Food & 3 things to do during a Colitis flare up are on my mind today.
Cooking with Colitis (and even more so during a flare up), is not currently in 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.
Yesterday I explained to you in, “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, a full blown flare up emerged yet again.
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 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 be gone. 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 Coconut Manna.
- 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. But I will not make any drastic changes yet. I’m not healed, and it will take longer than 4 days. 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 you must remember that food is not always the enemy. We can’t solely blame it. There are several triggers.
I will talk about some of the Colitis flare up, non-food triggers tomorrow.