Can we talk about this pug wearing leg warmers? (Please click on the link to see all of the photos! LOL!)
I nearly died with cuteness overload when Kelly tweeted it to me this morning.
I can’t even explain how much I appreciate all of the kind, supportive, and funny emails, comments, photos, and tweets you guys have sent me over the past several days. They totally cheer me up and make me realize that this whole colitis thing is just a little bump in the road. Thank you so much.
One email that I received recently was from Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RD, LD, who used to work in a pediatric inflammatory bowel disease clinic. She said during a flare, one of the most important things is avoiding deficiencies, so she sent me a bunch of helpful recommendations that she said I could share with all of you:
- take a good multivitamin
- take a calcium supplement
- take probiotics – I recommended eating food, but a supplement may also be helpful
- stay hydrated – drink plenty of water and use a rehydrating solution (Gatorade like, but not necessarily that high sugar – you can make your own) if needed
- monitor how you feel and avoid foods that promote gas, if needed, cruciferous vegetables (ex. cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts) and beans (try a product like beano first!) – this could be temporary, so as you feel better, you may be able to tolerate some of these in small amounts
- manage stress
- include healthy fats in your diet and avoid all trans fats and too much saturated fat
- avoid high-sugar foods if they cause symptoms
Sherry also added that while nutritional intervention may not put my colitis into remission, it’s incredibly important to help me stay healthy during a flare. Additionally, she recommended that I meet with a registered dietitian who specializes in IBD, which I definitely plan to do.
Thanks, again, Sherry!
This morning’s breakfast was a repeat from the past few days: toasted gluten-free waffle with sunflower butter and banana. Might as well stick with what works, right? I also drank a little bit of orange Gatorade, which, as soon as I tasted it, instantly reminded me of many hungover mornings at college. Oh, orange Gatorade. Good times.
Not surprisingly, I’m starving just a few hours after eating this breakfast. I know eating small meals is easier on my digestive system, but, man, I’m hungry. What’s for lunch?!?