Still out of whack

Right after I posted the other night I realized my optimism about returning to a 100% healthy state was premature.  Details aren’t necessary, but I was up til 3 am – in and out of the bathroom (pretty sure you can fill in the blanks).

Fortunately, a big shipment of Vita Coco arrived earlier that day…


100% pure coconut water.  Hydrate naturally. 


Exactly what I needed to do.

I am not in love with them…and I think Kailey described the flavor best when she said it’s like the leftover juice from those snack-pack fruit cups, but I still downed it like a champ because my bod needed the electrolytes in a mayj way. 

I’m not gonna sugar coat it, it was a rough night.  I cried a bit (as if that would help) because I was (am) frustrated by the lack of cooperation of my GI tract.  Lately my stomach has been so much more sensitive and I can’t figure out why.  I’ve been trying to ignore it for a while, but I think I need to get back to my more strict vegan ways because that’s usually when I feel best.  I don’t know…

Thanks to hulu and facebook, my late night wasn’t too boring, but my sleep schedule is completely out of whack!

I got up at 9 am and felt drunk or something.  Then I fell back asleep and woke up to my phone ringing at noon.  Crap.  Another day wasted. 


I had plain tofu straight out of the tub for lunch.  This is kinda one of my dirty little secrets.  I looooooove plain ‘fu.  I could easily eat an entire block it all by itself.  But not with my current stomach sitch.  I had a few servings and called it quits. 

Rather than spend another day in front of the tv, today I was a bit more productive in my sickly state.  No, I still didn’t leave the apartment.  But I did accomplish quite a bit from the comforts of my couch.


Later on I made sweet potato/hummus snack, which was not only perfect for Sarah’s sweet potato challenge, but also was very easy on the tum.  This SP was different from the ones I usually buy (it was almost white on the inside), but it was still sweet and yummy.


I steamed it in the micro, cut it into 3rds, halved each portion, and smeared hummus onto the open faced parts.  Deee-lightful.

I used both roasted red pepper AND spinach artichoke because I couldn’t pick just one. 

For dinner, we were supposed to go to HanGawi – a vegetarian shrine in midtown, specializing in Korean vegetarian food.  I’ve been wanting to go here FOREVER, so I was pretty excited.  Too bad I felt like a$$ and we just couldn’t make it.  I was truly devastated, which only further angered me, and thus my stomach.  I swear, stress just aggravates any symptoms I already have and exacerbates them eight-fold.  I hate my GI tract.  Get it together man. 


So, instead of fine dining, I went with a safer (read: more GI friendly) consolation prize of a meal…which may as well be a second entry to the aforementioned sweet potato challenge


This meal was made possible thanks to Valerie’s brilliant contest that I was lucky enough to win.  I love love love Amy’s products, so it was a big win in my book.  In addition to the soups, I scored coupons, a cute bag, and a magnet. 


I tried the Tuscan Bean and Rice over my second sweet potato of the day (not even close to a record for me, but still worth noting).  So yum. 


I had the second half of the soup in a bowl, mixed with left-over steamed BN squash.  That Amy knows her stuff.  This company is freakin’ money.  My stomach was both full and happy, thus, I was happy.

Kyle got home and we snuggled up to Slumdog Millionaire. 


I made a bomb berry smoothie with the following ingreds:

  • POM pomegranate juice
  • Vita Coco coconut water
  • frozen mixed berries
  • xanthan gum
  • ice

Holler!  Although I was far from warm, the coolness of this drank was really refreshing. 

Still, I ended up having tea right after to warm myself back up.  I so silly.  Fingers crossed that tomorrow I will be able to return to the land of milk & honey soymilk & stevia solid foods.

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Comments (49)

  1. Little Aspects

    You poor thing – get better soon. Stomach issues are the pits. Maybe the xanthan gum is effecting you a bit? I have heard that it can have quite bad . . erm . . . intestinal effects (if you know what I mean) in some people.
    Anyway, your sweet potato sounds like the perfect remedy to a sensitive stomach!

  2. Ada

    Aww, I hope you feel better soon girlie! GI issues are never any fun:(

    I’m on spring break this week so if you feel better and would like to grab dinner at Peacefood (or anywhere else) I would love to see you!

  3. Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)

    Girl, feel better! 🙁 Sometimes keeping a log book of what was eaten throughout the day will help you pinpoint certain foods that bother you the most. I did this for a while, but nothing was making any sense (as in, it didn’t seem to relate to any specific foods.) I’m pretty sure mine is stress related, and it comes and goes at different times. But if it’s food-related for you, the log might be helpful!

    (p.s. Love your sweet ‘tater creations! 😀 )

  4. Jessie (Vegan-minded)

    I LOVE coconut water! It must have made a great smoothie in combination with the Pom juice. Those Amy’s soups are great too. Feel better soon!

