It’s time for #AMonthofFaves! YAY! Many thanks to Tanya Patrice, Kim, Andi, and Tamara for hosting yet again.
#AMonthofFaves [The 2018 Favorites Edition]– e.g. to eat, drink, wear, smell, see, do, enjoy, best purchases, most used gift received, most used purchases, favorite concert, outdoor activity, place visited, most squee worthy moment of the year.
Listen, a lot good happened this year. I went to see Bruno Mars and Patti LaBelle in concert (separately, not together). Boyz II Men opened for Bruno Mars, which I wasn’t expecting, but which made my life. I bought an ottoman for my sectional, so now I can sit anywhere on my couch and put my feet up. My friend Kim invited me to go to Disneyland with her, which was amazing. I visited Santa Fe, New Mexico with my best friend. I saw HAMILTON. My mom was here for spring break so knows where I love now; my daughter was here for the summer and feels semi-comfortable in California now. I went to San Francisco and Sacramento, the Saved By the Bell pop-up restaurant, the Grey’s Anatomy art installation, a writer’s retreat in Palm Springs, and more book events than I can shake a stick at. I also bought a (now slightly banged up) car.
But this year has belonged to the Monash University FODMAP Diet app.
I have written at length about my food restrictions and the challenges they have caused. But! This app makes it so much easier to manage my diet and triggers. I don’t have to guess at how much or what foods to eat–for the most part. If I’m having difficulties, I can check what I’ve eaten recently against the app and sometimes see that, oops, I ate just a little too much of something I thought was safe because it’s green (yes, I’m talking to you green beans).
I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to navigate my IBS without it. I am so grateful to the researchers at Monash University for making it available, and I am super grateful to live in the time of apps so that I have access to it. What a time to be alive.