Health Update

Well, what a month! For anyone not following me over on social media, I am now out of hospital, yay!

I was released on Monday 16th March after three weeks in hospital. Although my symptoms haven’t all been rectified, they are a lot better than they were.

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Blog Post Book Review – The Migraine Relief Plan

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The Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver

The Blurb

An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health

In The Migraine Relief Plan, certified health and wellness coach Stephanie Weaver outlines a new, step-by-step lifestyle approach to reducing migraine frequency and severity. Using the latest research, her own migraine diagnosis, and extensive testing, Weaver has designed an accessible plan to help those living with migraine, headaches, or Meniere’s disease. Over the course of eight weeks, the plan gradually transitions readers into a healthier lifestyle, including key behaviors such as regular sleep, trigger-free eating, gentle exercise, and relaxation techniques. The book also collects resources—shopping lists, meal plans, symptom tracking charts, and kitchen-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—to provide readers with the tools they need to be successful. The Migraine Relief Plan encourages readers to eat within the guidelines while still helping them follow personal dietary choices, like vegan or Paleo, and navigate challenges, such as parties, work, and travel. A must-have resource for anyone who lives with head pain, this book will inspire you to rethink your attitude toward health and wellness.

What I Thought

Where To Buy

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The Author – Stephanie Weaver

Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego, CA.

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Giveaway

Stephanie has kindly offered one of my lovely readers a chance to win their own copy of this book. To win please complete this form. Email addresses will not be saved and will only be used if you win the giveaway to obtain a postal address. I will pop all names into a hat and select one on Sunday 24th Feb. Entries close at 12pm UK time that day.

Good luck in the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the review,

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this blog tour. I received the book in return for my honest opinions.

#tubieweek – What Is A Tubie?

Good morning and welcome to #tubieweek here on The Spoonie Mummy!  This week I will be posting blogs and videos (check out the YouTube channel for The Spoonie Mummy) all about tube feeding and TPN.

What Is Tube/TPN Feeding?

Crohns disease has wide ranging effects on the body – it is not just a ‘pooing’ disease.  One of these can be malnutrition due to a severer flare, leading to severe weight loss and the body lacking vital nutrients it needs. If the flare cannot be brought under control by medication, and treatments such as liquid diets and supplement shakes are not helping, a patient may need to be fed through other means.

Enteral feeding refers to the delivery of a nutritionally complete feed, directly into the stomach, duodenum or jejunum via a tube.  This can include:

  • a tube that’s passed down the nose and into the stomach – called a nasogastric tube (NG tube)
  • Nasojejunal feeding tube (NJtube) – similar to an NG-tube except that it is threaded through the stomach and into the jejunum (the middle section of the small intestine).
  • nasoduodenal or ND-tube may be placed into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine
  • a tube that’s placed directly into the stomach (gastrostomy) or intestine (jejunostomy) through the skin of the tummy

Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) may also be considered.  This bypasses the digestive system completely and a solution containing nutrients is fed directly into the blood through a tube in a vein.  This will be delivered through a PICC line, a Hickman line or a port-a-cath.

Does This Mean A Patient Is Stuck In Hospital?

Not at all.  Although these kinds of treatments are set up in hospital, patients can be taught how to do their feeds at home when they are well enough.

I Have Crohns Disease – Should I Expect To Have to Go Through This?

I have been suffering from bowel problems for over twenty years but Crohns Disease wan’t officially diagnosed till I was 26 and I have never had to be tube or TPN fed.  It was considered before I had my surgery, but they soon realised surgery and a stoma was needed urgently!  Ste has had to be both fed enterally and with TPN due to his Crohns Disease and his Gastroparesis.

I carried out some polls on my Instagram stories last week to find out about other people’s experiences of tube feeding.

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Twelve percent of those who responded were also currently being fed via  a tube or TPN.  I also posted a question for everyone to answer to find out who had heard of tube and TPN feeding before and 88% of respondents had.

Is This A Long Term Treatment?

Tube and TPN feeding can be short or long term.  Sometimes patients need a boost while a flare is gotten under control.  Sometimes, it needs to be a long term option.

What Other Conditions Are Treated With This Type Of Feeding?

Conditions including (but not limited to) cancer, premature birth, metabolic disease, malnutrition, gastrointestinal problems, genetic syndromes and renal problems may result in patients requiring feeding tubes or TPN.

Emma has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and shares her journey on her blog.  She recently wrote a post about life, one year into tube feeding which you can read here.

The Pros And Cons Of Enteral and TPN Feeding

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I hope you have enjoyed reading this brief introduction to the world of #tubies!  Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below and me (or Ste) will endeavour to answer them as best we can.  Obviously this post does not contain all the information as there is so, so much but I hope it gives every one a little idea and sets us up ready for #tubieweek nicely.

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Disclaimer – I am not a medical professional – my blog posts are based on my own experiences of my chronic illnesses, things I have learnt being with Ste and my own research.  Any major issues should be discussed with your own doctor and specialists

Super Smoothies?

I’ve been trying to up my fruit and vegetable intake recently. Anyone with Crohns/an ileostomy will know this can be tricky as many are off limits for different reasons – too much fibre, skins have to be removed, blockage causers – the list goes on.

One way I have started to get more of the good stuff in me lately is by drinking smoothies and fruit/veg juices. I wondered if any of you were able to share any great recipes with me (or where you get your pre-made ones from). I’ve been getting Asda’s own ones but I’m getting a little bored of the flavours now. Some of them are so expensive though, so I thought I would give some recipes a try.

I was sent this one by the lovely people at Palm PR and it caught my eye as it looked super yummy and is purple – the Crohns & Colitis Awareness ribbon colour! I thought I would share this to get you started and see what wonderful ideas you have to help increase my 5-a-day target. Please let me know your smoothie recipes in the comments below, as well as what you think of this one!

Purple Immunity Smoothie

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1 Sambazon Original Superfruit Packs

1 c Orange Juice

½ Banana, frozen

¼ c Pineapple Chunks, frozen

½ tsp Ginger, ground

Top with Fresh Berries

Put everything in the blender (make sure to break up your Superfruit Packs), blend until really thick – adding more liquid if necessary – then pour into a bowl, top with your favorite fresh berries and enjoy!

I’m excited to try this – the fruit combo sounds delicious and I know ginger is widely recommended for lots of things. I’ve also recently spotted lots of different frozen fruit packs in Aldi so know I will be able to pick up those from there. I will let you know how I get on in the coming weeks with this. Thanks in advance for any hints, tips and recipes you share

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy