Crohn's and Me
My journey with IBD can only be described as an (un)healthy gut relationship - that third wheel, ball-and-chain, or elephant in the room that took years for me to fully conquer, embrace and take on as my life-long partner.
My world changed when I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2014. Not only did it feel like the world was closing in on me, or at worst, completely crashing down with work, family and relationships, but it also affected one of my true and longest loves. My connection with food became drastically affected. Over the span of 5 years, I faced many dark times that caused emotional, physical and mental hurt, and not being able to enjoy food like previously had done, played a major part in it all.
But from those dark times, finally came personal growth, resilience and healing. By investing in myself through better care with regular medication and diet, as well as working on my inner and outer demons, I have been able to take better control of my condition.
the new me
with Dish Dash Deets
It was during the 2019 Night Run for Crohn's and Colitis UK, that I saw what power and strength there was behind a community coming together for one common cause.
I felt like I was with kindred spirits that understood the power of healing from enduring the pain of having IBD. This led me to think - how could I use my experiences, scientific skills, and deep grounded passion for food, to include, empower and inspire others?
Dish Dash Deets came about as a unique platform to create a community for those with IBD/IBS, as well as anyone with a vested interest in gut health, and support Crohn's and Colitis UK along the way. It does not aim to provide medical advice or consultations, but allows you to send in requests for gut friendly recipes and ingredient features and learn along the way.
I truly hope you enjoy what I'm creating as a way of loving your own gut and yourself, and that with time you discover, as I have, the art of being gut healthy through plant-based eating.