My Mysterious Sickness

Hey everyone! I must apologize for being MIA the past few days. This has definitely been one of the longest durations of time that I haven’t posted, but I promise there’s been good (unfortunate) reason.

On Friday afternoon, after eating lunch, I began feeling really nauseous. People at work would approach me to talk about something and I could barely focus on what they were saying. I took it upon myself to excuse myself the rest of the day. As much as I tried to stick out, I knew that wasn’t going to cut it. Nobody knows your body better than you do. If it’s giving you abnormal feelings, it’s probably trying to tell you something.

When I arrived home, I laid down on the couch and moped around with stomach pains for a couple of hours, unable to eat or drink anything. And it all went down hill from there. I was getting sick left and right into the night. It was scary. I had no idea what was causing it.

This was me. Sick as a dog.


I eventually managed to eat a couple of pretzels and sip some ginger ale, upon my mother’s request. That did help a lot, and reminded me a lot of my child hood. As a kid, I used to get sick anytime I would eat anything fried or too processed for my sensitive stomach, and my mom never failed to be right by my side, no matter what time of night. Looks like even at 20, the same is true.

I woke up Saturday morning feeling a lot better than the night before, but still weak and unable to eat like I normally do. In order to fuel up from going almost 20 hours without real food, I had my fair share of carbs.

Classic peanut butter and toast


My mom and I went out to IKEA to pick up some stuff for my new apartment, as the shopping trip was initially scheduled for Friday evening. I definitely wasn’t myself, but got through it. I usually feel pretty strong in the way I carry myself, but I felt like somebody could have easily pushed me over as I was hiking around IKEA Saturday. Not a good feeling.

I made the most of it though. Along with other necessary items, my mom and I picked out this little guy as the perfect accessory to my new kitchen! Who wouldn’t want to cook around him?


When we arrived home, I wasn’t too hungry, but everyone seemed to want pizza and since I’d been so off my routine, I didn’t really mind eating non-vegan for one occasion (first time cheating–3 weeks in).

We ordered pizza from Pomodoro’s, my most favorite NY/Italian pizza place of all time. Just cheese. It was perfection.


Yeah, so not the healthiest day of eating, but when you’re sick, anything goes.

Let’s flashback now to earlier this week, when I was myself.

On Wednesday, I had a dinner date with one of my sorority sisters, Taylor, that also happens to be in my business fraternity. I hadn’t seen her in ages it felt, but she happened to transition to vegan eating as well this summer, so we had to catch up and chit chat about vegan stuff. Obviously.

We met in Reston Town Center at SweetGreen, a favorite salad joint. The weather was beautiful, so we naturally had to sit outside. It also happened to be an ideal people watching spot. My favorite.


Yes, that is some falafel in both of our salads!


Afterward, we had to finish off the date with something sweet. Although there are plenty of froyo places in Reston Town Center, Taylor suggested Pitango, a gelato place that I’ve been meaning to try.

I was a little worried that there wouldn’t be any non-dairy flavors, but after talking to Taylor, I decided it was okay to cheat every once in a while. Although I was ready to eat a little dairy, I was pleasantly surprised that Pitango actually had a decent amount of non-dairy flavors and I didn’t have to. Score!

I got the dark chocolate orange. So decadent. So delicious. So worth it.


On Thursday, mid-work day, I went to MOM’s Organic Market with my work friend Paula and good friend Bong.

MOM’s is a whole foods market with a food-making counter. My sorority sister Alex works in that same shopping center and raved about the black bean burger, so I figured I would give it a shot, as it seems like something I would like at a place I would love.


I like this. Food should be naked. No processing, no transformations. You should get it as it comes.


I ordered the black bean burger, that came with guacamole and pretzels and my two gal pals got moaler bowls, which seemed to have a little bit of everything. I will definitely be going back to try more things.


Here’s Paula, the food model, displaying her lovely lunch.


Later that day, I tried a new Larabar flavor: Pecan Pie. It was delicious, but I will still have to say Peanut Butter Cookie still claims my number one flavor spot.


On Friday (dun dun dun dun), I started the day off with a cereal & nut combination with almond milk and cinnamon. The usual combo.


On my way to work and for the first hour or so, I sipped on my very green smoothie. I know it’s half gone in this photo, but the office lighting really accentuates the greenness. And yes, I usually add a few ice cubes when I get to work, as it tends to get a little warmer the longer I don’t drink it.


Very Green Smoothie

  • 1 scoop Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 8 oz. almond milk
  • Shot of coffee
  • 1 Tb Chia seeds
  • 1 Tb Flax meal
  • Pinch of cinnamon

For lunch, I had a mixed veggie salad (spinach, broccoli, carrots) with balsamic vinaigrette and some cashews. Unfortunately, this girl wasn’t feeling swell enough to try that new Larabar flavor.


Almost immediately after I finished my salad and then ate about 2/3 of my cashews, the nausea began, which brings us back to the beginning of my story (post).

I still need to try the chocolate coconut chew flavor. It’s on my list.

Well luckily, I’m feeling a lot better, but not necessarily up to my full Colleenness. I obviously haven’t been able to work out all weekend, so that’s been a bummer, but I’ll get there. Time is the golden healer.

I just wish I knew what caused it. It still doesn’t make sense to me.

Well I hope all of you had a better, more healthful weekend than I did and are enjoying the remainder of your Sunday.


2 thoughts on “My Mysterious Sickness

  1. So sorry to hear you were sick but glad that you are coming around 🙂 I’m curious to know what brought it on as well, especially where you’ve been eating so well! I guess bugs can pop up anywhere… I hear lots of horror stories about E-coli & other sketchy things finding their way into produce :S Take care!

    1. Yes it must’ve been something like that because everything I was eating was fresh and wholesome and vegan-licious. Thanks for looking out!

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