I'm Alex, 38/male. Recently had both upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, the results were indicative of inflammation etc etc. Waiting for blood and stool tests to come in, but I am pretty convinced that i'll get some kind of IBD diagnosis back. I also learned that my mom's brother has colitis, and as an Ashkenazi Jew, I'm pretty much in the IBD sweet spot LOL
so, right now, i'm really trying to manage a flare-up/post-flared-up state, where I'm still in the weeds, but sort of coming down from it, just trying to not to make things worse.
Obviously, any chronic condition is a scary thing to hear. Especially as a "foodie" (hate that word but it is true, hahaha) – I am really trying to get my mind around my new dietary needs and how I can make them fun for me, and how I can get the nutrition I need, while being smart.
I have a long history of anxiety and depression so I'm really trying also to focus on those needs, to just breathe and roll w/ the punches.
I'd love to talk food with you all, because I need options for both flare-up and non-flared-up states. I have found that eggs are kind of a wonder-food for me right now – hard scrambled, a little pepper, and also sourdough bread, and both cottage cheese & yogurts. I am thinking I'm gonna have to get into fruit drinks – smoothies et al – but my palette generally runs toward the salty & savory more than sweet.
looking forward to being part of the community,