Food for Thought

When it comes to Inflammatory Bowel Disease, alot of people have an opinion on diet and how it affects IBD.

I’ve found some people think they are an expert on your disease and offer “helpful” advice on what you should be eating, and questioning what goes into your body.

At present there is no evidence that diet plays a major role in IBD, this again has many opinions.

The majority of us have common sense, we know what a balanced diet looks like, but we don’t always choose to follow it.

I know the food I eat is shocking, I used to really tortue myself at the start of my diagnosis about whether I’d caused it, and I would feel really upset when what I ate was mentioned or weight, or even reading articles on what was good for us. A family member once said that what my parents fed me as a child was probably the cause. NOT HELPFUL.

The key now is remebering WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME, what works for one for does not work for everyone.

Even before diagnosis I wasn’t much of a healthy eater, my veggies consisted of peas, sweetcorn and maybe a bit of lettuce when I was feeling adventurous.

I never followed fad diets, I didn’t need to. My BMI was normal, right up until around 2016/2017 where I was down to 7 stone.

I saw a dietician who helped me with a diet to help me gain weight – so now the only diet I have ever been on so far is a medically approved one, it helped me get back to healthy weight. Now granted I’ve piled a few pounds on since then.

I think the reason it really winds me up when someone chips in about my diet or anyone elses for that matter is that at the end of they day WE suffer the consequences of what goes into our bodies not them. It can also be really damaging giving advice, especially when an illness is present, we don’t all tolerate things the same way.

For along time I couldn’t eat more than a few bites without getting full, and then I was losing most of anything I put in by running the toilet all the time. So now that my symptoms are for the most part stable of course I indulge every now and again.

A few of the things I was eating when I was struggling with large meals, and food in general:

  • Rice pudding
  • Jelly
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches
  • Pasta
  • Biscuits
  • Soup

Not a very big list, but I had to eat when it felt right for me and I was also using Fresubin shakes for when I can couldn’t tolerate eating.

Here are the things I try to avoid – but do eat occasionally

  • Nuts, Seeds
  • Fibre
  • Sweetcorn
  • Popcorn
  • Pvery spicy foods
  • Skins on Frieds/Potatoes

I enjoy all the things I know I shouldn’t like Macdonalds chicken nuggets Mmmmmm. But all things in moderation and all that.

Disease or not we all have to find our own balance, and what we choose or do not choose to put into our bodies is our choice right or wrong.

SO LET THEM EAT CAKE (in moderation of course, and I’ll have a gin with mine!)

Drop me a comment I’d love to hear people’s experiences with diet or their go to foods, or things they avoid.

 

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. patuttie says:

    Again, absolutely agree. 🍟

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  2. wkennar says:

    I completely agree with you. You have to do what is right for you in that moment. Because what is right today may be different than what you want and/or need tomorrow. I wrote an essay about this on The Mighty that actually caused a disagreement between a friend and I. (https://themighty.com/2019/01/diet-changes-autoimmune-disease-uctd/)
    I learned the hard way that people feel very strongly about their food-related opinions. Sending good thoughts your way!

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I had a read of your post. It’s really good. If our illnesses were food related we would all be cured. I had to bite my tongue in dec around a vegan who practically said to me my auto immune disease was caused by what we eat. While she was making a fuss about her food coz she has a choice. I was tucking into a Christmas meal that i throughly enjoyed but wanted to ram my bread roll in her face. I restrained myself. Enjoy what you can when you can, and bugger what other people think

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