So I wanted to share with you the smoothie journey Robert and I have been on and a little background as to why.
My Husband has suffered with Crohns disease for about 10 years now and for those of you that don’t know exactly what it is, it’s a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, especially the colon and ileum, associated with ulcers and fistulae. Robert has learnt to manage the gut side of his Crohns to avoid a ‘Flare up’! However what you don’t always see is the side effects on the body that come along with this disease… Chronic fatigue, loss of weight and appetite, poor immune and joint pain (arthritis).
As you may already know from reading my blog, I am suffering from SPD due too my second pregnancy, which is a condition that causes excessive movement of the pubic bone, thus causing pain due to the misalignment of the pelvis. I see a Physio who rota’s the right side of my pelvis back for me as it tilts forward and this has then caused pinching on the sciatica nerve!! I have also been given the all clear to take regular codeine at night to help and ensure I sleep; however its not my favourite choice for my little babe and come 36 weeks I will no longer be allowed to take it!
So the plan……. Smoothies!!
First up is this little beaut, although definitely not Robert’s favourite!!
This smoothie is an Anti-inflammatory for pain relief and here’s what’s in it…
- 1 Rib of Celery
- 1 Cup of Cucumber
- 1/2 a cup of Pineapple
- 1/2 lime wedge (peeled)
- 1 cup of coconut water
Pineapple follows close behind the celery in terms of its anti-inflammatory properties and can help against swelling and bruising, so this is a great food for sports players!
Coconut is a good antioxidant along with the cucumber which also plays a great part in helping digestion (perfect for Crohns suffer’s) and has shown to be great at reducing inflammation too but the additional benefit of the Coconut water and the cucumber is that it provides plenty of fluids, which are vital for flushing out toxins from the body to help fight such area’s as inflammation of joints etc.
This one is just so sweet and tasty, I could drink it all day but that would be a little excessive!!! So whats in it…..
- 2 large carrots, (chopped very small)
- 1 cup of Soy milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 large very ripe banana
- 1/2 cup of blue berries
- Vanilla protein
Now I didn’t buy fresh veg or berries etc to make the various recipes because, you would be forever at the market restocking in order to make one every morning or evening etc. I simply bought frozen baby carrots as easy for mixing and frozen fruits or tinned. I popped into my local Tesco superstore as they have all the things you could need and it’s much cheaper to buy this way.
This particular smoothie is designed to help with Crohns but will also support inflammatory issues.
Carrots are a great anti-oxidant and have been shown as one of the good choices of foods to eat during a flare up! I decided to use Almond Milk instead of the suggest Soy and avoiding cows milk altogether as, it tends to be easier to digest than cows; however you can use soy, oat, hemp, rice, etc. The Protein source is important in this particular type of smoothie because if your suffering from any Crohns symptoms and it’s diminished your appetite, then it’s highly important to prevent weight loss and reduction in muscular strength. Bananas have beneficial bacteria which produce vitamins and digestive enzymes that improve our ability to absorb nutrients, plus compounds that protect us against unfriendly micro-organisms. When fructooligosaccharides (fancy word for naturally produced sugar) are fermented by these friendly bacteria, not only do the numbers of probiotic bacteria increase, but so does the body’s ability to absorb calcium (which is vital for bone strength and repair). TIP – This is why it must be a well ripened banana as green one’s are too difficult to digest! Blueberries boost intestinal health and when they are mixed with a probiotic agent such as the banana they act as anti-inflammatory but also increase the amount of good bacteria, so win win!!
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I hope that you find these helpful and if you have or are going to try them, I’d love to hear your experiences, so please leave a comment below or contact me.
I’ll leave you with a healthy living quote and some links for those suffering from Crohns or Arthritis, who may be new to the world or would like some updated information, to help cope and manage the disease but also to see that there is support out there in terms of advice, care and funding.
“To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an art.” By François de La Rochefoucauld