I’ve tried a bunch of different diets since being diagnosed with UC 4 years ago, and so far I’ve had little luck. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet was the most promising initially, but after 2 months my symptoms hadn’t improved much (if at all) so I packed it in and walked back into the comforting arms of a stack of bagels and a triple scoop of ice-cream.
I have an emotional attachment to food. I often have the image of a specific food (a bowl of ice-cream drizzled in chocolate, a pack of chips and salsa, waffles and maple syrup, a bagel drowning in cream cheese and raspberry jam) pop into my head, and my heart will actually start *racing with excitement*. Seriously.
There are a couple of common themes running through the type of foods that cause this reaction for me –
1) they’re all insanely delicious and moreish, and
2) they’re all loaded with refined sugars, flavours and additives, and are incredibly bad for me.
For a normally functioning healthy human these foods are straight up bad. For someone suffering from a chronic illness related to the digestive system these foods are actually *evil*.
To make it worse I can’t even begin to exercise any level of portion control with them – they just run riot, and I carry on until I clear the plate/bowl/packet/house.
So, given that I’m completely incapable of denying that 14th Easter egg even after scolding myself during the previous 13, it’s dawning on me that the only way I’ll cut my intake of refined foods is to remove them from my diet altogether.
I’m rocking along this Taekwondo journey and it’s already arming my brain in the mind over matter fight, but my physical health is actually degenerating quite quickly. Medications have stopped working and I’m still on a waiting list to talk about this stupid surgery, so I’m starting to feel a bit desperate about it all.
Desperate enough to take an immediate stand on sugar, that’s for sure. I’ve read a lot lately on the impact these horrendous levels of (unnecessary) sugar are having on people, so I’m really interested to track and test the impact on both my body and mind over the next couple of months – especially from a chronic illness perspective. If you’re keen to know if it might help you out but don’t want to take the leap yourself just yet – stay tuned!
First stop – mapping out a list of alternative comfort foods to go running to! 😉