04 Jul The Grossman’s Take on Ribfest!
It almost seems a distant memory; the “bowel rest” stage of my disease.
When my Crohn’s disease had gotten particularly horrible, around when I was 12, I was put on “bowel rest.” Bowel rest essentially meant that I wasn’t allowed to eat. I was put on either an 8-meal-replacement-shakes-a-day diet, or no diet at all. The meal replacement shakes were meant to give me something to pass through my stomach, but the copious amount of liquid in me made the permanent IV feeding, that I had a few months later, much more appealing.
Last night, I could barely remember what that time was like, as I shoved amazing saucy ribs into my mouth.
Family dinner, last night, was at Toronto’s Ribfest event. Ribfest is a carnival featuring BBQers from all over North America showcasing their fares and competing to win coveted prizes. It’s also a chance to try a hundred different types of ribs in one place. Also known as Jessica’s Heaven on earth.
My brother had been once before, so he acted as my guide through the various booths and options.
My god, were there a lot of options.
Ok, so I know this sounds extremely unlady like of me- Ribs? Eating with my hands? Sauce ALL over my face? It was very unlady like of me, especially since my normal meal menu consists of neat, meatless cuisine like salads and tofu. Ribs, however, are my secret obsession, and every once in a while I enjoy them. Like, really enjoy them.
Last night was one of those necessary unlady like times, as I tried 3 different kinds of ribs and even went back for seconds on some… I know, right? Me? Seconds? Oh yes.
Once in a while, obviously not to go overboard, I try to enjoy my favourite foods as much as I can. It’s not just because I’m healthy and can safely eat these things, but because I can never be too sure if I’ll stay this healthy forever. I could get sick again, who knows? Crohn’s disease likes to come back when it’s least expected. Keeps life interesting, right?
All I know right now is that my ostomy has given me my pass to enjoy the foods I love.
Next stop, Toronto’s Taste of the Danforth! Whose in?