What digestion?

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I’m just going to say it – I’m uncomfortable writing a blog post about my digestive health. Being asked “what my digestive health means to me” makes me simply clam up with awkwardness. I guess there are two issues going on. First, digestive health seems inherently ‘yucky’ – for lack of a more appropriate word. I don’t like to think about my colon, my intestines, my bowel movements and my regularity – as it is just an uncomfortable subject. Which gets at the second issue – that it’s inherently personal. It’s hard enough for me to think about my digestive health – let alone share such information with the world. Yet here I am, shouting out to the world.

Before Annelies gets upset at the fact that I am publishing an un-publishable blog post, I’ll try and salvage a potential reader’s attention. With that preamble above, it’s worth noting that digestive health really doesn’t mean much to me. Rather, good digestive health to me is simply the absence of noticing anything to do with digestion. Perhaps that has something to do with my aversion to the subject, but I do think my thoughts are actually quite common.

Said a different way, I take my digestive health for granted. I don’t want to think about it – and I don’t think about it. Unless. Unless, that is. Unless.

I really really love sunchokes. For those unfamiliar with this vegetable, it’s also known as Jerusalem Artichokes. Or as they should be more accurately named – Jerusalem Fartichokes. A few months ago, I managed to procure about two pounds of this tubular delight of flavor. I cut these up into bit sized pieces, drizzled with a decent olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and roasted in the oven at 425 degrees for about 40 minutes – tossing regularly until brown, crispy, and heavenly. I originally intended to eat a small portion for dinner, but they tasted so great that I ate the whole thing. And that’s when it went downhill.

That night, digestive health meant something to me. I realized and forever appreciated that digestive health is an absence of digestive discomfort. For, digestive discomfort can be quite discomforting.

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