Crohns and Colitis Awareness Month: Keeping Your Head Held High

By November 14, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

November is Crohns and Colitis awareness month. Share this post to empower a community of awareness!
As someone with both crohns and colitis, I often reflect on what it means to have this disease and the impact that only someone with this auto-immune disease can ever truly understand. No one wants to really talk about IBD due to the nature of the disease. People always think “we’re fine” because “we look fine” but no one knows what goes on within each day, what thoughts flood one’s mind and how this disease effects more than just the gut. I wonder if it is normal to be envious of a friend who had a total colectomy and is now symptoms free? Is it normal to plan the route to work based on the need for an urgent bathroom break? Is it normal to look forward to a day of fasting to avoid symptoms? Is it normal to always be “that person” at the restaurant asking for substitutions to a meal? Is it normal to fear germs due to being immune-compromised from the meds that keep symptoms in remission? Is it normal to crawl into bed before the kids due to iron deficient complete exhaustion?
The reality is that this is NORMAL for someone suffering from crohns and/or colitis.
Rather than being down and out, try to ride the waves, push within limits and try to take the best care of your body by combining both conventional and holistic methods.
1.Follow the diet that works for you! There are 100 diets for 100 different people. It is not a one-size fits all approach. Food can be both nourishing and aggravating and this can change over time. Know your triggers, learn your sensitivities and listen to your body. For an in-depth analysis and plan, meet with a nutritionist.
2. Stay hydrated. Start your day with warm water and lemon, sip on a green juice, enjoy endless bone broth, have herbal or green tea to soothe and carry around a water bottle. All this will hydrate, alkalize, nourish and sooth your GI tract.
3. Supplement as needed. Due to poor appetite, inflammation, diarrhea and poor absorption, IBD’ers often lack nutrients that are essential for health and wellness. Check in with your healthcare practitioner to ensure you are supplementing with your diet with what your bodies specific needs. Check out my blog for some of my go-to recommendations:…/9-ways-to-manage-a-crohns-f…/

4. Stay active (within your safe limits). Walk, run, bike, swim, take a yoga or pilates class, dance or play. Staying active can reduce stress and anxiety associated with IBD, build bone mass (bone loss is a side effect of steroid treatment), improve quality of life, improve symptoms, promote restorative sleep and make you feel strong from the inside out.

5. Rest and sleep. Sleep is the time that our bodies repair and rejuvenate. Ensure that you listen to your body and get the shut-eye that you need and deserve.

6. Stay calm! (this one I still need to practice). When in a flare, I panic and try to retrace my every bite of food, action and possible cause, in hopes of reversing whatever I did. What I have learned is that IBD has a mind of its own and sometimes, whatever I do, doesn’t matter. I am learning (slowly) to ride the wave, to trust my doctors and mostly to trust my own body. My body is amazingly strong. I might have crohn’s and colitis but I will never let this disease define me!

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Disclaimer: the information contained in this blog post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only and you should understand that if you decided to experiment and apply the ideas on this blog post, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. This blog post is not meant to diagnose or to treat any medical condition. I encourage you to consult with your primary healthcare practitioners to diagnose any medical condition and to discuss any changes with your doctor should you be concerned. The blogger is not liable for any damages or negative consequences resulting from any action by a person reading or following the information on this blog.

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