I'm Always Hungry!
For six miserable months back in 2008, I was not allowed to eat. I would imagine what it would be like to eat again. I would call my friends, my family, and ask them what they had to eat so I could salivate. It was so bad at one point that I actually thought that my life could not get any worse.
Avoiding trigger foods with Crohn's
Recently, my wonderful girlfriend has introduced me to more vegetables. Although some vegetables don’t agree with me, I love the taste! I also really need the nutrients they provide, so I usually stay home when eating them so I can be near the bathroom.
Why am I always hungry with Crohn's disease?
Recently I have noticed that I cannot control my hunger. It is a feeling I had almost ten years ago while in the hospital. I think there are lots of factors why I am always hungry:
- I do exercise a lot. I usually run five to six times a week on the treadmill. Because of the sweating, I lose lots of nutrients. This makes me very hungry.
- I go to the bathroom a lot. I know I have spoken about this before, but when you use the bathroom, you lose your nutrients. So I am rarely full, and if I am full, it is not for long.
- I have not been good in eating ten small meals a day. When I first was diagnosed, my doctors told me that the “three meal a day” diet is in the garbage. Paul, you need to eat ten small meals a day. With my schedule, and with most schedules, it’s impossible. I guess I take that back, nothing is impossible. Dedication is key!
Unable to control hunger pains
I’m always hungry. I always want to eat. I can eat dinner, but an hour later I am very hungry. I don’t want to eat right before bed, because that would be bad. That would cause me to gain weight. Plus that would make my mornings pretty rough as well.
I feel like it’s a losing battle, but I am bound to find a routine that works for me!
I actually went to a nutritionist. I know my foods, and what to eat and stay away from.
When I told them that I couldn’t control my hunger, they only told me foods that I am allowed to eat, not what to do to solve the problem. So I basically could have run that session with the nutritionist.
Looking for a nutritionist that specializes in IBD
I am trying to find a nutritionist that specializes in inflammatory bowel disease. I have yet to find one. If somebody does, please let me know!
What is your comfort level disclosing your IBD to your employer?