DVD workout substitutions and workout day rearrangements to adjust for the weather extremes.

Chai Protein Green Monster.

At least I always have frozen bananas on hand to make a smoothie with. Although, I did fire up the oven the other evening. I had a couple of very spotty looking bananas and so decided it was about time that I whipped up another batch of black bean brownies. Courtesy of my Happy Herbivore cookbook. Pair that with Vanilla Bean coconut milk ice cream and I was one happy camper, or at least my tummy was.

Black bean brownie (HH) and Vanilla Bean coconut milk ice-cream.

Today, I had an exam in my Spanish class. I understand most of the “rules” for the most part, if anything I just struggle with remembering all of the vocabulary, especially when it comes to choosing which is the appropriate verb to use. Afterwards, I would normally have gone to work, but instead I had a check-up at my specialist in Ann Arbor. Mommy and me road trip!

PIAJ. Coconut milk yogurt, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, blueberry preserves, Kashi GoLean, vegan chocolate chips, blueberries, granola, cinnamon, and sweet potato puffs in a Sunbutter jar and topped with raspberries.

I was more excited about what we were going to do after my appointment. Ann Arbor just so happens to be the home of the closest Trader Joe’s to my house! I begged (okay, it really didn’t take that much coaxing) her to let us go and she agreed (although she forgot and I had to remind her).

Me when I don't have KIN class and so don't have to wear exercise gear all day. These are my FAVORITE jeans.

The appointment seemed to go well, other than the fact that it ran over an hour late which did not make me happy in the least. But, I knew that at the end of it all it would mean that I would get to go to Trader Joe’s so I hung in there 🙂 . No major changes are going to be made with my medications and treatment even with the past few days of pain. Basically, I’m completely full of gas and that’s what’s been causing my problems lately. Hopefully some Gas-X will clear it all out.

Anyways, Trader Joe’s was awesome! Check out tomorrow’s post for pictures of my goodies and a recap!

Savory oats. Oats, nooch, Santa Fe veggie mix, red pepper hummus, pepper.

I made savory oats for the first time for dinner tonight! Usually, oats are a sweet sensation for me, but it was dinner time and I wanted something more savory and salty, and slightly cheezy (in the form of nooch of course). Other than the fact that I added way to much water so that it took a long time to cook, I think that it turned out well!



Have you ever tried savory oats?


9 thoughts on “This Is What Heaven Looks Like

  1. I love HH’s black bean brownies! They’re so fudge and delicious.
    I’m actually procrastinating on studying for my Spanish exam right now. This semester was dedicated to learning the history of Spain, and it’s going to be terrible because I’m great with grammar, vocab, etc. But ask me which king did what and I struggle!!

  2. I love my sweet oats so much that I’ve never tried savory porridge. It looks yum.

    Sorry that you’ve been having problems with your IBS. Mine’s been acting up a bit recently too, I think it’s due to a change in yogurt brand. Easily fixed, but still not pleasant!

  3. Yum those savory oats look delicious! I’ve had some before with salsa, black beans, avocado, and cilantro! They were amazing! Can’t wait to see your recipe!

  4. I have never tried savory oats but want to! Yours look so cheesy! Now I want to try it! 🙂 And I can’t wait to see the damage you did at Trader Joe’s!! 🙂 What kind of cacao nibs are on your Green Monster? They look like chocolate coated ones – yum!

  5. Oohh savory oats! I’ve tried them before with sundried tomatoes and some broccoli but I never thought to add nooch. Way to be creative!
    Those HH brownies look awesome. I’m making some asap 🙂

  6. Wow I am so thankful to have found your blog- I also suffer from IBS. I’m 18 and just found out that I have it, and its been awful. From all of the GI doctor apts to the horrible pain, I feel so lost and discouraged. When your ibs flares up, how do you deal with it? I found that I have to lay down and rest but do you do anything else like take medication etc? I need as much help as possible because my ibs always interferes with my running schedule. I’ll wake up ready to run, eat a small breakfast and BAM my stomach acts up and my whole day is ruined! help!

    • When my IBS gets really bad, I have to lay down and pretty much can’t do anything. Sometimes rolling around or doing yoga will help because a lot of my pain I found out comes from gas betting trapped in my intestines. So, by rolling around strategically I can sometimes help guide the gas out. I don’t take any medication at the time because I’m already on a medication schedule that I had to experiment with to see what works best. I had to quit running for 4 or 5 months until I got my body adjusted enough to be able to tolerate running again. Now I have just have been experimenting with foods that do or do not sit well with me and I’m sure to cut out anything that makes me feel in pain. That’s why I eat the same breakfast every morning that I have a long run because I know that it won’t make me sick or give me pain.
      I know that it’s tough, but it really does take time. I found that cutting out ALL animal products (I used to be lacto-ovo vegetarian before I went vegan) and switching to a (mostly) whole foods diet (and trying to eat less gluten-containing foods as well) has really decreased the days that I feel bad, although there are still days where I can’t go to class or work because I’m in too much pain. It’s all about figuring out what works best for you. It’s been a little over 1 year since I was first diagnosed and I am only just recently feeling like I have a good handle over my symptoms.
      Keep it up and don’t get discouraged! I spent many nights crying in pain, hours in the hospital and clinics, and cancelled far too many plans to count before I got to where I am today.
      Feel free to e-mail me anytime if you want more specifics or just want to talk!

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