Dating with Crohn’s Disease- Our Five Year Anniversary

Happy Thursday Everyone! Hope you are having a fabulous 2019!

This year is going to be the craziest, most hectic and prosperous ever! Chris and I have so many goals to smash and we just won’t stop. Are you goal setting? How are you staying motivated? This blog post is going to be a part of a series this year, where I share tips and tricks that I have figured out works when dating with Crohn’s Disease.

So we all know that Chris is amazing and that I brag about him all the time. I’m sure some of you have thrown up in your mouths by now, but he’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. Living with an autoimmune disease isn’t the life fulfilling wish people rub a lantern and pray a genie pops out for.

To celebrate our five years of awesomeness, we went to Oggi for dinner in the Balantyne area of Charlotte, NC (to view their menus, CLICK HERE!). Always keep in mind, that if you are going to go on a restaurant date, view the menu ahead of time. This will take some anxiety out of the situation. Plus, if you have 8 kabillion questions, you can call ahead!

I have been eating a plant based/lower carb diet lately. Totally reduces inflammation! Intestines have been happy lately, so I figured what’s one night of splurging going to hurt? Of course, I took my favorite Essentialzymes-4 one hour ahead of ordering. Here’s what I ordered:

Ceasar Salad ($11.50USD)– made with sliced anchovies, good quality not homemade croutons, romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and doctored dressing. Forgot to snap a damn pic! Sorry about that!
Beef Carpaccio ($12.00USD)– arugula dressed with lemon, fresh cracked pepper and olive oil piled on top of thinly sliced raw beef. MF’ing awesome! Totally was excited to not be a vegan for a night for this dish!
Galician Octopus ($15.00USD)– One tentacle grilled on open flamed on a bed of paprika & olive oil mashed potatoes. MF’ing awesome as well! Craving this dish again!
Tuna Tartare ($14.00USD)– Fresh chopped zero fishiness tuna over avocado with black & white sesame seeds, hightened by our food runner graciously pouring ponzu sauce over the top.

Yes, I ordered all of that. Was I scared what might come out without warning on the hour long ride home? Absolutely! However, another trick is to not drink a full glass of water. Yes, I love water. You know I love putting essential oils in my water too! That’s why I always ask for glass. Last night, I chose just peppermint, so that I could start soothing my tummy right away.

What did Chris order? Well, Ceasar Salad too and the Grilled Skirt Steak ($32.00USD) for his main course. Share with your date to prevent over eating. Take a bite of theirs to continue interaction and bonding. How was the skirt steak you ask? Under cooked! But, the barolo demi sauce was tasty and so was the risotto parmesan. The whole dish wasn’t priced correctly. Neither were the Ceasar Salads. But, that is to be expected when you have an owner that repeatedly circles the restaurant floor without truly accomplishing anything. Thank God for that food runner!

Next up, DESSERT! This is the secret weapon to showing someone if you want the date to continue. You could end it right then, but nope… you want to keep talking! Don’t go for the espresso, unless you want this gigantic meal coming out in 15mins or less. Chris grabbed the Mango Cheesecake ($11.00USD) and I had a trio of Mini Cannolis ($8.00USD). Both tasted homemade and I wished that we got them to go.

The gas pains were starting. How to fix this? Excuse yourself and find a comfy toilet. Or, if you are like me, after five years let it go. It’s loud in the restaurant. Who will hear over the table of 12 women next to you cackling and hollering about their shitty husbands? Afterall, Chris is pretty spectacular in my book!

Happy Five Year Anniversary SexyPants! I love you more than ever and am looking forward to even more awesomeness in 2019!

xoxooxJessica
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