Take care of your tummy

Well it has been a while since my last post... I have just been occupied with other things (trying to catch up with work, reading, taking care of family, enjoying the summer, etc etc.)

It's not that I haven't been eating of course. That is one thing about having a food blog: you rarely run out of things to talk about. That is of course, unless you get too sick to enjoy eating.

My mother (who was visiting last month) unfortunately has an illness that doesn't let her enjoy food much any more. She has a severe case Irritable Bowel Syndrome - during the worst times, the insides of her large intestines got so irritated and raw that they were bleeding profusely. It's as unpleasant as it sounds, she said, and very painful too. She's been in the hospital several times because of this, with the doctors trying numerous treatments.

During her visit here last month, she was still quite enthusiastic about eating - like all of our family, she's somewhat of a foodophile. She can still have vegetables (cooked, preferably); vegetable oils like olive and sesame; fruit; fish and chicken; and not-too-fibrous carbohydrates. She was never that fond of meat anyway, so she doesn't miss it. Still, she talked wistfully about the cheese she could not eat (and really, being in Switzerland and unable to have even a bite of cheese is really sad), the eggs she can't have (we have some wonderful organic eggs here from a local farm, as I've written about earlier.)

My mom has never been overweight by more than a few pounds; she exercises religiously, and have never indulged in excessive amounts of rich foods. She did have a very stressful job before retirement though, and she confessed that going back to live in Japan after so many years away has been stress-filled also.

What's the moral of the story? I don't really know, but I think that people like us who are fond of food also need to have a fine-tuned awareness of the way our digestive, and other, systems are reacting to what we are taking in, both food-wise and life-wise. Life without the ability to fully enjoy what we eat and drink is not quite as rich as it should be.

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