On 1/27/2017, I was officially diagnosed with IBD – mild UC (UP) to be exact. I had been suffering with symptoms since around August, but was misdiagnosed until January. Being an otherwise active and healthy individual, this was not news that I took very well. After a few weeks of compiling a plan of attack, visiting my dietitian, and doing extensive research on my own, I was able to come up with a suitable battle strategy.
The illness is now begrudgingly referred to as my PITA (pain in the ass). I have been on Canasa for about two months now and was initially on the low-fiber diet plan to ease symptoms as I attempted to heal with meds. The websites that have been the most helpful for me are: healingwell.com, gibuddy.org, and breakingtheviciouscycle.info.
While on the low-fiber diet, I created an Amazon wish list for products that I noted as potentially helpful (such as supplements and probiotics). I had researched some diet alterations and was preparing myself for a war with my own body’s immune system. I am currently on prilosec, Canasa, and Jarrow Formulas IBS probiotic.
I have since been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) for two weeks and am entering my third week. This is easily the first time in months where I feel so much like my “normal” self that I’ve forgotten to take my Canasa and had to get out of bed and retrieve it to do so. There are three other diets that I may or may not transition into or blend with the SCD. They are: Pain Free Foods, the pH diet, and the ever popular FODMAP. I leave FODMAP as a last resort because it is designed for IBS which is an illness that has the symptoms of UC without the damage. I don’t want to control symptoms. I want to find a permanent state of remission and heal my body from further damage.
On my Instagram page, I post a lot of food pictures and I am debating running an offshoot blog with recipes and pictures much like some of the awesome sites I have had the luxury of visiting: anaussiewithcrohns.com, scdrecipe.com, and pecanbread.com. Until then, my Instagram feed is public, so feel free to follow!