When asked what I thought my college experience would be like a few years ago, I can honestly say I never would have imagined I’d be so preoccupied I’d forget to eat and so physically/mentally exhausted that all I want to do is cry.

And yet, here we are.

Just a month and a half till this semester from hell is over I CAN DO THIS. 

Harry Potter and the Millennials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation (John Hopkins University Press, 2013) reveals that readers of the seven-book series and viewers of the movie franchise tend be more open to diversity; politically tolerant; less authoritarian; less likely to support the use of deadly force or torture; more politically active; and are more likely to have a negative view of the Bush administration.

Gluten-free advice?

I never use this website anymore but I know there are a lot of food people on here and I could use some help.

I’ve been having severe digestive distress lately so I went to the doctor today to hopefully get some answers. He thinks I’m possibly having a bad reaction to a medication that I’ve been taking for awhile…or that I have irritable bowel syndrome. Yeah, gross, I know. They also took my blood to rule out any other problems. Until I can talk to another doctor about switching medications and get my bloodwork back, I’m not on any medication, but he did give me a diet thingy that I should follow.

It’s not so much a diet as it is a list of foods I can and can’t eat. Certain fruits (no avocado or watermelon KILL ME) and veggies (NO BRUSSEL SPROUTS OR ASPARAGUS WHAT AM I GONNA DOOOOOO) are no-nos as are dairy, gluten, and legumes. I don’t eat much dairy anyway since it’s bothered me for awhile but I’m pretty stuck on this whole gluten thing. Not a huge fan of pasta but I LOVE sandwiches and crackers and BEER. I’m also kinda sad about legumes because I don’t eat a ton of meat and prefer to have those as my protein sources. I know there are lots of other veggies that have protein but I don’t really know which ones. 

Realistically, am I going to quit bread and beer and brussel sprouts altogether? No, I’m not. But I’m cutting waaaaay back on all the things on my no-no list and paying extra close attention to what aggravates my symptoms. 

So basically what I’m asking is can anyone share some advice/recipes? Does anyone out there have IBS and can you tell me how you manage it? Any vegetarians/vegans know any other protein options?