It's a big duh to say this blog focuses on those affected by Interstitial Cystitis. After all, it's in the title and I suffer from it. I don't think that means that no one else could benefit from this blog. There are plenty of conditions out there that force people to watch what they eat, and there are even people who chose to do that because they want to.
So, how can this blog help you and your chronic Illness?
Think about your chronic illness and the barriers it presents to you. What do you struggle with? Pain is probably a big one.
But what about lack of energy? That's one area this could help you with. Meal planning, I have found, saves me time. By having my week prepared, I waste less time thinking about what to do. I know what I'm going to do, and when the time comes, I do it. That right there will save you time. And stress. The decision is made and you don't have to waste precious spoons. (I assume anyone with chronic illness and pain is familiar with Spoon Theory.) You know to have those spoons reserved.
If you know there are certain times of the day that you have more energy, you can plan your meals around it. Say, early in the day and around noon you have plenty of energy but at dinner time you're dragging. Make a crock pot recipe that will be ready for dinner.
You can also apply your food requirements to a meal plan. Have to avoid dairy? Make a meal plan that is dairy free. Same for gluten. Many people are avoiding gluten, but a little planning and research you can find plenty of alternatives and meals to make.
All chronic illnesses require a massive change that we all struggle to adjust with. Resources are out there, other people suffering are out there. You are not alone and you can do it.
That is what I want you to take from this blog. You and I may suffer from different illnesses, but I'm still here for you. If you ever want to talk, drop me a line, tweet me, message me on FB. I'll respond when I see it and be happy to help lift you up.
What chronic illness do you have? How has it changed your life? What need are you struggling to find answers to?
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