I got the nickname, greedy girl, from friends who knew no other way to describe how much I love food. When I was a little, people would look in amazement as I could devour a whole pizza or easily go back for seconds, as if I hadn’t had firsts. And as an adult, I’ve been known to drive across town and even across state lines, to enjoy a culinary treat.
My relationship with food started to change in my mid 20s, after I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I now had a name for the suffering I had dealt with for some time. The next step was deciding what I was going to do about it. My doctor gave me a prescription and some dietary suggestions, neither of which I was eager to begin. I knew there had to be another way. I guess that’s when everything started to change.
While the food I ate didn’t necessarily cause my ulcerative colitis (UC), through experimenting with ways to manage my UC, I’ve learned a lot about food. I’ve learned how food has the power to heal both your physical body as well as your spirit. I’ve learned about GMOs, gluten and probiotics. I learned about the benefits of eating greens and the power of protein. I battle with the cravings of all of our favorite kinds of junk food and I strive to eat healthy without eating stuff that taste like cardboard or grass. I’ve experimented with different diets: paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, pescatarian, and my favorite diet, the drive thru diet, you know the one you use when you get off of work at midnight and all that’s open is the drive thru.
Fast forward 10 years, and I no longer suffer from UC, I also no longer devour whole pizzas, but I still love food just the same as that little girl who’s second helpings looked like she never had first. I hope you enjoy joining me as I document my food journey.
I can be reached at greedygirlinlv at gmail dot com and you can follow me on twitter @greedygirlinlv.