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Bowl of sunshine snacking 😍 I had to end up sharing this as I couldn't eat it all and I count fruit as a treat as it still contains a lot of sugar so tend to have mainly veg. But fruits contain lots of great nutrients that your body needs and if you buy fresh organic fruit it's soooo tasty you won't need sweets and you can have nutrient dense treats instead πŸ’ž #itsacrohnslife #snacking #fruit #nutrients #healingjourney #eatforhealth #eatforhappiness #naturalsugar #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicpain #chronicillness #cfs #me #chronicfatigue #spoonie #spoonielife #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior

Trying to continue on living a normal life, even though you no longer feel normal is a very hard pill to swallow. Also trying to help people understand that this illness does much more then just what it says on Google.
I made this page a few months ago for awareness and how my everyday life with Crohns is.
It's now turned into my own sort of therapy.

Feel free to pop over and give it a like.
https://www.facebook.com/itsacrohnslife/
My inbox is always open.
The blog is very raw and real, I don't have a filter so yes there is a lot of swearing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #crohnsdisease #crohnsblog #itsacrohnslife #realandraw

I know u all have seen post that I have been working out a bit and getting to a healthier me well it's time to change my diet as well. It's not that I always eat unhealthy but I do tend to over do it on the condiments and empty calories, not to mention I like to eat and eat more then a normal portion size. When I am sick in a flare I am unable to eat & if I do eat it, I can't keep it down. So when I can eat I do & I eat as much and whatever I want. It's the little things. Something I enjoy more then I should. Trying to condition myself back to a healthy eating habit. Also learning what my body will b ok with! With crohns, a healthy diet isn't exactly healthy for u! Here's to new ventures! 🍸#cheers #crohnie #crohnswarrior #spoonie #chrinicallyawesome #chronicallyill #itsacrohnslife #livelifebeautiful #healthyme

Listening to music to relax. I've been dealing with a lot of stress lately and I'm just trying to maintain a positive attitude and not drown xp if anyone likes rock or rockish type music I highly recommend this song/band. I just recently started listening and I love them so far β™₯. #itsacrohnslife #crohnsdisease #crohns #IBD #autoimmunedisease #stressed #justkeepswimming #ourlastnight #scaredofchange #music

This is soooo me!! 🀣😴@Regrann from @itsacrohnslife - Absolute spoonie feels πŸ˜‚ "yea do you have more energy in me morning or evenings?" Me: 😳 hahaha I made it through yoga tonight though πŸ’ͺ🏼 it was tough and I had to do a few on the easier poses/ pretend I just needed to sort out my top or hair πŸ˜‚ but it has definitely made me feel better having a scheduled bit of exercise as opposed to trying to motivate myself at other times/ postpone everything until 'later' because I feel rubbish then realise several weeks have passed... πŸ™ˆ doing a bit of scheduled exercise that your body can handle can honestly make such a difference, even just to your mood a self confidence 😊 #itsacrohnslife #exhaustedpigeon #funny #aintthatthetruth #spoonielife #chronicpain #chronicillness #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicfatigue #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #autoimmunedisease #invisibleillness #yoga #exercise #crohnswarrior #chronicwarrior #healingjourney

Franco Manca dinner with my daddy after he came to a presentation to find out more about my new business venture πŸ’ž he even had a little chat in Italian with the waiter πŸ™ˆall these pizzas have a sourdough base which has a more complex baking process and so means it is far easier to digest and is super yummy. I had a number 1 which is just tomato, garlic and olive oil and then added extra wild mushrooms, artichokes and olives 😍 #itsacrohnslife #francomanca #sourdough #pizza #yum #vegan #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #dairyfree #livingwithcrohns #newbusinessventure #positiveliving #healingjourney #eatforhealth #eatforhappiness #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicpain #chronicillness #spoonie #spoonielife #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior

