This week we are fortunate to learn about living with Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, and IBS from our reader and featured writer, Gigi Eats (The Salmon Queen) And bonus: she will be teaching us how to air fry salmon!
“You’re NOT ALONE so don’t be afraid to TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH!”– Gigi Eats, The Salmon Queen
My diagnosis: Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, IBS and I had my large intestine removed.
What were your symptoms?
I went to boarding school at the age of 14 years old. And this school was for boarding, snowboarding that it. I would either take classes from 8 am until 12 pm and then snowboard all afternoon or visa versa! This was VERY taxing on my body and made me become more in tune with how I was feeling, and I realized that something just wasn’t right with me.
I was lethargic, my stomach always hurt (specifically after eating things that I now know don’t work for me), I felt like I was putting on weight, I was very moody, I was very self-conscious (which may just come with the territory of being a young teen) and I overall just did not feel “normal”.
My mother, who happens to be a doctor, sent me a book to read and even marked lots of notes in the margins so as to catch my attention for those specific recommendations as to how to help myself feel better.
What I didn’t realize I was reading until later was a book about living a low carbohydrate, ketogenic lifestyle. I adopted a lot of the recommendations in the book which certainly did help, but I still didn’t feel 100% until I did an elimination diet. It took me about 14 or 15 years to finally feel “normal” but I weirdly had “fun” figuring out what worked and what did not work for me through blood tests and treating myself as my own guinea pig!
What advice would you give to someone struggling with their health or journey?
You’re NOT ALONE so don’t be afraid to TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH! Most likely there will be people who can completely relate to you, and you may find new bit of advice/help that truly help you feel better and you may impart new ideas/tips to others that help THEM feel better!
You can look at your glass half full or half empty.
Choose the former because life is way too short to be negative. Focus on the positives in your life.
Always know that someone has it worse than you in this world, so appreciate what you have versus what you don’t have.Tweet
What steps did you take or how did you cope/find acceptance?
This is a tricky question for me to answer because I have ALWAYS danced to the beat of my own drummer, thus I don’t try and find acceptance from others. I seek acceptance within myself, which I was actually pretty much born with.
I have always been a very confident person and just love being alive, meeting new people, making new connections, making people laugh, smile, etc. and I feel like I love doing these things because I have accepted myself for who I am… I honestly think I am awesome.
That might come off as cocky, but I am totally laughing as I write this!
So I guess my advice for how to cope is, you have to accept your diagnosis for what it is, and NOT let it ruin you. – Gigi EatsTweet
DO NOT let it affect your mood or how you want to live your life. Sure, your diagnosis may have you say, running to the bathroom a lot, or something of that nature, but own it, and laugh about it and move on.
At the end of the day, we are all human and we go through similar issues (I mean, who hasn’t had to run to the bathroom before?) and if there are people who find what you’re going through “gross” or “weird”, well, you don’t need those people in your life.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR SALMON BECAUSE IT ALWAYS LOOKS SO GOOD!?
Well, I use an air fryer, specifically my trusty GOWISE air fryer (which you can find out more information about here: https://amzn.to/2SXyT97 OR you can try this model: https://amzn.to/2Il2ojk), that being said, really any air fryer will most likely achieve the results you will see in this video and in photos and videos on my Instagram page (https://instagram.com/gigieats) as I have owned a bunch of different brands in the past!
As for the rest of the details as how to make PERFECTLY air fried salmon every time…
You are going to have to watch the video!! 😉
Where can we find your blog?
The “Salmon Queen”Website is : https://gigieatscelebrities.com
Show Gigi how grateful you are for her wisdom and advice by sharing this with your fellow spoonies and friends!
Well said Gigi, here at Sickly Confidential, you’ve made us laugh hysterically with your energy and vibe. You taught us a lot about living with ulcerative colitis, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, and IBS. Thank you for sharing your story and we are here to support you and cheer you on in your journey. We’re going to try to air fry salmon now, if you don’t hear from us, we burnt the house down.
Connect with GIGI by visiting her instagram. P.s. we’re obsessed with her feed.
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