One of the really crappy (excuse the pun) things about the type of ichthyosis I have (Netherton’s Syndrome) is that my tummy gets very sore. In a non vomit-inducing nutshell, there’s something in the genetic makeup of this condition that causes digestive troubles. I found this very interesting – I only found out about this last year from my genetic counselor.
For a few years now I’ve been experiencing tummy pain and the GP said that it’s either period pain or something I ate. So when the counselor told me that the skin condition and tummy pain were related, I was very excited that there was actually a link. While I have not yet been to see a gastroenterologist, I have been trying to eliminate certain foods from my diet – white bread, cheap cakes and muffins, white pasta – I have not really found a pattern. I do know I feel better eating breads without wheat and yeast (hello spelt!) and wholemeal pasta feels much better than white pasta. But other than that, I can feel tummy pain even when eliminating cereal products and only eating vegetables, fruit and proteins.
When I finally do get in to see the gastroenterologist, I hope that there will be a solution, or at least a prevention for this tummy business. Because I love my food and don’t want to restrict myself. (Though in my googling for this blog entry, I have just seen that all Netherton’s Syndrome patients eventually develop food allergies, particularly to nuts, eggs and fish. If this is true, I am doomed! I love fish.)
Anyhow, I’ve decided to try eating more roughage. While I do eat a lot of vegetables, and most mornings I either have porridge with yoghurt and fruit or a fruit, yoghurt and oats smoothie, I feel that more green vegetables may help me – particularly with the fibre and the antioxidants they provide.
So I’ve done a bit of research and decided to make green smoothies. Just like my fruit smoothie, only bright green, and without the milk.
So far I’ve had two for breakfast. I know, that’s not enough to see a pattern forming. But I can tell you that yesterday’s made me feel good. No tummy pain until after dinner.
Yesterday’s one had half a packet of spinach, two ripe bananas, half a tin of blueberries (I know, cheating, they are really sweet, taste like dessert!), oats and water. It was very brown. But tasted really good! And it kept me full for a good four hours, event through dance class.
Today’s had five chopped dates, pumpkin seeds and linseeds (good fats) half a packet of spinach, one ripe banana, water and manuka honey with propolis. Manuka honey with propolis is great for skin infections. It wasn’t as nice as yesterday’s. I think my banana was a bit too ripe.
Still, in both smoothies the spinach was unnoticeable.
I need to get a few groceries later today, and I will look at some more recipes, so tomorrow’s smoothie should be new and improved. Apparently cabbage is really good, and I have some purple cabbage in the fridge!
I recommend everyone try them. The colour of today’s smoothie was brilliant – with that colour, it has to be good for you!