I had a lovely day yesterday celebrating this beautiful couples wedding. After 15 years of friendship I got to witness a wonderful friend marrying her soulmate ❀️ I loved all the little details and the amazing car 😍 I made it through to the end (with the help of my comfy wedged shoes that seem to be coming out all the time I need some heels) and enjoyed some yummy veggie food and even a bit of dancing #wedding #love #friendship #itsacrohnslife #spoonielife #joy

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Bowl of sunshine snacking 😍 I had to end up sharing this as I couldn't eat it all and I count fruit as a treat as it still contains a lot of sugar so tend to have mainly veg. But fruits contain lots of great nutrients that your body needs and if you buy fresh organic fruit it's soooo tasty you won't need sweets and you can have nutrient dense treats instead πŸ’ž #itsacrohnslife #snacking #fruit #nutrients #healingjourney #eatforhealth #eatforhappiness #naturalsugar #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicpain #chronicillness #cfs #me #chronicfatigue #spoonie #spoonielife #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior

I think we have all been in the place where it gets too much and we are struggling to see how to move forward but we have survived 100% of our days so far- that's a pretty good track record! And we all have the strength within to make it through, even when we don't have the physical strength. This mental strength may include knowing when to ask for help and pushing past our pride and worry about doing so, or sometimes it's knowing yourself and learning what makes you happy and being strong enough to take yourself out of a tough situation and move into a good situation, whatever that looks like, even if it's just sitting out in the sun for 10 minutes and forgetting about our troubles. Whatever it is, making it through a tough day, week, month, year, or trying to keep some of your dreams alive even when life is a bit of a struggle, just know that you have the power within you and we are all supporting you πŸ’ͺ🏼 #itsacrohnslife #spooniestrong #spoonielove #motivation #chronicpain #chronicillness #crohns #crohnsdisease #spoonie #autoimmunedisease #invisibleillness #community #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior #fibromyalgiawarrior

Franco Manca dinner with my daddy after he came to a presentation to find out more about my new business venture πŸ’ž he even had a little chat in Italian with the waiter πŸ™ˆall these pizzas have a sourdough base which has a more complex baking process and so means it is far easier to digest and is super yummy. I had a number 1 which is just tomato, garlic and olive oil and then added extra wild mushrooms, artichokes and olives 😍 #itsacrohnslife #francomanca #sourdough #pizza #yum #vegan #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #dairyfree #livingwithcrohns #newbusinessventure #positiveliving #healingjourney #eatforhealth #eatforhappiness #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicpain #chronicillness #spoonie #spoonielife #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior

Potato gnocchi with home made wild garlic and parsley pesto with fresh parsley and cracked black pepper on top 😍 sometimes my body can only handle really simple carby food when I'm flaring. #itsacrohnslife #allthecarbs #potatognocchi #gnocchi #homemadepesto #wildgarlic #pesto #parsley #simplefood #cookingwithcrohns #chronicillness #crohns #crohnsdisease #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #healingjourney #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior

World IBD day. The last 18 months I have tried to spread awareness on this page but I still don't think I've covered anywhere near the amount of emotions, symptoms and ways these diseases can affect your life. It's a rollercoaster which sometimes has a lot more downs than ups, but is one that has been made more bearable with an online supportive community of people with chronic illnesses and a safe place I can vent, discuss, get help and give help. Crohn's and Colitis are chronic illnesses, like most others, that you really can't 'get' until you get them. They turn every part of your world upside down and you have to adapt to survive. Change can be painful and takes a long time, but every day we wake up stronger, even if we don't feel it, because we've made it through another day πŸ’œ #itsacrohnslife #livewellwithibd

Even when you are feeling a little bit broken, like this fence, nature is always a healer πŸ’ž I was just reading a great post on the fab page @thechronicills and it reminded me that I had this picture to share and that I think that most people underestimate 'nature therapy' just being among nature, trees and the countryside. There's so much actual scientific evidence that shows the healing effect of being outside, check it out, or just get out there a little every few days, if you can, and feel the benefits yourself 🌿 #itsacrohnslife #nature #natureisahealer #getoutside #healingjourney #inflammation #moodaltering #freshair #chronicpain #chronicillness #crohns #crohnsdisease #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #autoimmunedisease #invisibleillness #spoonie #spoonielife

