Hello hello and happy Sunday everybody! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend so far! If you caught my November roundup yesterday then you know that this week is Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week and I’m going to be sharing all things Crohn’s related on the blog this week! I still want to throw in my normal outfit posts for Sunday and Thursday, though. This is a fashion blog after all. Plus, the holidays are quickly approaching so I want to give you guys some holiday style inspiration! With that in mind, this week you’ll be seeing some purple holiday style inspo! 🙂
Speaking of purple attire, don’t forget that tomorrow is what I’ve officially claimed as “purple day.” 😉 I’ll be wearing one of my favorite purple clothing items in honor of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week and you are more than welcome to join! If you wear purple tomorrow, take a photo and tag me in your Instagram stories (@thesavvycamel) and I’ll reshare it to my own! 😀
Starting the Day
Alright, moving right along. Before talking about the outfit, today I want to share what a normal and relatively healthy day is like when living with Crohn’s Disease. Even in remission, Crohn’s impacts everyday life in so many different ways. I always start my days by dragging myself out of bed. I don’t know of a ton of people who actually enjoy waking up and, I’m not a morning person so that definitely exacerbates things, but waking up is an incredibly difficult process for a lot of people suffering from different autoimmune diseases.
Autoimmune diseases, like Crohn’s, are diseases in which your body is trying to fight off something that isn’t even there. So you can imagine that in itself is pretty tiring. But because your body is trying to fight off something that isn’t there, it causes a whole separate issue (read: the symptoms of the disease that you actually do have) so then you’re fighting that off too! Think about how tired you feel when you’re fighting off a cold. Now imagine that fighting off that cold caused you to have a stomach virus as well. Now you’re fighting off a cold and a stomach virus. Catch my drift? Us autoimmune folks stay tired from all of the fighting that our bodies are doing. And morning times are especially difficult. 😛
If you struggle with fatigue for any reason, Crohn’s or not, I recently shared 8 tips for better sleep that you may find helpful! 🙂
Once I’m out of bed, I do normal morning routine things like make the bed, open the blinds, take the dog out, and eat breakfast. But after breakfast I take my morning dose of medicine which is a colorful handful of 6 pills. I take another 7 pills at bedtime and I give myself 2 shots every Thursday. The bright side? I can swallow pills like a pro and I’m not afraid of needles. 😀 You always have to find the bright side, even if it’s nothing more than something to make you chuckle. 🙂
Planning and Prioritizing the Day
I plan and prioritize each day like a lot of us do. But my reasoning might be a bit different. As I mentioned, fatigue is a major roadblock I face each and everyday so I prioritize things knowing that some of them just may not get done. As much as I wish I were, I’m not capable of reaching the end of the day and saying “well, I didn’t have time for a workout today but it’s only 8:00 so I’ll still go to the gym” or “I don’t have any food at home so I can swing by the grocery store and pick up something to make dinner.” My energy levels simply won’t allow for it.
As a result,I plan and prioritize things as simple as cooking. Charlie and I meal prep one day a week and choose one other day during the week to cook together. If we haven’t meal prepped or planned to cook, chances are we’re getting take out for dinner because I’ve used all of my energy on doing other things.
Eating Throughout the Day
Crohn’s is an irritable bowel disease which means that diet plays a significant role in the state of your disease. My diet is pretty restricted and can sometimes be a bit challenging. Crohn’s and other IBDs typically require a low-fiber diet and fiber is in so much more than you realize! Low-fiber diets avoid foods like raw vegetables, whole grains, and red meats. But where it really gets tricky is when you have to consider things like the freakin’ seeds in smoothies or on top bagels and breads!
This is a lot of the reason that I like to meal prep. I like to know that I have yummy and nutritious meals at home that suit my dietary needs because it can sometimes be a struggle when eating out. I also always have a snack on hand. Charlie sometimes teases me for it, but they always come in handy if a menu looks particularly daunting. I also occasionally deal with low-blood sugar related issues (another byproduct of Crohn’s) so having snacks on hand are important for that as well.
I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite Crohn’s friendly recipes and snacks later this week, but this gives you a small idea of how crucial it is on a day to day basis.
Avoiding Hurdles Throughout the Day
Another challenge we face most days are avoiding different types of hurdles. This can be anything from making sure you know where bathrooms are located when you’re out in public to making sure your boss understands why you need another long break in the middle of the day to visit the doctor yet again. It also includes things like making sure you don’t overcommit yourself to things (again, energy is precious) and avoiding coming in close contact with anyone with a contagious illness.
That’s another fun part of living with a disease like Crohn’s. Because it’s an autoimmune disease, a lot of the medicines we take are immunosuppressive (to keep our immune systems from attacking themselves). The problem with that is we then struggle to fight off everyday illnesses like colds. We catch illnesses easier and take longer to fight them off. When I worked in retail and was constantly coming into contact with hundreds of people each day, I stayed sick!
These are just a few things that we encounter on a daily basis that sometimes might be overlooked by a healthy person. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just that they don’t have to consider a lot of these things. 🙂 And this honestly only scratches the surface. And it doesn’t even begin to cover routine maintenance like the bajillion doctor visits we have and the obscene amount of colonoscopies we go through at such tender ages, hahah!
But now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about FASHION! Plaid dresses and plum teddy coats – does it get more subtly festive than that?! I absolutely love this plaid dress that Prim & Pop sent me for the holidays! The plaid and small bow are festive without being over the top, it’s modest, can hide a food baby when you eat allll of the holiday baked goods (;)), and is a great thick material that’s perfect for this time of year! You can also get 20% OFF this dress and the entire Prim & Pop store if you use the code SAVVY20 when you check out! 😀
I obviously paired it with all things plum (50 shades of purple is the new black :P) for the occasion but it’s such a great color for this time of year! Again, festive, but in a subtle way. I’m not gonna lie, though, I couldn’t really decide if I thought everything was plum or burgundy. So I asked about 732 people and the greater majority said plum which was relieving given the fact that I needed it to lean more purple this week. 😉 Although, I think the hat is a chameleon of sorts because I actually wore it with a burgundy bag earlier in the fall and it totally looked more red then! Check it out for yourself.
What did you guys think of this look? Festive but not like “I’M IN RED AND GREEN!” right?! Although, I definitely have some red outfits on deck for ya in the coming weeks. 😉 I hope you enjoyed the look, though! And I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about what Crohn’s life is like on a day to day basis. 🙂 Can’t wait to see everyone’s purple tomorrow! 😉