my (IC) life

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The Cleanse

As promised, I’m going to give a short version of my 5 day basic cleanse. Again, I am not a Dr, this is something I came up with that fits my needs and I am very cautious about making sure I am getting my proper nutrients to my nucleus.

8:30am: fruit, veggie, and protein smoothie

11:00am: protein shake after workout (at least 20g protein)

1:00:pm: bowl of veggie soup, bowl of salad (fruits, veggies, nuts, homemade dressing only)

3:00pm: half apple or 4 celery sticks w/2 tbsp peanut butter

7:00pm: bowl of veggie soup with beans

This cleanse is vegan although it could easily be adjusted with the addition of lean meats such as chicken or fish added to the salads or soups. I also drink a butt ton of water. It’s very important to remember to prep your body before just diving right in. A week before I started the cleanse, I cut out caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. The most important thing to remember when making any sort of diet adjustments is to listen to your body. The first day or two you may get a headache but if you’re getting light headed or really sick feeling I don’t recommend continuing with the cleanse and maybe talking to your doctor about finding a healthy eating program that will work for you. I will be posting recipes for my smoothies, soups, and salads, but I really suck at paying attention to what I put into things so they will be slowly coming as I make the meals. I do want to post a smoothie recipe this week though! Would you guys rather have my Banana chai, apple pie, berries and cream, or cherry almond recipe?


I guess I better start with an aplogy….I’m sorry for disappearing off the face of the earth for a year. I am happy to say that my vegan trial has turned into a full blown lifestyle change and I have never been happier or healthier. I want to welcome all the new readers from istargam and also invite anyone alse who stumbles across this to follow me on instagram (sydneyjjane) to keep closer contact.

Things will be slightly different this time around. I will be posting much more food and fitness related things, although I will still be touching on living with chronic pain. I want to help all of you find the relief I have been so lucky to have stumbled upon. I’m not a doctor, but I have seen amazing things happen in my own body and I hope someone else can benefit from this.

So, please comment, request, or tell me what you hate because this blog is for all of you!

and yes, i’m still a fuckin weirdo and i’m still gonna swear like a sailor.


Well, I know I promised I was going to start blogging more since I quit my 56 hour a week job, but I have been DOING THINGS! My vegan diet has been working very well for my bladder. I have had two flares. One was stress related, and the other was this morning and seemed to be pretty random. My vegan diet has been doing something amazing though. It has been fueling me in an appropriate way and giving me energy. Instead of feeling like a nasty slob and wanting a nap after I eat, I feel like going for a walk or doing something productive after I eat! I have been doing this other crazy thing……going outside! My friend Elle, who is recovering from her own struggles, and I have put our two messy lives together and started spending a lot of time walking to the beach. It’s good for the body and the soul.

The next thing I’m pretty excited about is that I got a new job! A job I can be proud of! I’m in training to be a health coach at Curves! I am thinking I would like to focus on helping the members who are struggling with pain and health issues reach their goals. (been there!) good things are happeneing for this chula!

That whole weight loss thing

So I took some pictures on January 9th, roughly a month before a went vegan, and I can’t believe the difference!

I wish you could see my face, but my double chin is gone (yay!) and it looks like I gave birth! awesome!

Vegan February

When I was first diagnosed with IC, my doctor recommended I test a vegan diet out. “Yeah right. Crazy hippie.” was my initial reaction. After three years of unsuccessfully navigating my way through THE LIST of approved IC foods, I revolted. I ate and drank whatever I wanted and I faced the painful, urine soaked consequences. It wasn’t cute and I’m not proud of it, but it happened. I became vegetarian at the beginning of the year and it seemed to be doing good things for me. My skin was looking good and I was losing a pretty good amount of weight. It wasn’t helping with my IC and i was still having a ton of flares and peeing myself almost everyday. After doing a shit ton of research (I started researching in about November) I decided to try something I was calling Vegan February. I am doing a fairly strict vegan diet (I say fairly only because I’m still learning and I’m bound to make mistakes) to see how it affects my IC through the month of February. I can’t stress enough that I did a lot of research and I am being very careful to make sure I am getting the proper protein and nutrients my body needs. It was kind of scary at first because a lot of the foods I was re introducing were big no no foods on the IC diet (fruits, seeds……TOMATOES!) but so far I have only had ONE flare stress induced, and I went from peeing myself every day to not peeing myself in 8 days. I’m very very happy so far. not to mention its nice to have colorful food again. and not smell like pee. 

The blog is back on.

My IC has been a BITCH in full swing lately. My work was disrgarding it and acting like I was just complaining about cramps or something and I started peeing myself at work almost every day. Then my boss got mad because someone didn’t like their sandwich so she threw meat at me. So I quit. I can understand how they don’t get my IC, but nobody throws meat at me besides my husband. Now let me say, I am not usually the irresponsible type. I consider not brushing my hair before I walk to the mailbox throwing caution to the wind. So quitting my job before I have a new one? LOSING MY HEALTH INSURANCE? Scary shit. It was a big thing, but I had to stand up for myself. Honestly, it was more about the ignoring my pain and suffering than throwing prosciutto at me. I know this disease is invisible, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to take advantage of those of us who are suffering. So with my newly found free time, I will be blogging again! YAY! Aaaaaand finding a new job……………….


I haven’t even looked at my blog since June. I got so caught up in wedding planning. The wedding was perfect, but that’s not what I’m posting about right now. I’m posting about sex. OOOOH YEAAAH! One of my lovely followers asked me how IC effects my sex life. I wish I could say it doesn’t, but unfortunately it plays a huge role. Sex with IC can be anything from amazing to slightly awkward to excruciating. I recently had a sexual experience that had me in the hospital the next day. The husband and I were just doing our thing and I began to feel that familiar dull ache. I’ve gotten really good at just pushing through and enjoying myself anyways, but the pain got more and more severe until it got to the point where I had to stop completely. I got in the bath (warm water usually helps) but it just kept getting increasingly painful. I dragged myself out of the bath and kinda back into bed. Thankfully, I had some vicodin left over from when I broke my foot and I popped one of those mf’s and was able to sleep through most of the night. I was still in so much pain the next morning I headed to the hospital. Poor husband thought it was because of him. I think sex with IC is harder on him than it is on me. He’s constantly worried that hes hurting me or doing something wrong. Aaaaand sometimes I pee a little bit. So hot.

September is only 4 months away. I will be a married woman in 4 months. It’s so exciting but also surreal. And stressful. If it weren’t for the Offbeat Bride Tribe, I may have killed someone by now. It’s really interesting how people feel like they have the right to tell me what I need to do for our day. The really weird part is the effect it’s having on my bladder! Every time I come across something wedding related that I’m not sure how to handle, my bladder just freaks out. It’s been achy and doing that thing where it just drips out a tiny bit of pee even when i REALLY need to go. I’m thinking about trying some yoga or something.