Nutrition is so important for your healing journey but it can be hard when your body starts to hate some of the things you need for your health. You need to get the right protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function (your body can do some pretty amazing things if you give it the right fuel) but you also don't want to cause yourself too much immediate agro. Learn everything you can about nutrition, give lots of different things a proper try, don't poo poo (no pun intended) nutrition advice because you think your medication alone will sort you out, they mask the symptoms but don't necessarily heal you, but also don't let people upset you when they say all you need is good nutrition. I reckon that's true for a lot of normal people problems but once you've developed an autoimmune disease everything gets a little more complicated! I've been able to manage a lot of my symptoms with huge nutritional changes, but they may not work for everyone, and I've still had to have the help of prescription drugs to get me out of bad flares etc. My biggest change was that I am trying to be completely vegan and it has made so much difference. I would really suggest people look at how meat and dairy are digested and what they can do to your body and maybe give it a try, I initially gave up meat because of my higher risk of colon cancer because of the Crohn's, but it has made me feel so much better (plus there are lots of other reasons) I also have learned about and try to avoid processed foods and sugar, I hardly drink fizzy drinks, I drink more water, and I look at the sugar content in everything and avoid added and hidden sugars, again something which has really helped- I can feel my energy levels depleting rapidly when I have lots of sugar! Give everything a go, find what's right for you, learn learn learn, and then making 'sacrifices' in your diet will seem easier when you know all the facts. Just some food for thought πŸ˜‰ you do need some moderation though and sometimes food can make you happy so I'm off to find vegan cake! πŸ˜‚ #itsacrohnslife

My walking partner on today's 5 mile walk... she looks how I feel 😝 I think we are both going to have a little lie down πŸ˜‚ I'm walking 5 miles each day for 7 days for #walkinhershoes challenge with @careintuk raising money and awareness for the communities that still don't have access to clean water and so have to walk miles every day, missing out on other bits of life we all take for granted, like education or being able to work, just to get water for them and their families #itsacrohnslife #charity #walking #naptime #grateful #dogsofinstagram #cavapoo #knakered #cutie #chronicillness #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior

Spoonie feels... one of the things other people may find hard to understand is that sometimes we need a lot of recovery time for having a life, and sometimes can't agree to too many things one after the other. I did a 5 mile walk yesterday and am getting ready to do another one today, and every day for 7 days to raise money for Care International UK. I'm already feeling the strain on my body but am determined to get it done and prove that I can still push myself, even if it means I need a week to recover πŸ˜‚ let's get this done πŸ’ͺ🏼 #itsacrohnslife #funny #notsofunny #spoonielife #spooniefeels #chronicillness #chronicpain #crohns #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #autoimmunedisease #invisibleillness #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior

So I am walking 5 miles every day for 7 days to raise money and awareness for @careintuk to help communities around the world have access to clean drinking water. Many women and children have to walk miles every day just to get some water for themselves and their families. Today I completed my first 5 miles. I didn't have a great start... I drove to Sainsbury's to get some snacks for after and then started to drive to a nice big park where I was planning on doing today's walk... nopppeee my Crohn's kicked in and I was desperate for the toilet so I drove home πŸ™ˆ then for take 2 🎬 I decided to walk into the countryside from my house which was still nice. Half way round my hip started playing up, I was in the middle of some woods and my phone died πŸ˜‚ good job I didn't need any help, so I just carried on. 3/4 of the way round my knees were really hurting and I started to feel the ominous pain in my tummy again- so I had to pick up my pace even though my body was hurting πŸ™ˆ once I hit my goal, my feet and back were hurting too and my need for the loo was getting greater so I did a mini jog home, I couldn't decide whether my body pain or my tummy urgency were more important πŸ˜‚ butttt I made it home and have a few things I will do differently on tomorrow's walk πŸ™ˆ #itsacrohnslife #careinternational #charity #fundraising #awareness #walking #spoonielife #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicpain #chronicillness #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #autoimmunedisease #invisibleillness #crohnswarrior #chronicwarrior