  5. sarah @ syrupandhoney

    The Eastern Shore has these really fantastic sweet potatoes, also called Haymans, that are coveted by ingredient-focused individuals and restaurants in my neck of the woods.

  6. sarah @ syrupandhoney

    Oops, I meant to type “really fantastic WHITE sweet potatoes”

  7. Holly

    oh honey bunches – i hope you feel better. that is NO fun. unfortunately, i have a stomach of steel but in the couple times i’ve had stomach issues, i know they are the WORST. sending you loving health vibes.


    did ya feel em’?

    anyways, i totes agree on coconut water. no me likey. however, i do likey it in that smoothie. putting pom juice in smoothies is my new dirty little secret. it makes it so tart and fruity.

    love you lady – rest up and get that tumtum feelin’ better soon 🙂

  8. Jenny

    My Dad actually got me hooked on coconut water, it’s such a great way to help refuel!

    Your hummus pictures reminded me that I need to buy some more Sabra… thanks:)

  9. Carbzilla

    I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well, pumpkin. Hope you’re better soon!

  10. Molly

    FEEL BETTER SOON! That must be absolutely horrible. That smoothie is the prettiest color I have seen!

  11. shegoesbananas

    Yuck! I hope you feel better soon. I’ve (very) recently been experimenting with eliminating diary and gluten from my diet because of my sensitive GI track. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile (but don’t comment much), and I’ve noticed you’ve been struggling with GI issues for a long time. They are seriously no fun! Again, hope you feel better soon!

  12. julie

    ugh that sucks in a major way dude! i hopeee you are feeling better today! this weather is for sure not the solution to feeling better-age though!

    seriously love korean food. i went to korean bbq in the city one time and have been dreaming of it ever since. so i pretty much in a nutshell need to get to this place

  13. Jessica (jesslikesithot)

    I hope you’re feeling better!!!

    And guess what?? Jeany babes knows wassup! She already had a sabra SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE flavored-hummus stocked in our fridge!!!! You know i’m going in for the kill come lunch time, or say….20 minutes from now 🙂


  14. MarathonVal

    Yay, glad you got the giveaway goods! Enjoy! 🙂

    I feel your pain about your stomach not liking some of the food you’ve been eating… I DO stick to a totally vegan diet which my body loves, but it’s not happy with me for making at least one batch of cookies, brownies, etc. each week….but it’s so hard to stop….. hope you feel better soon!

  15. Erika

    Sorry you’re still feeling like poo. GI probs are the worst in my book. Your idea of hummus on sweet potatoes sounds yummy. FYI, the reason your potato looks a lot different than the ones you usually eat is because that one is in fact a sweet potato, while the more orange-y ones are garnet yams. Very common misconception, and they even mislabel them in the store so it can be confusing.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  16. Cole

    Again, the smoothie looks delish. Get well!!

  17. Jenny

    I literally had that coconut water in my shopping cart today and was so close to buying it but put it back… good call on my part, I suppose.

    ah Amy’s knows food for real. Love her scccchtuff!

  18. BroccoliHut

    I love plain ‘fu too–and I’m a little embarrassed about it as well. It’s just so dang delish.

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  20. rachel

    aww feel better twin! so funny you mention coconut water, i have started to be seriously addicted to it! not sure why because the taste is so subtle, but i love it 🙂 i think it gives me that little boost to get thru the day. and i know it’s damn good for me too. had one today after my run (where i almost passed out due to lack of hydration- stupid me hadn’t hydrated well enough and it was pretty warm)- it defo did the trick. hope you are feeling much much better. miss you! xxxxx

  21. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    Ok coconut milk kefir. Countertop. Bacteria workin’ for you. Package of starter from WF. And a can of coconut milk. Those coc waters are begging to be kefir-ized!

    And thx for your great entries…and snubbr, you learned first, that it existed. me too. when they contacted me i was like who are you? And they didnt have their site up and she was trying to describe to me what they did and i was like huh? Anyway thx for making me laugh 🙂

    Girl. We are still in the worst holding pattern. Nothing. Sigh. I hope things are looking good in your world!

  22. Erica

    ah!!!! You poor baby doll! I hope you start feeling better and fast! Love the potato/hummus mix- that sounds very yummy. I am yet to try the coconut water but really want to! I gave up on sports drinks a while ago (they’re just toooo fake) and would love a more natural alternative (especially after I teach a double class). Take it easy, relax!

  23. leangreendeane

    Is that one of those WF’s Funky Japanese Sweet Potatoes i have been meaning to try? I’m sorry i just can’t afford to read your blog anymore… My wallet hates you… And now you have this OpenSky shop, uh oh.

  24. glidingcalm

    hope you feel better!!!

