But, first, let’s recap the food (because the thought of colitis and eating is so appetizing).
Last night’s dinner was chicken stir fry with red and yellow bell pepper, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, edamame, and brown rice. My diet has been lacking veggies lately, so this was the perfect meal to get some in.
After dinner, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a bite (ok, like, 4 bites) of cookie dough.
This morning’s breakfast was a big bowl of pumpkin oatmeal with ground flaxseed meal, dried cranberries, pumpkin pie spice, and a big scoop of Chia Charger nut butter.
I also drank a glass of iced coffee.
I attempted to recreate Marylou’s Almond Joy iced coffee at home using coconut milk, chocolate almond milk, and almond extract, but I didn’t get it quite right.
The coconut flavor doesn’t come through very much, so I’m going to try coconut-flavored coffee or coconut extract in my next attempt.
I’ve received a ton of questions about my colitis episode back in June, so I figured I would give you guys an update on CNC. The main reason why I hadn’t talked about it until now is because there hasn’t been much to report”” thankfully!!!
After my doctor diagnosis me with colitis, he prescribed me a ton of different drugs and, eventually, a low dose of steroids (Prednisone). Within just a few days of starting the steroids, my condition drastically improved, and slowly but surely my digestive tract got back to normal. I continued to take the steroids for several weeks as my doctor weaned me off them, and I just got better and better.
My doctor diagnosed me with colitis, which is swelling/inflammation of the large intestine. It can be caused by a variety of illnesses and infections, which is likely what happened to me. (We still don’t know what caused it in the first place.) Ulcerative Colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the the large intestine and the attacks (flares) can occur more often. Right now, I don’t *think* I have Ulcerative Colitis. It doesn’t run in my family, and I haven’t had an more GI issues”” and hopefully, I won’t ever again!
With regard to my diet, I don’t think eliminating gluten, dairy, etc. made much of a difference in my condition. Maybe it helped a little bit, but I think, ultimately, it was the concoction of drugs that I was taking. I just think it took awhile for them to do their job. At the time, the only reason I eliminated those foods is because I was desperate to feel better. I honestly would have eaten cockroaches if they helped me! I’ve eaten plenty of gluten and dairy since my colitis flare, and I haven’t had any GI issues because if them. However, I’ve noticed that my digestive tract gets a little weird if I drink too much iced coffee or beer (the horror!), but I think that’s pretty normal, right?
One crazy side effect of the colitis that I haven’t yet talked about on CNC is the severe iron deficiently and hair loss that I’ve experienced. A couple of months ago, I noticed that I was losing a lot of hair. At first, I just ignored it, but it got worse and worse, so I finally made an appointment with my doctor. She did some blood tests, which showed that my iron levels were really low. This surprised me considering that I take a multivitamin everyday, eat pretty well, and get a decent amount of red meat in my diet. My doctor said the colitis and its trauma to my body likely caused the iron deficiency and hair loss. I’m taking daily iron supplements now, but my doctor told me it could take six months to year for my hair to get back to normal. Thank goodness I have thick hair!
So, there you have it. I think I answered all of your questions, but let me know if I missed any. Let’s just hope that colitis flare is a one-time thing, and I never have to go through that hell again.