Rest time... I just did a 5 mile walk for the charity Care to help raise funds and awareness for the women and children in communities that don't have access to water so have to walk miles and miss out on education and jobs. I'll post more about what actually happened later or my personal page @mtcallaway has more info. Sooooo nowwww I am sitting in bed literally just resting πŸ‘πŸΌ energy saver moooodddeee which for spoonies is needed on a lot more days then we would like but it is needed and you shouldn't feel bad about it 😊 #itsacrohnslife #funny #energysavermode #resttime #spoonielife #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicpain #chronicillness #invisibleillness #autoimmunedisease #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior

Doing some reading to figure out some good remission diet plans. There is a lot of good info in here! Sometimes you've just got to be your own advocate, do your own research and be in charge of your own healing. Obviously specialist doctors can help but you're the only one that really knows your body, you are your own specialist, so you need to know enough to be able to work with your doctors, not just do whatever they say, you're on the team for your own health. It's great to have an online community where spoonies can share their journeys and the things that work or don't work for them, it helps with everyone's learning and journey so get sharing πŸ’ž #itsacrohnslife #listentoyourgut #beyourownadvocate #reading #research #lofflex #ibd #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicpain #chronicillness #eatforhealth #letfoodbethymedicine #autoimmunedisease #invisibleillness #autoimmuneprotocol #chronicwarrior #crohnswarrior

This is soooo me!! 🀣😴@Regrann from @itsacrohnslife - Absolute spoonie feels πŸ˜‚ "yea do you have more energy in me morning or evenings?" Me: 😳 hahaha I made it through yoga tonight though πŸ’ͺ🏼 it was tough and I had to do a few on the easier poses/ pretend I just needed to sort out my top or hair πŸ˜‚ but it has definitely made me feel better having a scheduled bit of exercise as opposed to trying to motivate myself at other times/ postpone everything until 'later' because I feel rubbish then realise several weeks have passed... πŸ™ˆ doing a bit of scheduled exercise that your body can handle can honestly make such a difference, even just to your mood a self confidence 😊 #itsacrohnslife #exhaustedpigeon #funny #aintthatthetruth #spoonielife #chronicpain #chronicillness #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicfatigue #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #autoimmunedisease #invisibleillness #yoga #exercise #crohnswarrior #chronicwarrior #healingjourney

Absolute spoonie feels πŸ˜‚ "yea do you have more energy in me morning or evenings?" Me: 😳 hahaha I made it through yoga tonight though πŸ’ͺ🏼 it was tough and I had to do a few on the easier poses/ pretend I just needed to sort out my top or hair πŸ˜‚ but it has definitely made me feel better having a scheduled bit of exercise as opposed to trying to motivate myself at other times/ postpone everything until 'later' because I feel rubbish then realise several weeks have passed... πŸ™ˆ doing a bit of scheduled exercise that your body can handle can honestly make such a difference, even just to your mood a self confidence 😊 #itsacrohnslife #exhaustedpigeon #funny #aintthatthetruth #spoonielife #chronicpain #chronicillness #crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicfatigue #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #autoimmunedisease #invisibleillness #yoga #exercise #crohnswarrior #chronicwarrior #healingjourney

@amyskitchenuk paella with some extra broccoli. Yummy, vegan and really convenient πŸ‘πŸΌ I normally like to make things like this from scratch but sometimes there just aren't enough spoons πŸ˜‰ #itsacrohnslife #paella #amyskitchen #eatforhealth #eatforhappiness #plantbased #healingjourney #vegan #whatveganseat #formyhealth #fortheanimals #fortheplanet #chronicpain #chronicillness #cfs #me #fibromyalgia #thyroidproblems #spoonie #spoonielife #crohnswarrior #chronicwarrior

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