In spring of 2016 I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis. The way I ate changed overnight and I tossed the majority of the food in my cupboards. Spicy foods were out. Citrus food, gone. Vinegar and other acidic foods, too. My beloved Mountain Dew was now the enemy. It sucked. Eventually, I found a food that didn’t cause pain: Milk. From there I was able to build a list of food that were safe for me to eat. Mind you, the list of food that caused inflammation was much longer, but I had something to work with.
Fast forward a year and my husband came home with some scary news: he might be out of a job. We scrambled for a plan and where to cut costs. I suggested making a food budget and went to Pinterest to look up dining on a budget.
It was not IC friendly.
I couldn’t find a single website that talked about budget dining that didn’t have trigger foods. Spicy spices were abundant. Tomatoes were in everything.
Had no one really thought of this yet? There are plenty of information about IC, but no one trying to do it on a budget? Well, you know how blogging gurus tell you to find your niche? It looked like I found mine.
This blog will focus on my journey with IC, meal planning, and my attempts to keep costs low for two people. Having IC often means having to skip the lower priced items, but it doesn’t have to break the bank and it doesn’t have to be bland. There are substitutions and tricks to save cash.
Are you ready to join me? Do you have IC? When were you diagnosed?
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Artist and writer. IC doesn't define me. Always looking for fun hair colors to try. Lover of Doctor Who and vampires.
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