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Sometimes You Just Want to Eat a Dang Veggie!

I never really thought much about food. I liked the food. Cooking was and still is enjoyable. But it wasn’t something I had to worry about. I didn’t think twice when I ate a handful of nuts. I didn’t worry when I had a nice, big salad. Raw veggies? No big deal. Definitely not a problem… until it was.

The blame game

Patients living with ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease can be very sensitive when it comes to food. For many reasons. Some of us are accused of being at fault for having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) because we, ‘didn’t eat right’ before being diagnosed. That is neither helpful, true, or fair.

First of all, patients should NEVER be blamed for their diseases! It is not their fault. Research shows that IBD cannot be blamed on food. It’s more likely genetic or other environmental factors. Please, STOP blaming us.

Secondly, I have a friend living with UC who ate organic food her whole life and still ended up getting sick and having her colon removed. While there are foods that become bothersome after being diagnosed, food has NOTHING to do with developing a disease. My friend is just ONE example of a healthy person who ate ‘healthy’ food and still got landed with an incurable illness.

The irony

What a person living with IBD can or cannot eat is very individual– just like the treatment of the diseases. What my intestines can tolerate will be different from another patient. For me, apples, bananas, and lettuce are a nightmare. But I have a friend who can’t eat meats. The sad part is, the unhealthy food is easier on my gut than the healthy food. The food that is supposed to improve our health makes us feel worse.

Are you sure you should be eating that?We don’t like thinking about food

It’s maddening having to go out with friends and be so picky with food. Even worse is when you’re feeling rotten and you DON’T eat at a party. For some reason, people notice. I don’t feel like explaining to you why I don’t want to try your award-winning casserole. I don’t want to think about my eating habits… so I wish you wouldn’t either.

J-Pouch and food

Now I’m living with a j-pouch. And while my quality of life has definitely improved, food can still be painful. Raw veggies will hurt if I eat too many. If I eat strange colored foods, I might have a panic attack the next time I go to the bathroom and see the ‘black’ poop… Oh! That was the blueberry muffin I ate.

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