  25. welshsarah

    Sorry your GI tract is playing up. I hate those times! Is it your IBS? Have you tried drinking a load of peppermint tea and ginger tea (not together :P)? That’s what I tend to do when my IBS is playing up: re-acquaint myself with the sofa, drinks loads of above herbal tea, and eat sweet potato and well-cooked veges. You have my utmost sympathy though because I find it so depressing when these flair-ups occur; and they never seem to make sense! Feel better soon xxx

  26. ksgoodeats

    It’s impossible to choose between roasted red pepper and spinach artichoke hummus. Impossible. That sweet potato/soup combo is pretty genius! I hope you’re feeling better!!

  27. Katie

    Aw, sorry about the tummy issues. I yell at (and cry about) my idiotic digestive system a lot, too. You’re not alone. Hang in there, and I hope you’re already feeling better!

  28. Courtney

    I am so sorry you are not feeling well! I haven’t read your post from the day before yet, but I HAD to comment…I feel so bad for you 🙁 I can SO relate. IBS sucks ass, dude. Grrr. I have major stomach issues and they are really a bummer. Boo. I wish there were something I could do to help!

    I always make a cup of hot tea to warm up with as I am making my ice cream/smoothies–they make me sooooooooo cold, lol!


  29. The Foodie Diaries

    hope amy’s came through and nursed you back to full health, hermana

    as for this tuesday (we’re really committing to this whole comments > e-mail thing, huh?), it’s no bueno. i have a previously scheduled playdate… a.k.a. babysitting dora the explorer

  30. Gabriela (froyolover)

    Jeez Louise!
    I loove coconut water! 😉
    Amazing pics… I just noticed you´re the only blogger that eats “white” sweet potatoes, like me! I can only find this type in Brazil… They´re pretty yummy, though! What do you think?
    Have an amazing week, girl!

  31. sophia

    Oh dear. Physical, chronic discomfort and pain really, really sucks. Right now I’m suffering from a throbbing sore gum and wisdom tooth that seems to be jagging its daggers down the back of my mouth. And it sucks. Probably not as bad as your IBS problem…but just to let you know, I hear your pain, sister.

    I do hope you feel better though. Maybe a good night’s sleep?

  32. Michal

    Oh my gosh I love vitacoco it is my favorite drink ever! Im sorry your not really a fan – I could suck that stuff down all day long.

    Oh and I love me some plain fu’ too 🙂 Its one of my favorite snacks

  33. Lara (Thinspired)

    Oh no! Sounds horrible, I’m so sorry 🙁 Good thinking on drinking the coconut water…I guess you ARE a nurse, after all! I hope you are able to get the rest you need to feel better soon, Elise!

  34. ethel

    E, I am with you in the avoidance of the unpleasantness of my estomago. You know how I think lactaid pills solves the problem of eating dairy? Well, sometimes I just don’t have them readily available and I eat cheese regardless. I “think” I have figured out that some cheese, the hard ones usually, aren’t too bad, but the soft ones are a no no. (I just re-read that and LOL’d!) Anywho, I’ve been feeling mass amounts of pain recently and I try to ignore it, but I think it can be attributed to a) consumption of unnecessary dairy, b) eating at inconsistent times during the day, c) waiting too long to eat at times, usually during dinner time. I may need to do more veggies myself during the evenings. I’m with you in spirit.

  35. elise

    i had never heard that! thanks so much, im going to pay more attention now when i have it.

  36. elise

    can you believe we STILL havent made our date yet? this is getting ridic.

  37. elise

    i have been sorta doing that…but like you said, it seems to be fairly random. im pretty sick of it, though.

  38. elise

    you’re right, coco water is such a great electrolyte replacer…i just wish i liked it more!! ill continue to cook with it and use it in smoothies…

  39. elise

    thanks for the comment. usually the cleaner the better, but right now my stomach is just being finicky all around.

  40. elise

    are you doing anything for st pattys day? wanna go out?

  41. elise

    yeah, i need to go back to super clean i think. sometimes i think ingreds in bars dont work too well with me…like lunas

  42. elise

    thanks for the info Erika!

  43. elise

    its just too weird. im not really sure why exactly, though.

  44. elise

    oooooo…thanks!!! tick tock tick tock…march 30th youll hear from me. its a big day!!

  45. elise

    haha…its just a normal old sweet potato from WFs!!! nothing crazy $$, so keep reading 🙂

  46. elise

    yes. damn IBS. i hate peppermint, but ginger is my best friend right now. and yes, plenty of tv, too.

  47. elise

    love em…they can be a bit drier than the orange buggers, but they are still good.

  48. elise

    thanks for the comment girl! sorry about the wisdom tooth.

  49. elise

    agreed. clean eating is on the menu.

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