Cooking with Colitis (and even moreso during a flare up), is not currently about the book I would love to write (see below). It’s about two other things:
- The idea that food has nothing to do with Colitis
- The idea that food has everything to do with Colitis
Cooking with Colitis – sounds like a great name for a book, and truth be told – I have been thinking about writing one (though mine might need something with a little more “sass,” -Giddy Up Gluten Free Cooking with Colitis – now we’re talking)! I have a sweet friend by the name of Stefanie Michaels (aka @AdventureGirl) who says it’s a niche I need to “eat up” (pun intended)!
Yesterday I explained to you during, “What is Proctitis” that much of the medical world doesn’t associate diet with flare ups or refraining from flare ups. I am not a doctor, but this is FAR from what I have ever experienced first hand. When I changed my diet and overall lifestyle, I no longer needed medication. And if I reverted to any old ways, after a period of time the straw would break the camel’s back and a full blown flare up lived on. This time was no different.
The good news? Instead of reaching for medication, I fell back on my tried and true (and extremely quick) way to healing.
In addition to those 3 things, when a Colitis flare up strikes, here are some of my other “Colitis Flare Up Food Tips:”
- No seeds. No nuts.
- No skins from apples, cucumber, zucchini, etc.
- Nothing extremely fibrous, including the skins from above and things like cauliflower and broccoli.
- Carbs and sugars nixed. I have 1 – 1.5 bananas a day. That’s it, and that is only because I workout and am moving 1-2 hours/day (the workout is part of the healing – more on that tomorrow).
- Coffee extremely watered down, if at all. I have one cup (except for the first day when I have zero) per day, watered down with unsweetened almond milk.
- Slow-cooked chicken is my friend.
- So is my homemade chicken broth and homemade vegetable broth.
- Fats heal. A few tablespoons of things like avocado (I whip mine up in our awesome KitchenAid) and smooth Organic Raw Coconut Butter.
- I eat no grains, not even the awesome gluten free ones like Quinoa.
- No alcohol. Not even a little red wine. Not at all!
I have been doing this for 4 days now. By day 2 (Monday) I was already leaps and bounds better. Today I’m almost fully recovered. What does it mean when you recover so quickly? You will SCREAM – YEHAW:) But furthermore, I will not make any drastic changes yet. I’m not healed; it will take longer than 4 days. But by this weekend, I’ll add more foods in. I can’t wait to share all the new things I’m going to cook up! And the following weekend?! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves….
If you remember only 3 things from this post, remember these:
- Just because it works for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you. But giving it a try never hurt anyone.
- Nothing changes if nothing changes.
- When you have a Colitis flare up, remember: Food is not always the enemy. We can’t solely blame it. There are several triggers.
I will talk about some of those Colitis flare up, non-food triggers tomorrow!
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